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There's another surprise in a second, but we'll get to that in a moment...

Now, I took over, and as others have pointed out, ol' TP didn't leave much to work with at all, the Welsh tosser.

We of course, start off with Swansea away, a game we ran away with 3-0, Rondon scoring 2, and Chadli netting the other. Not bad. This'll be easy, I thought... I set off to work in the Transfer market with my first signing being Ryan Bertrand from Southampton for the sum of £4million. I also had a fee agreed for Crystal Palace's Benteke, but he wanted a massive sign-on fee, and we couldn't get that across the line due to budget constraints.

So, off I went in search of another striker, due to my liking of playing 2 men up top... The options were thin on the ground, then I came across another ex-Villan at Swansea who was transfer listed. Gabriel Agbonlahor, now you may laugh, but I was desperate and forgot that the transfer window doesn't close in January... £1.8million later and he was ours, he didn't do too badly either, all things considered, certainly better than Pulis' last buy! I also opted to recall Craig Gardner. He would be a useful squad player, something which we were lacking!

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Now, the squad was still thin on the ground, and I remembered coming across a certain Brazilian who appeared to have traveled forwards in time (or had everyone else traveled back?) who I encountered in my previous escapades as Real Madrid manager... He'd be a good signing, I thought, so I set about tracking down his whereabouts for my new revolution at West Brom. He was very keen on signing, thankfully, so in he came...

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Didn't do too badly, I thought. Now, seeing as he had managed to travel back (forward?) in time, I set about finding out if anyone else had done, by scouring through 721 pages of players and looking for anyone unattached. I came across a young Spaniard, who some among us may be aware of, he, in our timeline, has only recently been topped as the top scorer in the Champions League, and I believe he is still Spain's top ever scorer, I introduce you, ladies and gentlemen to Raúl.

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I was also in need of some defensive cover, and I found a young Englishman this time in the form of Luke Young. Apparently a centre back, rather than the right back we all know and love...

Now, this young English time traveler was my last signing, as, quite honestly, I was out of money, the squad was still awful, and following the Swansea win, it took until the 11th April to record our next league win, away to defending champions (are they still in this timeline? I don't bloody know...) Leicester, where we got a 2-0 win courtesy of our time travelling Brazillian scoring 2 in 2 minutes.

Wonderful. We were onto 22 points, 6 from safety with 7 games to go. Not looking good, fortunately, this spelled a turn in fortunes as we entertained 17th placed Hull City Tigers, Fletcher scoring early on, and Rivaldo doubling our tally 75 minutes in. 3 from safety. 6 to go.

Next came a bore draw at Middlesbrough, for all of the time-travelling attacking talent, we were still struggling for goals, but defensively, we were solid. Hull lost again, leaving us 2 points from safety.

Next up, we travelled to Watford where we won 2-0, this time thanks to the time-travelling Spaniard getting a brace. We were out of the relegation zone by a point, and in great form. Could we do it?

Two home games, one against Burnley, the next against Arsenal. Once again, our time-travelling attackers (and Agbonlahor) were kept quiet, but we kept them out too. 0-0. Still a point clear of relegation, Hull once more lost, but Swansea were recovering, now only a point behind us.

Arsenal next, Wenger had been given a vote of confidence, and we were raring to go... 0-1. Gamerio finally breaking our defence down. Git. Fortunately, Swansea lost too, leaving us needing to at least match their result to remain up... Of course, had we lost, and they drew, barring a 8 goal swing, we were still to stay up. Hull weren't out of it either, if we lost and they managed victory whilst Swansea lost/drew, they could also survive, goal difference (is this too early for goal average? I've no idea...) was basically irrelevant here, as it basically was with Swansea.

So, off we travel to West Ham.

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Would it be enough?

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Thank the lord for Asamoah Gyan.

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Survival on 31 points. Did we deserve it? Probably not, with the least wins in the division. Did we care? Did we fuck.

Now, we tell the story of the FA Cup. Could West Brom, the team with only 2 wins when the 3rd round kicked off pull off a miracle?

First up, Huddersfield. Easy enough 2-1 win, as would be expected versus lower-league opposition. Fletcher and Evans grabbing our goals.

In the next round, we once again drew Division One opposition in the face of Norwich City. Agbonlahor, Fletcher and Brunt this time putting lower league opposition to the sword. At least it looked like, as was likely at the time, if we went down, we would be alright.

The quarter finals came along, and with it, tough opposition in the face of the white part of North London (yes, yes, Spurs fans, we know Arsenal are technically south of the river...)

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Disappointing to lose the lead, but we'd have a much better chance at The Hawthorns, surely?

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Well, that was surprisingly easy...

Next up, semi-finals. Surely we couldn't do this? We couldn't get past the champions elect? The red half of Manchester? Surely!?

As we traveled to Stoke to take on Man United (Stoke??? Really!?), I was geeing up the lads. Telling them we could do this. We could win the cup. This could well push our survival. WE COULD DO THIS!

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WE FUCKING DID IT!

SURELY WE COULDN'T GO ONE STEP FURTHER IN CARDIFF!? SURELY NOT!?!?!?

Once again we found ourselves facing a North London team. This time, the red part...

Rondon fired us into the lead in the 23rd minute. Surely not?

Nope. Sanchez equalised 9 minutes later. Leaving us clinging on for dear life. Half time. 1-1.

More desperate defending. 90 minutes. 1-1.

Extra time to come. We needed to hold on for Penalties. We were fucked. Arsenal were unrelenting.

Still we hung on. 105 minutes. 1-1.

120 minutes. 1-1.

Penalties.

The ultimate lottery.

Could it be done?

It was all down to those brave few who stepped up, who stepped up automatically, because I had no fucking idea where to find their penalty taking stats.

Cazorla steps up for Arsenal.

0-1.

Rivaldo first up for us.

1-1.

Up steps Arsenal's talisman. Alexis Sanchez.

MISSES! 1-1!

Ben Foster next up. I will admit, I had a little panic here, wondering what the fuck my Keeper was doing as second penalty taker!

2-1! Well fuck me, and my worries!

Next up, Mesut Ozil. Well, he's German, he'll score.

MISSES! 2-1!!!!!!

Up steps Yacob, a brave soul, but, if the keeper can step up and score one, why not!?

SCORES! 3-1!!!

WE ONLY NEEDED TO SCORE ONE MORE, OR HOPE ARSENAL MISS ANOTHER! THE DREAM WAS ALMOST A REALITY!

Mustafi steps up for Arsenal. Mustafi to keep them in it!?

MISSES! WEST BROMWICH ALBION ARE FA CUP WINNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1968!

IT WAS A MIRACLE! WEST BROMWICH ALBION AND THEIR TIME-TRAVELLERS HAD WON THE FA CUP!

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25 points, please and thank you.

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Hi Gang,

I wanted to give this a go and even though I had to download a free version of WinZip to download CM - what do I need to do to get one of the scenarios on the game?

Much love

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Hi Gang,

I wanted to give this a go and even though I had to download a free version of WinZip to download CM - what do I need to do to get one of the scenarios on the game?

Much love

xx
If you just save it in to the main Champman file, you should be able to just load it by clicking on 'restore saved game' on the actual game.
 

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man i suck at this.... 3 times i have tried the save game now and all three times i have been relegated

one save i even signed Raul and Diego Tristan and they were gash!

what tactics were people using?

i used to be good at this game :(
 
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man i suck at this.... 3 times i have tried the save game now and all three times i have been relegated

one save i even signed Raul and Diego Tristan and they were gash!

what tactics were people using?

i used to be good at this game :(
I played a 4-1-2-1-2 in the end. Normally lining up like so:

Foster
Nyom McAuley/Young Evans Bertrand
Yacob
Fletcher ------ Brunt
Rivaldo
Raúl Rondon/Agbonlahor​

Though, as you can see by me somehow surviving with a grand total of 31 points, even that wasn't that effective. I was extremely lucky in the cup, and even more lucky that everyone else was so crap in the league.
 

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My formation is similar, but not identical, to Jase's. Yacob barely got a game for me and Mitroglu turned out to be a quite surprising key man - I scored 8 goals in my last 5 games and he scored 7 of them. I'm not sure I'd have stayed up without him.
 

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I still haven't had my go yet. Sorry lads. I'll do it this afternoon and have a brand spanking new challenge steaming delectably in this thread at some point tomorrow. It will be an international competition challenge.

Thanks for reading.
 

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That was a disaster.

I spent most of my money on Marko Marin and Lacina Traore, banking on them to do the business to keep us up. Marin immediately got suspended for three games for headbutting someone, and Traore scored one goal in seven games - he spent the majority of his time playing for the Ivory Coast, and spent five weeks out with injury. So we went down easily.

The FA Cup provided some rare respite, however. After edging past Huddersfield 1-0 in the 4th Round, we hosted Arsenal and battered them 3-0, somehow. Hull City awaited in the quarters, where a single Robson-Kanu goal was enough to send us through to face Burnley in the semis. 0-0 after 90 minutes, but Salomon Rondon took his chance in extra time to send us to the Millennium Stadium, where we faced Evil Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. United dominated the final but fell behind to a James McClean goal. Sadly, when United were able to bring on Richard Stearman for the injured Daley Blind, we knew exactly what we were up against, and the supersub made his presence felt with the equaliser just before the break. Wayne Rooney slotted away a penalty in the second half to secure the trophy, and break West Bromwich hearts. I got no points.

 

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THE THIRD CHALLENGE

Gareth Southgate has successfully steered England to the World Cup finals after a nervy play-off win against Belgium. But the FA correctly recognises that he is not the man to take charge at a major international tournament. YOU ARE. Also, they expect you to win it.

England's group: Mexico, Paraguay... and SCOTLAND.

You have a couple of weeks before you need to confirm your squad, so there's plenty of time to review the tapes of Tottenham's Premier League title win and decide whether Danny Rose will make the cut, and to make plans for Jack Wilshere and Dele Alli's suspensions from the Scotland game.

Here's the deal:

Going out in the group stages - you LOSE 15 points from your total.
Going out in the round of 16 - you LOSE 10 points from your total.
The quarter finals is par.
Going out in the semi finals - you win 10 points.
Losing in the final - you gain 15 points.
Winning the World Cup - you gain 20 points.

BONUS POINTS
One of your players is top scorer (NOT JOINT TOP) - 10 points
One of your players has the highest average rating at the end of the tournament - 10 points
One of your players has the most assists at the tournament - 5 points
You win a penalty shootout - 5 points
You score a golden goal - 5 points

Good luck! Download HERE
 
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THE THIRD CHALLENGE

Gareth Southgate has successfully steered England to the World Cup finals after a nervy play-off win against Belgium. But the FA correctly recognises that he is not the man to take charge at a major international tournament. YOU ARE. Also, they expect you to win it.

England's group: Mexico, Paraguay... and SCOTLAND.

You have a couple of weeks before you need to confirm your squad, so there's plenty of time to review the tapes of Tottenham's Premier League title win and decide whether Danny Rose will make the cut, and to make plans for Jack Wilshere and Dele Alli's suspensions from the Scotland game.

Here's the deal:

Going out in the group stages - you LOSE 15 points from your total.
Going out in the round of 16 - you LOSE 10 points from your total.
The quarter finals is par.
Going out in the semi finals - you win 10 points.
Losing in the final - you gain 15 points.
Winning the World Cup - you gain 20 points.

BONUS POINTS
One of your players is top scorer (NOT JOINT TOP) - 10 points
One of your players has the highest average rating at the end of the tournament - 10 points
One of your players has the most assists at the tournament - 5 points
You win a penalty shootout - 5 points
You score a golden goal - 5 points

Good luck! Download HERE
I forgot about Golden Goal. :ffs:

As for the bonus points, what if two of your players are joint top? Unlikely, I know, but just checking...
 

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I forgot about Golden Goal. :ffs:

As for the bonus points, what if two of your players are joint top? Unlikely, I know, but just checking...
Good point - you can have the points for that, but only one set. So 10 for two top goalscorers, 10 for highest averages, 5 for assists.
 

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Will be interested in seeing your squads before you kick off, lads and ladies.
 

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So I picked my squad of 23 before realising that for some stupid fucking reason, this game only allows a squad of 22. I'm currently deciding who misses out but really don't want to drop any of these guys.
 

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OK, so here's my squad, which includes 2 uncapped players:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Fraser Forster
Defenders: Jon Flanagan, Phil Jones, John Stones, Aaron Cresswell, Gary Cahill, Alfie Mawson, Chris Smalling
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jack WIlshere, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling
Forwards: Wayne Rooney, Danny Sturridge, Danny 'Welbz' Welbeck, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford
 
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Proper squad this time, and not a Smith in sight.

Before you question Cattermole, for DM I had Dier.... And fuck all. Cattermole was the next best thing I could find.
 
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Aaand Dier's out for 3 weeks half an hour into the Scotland game. Cattermole, you're up!

Though I have just noticed Jones can play there....
 
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Easy enough.


Ro16:

England V Italy

Nice reward for winning your group, eh?

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Fucking injuries!

Still, through and with a golden goal... 5 points already!

QF:

England V Germany

Are you fucking kidding me? I know there's 'no easy games' in international football, but this is taking the pi....

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Well, that was easy... Onto the semis!

Semi Final:

England V Portugal

From World Cup winners to European Champions. Not been an easy World Cup!

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Who needs 11 men!? Holy fuck.

Also, that attendance! o_O

Final:

England Vs France

Another nice and difficult game.

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Got battered, but Sterling came through for us as Hart kept us in it.

Stats:

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Nearest was Henderson with 7.86.

Goalscorers:

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If only I'd played Sturridge from the start rather than Rooney...

Assists:
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5 players had 1...

So, we were dull as fuck (other than the Germany game), but we won it. We're like Portugal were!

I calculate that I have 25 points?
 

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No problems in the group, I was through after 2 games and managed to rotate more or less my entire team for the third game and still emerge victorious.

In the last 16, Uruguay proved to be pretty tough opposition but I found my way through thanks to a GOLDEN GOAL from Welbz.

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I had to come from behind again in the quarters against Germany but come from behind I did...
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DRAMA in the semi finals against the Czechs. After a fairly dull 120 minutes, it was PENALTIES. Would England suffer penalty heartbreak in a tournament again?


no.
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ENGLAND QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CUP FINAL, where they were to face Spain........
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Oh well.

I didn't come close in any of the player categories.

25 points.
 

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The scenes in the press corps when I revealed I had chosen Shelvey over Lallana...
 

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Gonna give this one a go over the weekend. Not lost interest but couldn't load the WBA challenge for some reason. Can you just give me 5 points for that one or summat?
 

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Gonna give this one a go over the weekend. Not lost interest but couldn't load the WBA challenge for some reason. Can you just give me 5 points for that one or summat?
Yeah okay, and completely undermine the integrity of Keith Palmer's sacrifice. I don't think so mate.
 

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