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  1. After playing with Hucknall Town until the 2041/42 season in FM23, I am finally ready for a new challenge and step in to FM24.

    This time I have chosen to take over Godalming Town. Was looking for a team with yellow kits, and after narrowing it down to a few clubs I was sold because of Bill Kyte and his dedication to this football club. 

    As I did with Hucknall Town I will once again play this challenge with the restriction of not spending a single penny on transfer fees. Loans are ok, but only if I just pay the wage and nothing else. 

    Here we go.




    @lionel messi Can't see image/leaderboard in the second post, or view/join the discord.

  2. Season 14 completed.

    The season ended with...


    The Premier League title! 

    From 11th place in the league last year, to win our first of the really big trophies.

    Got to the semi final in the Europe League, but lost to Tottenham. Lost to Chelsea in the FA-cup semi final, and lost to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup quarter final.

    I think it will be hard to retain the title next season as I won the league with only 82 points, and it seems unlikely that all the big teams will have an another "blip year". As I am doing this challenge by not spending any money on transfer fees I need to be lucky on the free transfer market. Some of the players have been with me since League Two and League One, especially happy for them to be part of this title.

    Total points so far: = 851 points.

    + points this season: 184 points (Premier League)

    Total points: 1035 points

    Total trophies: 14


    Premier League: 2035/36

    Europa Conference League: 2034/35

    EFL Cup: 2034/35

    Sky Bet League 1

    Sky Bet League 2

    Vanarama National League

    Vanarama National League North 

    Northern Premier League Premier Division

    Northern Premier League Division One

    United Counties League Premier Division North

    FA Vase 

    United Counties League Cup

    United Counties League Division 1

    United Counties League Cup


  3. Season 13 completed.

    It didn't take long before it became clear that the cups were our best chance this season. In the league we played inconsistently, but in the cups we always had something extra to give.

    We won our very first trophy in several years (and at top level), the League Cup (114 points). After a perfectly normal 6-6 game, we finally won on penalties against Liverpool.



    In the end, we also won the Europa Conference League after winning 1-7 in the final (130 points). Dusan Vlahovic, now 35 years old, must be attributed as the most important player. 10 starts, 4 times substituted in, and 36 (!!) goals in the tournament is completely absurd. After the victory, we have qualified for the Europe League next season.



    Total points so far: = 607 points.

    + points this season: 244 points 

    Total points: 851 points

    Total trophies: 13


    Europa Conference League: 2034/35

    EFL Cup: 2034/35

    Sky Bet League 1

    Sky Bet League 2

    Vanarama National League

    Vanarama National League North 

    Northern Premier League Premier Division

    Northern Premier League Division One

    United Counties League Premier Division North

    FA Vase 

    United Counties League Cup

    United Counties League Division 1

    United Counties League Cup


  4. Season 11 completed.

    Won the first match in the Premier League at home against Sunderland, who also got promoted last season, but then had 7 losses in the next 8 games. Was a bit worried there, but finally got at team settled and improved the results from there. Ended in 12th place.

    No new points.

    Edit: Season 12 completed as well. 

    After a quarter of the season I was slowly beginning to believe I could be in an unlikely title challenge - but came down to earth (and on the table). Ended the season in 8th place, and qualified for the Europa Conference League. 


    Total points so far: = 607 points.

    Total trophies: 11


  5. Season 10 completed. 

    Second place in the Championship means that we got promoted to the Premier League! Very happy with that.


    If you gain promotion from a lower League you still get the points for that competition. 

    I guess this means we get the 132 points for getting the promotion?



    The squad is in serious need of more quality in almost every position to survive. My goalkeeper is probably good enough, but are looking for improvements in every other position. They all need to be free transfers as well, so this will be a busy summer.


    Total points so far: 475 points+132 points (this season) = 607 points.

    Total trophies: 11



  6. Season 9 completed. 

    First season with no trophy or new points.

    Happy with third place in the Championship, but lost the playoff final 1-5 against Derby. A red card seems almost guaranteed in such a big game? We were never close.

    The team heavily depended on a loan striker who single-handedly was the difference between just staying up and the unexpected promotion push. Don't think we can have him for another season, so need to improve the team in other positons to make up for whoever replaces him.



    No changes in points or trophies.


    Total points so far: 368 points+107 points (this season) = 475 points.

    Total trophies: 11

  7. Season 8 completed. 

    Promoted as winners of the Sky Bet League 1 (107 points). I believed we would have to stay in League One for at least one extra season after the summer, but actually ended up as a dominant season with almost 30 points above not getting automatic promotion.



    Total points so far: 368 points+107 points (this season) = 475 points.

    Total trophies: 11



    Sky Bet League 1

    Sky Bet League 2

    Vanarama National League

    Vanarama National League North 

    Northern Premier League Premier Division

    Northern Premier League Division One

    United Counties League Premier Division North

    FA Vase 

    United Counties League Cup

    United Counties League Division 1

    United Counties League Cup

    Got a bit tired of this save at some point, but after some reflection (and about 10 attempts to start a new save) I found out this was a result of not having clear targets. Have been looking for a really long term save, and have now landed on why Hucknall Town will be it:

    1. This has from the start been a save where I don't spend a penny on transfers. This will continue. Free transfers only, but loans are acceptable as long as I only cover wage and don't pay any monthly fees.

    2. I will have a go at the Danny Roberts challenge as well in this save. This means having a player score 1000 goals for me. I would like it to only be at club level, not international as I have zero interest in managing national teams. Currently have no player that suits this purpose, so this is a long term target.

    3. To be at the top of the Hall of Fame. Guardiola is at the top and still at Man City, so he will probably have at least 10 more years to improve his score. Hope he doesn't keep going as long as he did in a save for me in FM21, where he retired from managing at 74 years old. After that he actually became my chief scout and surprisingly did not retire for the entire save which ended in year 2065. 94 years old!

    By combining these targets/goals with the restriction of free transfers only, I think this will be hard to complete as I can't just sign the most promising wonderkid. The youth setup is something I have totally ignored so far in this save, and as a result the intakes usually gives me "E"-rated youngsters at best. My focus the next seasons will be to improve the youth situation, as I think my best shot at getting a 1000 goal player will be to have him come through the academy, rather than signing a 18 year old (at least) on free transfer.

  8. Season 7 completed. 

    Promoted as winners of the Sky Bet League 2 (85 points). Suspect we will remain in League One for at least 2 seasons before further promotion. Was not able to strengthen the team as much as I hoped this summer.


    Total points so far: 283 points+85 points (this season) = 368 points.

    Total trophies: 10


    Sky Bet League 2

    Vanarama National League

    Vanarama National League North 

    Northern Premier League Premier Division

    Northern Premier League Division One

    United Counties League Premier Division North

    FA Vase 

    United Counties League Cup

    United Counties League Division 1

    United Counties League Cup


  9. Season 3 completed (Edit: Also added season 4 below)

    Promoted as winners of the Northern Premier League Division One East (30 points)

    Total points: 
    100 points (so far) plus 30 points= 130 points.





    Season 4 also complete.

    Won Northern Premier League Premier Division (35 points).


    Total points: 130 points (so far) + 35 points (this season) = 165 points

  10. I don't mean this in any disrespectful way, but how do you make this challenge interesting over time? 

    In my case I ended up with Norwich (FM22) and won the FA-cup in the first season (21/22).

    In the second season (22/23) I won:

    Premier League, Fa-cup and Europe League.

    In the third season (23/24) I won:

    Premier League, Champions League, Fa-cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield.

    I've just about started the 24/25-season (still in August), and have so far won the Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup.


    This is not meant as bragging, but to highlight my "problem" going forward. How do you make this interesting over time? Do any of you play with further restrictions other than the ones in the OP? Would be interesting to know. 


  11. So far, so good. And now the most challenging part.. Staying up and eventually win that FA-cup trophy.



    Actually spent more in transfers in league one than preparing the team for the championship.



    The last restriction I learned Oysten wanted was the "No agent fees" one. I only realized this after the promotion from League One, and therefore have a small fee that I have paid to agents.



    This of course should have been 0 - as mentioned in the restrictions - but didn't want to restart for such an insignificant amount of money. 

    So, here we go.

    Premier League.


    Edit: Seem as this challenge isn't as interesting as I thought. That's ok. 

    Survived. 4 games to go, 11th place in the Premier League.

    Open photo


    Will not be updating any further. Thanks to anyone who has read this far.

  12. The Blackpool 10K Challenge.

    Just wanted to quickly share a challenge I made for myself that probably would be fun for others as well, but I don't want to spend too much time with admin for such a challenge. Sorry if that is a problem for some of you, and please use this challenge as an inspiration to make a similar challenge laid out properly, or add to the challenge in the comments.

     I just will present the premises to you, and hope it gives you some inspiration to this kind of a save yourself.


    When Blackpool got promoted to the Premier League against all odds for the 2010/11 season, the owner, Karl Oysten set a wage cap of 10K per week. 

    He also said he refused to pay any agent fees. 

    It is under these circumstances, and a few other, you now have to manage Blackpool under Oysten's restrictions to what they never achieved in real life:

    To survive in the Premier League. Plus a few more I will present to you now:


    • Get promoted to Premier League
    • Survive the first season in Premier League, and then become established.
    • Repeat the proudest moment in Blackpool F.C's history and win the FA-cup again (won in 1952/53).
    • After that...what is the most impressive achievement any of us can manage under the Oysten-restrictions?


    The restrictions are Oysten-inspired and is a combination of what is known and documented, and also research/estimates of other restrictions Holloway had to work under while trying to survive in the Premier League. Some known restrictions is simplyfied or adjusted to make it easy to follow/understand the rules:

    • Max 10K a week for a player. Tip: Do not give players yearly wage rises, promotion wage rises etc.
    • The appearance fees etc must not go over 10K either. It would be to big of a loophole to give 10K a week but 120K in apperance fees.
    • The total wage budget must not be over 250K in total! (Holloway had about these conditions to work under)
    • NO agent fees. 
    • Maximum of £6 million transfer budget per season in the Premier League. This is roughly what Holloway was allowed to spend for Blackpool to prepare for the Premier League. This should not include any add ons* or monthly payments. *I have allowed myself up to 50% sell on fee as the only add on, but you can choose to just pay everything upfront without anything if you want to make it even harder.
    • Loaning players is allowed, but the total cost of the loan (monthly fees) will have to be deducted from the transfer budget (The total loan fee is visable on the Loan offer screen in FM21 - don't know about FM22.)

    I think that was it. Just ask if anything seems unclear. 

    Oysten originally had other restrictions as well, such as bonus fees, but I have chosen to not over complicate the challenge. If it was too hard in 2010/11 it surely will be even more challenging in 21/21 with the money inflation. 

    I'm playing this challenge on FM21 and have already gotten promoted from League One as the Champions, and currently placed 2nd in the Championship after 26 rounds. If this season end with promotion, I will truly face the brutal working conditions Oysten's Blackpool had to compete under.

    Good luck!

  13. So I decided to wait two seasons before making another post.

    Season 6 ended in an underwhelming way as I actually had high hope for improving the previous league placements (5th and 4th place), but ended up with yet another 4th place. No points for the challenge.

    In the transfer window before season 7 I actually only signed 3 players. This is unusual for me in this kind of save where I only sign free transfers. A combination of developing young players over many seasons and a lack of players that would be an improvement in the end became vital in the season ahead.

    The seventh season... we did it. We won the Premier League!


    Watford v Coventry_ Review.png

    Let's get on to the challenge points we have achieved.

    Premier League champions (season 3-7): 1000 points
    Fa-Cup: 250 points
    Championship champions: 75 points
    League One champions: 25 points
    EFL trophy: 20 points

    My League One player was Gustavo Hamer. Have to be honest here; did not think it would be possible to have him as a key player if I wanted to actually finish the challenge. Despite the gradually more obvious lack of quality I still decided to include him as much as possible. As far as the challenge points for him he featured in 23 Premier League matches and started 5 of them.

    League One player bonus: 500 points

    League One player starts: 5= 500 points

    Championship team continuity bonus:

    Players who won promotion from the Championship that were registered and played in the Premier League:

    Xavi Symons, Pietro Pellegri, Matthew Mitchell (academy newgen), Christian Ramos (newgen), Gustavo Hamer, Luke Slane (academy newgen), Ronaldo Camara, Sergio Gomez, Matheus Mendes, Armindo Sieb.

    10 players=1000 points

    And at last, an extra 250 points for every one of these players that started at least 10 Premier League games in the title winning season:

    Xavi Symons, Pietro Pellegri, Matthew Mitchell (academy newgen), Christian Ramos (newgen)

    4 players= 1000 points


    Total score:

    4370 points


    On 30/03/2021 at 20:48, Mark_w said:

    Leicester’s historic score: 5,000 points

    Can you beat it?

    This time; well.. It depends on the rules of the challenge.

    My question to you, @Mark_w, is the same I have asked you a few times now without getting an answer:
    Does the challenge end when you win the Premier League, or does it last as long as the time it took Leicester to win it - 8 seasons - and therefore I can continue this challenge for an another season to try to win some cup trophies to beat Leicesters score? Or do I have to just end the challenge here, winning Premier League earlier than Leicester but with less points?






  14. Season 5 done. 
    Lost out of a Champions League spot in the last game of the season, so ended up in 5th place. 

    Won the FA-cup! Against Man City, the team that robbed me from the 4th place in the league. 

    As I go into the 6th season of the challenge I fear that it will be difficult to improve the squad much further from this point. I have good players, but miss a bit of quality in key positions. Need some of my youngsters to step up to the challenge.

    Points so far:

    Fa-Cup: 250 points

    Championship champions: 75 points

    League One champions: 25 points

    EFL trophy: 20 points

    Coventry v Man City_ Review.png

  15. Just a short update. No further points for the challenge - the first season in Premier League (and 4th season in this challenge) ended in 4th place and Champions League next season.

    A few very important signing before this season. Apart from Youssouf Koné and Kenny Lala all of the signings were cruicial in the good season we ended up with. Koné the most disappointing and actually had to use Bright Arrey-Mbi as a left back to keep a certain quality in the first team.

    Especially pleased with the signings Arrey-Mbi and newgen Patrick Lebongo. Had to fight of some of the biggest clubs in Europe to complete these transfers.

    Bright Arrey-Mbi_ Profile.png

    Patrick Lebongo_ Profile-2.png


    Would probably have lost Arrey-Mbi this summer due to a small minimum release clause to clubs in major competitions - but as we qualified to CL ourself we luckily managed to throw enough money at him to keep him with us.

    Need a bit of quality in a few, key positions to keep improving. Will be challenging to strengthen the squad further as I only can sign players without contract, and the options seems sparse this summer. The problem is that for every player I need to improve the team it actually means dropping players that would give me points for the challenge... But without improving I will not be able to complete this challenge anyway, so.. let's see who will join us when they leave their clubs.

    Premier League table:


    English Premier Division_ Stages-7.png


    Coventry City_ Transfer History-4.png



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