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  1. Day One OK, my first day on the job, I have been meeting my players and staff and considering what I will ask of them tactically. Before we get to that, let's see what is expected of me; Avoiding relegation from Campeonato de Portugal is understandably the key objective for president Alberto Cardoso. For those not in the know about the Portuguese fourth division, there are 56 teams, split into four groups of 14. The top two from each group qualify for an eight team play-off tournament. The two finalists are promoted to Liga 3, with the winners being declared champions. Priced at 7000/1 at the bookies, my Gouveia side is unlikely to need to worry about the intricacies of the promotion system, and rather be looking over our shoulders the other way, with the bottom five of the sixteen relegated to the fifth tier. Here are the teams we are up against in Serie C; The supporters have similarly realistic expectations of the upcoming campaign, which I'm grateful for. Both of our rivals are in the level below us, so we are unlikely to meet either this term. So, onto the squad, I'm really happy with what I have inherited, this is a good set of talented players, who I think could be moulded into a successful unit. We also have decent depth, so no glut of transfer activity is needed this summer, though we do need a right back. Tactically, I'm starting out with a fairly basic 4-3-3, I have players capable of making a possession based system work, I will be aiming to implement a high possession tiki-taka style. I've set up narrow, to reduce the distances between players and enable to close range passing. The pressing forward will try and win the ball high up the field and hold it up for the two inside forwards who will be cutting in either side of him, and the advanced playmaker will also be asked to drive forward into the attack. At the back I've kept things simple, the fullbacks will support the forwards when it's safe to do so and the central defenders will stay in position, protected by a ball winning midfielder. We begin our season at home to Uniao de Tomar in a months time, on the 23rd August, I have four weeks to get my tactical will imprinted upon the player's psyche and fill in the gap at right-back.
  2. Good luck, Finland doesn't seem to crop up here very often so it's quite interesting to see.
  3. I've just read through this, I find it quite interesting as I've really tried managing in Japan, I did load up a save once but the editor data I was using was very incomplete which put me off taking it any further. Nice update presentation, keep it up and hope you can turn things around.
  4. Thanks mate. His statue in Gouveia market square is adorned with fresh flowers each day.
  5. My birthplace; Gouveia, a small town and municipality in the Guarda region of central Portugal, is where I begin my reluctant foray into football management. The town itself has a population of just 3,500. The entire town can fit inside the C.D. Gouveia's Estadio Municipal do Farvo. I aim to bring them some success whilst building my reputation enough to enable me to continue my quest for the truth about my father's disappearance higher up the football ladder, where I will have access to larger numbers of people who might know something. Just like in my father's time, C.D. play in the fourth tier of Portuguese football, they were in fact promoted the year after he left, using the money they received from Vitória de Guimarães wisely to strengthen their squad. Unfortunately, that spell in the third tier only lasted a single season, and since then they have bounced between the 4th and 5th tiers. _________________________ Profile & Career History Yes that's me, I was born in Gouveia whilst my dad was playing for Vitória Guimarães, but my family relocated to England soon after when he signed for Manchester United. I have no real experience or qualifications to speak of, but I have a keen tactical mind, which will hopefully serve me well on my journey.
  6. Interesting idea, as a lover of old school rough and tumble football, I hope you do well. I find all this play out of defence, sideways passing stuff boring as hell. I like the presentation of your updates too, keep it up!
  7. The disappearance of António Madeira has remained football's greatest mystery for almost a quarter of a century. A prodigiously talented young man, seemingly with the world at his feet, his short career became the stuff of legend in the game. Born in Gouveia, Portugal, Madeira came through the youth ranks at C.D. Gouveia, who were then playing in the fourth tier of Portuguese football, the youngster quickly impressed with his goalscoring abilities, netting twenty times in his debut season. This kind of return attracted the interest of Vitória de Guimarães, who offered the twenty-year-old the chance to play in The Primeira Liga, Portugal's top division. Madeira was undaunted by jumping three divisions, scoring seventeen times to help Vitória avoid relegation. It was in the 2001/02 season that Tó's career really took off, scoring 33 times to propel an average Vitória side to a tenth-place finish. The talented twenty-two-year-old was attracting the attention of scouts from all across Europe and in July 2002, Madeira secured a dream move to English giants Manchester United. United were looking for back-up to Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunner Solskjarer, following Uruguayan Diego Forlán's disappointing start at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson described Madeira as one of the most naturally gifted players he ever saw on the training pitch. Tó also earned a first call-up to the Portuguese national team and was blessed with a child by his long-time girlfriend shortly thereafter. It seemed like all the boy from Gouveia's dreams were coming true. Shockingly, that is where the Tó Madeira story ends. At least it is where the page has been marked and left unfinished for the past twenty-one years. Tó never made a single appearance for Manchester United, or Portugal. Nor was he present to watch his son, Junior, grow up. The mystery of what happened to him is shrouded in controversy to this day. Some say he became addicted to gambling and fell into a debt he couldn't pay with loan sharks, some say he was blown of course during a hang-gliding accident and now rests somewhere in the depths of the Atlantic, others insist he couldn't handle the attention thrust upon him by his growing fame, and he is still alive, living wild in the wilderness somewhere. Whatever happened, one man is determined to uncover the truth and finally put an end to the mystery once and for all; Junior has had a tough life. For years, he has faced questions about his famous father's disappearance, it is seemingly all people want to talk to him for. This led to the youngster resenting football, he has avoided the sport for most of his life to try to avoid the steady stream of media interest and obsessive fans. However, now aged twenty-one, Junior has avowed himself to finally uncover the truth as to what happened to his father. He will travel to the ends of the earth if necessary to uncover clues pertaining to the mystery, to do so he has decided that he must dive into the thing he has avoided for so long; the unforgiving world of professional football. Tó Jr. has spent the last year studying every book and website he can find on coaching, football tactics and man management skills, he has read the autobiographies of great managers to try to understand their processes and thinkings. He even wrote to some of the World's current top bosses for advice and support. Hearing of Junior's efforts, Alberto Cardoso, president of C.D. Gouveia, the very club that Tó Senior began his career, contacts junior with a golden opportunity. Where better to begin the search for the truth than where his dad was born and took his first steps in the game? To be continued...
  8. I've re-started this, this time I've got Brentford. I was quite surprised to see them down in 19th, with only three points in the bag so far. it certainly shouldn't be difficult to guide them away from relegation. The biggest question is if I can keep hold of Toney, once he returns from his ban, He has interest from Saudi Arabia and Newcastle. A fairly kind run of fixtures to start off with for me;
  9. This is from the FM23 thread, I assume it's the same for this year
  10. Football clubs, like the mighty empires of history, rise and fall during the relentless passage of time. Some clubs have remained a constant feature at the fore of the game for a century or more, cramming yet more silverware into their cabinets year after year. Some have had spells of success before falling upon hard times and seeing their stars fall. Others, it seems, are doomed to forever play the role of supporting cast in the great show. This challenge is for those unfashionable clubs, the perennial also-rans, always the bridesmaid, never the bride types. Challenge Aims - Get your chosen club into the top flight of their nation -Win the national cup -Win the top flight -Guide your club to Champions League Glory! Eligibility Rules - Your club must never have played in the top flight of their nation, This means ever, not just since 1992 if playing in England. - They must never have won a cup competition that is open to top-flight clubs. Lower league cups such as the FA Trophy or Football League Trophy do not count. - To find out the highest division a club has played in, go to their history and open the records tab. If they haven't reached the top before, check their history and make sure they haven't won a top cup before, if they haven't, you're good to go! Other Rules - Reputation and coaching badges are up to you. I would suggest ticking the 'suggest reputation/badges based on club' boxes. -No use of In-game editor and no saving and reloading to gain more favourable results. -You can play in any country that has promotion/relegation, so long as your club meets the eligibility criteria above. -No need to restart if you're sacked, Just wait until one of the other eligible clubs becomes available. -Fell free to combine this with other challenges such as youth academy, big fat goalie, or Dafuge. Eligible clubs 2023/24 England / Wales Championship Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham League One Bristol Rovers, Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Fleetwood Town, Lincoln City, Peterborough United, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage, Wycombe Wanderers League Two AFC Wimbledon*, Barrow, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Forest Green Rovers, Gillingham, Harrogate Town, Mansfield Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Morecambe, Newport County, Salford City, Stockport County, Sutton United, Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Wrexham *Slightly contentious issue here, Wimbledon did play in the top flight, but technically this is not the same club. National Leagues Anyone except Oldham Athletic I'll add eligible clubs from other countries to this post if the challenge starts to take off. Good luck all
  11. I've decided to explore level ten a bit and give this a try, I've chosen my old hometown club, Sutton United (Not to be confused with the South London club of the same name who are in the National League) United are from Sutton Coldfield in the North of Birmingham, they have been around since 1947 but have always struggled to attract much support due to their proximity to Premier League Aston Villa who drain most of the potential fanbase in the area. There are also several other non-league sides within a five-mile radius in the tiers above United, who further drain support, chiefly NPL side Sutton Coldfield Town who are just half a mile away. United are currently in the Midland Football League - Division One. My profile - Club Information - Initial Squad Media Predictions - Finances The board want us to finish in the top half of the table, which seems a fair and realistic expectation. A run in the FA Vase would be nice, some prize money would help strengthen the club's position. I'm not bothered about the League Cup and will probably use it to rotate and give my fringe players a chance. Initial squad;
  12. A little late answering your question mate, but if you, or anyone else is looking, I highly recommend the FusionDB which makes the Italian lower-leagues playable. Including Serie D, where you can find Victor San Marino in Serie D, Group D.
  13. Wow, I've tried this a few times, and I've never seen Man U in 19th. You definitely have a good shout at completing the challenge with them.
  14. After struggling to settle into a save so far on FM24, I've decided to have another shot at this challenge. Here's my profile; After reloading at least fifty times, I've finally got my local club, Workington Reds, to come up! Initial Squad - Finances - Media Predictions - Club Facilities - Squad Heirarchy Borough Park, near the mouth of the River Derwent. Reds are promoted for the second consecutive season, after winning the NPL D1NW play-offs in 2022/23. Shockingly, they went and did the same thing in the NPL Premier as well. The media has us odds on favourites to finish bottom in the National League North and make an immediate return to the NPL. I will be doing all that I can to ensure that doesn't happen. Finishing 20th or above is my only personal aim for the club this season, and we can build from there next term. The club have been members of the EFL in the past, they spent almost 30 years in the 50s, 60s and 70s, in divisions four and three, achieving their highest ever finish in 1965/66, finishing fifth in the old third division. They were eventually deselected from the league (this was back when there was no promotion and relegation from regional leagues into the EFL, and clubs had to be elected to the league) I would love to return them to the professional ranks eventually. I also want us to finish above Carlisle and Barrow so we can claim to be the best team in Cumbria!
  15. Monday 23rd October 2023 — Liam Lightfoot is suspended for tomorrow's visit of Endmore KGR to St. Mungo's Park, in comes young Andy Hudson in his place. Andre Tamplin returns from his suspension at left-back, with Karl Brown dropping to the bench. Tuesday 24th October 2023 — A thumping victory where we were at our creative best, both wingers getting in on the scoring a hat-trick for right-back Ashton Powell, the 16-year-old certainly isn't much if we just look at his attributes, however he keeps popping up with goals, five goals in as many goals for the youngster which is giving me a selection headache between him and Adam Walton whose form convinced me to give him his first Cumbria cap two weeks ago. Wednesday 25th October 2023 —No particularly outstanding performances from the Cumbrian players in action tonight. Friday 27th October 2023 — Karl Brown is back from the bench to cover the suspension of James Morrison in defence. Liam Lightfoot is also back in the line-up in place of Andy Hudson for the Gosforth game. Saturday 28th October 2023 — A highly frustrating afternoon against struggling Gosforth. James Earl missing an early penalty set the tone for the game, we had chance after chance to establish a lead, but constantly failed to capitalise. Gosforth took a lead against the run of play when some slack defending allowed Jared Brown the space to finish. We had many more chances to equalise, but again we couldn't avail ourselves of any opportunities. The red card to Liam Lightfoot really didn't help matters when he flew in two footed after only just returning from suspension. That defeat sees us miss out on going top of the division; Sunday 29th October 2023 — Four goals for Max Brown as the reserves beat our closest neighbours Wigton 6-2. Next Week — Just the one game next week which should help us recover from the packed recent fixture list, we entertain eighth place Millom at home.
  16. Best of luck with this, I too have struggled to stay motivated during saves this year, leading to several unfinished challenges. Thankfully, I seem to have settled into my Cumbria build a nation now. I like your idea of a using the top 100 countries rather than all 200+, I just can't be bothered with places like Antigua, Aruba and Kiribiti on some partially complete editor data with no badges, graphics or kits. Anyway, best of luck again. I will be following.
  17. Good luck, had some nice visits to Bath in the past, so I've a soft spot for the city.
  18. Monday 16th October 2023 — Michael Williamson scores twice for Cumbria's Under-21's against North Macedonia, unfortunately it's not enough to win as the youngsters go down 5-4 at home. Tuesday 17th October 2023 — Adam Walton has suffered a training ground thigh injury, he will be out for two weeks. - Ashton Powell comes in at right-back to replace the injured Walton for tomorrow's game at Kendal County, my only change from the defeat to Kirkby Stephen last time out. Wednesday 18th October 2023 - Back to winning ways after defeat last time out. Whilst we didn't have that much of the ball, we made it count much more than County, fashioning some great chances. It took until the 72nd minute for one of those chances to ripple the net. Sean Law arriving late in the area to slam the ball in from twelve yards, the midfielders third goal of the season. Friday 20th October 2023 — Getting ready for the 25-mile trip to Greystoke tomorrow, my scout advises me the opposition lack pace and are poor at marking, so I've tweaked the roles in my usual 442; Adam Main will pay as a deep-lying forward, looking to drop off and fashion chances for himself and Jackie Millburn up front. My hope is that him being deeper and being told to hold the ball up will draw the defenders out of position and allow Millburn and the wingers either side of them to have more room to operate. — The media are questioning whether midfielder Taylor Charters deserves to keep his place in the national team. He's only started once for Carlisle this season and looks to me as if he would benefit from a loan to get regular football. Saturday 21st October 2023 — An absolutely stellar first half an hour as we tore the hosts to pieces. My tactical tweaks paid dividends as Adam Main scored the opener just three minutes in when he was at hand to cap a fine team move from close range. Jack Millburn doubled up eight minutes later with a 25 yard screamer, his third of the campaign. Sixteen-year-old full-back Ashton Powell, who you may remember, scored a last gasp equaliser in the Visit Cumbria cup game against Kirkby Lonsdale recently; was again on the scoresheet when his sixteenth minute drive went in off the post. Karl Brown, who was being forced to play at left-back rather than his more natural central defence role, due to Andre Tamplin being suspended, scored a stunning 25 yard strike. Greystoke did improve after that and managed to half the deficit, but we had enough control to prevent any serious concerns of a comeback and hold on for an important three points as we reclaim third place in the First Division. Sunday 22nd October 2023 — The reserves lose 1-0 to Burneside. — Here is the weekly round up of Cumbrian players in action; Next Week — Another double header this week as we host both Endmoor and Gosforth at St Mungo's. Both of those sides are languishing in the bottom half of the table so I'm hoping we can take advantage of our game in hand and climb to the top of the First Division for the first time this season.
  19. Interesting, I've not heard of Real Bedford before. Good luck, I do like a good LLM story.
  20. Tuesday 10th October 2023 — Despite our defeat to Kirkby Stephen at the weekend, we have two players in the team of the week. Thursday 12th October 2023 Well, success was never on the cards here, but the manner of the defeat stung a little. Clearly Holland were by far the better team, but up until Jarred Branthwaite's sending off we had at least looked capable of preventing the Oranje from running riot, as we displayed some well-organised defending. However, once we lost a man, and later a second, it was always going to get ugly. A lack of discipline, or perhaps my players just lacking the ability to get the ball off the technically gifted Dutchmen cleanly, lead to a massive foul count. Friday 13th October 2023 -Ryan Bowman thanks me publicly for his first Cumbria cap, he was one of seven players to earn their maiden cap against Holland; alongside Patrick Brough, Alex Newby, Tom Beadling, Adam Walton, Jack Millburn and Josh Dixon. Saturday 14th October 2023 -Tactical Preparations for Scotland tomorrow, Goalkeeper Angus Gunn is weak at distribution, so I've changed Ryan Bowman's role from poacher to pressing forward and told the team to always press the goalkeeper, in hopes of forcing a mistake or two from him. If we are to get anything tomorrow then breaking up the dynamic midfield partnership of John McGinn and Scott McTomminay will be key, so I've set my CM Tom Beading and DM Owen Moxon to defend as well as to tackle hard on the Premiership duo. - With no Aspatria game this weekend, Ulverston Rangers take advantage and climb above us into third in Division One. Hopefully we can regain that ground in our game-in-hand. - My Spyatri reserves win 5-2 against Maryport. Sunday 15th October 2023 -OK, the nation's long wait for its first ever win goes on, but this was much better. The first half was dominated by Scotland, who took an early lead through Man United's Scott McTominay when the midfielder found himself free to lash a half volley across James Trafford. Scotty Mac had a second disallowed shortly after for offside. Che Adams showed his predatory instincts to be at the right place, lurking at the near post to nod in a cross to make it two on the half hour mark. The tartan army really should have scored a hat full of goals, but Trafford was in inspired form with numerous good saves to keep us fighting. We were massively improved in the second half and started to apply some pressure. Our endeavour was rewarded in the 83rd minute when Ryan Bowman stabbed home from a corner for his first Cumbrian goal. We couldn't muster a second to earn a draw, but a 2-1 defeat to a team 178 places above us in the FIFA rankings is a pretty decent result in my book. This latest round of games sees us officially out of the running for a place at Euro 2024, not that we were ever really in the running. But it's now official, we cannot qualify. The final round of games in group J next month takes us to Bern, to my favourite arena, Stadion Wankdorf before Türkiye come to Carlisle for the final game with their place at next summer's tournament still very much in the balance. Next Week A first division double header this week as we first head to Kendal County on Wednesday evening. County currently sit 10th in the table after losing 1-0 to Ulverston last weekend. We then head to 13th place, Greystoke to take on the Farmers at their Rec Ground.
  21. Tuesday 3rd October 2023 — Preparing for tomorrow's Visit Cumbria cup game with Kirkby Lonsdale. I've decided to keep the rotated squad who came in against Cleator Moor last week in for this week. Ashton Powell starts out of position, he will be at left back rather than right due to Andre Tamplin being suspended. James Noble makes his senior debut in midfield as I rest Sean Law. Adam Main and Max Brown are the strike force. Wednesday 4th October 2023 — It looked very much like we were headed for the indignity of falling at the first hurdle in the VCC, but for a terrific comeback in a drama filled game. When we found ourselves two down in the first half I decided to be proactive and make changes straight away rather than waiting, on came Sean Law and James Earl, who made all the difference, instantly making us look more dangerous. It took until the 68th minute, when 41-year-old defender Kyle May headed in from an Earl corner to give us a lifeline. Max Brown had one disallowed in the 85th minute, which I thought had killed all the momentum we had built, however up popped 16-year-old Ashton Powell who was being played out of position to equalise deep into stoppage time and force extra time. We had a golden chance to win the tie in the second half of extra time when we were given a penalty, however James Earl's kick was tame and easily stopped by the Londale keeper Chris Stanley. I kept faith with him in the subsequent penalty shoot-out, and he repaid that trust by scoring our second kick. We scored all four of our penalties, with Adam Walton converting the winning kick to send us through to the last sixteen. Thursday 5th October 2023 — Yesterday's goalscorers were both record breakers, our oldest and youngest ever goalscorers! — We have been drawn to face Ulverston Rangers again in the third round of the VCC, we were also drawn against them in the Cumbrian cup, so this will be the third time already we have met Ulverston. Friday 6th October 2023 — I've named my squad to face Holland and Scotland next week, a total of eleven players could be in line for their first Cumbrian cap, including two of my own Aspatria players, Jack Millburn has been impressive up front, and I selected Adam Walton, due to a lack of quality in the right back position I have Adam a chance. The twenty-year-old has four assists and one goal so far this season. The rest of the squad is a real cross-section of the various levels of the game, with players from the EPL, Conference North, Cumbrian Division One, Scottish division Two and everything in between. The media criticised my decision to select Millburn ahead of Workington's target man, Steven Rigg, he's scored three in eight games for the reds, but I feel Millburn is more what I'm looking for tactically. - Our game against Endmore KGR that was scheduled for next week has been postponed due to us having several players on International duty with Cumbria. In addition to Millburn and Walton's call-up's to the senior side, Michael Williamson has been selected for the U21's. - After playing heavily rotated selections in the two cup matches, I have returned to what I think is my strongest XI for tomorrow's Division One game with Kirkby Stephen; Saturday 7th October 2023 - Our first loss of the season. The game got off to a breakneck start with both sides scoring in the opening eight minutes before the home side seized the game before half-time with two quick goals. I abandoned our counter attacking style during the break in favour of a more dominant possession based system, which showed some promise. We had a goal chalked off for offside which would have set up a grandstand finish, however Michael Williamson's late penalty was only a consolation. - Despite our unbeaten run coming to an end, we remain third place in the division one table and still within touch of the automatic play-off places. Sunday 8th October 2023 — Some encouraging performances from Cumbrian stars this week, - The reserves win 5-3 against local rivals Cockermouth. Sunday 8th October 2023 —My second round of games with Cumbria as we head to Enschede to face Holland on Thursday. I'm not expecting anything from this game and will be happy with just keeping the scoreline respectable. We then return home to face our neighbours Scotland at Brunton Park on Sunday in what should be an exciting clash, again I don't really expect any points, though you never know, we will do our best.
  22. Monday 25th September 2023 — After the weekend game, I praise midfielder Sean Law and forward Jackie Millburn for their fine starts to the season. It's always nice to hear your doing a good job! Tuesday 26th September 2023 — We have two players selected in the division team of the week, both of them are just sixteen years old, the future looks promising! Wednesday 27th September 2023 — The physio sends his regular injury report, we only have the one player out of action at the moment, captain Dan Harvey remains 4–6 months away from returning from that horrific broken leg he suffered on the opening day. — A mixed night for the Cumbrian lads in action for their club's; Friday 29th September 2023 — I have made a number of changes to the squad ahead of the Cumbrian Cup fixture with Cleator Moor tomorrow; Ethan Stewart (Cameron Copeland) - Ethan makes his Spyatri debut between the posts. Rhys Joseph (James Earl) -The young winger gets a chance to start for the first time this season as I rest Earl. He was impressive in pre-season, so hopefully he can make his mark in this opportunity. Daryl Jenkinson (Ellis Pearson) -Another young winger who gets a chance in the limelight for this one. Jonny Murray (Jackie Millburn) -One of five strikers in my squad, Jonny has struggled for playing time so far this season, so this is a good chance for him to stake his claim for more regular football. Michael Williamson (Adam Main) -Like Murray, Michael's minutes this season have mostly come from the bench, and he needs to show he is capable of leading the line effectively if he's to start more regularly. Saturday 30th September 2023 I admit there were periods of this game where I feared things wouldn't work out as planned. We were the better side in the first half and managed to turn our dominance into a one goal lead as young Rhys Joseph took advantage of his chance in the starting line-up by steering in a powerful drive that went in off the post in the 34th minute. Celtic came out for the second period the stronger of the two teams and had several good chances to get themselves level, A red card for left back Andre Tamplin threatened to allow them to overwhelm us numerically. Credit to my team, the weathered the storm and eventually managed to alleviate any lingering doubts when full back Adam Walton cut inside from the right to finish powerfully with thirteen minutes left. Really pleased with the rotation lads who came into the team for this one, they all performed solidly, and I'll have no reservations turning to them in the future. . Sunday 1st October 2023 — It's the first of the month, so the monthly financial update is here, things still look nice and steady for us; — The draw for the third round of the Cumbrian Cup has been made, we will host another of our divisional rivals, Ulverston Rangers in November, with who we drew 1-1 last month. — Portsmouth's Owen Moxon was the cream of the crop for the players trying to earn selection for this month's fixtures against the Netherlands and Scotland. He got an assist in Pompy's win over Burton Albion. Next Week Two games this week, firstly we are back in cup action on Tuesday, this time in the Visit Cumbria cup, a secondary competition for clubs in the first and second divisions to give them a chance of winning some silverware. We face Kirkby Lonsdale, who we recently beat 3-0. We then face the other Kirkby, Kirkby Stephen, in league action at their Parrot Park; so named for the free roaming macaw parrots that can be spotted flying around the village. — I name my squad for the Holland and Scotland games.
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