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Send all votes to fms.challenge@cmstories.net (note the email change from the first round.) You can only vote for one challenge, but you can vote for yourself, unlike the awards.

The top 2 challenges will qualify for the second round.

The voting run until 8pm next Sunday, 26th of December to allow everyone the chance to vote over the holidays, and the second round will run till Sunday 2nd January.

Remember, vote for the best challenge, not for the name.

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Send all votes to fms.challenge@cmstories.net (note the email change from the first round.) You can only vote for one challenge, but you can vote for yourself, unlike the awards.

The top 2 challenges will qualify for the second round.

The voting run until 8pm next Sunday, 26th of December to allow everyone the chance to vote over the holidays, and the second round will run till Sunday 2nd January.

Remember, vote for the best challenge, not for the name.

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Entry #1 - displaced_seagul

Part 1; Bad Lads Army;

You are a grafter, someone who always wants to win - and isn't afraid to (literally) step on a few toes in the process. Pick a team of your choice - any country, any division - and turn them into a hard working team with little consequence for the discaplinary problems this may bring. You should stay at this first club until you have won your current Division at the very least.

Full instructions.

1; Pick club

2; All players selected MUST have over 15 for the 'Agression' Stat. You must have at least 9 players with Agression of 15 or more at the start and the end of every match.

3; Win your current division.

It's then up to you - you can continue your philosophy elsewhere to one more club, or you can elect to have a change of heart...

Part 2; Operation Good Guys

After being visited - perhaps by the FA, perhaps by those 'Fair Play' campaigners you would usually eat for breakfast - or perhaps, in the seasonal spirit, by the Ghost of football past, you decide to change your ways.

Full Instructions;

1; Get new job (Again, Any Club/Any Division)

2; All players MUST have an 'Agression' stat of 5 or Below. You must have at least 9 players with an Agression Stat of 5 or Below at the start and finish of every match.

3; Win your current division

You then have a choice - you can keep spreading the 'sweetness and light' image that you have just established with a second club, or you can retire - happy that you have now 'redeemed' your previous past ways. Or you could always be tempted back to the 'Dark Side' and do it again...

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Challenge #2 - Bobbev

The Brian Clough Challenge

Brian Clough was undoubtedly one of the best football managers of his generation and it was a sad day for football when he passed away on September 20th 2004 aged 69. His record as a player was extraordinary - before his career was prematurely curtailed by a knee injury he made 274 appearances for Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 goals. But it was his managerial achievements that sealed his reputation. After a short stint on the coaching staff at Sunderland he took over as manager of Hartlepool at the age of 30 and gained promotion from the 4th Division. He then moved to Derby County, taking them to the First Division and winning the league title in season 1971-72. The next season he guided Derby to the Semi Finals of the European Cup before falling out with Chairman Sam Longson and resigning. He failed to bring success to either of his next two clubs. A poor season at Brighton was followed by his infamous 44-day reign at Leeds. But after 4 months out of the game he got back on the managerial rollercoaster at Nottingham Forest in January 1975. Forest were promoted to the First Division in the 1976-77 season and then won the title in the season after. This was followed by two consecutive European Cup victories in seasons 1978-79 and 1979-80. Whilst at Forest Clough also enjoyed four League Cup successes in 1977-78, 1978-79, 1988-89 and 1989-90. His only regrets were his failure to lift the FA Cup and the fact that he was never appointed England manager.

So here is your challenge - can you surpass the achievements of the legendary Brian Clough?

Stage 1 - Hartlepool

Take over at Hartlepool and gain them promotion.

Stage 2 - Derby County

As soon as possible after that take over at Derby and win the Premiership title. Go one step better than Brian and get County into a European Final (UEFA Cup or Champions League)

Stage 3 - Brighton or Leeds

Take one of Clough's less successful clubs to FA Cup glory.

Stage 4 - Nottingham Forest

Secure the Forest job, win the Premiership with them and then go on to lift the Champions League twice and the League Cup four times.

Stage 5 - The England Job

Fulfil the great man's final ambition by gaining the England job and taking them to the final stages of a major tournament (World Cup or European Championship).

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Challenge #3 - Flipsix3

"Out of his shadow, and into his footsteps"

As a youngster you grew up in the shadow of your father, knowing that he was a man loved by the footballing world. His achievements were numerous, and impressive, and when you became a player - signing on for his team - there were those that said you were living off your surname.

Despite those nay-sayers you enjoyed a reasonable career, not that of a superstar but you did play in some big matches. Having realised that you were not destined for greatness on the pitch you decided to try your hand at management, still a relative youngster you learned your trade in the non-league world before getting your chance. Now it's time to step out of his shadow, and follow in his footsteps.

Brief:

OK, so no prizes for guessing the inspiration for this challenge!

You start your tale as the manager of a side in the lowest league of any multi-division nation; England, Scotland, Italy etc - for the challenge to work there must be at least three levels of competition, preferably more (note that in England I would suggest it is acceptable to consider the Conference as the bottom rung, rather than force people into Conference North/South). At the outset you must also nominate a team to be that which your father achieved greatness with and they must be at least one division below the top flight in your country at the time the game starts, you could choose a side that has fallen on even harder times (but they cannot be the team you start with) that choice is yours.

There are not many 'steps' to this challenge but you can claim success by achieving the overall goals in more ways than one. To consider the challenge complete you must secure:

At least one domestic league championship (top flight), and three Cup competitions (at least one of these must be 'continental' - so UEFA Cup, Champions League, or their equivalent).

The only restriction is this; you may only tick off each title when achieved with either your starting club, or the club at which your father achieved success.

You can move clubs as many times as you wish, there is no time restriction on the challenge, but to finish it you must achieve the total of 4 honours with either of the two clubs detailed at the start of your tale.

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Challenge #4 - Glamdring

Changing the face of domestic football

This is an open-ended challenge so that people can

decide when they want to stop and how satisfied they

are with their successes. If people really want I

could give some kind of actual goal though.

The challenge can be undertaken in any nation which

has at least two tiers to the league system, but it is

perhaps more interesting in nations were the top

flight is bigger than 10 clubs, or the league system

deeper than 2 tiers - it is up to you though

ultimately. I intend to impose as few rules as are

strictly needed.

The challenge is to change the face of domestic

football in your chosen country over the course of one

man (or woman)'s career. This means, over the course

of a career, get as many different clubs promoted to

the top flight as possible and get them established

there so that, at the end of your career, there are as

many different clubs in the top flight as you can

manage. To clarify - "different club" means a club

that is in the top flight when you retire (or end your

story in whatever way) that wasn't when you began.

For example, if you are using England and, at the end

of your management career, 10 of the clubs in the EPL

are ones which weren't there at the start of the game,

your "success level" would be 10. (The other 10 clubs

would obviously be ones who were there in 2004/05).

That is essentially the entirety of the challenge, but

there are a few points to clarify.

1. For the purposes of the challenge, it doesn't

matter what kind of success you achieve in the top

flight, staying there is all that matters (winning

European trophies is irrelevent, but still welcome in

your story if you wish!).

2. You are only allowed one manager so you obviously

can't control more than one club at a time.

3. It is entirely your choice how many seasons you

spend at a club - you can get them promoted and then

resign instantly and just hope the next AI manager

keeps them in the top flight for you or you can manage

them as many seasons as you wish to make sure they are established so even the worst AI manager would struggle to relegate them.

4. Obviously, in this challenge, you have to rely on

others for your success (as in any good adventure!) -

some fellow characters will help you by keeping the

clubs you promote in the top flight after you leave or

by getting clubs promoted to the to flight themselves.

Others will hinder you by getting teams relegated

which you (or they) had previously got promoted.

5. The intention is obviously that you take over clubs

and get them promoted, but there are no rules against

you deliberately getting an established club relegated

so long as you can weave it into your story - bear in

mind though that you have to always use the same

manager so if you trash your reputation by ruining a

top club it will be a lot more difficult.

In the end, what matters is simply a look at the top

flight table at the end of your career compared to the

top flight table at the start of your career. Your

level of success is determined by how many clubs are

different between those two tables. How many of them

you got promoted yourself and how many were taken

there by AI managers, how many have been up and down

27 times before returning to the top flight, etc etc,

are all irrelevent. It doesn't even matter if all the

clubs there were promoted by someone else. Your aim

is simply to do all that you can in your career as a

football manager to shake up the established order in

your chosen nation. If you get a team promoted in

season 1 and they stay in the top flight until the

season before you end and then get relegated I'm

afraid they don't count at all!

If anyone knows the book "The Man Who Planted Trees"

by Jean Giono, this challenge was inspired by that -

to see how much one man could achieve by his own endeavours."

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Challenge #5 - Soup

STAGE 1 - D-Day

D-Day, when the allied stormed the beaches of Normandy. You are to take over

a team that is located on one of the following places, and do as

following...:

Route 1 - Utah Beach - Liberate Cherbourg - Cherbourg, a small town

on the side of the Northern side of the Cotentin, was in the middle of Utah

Beach, and amongst one of the first towns to be liberated. AS Cherbourg are

their local side. You'll need an editor to put them in the lowest French

Division (National, most likely). Your mission is simple, enter the club,

and keep it from getting destroyed, manage them for one season and keep them

in National. Once you've succeeded, you may move on to the next stage.

Route 2 - Omaha Beach - Reach Bayeux - Bayeux is another small town,

just down the road from Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach was one of the most

difficult challenges, between the terrible rip tides, strong offshore

currents and bad escape routes in extremely rough terrain. Bayeux,

therefore, is the hardest of the first round challenges, as you move them

into the Lowest French Division (National?). Keep them up, and you can move

on. Relegate, and Omaha Beach is lost.

Route 3 - Gold, Juno and Sword beaches - Mondeville set free! -

Mondeville, a town that was in the route of all three of the invading

positions, is one of the outskirts of Caen, a major city the allies hoped to

capture. Just as above, edit Mondeville into the lowest possible playable

French League and keep them in it for at least one season to move up.

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STAGE TWO - Pushing inland

To reflect your limited occupied territory, you must move directly from

your Stage 1 team to the next team, you must stay at your stage 1 team until

you can get a job with your stage 2 team.

Route 1 - Utah Beach -> Paris

After Utah beach, the Ivy (US Fourth Division) went West and beat the

Germans near Perriers, before being re-issued to Paris, to help the French

liberate their capital. Since the most of the material is still in German

hands, you can not use Paris Saint Germain. Instead, move to Racing Club de

Paris (who should be in the National League), and promote them. After you

succeed in promoting them, you will be moved to the third stage of the

challenge.

Route 2 - Omaha Beach -> Caen

After taking over and keeping Bayeux, you find yourself on your way to Caen,

the major city of Normandy, and it is imperative that this city is taken in

order to liberate this part of France. Take over Stade Malherbe de Caen, and

finish fourth or higher to secure your place. From here on, you may move on

to stage three.

Route 3 - Gold, Juno and Sword beaches -> Brest

The Normandic coast is secure, so it is time to move onwards. You have been

assigned to capture the harbour of Brest, an important place from where

fresh troups can be brought into the European mainland. Secure the city, and

expand your operation there, so that you can move on. Take control of Stade

Brestois 29 (who *should* be in National), and bring them to the second

division. (If Brest are already in second division in your version of the

game, fulfill the board's expectations). When you've completed this

objective, move on to stage Three.

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STAGE THREE - Moving on

Here, you may manage any French teams you so desire in Routes 1 and 2

until you can get a job at the specified teams in this stage. In route 3,

you may only manage the team you managed in stage 2 until you can find a job

in a 2nd division team other then Brest

Route 1 - Utah Beach -> Paris -> Belgium

After liberating Paris, the Ivy (Again, US 4th Div) went north to Belgium,

fighting their way towards Germany. You find yourself stranded in Virton,

where you shall manage R Excelsior SC Virton and fulfill your board's

expectations for the season before moving on.

Route 2 - Omaha Beach -> Caen -> Southern Netherlands Your troops advance North, and set out to liberate the Netherlands. However,

their advance was hindered at the rivers, causing the north of the

Netherlands to remain under German occupation. You will be in the South,

liberating and trying to make your way north during the hungerwinter of '44 Take control of a team under the rivers of Holland in the Second Division

(Eerste Divisie). Teams that are under the rivers are: Dordrecht, Eindhoven,

Exelsior, Helmond, MVV, RBC, TOP Oss, Den Bosch, Feyenoord, Fortuna Sittard,

NAC, PSV, RKC, Roda, Sparta and Willem II. Find one of those in the "Eerste

Divisie" and take over. To complete this stage, promote them to the First

Division (Eredivisie), in order to build your strength (reputation). When

you succeed, move on to the next stage.

Route 3 - Gold, Juno and Sword beaches -> Brest -> Onwards in France Time to officially liberate France, and drive the Germans across the

borders.

Take over a second division team (not Brest), and promote them to the First

division, the highest division in the french league. Upon succeeding, move

to stage four.

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STAGE FOUR - Preparing to topple Germany

Route 1 - Utah Beach -> Paris -> Belgium -> Luxembourg The Germans then planted a winter-offensive, and your company is assigned to

stop them on the border of Luxembourg and Germany. You find yourself in

Saarland, taking control of Saarbrucken. You'll have to build your strength.

In order to do this, bring them to the German First Division, and staying up

for one season.

You may manage any Belgian team you want until you can get a job at

Saarbrucken

Route 2 - Omaha Beach -> Caen -> Southern Netherlands -> Northern

Netherlands

The winter of hunger in the Northern Netherlands are over, and it's time to

advance to the North, liberating them, and building a strong base from which

to invade Germany.

Pick a team above the rivers (e.g. Any team not mentioned in stage three)

and guide them to a national title, before you move on to the final stage.

Route 3 - Gold, Juno and Sword beaches -> Brest -> Onwards in France ->

Prepare to attack

France is free, and now is the time to prepare for the final assault. You will take over a strong team in France (Div 1), and bring them the

national title. As soon as you've done this, you are ready to topple

Germany.

You may also attempt to stay at your current team and take them to the

title, if you so desire.

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STAGE FIVE - The fall of the Third Reich

All routes

You've finally made it to Berlin. Take over Herta BSC Berlin, and win the

German First Division. If you complete this objective, you've defeated the

Third Reich, and World War II is over.

Well done.

Once you've picked a Route in stage 1, you may not change routes. Route

Three is the easiest, and was specifically devised for people with

lower-performance computers, who can not run too many leagues at a high

database.

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Challenge #6 - bartley-m

The English shall rise again….

Background

Crewe Alexandra have been a nuturing ground for many a quality youngster

over the years. Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton to name but two. Sadly for

Crewe, Ashton appears to be the only genuine prospect to come out of the

renamed Alexandra stadium for several years, so when he is shipped off to

struggling Premiership newboys Crystal Palace, a state of depression hangs

over the town built around a railway. To make matters worse, the longest

serving manager in the football league (Dario Gradi) dies of a heart attack

minutes before Crewe start the 04/05 campaign. Managerless and without there

star player, can Crewe survive the new season?

The Aim

To keep Crewe in the Championship for at least 3 years, if not get them

promoted. You must be in Europe within 5 though!!! The only other rules

about this challenge are you must not buy any players who are not English,

Scottish, Irish or Welsh and you must grow at least 3 first team players out

of the youth system.

Steps to start the challenge

1. Use the Editor to add 6 million to Crewes bank account, take Dario Gradi

out of the game, and set Dean Ashton as a Crystal Palace player. Use only

the English and Scottish leagues from scots div 3 and english national

conference only.

2. You must be British or Irish.

3. Choose Crewe as your team

4. Get writing!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Brian of Nazareth:

ok sorry - returned from Uni, now on crappy 56k, was going to amend and clarify challenge entry but plenty of better ones on offer anyway icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry Rod, I did mail you but it bounced. You can hone it for next time icon_wink.gif

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Brian of Nazareth:

ok np. Any chance of getting it sent back so I can hone it though? I wasn't sensible enough to actually save it to word icon_razz.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well no, cos I didnt actually recieve it icon_frown.gif

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Not sure if this is the right place/time to ask, but I'm a little confused by the wording or displaced_seagul's challenge.

It says all players selected must have Aggression > 15 (or < 5 for later challenge) and then goes on to say that there must be at least 9 of these on the pitch at start and end of every match...surely if all players must have that you'd have to have 11 on the pitch at the start of the match and however many don't get sent off (icon_razz.gif) at the end anyway?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peacemaker7:

received.

You are allowed to vote for yourself though, most do icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Whether you're allowed to or not I'm surprised that people do... surely putting up the idea in the first place is as good as a single vote anyway - even if I consider my own idea to be the best (and I'm not saying I do) then I always vote the 'best alternative' - just the way I was brought up I guess icon_wink.gif

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I would LOVE to see someone attempt my story, just not enough crewe stories around these days icon_wink.gif

I also love Crewe because they are the only team ive ever had any success with. I went all the way to the 2019/20 season with them, winning the premiership, FA cup and champs league in one season. ahhh memories...

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flipsix3:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Peacemaker7:

received.

You are allowed to vote for yourself though, most do icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Whether you're allowed to or not I'm surprised that people do... surely putting up the idea in the first place is as good as a single vote anyway - even if I consider my own idea to be the best (and I'm not saying I do) then I always vote the 'best alternative' - just the way I was brought up I guess icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same here, didn't vote for my own challenge either

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So we sang shangalang,and we ran with the gang, singing shooowapoodidydoway and we were all in the news with our blue suede shoes dancing the night away ........ shangalang ........ shangalang ....... shangalang,shangalang,shangalang!

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