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Jake: And the winner is…

Hey guys, welcome back to the result of the poll!

Firstly I would like to get something off my chest. Essentially for this years story, I have taken the decision to ‘demote’ myself from the main site and post up in the sites Forums. The main reason for taking that decision was purely personal in that I felt that the interaction and type of posts that I would be dealing with over the year would be much better suited to the forum type style of writing. Also though, I have now been made ‘Forum Admin’ by Johnny so essentially I am in charge of what happens down there!

Hopefully some of you can start coming down there, even if it isn’t to write a story but just join in with the community and get to know everyone. We have a new slick layout (that still needs loads done to it before it’s ready) and some brilliant writers so I would urge each and everyone of you to give it a go.

So, the results are in and it was pretty clear from the start which one you fancied me trying….


Option 3 – Youth Academy Challenge
The youth academy challenge is something that is rarely seen on Football Manager blogs. It is where I take hold of a team that is in the lower divisions of a mediocre league system (Ie Varberg BOIS in the Swedish League) and try to only use youth players out of my academy to challenge for the ultimate goal of the Europa League title. That’s right, I can’t sign anyone. With the new youth system in place, it should be achievable.


The Youth Academy Challenge! I will be going through the in’s and out’s of the country and team when the new game is out but the aims and rules are pretty clear, win the Europa League with just players coming through the academy.. No player transfers in what so ever.

Anyway I would like to thank everyone that voted, absolutely amazing response with no less than 218 people clicking on one of the options. Really means a lot!

Hope to see you all in the forums following not only mine, but some of the brilliant stories that will come out from our other writers once FM2012 is out.





  1. vaibhavc

    October 10, 2011 at 04:23

    I will be writing in the forum as well for my Spurs story. I will be sure to comment on your posts.

    • Excessive

      October 10, 2011 at 19:59

      I will be following mate :)

  2. MDTM

    October 10, 2011 at 04:43

    Sounds like a tough challenge! Can’t wait to see who you will be managing and best of luck!

  3. Calin

    October 10, 2011 at 06:52

    Sounds like an amazingly difficult challenge, but one that I’m eager to read!

    • Excessive

      October 10, 2011 at 20:03

      Thanks for the support bud :)

  4. Johnny Karp

    October 10, 2011 at 07:15

    Looking forward to it Jake! And by the way, it’s not a “demotion” at all, it’s a well-deserved promotion! :)

    • Excessive

      October 10, 2011 at 20:04

      Haha, I guess you are right! Thanks for entrusting me with part of the site pal, I wont let you down ;)

  5. Martin - F.M.J.S

    October 10, 2011 at 08:23

    That looks like a tough challenge but i will look forward to the story. And like johnny said its a promotion well done :).

  6. Kevin

    October 10, 2011 at 10:17

    Hi Jake
    This is going to make a great challenge and I think you will reall add somehting to the forums. Heck, I don’t usually have time to go there but I’ve just registered!

    • Excessive

      October 10, 2011 at 20:07

      Haha, brilliant! You will enjoy it down there Kevin ;)

  7. Darren Smith

    October 10, 2011 at 12:18

    That will certainly be a challenge Jake and I look forward to seeing how you handle it.

  8. Stromson

    October 10, 2011 at 19:09

    Nederland, Nederland! Can’t wait for it buddy! :)

    • Excessive

      October 10, 2011 at 20:08

      Haha sushhhh, I haven’t set on a nation yet ;)

  9. Sears

    October 10, 2011 at 19:49

    Looks impossible, nevertheless an exciting challenge ;)

  10. Laxeyman

    October 10, 2011 at 21:02

    Looks very tough but very interesting Excessive, I’ll be popping down to the forum to check it out :)

    • Excessive

      October 11, 2011 at 01:34

      Thanks for the support Laxey :)

  11. CsAtlantis

    October 11, 2011 at 03:06

    Jake it’ll be interesting to see you challenge in Europe with only clubgrown talent at the club, especially as you are choosing one of the smaller leagues, will be interesting to see how you do

    • Excessive

      October 15, 2011 at 19:23

      Cheers CS! Will be interesting for sure, lets just hope I can pull it off ;)

  12. George Dobson

    October 11, 2011 at 19:12

    good luck Jake I will definatly read this and other stories in the forum

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