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Here at Football Manager Stories we now have our own Podcast. This will be an ongoing Football Manager Podcast specializing in quality and relevance. Below are all the episodes including many interesting topics such as FM 2012, FM 3013, FM 2014, our stories, tactics, real life football and much, much more. Just click on the links to listen, or scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions on how to subscribe to our feed and get this great Football Manager podcast on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.


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How to download the Football Manager podcast

If you don’t have time to listen right now and would rather listen through your iPod on the way to work or school, why not subscribe to our RSS feed, its simple and takes seconds…all you need is iTunes and to click this link here. That will direct you to our iTunes page where you can find all the episodes and subscribe through iTunes on your computer.

Alternatively just go to iTunes on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad then find the podcast section and search for Football Manager Story Podcast, the download will be available there.



  1. denson

    June 9, 2012 at 03:33

    Good idea this is,
    Just wondering are you still doing goal of the week?

    • Darren Smith

      June 9, 2012 at 09:14

      Thanks Denson, I know that we aren’t doing the goal of the week here on the main site but a while ago it was available in the forum…maybe check there to see if its still available.

      • denson

        June 9, 2012 at 15:30

        It was a good listen and i hope you continue doing these!
        and thanks i found it on the forum.

        • Darren Smith

          June 9, 2012 at 15:33

          We certainly will mate, there should be another one due at the end of next week.

  2. Steesh85

    June 12, 2012 at 21:05

    This is awesome. Now i have something worthwhile to listen to on the long walk to work. Keep up the good work lads.

    • Darren Smith

      June 12, 2012 at 21:09

      Thanks mate, we loved the idea of the sites readers been able to access the community while walking around or doing something that meant no computer, so a Podcast was the perfect choice.

  3. Si Short

    June 13, 2012 at 00:54

    Great podcast guys. I really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.

    • Darren Smith

      June 13, 2012 at 11:58

      Thanks mate, hope you continue to enjoy the Podcast.

  4. matthew mawson

    June 20, 2012 at 21:22

    LMAO that prediction was a bit lucky :P hope you had money on lescott to score first :D

    • Darren Smith

      June 20, 2012 at 21:43

      lol, unfortunately I didn’t back my prediction at the bookies.

  5. Joel

    July 24, 2012 at 06:24

    Hi I really enjoyed your first 3 podcasts, when is the next episode

    • Darren Smith

      July 24, 2012 at 11:55

      Thanks mate, the next Podcast will be out within a few weeks.

  6. Gaurav Chaddah

    August 1, 2012 at 09:09

    I have really enjoyed the first few podcast, they are really professionally done and they are a great listen, well worth my time, keep up the good work, can’t wait for the next one! ;) One question will there be any other FMS writers on the podcast? :)

    • Darren Smith

      August 1, 2012 at 19:53

      The next one shouldn’t be too far away now. As for other writers on the Podcast we’ll definitely have Johnny (the sites owner) on and then we’ll go from there I think.

  7. Thales De Mattos Oliveira

    September 25, 2012 at 04:36

    Very nice Podcast! I hope you keep it on during the season!

  8. Simon

    October 23, 2012 at 08:34

    Good work on the podcasts, I listened to them all in the last couple of days – I may be in a minority – but perhaps drop the real life football section and instead run some selected stories (I enjoy listening about stories) as well as hints, tactics, players etc for FM2013 – in other words make it a pure FM podcast. Love the quiz by the way! I been playing this since the original champ manager in 1992! Until recently I never knew there was an internet world dedicated to FM, brilliant (it feeds the addiction!).

    • Darren Smith

      October 23, 2012 at 11:43

      Thanks Simon, we will take your comments on board, some enjoy real life stuff while others are like yourself.

      • Simon

        October 24, 2012 at 19:20

        Thanks for replying Darren. Podcast is good, whatever content you guys put in. I’m currently playing a save as LFC on Beta version of FM2013 – what are your impressions of new FM? A few bugs, but a step forward from FM2012 I’d say.

        • Darren Smith

          October 24, 2012 at 19:25

          I really like the new game, it is a BETA version so there will always be bugs, but I think almost all of them will be sorted for the games full release.

  9. james

    January 24, 2013 at 06:33

    I was listening to the official fm podcast and miles said that ppl have been asking him why the games so hard he said people need to looks at player attributes and put them in the right roll like crouch into a target man role maybe a slight hint I dunno

    • Darren Smith

      January 24, 2013 at 11:46

      Interesting but still doesn’t solve most of my problems as I have everyone in their preferred roles, I think the game is just too random, its fine when you hit form, but endure a couple of losses and things just seem far too random for me.

  10. Simon

    January 25, 2013 at 10:04

    Top podcast! I thought it was only me having issues with FM13. So I started as Liverpool, and got to christmas in first season. I was doing well, 2nd in league playing well and settled on a couple of formations that worked. Then I had a run of fixtures that included defeats; 3-0 to WestBrom (a), 4-0 Swansea (h), 6-1 Man City (h), 3-1 Villa (a), 5-0 Man Utd (a) to mention a few, it got worse. Player performances were no more than 6.1 average (before they were 7.2 upwards. I tried changing tactics etc. And to the point where its so ridiculous I have given up playing. I’m having crazy back passes, own goals, forwards missing open goals etc etc. I’m not playing until new patch is out, in the hope it will improve. I’m in favour of making it harder but not stupid and disregarding players and becoming farcical. At least your podcast gave me hope that its not something I’m doing wrong.

    • Darren Smith

      January 25, 2013 at 11:59

      I’ve been plagued with the same questions mate, is it me, the game or a bit of both…hopefully SI will bring out the new patch early next month and all will return to normal, then we’ll have our answer.

      • Simon

        January 31, 2013 at 14:07

        Hi Darren, so after a break from the game I went back to it – think I might be onto something with the match engine.
        So, I basically pay a lot of attention to the team I’m playing. Look at what formations they do well against, and ones they dont do well against and I tweak my tactics accordingly. Also note how they concede goals e.g. crosses, from the left or right etc. Also, the time they concede the goals too, to see if they start a game slowly or quickly. Again change philosophy to control, standard, defensive or attacking to suit.
        I also look at their squad and identify players doing well and on form players and target these danger men mostly but closing down or if they have a poor left foot force them onto that foot (sometimes man mark, or tackle hard depending on the player it is). As well I also always close down their full backs and goalkeeper.
        During the game itself (I have extensive highlights) I pay attention to assistant manager comments as well as my own observations and tweak players tactics during the game e.g. if their winger is running unchallenged man mark him, if assistant says someones crosses are causing problems, close him down and force onto weaker foot etc. It takes longer to go through a game, about 20-30 mins, but its worth it as since then my form has improved beyond belief. I’m not saying its the answer to the match engine issues but its helped me, maybe it can help other managers on the forum too.

        • Darren Smith

          January 31, 2013 at 19:52

          Yeah I am currently working on a three part lower league guide (the first part of which is published) that attempts to get the gamer thinking more like this. So while I agree with you there are still a fair amount of things that can’t be fixed through attention to detail, some of the ME are issues and glitches in my opinion but you’re right that with more attention and the right approach you can drastically improve your form.

  11. ScottyW

    April 22, 2013 at 11:11

    Sorry don’t know if this is the right place to ask “listeners questions” but how do you raise your youth players to be top quality, just because every time i have a decent youth prospect they never get any better, any advice?

  12. Gaurav Chaddah

    November 24, 2013 at 17:31

    Any idea of when the next podcast iOS? Really interested to hear your guys’ thoughts on the new game.

    • Darren Smith

      November 24, 2013 at 17:34

      I think we’ll be recording next Sunday, so that would make it sometime the week after next.

  13. Anders Limpar

    October 9, 2014 at 09:47

    Hey, are you guys going to start a 3rd season of podcasting now that the features are revealed? Cheers from germany.

    • Darren

      October 9, 2014 at 11:57

      We will start at some point, would have been nice before release but we have a lot to do so will depend really.

      • Darren

        October 10, 2014 at 11:41

        You prompted us to pull our finger out Anders, we will record this weekend and have a Podcast ready next week with our thoughts and opinions on the new game.

  14. Stacey Ellis

    December 9, 2014 at 17:36

    When’s the next podcast? You guys are in danger of ruining something potentially very good

    • Darren

      December 9, 2014 at 18:31

      Not sure yet, it will be when we can find time to do it. There’s an awful lot of writing to do on the other sites, all of which take precedence over the Podcast as the game has not been out that long.

      Not to mention the 10 hours at work every day get in the way.

      • Stacey Ellis

        December 9, 2014 at 18:35

        thanks for the reply, enjoying the game? Huge step up from 14 which was the worst I’ve played, and I go back to the original Kevin Toms 1982

        • Darren

          December 9, 2014 at 18:42

          I am in parts, just finding the most recent patch too inconsistent for my liking though.

          • Stacey Ellis

            December 9, 2014 at 18:45

            It does appear that the game seems to find ways around tactics easier. I’m dominating matches 60+% and losing, watching whole match and nothing leaps out. That’s Conference south for you though lol

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