Heathens Rising #1: prologue

"It is a place of filth, ruin, and uninhabitableness, Hell upon Earth."Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England 18th January 1902: Bank Street, Manchester. The rain arrives suddenly in sheets, drum-beating small windows thick with grease and grime in a futile effort to erase the reflections of a thousand factory chimneys that … Continue reading Heathens Rising #1: prologue

By the gasworks wall #6: Man Utd vs Salford, Manchester Guardian ‘The Red Side’ editorial, 28th January 2023

symbiotic/ˌsɪmbɪˈɒtɪk/ adjective BIOLOGY Involving interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association.Denoting a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.Oxford English Dictionary 1: Symbiosis in Salford There is an almost universal hatred for the half and half scarf among many football fans who actually attend games in this era. The mere suggestion … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #6: Man Utd vs Salford, Manchester Guardian ‘The Red Side’ editorial, 28th January 2023

By the gasworks wall #5: In Salford we trust

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Ernest Hemingway, South Pacific, 1949"So, like, we just go out and do what we want?"Nathan Broadhead, Kersal Labour Club, Salford, 2020 Ironically given the current circumstances and the spare time I've had it has taken me a while to get … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #5: In Salford we trust

By the gasworks wall #4: It’s alive!!!!

"It's alive" Frankenstein, Mary Shelley"What's that you say? It's the Apocalypse?" (firing up FM20)FMheathen, March 2020 1: It's been a long time .. There comes a time in every FM players' life when they have to step back a little to take in the essentials of life such as food and family and walking in … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #4: It’s alive!!!!

By the gasworks wall #3: Virtual Tiki Taka Garyball?

You might guess by the title that there has been a slight, shall we say, adjustment, in our VTT Sarriball aspirations of the first blog so let me explain. firstly by stating that in the past week of playing this new Salford 'Vertical Tiki Taka' angled-save I have mainly learned two things: Pissing about with … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #3: Virtual Tiki Taka Garyball?

By the gasworks wall #2: cross-FM Salford Sarriball anyone?

So here we go chaps, my (not so) long anticipated 2nd save reveal of FM20 will be my local team Salford City FC, not two miles from where I am typing this. Before we go any further though, you may ask why this is number 2 in the series when I am quite clearly just … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #2: cross-FM Salford Sarriball anyone?

FINAL La Libération de Caen #12: SM Caen, les Champions de France!

“A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you.”― Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon's Mines "I think I will just fucking sleep for a week."― FMheathen, Salford 1: A (very singular) dream come true There is a certain kind of masochism required to endure a long save in Football manager, one that … Continue reading FINAL La Libération de Caen #12: SM Caen, les Champions de France!

La Libération de Caen #11: Beating PSFG, a nearly men adventure

A coup de grâce (/ˌkuː də ˈɡrɑːs/; French [ku də ɡʁɑs] for "blow of mercy") is a death blow to end the suffering of a severely wounded person or animal. - Wiki 1: Beating PSFG I had a feeling in the last blog La Libération de Caen #10: "Sorry Neymar new phone who dis?" that it would happen. … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #11: Beating PSFG, a nearly men adventure

La Libération de Caen #10: “Sorry Neymar new phone who dis?”

“It's better to burn out than to fade away.”Neil Young "An 8k fucking transfer budget?!!!!!"FMheathen So it finally happened, I had to bite the bullet and let my 17-assists-a-season-buddy Neymar go in possibly one of the saddest moments I've had in any edition. Saying that, I did make 350k (all profit) off him so fair … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #10: “Sorry Neymar new phone who dis?”

La Libération de Caen #9: Le Great Escape

"All my coaches tell me that I have been under achieving" Shane Warne "You are an idiot ... you are an idiot ... you are an idiot .."Eric Cantona, 1991, one by one to every member of a disciplinary board You know that moment when you do almost everything the board wants on a budget … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #9: Le Great Escape