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A Females Journey To Success?

  1. A Females Journey To Success?

    Hey all I'm back with a brand new story on the new game. some of you may remember I did a story on FM16 with Tranmere Rovers, things were going ok on the game but due to work and moving house I was restricted to game time and didn't manage to finish my journey. I am now settled and can get plenty of game time on the new game.

    So to the game this year I have decided to stick to the non-league as this is my favourite way to play FM, I have started the game with Forest Green Rovers. It's a team I have always fancied managing so i thought this was the year.

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    Manager profile.
    Name: Gemma Smith
    Age: 25
    Sex: Female
    Place of birth: Nottingham
    Favourite team: Nottingham Forest

    Background Of Forest Green Rovers
    Name: Forest Green Rovers Football Club
    Nickname: Rovers, Green Army
    Founded: 1889
    Stadium: The New Lawn
    Capacity: 5032
    Chairman: Dale Vince
    Manager: Gemma Smith

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  2. Enjoyed the Tranmere story, hopefully this one will last longer

  3. Ah forest green rovers. beautiful logo. good luck and all the best!

  4. Looking forward to this
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by dporter8999 View Post
    Enjoyed the Tranmere story, hopefully this one will last longer

    Sure will I have a lot more time now and I do have quite a bit to post.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by Zinedine Zaiddin View Post
    Ah forest green rovers. beautiful logo. good luck and all the best!
    Thank you

  7. Lets get started


    So in terms of tactics I have gone for a 4-4-2 formation due to having decent wingers i will be able to exploit the flanks. I always like to play with 2 strikers up top.

    I will also be playing Attacking and flexible football, with instruction of exploit the flanks, hit early crosses and tighter marking.

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    My starting 11 will line up as seen above. (Traore is suspended but he will be a first team regular, Liam Noble will be his replacement).


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    In terms of transfers I was very happy with the players I brought in. Rino Luliano was definitely a player I couldn't turn down a 4 star keeper that will start as our number 1, secondly Maximilano Mirabet a 4 star CB that would slot in as cover at the back, for a free transfer i couldn't turn him down either and he has experience at the age of 35. Luke Burke will start and play at RB another 4 star player on loan from Wigan. As for Tom Paul and Tom Field they will both be backups to the first team. Joe Wilkinson was brought in by the youth staff as a Hot Prospect and this lad has potential. As you can see no out going but I will be looking to send a few young lads out on loan for experience.

    So with the basics out the way onto the season, I will be posting month to month updates. As I decided to do a story half way through October I only have the league table from October on wards, But i'm sure after seeing my results in the months before you will get a rough idea of where I am.

  8. Preseason

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    Nearly a perfect preseason!

    • Forest Green U23's - It's all about fitness and a good run out for both the senior and U23's.
    • Cirencester - A game I was favourite to win and I did just that and also got a clean sheet it was nice for the strikers to both get goals.
    • Hendon - Another game I was Favourites to beat them. Also a clean sheet again was nice.
    • Brimscombe & Thrupp - It's fair to say we hammered them, Fabien Robert also got a hatrick.
    • Newcastle U23's - A very end to end game a few of Newcastle's senior players played as well it was quite a tough match but we went 1 better in the 9 goal thriller.
    • Slimbridge - Who are they? we only just managed to salvage a draw with 2 goals from Rhys Murphy. Stats wise you would think they were in the league.

    Fairly easy teams in preseason the most pleasing sign to see was the strikers scoring.

    Player of Preseason

    This was an easy choice Rhys Murphy, He scored in every game in preseason bagging 8 goals in 6 games.

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  9. August

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    Down to business.

    • Boreham Wood - A good way to start the campaign a 2-0 win away at Boreham Wood, Rhys Murphy got on the score sheet again but this time when it matter. Also a clean sheet.
    • Sutton United - First game of the season at The New Lawn with a 3-1 win with goals from Murphy, ( Subs) McGory and Chemlal. We did go 1-0 down early on but came out second half with a superb performance.
    • Gateshead - A home tie against Gateshead was next and they completed out played us with 55% possession and 19 shots on goal. Though Murphy managed another goal.
    • Woking - This was a superb team performance, the most surprising part is that Murphy didn't score, it's fair to say we thrashed them. With 5 different goalscorers.
    • York - I was very pleased with this result and performance and let the team know about it. We took the lead after 5 mins through Matt Tubbs, He then got his second on 33 mins to earn him the Man of the Match award.
    • Maidstone - Highly disappointed! we took the lead after 25 mins through Murphy, we dominated the match with 21 shot to there 3 shots. Conceding 2 from set pieces.
    • Southport - Southport on TV who's idea was that! we took the lead after 15 mins with a superb 35 yard shot from Murphy. The game was fairly even they just took there chances we didn't.

    Player of the month

    This again could have been Rhys Murphy with 5 goals in 7 matches, but i'm going to give it to Matt Tubbs who scored 4 goals in 7 matches but average a rating of 7.82 all month.

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  10. Good luck gem, following your journey through the leagues
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  11. September

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    A better month.

    • Chester - After a disappointing end to last month, we went to Chester and away and came away with all three point after a great strike from Murphy on 74 mins.
    • Dover - Not much I can say apart from a bore draw.
    • Eastleigh - Well and truly thumped them. A great hatrick from Matt Tubbs and MOTM for him.
    • Bromley - Despite the win, I wasn't pleased with how many goals we conceded to the team at the bottom.
    • Braintree - Despite it being a bore draw, I was pleased with the clean sheet as I consider Braintree as tougher opponents.

    Player of the month

    Matt Tubbs deserved this this by a mile a hatrick against Eastleigh and a goal against Bromley an average rating of 8.02.

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  12. Quote Originally Posted by dani3w View Post
    Good luck gem, following your journey through the leagues
    awww thanks hopefully I have more success on this game.

  13. October

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    Not a bad month at all.

    • Barrow - What a nice way to start the month with a 3-1 win over barrow, when Murphy fired us front after 15 mins. Barrow equalised on 32 mins, then a sloppy own goal gave us the lead. Racine finished off the game with a brilliant header in the top right corner.
    • Aldershot - I was jumping with joy at this result as at time they were top of the league and I thrashed them 4-0. Tubbs and Murphy linking up well again and Racine showing me why he should be in the team.
    • North Ferriby - Gutted, we had 26 shots on goal 59% possesion and just didn't take our chance 2-1 loss to a team I should have won with ease. A pattern with the losses take the lead early concede late on.
    • Poole - FA Cup fourth qualifying round, I gave a rare start to Marcus Kelly who has just come back from injury and did he take his chance. We then went further ahead 5 mins later through Murphy's volley, but conceded in the 82nd minute. We play Bromley in the first round.
    • Guiseley - A very pleasing performance from the team, Kelly kept his place and popped up with a goal. Murphy scored a brace and Tubbs contributed to a perfect performance.
    • Solihul Moors - Smith Slams team after an awful performance, with only 4 shots on goal. We just never got going. Murphy did score a goal early on but it just wasn't good enough.
    • Dag & Red Bridge - I think the whole team took on board what I said to them last match and reacted with a brilliant 1-0 win over the relegated team.


    We made an addition to our strike force. Welcome Ollie Palmer on loan from Leyton Orient.

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    Player of the month

    Rhys Murphy gets the award with 7 goals in 7 games. He was outstanding!

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    League Table

    As things stand we are 3rd and only 4 points off the top.

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  14. Decent start to the season, and perhaps a little unlucky to lose the last 2 games

  15. November

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    Not so great this month.

    • Bromley - FA cup first round was very pleasing, we totally thumped Bromley with Wishart and Marsh brown getting their first goal of the season for us.
    • Macclesfield - Fairly even result, a very end to end game. We went 1-0 down after 13 mins luckily Tubbs strike salvage a draw for us.
    • Lincoln - 2nd against 3rd and the one I really wanted to win unfortunately they out classed us and got the crucial second goal to gain them all 3 points.
    • Tranmere - After some stern words after the Lincoln game the team bounced back with a 2-0 win and this was by far the best performance of the season. Elliott Frear got his first goal for the club and a brace.
    • Wrexham - I was gutted by this result as we went 2-0 up and 2 late goals denied us of all 3 points.
    • Aldershot - How did I not win this one? top of the league Aldershot my question was how are they top of the league we out played them with 27 shots and we couldn't even managed to convert one shot in the back of the net.

    Player of the month

    Keanu Marsh-Brown ended the month with an average rating of 7.92 with 3 goals and 4 assists.

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    League Table

    Not a great month in terms of results and now its time to play catch up.

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  16. December

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    Much better month. After a not so good November i changed tactics to a 4-2-4 formation, control and structured.

    • Barnet - We started December away in the FA Cup 2nd round to Barnet and we didn't deserve to loose we did out play them.
    • Eastleigh - I was very pleased with this result. Fabien Robert approached me before the match asking for more game time. He scored a magnificent penalty to win us all 3 points.
    • Ebbsfleet - FA Trophy first round away at Ebbsfleet, they outclassed us with a strike force of Aaron Mcclean and Charlie Sherringham. They took the lead after 51 mins luckily Sinclair rescued us on 93 mins to take it to extra time. Tiredness showed and we had just enough to take us through to the second round.
    • Dover - We deserved all 3 points against Dover we played really well and Fabien Robert showing me why he should be in the team.
    • Torquay - How we only managed to score 2 goals is beyond me it should have been more. Both goals came from the left side of the field. With Wishart and Frear linking up really well.

    Player of the month

    Fabien Robert gets the award after asking for more game time he surely did take his chance scoring 2 goals and 3 assists.

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    League Table

    A much better month and we are starting to close the gap.

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  17. January

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    Mixed month.

    • Torquay - A bore draw, we beat them away last match but couldn't beat them at home.
    • Bromley - A result to forget, 15 mins into the match the keeper got injured and with having 2 keepers injured anyway I didn't have one on the bench so a defender had to step up to go in goal (Big mistake). Things got even worse when Liam Noble and Elliott Frear got sent off and we was reduced to 9 men before half giving Bromley there first win in the league. Due to the poor performance we refunded all the travelling fans there money back.
    • Southport - Another poor result that we didn't deserve to win and that sees us out of the FA Trophy. (I wasn't to concerned about this though).
    • Braintree - We finally picked up form again. A match we did deserve to win, we played really well and was pleased with with the performance but an own goal was the decider.
    • Barrow - I was an extremely pleased manager. We went 2-0 down within 10 mins. After some angry words at half time the team woke up Marsh-Brown pulled one back on 76 mins. Then Super sub Tubbs scored a brace in the space of a minute to claim us all 3 points.

    Player of the month

    This has to go to Tubbs after he put in a brilliant performance against Barrow, but no one really stood out this month.

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    League Table

    Despite some poor results, teams around us drop points and we go top.

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  18. February

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    Just didn't take our chances again.

    • Sutton United - Absolutely shocking performance, this one was definitely by far the worse Sutton had 28 shots to our 3 shots.
    • Boreham Wood - Another poor performance though we did manage to get a draw. Tiredness is starting to kick in.
    • Gateshead - After some poor result we managed to get a win. I was very pleased with this result as there's nothing better than a last minute winner. A great 30 yard strike from Rob Sinclair to claim all 3 points against a team I consider promotion contenders.
    • Woking - We was very unlucky with this result we out played them for 90 mins and just couldn't score.
    • Tranmere - An emotional day as I went back to Prenton Park. I did come out on top with a magnificent 3-0 win. A clean sheet as well was pleasing.

    Player of the month

    Liam Noble despite the poor month, he average a month rating of 7.47 with 2 assists and goal against Tranmere.

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    League Table

    Due to dropping points we drop down to second only a point off the top.

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  19. A poor patch of results there in Feb, but done brilliantly to keep only a point behind 1st place.

    If I'm right, without Tubbs & Murphy's goals, you would be 12 points worse off, good thing they stated the season so well!

    Good luck for the rest of the season

  20. Quote Originally Posted by dporter8999 View Post
    A poor patch of results there in Feb, but done brilliantly to keep only a point behind 1st place.

    If I'm right, without Tubbs & Murphy's goals, you would be 12 points worse off, good thing they stated the season so well!

    Good luck for the rest of the season
    yes very true they have been the difference. Thank you

  21. March


    Due to a few poor performance I thought it was time to change the formation around and tighten up in the middle of the field. I opted for a 4-1-3-1-1 formation looking to exploit the middle as most of our goals have come form long range and not from crosses.

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    So my backroom staff brought a few loan signings. First signing Joshua Debayo on loan from Leicester.

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    Secondly Ryan Yates on loan from Nottingham Forest.

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    Third signing Tom Anderson on loan from Birmingham.

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    And Lastly Scott Law signs on a free transfer.

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    As you can I signed Ollie Palmer after many appearances since October he still hasn't found the net.

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    Better month but still not picking up all 3 points. I spoke to soon Ollie Palmer SCORES!!

    • Macclesfield - A nice home win, also a clean sheet, Liam Noble bossed the midfield. Ollie scores!
    • Dag & Red - This was a tough end to end match. I really thought it was going to end 1-1 but then they scored on 92 mins. Last minute collapse.
    • Wrexham - A well fought point I was very pleased by this result as they are top 6 as well.
    • Solihull Moors - I was gutted by this result we dominated the match and again they deny us all 3 points.
    • Lincoln - I was extremely pleased of the whole team with this result top of the table clash and we came out on top when Murphy netted twice for us.

    Player of the month

    Elliott Frear gets this award 2 assists and 2 goals and an average rating of 7.94 I was very pleased for the young lad who stepped up to play behind the striker and his pace was very influential.

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    League Table

    Despite the win over Lincoln it still wasn't enough to go top.

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  22. April

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    Mixed month.

    • North Ferriby - Ferriby wasn't getting the better of me this time. Murphy popped up with a brilliant bicycle kick on 46 mins.
    • Guiseley - Another 2 goals from Murphy to earn us all 3 points on a match we dominated from the kick off.
    • Chester - This was the chance to go top and once again we blew it, Chester were just alot better than us on the day.
    • Southport - A nice comeback win against Southport was nice after going 2-0 down, again Murphy got on the score sheet twice. Another rare moment OLLIE scores his second goal.
    • Maidstone - This result would have put us in a firm position to be crowned champions. But after 25 mins Liam Noble got sent off again and that killed the game and the dream of finishing top.
    • York - Another game to forget, that well and truly blew it for us. The dreaded playoffs it is then.

    Player of the month

    Rhy Murphy gets the award 5 goals in 6 matches and 3 assist.

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    League Table

    So we finish the league second, with the first leg away to York not the team I wanted to play after my last result.

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  23. May

    The dreaded Playoffs.

    First up was an away tie to York not the team I wanted after just failing to beat them last match.

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    I was very pleased though I didn't expect much i went out defensive and highly structured with a 4-1-3-1-1 formation. We took the lead from a long range shot from Liam Noble on 57 mins. A very sloppy short back pass allowed Vadaine Oliver to Capitalize onto it. So with a 1-1 draw away we take them back to the new lawn.

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    It's fair to say we hammered them and booked our place at Wembley. We took the lead early from a side footed shot through Drissa Traore, early on this was the game changer York just crumbled like a digestive biscuit.


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    The Wembley dream was over. We just didn't show up, was it the shock of playing at Wembley? Aldershot were by far the better team looked stronger and up for it. Words couldn't describe the emotions running through my head that night. Murphy did score 2 goals at Wembley but it just wasn't enough.

    Season awards

    Top goal scorer Rhys Murphy came second scoring 29 goals in all competitions but 27 in the league. Adam Marriott just tipped him to the award scoring the same amount but contributed with more assists.

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    Forest Green Awards.

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    After having an end of season meeting with the players felt that we could push on and achieve promotion next season.

  24. Unlucky to blow the league title in the final month and then the playoff final defeat! I've had many of them, it'll just spur you on in your next one!

  25. Quote Originally Posted by dani3w View Post
    Unlucky to blow the league title in the final month and then the playoff final defeat! I've had many of them, it'll just spur you on in your next one!
    sure will I'm so determined to get promoted.

  26. Ollie Palmer turned out to be great for me in my Forest Green save playing in the TM role. I managed to sign him on a free transfer after the first season on a cheap contract, I'd definitely recommend sticking with him as I reckon he'll come up good for you!

    Really enjoying this so far, by the looks of it I'm sure you'll get promoted next season
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  27. Quote Originally Posted by wjackson24 View Post
    Ollie Palmer turned out to be great for me in my Forest Green save playing in the TM role. I managed to sign him on a free transfer after the first season on a cheap contract, I'd definitely recommend sticking with him as I reckon he'll come up good for you!

    Really enjoying this so far, by the looks of it I'm sure you'll get promoted next season
    Thank you for the advice and i'm glad your enjoying it. I hope he does come good because thats the dilema i have do i sign him or don't I as he is on loan at the min.

  28. Preseason


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    Not to active in the transfer window 5 in on loan due to hardly having any money plus we also extend Tom Anderson's loan from Birmingham. Only 1 in on a permanent deal Jake Sinclair costing 9k from Hereford. In terms of out goings 4 young lads go out on loan. 5 out of contract players that leave the club and Keiffer Moore joins Macclesfield for 19.75k.

    Welcome back Tom Anderson on loan from Birmingham

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    Welcome Jordan Flores on loan from Wigan.

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    Welcome Danny Whitehead on loan Wigan.

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    Welcome Ben Brereton on loan from Nottingham Forest.

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    Welcome Joe Worrall on loan from Nottingham Forest.

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    Welcome Alexander McQueen on loan from Bradford City.

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    Welcome Jake Sinclair on a Permanent deal from Hereford.

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    Media predictions

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    New contract

    A Pleasing note is that I sign another years contract with Forest Green.

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    Perfect Preseason.

    • Briscombe and Thrupp - Easy team to play a thumping away from home. Was nice to see Brereton to score a brace on his debut. Another player that has stepped up to the first team from the youth squad is Giancarlo Gabbiadini he also got a goal on his debut.
    • Bishop's Cleeve - Again another thumping away from home and Brereton and Gabbiadini linking up well with more goals for the club.
    • Frome - All 4 strikers score! despite a 5-0 thumping I did feel for Frome as they out played us we had 5 shots and luckily all 5 went in they had 28 shots and couldn't convert 1.
    • Wigan - Tougher opponents, but we out played them just like last season Murphy and Tubbs linked up well to win the match.

    Player of the month

    Ben Brereton gets the award scoring 5 goals in 4 matches the youngster stepped and proved why he should be in the team.

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