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Darren: FM 2011 Brighton up for a quadruple? End of season report – 2014/15

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Hey guys and welcome to my 2014/15 season finale. During the last post I showed off some massive signings and our magnificent League Cup triumph, but left you hanging on the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League results…but don’t fear as we’ll correct that now. Today I will reveal how Brighton finished the season both domestically and in Europe. We will begin with my Premier League results before moving forward to the FA Cup and eventually the Champions League. Today’s post is more than one page long, so don’t think all is over at the bottom of the page as you’ll need to turn the page in order to see the whole story.

Premier League results – January to March

Come the end of December Brighton found themselves 8 points clear of Chelsea in first place. With half a season to go I wasn’t getting carried away but our title chances did look rather favourable. That was until the start of January when Chelsea won all three games after the new year, but Brighton could only draw to Arsenal, beat Birmingham and lose to Liverpool. Those two away matches had wounded us and left Chelsea to get within four points of 1st.

I needed my team to react and send the London club a message…so what did they do? They went on to win their next 7 games scoring no fewer than 21 goals. The best of this run came against Manchester United who thought scoring first would quieten my side, but instead we went on to smash 4 past them as Wilshere scored a hat trick.

Premier League results – April to May

Our new found form was nothing short of spectacular and kept going bar a few minor blips. From April till May we won five games, drew two and lost just once away to Everton. 4-1 seemed to be our favourite scoreline and late goals to rescue one or even three points were all too regular. While most would find this unnerving I saw it as a strength in character.

Premier League table

With the domestic season almost over, the league table was complete and I don’t think many will need my position confirming. But for those that do, Brighton won the league by 7 points. We scored an incredible 105 goals which just goes to show how attacking we are.

FA Cup results

After winning this competition last season I have some niggling expectations. We may have won the Premier League and League Cup, but a domestic treble would be the cherry for sure. We started the competition with a 6-0 thrashing of Port Vale, then travelled to the KC Stadium and beat Hull City 4-0. The fifth round handed us Premier League opposition in Fulham. The London based club held their own but couldn’t stop my mixed starting XI as we rose 3-2 victors. Aston Villa were next up as Alan Patrick scored a nice goal to help us win 3-0 and progress to the semi-final. My boggy side, Everton, awaited and despite giving us a tough time couldn’t stop my progression as we won 2-1. Chelsea await Brighton in the FA Cup final but you’ll have to go to the second page for that one. First lets see how I progressed in the Champions League knockout stages.

Champions League results

OK so we know the League and League Cup have been wrapped up. We also know that Brighton will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final which leaves us with the Champions League. My boys waltzed through the first knockout round thrashing Shakhtar 8-0 on aggregate. Germany’s top asset was drawn for the quarter-final and Bayern had an excellent squad. However, they seemed a little cocky during the first leg and lost 3-2 at home. The second leg was very drab and despite the Germans scoring once I always felt in control of Brighton’s European destiny. We’d made our way through to the semi-final and luck seemed to favour the Seasider’s one last time as Sevilla popped out the hat. The first leg was held in Spain and I felt well in control yet again. The match finished 0-0 and we won the second leg with ease, 2-0. Through to the final of the Champions League and Barcelona await.

To read all about the FA Cup and Champions League finals you must turn over to the next page. This can be done by clicking the number 2 below and believe me you don’t want to miss Brighton’s first ever appearance in a European final. ;)

Go to the next page for cup final results

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malhar
malhar
9 years ago

Hey Darren,
That was a rather sudden end to your story :( but what a fantastic season…in only 5 years, you won so much..and losing to Barca 2-1 at Camp Nou is a fantastic result in itself. I’m sure you would have been winning everything in next to no time. And looking forward to your announcement…hopefully it’s a positive one :) Though I cant imagine what you’re going to be doing for the next 20 days or so, till FM2012 comes out…anyway, congrats again, and cheers!

nielsneutron
nielsneutron
9 years ago

Man that was sudden, The second last section you talk about transfer budget and stadium expansion, and then it ends.

Great success with the club. Was Neymar really worth it though? Personally I would keep Verkhovtsov even though it is not in the spirit of the Y2G concept.

tom
tom
9 years ago

Good story!

Hope to read a FM12 story soon!

Your announcement…Are you testing the new game?

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
9 years ago

Hey Darren
I respect your decision. The announcement is that you are going to stop posting on this website, isn’t it? I just have to hope it isn’t. Congratulations on the titles, losing to Barca was unlucky, Messi was just too strong.

Laxeyman
9 years ago

Great season Darren, an amazing treble, well done! Unlucky in the CL Final, it seems as though you were the better side, but how do you contain a player like Messi? ;) Hopefully the announcement isn’t what I suspect it to be, but I’m intrigued to find out what it is now :)

Sibo
Sibo
9 years ago

Well done Darren!

Sorry not to have commented in a while, you have been banging out the posts! This has been a fantastic story and I am so pleased you managed to win the domestic treble, it was really stunning!

Of course it was a shame to lose the CL final, but being in the Camp Nou with players like Messi, Pique etc. in their prime the odds were never on your side (no offence) despite the strength of the squad.

I’m looking forward to the announcement, provided it’s a positive one! ;-)

George Dobson
George Dobson
9 years ago

Well done Darren please dont leave the website if that is your announcment I hope it isnt

Dan
Dan
9 years ago

I didn’t expect that, the story ending that is, I completely expected you to win loads of stuff! Well done and as for Barca, they’re Barca, you played better than them and to be honest that’s great in itself. :)

I always get nervous when someone says they have an announcement but I’m really hoping it’s a positive one…

Nicholas Phipps
Nicholas Phipps
9 years ago

Well that was a bit of an abrupt ending :(. Great results though and you and your team can be proud of what they achieved in an incredible 5 seasons. Dissapoinitng that you couldn’t continue for another season and win the Champions League but I am eagerly anticipating the ‘announcement’ (so long as it’s positive ;))

Johnny Karp
9 years ago

Ah, you were sooo close to that quadruple… Nevertheless, it has been an awesome season so I congratulate you on the achievement.

Kevin
9 years ago

Hi Darren
Hard luck in losing the CL final in what otherwise was a tremendous season. Youv’e really done an excellent job in building a “south coast stronghold!”

Marc Vaughan
9 years ago

Very cool – nice to see Brighton winning so much :D

MRDNRA
MRDNRA
9 years ago

What?!?! Barca of all teams get a home game for the Champions League final? Well that’s obviously biased!!!!!

Well done on winning the league again, a good way to finish the story.

MDTM
MDTM
9 years ago

Hey Darren,
Fantastic end to the season! You were unlucky not win the CL, but Barcelona are a very good team and had the home advantage:( It has been another awesome save, bringing Brighton into the top flight and the European competitions in just a few years. You will be missed around the site and I hope you have success in whatever you pursue:)

Martin - F.M.J.S
9 years ago

Hi Darren
Another great post. Very unlucky not to win the CL but what you have achieved in such a short period of time is an excellent achievement. Im sure that if you continued with your Brighton story you would have won many more trophy for the seagulls.

Martin
9 years ago

Congrats on a brilliant season, shame it didnt end in champions league success but brilliant all the same. Shame the save has come to an end but its been a great one all the same.

Jay
Jay
9 years ago

yo man, sorry i aint posted in a while, i stopped coming on the site when it just stopped loading all together but now its working :)

had to catch up on a few posts but all uptodate – cant really say anything that aint been said mate, ill give it a go though , great stuff on your sucess with Brighton and good luck for the two finals

Jay

Jay
Jay
9 years ago

Just finished now so unlucky on the CL – always next year, if u can do it once you can always be back next season – but on a better not FA Cup win is not to shabby eh either? :D

Jay
Jay
9 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

so what you got planned now? heard some people saying your leaving the site? you cant be – your stories are the main thing to keep me on here haha :)

Jay
Jay
9 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

ahh well end of the day its gota be u who enjoys the game first :) glad to here your not leaving mate

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