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Why are we here………

Lets get the philosophy out of the way first 🙂 I’ve been playing CM/FM since CM 97/98. If you love football you’ve most probably come into contact with the series at some point. Over the last couple of years I’ve really gotten back into regular game-play, mostly because I came across a few YouTube Creators playing FM18. They were:

https://www.youtube.com/user/DoctorBenjyFM/ – Ben’s Thames series was a major influence, very well put together and he tells a story really well. https://www.youtube.com/user/SecondYellowCard/ – Matt’s B67 series was brilliant from the gameplay aspect – the possibility of taking a team from Greenland as far as he did was amazing.

So I decided to have a go myself – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC49CuCMPebNZZh6PBlE1mrQ – With a couple of lower league saves, Guernsey in the English Football Pyramid and a resurrected Vulkan Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in the Russian Football Pyramid.

Both suffered from being remote geographically, and as such I struggled with promotions due to not really being able to get the quality of players needed to move on and upwards. At the end of the day I got bored and stopped enjoying it.

Before that however I had hearkened upon another couple of creators in FM19, one of whom is doing a couple of amazing saves currently, and one who has a semi-fictional league and is doing a really strong play-through.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-3wJqf60YbC6jzAfPRm2ig – Loki Doki (Jon) has both a superb lower league to legend going on with Fort William and a brilliant Journeyman that started in Luxembourg and is currently in Italy. He is definitely one of the best creators I’ve seen.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0EpFqPAwCsEMygWV1qy8A – FMTahiti (Pelham) started a semi-fictional French Polynesian save with the Humpbacks of Rurutu about the same time as I started my save with Guernsey, and he has told a very interesting story. He also did a few pieces on something that is also near an d dear to me – Data Analysis.

My day job is as a SQL & Business Intelligence Developer – Basically creating databases, moving data around/between databases and designing reporting from data on databases. Pelham’s work got me thinking about how I could get data out of FM, into a database so I could start working with it so I could be better informed about the team I was managing.

So I started thinking about a blog format – Where I can go into much more depth in telling a story than I ever can in Youtube – around a Journeyman save (Never done one before and after watching Loki Doki its something that really appeals) incorporating ways and means of getting data out of FM19 and using it (Thanks Pelham). And that’s why we are here.

Ladies and/or gentleman – I present to you, my FM Journeys.

Buck your ideas up! – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 91 – Everton – September 2027

We need to gel, and gel fast

Welcome back to Goodison for September 2027. A potentially very tough month.

Newcastle are 18th, so 3 points are a must. Get a point at Anfield and i’ll be ecstatic, Norwich away we’ve seen to be tough already, and an OP Bournemouth financially (8th) rounds out the month. But we have 10 days of an international window to get through unscathed…

Rafa Munoz is the first to play – 90 mins in a 3-0 win over Egypt U23 for Spain.

We are £53M in the black, which is good, seeing as we were the 5th biggest spenders across Europe, and highest in England at £120M. Barcelona top at £232M. £1.15B was spent in the EPL, almost double La Liga!

I’m only a C+ with the board, but that is to be expected.

Dynamics are Good/Very Good/Very Good – Need to get the Cohesion up to Very Good at least.

Tiberiu Hagi played 24 mins in Romania U21’s 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

Joe Aribo played a full 90 in Nigeria’s 2-2 with Tunisia.

Mitchell Douglas got 10 mins in England U21’s 3-0 win over Kazakhstan

Kris De Moor got 28 mins in Belgium U21’s 5-0 win over Estonia

Vaclav Prochazka played a full 90 in Czechia U21’s 3-1 loss to Russia

Jamal Lewis played 90 in N. Ireland’s 2-1 win over Serbia, Big Col McGarvey with a goal.

Garreth Cross got an assist in England U20’s 2-1 win over Germany, but picked up a Groin Strain right at the end.

Rafa Munoz has another 90, scoring in Spain U23’s 2-0 win over Venezuela

Chris Whitehead and Steven Guest both got minutes in England U19’s 4-1 win over Scotland

Dario Marseic played 90 in Austria’s 1-0 win over Slovakia

Olexandr Zinchenko also played 90, scoring in Ukraine’s 7-1 win over Latvia

Our U18’s lost 3-2 to Burnley, goals from 17yo DC Declan Garrick and 16yo DL Bradley Lane.

Edon Zhegrova played 90 and scored in Kosovo’s 1-1 with Poland.

Jamal Lewis played another 90 in N. Ireland’s 3-0 loss to Scotland

Our U23’s drew 2-2 with Chelsea – goals from 18yo AMR Grant Collin and Matt Harris, getting 45 mins on his return from broken ribs.

Olexandr Zinchenko got another 90 in Ukraine’s 7-0 win over Cyprus, Kris De Moor played 90 and scored in Belgium U21’s 3-2 win over Israel, Vaclav Prochazka played 90 in Czechia U21’s 1-0 loss to Italy, and Steven Guest and Chris Whitehead got 4 minutes between them in England U19’s 2-1 win over The Netherlands.

Dario Maresic played 83 mins in Austria’s 2-1 loss to Norway

Edon Zhegrova played a full 90 and got an assist in Kosovo’s 3-2 loss to Lithuania

Got this story through:

Tony Khan – yes, that Tony Khan (President of All-Elite Wrestling) – Currently DoF of Fulham in game, and IRL he’s still co-owner of Fulham I believe. Think I’ll leave that one.

My 20yo Striker Shay Walker has turned down a 4-year deal. He’s still contracted for 2 years.

A bit of Friday night football – Fulham drawing with Burnley with a 91st minute goal.

Our U23’s beat Arsenal 5-2, goals from Jefferson Felliphe (Giving him time to bed in, always tough for South American wonderkids), Shay Walker, Alan Short and a brace from Ricky Davies.

And our U18’s beat Sheff Utd 3-0, Goals from Declan Garrick, Bradley Lane (16yo DL) and Sean McCulloch.

11th September 2027 – Newcastle (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 3 (Zhegrova 3, De Moor 21, Renault 41) Newcastle 2 (Evander pen 26, Gil 64) Att 34,032 (3,000 Away)

We welcome a Newcastle side sitting 18th whilst we are 11th. Brighton played Man City in the 12:30, holding them to a 1-1, Mason Greenwood with the goal for Brighton.

Newcastle have a 30yo Joelinton up top – ever-present for Newcastle since 2019. It’s a quick start, Everton 1-0 up in the 3rd minute, Zhegrova finishing off a bit of a scramble well, assist from Gomes. Great start 🙂 And it’s 2 in the 21st minute, Kris De Moor with a tap-in, no marking, after great work by Zhegrova, Zinchenko & Prescott on the left. But soon after a very soft penalty given against Munoz. Evander tucking the penalty away. 2-1, 26th minute. Two goal cushion renewed in the 41st minute – Renault with a back-post volley from a Zhegrova cross – Matt Harris has big competition in Zhegrova at the moment! 3-1 at the break.

Newcastle come out hard and Rogerio, back in goal for his first game since injury has made some superb saves. But its 3-2, 64th minute, Gil flicking-on a free kick. Kick-off highlight… Nothing. Going 4-1-2-3, getting Valdivia on as a DM. He hold on for a 3-2 win – really thinking 4-4-2 isn’t going to work, we’re not big-enough physically.

Up to 6th – Chelsea with a big win, Liverpool continue their perfect start. And we have them next…

And on Sunday Man U beat Watford 1-0, and Bournemouth beat Leeds 2-0 – both away wins. meaning the last 3 games this month are versus 1st, 5th and 4th (Liverpool, Norwich in the Carabao, Bournemouth).

And on Monday Arsenal maintain their perfect record – 4-0 versus Aston Villa. Top 7 will do I think this season!! That’s the expectation anyway.

And Edon Zhegrova made the EPL Team of the Week 🙂

Our U18’s drew 1-1 with Gaz Metan Media U19’s of Romania in the U19’s Champions Cup 1st Qual Round, Vaclav Prochazka with the goal and MotM.

A bit of Friday Night Football – Leicester beating West Brom 3-2, an 88th minute Dan Arzani goal (IRL at AGF in Denmark on loan currently – owned by Man City) deciding the result.

Early on the Saturday our U18’s darw 1-1 with Derby – 17yo AML Sean McCulloch with the goal.

We are the early game on Saturday – lunchtime kick-off at Anfield. A tad nervous.

18th September 2027 – Liverpool (A) – English Premier League

Anfield, Capacity 54,074 (In Game, 53,394 IRL)

FT Liverpool 2 (Fati 81, Dybala 90+2) Everton 1 (Errington 50) Att 54,074 (3,000 Away)

We go with a 4-2-1-3 Wide on Cautious that we have been training for these games – getting a bit more cover, but I’m not particularly confident versus an amazingly strong Liverpool side, with a 33yo Dybala up top, Ansu Fati on the left, Bukayo Saka on the right, TAA, now 28 still there, Szoboszlai in Midfield. A tough one.

A relatively quiet start, we get to 30 minutes with just 2 Liverpool highlights. And we have a good one soon after, Zhegrova running inside but dragging the shot wide. 0-0 at the break, Liverpool looking worse condition-wise.

And we take a shock lead!!!! 50th minute, Zhegrova takes the ball into the area, is dispossessed, wins it back, passes to Zinchenko who’s cross is headed home powerfully by Jimmy Errington 🙂 1-0 Everton. 65th minute, Liverpool with a chance, but they are taking long shots… But in the 81st Minute Fati scores, basically leaving 4 Blues for dead, scoring the one-on-one. Disappointed. Injury time, Everton corner, we hit the post!!! But Errington was offside. Why the late highlights!!! AND OF FUCKING COURSE LIVEPOOL SCORE. Dybala from 20 yards. FUCK THIS GAME. Get up the pitch!! And a last highlight… And Gomes fires it out of play. 2-1 Liverpool, really really disappointed.

Bournemouth, who we have next in the league, up to 3rd, and Norwich, who we have in the Carabao cup in 4 days, up to 5th. Need to get some wins to keep morale up.

Two massive games on Super Sunday – Man Utd v Arsenal, Man City v Tottenham. Man Utd 1-0 in the 2pm, Man City 5-1!! in the 4:30. That was Arsenal’s first loss of the season.

Monday Night football – Newcastle 5 Derby 1!! The 3-2 win against them looking pretty good now.

Our U23’s lost 1-0 to Sheff Utd.

And onto Tuesday night, Carabao cup with the big shock being Watford, bottom of the league, beating Man Utd 3-1. Man City beat Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield, Liverpool almost completely rotated, Man City not so much.

22nd September 2027 – Norwich (A) – Carabao Cup 3rd Round

Carrow Road, Capacity 27,359 in game & IRL

FT Norwich 0 Everton 1 (Prochazka 85) Att 12,537 (1,292 Away)

We make the trip to Norwich having rotated heavily before our trip to Bournemouth on Saturday. Hoping Norwich do the same. We keep with the 4-2-1-3 Wide. Looks like a fair amount of rotation in the Norwich side.

Everton in coral-pink tonight. And we should have scored in the first minute, Felliphe’s shot straight at the Keeper. Everton with most of the ball early, Nketiah missing a sitter in the 20th minute. But pretty quiet after that. 0-0 at the break.

Made a few changes at the break – Nketiah off for youngster Shay Walker. quiet through 60 mins. Ricky Davies on for Zhegrova, going 4-2-3-1 2DM, Prochazka up to AM. And we take the lead in the 85th minute, 18yo Prochazka with a well struck shot from inside the area after a good spell of pressure. Shay Walker with the assist. And we hold on for the win. A good performance, very well deserved.

No real shocks in the other games.

Our U18’s lost 2-1 to West Brom, Sean McCulloch with another goal from the left wing.

50,000 Seater now 🙂 Lets see how often we fill it.

Fernando Trujillo has been handed a Mexico U23 call-up For 3 matches at the start of October.

Friday night football – Man Utd 4 Newcastle 0, Newcastle with 10 men for 70 minutes, Ben Chilwell with a hat-trick…

We’ve had the Carabao 4th Round draw…

Leicester (8th) away. Another tough one. 26th October.

Our U18’s lose 1-0 to Man City.

We’re playing at 3pm versus Bournemouth – Liverpool win the early game 1-0 at Brighton.

25th September 2027 – Bournemouth (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 1 (Felliphe 73) Bournemouth 1 (Gibbins 90+2) Att 48,500 (1,203 Away)

Bournemouth come into this game in 4th – Their start player is Henry Reeves on the left wing, 23yo, 3 caps for England but just really, really good. Otherwise they are getting on a bit. Our scouts rank us a bit better. But I stay with the 2 DM’s, but play De Moor further up the pitch.

Lewis Cook picks up an Orange knock in the first 10 minutes in Centre Mid. Otherwise its quiet as we reach the half-hour, where we nearly gift them a goal with some dodgy passing at the back. 0-0 at the break.

Bournemouth look a bit more dangerous at the start of the 2nd half, so I move to a 4-1-2-3, pulling De Moor back to a DLP in centre Mid, Gomes as a BBM, Valdivia as a Half-Back. Errington off, Prescott up top, Felliphe on, Harris as a Raumdeuter, finding spaces and being a nuisance as he’s been poor so far. And we get the breakthrough!! Jefferson Felliphe with a DFK from 30 yards, an absolute screamer!! Time ticks on. But yet again defensive frailties kill us. 1-1, 92nd minute, Gibbins finishing the loose ball at the back post as a free kick isn’t cleared. FFS. 1-1 it finished.

Loads of draws today mean the draw isn’t too damaging. Man City held by West Brom, Arsenal by Norwich, Tammy Abraham coming good late doors.

That’s that for games this month.

2 Wins, an OK draw and a sucker-punch of a loss versus the league leaders. Not too bad. Next month gives us 2 very hard games at each end of the month, with 3 very winnable ones in between.

Any more news to end the month?

Sunday football – Wolves beat Aston Villa 3-0 in another Midlands Derby. Wolves go 13th, Villa 18th.

Monday night football – Tottenham 4 Fulham 0. Tottenham go 9th. And our U23’s lose 2-1 to Man City, Mathieu Renault with the goal.

Joe Aribo gets a Nigeria call-up for October.

Our U18’s are through in the U19’s Champions Cup, beating Romanian’s Gaz Metan Medias U19’s 6-0 in Romania, 17yo sean McCulloch with 4 more goals – 10 in 11 this season from the left wing. Ryan Scott (16yo DR) and Bradley Lane (16yo DL) with the other goals.

Twelve international callups. Dario Maresic tweaks a knee in training, will most probably miss the Arsenal game before going away on leave.

And that’s that – See you next time for October 2027.

Starting the Journey to the Top – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 90 – Everton – August 2027

Base Camp. Let’s start the climb.

Welcome to Merseyside for August 2027 – The start of the 27/28 campaign. Looking forward to it, I’m confident that we have a broad-enough squad to get a really good finish (Injury Crises aside).

We have West Brom today at a 34,032 capacity Goodison while the expansion to 50,000 is ongoing. Let’s go

7th August 2027 – West Brom (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 3 (Zhegrova 36, Errington 72, 78) West Brom 1 (Sanchez 45 + 2) Att 34,032 (3,000 Away)

An Interesting 12:30 result – Man City scrape a 1-1 versus a Bournemouth side that played the second half with 10 men. The First day of the season is often a bit odd. We are one of 5 games at the traditional 3pm. West Brom have a had a solid if unremarkable pre-season – a tour of Singapore, a draw versus Penafiel (Promoted to the Portuguese Top Tier this season) and a 2-0 win over TNS (Welsh Champions). A slow start, we’re having shots but not highlights. We end up taking the lead in the 36th minute – Edon Zhegrova with the final finish after Olex Zinchenko’s initial shot from a great De Moor cross was deflected. Good to get that first goal. We go in even however, injury time, a free kick headed in by Sanchez. Fucking Set Pieces. A quiet second half, we end up taking the lead in the 72nd minute, James Errington with the finish after lovely pressing panics the West Brom players into some bad passes. Brad Prescott with the assist. And we make it three 6 minutes later – Errington again, Johnny-on-the-Spot beating 3 West Brom players to the ball to stab home after a Prescott shot is parried. Better. And that’s how it finishes. Three points on the board in front of a full house.

Arsenal & Chelsea start off strongly, Liverpool get a good win at St. James’s against newly-promoted Newcastle, and fellow promotees Villa get a 3-2 win versus Burnley. Spurs sneak a win versus Watford.

All possible season tickets (30,713) have been sold 🙂

Not a good weekend for Manchester – United, who we face next, well beaten by a Leicester side that finished last season 14th. Derby get a good 3 points versus Leeds – they may be few and far between for them this season.

Finishing the weekend we have a good 3-2 win for Norwich over Wolves, 34yo Romelu Lukaku scoring for Wolves late on.

James Errington makes the EPL Team of the Week after his brace versus West Brom.

Our U23’s beat QPR 5-0 – Goals from 21yo MC Ricky Davies, 21yo STC Alan Short and a hat-trick from 19yo STC Shay Walker. BPD Vaclav Prochazka with 5 Key Passes and an assist, taking corners 🙂

It’s so nice to have a few really good young English players 🙂 James is getting better and better.

We’ve had the Carabao Cup 2nd Round Draw.

Bolton of League Two Away. They are relegated from League One last season and have been in League Two 5 years out of the last 7. They are secure financially now apparently.

Dundalk – They bomb out of the Europa League with a 2-0 aggregate loss to Universitatea Craiova of Romania… They play KR in the Conference League 4th Qualifying Round now. Win that and they will have Conference League Group Stage Football. Poor.

18yo Gary Lemon is off on loan to Oldham until Christmas. 2.5* PA.

Our U18’s drew 1-1 with Leicester – 17yo AMR Jamie Moncur with the goal.

We play Man Utd on the Sunday – As such there’s a Saturday programme to report on first.

Not a good start for Man City! 1 point from 6 As Liverpool demolish them at Anfield. Arsenal also get their second win away to Burnley. Fulham sneak past Villa and West Brom do a number on Spurs! Lastly Bournemouth showing they are going to be difficult opposition with a second point of the season versus Chelsea after drawing with Man City on opening day.

We are the 2pm kick-off as we make the short journey East to Old Trafford.

15th August 2027 – Man Utd (A) – English Premier League

FT Man Utd 4 (Chiesa 15, Dias 31, Rodrygo 45, Martinez 84) Everton 2 (Gomes 28, Errington 89) Att 75,635 (3,000 Away)

Man U lost 2-0 to Leicester on opening weekend at Leicester so I’m expecting a backlash from that. They have Lautaro Martinez up top and Bruno Fernandes still with them in the middle and overall have a cracking squad. Let’s give it a go. It’s a man-for-man 4-4-2 battle. Maybe a more defensive approach? Quiet early on, with a couple of Everton highlights, both headers over. We go 1-0 down to a deep free kick – Chiesa breaking the offside trap to head past Rossi. Poor defending. But we get back level 13 minutes later – a ding-dong end-to-end phase of play ends up with a Toffee break – Gomes finishing with a placed-shot from the edge of the area after a final pass from Zhegrova. Interestingly I’d just pulled both lines back to Standard, so I’m taking full credit 🙂 I see Gomes is wanted by PSG… The lead lasts 3 minutes. Another set piece, Dias being in the right place to volley home after a corner pinged-about the 6-yard box. Bollocks. And it’s 3-1 just before the break – Rodrygo finishing off a good move. Lacking composure, losing the ball higher up the field, and this is what happens. Think i’ll try and slow it down a bit. 3-1 at the break. A flurry of Yellows at the start of the 2nd half for Man U. A quiet half, but Man U get their 4th in the 84th minute – Martinez with a header after fine work from Chiesa on the wing. Yep, not good enough (Yet). We get a consolation in the 89th – James Errington, anonymous all game, with a thunderbolt volley from 20 yards after a Zhegrova head-down. Man U then have the ball in the net again straight from kick-off, but Felix was a few yards off. It finishes 4-2 – Good lessons learned (Maybe two holding midfielders a la Southgate against the bigger teams??)

The Match stats really weren’t too bad, it’s just being clinical at this level. Norwich next up in 6 days. There’s one game left – the late Sunday game…

Leicester with a beat-down on Watford. Three teams 2-for-2. And on Monday Wolves lose 2-1 to Derby at home – The Newly-Promoted Rams now 2-for-2 as well!

Our U23’s beat Leicester 3-0 – 2 goals from 21yo MC Ricky Davies, 1 from Joe Aribo.

Jimmy Errington got in the EPD team of the week after his wonder-goal.

We have a Friday night game in the Premier Division – Brighton host Wolves. 1-1, 30yo Raphinha with the equaliser for Brighton.

And onto Saturday. There’s a 12:30, and it’s a biggie – Chelsea host Liverpool!

Before then our U18’s thump Sunderland 5-1 – goals from 17yo DC Lloyd Burton, and 2 braces – Jamie Moncur (170 AMR) and MotM Sean McCulloch (17yo AML).

Back to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2, a Dybala (Now 33) pen cancelled out by Frenkie de Jong (Now 30yo), and Casteneda (23yo Newgen Mexican) wins it for Liverpool 3 minuted from time. Liverpool 3-for-3!

21st August 2027 – Norwich (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 0 Norwich 0 Att 34,032 (2,879 Away)

We host Patrick Vieira’s Norwich today in what could be a tricky fixture. Norwich finished mid table last season and are W1 D1 this season. We should beat them, but I’m hoping the 4-2 loss last time out won’t have affected the morale too much. 4-4-2 plays 4-2-3-1 Wide.

Norwich playing in Red today – Canary Yellow does not clash with our Blue. A quiet first half – We should possibly be 1-0 up after a fine break, Prescott’s shot parried by the Keeper, trickling past the post. 0-0 at the break. Jordan Pickford (33yo) has made a couple of good saves today, another one from Gomes at the start of the half. Norwich starting to look more dangerous – Tammy Abraham (now 29) having a 1-on-1 saved well by Rossi after a long bomb from Pickford. Time ticking down, and the chance for a winner missed – Jefferson Felliphe shooting wide after winning the ball back near the half-way line. And just after Alvarez breaks the line for Norwich, but misses with just Rossi in between him and the goal. It finishes 0-0, a fair result on the balance of play. Jordan Pickford man of the match with a 7.7!

Only Arsenal are now 3-from-3 with a good win over Leicester. Both Manchester’s get 1-0 wins away.

Bolton up next in the Carabao 2nd Round in 3 days – expect rotation 🙂

There were a couple of Sunday games – Leeds hammering Fulham (Who we travel to in the League next) 5-2, West Brom winning the Midlands Derby over Villa 1-0.

Our U23’s drew 1-1 with West Brom – 19yo STC Shay Walker with the goal.

24th August 2027 – Bolton (A) – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

University of Bolton Stadium – Capacity 28,723

FT Bolton 0 Everton 3 (Felliphe 34, Prescott 61, 90+3) Att 28,018 (1,400 Away)

We make the short trip to Bolton to face a side 5th in League Two currently. Since their relegation to League Two in game in 19/20 they’ve been in League Two in all but two years. I’ve rotated (I’ve not got a massive first team squad but I’m resting most of the First Teamers) and I hope that doesn’t mean a disjointed performance. 4-4-2 v 4-4-2.

A quiet start in the pouring rain. We take the lead in the 34th minute, Jefferson Felliphe with a fine finish after a corner wasn’t cleared particularly well. Assist for Mitchell Douglas (England U21 that we picked up from Sporting Kansas City in the summer). Bolton with the bigger share of possession interestingly, but we go in 1-0 up. 2-0 in the 61st after a 6-yard-box pingathon. Prescott with the final touch, 19yo Mexican Libero(!) Fernando Trujillo with the assist. Vaclav Prochaska (18yo Czech Wonderkid) comes on for 20 playing as BBM and looks like an absolute nuisance. At 6ft 5in he really stands out. And in stoppages Prescott gets his second of the game after a fine break and 70-yard run by Ricky Davies on the left. 3-0 it finished, a professional performance.

No real shocks in the other games.

Just one game left this month – Fulham at Craven Cottage in the League in 5 days.

We’ve had 5 international call-ups for the start of September window – Rafa Munoz to Spain U23, Kris De Moor to Belgium U21, Tiberiu Hagi, on loan at Konyaspor to Romania U21, Jamal Lewis to Northern Ireland and Keeper Matteo Rossi to the Belgium first team.

No real shocks in the other 2nd Round games in the Carabao.

We’ve had the 3rd Round draw…

A toughie – Norwich away (again). Note Liverpool v Man City 🙂 This will be in late September.

Another 11 players with international call-ups:

  • Joe Aribo (Nigeria)
  • Vaclav Prochazka (Czechia U21)
  • Mitchell Douglas (England U21)
  • Gareth Cross (England U20)
  • Obinna Ali (England U20)
  • Olexandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)
  • Steven Guest (England U19)
  • Chris Whitehead (England U19)
  • Dario Maresic (Austria)
  • Edon Zhegrova (Kosovo)
  • Fernando Trujillo (Mexico U23)

Our U18’s beat Norwich 3-1 – goals from Jimmy King (16yo MC) and a brace from AML Joseph Thornton

There was a 8-game Saturday program before we play on Sunday.

Norwich with a big win versus Chelsea in Injury time. They may be the weak link where we could sneak 4th as Liverpool, Man U and Man City are all a bit naughty. Arsenal are not bad either.

29th August 2027 – Norwich (H) – English Premier League

Craven Cottage, Capacity 28,000 (In Game), 19,359 IRL

FT Fulham x (Diego 66) Everton x (Prescott 24) Att 28,000 (2,800 Away)

We make the trip to SW6 to face a Fulham side sitting 17th, W1 L2, and who were thumped 5-2 by Leeds last time out and 3-0 by Lille 3 days ago in the Conference League 4th Qually Round, so I’m hoping to pile on the misery. Rafa Munoz is already off on international duty so Dodo gets a full game. 5-4-1 Fulham.

Quiet again from a highlight standpoint, Zhegrova picking up a tight groin early, Ricky Davies on in his place. We take the lead in the 24th minute, a well worked move across the face of the Fulham area ends with Prescott getting a tap-in, Jimmy Errington with the nod-down assist. They look dangerous on the break – we are having lots of chances, just a lack of composure I think. 1-0 at the break.

Fulham have the better of it in the 2nd half, and get back to 1-1 in the 66th – Gomes losing the ball high up, Fulham break and Diego finishing well. Poor. And Fulham score again near the end, but Wilmot was offside. 1-1 it finished. We dominated, but lack composure.

We’ve got to be doing better than that. Hoping its early-season gelling that is required. Watford look doomed already. And I need talisman Matt Harris back!

That’s it for games for the month, as a load of players go off on international duty.

Seen a news article – apparently Lionel Messi is manging Kasimpasa In the Turkish Super Lig……..

Our U23’s beat Norwich 2-0 – goals from 19yo STC Kevin Kennedy and 18yo MotM MC Stephen Garner.

And in the Auto Windscreens (Then Leasing.com Trophy) our U23’s went t o Valley Parade to play Bradford, winning 6-1! Goals from 19yo DL Jason Purrington, a brace from 22yo STC Alan Short and a hat-trick from 19yo Shay Walker. £12k for the win 🙂

We are 8th in the EPL by Commercial Income (£44M – Chelsea top at £238M, Newcastle bottom at just under £12M). we are 7th in leading player production (16, Man City & Chelsea on 34)

Ezequial Barco has gone to AS Saint-Etienne on loan until the end of the season – 70% of his wage (£55k/wk) being paid.

A bit of an up-and-down month – Can’t afford the draws. Three league games and the cup, including the Merseyside Derby at Anfield. A tough start to the league. See you soon.

The Rebuild – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 89 – Everton – Post-Season 26/27, Pre-Season 27/28

Let’s prove Hansen wrong (Again)

Welcome back to Goodison for the rebuild – We will play through the Summer of 2027 up until opening day.

Firstly all the end of season gumph.

Of the Current players we have Dodo and Prescott in the 1st XI, Rogerio, Maresic, Aribo & Chong on the bench.

Building for the Future with Matt Harris!

Everton had a horrendous first 5 games but were in a decent spot coming up to half-way through the season, but their drop in form saw me take over with them in 13th. We did very well to get back to 9th. Goodison is 95% full on average, may need an upgrade soon.

The Board are still ahppy with a top-half finish next season. Fine. Dynamics are Good/Very Good/Very Good, and the End of Season Team Meeting sees the team happy with going for a top-half finish in 27/28.

We get a £2.6m tax bill.

Will need to get back into Europe in 28/29 – hopefully UCL!!! 279k shirts sold which is really good.

Wage Budget – £2.6M/Week (Current £2.4M). Transfer Budget £65M. Will try and break even.

What did I say! – Goodison will be expanding to 50,000 capacity, ready by the end of September!!! £38M, £3.6k per seat… That will be the 8th biggest stadium in the EPL with West Ham and Newcastle, in the Championship promotion playoff both having larger capacities.

Matt Harris set a club record with 13 assists last season. Looking for a lot more next.

Three of the lads get International call-ups for the June internationals (Euro 2028 Quallies)

Takeover Rumours not to be believed apparently… Might try and get some transfer business done relatively early just in case.

Tahith Chong and Yusuf Yazici (Not our Player, on loan from Marseille) also get international callups. And A couple of days later Jamal Lewis is called up to the Northern Ireland squad,

Three more call-ups, plus Gbamin & Aribo are going to the African Nations Cup in Mali.

James Errington came 3rd in the EPL Player of the Month award for May. I came 2nd in manager of the Month.

We are currently £42M in the black – the £38M ground expansion offset by £42M sponsorship.

One of the Kids, Stewart Ferguson (18yo DC) is called up to the Scottish U19’s.

Somehow I’m only a C+ with the board!!!

NEW SIGNING

Rafael Munoz (19yo CWB, Spanish U21 international) comes in from AA Gent in Belgium for £25M on a 5 year deal. Mad physicals for his age and 2-footed, looking forward to seeing him develop. He will be sharing time this coming season with Dodo at right back. He will come in at the start of the transfer window in a week.

We’ve had the first of the internationals – Edon Zhegrova getting a goal in Kosovo’s 4-1 win over Andorra. Tahith Chong played 64 minutes in The Netherlands 3-1 loss to Poland and Yusuf Yazici played 56 minutes in Turkey’s 8-0 win over Lithuania.

More call-ups – Garreth Cross, Obinna Ali and Stephen Garner go to the England U19’s, Matt Harris to the Germany first-team.

Dario Maresic played in Austria’s 4-1 win over Belarus and Olexandr Zinchenko played in The Ukraine’s 1-0 loss to Belgium.

NEW SIGNING

Look at the state of this Fella!! Jefferson Felliphe (18yo MR Wonderkid, Brazilian U20 caps) joins on a 5-year deal for £23M from Sao Paulo. 3* CA, 5* PA, again, mad physicals, he will be sharing the right-wing role with Mathieu Renault.

More internationals – Edon Zhegrova played 90 in Kosovo’s brilliant 0-0 with The Netherlands and Yusuf Yazici also played 90 in Turkey’s 4-0 win over Andorra.

Jamal Lewis played in Northern Ireland’s 1-0 win over Croatia – David Dallas with the goal 🙂

First 2 in – B-‘s…

Dario Maresic played 90 in Austria’s 2-1 win over Belarus and Olex Zinchenko played 64 minutes in the Ukraine’s 2-1 loss to Romania.

The Euro U21’s have started – France drawing 2-2 with Spain, Mathieu Renault played the last 24 minutes.

PLAYER LEAVING

Didn’t know much about this, 15yo left-back Andy McEvoy goes to Spurs for £3.9M going up to £7M. He has potential, but will need a lot of development to get there. 40% of the profit of the next sale as well could be nice.

Some more internationals – Jean-Phillipe Gbamin played in Cote D’Ivoire’s 1-0 win over Venezuela and Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with South Korea.

PLAYER LEAVING

29yo Club Captain Leonardo Forcato goes to China for £25M – On 1st July.

Some Euro U21’s action. Enzo Lacoste played 7 minutes in France’s 3-1 win over Italy, Mathieu renault played 24 minutes. new signing Rafael Munoz played 29 minutes in Spain U21’s 4-1 win over Norway.Stewart Ferguson played 72 minutes of Scotland U19’s 2-2 draw with Russia and a couple of the lads played in England U19’s 2-0 win over Belgium – Garreth Cross and Stephen Garner.

NEW SIGNING

We welcome 19yo Kris de Moor (Belgian U21 international, MC Playmaker) for £25M from AA Gent (again). Another wonderkid, Kris is resolute and is just an all-around beastie of a player. Like the other 2 signings he comes in ranked as the best in the squad in his position!! He will make a formidable midfield even better with Gomes and Lacoste.

I get a B for that one 🙂

the Irish Premier Division up to 34th best league now 🙂 Just below the Slovak first division 🙂

More internationals. New-Boy Kris de Moor played in Belguim U21’s 4-1 win over Ireland, getting a goal. Tahith Chong played in The Netherlands 3-0 win over Iceland and Yusuf Yazici played in Turkey’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador.

PLAYERS LEAVING

Another kid going – striker Gary Moss to Leeds. Not too bothered by this one though, only a 47 Scout report.

33yo Emre Can off to Brighton. Good business, even though we are paying just under £20k/Wk of his wages.

18yo Mark May goes to Fulham for £3.8M. Another youngster with a bit of potential, but will need to work very hard to achieve it (47 Scout report).

And 20yo Midfielder Dean Miley is off to Huddersfield for £93k

26yo Nathan Ferguson goes to West Ham. 2.5* CA on £57k/wk – a good deal (39 Scout Rating!!)

France U21’s beat Norway 5-1 – Both Enzo Lacoste and Mathieu Renault getting sub appearances. Rafa Munoz played 58 minutes in Spain U21’s 0-0 with Italy.

PLAYER LEAVING

Alex Richardson (23yo STC) goes to AFC Wimbledon for £160k. 40 Scout rating.

James Errington played the full 90 as England U21’s beat Poland 4-0. New-boy Kris de Moor played in Belgium’s 1-0 loss to Russia.

Marco Kana (24yo DM & Belgian International) goes to Zenit for £14.25M. 49 scout rating and doesn’t fit out formation going forward.

Jean Gbamin had a shocker for Cote D’Ivoire versus Angola – 5.9 and a sending off.

Joe Aribo played 90 in Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Guinea-Bissau in the African Nations.

James Errington had some sub time in England U21’s 2-1 win over Portugal. Lacoste and renault both had time in France U21’s 2-2 with Belgium. Rafa Munoz had 17 minutes in Spain U21’s 2-0 win over Russia.

More consortium takeover rumours… glad I’ve got a good few bits done already.

PLAYER JOINING

19yo Romanian Centre-back Tiberiu Hagi joins for £1M from Dunarea Calarasi. 82 Scout Rated, 4.5* PA, very promising indeed for very little outlay.

Really solid, good attributes in the right areas.

And a B for that signing.

Enzo Lacoste and Mathieu Renault had more sub time for France U21’s in their 2-1 loss to Spain in the 1st Euro U21 Semi Final – Rafa Munoz started for Spain.

James Errington played in England U21’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2nd of the Euro U21 Semi Final.

Fixtures released – We start at home to West Brom, my first Merseyside Derby is in mid-September 🙂 We get £95.1M for TV Rights for the coming season. The main issue why English teams are a bit OP in FM. I notice we get that in dribs and drabs though, so it doesn’t help at the moment.

Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over DR Congo, getting an assist.

Matt Harris’ 7.51 average from 43 appearances is a new Everton record.

Jean Gbamin played in Cote D’Ivoire’s 3-0 win over Burkina Faso.

(Some of) the players are now back in training at the start of pre-season.

Kris De Moor scored in Belgium U21’s 3-1 win over Denmark and Rafa Munoz played in the U21 Final for Spain, losing 1-0 to Germany.

We are in Hong Kong for a 10-day Training Camp – Just arranged a couple of friendlies.

Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 1-0 loss to The Gambia.

PLAYER LEAVING

20yo ML Sean Fox is moving to Rotherham – He will be out of contract at the end of the game day so is valued at £170 🙂

A few other players released.

C+ with the board – they don’t like that we’ve spent money to get the wonderkids in the door.

PLAYER SIGNING

20yo Belgian U21 GK Matteo Rossi joins from St. Truidense for £21M. Already rated higher than Rogerio Matteo has 5* Potential – Another massive building block in for the future.

PLAYER LEAVING

31yo Jean Gbamin off to Valencia. 40 Scout Rated.

30yo Lucas Tousart off to St. Petersburg. 49 Scout Rated.

So we now have £43M in the bank, a Transfer Budget of £66M but are £13k/Week over wage budget. Need to get rid of a few more of the oldies.

And we reach our first friendly – The John Stones Testimonial versus newly-crowned Champions of Europe Man City.

3rd July – Friendly – Man City 2 (Sterling 36, Rodrigo 53) Everton 3 (Nketiah 15, 51, Gomes 67) Att 55,097 (2,754 Away)

Since leaving Everton in 2016 John Stones has been ever-present for man City IRL and in-game, until last season when he only played 8 times (He’s 33 in game). Just expecting a run-out this evening. But we ended up running out as winners against a strong side containing De Bruyne and the like. Very impressive, Nketiah was on fire.

Expecting 27,400 Season tickets to be sold this season, not bad.

Our star man – 5* CA.

Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 3-0 win over Ghana in the African Cup of Nations 2nd Round.

We are now on our training camp in Hong Kong, and we have a friendly versus Happy Valley.

7th July 2027 – Friendly – Happy Valley 0 Everton 10 (De Moor 2, Lacoste 17, Felliphe 27, Zhegrova 33, Terrier 39, Nketiah 46, Renault 50, Harris 53, Errington 67, Gomes 69) Att 3,200 (160 Away)

As expected a big win, but the extraordinary thing was it was 10 different scorers 🙂

A week now before the 2nd friendly of the Tour (Kitchee) so time to get some good training done and go and see the sights 🙂

Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 1-0 African Nations Quarter Final win versus hosts Mali.

Our U18’s lost 2-0 to Reading in their first friendly.

James Errington also showing improvements – not far behind Matt Harris.

Our U23’s draw 1-1 with Dartford in their first friendly – Goal from a non-player.

The Euro U19’s has now started – Obinna Ali & Garreth Cross played in England’s 4-0 loss to Spain.

Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 0-0 with Cote D’Ivoire and subsequent penalty loss in the African Nations Semi Final.

14th July 2027 – Friendly – Kitchee 0 Everton 16 (Prescott 3, 24, 32, De Moor 35, Errington 45+3, 66, Nketiah 47, 78, Zhegrova 50, 52, Lacoste 56, de Jong 58, Terrier 71, 73, Renault 75, 89) Att 6,374 (1,519 Away)

Our 2nd friendly in Hong Kong. A nice morale booster 🙂

PLAYER LEAVING

Tahith Chong goes to Lyon. that’s £100k wages back. and a bit of spending money. Transfer Budget now £97M, and we have £110k wages below budget.

Gavin Coyle and Garreth Cross played in England U19’s 1-0 loss to France.

We are back in the UK after our training Camp – sneaking in a home friendly as I’ve been inundated by Friendly offers from far and wide – this may be our only home friendly.

17th July 2027 – Friendly – Everton 4 (Dodo 23, Zhegrova 43, Prescott 50, Davies 66) Chorley 0 Att 16,454 (66 Away)

Chorley are in the Vanarama National in game. A solid win.

NEW SIGNINGS

19yo Mexican U20 International Fernando Trujillo (Left footed BPD/Libero) joins from Chivas for £3M. 76 rated by the scouts, gets a B+ from the fans. He has some brilliant physicals for his age – looking forward to seeing him progress.

21yo England U20 international Mitchell Douglas joins from Sporting Kansas City for £10M. He started his career at Aston Villa before moving to the MLS. A B-, but mainly another Englishman in the squad.

Solid, great passing, teamwork & work rate plus naturally fit – BBM I think.

Garreth Cross got a few minutes in England U19’s 2-1 win over Scotland.

Our U23’s beat Bolton U23’s 61- – goals from 21yo AMC Nathan Smith, a brace from 19yo Shay Walker and a hat-trick from 33yo Yussuf Poulsen.

PLAYER LEAVING (LOAN)

23yo DC Joe Smith-Dalton goes back to Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga for the season. he’s 47 rated by our scouts, so nice to get his wages covered. He played 26 times for them last season and played 34 for Rangers the season before.

21st July 2027 – Friendly – Southampton 0 Everton 2 (Aribo 84, Nketiah 90) Att 10,105 (1,521 Away)

We travel to St. Mary’s to play newly-relegated Southampton this afternoon. We ground them down and two good goals from Aribo and Nketiah got us over the line. Nketiah will be getting a fair amount of game-time this season.

An interesting piece – We are the best of the rest in matchday income after the big 6. The capacity increase to 50,000 will help narrow that gap to Liverpool.

7th favourites, so just outside the big 6, not far off of Spurs – I want top 6 this season and Europe next.

New-Boy Fernando Trujillo played 90-mins for Mexico U22’s(!) 1-0 loss against Uruguay in the 2027 Pan-American Games.

Our U18’s drew 2-2 with Notts Forest, goals from 17yo AML Sean McCulloch & 16yo MC Jimmy King.

24th July 2027 – Friendly – AS Monaco 0 Everton 2 (Errington 21 De Moor pen 26) Att 17,998 (899 Away)

A decent test today against a Monaco side that finished 2nd in Ligue 1 last season and got to the Europa League Quarters (Knocked out by Ajax). Monaco have a 33yo Eric Dier playing as right-back. A good win, we dominated the first half but had to tighten up in the last 10 as Tiberiu Hagi got sent off for a professional foul. Regardless a really decent win.

Almost 31,000 Season Tickets sold – Solid seeing as we only have a 34,700 capacity until late September.

PLAYER LEAVING (LOAN)

33yo Yussuf Poulsen goes to Trabzonspor for the season – Now £120k/wk under wage budget which is cool.

Our U23’s beat Plymouth 5-0 – Ricky Davies (21yo MC) With all 5 goals!

27th July 2027 – Friendly – AZ Alkmaar 2 (Koopmeiners 22, Hajib 90+1) Everton 1 (Errington 48) Att 25,211 (x Away)

We make the trip to the Netherlands to play an AZ side that finished last season 4th in the Eredivisie and had UCL football, finishing bottom of Group G. Somehow we lost a game where we had 41 shots to 4 against. Plus Harris got an upper body injury and De Jong got sent off for a gorgeous sliding tackle. Totally FM’d

Matt Harris – Broken Ribs – 5 to 8 Weeks. Fuck Off.

PLAYERS LEAVING (LOAN)

Martin Terrier goes off to Slavia Prague until the New Year – More money coming back in. £200k wage budget and £80M transfer budget left – And I have my one a beautiful Brazilian wonderkid…

Tiberiu Hagi goes off to Konyaspor to get decent amounts game time in a decent league. The next Gica (Gheorghe) Popescu apparently (Spurs and Braca in the mid 90’s)

Our U23’s lost 2-1 to Watford, 20yo STC Lee Robinson with the goal.

Fernando Trujillo played 90 in Mexico U22’s 3-0 loss to Argentina in the Pan-American Games.

32yo Yerry Mina also off to Slavia Prague until Christmas. Just under £300k/wk wages left now.

31st July 2027 – Friendly – Atlanta (ARG) 0 Everton 5 (Felliphe 1, Prescott 14, De Moor 30, Prescott 36, Nketiah 74) Att 7,182 (1,264 Away)

We make the trip to Argentina to play 2nd Division Club Atletico Atlanta (I fucked up, was positive that was Atalanta) in a testimonial for Nicolas Previtali, 32yo Playmaker. Why did they ask us? Very odd. A decent result seeing that Kris De Moor got sent off for absolutely nothing in the first half.

So that’s that for friendlies, I will run through until the morning of the first league game versus West Brom.

Dundalk – Out in the 2nd Qual Rnd of the UCL on away goals to Qarabag!!! FFS. Europa League 3rd Quallies versus Craiova for them next. Very very disappointing.

As we tick into August I’m a C+ with the board (They haven’t liked the firesale) but Dynamics are Good/Excellent/Very Good, so not been affected too much.

We lose Rogerio (Joint best Keeper with Rossi) for a few weeks with a Groin Strain.

Our U23’s beat South Shields 3-0 – Goals from 20yo DC Harry Boyle and a brace from 21yo Des Higgins.

We’re at Transfer Deadline Day – I have 1 iron in the fire currently, from Czechia (The Brazilian I mentioned above came back with a 58 Scout rating and wasn’t as good in the areas I needed as I thought he was.)

Dundalk see Colm McShane to Motherwell for £230k…

NEW SIGNING

18yo 91-Scout-Rated Wunderkind Vaclav Prochazka (D/AMC) joins from Banik Sotrava for his release fee (£11.75M).

At 6ft 5in with 20 Flair and 16 Tackling I will be training him as a BPD. And he’s a Lefty as well. Glorious.

PLAYERS LEAVING (SALE & LOAN)

16yo Brian Whelan (27 scout rated) MC goes to Leeds for £1.2M

21yo STC Des Higgins goes to Portsmouth in the Championship for the season.

We are 9th in Wages/Week in the EPL – Moneybags Bournemouth the highest outside the Top 6. Burnley bottom ay £1.1M/wk

The Transfer Window is done – we were biggest spenders overall (£120M on 8 players)

We did raise £145M to do what we needed though, really trimming the fat. Very happy with the players we have now in our 25.

Hoping that the young defenders we have brought in kick on. We are a bit reliant on Matt Harris on the left, and will be without him for the first 3 weeks of the season. And maybe in January we will have a look at a 4th striker, but apart from that all good.

A decent pre-season, The AZ game a blip and major FM-ing. 5 games in the next post – Man U will be a good test early doors, anything from that game would be superb and we have a Carabao Cup 2nd round game where some of the Kiddies will get a game. See you soon.

We’re off to Wem-Ber-Ley – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 88 – Everton – May 2027

Everton v Arsenal – First FA Cup Final for Everton since 2008/9

Welcome back to Merseyside for the end of the 2026/27 Season. Three League games and the FA Cup Final 🙂

No losses in my 6 games with Everton so far – W5 D1 – And I’m hoping to maintain that. But mainly we need to win the FA Cup Final to get European Football next season (I’m pretty sure that’s still the case in game)

We’ve signed Attacking wideman Bradley Prescott to a 5-year contract – £85k/wk for a 23yo 4* CA player worth £50M.

Enzo Lacoste comes 2nd in the EPL Young Player of the Month for April.

I get 3rd in manager of the Month – Eddie Howe (Man Utd) and Tommy Tuchel (Liverpool) 1st and 2nd.

18yo Keeper Gavin Coyle has been called up to the england U20 World Cup squad.

We are the late game again on Saturday 1st May, and there are some interesting results before the game.

Chelsea remain in charge with 2 games left – a good 3-0 win versus Leicester. Liverpool dispatch Millwall and Arsenal go to Vicarage Road and dismantle Watford but the biggest shock of the day was at the City of Manchester Stadium – West Brom with a massive win, putting them 4 points clear of the relegation zone, Man City almost certainly not going to win the league now, 5 points behind Chelsea. Fulham have 6th place in their hands as well as Tottenham lose 2-1 to a Southampton side still 2 points from safety, Derby with a game-in-hand in 17th. Millwall all-but-mathematically relegated.

1st May 2027 – Norwich (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 4 (Renault pen 12, Errington 52, 70, Nketiah 90+5) Norwich 1 (Dodo o.g. 75) Att 35,376 (2,115 Away)

Norwich have a had a good season and will be a tough opponent – lots of losses recently but to the top 6 mainly. A quiet opening, but we get a penalty in the 12th minute – Dodo fouled (very soft) by Andy Robertson. Mathieu Renault steps up… 1-0 Everton, tucked bottom right past Jordan Pickford (33yo, left Everton for £9M just before the 25/26 season). Norwick playing Cautiously. Everton very much on top, but its a pretty dour half highlight-wise. 1-0 at the break. Should have been 2-0 in the 50th minute, Prescott missing a 1-on-1 after a great counter. We do go 2-0 up a couple of minutes later, Errington with a nice header from a Renault cross, again after a fine team move and work from Prescott. And we make it 3-0 in the 70th minute – Errington again stabbing home from close range after great battling, another fine team move, Lacoste and Harris involved. Disappointingly Norwich get a goal back in the 75th minute – Dodo with the final touch as a back-post header from a corner deflects in off of him. Time ticks down and we seal the deal 5 minutes into a stoppages, another clinical counter, Eddie Nketiah finishing beautifully. It finishes 4-1 – A brilliant performance.

Top half 🙂 Chelsea in charge of the title race, would be brilliant if we can pass Bournemouth but I’m very very happy with the quality of the lads play at the moment. We have the core of a very good side, we just need to build out the weaker areas, get rid of dead-wood and bring on the talent we have in the youth setup. West Brom next up at theirs in 7 days, the penultimate league game of the season.

£4.3M going to Norwich after Jamal Lewis played his 50th game for Everton against them.

Stoke keep their hopes of staying up alive with a clutch win versus Brighton, and Fulham go 6th by a point by beating a Derby side now on the precipice. If (No WHEN!) we win the FA Cup I think we will deny 7th a European place, so that would be massive for Spurs.

James Errington made the EPL Team of the Week

Our U18’s threw a first leg 2-0 win away versus Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup final, losing 4-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

On the same night our U23’s beat Wolves 3-2 – Goals from Tahith Chong, Yussuf Poulsen and 20yo Irish MC Dean Miley.

8th May 2027 – West Brom (A) – English Premier League

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Capacity 26,688 (In Game and IRL)

We make the trip down the M6 to play a West Brom side sitting in 16th and all-but-mathematically safe from relegation this season. The expectation is a win, but it was against Millwall as well, and in their last game they beat Man City away…

FT West Brom 0 Everton 3 (Prescott 29, 41, Errington 59) Att 26,688 (2,668 Away)

It’s a full program this afternoon in the EPL – We are one of 7 3pm kick-offs, with Arsenal v Chelsea the pick of the games at 5:30. Spurs draw with Watford in the early kick-off, meaning Fulham can pull 3 points clear with a win in 6th. We are top of the form charts currently, so the expectation is of a comfortable win. West Brom playing a 5-2-1-2 WB formation – will try and overload the wingbacks. A decent start, Everton on the front foot, and we could have had 2 goals early except for fine saves. We take the lead in the 29th minute – Bradley Prescott with the header after fine work by James Errington – starting to look like a fine partnership up top. It’s almost an identical goal for the 2nd, Prescott again with the far post header, Harris with the work down the left this time after an amazing long-ball by Keeper Rogerio under pressure. Prescott loving life with his new 5-year deal. 2-0 at the break, lovely job. Matt Harris showing as 66% Condition, so think he might have picked up a knock, even though its not showing, so Zhegrova comes on at Half Time. 3-0 in the 59th minute, a beautifully worked free kick, dinked forward by Prescott and headed in by Errington, Keeper out of position. Beautiful. West Brom start to press a bit more after the 3rd, the boys keeping them out with a succession of saves and blocks. Time runs down and it finishes 3-0 – 12 goals in the last 3 games 🙂

Man Utd, Liverpool & Man City do what they have to – Man U play Bournemouth and Liverpool play Fulham on the final day. Man City are 4 points back. Fulham pull ahead of Spurs in 6th. The bottom 5 all lose.

With Arsenal beating Chelsea 4 teams can still win the League on the final day, and we play Arsenal 🙂 It’s looking like Man U. Millwall and Stoke go down, Southampton have to beat West Brom and hope Derby lose to Spurs – definitely doable. And if we win we could potential finish the season in 8th, a brilliant turn-around from the lads. Arsenal in our last League game of the season in 8 days.

Our U23’s beat Brighton 6-1 – goals from Tahith Chong, Joe Gelhardt (25yo STC) and braces from Ricky Davies (21yo AMC) and Des Higgins (20yo STC).

Captain Leonardo Forcato and Brad Prescott made the EPL Team of the Week.

Three of the lads going to the Euro U21’s in Poland this summer.

Looking at the Championship Burnley and Villa are back up, with Newcastle in the playoff final versus either QPR or West Ham.

16th May 2027 – Arsenal (H) – English Premier League

FT Everton 1 (Harris 45+2) Arsenal 0 Att x (x Away)

We’ve beaten Chelsea and Man City, lets go and ruin Arsenal’s season 🙂 As things are so close I’ll do updates when important goals go in across the grounds as all 10 games are being played at 3pm.

1 Min – Man City 1 Leicester 0 (Unuvar) – Man City go 4th, Arsenal 5th

11th Min – Chelsea 1 Norwich 0 (P Charalabous) – Chelsea go top as it stands

12th Min – Liverpool 1 Fulham 0 (H Mayor) – Liverpool now top, Chelsea 2nd, Man Utd 3rd. Very quiet here at Goodison.

24th Min – Man City down to 10 versus Leicester (N Gerits Red Card)

27th Min – Arsenal have the ball in the net from a free kick, Umar offside in the build up. No Goal.

31st Min – Derby 0 Spurs 1 (A Iwobi) – Spurs back to 6th, Southampton need a goal to put Derby into the relegation zone.

36th Min – Derby 0 Spurs 2 (A Iwobi)

38th Min, chance for Everton, Errington well saved by Luiz Marconi.

45 min + 2 – Everton 1 Arsenal 0 (Matt Harris) – A succession of bad passes ends with Matt Harris intercepting on half way, running all the way in unchallenged and scoring the 1-on-1. Great time to score 🙂 We move up to 9th.

Man Utd 0-0 with Bournemouth at the break – The are 1 goal from the title. And Southampton are 1 goal from safety. Brighton are 3-0 up Wolves so 9th will be the highest we can finish. Let’s ee if we can finish the job, its been very tight so far.

51st Min – Should have been 2-0 Everton, Errington picked out by an audacious Prescott ball over the top, the finish was straigh at the Keeper. we are making inroads.

52nd Min – Derby 0 Spurs 3 (M Ilhattaren)

53rd Min – Man City 2 Leicester 0 (J Hill)

61st Min – Chelsea 2 Norwich 0 (O Dembele)

64th Min – Chelsea 3 Norwich 0 (P Charalabous)

68th Min – SOUTHAMPTON 1 WBA 0 (Fabricio Oya) – SOUTHAMPTON SAFE AS IT STANDS, DERBY DROP TO 18th

76th Min – SOUTHAMPTON 1 WBA 1 (D CLEMENTS) – DERBY SAFE AS IT STANDS, SOUTHAMPTON BACK DOWN TO 18th

83rd Min – MAN UTD 0 BOURNEMOUTH 1 (A PEARSON) – MAN UTD NEED 2 GOALS IN 7 MINUTES, LIVERPOOL STILL CHAMPIONS AS IT STANDS. We drop back to 10th. Quiet here, We are far on top by chances made and highlights.

90 + 1 Min – MAN UTD 1 BOURNEMOUTH 1 (R DIAS) – MAN UTD NEED 1 MORE GOAL IN STOPPAGE TIME TO WIN THE LEAGUE (Think Man City v Stoke here, have they got an Aguero…..) – We go back to 9th.

90 + 4 Min – Man City 3 Leicester 0 (J Hill)

IT’S ALL OVER – LIVERPOOL WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE, SOUTHAMPTON GO DOWN

That’s what final days should be like, can only dream of the atmosphere in Anfields, plus the squeaky bums in Injury time when Man Utd drew level with Bournemouth. Chelsea were champions as it stood for 1 minute, Man Utd 11 and Liverpool the final 78. Southampton were safe for 8 minutes and Derby have dodged a massive bullet. We finish 9th, a superb turnaround from the 13th when I took over 2 months ago. The missing result off the bottom of the page is Wolves 0 Brighton 5. Now – 6 days – lets do that again in the FA Cup Final, lets see who the big-game players are!!!

We get £27.4M for the 9th place finish – £2.2M goes out on bonuses. We are now £23.8M in the black.

Interesting Wages to Turnover info – we are one of the lowest with 42% (Wages £148M Turnover £344M). Chelsea have a turnover of just shy of £750M!!! Madness.

Just seen that Dean Smith is England Manager 🙂 And that England won the World Cup last Summer (2026) – Beating Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. Ben Chilwell with the winning Penalty 🙂

And here we are – the last game of the season – The FA Cup Final

22nd May 2027 – Arsenal (N – Wembley Stadium) – FA Cup Final

Wembley, Capacity 90,000

He we are. Arsenal already have Europa League football next season, win this and we should replace Fulham (I believe). It’s difficult to tell as the Competition Rules don’t say anything and nobody outside the top 7 has won the FA Cup this save. We’ve shown we are in better form than them last time out, but they are still a bloody good side and (rightly) favourites for this.

FT Arsenal 1 (Everton 116) Everton 0 AET, 0-0 FT Att 89,657 (Arsenal 45,013 Everton 44,645 )

Let’s see who the big-game players are shall we? No other games to follow, and its very quiet early on. Just like the league game we are well matched – if anything Arsenal playing quite defensively and trying to hit us on the break. Arsenal with the only 2 highlights, very tight indeed. 0-0 at the break, not a classic. Our first highlight is in the 66th minute – side-netting from Errington. Last 10, we’ve had a couple more good highlights and Rogerio has pulled off a great save from Bellerin. Stoppages…All Over, Extra Time it is.

We are slightly better-off from a condition standpoint, still feel penalties though… No highlights in the first half – their defenders rating high, Harris playing an 8.2. Arsenal have the ball in the net in the 114th minute, Everton(!, Yes, Fuck off game) with the finish, but he was offside in the buildup. But he does finish 2 minutes later, a far post half-volley from a cross from Umar. Bollocks. Time for the kitchen sink (It never works). But we do have the ball in the net, 119th minute, , Errington given as offside. Yep, fair. And it’s all over. Arsenal win 1-0, a real shame. Not FM’d, but we deserved a shot at Pens.

That’s the season done. Judging on my first 10 games with Everton I think we can push for top 6 next season without any European fixture snarl-ups, definitely, with a good clear out and purchase of some good, young talent with top potential.

See you next time for the End of the 2026/27 season malarkey and the build up to opening day of the 2027/28 season.

Up for the Cup – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 87 – Everton – April 2027

Need to get past Man City…

Welcome back to Goodison Park for April 2027 – It should be an interesting month.

Tottenham first up in a battle of the new managers, with the Man City game the highlight as our League season is pretty-much done, playing for form and cohesion TBH.

Bournemouth see off Brighton to go 9th, 5 points back on Brighton themselves, keeping Brighton out of the European spots.

Most of the staff have now arrived – we now have the best Attacking, Mental and tactical coaching in the Premier league!

We are the last game on the Saturday 3rd versus Tottenham.

Expected teams winning apart from Man City, with Wolves getting a great draw.

3rd April 2027 – Tottenham (H) – English Premier League

Goodison Park – 39,572 capacity in-game in 2027.

FT Everton 2 (Harris 17, Dodo 40) Tottenham 1 (Parrott 23) Att 35,734 (3,000 Away)

We welcome a Tottenham side with Paulo Sousa as their new manager – 6th in the Premier league, well back on 5th. They’ve won their last 3 league games but went out of the Europa League 4-1 on aggregate to Milan in mid March. 33-yo Harry Kane is still their best player – still very good if not so Physically adept any more. Just looking for a continuation of the 2nd half of the FA Cup Quarter Final please. Kane’s playing wide-right today!! We start out with plenty of the ball. There’s still a hit of Mourinho-ball about them, 6 years later – Men behind the ball, try and Counter. It’s pretty open, some really long highlights, end to end. And we take the lead in the 17th minute. A Zinchenko free-kick met by De Jong on the half-volley, somehow saved by Posavec (IRL at Hajduk Split), cleared by Hamed Junior Traore (IRL at Sassuolo on loan from Empoli) straight at Matt Harris, who knows nothing about it but still gets his 10th of the season 🙂 All you need is a bit of luck. Almost the same again 2 minutes late, but CF Prescott was off. 1-1 in the 23rd – Troy Parrott with a far-post header after we failed to properly clear the ball a few times. Posavec making more good saves. Tottenham look dangerous going forward, but we go back into the lead, 2-1, 40th minute, that little-fella CWB Dodo with a little dribble through the middle, no tackles coming in, and a really nice stabbed finish. We’ve had plenty of chances in this first half to be more goals in front. 2-1 up at the break.

The rain is pouring down on Merseyside – as the crow flies we are only just under 150 miles from Dundalk so it makes sense, we’ve brought it with us. Posavec keeping Tottenham in this with some amazing saves. We’ve been on top most of the half as we approach the final 15. Our Keeper rogerio has had a really good game too, and has made so good close-in saves. We see the game out, a superb 2-1 win against a decent side. Arsenal should be the only game harder left this season in the league by position.

Up to 12th. Watford next in the headlights. 18th placed Southampton next up away in the League in 7 days.

We stay 12th as Norwich spank Leeds, a 33-yo Andy Robertson getting a double in injury time. Fulham now just 3 goals behind Spurs after beating bottom side Stoke. However the bottom 5 are just seperated by 3 points, so its going to be a very tight run-in.

The battle at the bottom sees West Brom move 3 points clear of the relegation zone – West Brom’s manager in-game is Chris Wilder, having a better time of it thatn he has IRL this year. He was sacked by Sheff Utd in 2023 in game.

Dodo made the EPL Team of the Week 🙂 As did the Spurs Keeper Josip Posavec!

Liverpool win to keep Wolves 3 points behind us in 14th/ Looking like a 3-horse race for the title now, possibly 4 with Chelsea’s 2 games-in-hand. Even Arsenal in 5th are there or thereabouts (And we play them on the final day of the season).

Our U23’s beat Walsall 1-0 – the goal from Yussuf Poulsen (32yo, IRL at RB Leipzig).

Three-days before we play Southampton they lose 2-0 to Arsenal. So tight at the top.

Derby move 4 points clear of relegation with a win versus bottom placed Stoke.

Our U18’s lose 2-0 to Burnley, but we have already qualified for the end of season playoffs.

We are the late game again this Saturday as we go to St. Mary’s to play 18th-placed Southampton.

Scenes at Vicarage Road as Watford get a draw after being 2-0 behind in the 89th minute versus Liverpool, who will be massively kicking themselves as the Manchester Derby ended up as a draw, Man City getting a point with an 87th minute equaliser. Arsenal move 2nd with a win on the South Coast and Chelsea pull to within 2 points of 1st with a late win in the Midlands. Tottenham bounce back from losing to us with a good win versus Bournemouth, 10th, who we could move to within 3 points of with a win. And the top half of the table.

10th April 2027 – Southampton (A) – English Premier League

St Mary’s, Southampton, Capacity 40,480 (Increased in-Game in 2025)

FT Southampton 1 (Reeves 18) Everton 3 (Gomes 35, Harris 38, Prescott 89) Att 24,071 (3,000 Away)

We visit a Southampton side managed since November 2026 by Roberto Mancini, who in the Season Preview show as 15th (We show as 7th!!!) We should get a win, but Away games are always tricky, regardless, and Southampton are in a relegation battle. More 4-2-3-1 action (3 teams out of 3 faced), hoping we can continue our form against it. We go forward early, a couple of chances in the first few minutes. Lafont in the Southampton net making a few good saves. But we go 1-0 down in the 18th minute, a Reeves header from a Mazinho cross that we should have cleared. Annoying as we arethe better team. We keep pushing, and get back on level terms in the 35th minute – playmaker Claudio Gomes with a fine goal from just outside the area. And within 3 minutes we are in the lead – a Matt Harris header from an Errington inswinging corner. Better 🙂 2-1 Everton. Prescott on for Chong, who had a knock – having him on the left and Harris on the right as inside forwards cutting-in on their favoured feet. Errington looks like such a worker – as an F9 he tracked all the way back to dispossess their left-winger Reeves. Work Rate. We have the ball in the net in the 66th minute, but there was an offside in the build-up. 82nd minute – Penalty Everton – Errington pushed by Vina. Prescott to take… Saved by Lafont… 7 minutes of normal time left. Drop to Balanced. Prescott makes up for the Penalty though! 3-1, 89th minute, a nice half-volley from a gorgeous Dodo cross-over. Surely that’s that? Nearly caught on the break in the 1st minute of stoppages. But that’s that – 3 wins on the bounce lads!!!!

A point behind Watford, 3 behind Bournemouth but with a game-in-hand and only -1 GD on them. 4 points above Leeds in 13th now, but they have a game-in-hand on us. The biggie next Saturday – Man City in the FA Cup Semi – Man City have Real Madrid on Wednesday in the UCL QF 2nd leg, 1-0 up from the 1st. Extra Time there please 🙂

No relegation this season 🙂

Looking hard for Stoke and Millwall now – Leicester pulling further away from the relegation zone with a 92nd minute winner versus Millwall and Fulham keep pace with Spurs, that man Dom Calvert-Lewin with another goal in their win over Norwich, who will only be 1 point above us if we can win our game in hand (Versus Millwall). And then as we also have to play them we would have our top-half fate in our own hands.

Leeds and West Brom play out a 1-1 – Leeds stay 3 points behind us in 13th, West Brom now 4 points clear of the relegation zone.

Our U23’s beat Spurs 2-1, goals from 18yo DL Jason Purrington and 21yo AMC Nathan Smith.

Dodo made the EPL team of the week again 🙂 Might have a bit of a star (28yo, no Senior caps for Brazil, just very very solid). £18.25M well spent in 2024.

Interesting – 3rd in profits in the EPL – £28M! Watford and Spurs are 19th and 20th, Spurs almost £38M down.

Our U18’s beat Friar Lane and Epworth (Tier 11!!!!) 3-0 – goals from 15yo DL Andy McEvoy, 21yo STC Alan Short and 28yo AML Edon Zhegrova.

Our U18’s are the Champions of Division 1, beating Spurs 3-2, goals from MC Garreth Cross, AML Lloyd Mitchell & STC Gary Moss.

17th April 2027 – Man City (A) – FA Cup Semi Final

City of Manchester Stadium, Capacity 55,097 (IRL and In Game still)

We make the short trip to Manchester to play City in the FA Cup Semi. Extra Time & Pens are possible. Let’s go!

FT Man City 2 (Luis 15, Alli 105+1) Everton 3 (Nketiah 76, Errington 98, Renault 105+2) Att 54,585 (2,754 Away)

Man City currently sit 4th in the EPL in a very tight race, 2 points separating the top 5, and have beaten Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the UCL Quarters – 3-2 at home 3 in-game days ago. Looking for my fabulous front 3 (Prescott, Errington & Harris) to get in amongst them. I’m playing Prescott & Harris on opposite sides, out of position but allowing them to cut inside. We are up against a 4-4-2 for the first time. A pretty quiet start, but Man City take the lead in the 15th minute, a speculative curler from Luis sneaking inside the left post. The Man City players are just first to everything. 1-0 at the break. We’ve not shown anything. The second half is dead, no highlights before 70 minute. Going Positive. ANd then proof that I may well be the best manager in the World 🙂 🙂 🙂 1-1, 76th minute, Eddie Nketiah (First time I’ve played him) brought on for Prescott a few minutes before gets on the end of a lovely Harris cross (Went 4-4-2 at half time, Harris playing as a normal ML Winger. That’s Nketiah’s debut for Everton as well!!! He came to Everton from West Ham for £32M last summer but fractured his arm in a friendly 4 days after joining, and seemingly has never got into the team. Time flying away, last 5… Stoppages… Done. Extra Time it is.

I think the Wednesday UCL Quarter Final is impacting Man City now. We have a highlight, Can’s shot turned behind for a corner. GOAL EVERTON!!! James Errington thundering home a half-volley from close range straight from a Matt Harris corner!!! 2-1 Everton! The marking was shot to bits! But just before the break it’s 2-2, man City Break, Dele Alli on hand to head home. That’s what happens when you come off of Positive! This game has turned into a bit of a madness!! 3-2 EVERTON!!!! Kick off highlight, we end up on a quick break, Matt Harris in the thick of it, his shot saved, and his subsequent cross finds Mathieu Renault who fires home beautifully. Staying positive now! 3-2 Everton at Half time in Extra Time. Man City pushing, and they have the ball in the net! 115th minute, Esposito with the finish. BUT IT’S OFFSIDE!!! Thank fuck!!! Can we see the last 5 minutes out… YES! IT’S OVER!! EVERTON 3 MAN CITY 2. WE’RE GOING TO WEMBLEY LADS!!!!!!

And we will be playing Arsenal, who demolished Derby, Meaning our last 2 games of the season will be against them. Back to reality, Millwall in 3 days, we want to keep this going! We get £2.14M for the win!!!

Winning over the lads already – not even been a month 🙂

Liverpool with points in the bag go top by 2 points with 3 games left versus West Brom, and both Millwall and Stoke lose – Good that Millwall don’t have the benefit of more rest before our game on Tuesday.

We could potentially go 10th with a 2 goal win versus Millwall as Watford get a good point versus Fulham. The bottom 3 haven’t got much time to get out of trouble now, Southampton losing to an early Norwich Penalty.

A massive result – Chelsea beaten by Bournemouth late on – they would have gone 2nd with 2 games in-hand over Liverpool!!!

20th April 2027 – Millwall (A) – English Premier League

The Den, Bermondsey, Capacity 20,146 IRL and In Game

We make the trip down to London on a high from our FA Cup Semi Final triumph. The lads have been rested, let’s have at it.

FT Millwall 0 Everton 0 Att 19,558 (1,973 Away)

Millwall have 2 wins and 13 losses in the last 15 games – we need to be winning these games handsomely. A slow start, but we look good in highlights. But we get to the break at 0-0, with a Red injury to Zinchenko just before the break (Looks like a Hamstring). The second half goes in exactly the same vein – Millwall killing the game wherever possible. A 0-0 bore-draw.

A shame that we couldn’t leapfrog Watford – Looking like 11th or 12th will be our most probable finish. 11th = £22.83M, 12th = £20.55M – Each place is worth between £2 & £3M. Leeds next up – 12th v 14th – in 7 days, our last of the month.

Zinchenko out for a month – might be back for the FA Cup Final.

Man City fail to take the opportunity to go 2nd as Brighton get a brilliant win, A 25yo Mason Greenwood with the equaliser before a 92nd minute winner for Brighton by Andre Anderson (27yo Brazilian, at Lazio IRL).

Our U18’s beat Blackburn U23’s 4-0 – Goals from club captain Leonardo Forcato, Andy McEvoy and a brace from Yussuf Poulsen.

A big afternoon in the EPL – Man Utd go top with a fine away-win at Arsenal, Man City 3rd arresting their slide with a 1-0 away win at Leeds, who we play in 3 days. Chelsea have their fate in their own hands – 4th now, 2 points behind Man Utd with a game in hand after a superb 3-0 win at Tottenham and Watford move 4 points ahead us now with a 3-0 win over West Brom. A big last 3 games coming up.

Our U23’s drew 0-0 with Norwich.

Our U18’s beat Tottenham 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup Final 1st Leg, goals from 17yo MC Stephen Garner and 16yo STC Gary Moss.

27th April 2027 – Leeds (A) – English Premier League

Elland Road, Leeds, Capacity 37,890 (37,792 IRL)

We make the short trip across the M62 to a leeds side currently 14th. It would be nice to keep the momentum up with a win.

FT Leeds 3 (Alessio 38, Nilo 73, 90) Everton 5 (Harris 8, Lacoste 22, 83, Nketiah 28, Errington 52) Att 32,885 (3,000 Away)

A big game today – we need to capitalise on the cohesion gotten in these past few games but we need to do far better than we did against a stolid Millwall side. Leeds go 4-3-3, we go 4-4-2 Wide to counter it. We take the lead in the 8th minute – Nice movement and a pass from Lacoste top Renault, who’s cross finds Nketiah. A bit of a scramble at the near post, Renault gets the ball, dinks to the far post and Matt Harris finishes well. 1-0 Everton early doors. Everton very much on top in the first 15, we’ve hit the post, plus had a header go inches wide. We get the 2nd in the 22nd minute – it all stemmed from Gomes tracking back and making a tackle, then the quick break and pass finds Dodo out wide – pass to renault, his pass gathered by Nketiah, his deflected shot finds Lacoste, who taps in. Very nice lads. And we make it 3 not long after – again tackling back by Lacoste gets us the ball, Errington comes back and runs it up the left, his near-post cross is thundered home on the volley from close range by Eddie Nketiah. 3-0, lovely job. Leeds always look good going forward, but they tend to end up giving us the ball. They do get a goal back in the 38th minute, Alessio with the header after Matt Harris misses a tackle. Should have been 4-1 just before the break – a gorgeous counter, Gomes’s shot saved brilliantly. 3-1 at the break. We come out strongly in the second half, 4-1, 52nd minute, James Errington with the final finish after Leeds are unable to clear. Lacoste with the assist, Errington played on by a Leeds centre back. Leeds get another back, 4-2, 73rd minute, Nilo bundling the ball over the line, not very good defending going on allowing Dujon Sterling a free cross. We make it 5-2, 83rd minute, a fine team goal and a banger from Lacoste to finish. It’s 5-3 in the 90th minute – Nilo with another, another cross from the left (Lewis is struggling with abruised shin apparently). Leeds have the ball in the net again soon after, but Alessio was offside in the build-up. It finishes 5-3 – we need to defend better out wide, but the attacking prowess was amazing 🙂

Chelsea go top and the title is in their hands with 3 games left. We are now 7 points clear of Wolves in 13th with 9 points to play for – Hoping for potential slip-ups from Watford and Bournemouth to allow us to get towards 10th. That’s that for the month (Next game is in 4 days versus 9th-placed Norwich, who we would draw level on points with if we can beat them at Goodison Park).

Just the 4 games left this season, 3 in the League finished by a trip to Wembley and potential Europa League football next season if we can win (I Think)

Lets check in on Dundalk.

First loss in a while versus Shamrock – Hopefully this isn’t a normal thing going forward, I didn’t put 4 years in for it to be ruined in half a season!

Man Utd go top with 2 to play – a late winner from 29yo Ruben Dias (IRL with Man City!)

Lastly just had a Millionaire’s Club Steam Achievement (Career Earnings over £1M) – Just under 9 years 🙂

See you next time for a walk down Wembley Way 🙂 See you soon.

The Toffees – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 86 – Everton – March 2027

Welcome to Merseyside

Welcome back to the first post at club 3 of my #FM20 Journeyman – Everton F.C.

I’m feeling a bit sad today after leaving Dundalk, but I took a real life decision – Everton have potential (With a fair bit of work, as we will see) to do things in Europe – it would have been a push to win anything with Dundalk, regardless of having more than £50M in the bank. But I hope I left them in a good position:

Four League titles, 20 cups, 81% wins, just 24 games lost in 4 and a bit seasons. We will follow Dundalk this season and next with interest.

So, to Everton. Where to start.

Rich apparently – Though only really breaking even in the past few seasons. There’s still a bit of wage budget but i hope to thin that out a lot in the Summer.

Transfer-wise it looks like Nketiah, Gomes and Zinchenko have used up the current budget – a few big slaes in the past few seasons (Richarlison @ £77M, Moise Kean @ £69M and Newgen Keren Tal (£63M) have put the club in a better financial state than prior/ But there’s a ton of dead-wood to be coppiced. And looking at the clauses we are still due a fair amount of instalment money from the big transfers

Squad depth – Lacking a really good keeper, another right-back, everything else seems OK (Gegenpress 4-1-2-3 anyway). But there a lot of older players taking a lot of money.

11 players 29 or older, and £950k/Week in wages… And really only Jamal Lewis as a starter. The 4 out on loan need to be sold on. Zinchenko is a superb utility player so may stay.

We have loads of staff spaces, so lots of contracts offered.

The vision of the club is really stay in the top 10 in the Premier league, so not even getting to Europe. I really hope to push for at least EC2/Europa League football in 28/29, but we also have a small chance as we are in the FA Cup Quarters this season.

Chelsea are currently 4th in the league, so we have a one-game opportunity to get to the FA Cup Semis followed by 2 weeks off for the international break. The run-in isn’t too bad – From Spurs in 6th it goes 18th, 12th, 19th, 9th, 17th & 5th. We could still finish in the top 10 this season. Two days in-game until the FA Cup Quarters.

Dom Calvert-Lewin doing really well for Fulham, now 4 points clear in 7th and level on points with Spurs.

Man City & Arsenal left in the FA Cup with Chelsea as the big teams.

20th March 2027 – Chelsea (A) – FA Cup Quarter Final

Stamford Bridge – Capacity 57,631

(I think) I’m playing my first game versus Chelsea this save. Their base is still Stamford Bridge in 2027.

FT Chelsea 1 (Upamecano 29) Everton 2 (Dodo 57, Can 85) Att 52,962 (2,951 Away)

Chelse come into this on the back of a 3-1 aggregate win versus Porto in the UCL and 2 wins versus Leeds, one FA Cup, one EPL. This will be very tough. We are matching up pretty-much man-to-man. It’s a great start from the lads, nearly a goal inside 90 seconds, Edwards making a fine save in the Chelsea net. Dodo looking like a menace down the right as a CWB. 20 gone and they have a couple of tired lads, Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele both flagging. Chelsea however take th elead in the 29th minute, set pieces! Upamecano with a header from a Dembele Corner. We aren’t the tallest, definitely. 1-0 at the break, OP set pieces will kill us if we aren’t careful. A decent start to the 2nd half, changed a few instructions, a couple of subs and we are back in it 🙂 1-1, 57th minute, Dodo with th eshot, that trickles in after Edwards parries it. Game on lads!!! Time ticking down rapidly – last 10. And then a massive moment – 85th minute, a great counter after a Chelsea attack breaks down and we go 2-1 in front!!! Emre Can with a fine finish from the edge of the area after being set up by a Prescott nod-down. Can we hold on!!! We are hitting them very well via counter attacks. AND YES WE CAN. We go through to the FA Cup Semi Final 🙂 2-1 Everton. £858k for the win.

Arsenal through at the expense of Wolves, the other games go to replays.

We have 16 players off now on their international breaks. About the same as Dundalk have TBH.

That’s that for the month for games, I will report back any other info.

Our U18’s are through to the FA Cup Youth Final after beating Leicester 7-2 on aggregate! Good signs there.

Man Utd keeping it tight at the top of the EPL with Man City and Tottenham keep ahead of Fulham with a win against a decent Norwich side.

And we’ve had the draw for the Semi Final…

Bugger – Away to Man City most probs. Got to beat the best! We have a couple of league games before then so we can tune-up for it.

Staff-wise people are starting to join, which is great. Teddy Sheringham has just joined as a coach, aged 60 🙂 Ex- Ipswich Centre-Back Richard Naylor also joins as an U18’s coach. Ex-Arsenal Keeper Jens Lehmann joins as my Ass. Man. 🙂

Our U23’s lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

A couple of the kids had U19 internationals – DC Stewart Ferguson played 90 in Scotland’s 3-0 win over Cyprus and MR Garreth Cross played in England’s 3-0 win over Bosnia.

Derby through to the FA Cup Semi. Jayden Bogle with the goals.

Some more youth internationals. Obinna Ali (GK) and Des Higgins (AMR) played in England U20’s 2-1 win over Switzerland, Des with a goal. James Errington (Our starting STC) played in England U21’s 3-0 win over Scotland and Enzo Lacoste (Starting MC) and Mathieu Renault (MR) played in France U21’s 3-0 win over Switzerland, Mathieu with a goal.

In Full internationals Jean-Philippe Gbamin (DR At Valencia) played in Cote D’Ivoire’s 1-1 draw with Mali and Joe Aribo (MC) played in Nigeria’s 0-0 draw with New Zealand. Dario Maresic played in Austria’s 1-0 loss to Sweden and Olexandr Zinchenko played in Ukraine’s 5-0 win over Cyprus. AMC Yusuf Yazici played in Turkey’s 2-0 win over Poland and Edon Zhegrova (ML) played in Kosovo’s 0-0 draw with Lithuania.

And back to the youth internationals Enzo Lacoste (Starting MC) and Mathieu Renault (MR) played in France U21’s 1-0 win over Serbia, James Errington played in England U21’s 1-1 draw with Norway, Stewart Ferguson played in Scotland U19’s 1-1 draw with Ireland and Garreth Cross, Stephen Garner (ML) and Chris Whitehead (DC) played in England U19’s 1-0 win over Bulgaria.

Our U18’s lost 2-0 to Leicester. We are still top of the U18 Division 1 North.

More full internationals – Jean-Phillipe Gbamin played in Cote D’Ivoire’s 3-0 win over Uganda, Joe Aribo played in Nigeria’s 1-0 loss to venezuela and Jamal Lewis played in N. Ireland’s 1-0 win over Scotland. Dario Maresic played in Austria’s 1-1 draw with England and Zinchenko played in Ukraine’s 4-0 win over San Marino. Edon Zhegrova (Kosovo) played against Yusuf Yazici (Turkey) – It finished 4-1 Turkey, Yazici with a goal. Lastly Jamal Lewis played in N. Ireland’s 4-0 win over Azerbaijan (Big Col McGarvey scoring) and Matt Harris played 22 minutes in germany’s 4-0 win over Israel, scoring a goal, his second in 5 senior caps.

Our U23’s lost 1-0 to Man City.

And we will be playing Man City as expected in the FA Cup Semi as they dispatch Watford 3-1.

Our U18’s beat Hayling (Yes, Hayling Island, Tier 10!!) 5-3(!) – Goals from Steven Guest, Gary Lemon, Lloyd Mitchell, Reuben Hopkins and Sean McCulloch.

And that’s that for March 2027. April 2027 will be a big one.

Just the 5 games though 4 are away, a change of pace from Dundalk with 9 games a month! Tottenham are also with a new manager, Paulo Sousa taking over after 9 months out of management after leaving the Portugal post having managed a bucket-load of teams over the past 2 decades. If we can sneak past Man City somehow we will be 90 minutes from European Football next season as well, which would be massive. See you soon.

The Vultures are circling… – #FM20 OS9 C2 S5 – Part 85 – Dundalk – March 2027

The start of trying to keep David Dallas

Welcome back to Dundalk for a busy first 19 days in March, followed by an International break.

Quickfire league games coming up – the Cork game at the Aviva should give a really good attendance.

First up the normal monthly stuff before we go to Limerick.

Big Col gets IPD Player of the Month, Neco Williams 3rd.

Steven O’Malley’s free kick versus Waterford came 2nd in the IPD Goal of the Month.

I win the manager of the month.

We have £50.3M in the bank (We lose about £1M/month in a normal month) but are only a B with the board still…

Dynamics are Very Good/Excellent/Excellent.

Shamrock & Cork play out an entertaining draw, Derry get a late win to break St. Pat’s perfect start and Athlone get their first win of the season, Maloney with the hat-trick.

We had 9 players in the IPD team of the Week after the 6-0 versus Waterford.

3rd March 2027 – Limerick F.C. (A) – Irish Premier Division

FT Limerick F.C. 1 (Nunn 59) Dundalk 1 (Connolly 45) Att 1,867 (331 Away)

Limerick currently sit 7th – P3 W1 D1 L1 – so expecting a decent game. We get a good save out of the Limerick keeper early plus Burrows hits the upright. We take the lead just before the break – McShane hitting the post, but Brian Connolly is on hand to slide in and stab it home. 1-0 Dundalk at the break. The Limerick Keeper has had a good game, keeping them in it, and out of nowhere it’s 1-1, George Nunn finishing well. Not good, so different to the Waterford game just 3 days ago. Limerick down to 10 men with 15 left – Jovanovic with a second yellow. And in the last seconds they go down to 9, ex-Dundalker Dan Cross with a second yellow also. Time to get the winner? Nope. 1-1, poor.

Top by a point but that was horseshit. Cork next up in 3 days.

Our U19’s beat Wexford 5-0 – goals from Jamie Robinson, Maurice Harmon and a hat-trick from Barry O’Leary.

A pretty dour set of games in the IPD – Shamrock getting 3 points versus Shelbourne, remaining unbeaten and Athlone condemn Waterford to their 5 straight loss. Lastly Cobh get their 4th draw in 6 versus Derry.

6th March 2027 – Cork City (H) – Irish Premier Division

FT Dundalk 2 (McGarvey 52, Behrenbeck 63) Cork City 1 (Brennan 73) Att 7,208 (1,338 Away)

We welcome a Cork side, currently 4th, to the Aviva this afternoon. Looking for a much better performance today. A slow start again today. Pretty tight, 0-0 at the break. We break the deadlock 7 minutes in to the 2nd half – Big Col set free by Dave Behrenbeck, actually scoring a 1-on-1!!! 1-0 Dundalk. Also just under 6,000 Dundalk fans in this evening – The new 6,500 capacity at Oriel Park will be just about right I reckon currently. An inspired triple-subbage gets us a 2-0 lead. 63rd minute, David Dallas, now right wing, crosses for Dave Behrenbeck to head home. Much better. But Cork get a goal back 10 minutes later – Brennan with a good volley but he looked yards offside… We see the game out, 2-1 Dundalk.

Feels like the natural order is being reasserted – St. Pat’s and Shamrock back in 2nd and 3rd after a poor season in 2026 for both. Cobh next up, just 3 days again between games.

DECISION POINT

Okay, wasn’t expecting this. Everton offer an interview.

So 13th, 11 points above relegation with 8 games left, with an easy-ish run-in. They got to the Europa League Semi last season, but finished 8th in 25/26 so didn’t have European Football this season, and won’t next (12 points back on 6th). They show as Rich, 8th by way of Salary (£103M/yr, Man City top at £255M), 7th by Average Attendance (38,024).

Lots of underperforming older players on lots of money – Matt Harris (German(!) Regen from Freiburg) and James Errington (Regen from Portsmouth) the top 2 performers at 22yo. Is it worth upsetting the Dundalk dynamics by interviewing… it’s a sleeping giant all told…

Interview attended, all generic, no money discussed.