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FM 2012 Scarborough AFC story 2028-29: Big announcement!

Hey guys and welcome to what should be a very interesting update. You may remember me recently losing the Euro Championships with Spain, then resigning from my post and also mentioning a big surprise at Scarborough. Well I revealed a little bit more within the FMS Podcast, episode two and can now explain all.

After suffering a torrid Euro experience with Spain, I went about pre-season with Scarborough. It was the usual stuff and I found it all too familiar, that was when I started considering a change within the save. I looked through what was still to achieve  and if I’m honest all seemed too far away. Becoming the richest club was impossible by the fact my board won’t upgrade the stadium, winning the most amount of EPL titles or Champions League honors was around 6-7 successful seasons away and the only achievement close was being the best club in terms of reputation. So I started to think, ‘could this save be seeing its end, and if not what should I do?’

I then got bored and a little down considering such a long save may be finishing, so I looked through other clubs and tried to get an idea of which teams were where in the league pyramid, just to remind myself of how far Scarborough had come. Then I experienced a ‘light bulb moment’ in the form of one club.

Down in the depths of the Blue Square Premier sat Charlton Athletic, the club I adopted as my own while living in London. I used to watch them once a month and still have photo’s in my games room of when me and the lads were at the Valley. I have some wonderful memories from back then, traipsing down to the stadium while we were in the Premier League and calling in at every pub on the way home.

As many of you may know, Charlton were recently promoted to the Championship in real life, while in my save they spent most of their time around mid-table in that division. But recently financial problems seem to have rocked the boat so to speak and have seen the club endure three relegation’s in the last four years. Not to mention the squad is fairly poor and the club need a face lift in most areas. However, the one positive is Charlton’s reputation which should make rebuilding easier. Soooo, taking all that into consideration I took a risk, putting my reputation on the line. Before I could apply for the Charlton job I had to resign from Scarborough, that was probably the toughest thing I’ve had to do on FM! I spent so long with them and achieve so much as shown below.

As you can see from my career stats, I was just 7 games short of managing 1000 games with Scarborough…while that is some record I kind of wish I’d stayed for the last seven. ;) Below is my trophy history with the club.

All I could do now was wait and hope Charlton would accept my job application. Thankfully they did and I took an in depth look at what I had inherited….

Rather than show you a bunch of screenshots that won’t make any sense, I’ll sum it up in one image and a few words. Basically the squad is bad, bar three star players I can understand Charlton’s fall from grace, the defense is an absolute mess! The backroom staff is limited but not too bad, Tom Huddlestone is my assistant manager. ;) But then I looked at the league table, and only then was the task at hand fully clear.

For a club that is predicted to finish 1st and has such a great reputation I was shocked by their league standings. 21st position with nine points from the opening 12 games, not to mention only one win to date also! It goes without saying that the squads morale ranges from very poor to abysmal. But that is what I signed up for, so I started by making some moves in the transfer market.

All of the above players will be key this season and joined on different dates, the most important player to join straight away was Styles who will work some magic down the right wing. But my most influential signing was probably Ramsay who will play upfront but not until November. On that note lets see how Charlton performed under my management until the end of December.

Blue Square Premier results – September to December

I must admit I expected to walk into Charlton and just start winning, but I’d forgotten how morale can turn a good team bad, not to mention I’d missed pre-season and the opportunity to blend the players with my tactic. All that resulted in the form you see below, 8 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses doesn’t sound disastrous but I expected much, much more.

The poor form led to more signings as I scoured Germany and Ireland. Germany provided a decent striker but Ireland truly came up trumps with two signings that could be leading stars in League Two straight away and have the potential to go higher. Ray Whelan will be my savior at left back, while Kyle Craig looks a very exciting prospect on the left wing.

Blue Square Premier results – January to

With my new signings on board, results improved dramatically as Charlton climbed the league ladder. Colin Ramsay became a machine and I think the better quality supply was to thank for that.

So we managed an amazing end to the season, I needed to blend the squad, teach my tactic and slowly raise morale…this took the best part of 4 months or so but once all was done the results came. Unfortunately we could never do enough to gain top spot, but Charlton did finish 2nd, securing a play-off place, so lets see what happened next.

Play-off semi-final vs Irlam

OK I’m sure you will struggle to know half the teams in the Blue Square Premier now, things have changed drastically since 2011. So I wouldn’t expect you to know Irlam, they started life five divisions below the Blue Square Premier and have crawled up the leagues well. They have a deadly attack including three players that scored a combined 60 goals, all of which started the 1st leg.

To be honest I didn’t see much of an attacking threat from Irlam, now my players have gelled we are solid at the back and prevented them from getting forward often. I used a counter strategy for this game and Kyle Craig thrived bombing down the wing on a number of occasions scoring twice.

With a firm advantage from the 1st leg, I was confident of seeing the home leg out to make the final. This was done in attacking fashion as Charlton won 4-0.

Play-off final vs Wodson Park

The big day was finally here, after my first five games in charge I never expected to come this far, but Charlton were now favorites for promotion back to the football league. Our opponents were probably the most well rounded team to enter the play-offs and enjoy a very prolific striker. Wodson started life 5 divisions below the BSP but after a quick rise have established themselves at this level with 9 seasons experience, many of them in the top half also.

The final was a very nervy affair, both teams were hitting long balls during the first half and not fully settled. But Charlton’s long balls seemed to create havoc for a nervous Wodson back four, time and time again our forwards were released in lucky and bizarre fashion. We finished the first half with a 3 goal lead that I don’t think we deserved, the second half wasn’t much better, both sides were closely matched again but Wodson could only pull one back. The final whistle blew and the scoreboard read 3-1 to Charlton, we’re back in the football league!!

After a shaky start my side settled and achieved our goals. Whelan was instrumental at left back while Ramsay’s 20 goals upfront were the reason for our promotion. Kyle Craig was awesome from the left wing with 8 goals and 5 assists in half a season and Styles managed 10 goals and 12 assist from the right. You’ll notice all the names mentioned were my new signings and without them I’d dread to think where Charlton would have finished the season.

Charlton do still have some money problems and debt, I have already started next season and lets just say the budgets could be restrictive, but there’s a lot of rebuilding to do here. Anyway, that is all for now so I hope you enjoyed this special update, I’m sure it wasn’t what you were expecting. Please leave any feedback below and I look forward to reading your comments as always, thanks.

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vaibhavc
vaibhavc
8 years ago

Wow, I never expected you to manage Charlton, and I was shocked to find out that they are in the Blue Square Premier. It was a great turnaround, from being 21st to getting promoted, finishing second.

Heresy
Heresy
8 years ago

Well, I can’t say you stepping down was a big shock ;) but I never would have thought you’d go all the way down to BSP! And I do hope the board at Scarborough thanked you for your service.

What horific managers Charlton had to have! If they dropped so much with such players available for them to sign.. then you came in, did your magic and they’ve won the promotion after lingering in the relegation spot. You deserve every credit for this, of course, but it just shows how bad your predecessors were ;)

I still admire you for sticking to one lub for 17 seasons! I’d be bored to death after winning so many trophies and I guess you’ve ultimately got tired of it yourself ;) I have absolutely no doubt that you will easily win your promotions and bring Charlton to the top in just a few seasons. You know, you could start losing for once.. would make you more human! ;)

Tegar Triemanudigdo
8 years ago

Wow…looks like you take a huge steps there, but to be honest, I actually done that when I feel need more challenge, and what the heck did I just saw the teams of BSP? Damn, some unknown teams really shine in that division there.

Anyway, it’s good to see Charlton back into npower league again. I’m looking forward on the next chapter.

nielsneutron
nielsneutron
8 years ago

Interesting to see the how the BSP looks like in 2028. I can see why you stepped down from Scarborough but I must say I am bit disappointed you did not go lower.

Anyway good luck with Charlton!!!

Federico
Federico
8 years ago

We’ll be waiting for the charlton vs scarborough clash!

Sears
8 years ago

Aw awesome challenge mate! I thought you would have started a new game , but thankfully you didn’t :) It may take a while to topple Scarborough , but if anyone can do it it would be you ! :D Best of luck bud

John
John
8 years ago

Great idea starting all over again darren! Especially with another team which means a lot to you. Could I request that you take a screenshot of how Scarborough are fairing each season?

Karl Deighton
Karl Deighton
8 years ago

Shocked to see Carlton so low! Great turn around to be promoted to the football league. Hope you can turn around the finances! What are your goals for Charlton, topple Scarborough? Good luck pal!

Steesh85
Steesh85
8 years ago

OOOOOOFFF! Wasnt expecting that at all. I listened to the Podcast and thought it would be a whole new game. But you can see already that Charlton will be a worth foe for Scarborough in 4-6 years. Cant wait for the future updates. COME ON THE ADDICKS!!

Ronan Donovan
8 years ago

wow! Amazing news! Good luck with that new challenge darren :)

Malhar Bhadbhade
8 years ago

wow amazing! that was a massive massive change to say the least. From all-conquering manager of one of the best teams in the world to managing a Blue Square Premier side in Charlton! I certainly didn’t expect this much of a twist but I’m thoroughly delighted to see what you do with them. Will I be right in assuming that Charlton will be your last story so to speak till FM 13? Or you won’t rule out anything at this stage? Anyway, congrats on getting promoted, amazing job as usual. I am confident that you can do another Scarborough and win successive promotions to the EPL!! Looking forward to the next episode. Good luck! Cheers :D

George Stafford
8 years ago

Hi FANTASTIC! Story and Good Luck in your next season! I was wondering if you could make this file downloadable because i am running out of ideas on FM and would love to have a go managing in your current year?

saltwater
saltwater
8 years ago

I’m sure it must’ve been tough to leave Scarborough, but this should be a harder and more interesting challenge. Maybe in 6 seasons those two could be battling for the title? Assuming of course that the seadogs don’t hire the ex-Charlton manger who obviously isn’t suited to this proffession. :)
But seriously what a great turnaround, those signings making a real change. And with all those odd teams down in the BSP who knows what we could see in League 2.
I’ve probably missed this but did you mention how you fared in the FA Trophy and FA Cup?

TheZiggy
8 years ago

Can understand how things can start to fell a bit stale, especially if the board aren’t helping to allow you achieve the final goals you’d set. Didn’t expect to see Charlton down in the BSP and in real danger of dropping even lower, as I noticed Torquay have.

A great turnaround there, with some excellent signings to help bring that change about. It’s been a very interesting twist to the story. Good luck for the next season.

TheZiggy
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Ouch :( A few seasons ago though Q.P.R. were in serious risk of heading that way though, just avoiding relegation to League Two at the lowest point. I can’t think how bad that would feel, although it was horrific enough with the pain I felt at our lowest point, wondering if the club was going to survive.

Conor Donovan
8 years ago

Wow! Must have been incredibly difficult to resign from Scarborough. I know I’d find it very hard!
You probably did make a wise decision because you have likely taken them as far as you can.

A bit surprised that you went for Charlton but more so that Charlton have gone so far down the leagues. That really shocked me to be honest.
After 12 games I was saying to myself that you would probably now be aiming to steer the team to midtable and then get promoted next season. I should learn not to doubt you – you did very well to come second and clinch promotion via the playoffs. Some clever signings made a massive difference! Well done!

How did you get on in the cup competitions with Charlton?

Louie
Louie
8 years ago

Woah! Bit of a shock really- but well done on promotion! Out of interest, how did Scarborough do without you?

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Hey Darren,
I’m not as shocked as some since I listened to the podcast but what has shocked me is how bad Charlton have become! Looking forward to seeing how this goes and watch out for Alconbury whoever they are! ;)

Sonny Edgeler
Sonny Edgeler
8 years ago

Id just like to say I find this really intresting as I was actually in the Charlton academy two years ago!

Ana Garcia
8 years ago

Congrats on promotion! :)

Interesting twist a bit like me in some respects in terms of us working our way to the top if you like and both competing for champions league title’s to be being at the very bottom again and working our way back there!

Charlton (Never heard of them sorry! :)) seems to be a good challenge for you and at least you don’t have my playoff jinx which is lucky! ;)

Why is there a dagger/sword on the badge? LoL random question I know! Literally the first thing I noticed am just a bit weird I guess. :)

Anyways very best of luck with your new adventure.

Jack Gfc Kelly
8 years ago
Reply to  Ana Garcia

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlton_Athletic_F.C. Just if you would like some background information Ana :)

TheZiggy
8 years ago
Reply to  Ana Garcia

The story behind the Charlton design is quite unusual. Apparently in the 60’s they held a competition for a new design, and the winning one was a hand holding a sword. Their nickname used to be the Valiants, which was supposed to be the inspiration behind it.

Ana Garcia
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Thanks Jack will have a read if I get time. :)

Thanks Ziggy, I always like the idea behind teams logo’s some are very interesting to see how they were designed.

Just a sword is a bit violent, not a great advert for you club is what I was thinking! :)

I know the feeling Darren, I know I am enjoying my team in Belarus far more than winning any of my champions league titles even if I get no success its just really nice being at the very bottom with no real hope! ;)

Good luck though!

Jack Gfc Kelly
8 years ago

I have followed your Time with Scarborough from day 1 and it’s a shame to see that time end being a gillingham fan I dislike Charlton but I am interested to see what you do with them and will follow this journey with the same interest as the Scarborough journey
P.S I was shocked to see Charlton in the bsp :O

Martin F.M.J.S
8 years ago

Wow like everyone else I am shocked to see Carlton that low. It is a great challenge mind and you have already done great things at the club, Well done mate and I look forward to the next update. :D

Rob Yeats
Rob Yeats
8 years ago

Bit shocked Darren but not surprised. good luck with Charlton. Darren can i ask a bit of advice please. How can i publish my game on Facebook, screnshots etc?

Kevin
8 years ago

Hi Darren

I think you made the right decision here as there is sonly so much you can do with one club and so you’ve set youseflf a new challenge. Interesting that Charlton have declined so terribly but you are surely the man to take them back to the EPL. Great choice Darren and good luck with future seasons!

Luke M
Luke M
8 years ago

Hi Darren, could you please keep us updated on how Scarby are doing without you? I am most interested to see if they go into free fall.

Good luck with Charlton mate.

Luke M
Luke M
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Wow 2nd in the league. The freefall has started ;)

Lye
Lye
8 years ago

Guess in real life we will never see that happening. Going down a few division to manage BSP club. You have really achieved what you can with Scarborough and that’s a nice challenge there. I am sure we will be seeing Charlton in the Premiership pretty soon as you immediately brought them up with your acute transfer dealings. Who took over the manager position in Scarborough by the way?

Rob Yeats
Rob Yeats
8 years ago

Darren or any of you guys out there. Can you help me please? How do i transfer stuff from my game onto Facebook, ie screenshots, league tables, achievements etc. Your help would be most appreciated.

Johnny Karp
8 years ago

You picked a nice challenge again Darren but what’s most important is that you pulled Charlton out of the dreadful situation that they were in. Fantastic job this season, hats off! :)

Liverpool
Liverpool
8 years ago

please tactic ? OI ? pitch size ? match preparation ?

nielsneutron
nielsneutron
8 years ago

I would find it very interesting to see how the other leauges are looking. I mean which team from the lowest tier at the start of the game has crawled the furthest up the ladder (excluding Scarborourgh ofc) and opposite. Many just some screenshots of the top four tiers. Maybe also some screenshots of the World and Euro cup?

I find these kind of long commitment saves very intesting as I can’t seem to play them myself.

Gaurav Chaddah
Gaurav Chaddah
8 years ago

Wow! I guess it was time for a change and you’ve started great with Charlton. Goog luck :)

Scott W
Scott W
8 years ago

really enjoying the story as a carlisle fan it amazes me what could have happened on that fateful day in 99 and carlisle could have been in a similar place as scarborough. and a carlisle club crops up again in the BSP with gilford park who’s ground is literally a stones throw away from my house :) i have to admit the scarborough story did start waning, winning everything is only fun for so long, but hopefully this change will spice things up. Best of luck

CsAtlantis
8 years ago

Wow Darren, this is quite a twist, all the way down to the BSP again, interesting to see some clubs rising up the leagues over the years

You’ve done really well to get Charlton out of the mess at the start of the season and made some great signings, who should server you well in League 2, how bad are the club’s finances? Is Tom Huddlestone a good assistant? :P

Benjy
Benjy
8 years ago

Looks like a great change of pace, Darren. Well done on your 1st season too, let’s hope there’s many more like that to come.
PS I love how you can end up finding ex-players in staff roles later on in the game, like Huddlestone as your assistant.

silva
silva
8 years ago

WOW Bombshell Good to see the Seadogs did well without you who is their new manager ?

But WOW How Charlton have fallen :( shocks me

Vaughn
Vaughn
8 years ago

Could you update us on how Scarborough are doing in your future posts please :) Hopefully they can still rule the world without you on the reigns. (Maybe try to get a Friendly match with them, that would be interesting)

Vaughn
Vaughn
8 years ago

Oh and you are very good at making these, seriously talented! :D Not to mention you are one heck of a manager :)

Liam O'Rourke
Liam O'Rourke
8 years ago

Hi Darren
Just finished reading your new regime at Charlton. I’m actually glad you have decided to start again from the bottom. Despite your success at Scarboro’, I felt it became to stale so I fully support your decision to drop down to the lower leagues.
I look forward to your promotion from League 2 next season

Ronald
Ronald
8 years ago

Great story, read the whole story at a strech. Damn it’s 03:00 really need to go to bed. Can’t wait till the next part though :)

mike25g
mike25g
8 years ago

Hi Darren,

Sad to see you leave Scarborough but i think this is going to be a really exciting new challenge. Shocked to see Charlton have slipped so low in the leagues. I’m sure it wont be long before they return to the premiership with you at the helm though! Good luck mate

Mikeyy
Mikeyy
8 years ago

Wow, amazing kind of domination from you so far. Can I ask you about your tactic, whats it like? Thx already.

Mikeyy
Mikeyy
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Thanks for response, can I still ask you have you used that tactic for a whole of your this career also with scarborough? THX

Paul
Paul
8 years ago

Hi Darren.

I just stumbled upon your story and I’ve read the first couple of updates. It’s been amazing so far. I noticed that some of the pictures in those early updates are missing which is a shame. Would it be possible to fix that? It would make me a very happy man. :)

ofir
ofir
8 years ago

Hello Darren,

I’ve been reading all of your stories till season 6 with Scarborough so far. and I would really like to know how did you pull it off? I myself struggling at league 2 with Gillingham with no success so far. I’ve been reading a lots of guides about this game and I’m overwhelmed by all the information. I know it must require a long detailed response from you to answer my question but I’m sure it’s a response that a lot of your readers will be more than happy to read.

I would like to know how:
1. you find such a good players for free, my scouts doesn’t seems to reach the players level you’ve hired when you where at the lower leagues
2. your tactic
3. which opposition instruction to use for different oppositions teams(if you can give an example from 1 or 2 games It would be great)

I would like to mention that I’ve really enjoyed reading your stories so far and I’m looking forward to keep reading the next ones.
Regards, Ofir

ofir
ofir
8 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Thanks Darren for your quick response. Another question if you may: Do you tend to change your tactic from time to time? So the other teams won’t learn you Or you stick with this tactic for most of the time?

jdicks
jdicks
8 years ago

Absolutely brilliant, mate. Just one question: how the hell do you do it!!?

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