I want to start this with an apology. Two actually. Firstly, I’m sorry for the extended Christmas break, certain issues in my life meant I had to take time away from this blog, my personal blog and the FM community in general. Secondly, I’m sorry that I’ve been living a lie for 20 years of my life. The 4-2-4 doesn’t work.
I don’t know why it doesn’t work, I’ve even found a save on my cartridge copy that proves the 4-2-4 has worked but I’ll be damned if I can get it to work now. I spent a week swearing at my laptop, deciding that some part of the code must have been changed to change how the formations work during emulation.
Then I got a mini Sega Mega Drive for Christmas and sat on there is an old Cambridge save (I don’t have much imagination in picking teams to manage on this game) with us in Division 1/Championship playing a 4-2-4, we’re bottom but still. So I started a new save and the 4-2-4 left me in the bottom half of the table, so I tinkered and found a 3-4-3 turned our season around.
That is the formation I’m playing in my Premier Manager updates. I’ll post more about it in my next Premier Manager update as I feel I have a decent amount of material for this one. Hopefully, we can move on and you can enjoy my success (Spoilers) even knowing that it’s based on a big dirty lie.
So my first season ever as a football manager was a brilliant success. I didn’t keep stats for my players (I will next season), but we pushed forward for league and cup glory. The FA Cup showed it still has some magic as we met fellow Division 3 side Exeter City in the 5th round before beating Division 1 side Port Vale in the Quarters. Magic could only get us so far as we lost 1-0 to eventual winners and Premiership side, Liverpool.
While we fell short in the FA Cup we did manage to become Champions somewhere more important. We finished top of Division 3 with a goal difference of +45 and 93 points. That’s 8 points more than our closest rivals Chester City and more than double their goal difference. The board have signed me up to a 3-year contract and promised to inject more money into the club.
Things are looking up but it wasn’t a perfect season. Injuries for Corazzin have seen his progress hampered and we have a month where we saw violence in the crowd, a late night arson attack, another fine for bringing the game into disrepute and then thieves broke into the club office stealing a decent amount of goods. Luckily the night guardsman caught the fire early or we may have lost much more than just money.
I’m looking forward to next season in Division 2. We have a squad of exciting young players who are ready to go and more than double the war chest that we started last season with. Oh and here are the movers and shakers from each league.
If you enjoyed this but it’s your first time reading this series you can find the whole series here. You can follow me on twitter @Brazier25 or Instagram Brazier25. Finally, if you want a more in-depth coverage of my Cambridge FM save you can join my slack channel #braziers-cambridge which has been quite during my break but should start up again from tomorrow night.