Sometimes on Football Manager, things go just right and the season ends in glory. Below are my top 3 achievements on the game.
3. Division 3 Champions This was on a version of the game around the early 2000s and I managed Exeter City to the Division 3 title, which was won with relative ease. Striker Reinier Moor powered us to glory, scoring 44 goals in the season. This feat was even more impressive as he missed the first month of the season through injury and in most games he played, I substituted him around the 60 minute mark to ensure he was fit for the following game. Despite 44 goals, he was still 3 goals behind Jackson at Doncaster. Plenty of goals and attacking football for the fans to savour and a lovely shiny trophy at the end of season to be admired!
2. League 1 Champions I achieved this on the 2012 version of the game and managed Exeter City. The game started with us in League 1 and with odds of 40/1 for the title, suggesting that avoiding relegation should be our priority. However, 4 signings (2 of whom were on loan) proved to be key. I signed centre back Nathan Baker and right back Chris Herd on loan from Aston Villa and both had excellent seasons – I ended up signing Baker permanently when released by Villa at the end of the season. Defensive midfield signing Seyfo Soley acted as an excellent shield to my newly improved mean defence. Going forward, attacking left midfield signing Sone Aluko wreaked havoc and set up numerous goals as well as chipping in with a few vital goals himself. Despite his jinking runs down the left, the strength of the team was in Soley shielding a mean defence and the season saw a succession of 1-0 victories along with plenty of 0-0 and 1-1 draws. Not pretty or exciting, but it paid off with the title at the end of the season.
The Double Achieved with Exeter City on the same version of the game as I won the Division 3 title 2 seasons before; the double consisted of the LDV Vans Trophy (as I believe it was then) and the Division 2 title. The LDV Vans Trophy was won in regular time and with relatively little excitement, with all that being saved for the league title. With two games to go, we were six points behind leaders Tranmere and had to go there for the penultimate game before finishing the campaign at home. Our visit to Tranmere saw a 2-0 victory, which guaranteed promotion and an outside shot at winning the title (although we would need to win and Tranmere lose). A comfortable 3-0 victory at home, coupled with Tranmere losing on the final day of the season, saw an unlikely title win (and an incredibly satisfying one!) on goal difference. As Sir Alex Ferguson would have said: Football? Bloody hell!