2014/15 End of Season Review
Here it is, at long last – my FM 2014 Enfield Town career! It seems by general consensus that it is harder managing in the lower leagues on this years’ iteration of the game, because a) the tactics system is new and will take some time to understand, and b) agents don’t seem to offer players as readily as before, nor does the assistant seem to recommend anyone – both my main source of player-spotting in previous years.
Skrill South (stats)
We started the season slowly, primarily because I needed to get a grip on the new tactical system. A simple change from Counter to Control saw us steadily improve our position, and by December we looked like genuine playoff contenders. We continued to pick up points until Christmas, when tiredness really hit hard and we only managed one win in seven games. From mid January onwards we recovered, as the games became further apart the players had time to rest between games and we got ourselves into a promising position in the playoffs, and in the end we managed to take the title on the final day by a single point!
FA Cup (stats)
I never gave much thought to the FA Cup as a new manager, thinking it an inconvenience with our already-busy schedule. But once we were into the first round, I took it more seriously. If we could make the third round, the potential financial rewards would be huge. Alas, we only made the second round, but we put in a great shift against a much bigger club, and didn’t embarrass ourselves!
FA Trophy (stats)
Scheduled four days after our FA Cup first round game, this was a genuine inconvenience, and players were rested. We lost, and I’m not bothered by that fact in the slightest.
OUT: Lots out, mostly out-of-contract players that would be useless to me, but losing Bardle after he rejected a new contract was a bit of a blow.
Cameron bears a striking resemblance to Alex Sheriff – both in looks and attributes – who became an ETFC legend on FM13. I doubt he has the potential to ever match him, but if he can perform for a couple of seasons at least, it’s all good.
Promotion the dream, mid-table the expectation, and relegation would be a disaster.