Nov 2, 2017
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Hi Everyone!

This is my first ever FM thread so please, if I make any mistakes, correct me!;) I have decided that I wanted a challenge for this year, somewhere that is close to me yet going to be difficult to achieve great things with. As I live in Devon, I decided to pick Weston-Super-Mare, a team who has been in the National League South for some time. In the game and in real life they have never really challenged for promotion out of the league yet they still hold an amazing record that they have never been relegated in their history.

I have a big plan for WSM. In a three year period I would like to see:
-Year 1: a mid table finish
-Year 2: a top half finish
-year 3: a promotion fight.

I hope you enjoy the thread!

Pre Season is what I exactly wanted!
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We only played four games, and they were against opponents at a lower level but, to score 9 and conceded 2 to make a +7 GD made me get excited for this season. The squad looked good playing a 4-5-1 and having a high tempo to our game. Dayle Grubb was the star man throughout pre season scoring 3 of our 9 goals from CM.

The squad had a good chemistry coming into the season so I didn't want to shake things up to much to unsettle the players. I only brought in 3 players in which two of them are on loan. With the WSM wage budget almost hitting its limit, it was hard to attract and bring in players.
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The players:

-Martin Herdman: A GK from QPR who is on loan with us until the end of the season with the option to buy him at the end for 1K.
-Josh Leslie-Smith: A 17 year old CB who can also play RB from Poole. This loan was just to up our numbers in defence but he seems a decent player for his age and should feature throughout the season. His loan ends at the end of the season.
-Jack Smith: A CB from Eastleigh who I got on a free. Valued at 2.7k and with national league experience, he should help us reach our targets for the upcoming season. He signed a 1 year deal with the club.

We did have to say a goodbye to a valued member of WSM. I really did want to keep him but when I saw the money, it was too good to turn down, especially in the financial situation we are in. View attachment 79615
John Haile was our Head of Youth Development and will be missed but, that 74K though!!! ;)

I hope you have enjoyed the read, next time I will go through the team and tactics as well as the first few games to see how the journey is getting on.



The start of the 2017/18 season is here and... we are predicted to end the season 20th. :mad:
View attachment 79614Relegation!?! In all honesty I was shocked that they would think we would go down. A team who has never been relegated and they think this is the season!? Not a chance. Then the results started to come in and I pushed aside the threat of the media even further away.

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The first two games were a delight to watch. Professional performances from Jake Reid in both games sealed victories by a 1-0 and 3-0 margin against a poor Hungerford Town and Poole Town side. Those 33 WSM ultras definitely get their moneys worth! In both games we played 4-5-1 with our LM/RM running at the defence and with Jake Reid as a target man. With a +4 GD and 6 points I was really finding this team a joy to manage. Then things got a little bit harder....

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Back to back 2-0 defeats put me back into reality. I started to realise how difficult this season is going to be. Nathaniel Pinney, for St. Albans, had an amazing game and tore my defence a part with two first half goals. We never really looked like scoring throughout the whole game. The next game again was a shambolic performance with goals in each half to lose by another 2-0 margin vs a good Gloucester Team.
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After two back to back defeats I thought we could at least get a point away to newly promoted Bognor Regis. Another poor performance saw us lose 2-1. Again, the 4-5-1 formation seemed to start being very ineffective. Early goals in each half saw them have a 2-0 lead with Plummer getting a consolation goal for us in the 82nd minute. We had 3 chances to score after that goal but could not find the back of the net, a recurring theme. Back at the Woodspring, and finally after 3 poor results, a win for WSM! Plummer was the star man by far banging in two goals. Dayle Grubb kept his nerve in the 93rd minute to score what was the winning goal from the penalty spot. Still worried though that I have conceded two again!! 3-5-2 was used in that game which was a risk but a risk that paid off.

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12th/22nd within the first 6 games with a 0 GD is average but, a good start for the squad I have. Next game is Truro, a southwest encounter. They place 17th so far with 1 win from 6.

Real bad news as our goal scorer Jake Reid is sidelined. Luckily we do have 4 options that can replace him but this is a real damper. 2-4 Months out so we probably wont see him back until the New Year.
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Thats the end for this update! I hope you enjoyed. If you think this is too much in depth and needs to be shortened please feedback and I will do what I can. I will more then likely update this thread every 6-8 games.


Hello and welcome back!

6 games in and an average start, WSM are currently situated in mid table, the target! Between games I felt as if there was a lack of quality in midfield. Our CM's of Pope and Grubb was doing ok but we needed one more bit of star power. View attachment 79580Al Bangura was the man. Free transfer with a contract lasting to the end of the season, and the career he has had, I was pleased with the capture. Below you can find his long career history, even featuring for Watford in the Premier League!
View attachment 79579As well as this news, there was also the FA CUP Draw for the second round qualify. I was looking for a home visit which could give the club a little bit more money from the home supporters. However, we were drawn to Cheshunt away. They are a Isthmian League North Division club and the furthest they have ever got in the FA Cup is the Fourth Qualifying round.

After a scrappy 3-2 win at home, we headed to Cornwall to face Truro.


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We started of brightly at Truro having 8 shots in the first half yet it was still 0-0 at half time. I decided to go attacking in the second half with a much higher tempo and within the first minute of the second half we were leading. Danny Greenslade, who has been class so far this season, scoring a header from a corner. However, with Truro second shot of the whole game, Niall Thompson scored. A draw vs Truro.. slightly disappointing. Havant and Waterlooville, a newly promoted team again looked ok but we were poor. They scraped a 1-0 win at the Woodspring.
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We were then home again on a Tuesday night against Wealdstone FC who were top of the league at the time. With 70 away fans it did look like Wealdstone have got some fans! A 2-2 draw, we were 1-0, they got 2 from Elliot Benyon who I thought nicked the winner in the 77th minute but we got it back. Another draw but a result I was pleased with. Now, going into a game when you are 10-1 to win, I was not expecting much, but wow. 2-0, 2 goals in each half, brilliant! Just wish more then 25 supporters could see Kington goal to secure victory!
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Another draw, another goal from Ash Kington. Oxford took an early lead with a bicycle-kick (yes, I didn't know that was possible in FM) in which we replied with a simple tap in on the 51st minute, poor performance, poor result against a poor side. We move on! FA CUP DAY and what a shocking one it was. Yes we came away with a win but it was embarrassing. When Howe knocked them in front I thought our FA Cup days was already finished... Diallo and Plummer saved us and we head into the Third Qual. Rnd. View attachment 79572A nice 4.5k won't hurt either!

We had a chance to play either Concord or St Albans, in which we were dying for Concord who sits bottom at the time.. but...
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*SIGHS* - yes another draw, 1-1 with Pope scoring his first goal for the club. In all honesty, Dartford should of won the game with the amount of shots they peppered our goal with and when they did score, it wasn't surprising.

View attachment 79569View attachment 79568We stay 12th, gaining 7 points from the 6 games. We are 4 points of a play off place. Lets keep the season going!

We sold our CB Jamie Laird who, was playing RB, to Kettering on a free transfer.

Thanks for reading.