"I hope to continue my work, winning championships with my club. The acknowledgement comes naturally for those who deserve it" Neymar, PSG 2017"I don't even know who Joey Barton is" also Neymar , Barcelona, 2013"What? I thought you said Cannes?" (possibly) also Neymar, SM Caen, 2026 Like most of us in FM I have experienced … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #8: bienvenue Neymar!
"The farthest Thunder that I heardWas nearer than the SkyAnd rumbles still, though torrid NoonsHave lain their missiles by .."Emily Dickinson Well hello there dear followers, it has been a while! Two seasons to be precise so let's have a catch up. If you hark back to the start of this save back in La … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #7: a perfect storm?
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It's an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms." - Colin Powell 1: ON THE SLOPES WITH MIKE BASSETT It's a slippery slope we get ourselves on at times in FM; that moment when winning every game … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #6: 442 my a**e
Pride is the mother of arrogance.― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut FFS you thick bastards, just shoot!!!!!!FMheathen, Ligue 1, vs Auxerre, 29th August 2021 Talk about a rollercoaster, the number of times that FM builds us up and drops us from a great height is incredible and I guess one of the main reasons … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #5: hubris, man
Preparing for the first game of the season should be easy. In fact, when you think about it should be your most perfectly-prepped game of the whole year given the time you have to do it, with all the following boxes ticked: Squad fit and rested Morale high, from that run of big friendly wins … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #4: The Prep Effect
It has been a varied week here at FMheathen blog HQ; starting with something very much embedded in real life with the much appreciated and humbling feedback from my last post Remembrance day special: Walter Tull, football hero (thanks all), which really pulled at my heart strings given the topic, and ending with a new … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #3: audioblogs, history and a cheeky clearance
There are two myths surrounding football in the First World War. One, that everybody suddenly downed tools and had a kickabout with the Germans on Christmas Day in 1914 and two, that British soldiers played footie as they walked across no-man's lands towards the German machine guns. In actual fact, they were both true but … Continue reading Remembrance day special: Walter Tull, football hero
You know that moment when you've planned a night out with the boys but the beta comes out 24 hrs before? When you then come home from being on the piss after not even firing her up yet, never mind played a single game? Then, when FM is 'setting up the team database' and you … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #2: Keep it real, FM
"Caen we kick it?" @BrookSand21 "On such small tweets are battles won and lost" @WinstonChurchill ".. about as subtle as a lamppost to the face whilst jogging." @FMPoacher Advancing on the beaches .. Deciding on a new football manager save is a precarious business. As any long-time FM player knows it is one that requires … Continue reading La Libération de Caen #1: Establishing a Beachhead
INTRODUCTION: A FLASHBACK TRUE STORY .. Me being introduced to the then Salford City chairman by my pal Tommo a year or two before the class of 92 took over (worth noting that Tommo knew hardly anything about FM apart from what I'd told him the pub every week): TOMMO: This is Daz, he's just … Continue reading By the gasworks wall #1: “Yeah? How’s that then?”