It has been 7 months.
Yes, 7 months since the last update, but no, I’m not quitting this save and my Gillingham team are perform well, finished 3rd behind champions Sheffield United, and Oldham Athletic and have to fight for only promotion place with Swindon in playoff semi-finals.
And the man I have to thank is Luke Norris, the 24 years old forward scores in each playoff matches, 1st goal against Swindon at their home ground, a winning goal at Priestfield bring us to the final at Wembley against the mighty Birmingham City led by the prolific striking partner in Federico Piovaccari and Nicolao Dumitru, 60 goals between them over the course of 2017/18 season.
But it was Luke Norris who stole the show, the Englishman scores hat-trick in front of 50,000 spectators at Wembley and take the Gills to the Championship for the first time after relegated in 2004/2005.
Our first season back in the Championship, which we had been predicted to finished 23rd and relegate, we fought against all odds and sat comfortably at 16th, 9 points clear of the relegation zone and above some more famous team like Wolves, Wigan, Sheff Utd, Derby, and Charlton, which the latter three relegated to League One.
Top performer of this season was Joel Valencia, signed for free in 2016/17 and became the main creator of the team, 5 goals, 8 assists, 261 key passes, and 76% pass completion rate. Shots on target ratio improve from 25% in his first season to 49% in this season. He works relentlessly as an Advance Playmaker on left flank and combined perfectly with my Mr.Consistent and first choice left back – Connor Townsend, over 7.50 in average rating for them.
The other key performer in my first season in the Championship was the loanee Zackarias Faour, the 21 years old Swedish striker on loan from Manchester City played at Gillingham on a season-long wage-free loan contract and became our top scorer with 9 goals from 16 appearances, 4 of them came from our final 5 matches, very crucial for our fight in relegation battle.
And now, at the moment, we’re in the middle of our second season in the Championship with 32 points from 23 matches, only 4 points away from the playoff spot, and this is where I got to work on the big project away from my home and gaming PC for a couple of months. My old and always overheated company laptop cannot run the game over 15 minutes and it made me lost a grip to the save when I returned home in August, so this is the end of the project.
Let’s see how the club developed over the course of the save in this little table:
**the 2019/20 information recorded on 29 Dec 2019 in the game.
My Gillingham side is now quite an established member of the Championship football and made an impressive growth on estimated value and sponsor deals. The average attendance is nearly sellout in the current season ,season ticket holders increased each season. We also started making the profit in transfer market nurturing free talents from all over Europe. Our highest transfer fee received is from the sale of Davide Agazzi, 26 years old midfielder signed for free from Atalanta from the 2017/18 winter transfer window, played 55 games for us and sold for 1,100,000 euros to a Serie B side Cittadella. Training facilities and Youth facilities also improved.
And from this point, let’s see how they go with my foundation.
I’ve holidayed from the latest date in the game (29 Dec 2019) until the end of the season, the team plays okay and stay clear from the drop, finished 15th with 9 points clear of relegation zone.
There is a mass exodus in the coaching team after my departure at the end of the 2019/20 season, Joe McLaughlin (Assistant Manager), Cesar Cruchaga, Tony Hibbert (Coach), Jim Stannard (Goalkeeping Coach), and Shaun Spencer (Fitness Coach) decide to leave the club. The board appointed Noel Hunt as a new manager and the ex-Reading midfielder had been sacked after 107 days in charge.
It’s sad to see the guys I recruited in my days like Mourad Hdiouad and Nebojsa Pavlovic are also failed to stay at the position more than a season, after that Gillingham had welcome the big name in Tim Sherwood and Jermain Defoe.
And it’s Jermain Defoe that bring the Gils to Championship football again after gained promotion in 2028/29, but he was failed to stay in charge for a full season due to he was sacked in February of 2030.
Carlos Amat, the other guy from my era staff team took charge and led Gillingham finished 21st in 2029/30, just 3 points off the relegation zone. Carlos has been at the club since 2016 as U-18 coach, then promoted to Gillingham U-21 Manager in 2021. After 9 years at U-21 level, he took the caretaker manager role and gained permanent position followed Jermaine Defoe’s departure. I wish him luck for the job.
With FM2017 BETA coming, it’s time to close this journey I’ll be back blogging again, see you!!