1: Why 1902? We get our FM inspiration from odd places sometimes and as I am sure you will know if you've been here before and followed my Newton Heath odyssey mine is normally rooted in footy history. However what I didn't expect was the way that this particular FM rabbit hole would become an … Continue reading Creating 1902 #1: a labour of historical love, part one
A detailed analysis about how I built my new 'Cyclone' tactic and it's strengths (and, as it turned out, weaknesses)
"I have no idea why he signed me, I haven't kicked a ball in two years and was working in a kitchen." Habib Makanjuola, on arriving at New Bank Street, April 2021 1: A cautionary editor's tale Idiot. Absolute idiot. It took me all of a month in-game to realise it, that blinded by my … Continue reading Heathens Rising #3: slipping on the doormat
.. for him to guide them to 5 trophies in one season only for the chairman to sell everyone, sack him, take the club into administration and get relegated three years later? Yes, I do think FMheathen is a fool to go back! Jürgen Klopp"No, I don't think there is a Spanish word for knobhead." … Continue reading Heathens Rising #2: how the mighty fall
"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
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
“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
"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!!!!
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?
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?