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With the full release of Football Manager 2020, I've decided to start my annual journeyman save. This year I'll be starting in Europe, with the fifteen lowest playable leagues from the FIFA World Rankings and the top five big leagues. I haven't played in Europe much personally so will start there, but I plan to move around the globe.

Discussion
Original posts hidden due to bugs with the save file.
Story re-started further down below!


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Update 001: Introduction & Job Search
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Welcome! I appreciate you giving time to read this. I'm taking a break from my FC Cincinnati beta save, though will return to it at some point, as I'm excited to start a journeyman save; which is always my favourite career to do. I'm starting in Europe, which I've previously initially ignored in my more recent journeymans, but I will very likely globe-trot at a later date. No aims to this, just to have fun.

All of the set-up is the usual journeyman stuff, with no coaching badges or previous experience and the attributes are the lowest that the game allowed. I've loaded the top five European leagues, along with the fifteen bottom playable leagues from the FIFA World Rankings. This includes Gibraltar, as I've downloaded the Sports Interactive add-on via the Steam workshop. You can see all this below, along with my manager profile - where I have created an alias. I'll be playing as Marko Kovač, a Croatian born in Zagreb in 1980. No reasoning behind this, just something different.


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The Job Search:

Let's move on to the job search, which didn't last all that long in truth. My hope was to secure a job in Gibraltar, which is at the bottom of the (playable) football world. I immediately hit 'apply for all jobs', with the first job interview arriving from Irish second tier club Cobh Ramblers. I wasn't all that interested in heading to the Republic of Ireland though took the interview anyway, just in case. They eventually offered me the job, which I delayed for one week.

Interviews followed with Baranovichi (Belarus), Afturelding (Iceland), Magni (Iceland), NFK (Belarus), Lynx (Gibraltar) and Hapoel Nof HaGalil (Israel). None of which offered me a job.


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I was offered a crapton of U23 international jobs, which are still far too easy to secure in Football Manager - I was never taking one of them anyway.

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Braintree Town (England) and Hound Dogs (Gibraltar) were next to offer interviews, before Lisburn Distillery (Northern Ireland) and Oxford City (England) also came in. I, of course, headed off to all of them, though only the Hound Dogs job took my interest.

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Hound Dogs returned with a job offer. I, despite some huge reservations which I'll mention shortly, accepted their offer to secure my intention of visiting Gibraltar.

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Here I am then. I really have chosen to start at the very bottom of the footballing world, with Hound Dogs sat in Gibraltar's Intermediate League - the newly-formed second division of their pyramid. They are the only club that isn't an Under-23 outfit, as the division was created to help out the top division teams - with Hound Dogs only featuring after receiving special dispensation to play in it from the GFA.

There is no promotion or relegation.

The squad is a mess, with only two non-greyed out players! No other staff either. Other information, including squad dynamics, can be viewed below.


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The board expectation is literally to finish bottom, so this is going to be fun. It will most likely end with failure, but I wanted the biggest of challenges to start with - so anything else I achieve will taste even more sweeter.

Despite all of that, I can't wait to get started! I do love a journeyman save.
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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 002: Pre-Season Round-Up!
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My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Good luck with this mate, always enjoy the journeyman story so this won't disappoint! tough gig to start at however,
Good luck with this mate, always enjoy the journeyman story so this won't disappoint! tough gig to start at however,

Cheers, Dan! It is, even more rewarding if it comes to anything though!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
A journeyman!! Love these!! Also, what a team name that is! Best of luck, can't wait to see where this takes you...
A journeyman!! Love these!! Also, what a team name that is! Best of luck, can't wait to see where this takes you...

Thanks for commenting. Great name indeed! Sadly, I'm no longer with the club... reasons below.
My Careers:
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FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Original posts hidden due to bugs with the save file.
Story re-started further down below!

Update:
I have had to resign as manager of Hound Dogs. The reason? Crash dumps. It was seemingly caused by the Gibraltar add-on, as I had two consecutive crashes at exactly the same time in-game. I then, originally as a test, resigned and removed the league and it has allowed me to travel past the crash dump time - so that, hopefully, fixes that issue.

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That sucks, as I was looking forward to managing in Gibraltar. The save continues though, I thought about starting a fresh save but I've decided to keep with this. We'll just put this early exit from Hound Dogs down to "creative differences" with chairman Matthew Martin.

My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Original posts hidden due to bugs with the save file.
Story re-started further down below!

Over one year later...

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My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
This should be good, well if the game allows you to play it that is. Fingers crossed.
This should be good, well if the game allows you to play it that is. Fingers crossed.

Unfortunately, it hasn't. Into January 2023 and not even had one single job interview; despite 15 of the 19 leagues loaded being low ranked ones like Belarus, Slovenia, Finland etc. I'm going to a create a new save file and start again. Thankfully this has happened early on, before I've had a chance to get into the save.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Maybe get that reported on the SI forums mate, may just be a bug, surely those leagues would give you an interview? Even another job in Gibraltar should do
Maybe get that reported on the SI forums mate, may just be a bug, surely those leagues would give you an interview? Even another job in Gibraltar should do

Indeed, I have done so. I removed the Gibraltar add-on at end of the first season due to the bug, though apparently the top division was fine - just the Hound Dogs one was bugged out.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Update 001: Introduction & Job Search
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Let's try this again! After not one, but two bugs in the last save in its embryonic stage, I've had to reset and start a new one. Last time out I got a job with Hound Dogs in Gibraltar, in what was to be a bugged add-on which forced me to resign. Then after that, I holidayed whilst applying for a new job but didn't receive a single interview in almost four (4!) years. Very frustrating, but at least it was extremely early on and not after I had achieved any success.

For this new save, everything is as it was last time - with the exception, of course, of the problematic Gibraltar database. Again, no aims or goals for this (probable) journeyman save - I just want to have fun. I could move clubs every few months, or I could even stay at a club for 10+ years... who knows! Below you can see all of the save's starting things, like leagues loaded and manager profile - with Rafael Jádson being my manager alias.


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The Job Search:

The initial job search, unsurprisingly, went exactly the same way it went last time - as Cobh Ramblers (Rep. of Ireland) came knocking first, before being followed by Baranovichi (Belarus), Afturelding (Iceland), Magni (Iceland), NFK (Belarus) and Hapoel Nof HaGalil (Israel).

They all offered job interviews, which I attended. Cobh were first to offer me a job, but I delayed them to see what else would arrive. Knockbreda (Northern Ireland) then offered an interview and, subsequently, a job. I was interested, but again delayed. Their counterparts Lisburn Distillery came in next. I decided now was the time to decide, would I be heading to Belfast or Ballyskeagh?


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To Ballyskeagh! I am the new manager of Lisburn Distillery!

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Lisburn Distillery have an interesting recent - and historic - history. It was only back in 2009-10 that the club participated in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds versus Georgian outfit Zestafoni. They placed 4th in the season prior, but have since found difficult times which culminated with relegation in 2012-13 to the Championship. After three more campaigns battling near the bottom there, they suffered a second relegation in 2015-16 to the Premier Intermediate League - where they play today.

They were founded back in 1880, they have six top-flight titles to their name and twelve Irish Cups in their cabinet; along with a whole host of other various competitions, including the County Antrim Shield (14) and Intermediate Cup (3). Their last trophy won was the 2010-11 Irish League Cup.


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Our expectation for this season is to reach the play-offs, whilst reaching the fifth round of the Irish Cup. None of the remaining four competitions are deemed all that important. The squad list, dynamics and fixture list can be viewed below.

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That's that. Hopefully I don't encounter any more bugs, so I can finally kick on with my journeyman save - which I always enjoy doing, despite the guaranteed highs and lows.
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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 002: Pre-Season Round-Up!
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My Careers:
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Good luck in N Ireland, nearly drove me mad managing there.
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You better lose both league games against Bangor. Good luck @r96Skinner.

Speaking of Bangor, why does it say on the fixture list that you're playing them away from home twice on the same day?
Good luck in N Ireland, nearly drove me mad managing there.

Thanks, VP! I remember managing here before with Larne, enjoyed it but remember having to juggle the numerous cups and contractual issues!

You better lose both league games against Bangor. Good luck @r96Skinner.

Speaking of Bangor, why does it say on the fixture list that you're playing them away from home twice on the same day?


Oh, didn't even notice that... same with Armagh on 7 December. Hopefully just a visual bug, and not yet another save-breaking one.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Update 002: Pre-Season 2019
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I've began my tenure as manager of Northern Irish third tier side Lisburn Distillery, having just completed the pre-season portion of the campaign. We faced five friendlies, two of which were against teams from the higher divisions (Dungannon Swifts & Knockbreda) whilst the other three were meetings with lower league outfits (St. James Swifts, Fivemiletown United & Portaferry Rovers).

I haven't made any signings just yet, though one youth team player did depart. I do have one or two signings planned, but overall I expect to keep trust in the current lot of players; with some additional players, all over 22, who were chilling down with the reserves. I will be adding a few staff members, given we only have two others at the moment.

Here's how pre-season went:

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Match Round-Up:

Result One:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Dungannon Swifts (NIR/I) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Nick Beta (NIR) - 7.3 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"Despite the loss, a good scoreline in our toughest - on paper - pre-season fixture. Top-flight, two divisions above us, Dungannon Swifts deservedly won 2-1 thanks to goals from Daniel Hughes and Dougie Wilson. Nick Beta did pull one back though, leading to a narrow defeat."
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Result Two:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: St. James Swifts (NIR/IV) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 8.2 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"Next came St. James Swifts, of the fourth tier. Not the best, but not the worst, performance here, with veteran forward Kevin Braniff snatching the victory."
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Result Three:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Knockbreda (NIR/II) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Kevin Braniff (NIR) - 8.6 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"My third, unofficial, match in charge of The Whites came against the club that had offered me a contract before I joined Lisburn Distillery in Knockbreda, who are actually in the league above - though expected to be in a relegation battle, hence why I took the Distillery job as they're expected to be chasing the top spots. It seems I made the right call, as we ran out comfortable - if not spectacular - 3-1 winners; ex-Millwall man Kevin Braniff notching twice."
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Result Four:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Fivemiletown United (NIR/IV) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Mikey Withers (NIR) - 9.3 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"This was our best showing in these exhibition encounters, as we put five past tier four's Fivemiletown United at Valley Stadium. They had a man sent off, but that was after our scoring spree which saw Nick Beta, Mikey Withers (x2), Kevin Braniff and Darren Doherty grab goals."
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Result Five:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Portaferry Rovers (NIR/VI) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Mikey Withers (NIR) - 8.1 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"Portaferry Rovers were our final opponents of pre-season. We travelled to the sixth tier team and came away with a 2-1 win, 36-year old Kevin Braniff again netting - along with Michael O'Hanlon. No clean sheet, though, after they scored with their sole shot through Ally Kilmartin."
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Overview:

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Current Tactics:

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Other:

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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 003: August 2019!
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Current Manager Profile:
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:0 D:0 L:0 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Update 003: August 2019
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After a decent pre-season schedule, I headed into the competitive period of my time as Lisburn Distillery's new manager in Northern Ireland's third division. Four matches awaited us, three in the Premier Intermediate League (Banbridge Town, Bangor and Limavady United) and one in the League Cup (Crusaders).

Let's get right into it.

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Match Round-Up:

Result One:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 1/20 | Opponent: Banbridge Town (NIR/III) | Their Position: 3/11 | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Michael O'Hanlon (NIR) - 8.3 | Our Position: 1/11 | Our Points Tally: 3pts | Our Streak: W

"Opening day victory! Given we are expected to chase promotion, and Banbridge Town are not, these were three points that were a must. We delivered, playing well to secure a 2-0 win thanks to Daire Rooney and Michael O'Hanlon - our cause was helped when Michael Allison received a straight red card on the brink of half-time."
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Result Two:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 2/20 | Opponent: Bangor (NIR/III) | Their Position: 5/11 | Their Streak: WD

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 7.7 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: 3pts | Our Streak: WL

"If you listen closely, you can hear @Shedender's cheers. Bangor ran out undeserved winners on home turf, as Ben Roy struck the eventual winner after just eight minutes. We were much the better, having way more shots but simply couldn't get past (16yo) Ryan Hawkins & Co."
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Result Three:
Competition: League Cup | Round: Second | Opponent: Crusaders (NIR/I) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: DWWDD

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 8.3 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: WLW

"What a win that is! Gary Workman and Michael O'Hanlon struck to eliminate top-flight Crusaders from the League Cup, a club that has won three of the last five Premiership titles. Jamie McGonigle grabbed one back for them, but we held on to secure a great result - one that will surely make the fans remember their fairly recent days in the top tier."
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Result Four:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 3/20 | Opponent: Limavady United (NIR/III) | Their Position: 5/11 | Their Streak: LWW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Kevin Braniff (NIR) - 8.0 | Our Position: 2/11 | Our Points Tally: 6pts | Our Streak: WLWW

"A third win of the season, a second in league action, as Limavady United were defeated 2-0 at New Grosvenor Stadium. Kevin Braniff and Mikey Withers with the all-important goals. Good stuff."
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Overview:

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I'm happy enough with our start. We sit 2nd, two points off 100%s Tobermore United - title favourites Bangor sit a place and a point behind us in 3rd, despite their win over us. We even had a real treat in beating a club two divisions higher.

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Current Tactics:

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Other:

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Dale McCreery (centre-back) has joined the ranks, replacing George Douglas who departed for PSNI. Also above you can see the squad statistics, Michael O'Hanlon and Gary Workman have impressed.

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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 004: September 2019!
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Current Manager Profile:
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:3 D:0 L:1 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
A few of the screenshots ain't showing mate.
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All screenshots are working for me @VP.

Great start to this mate, good form early on.
All screenshots are working for me @VP.

Great start to this mate, good form early on.


Yeah I can see them now, think it was just my mobile internet taking forever to load.
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Great start to this mate, good form early on.

Indeed, pleasing performances so far!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Update 004: September 2019
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I started my career in the Northern Irish third tier with Lisburn Distillery with three victories from four games in August, which including a surprise League Cup win over top-flight Crusaders. We did lose to Bangor in league action, but gained six points over Banbridge Town and Limavady United.

September saw the Steel & Sons Cup and County Antrim Shield join the schedule, along with Premier Intermediate League fixtures with Dollingstown, Portstewart and Moyola Park. Here's how we got on:

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Match Round-Up:

Result One:
Competition: Steel & Sons Cup | Round: Second | Opponent: Shankill United (NIR/IV) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Daire Rooney (NIR) - 8.6 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: WLWWD

"With a heavily rotated squad (10 changes), we unfortunately exited the Steel & Sons Cup at the second round as Shankill United eliminated us 16-15 (!) on penalties; the match finished 3-3 after extra time, they had gone up 1-0 before clawing it back from 1-3. Very disappointing, but not surprising when it goes to spot-kicks on Football Manager."
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Result Two:
Competition: County Antrim Shield | Round: First | Opponent: Carrick Rangers (NIR/II) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: LDLWL

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Our Highest Rated Player: Mikey Withers (NIR) & Gary Workman (NIR) - 7.9 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: LWWDW

"We more than made amends for that Shankill United defeat six days later, as we knocked out a higher division club in cup football for the second time this season in Carrick Rangers. Nick Beta and Mikey Withers were the heroes as we beat the Championship outfit away from home, to progress into the quarter-finals; where we'll face Premiership side Larne - a team I managed back on Football Manager 2014."
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Result Three:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 4/20 | Opponent: Dollingstown (NIR/III) | Their Position: 8/11 | Their Streak: WWLLL

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Our Highest Rated Player: Nick Beta (NIR) - 8.8 | Our Position: 2/11 | Our Points Tally: 9pts | Our Streak: WWDWW

"Back in the Premier Intermediate League, we eased to victory at Planters Park against Dollingstown thanks to a brace from Nick Beta; who was brilliant. Good to see us winning these type of matches... we must!"
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Result Four:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 5/20 | Opponent: Portstewart (NIR/III) | Their Position: 4/11 | Their Streak: DDLLW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Timmy Clarke (NIR) - 8.3 | Our Position: 2/11 | Our Points Tally: 12pts | Our Streak: WDWWW

"Important three points, again. Portstewart were defeated at New Grosvenor Stadium after Kevin Braniff and Timmy Clarke put us 2-0 up, Ryan McKendry did find one back for our visitors but thankfully we held on."
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Result Four:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 6/20 | Opponent: Moyola Park (NIR/III) | Their Position: 5/11 | Their Streak: WWLLW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Timmy Clarke (NIR) - 7.1 | Our Position: 2/11 | Our Points Tally: 13pts | Our Streak: DWWWD

"Poor to drop points on the road versus Moyola Park, especially as we had the chance to go joint top as Tobermore United had the weekend off; due to the odd number of teams in the Premier Intermediate League. Bit of a bottle job, to be honest."
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Overview:

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We head into October still in 2nd, two points off Tobermore United after missing the chance to go level on points. Bangor remain in 3rd but, like Tobermore, have a game in hand on us. Cup-wise we're still in the County Antrim Shield and League Cup, but face no more action in the Steel & Sons Cup sadly. The Irish Cup and Intermediate Cup are yet to get underway, though the latter will do so next month.

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Current Tactics:

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Other:

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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 005: October 2019!
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:6 D:1 L:2 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
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FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Update 005: October 2019
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Cup football would take centre stage this month, as we were given three games across three different competitions to supplement our usual Premier Intermediate League commitments. October would be a big'un as we met Portadown (Championship) and Larne (Premiership, 2nd) in the League Cup and County Antrim Shield respectively, whilst also meeting the early league leaders in Tobermore United (away).

Crucial month even this early on, here's how we at Lisburn Distillery got on:

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Match Round-Up:

Result One:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 7/20 | Opponent: Newington (NIR/III) | Their Position: 11/11 | Their Streak: LLWDW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 9.2 | Our Position: 1/11 | Our Points Tally: 16pts | Our Streak: WWWDW

"Dominant scoreline archived over bottom of the table Newington, but it was one that flattered us in truth. A deserved win no doubt, but 5-1 was harsh on our guests after we netted four times inside the final twelve minutes through Gary Workman, Paul Young, James Wright and Daire Rooney. Notably, this result took us top of the table on goal difference after Tobermore United drew with Annagh United - some very important late goals."
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Result Two:
Competition: League Cup | Round: Third | Opponent: Portadown (NIR/II) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: WWWLW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Daire Rooney (NIR) - 7.2 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: WWDWL

"Having eliminated Crusaders of the Premiership in the second round, we were drawn with Championship outfit Portadown in round three. That is where our League Cup journey would end, as Shane McGinty netted with one minute remaining to condemn us to defeat. I'm proud of the boys though, we gave them a right good test - unlucky to lose after equalising five minutes prior via Daire Rooney."
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Result Three:
Competition: County Antrim Shield | Round: Quarter-final | Opponent: Larne (NIR/I) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: DWWWW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Kevin Braniff (NIR) - 8.8 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: WDWLL

"Consecutive losses for the first time as Lisburn Distillery manager. Larne, who sat 2nd in the Premiership, knocked us out of the County Antrim Shield after winning 3-2. Again though, I'm more than happy with my team. We gave the then second best club in the country a big test, to only narrowly lose by one goal away from home. Larne thoroughly deserved to progress, but we certainly made them work for it."
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Result Four:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 8/20 | Opponent: Tobermore United (NIR/III) | Their Position: 2/11 | Their Streak: WWWDL

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Our Highest Rated Player: Josh Doyle (NIR) - 7.2 | Our Position: 1/11 | Our Points Tally: 17pts | Our Streak: DWLLD

"Things didn't get any easier as we then met in-form Tobermore United in the league, the club we've edged past in the standings. It was an encounter that would end goalless at Fortwilliam Park. It keeps us top, though almost didn't as Bangor were beating Portstewart 0-3 but somehow succumbed to draw 3-3."
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Result Five:
Competition: Intermediate Cup | Round: First | Opponent: Warrenpoint Town Reserves (NIR/-) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 9.2 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: WLLDW

"October concluded with a return to cup action, as the Intermediate Cup got going with a hosting of Warrenpoint Town Reserves. We ran out clear 4-0 winners, with Michael O'Hanlon, Daire Rooney and Nick Beta scoring before our talisman Gary Workman grabbed a deserved goal for four. Into the next stage!"
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Overview:

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That form looks worse than it actually is, given the two defeats were narrow cup losses versus higher tiered opponents and the draw was a good point away to a title rival. The two wins were dominant in terms of goals. Therefore, I'm still very pleased with how our season is going at the moment.

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Current Tactics:

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Other:

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As you can see above, we've had two players depart the club. Back-up goalkeeper Pat Saunders and back-up central midfielder Aaron Harris were given free transfers, neither has featured much (at all in Saunders' case) and wanted out so I released them from their non-contract deals. They won't be missed, but I wish them the best.
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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 006: November 2019!
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:8 D:2 L:4 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Very good start so far.
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Very good start so far.

Yeah, I'm happy with it. Tobermore and Bangor do have a game in hand, so may not be 1st for long but very much in the race for it!
My Careers:
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Looks like its going swimmingly well to begin with!

It is, hopefully we can continue in this vein going forward!
My Careers:
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FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)

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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2019-20) Expectation(s): Reach Play-offs
Overall Team #: 1 | Career Honours: 0
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Update 006: November 2019
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November would be a little light on action, with just two competitive matches to be played towards the end of the month; meaning we had to schedule three friendlies between the 1-16 November. I decided to face lower league outfits in Ford, Shorts and Saintfield United on home turf, they would serve as preparation for upcoming Intermediate Cup second round tie away to Bangor and our matchday nine fixture in the Premier Intermediate League at home to Annagh United.
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Match Round-Up:

Result One:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Ford (NIR/VIII) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Nick Beta (NIR) - 8.8 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"Easy 4-1 win over Ford in the first mid-season friendly, Nick Beta starring after netting two goals."
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Result Two:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Shorts (NIR/VII) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Nick Beta (NIR) & Mikey Withers (NIR) - 8.8 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"4-1 FC? Same scoreline over Shorts, with Nick Beta again notching a brace. Not quite as dominant here, pretty disappointing to concede sloppily late on in both of these two encounters."
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Result Three:
Competition: Friendly | Round: - | Opponent: Saintfield United (NIR/VII) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: -

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Our Highest Rated Player: Michael O'Hanlon (NIR) - 9.0 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: -

"Almost a third straight 4-1 victory... just 3-1 on this occasion. Pretty much the same formula as the previous two though, given we raced into a multi-goal lead before letting our opponents score too easily later on. No Nick Beta double here, but Michael O'Hanlon did so instead."
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Result Four:
Competition: Intermediate Cup | Round: Second | Opponent: Bangor (NIR/III) | Their Position: - | Their Streak: LWDWW

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Our Highest Rated Player: Gary Workman (NIR) - 7.0 | Our Position: - | Our Points Tally: - | Our Streak: LLDWL

"Heavy defeat away to Bangor. We got unlucky in this cup draw, getting the new league leaders (they overtook us by winning their game in hand, Tobermore United thankfully lost theirs) in the second round of the Intermediate Cup. 4-1 flatters them tremendously, just like their victory over us in league action did back in August. We had same amount of shots on target, but they scored with every highlight. Bangor are becoming a bit of a menace."
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Result Five:
Competition: Premier Intermediate League | Round: 9/20 | Opponent: Annagh United (NIR/III) | Their Position: 7/11 | Their Streak: DDWWD

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Our Highest Rated Player: three players - 6.8 | Our Position: 3/11 | Our Points Tally: 18pts | Our Streak: LDWLD

"Back to the bread and butter, we were frustratingly held to a goalless draw at home to Annagh United. Terrible performance, no two ways about it. We've now dropped to 3rd, three points off leaders Bangor."
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Overview:

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Last month's form looked worse than it was, probably the opposite this month. Just the two competitive matches but neither produced a good performance, as we dropped out of the Intermediate Cup and dropped to 3rd in the Premier Intermediate League. Massive pick-up needed in December!

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Current Tactics:

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More transfer news. Connor Curry, an unused right-back who had been moaning for a few months, has been released from his non-contract terms, while central midfielder Steven Ferguson has joined the club. We needed depth in his area, so I signed the 36-year old ex-Leeds United academy player on a free transfer - he has experience in the Premiership and Championship of Northern Ireland.

In other news, Neil Jackson has come on board as our new Under-18s coach. Chairman Jim Greer took control of that, I'd usually do everything myself but so far with Lisburn Distillery I've shared responsibility - admittedly unintentionally, I only just realised I wasn't doing press conferences.

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Thank you for reading!
Next? Update 007: December 2019!
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:8 D:3 L:5 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Got to admit, I absolutely love it when you lose to Bangor.
Love a Northern Irish save, though the amount of cup games is ridiculous! Hopefully you'll face my beloved Killyleagh at some stage and lose.
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