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FM Scout: A Game Of Thrones (FM20)

Started on 16 February 2020 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 3 March 2020 by Imagine
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A Game Of Thrones

I don't expect many of you to remember, unless of course you took part in 2018's version of 'A Game Of Thrones'. For those of you new to the concept, let me go through how things work and I'll get straight in to what team we're going to be, and where we'll be playing.

So the main concept of this save, is we create a club from scratch founded in the beginning year of FM20 (2019). Then, one of us begins the save - which in this instance will be me - and plays up to January 1st. Once I hit this date I will save the game and upload the file to media fire where another member of the team will download the save file and play the remainder of the season up to July 1st.

On July 1st, we rinse and repeat.

The main aim of the game is obviously to become as good a team as possible with no limits to what we can do in terms of rules (aside from working as a team which goes without being said).

In no particular order the members taking part in the save will be - Myself, OMGItsToddzy, ScottT, HazzaMUFC, TheLFCFan, and ImThatSybGuy - With a little help from Justice in the scouting department.

Justice also made the club for us and sorted the database file so a big thank you goes to him for helping out with that.

So where are we going, who will we be?

We're going straight to the bottom of Scottish football in the Ladbrokes League 2. Last time we began at the bottom of English football but we all came to the agreement somewhere a little more obscure and more challenging would be more fun.

So being a Scottish team where else to be based than Glasgow, and who else to rival than Celtic and Rangers? The team will be named Irn-Bronx. Irn-Bru's very own footballing franchise.

For anyone interested, the board of directors taking charge at the club are listed below.

This is the clubs general info.

and last but not least the facilities.

We've by no means made things easy for ourselves, it's going to be a great challenge to rise through the leagues and compete with that aforementioned top 2. It's certainly going to be very fun finding out how high we can go as we all feel we've unfinished business since Westeros.

Next time, we'll see who will be taking over the club as manager.

The Manager

With everything in place for Irn-Bru to become Scotlands biggest team, we've all but one more thing left to do. Hire a manager.

Now you might be wondering why there is a great big picture of Piers Morgan at the top of this update and well, what else can I say other than this is who we've hired to take the reigns? It may seem far fetched but really I can assure you it's not.

Piers has been looking to become more involved in football ever since he found a platform to run his mouth about Arsenal, women, and gender-fluid apache helicopters.

When questioned on his aspirations for the club he said -

I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in with this club. I felt that it suits me down to the fact that this franchise stems from a long history of hard-men, and as they say Irn-Bru is only for hard-men.

NO snowflakes will be tolerated at Irn-Bronx while I'm on the throne I can assure you of that. We want to be the best, but we can only achieve this is we have a real strong policy of Hard-men only. Proper Hard-men. So hard.

Certainly seems like Piers' has a thing for hard-men.

tune in next time to see how Piers and 'The Real Winners Of TV's Naked Attraction' got in the first half of the 2019/20 season!

Season 1 - Part 1

Some of you reading may not know or remember but my first 6 months at Westeros FC were nothing short of a tragedy so this time round I had a score to settle, and I think I've done well enough to say I've gained back a little respect.

Starting off with no players and also no staff, it was a race against time to put together a squad capable of finishing above last place, the media's prediction for us. Safe to say it was fairly easy bringing players in but they were far from a great standard to begin with, and I found myself still bringing individuals in half way through my tenure.

We started well in our first two games, but it got a bit dicey afterwards and it looked as though we may potentially fall into the hands of a relegation battle but alas it was not to be. We went on a great 5 game unbeaten run picking up 6 points against Stenhousemuir and Edinburgh City of which we only managed to take 1 previously.

Stirling have been fantastic all season and it's looking pretty likely they'll be going up to League One this year so it was a nervy time for me seeing we had them for 2 games in a row. First in the cup, then the league.

I'm glad to say we came out completely unscathed, we didn't even concede and we went away with two solid victories as we gradually started to find a push into the play off spots.

The last game was against Queens Park who are dead last and it was really tough to miss out on all 3 points here. It felt like one we should definitely have been winning and it would've put us well clear in 4th.

Despite the loss though, we still get up to 4th. One point from Cowdenbeath.

One of the players I signed roughly around October time was Ahmed Aloulou. Never gets old to say. I fully believe he's been one of the main reasons for our surge in form, he's an absolutely fantastic striker and I think he'll do Toddzy really well for the run in.

So as I just said, it's Toddzy taking over next. Good luck to him, I'm sure we'll see some sort of success at the end of the year.
Well-rescued in the end. ;)
Ahh this would've been good to get involved in, look forward to reading though.
2020-02-16 19:38#266783 Imagine : Ahh this would've been good to get involved in, look forward to reading though.

There's always next time mate!
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Season 1 - Part 2

Its not easy being the most hated man on the internet but putting my life to one side it would be my turn to takeover Irn-Bronx and of course the wonderful man himself Piers Morgan. Aaron passed this save to me with Irn-Bronx sitting 4th place and in the play-offs and theres surely going to be promotion come the end of the season for this new club. Fans are flocking to Area 52 this year but not too see Aliens although I'm sure you could find a few in Glasgow but rather to see the weaponary of Piers Morgan and his trusty band of bagpipers.

I took the save into my hands with gracious intent and in true typical fashion I threw it out the window and became mediocre once more just as my mother always told me. Enough of the personal hatred lets see how I wrecked it all in a first edition of Toddzy Time.

I took over and If I'm honest I thought you know what this is tidy and I hit the ground running winning 3 and drawing 1 in my opening 4 games. Cocky as ever in true Piers fashion it all hit the fan with Irn-Bronx only winning 3 of their remaining 16 games in the division. Now i'm not saying that this isnt my fault but clearly Justice has a conspiracy going on when he created Area 52 because even winning seemed alien to this bunch of sunday league footballers.

Its not the end of the world because at least we didn't get relegated however I will be happy with a participation meddle and the knowledge that in a few updates time I'm going to look like an idiot. Spare a thought for me, Ive failed at Scottish League 2 level there is no coming back from that type of embarrsement.

Good luck Scott T as the torch is passed to someone with more than 2 braincells, I'm sure we will see this team in the next division in no time at all.
It's not easy being you, is it?
Ohhh that's a rough slide down the table there @ OMGItsToddzy here's hoping @ScottT fares a bit better haha!
@Aaron - Its a tough life mate, but I'll take it each day.

@Imagine - There is no doubt that Scott will work his magic
Least we haven't been relegated yet
Shocking Toddzy lad. I won't lie.
@TheLFCFan - Emphasis on the 'Yet'

@ScottT - Always happy to dissapoint
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Season 2 - Part 1

Chairwoman of Irn-Bronx Association Football Club: Greta Thunberg

I inherited the save from OMGItsToddzy following the club's underwhelming seventh-placed finish in Ladbrokes Scottish League Two last season. There was some serious groundwork to be done with chairwoman, Greta Thunberg, voicing her discontent with the performance of the team last season. She was quoted as saying, "how dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, Mr Morgan."

Manager Piers Morgan continued to stress throughout the season he had the ability to succeed in the club's debut year in Scottish football, but ultimately flattered to deceive as his side won just three of their last fifteen games. He retains his job this season under the premise that the club can improve on last season's disappointment.

There was a significant amount of upheaval over the course of the summer as six players were released following the conclusion of the 2019/20 season. This included fans-favourite striker Ahmed Aloulou who opted to join Formartine United further down the footballing pyramid in Scotland with United plying their trade in the Highland Football League - the fifth-tier of Scottish football.

Upheaval wasn't limited to just the playing-staff either; assistant manager Declan Forrest, physios Steven Kane and Chris McKenzie and scouts Tony Shields and Andy McLean all had their contracts terminated as the club sought to go in a new direction.

Kevin Kelbie returned to the club a year-on from a brief trial spell a year prior as Morgan's new number two following his retirement from semi-professional football. Mark Thorburn was recruited as part of the physiotherapy team, whilst Shaun Harrison and Iain Ross joined to complete the scouting team.

The club also made an important commercial move in announcing Scottish Premiership side Ross County as the club's senior affiliate. There is no fee involved between the two clubs, but it is believed County view the relationship as one that will ultimately enable them to use Irn-Bronx as a feeder club to further develop their young talent in a semi-professional environment at first-team level.

Aided by the generous financial backing supplied by Thunberg, Morgan added none-other than nine new recruits over the summer ahead of the 2020/21 season. Luke Motruck became the first signing of the summer following his release from Swansea City. He was soon accompanied by Danny Denholm and Lewis Morrison who were released by East Fife and Hurlford, respectively.

David Bremang joined on loan from Sky Bet League One side Coventry City, whilst full-back James Maxwell was borrowed from Rangers until the end of the season. Christian N'Guessan bolstered a plethora of options in the centre of midfield following his arrival after being released from Premier League side Burnley.

Connor O'Reilly joined following his release from Ipswich Town where he was unable to make a single appearance for the senior side. Luke Lyons was also released by an English side this summer after being let-go by Leeds United. He attracted interest from teams higher up the Scottish pyramid with Scottish Premiership side Livingston taking Lyons on trial, but the 20-year-old has opted to come to The Real Winners of TV's Naked Attraction on a two-year-deal.

Lewis Jamieson was a late recruit to the side after completing his loan move from Scottish Premiership outfit St Mirren on Deadline Day.

So, let's have a look at how the club have performed between July - January.

The season began with the usual curtain-raiser of the Bettred Cup, as we were drawn into a group with Scottish Premiership opposition in Kilmarnock, Ayr United and Airdie of the Championship and Falkirk of League One. It was simply a case of making a good account of ourselves, so it seemed.

However, we performed significantly above expectations. An expected loss to Kilmarnock featured a spirited performance to which was followed up by a 1-1 draw against Airdie before an unexpected penalty-shootout victory gained us an extra point. David Bremang was the difference in a shock 1-0 victory against Ayr United before a 3-2 loss to Falkirk ensured we finished fourth - ahead of Falkirk - with five points to our name.

This was quickly followed by the beginning of our Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup campaign as we comfortably beat Hamilton Academical's Reserves, 2-0, leading us into the beginning of our Ladbrokes Scottish League Two campaign.

The opening day prompted a disappointing 1-0 loss to Stenhousemuir, but we bounced back superbly with a victory against Elgin City. Our Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup adventure finished as quickly as it started with a loss to Hibernian's Reserves as we rotated the side to focus on our upcoming league fixtures.

A run of six consecutive victories, which was capped off with a 5-2 demolition of the basement side Queen's Park, led us to the top of League Two heading into the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. With fifteen minutes to go, we trailed 3-1 against fellow League Two opposition in Edinburgh City, but a double from substitute Christian N'Guessan resulted in a replay being required which we went on to win 2-1 at Firhill. This set up a clash with Ladbrokes Championship side Dunfermline Athletic.

Our return to the league was met with a humbling defeat away to promotion rivals Forfar Athletic. A hat-trick of spectacular goals from Callum Tapping ensured they moved top. We responded with a 6-3 victory against Stenhousemuir who initially came back from 3-1 down to level the game up at the break before we raced away with it as Lewis Jamieson captured a hat-trick.

Successive defeats to Elgin City - another promotion rival - and Edinburgh City who were quickly gathering momentum meant we fell further behind Forfar and slipped behind Elgin into third. A 2-0 victory against Cowdenbeath was followed up with a point against Stanraer. The visitors snatched an 87th minute equaliser to break our hearts in that one. Our William Hill Scottish Cup campaign was brought to a premature, yet expected end in the midst of these games following a 2-0 loss to our Championship opponents.

Victories against Annan Athletic and Queen's Park either-side of a 1-1 with Brechin City meant we went into our clash with Forfar Athletic level on points with them and just a point behind Elgin City who were set to travel to in-form Edinburgh City who sat just a point behind us in fourth.

A 1-0 victory thanks to a first-half strike from Lewis Jamieson ensured we moved top heading into January as Elgin were held to a 0-0 draw in Edinburgh. Excellent stuff for Piers Morgan's men.

Here is confirmation of the Ladbrokes Scottish League Two table.

We sit narrowly ahead of Elgin, Forfar and Edinburgh City, but hold a significant fifteen point advantage over the team currently just outside the play-offs, Brechin City. Our aspirations are much higher than simply obtaining a play-off place, though. We have to be aiming to consolidate our lead at the top of the division and ensure we gain automatic promotion to League One next season.

Star performers so far this season have to be Lewis Morrison and Lewis Jamieson who have totalled eighteen goals between them this campaign. Hopefully they can maintain their form heading into the all-important second-half of the season.

With that said, I want to wish HazzaMUFC the very best of luck as he takes over the reigns next. Good luck mate; finish the season in style!

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