Part 10 – S1 C1 P9 Match Day 2 – Kelty Hearts (A) 18th Aug 2018 15:00

We take a short(ish) drive (Just over 20 miles) back over the Forth to the 3G MX pitch on Bath Street to play Kelty Hearts ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelty_Hearts_F.C. ) on a cool (13C) drizzly mid-August afternoon. Kelty lost the first league game 1-0 Away to Dalbeattie Star and we will be looking to make that 2 …

Part 9 – S1 C1 P8 – Lead up to Match Day 2

Wed 8th August – Nithsdale Res. 0 Civil Service Strollers Res 1 (Jack Downie 68) – Att 15, No Away) We don’t have a full set of Reserve players but with triallists all but 1 of the starting eleven were ‘real’ players. Jack Downie seems to have a knack for scoring well taken goals (3 …

Part 8 – S1 C1 P7 – Meet the Staff

I inherited The Assistant Manager, Chief Scout & Head Physio when taking over the Strolllers, and have signed 6 other staff members to fill out the ranks. The resultant comparison to the rest of the league is as follows: Best Scouting and Physio teams across the board, best Technical coaching and top 2/3 for the …

Part 7 – S1 C1 P6 Match Day 1 – Gretna(2008) (H) 4th Aug 2018 15:00

First Saturday of the season, we entertain Gretna(2008) –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretna_F.C._2008 – formed during the final death throws of the original Gretna team, they’ve been in the Lowland League since the 2013/14 season, and finished 8th in 2017-18. Their squad looks OK, with a couple of 4.5* current ability rated players and are predicted to finish 8th …

Part 5 – S1 C1 P4 – The Tactics

Now don’t expect a revolution here – There’s no overlapping centrebacks, Raumdeuters or Segundo Volantes. This is Tier 6 Scottish Football. KISS. 4-1-4-1 DM Wide Control. Our default tactic. A minimum of instructions, but Short Passing (As we are a pretty decent passing side), Play Out Of Defence (Slows the game a bit) Work Ball …

Part 3 – S1 C1 P2 – Team Comparisons

The Team Report in FM19 gives some interesting comparisons in the tab of the same name, where you can look at your teams’ level against the other teams in our league at position and attribute type level. First up is the General Tab (Please note I’ve taken these screenshots just before our first league game, …

Part 2 – Season 1 – Club 1 – Overview

Phew, we got our first choice! Civil Service Strollers, founded in 1908, entered the Lowland Football League in the 2016/17 season, previously playing their football in the East of Scotland regions at tiers 6 & 7 of the Scottish Football Pyramid ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_football_league_system ). They have won one piece of silverware in current times, the …

Part 1 – Unemployed

We start the game as per usual on Monday 25th June 2018. I’m currently a Sassenach living in the beautiful Kingdom of Fife. I want this to be realistic, so I’m going to start relatively low down in Scotland in the Lowland League. There are 3 clubs needing managers that are near enough to me …