After some contemplation, I decided to start again. There was a good response on twitter with new game suggestions and that was enough for me to re-install and go again. But where?
That’s right, we’re going right down to Division 3 and Darlington FC. Why Darlo? Well, strictly speaking they don’t exist anymore (See Darlington 1883) and they’re fairly local to me. They’re a middle of the road Division 3 club, not like a Hull or Cambridge who always run away with it, so it should be a challenge. Here’s the squad we start with:
Not too much to shout about in there, but I’ll soon see to that with the usual freebies who are must haves in the lower leagues. Tomlinson, Mainwaring, Betterton, Duncan – 4 names who regular lower league players will know, but they also feature on the game’s Wiki page. Sadly Marc Emmers was busy, but This Morning’s Jeff Brazier joins in.
Of course you can always play the loan market, sadly you take your life into your own hands with this as they can be recalled any time. It’s a cause for celebration when blog favourite Steve Haslam arrives
The season starts with the familiar scene
Things start pretty well for Darlo, we’re in and around the top 7. This is a highlight:
Another issue with Division 3 is that the better your players they more likely they are to be poached.
All of that leaves my squad looking like this:
I sold midfielder Michael Oliver (not the ref) to Wolves for £900k, so the bank balance is good espeically since Tomlinson went too. It’s on a knife edge though, your better players can be taken at any time. Look what we’re missing from GT though 😦
Meanwhile, look at Man Utd
So that’s it for update 1, join us next time where hopefully Darlo keep themselves together and nobody poaches my best players. Don’t hold your breath.