Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

Du Malone writes: Had I planned this post I would have collected data, as I went along, from matches in which there was a sending-off. But I've only just thought of it -- so what follows is based on good ole non-numerical observation and reflection. Red card for the opposition I do make some effort … Continue reading Thoughts on playing with or against 10 men

10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Du Malone writes: Since autumn 2019 I've been following a Black Sea strategy on FM. My manager, Grigor Pasha, has worked clockwise around the coast, managing teams in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine, before skipping on to Pazarspor in Turkey. To date, he's been in post for 2779 days and we've both been enjoying the experience … Continue reading 10 reasons I’m enjoying managing in Turkey

Learning from FM blogs: custom views

Du Malone writes: In recent weeks I've been reviewing my collation of FM content, asking myself which pieces have had the greatest effect on the way that I play. Here I focus on a pair of posts by FMStag on Dictate the Game, in which he shows how to make playing FM less arduous by … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: custom views

Down the Danube #12 – News, Social and the Not-so-Never-Ending Story

Du Malone writes: Here we reblog another post from FM Athlete’s consistently engaging ‘Down the Danube’ blog. (He’s actually travelling up the Danube, but what does it matter?) As well as continuing the narrative, he provides some thoughts on handling news and social in FM.


Welcome back to the River Danube, where after a successful spell with Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia, Frank M. Athlete is now on the hunt for his third job as he continues his pursuit for greatness as a Football Manager.

In this episode, we’ll find out how Frank got on finding new employment, plus I’ll discuss my least favourite aspect of FM, the news and social screens, and how I’ve tried to make them more interesting to me.

This will be my last update from the Down the Danube series as I look ahead to the release of FM21 and my plans for next year. Before we go any further, I just want to say thanks for reading the blog this year and I look forward to continuing with it next year as well.

If you need a refresher on what’s happened in the save so far, you can catch up on…

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Playing FM when it all goes wrong

Du Malone writes: The shelves of the business sections of bookshops and libraries are crammed with books telling the stories of successful ventures. There are far fewer volumes on failure. I understand why people like to broadcast their successes. And don't knock it: such writing can make for inspiring reading. But I find if you … Continue reading Playing FM when it all goes wrong

Blog posts on formations: some links

Du Malone writes: Over the last year or so I've been collating links to FM content (principally blog posts) that I've particularly liked. Some of these are tactical posts focusing on formations. Here are some examples. 5 at the back: First Touch FM 4 at the back: FM Eadster on 4-4-2: Score More … Continue reading Blog posts on formations: some links

Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Du Malone writes: Recently I've been reviewing my collection of the blog posts that I've particularly liked -- the list of links is here -- and reflecting on the question, 'Out of all this fine content, which contributions have most affected the way I actually play?' In my previous post I highlighted a couple of … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (II) Hitting the net

Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

Du Malone writes: It's a year since I launched this website and joined Twitter. During the year I've been collating links to blogs I enjoy following and to specific posts that have impressed me. But the point of this post is to shift the focus to posts that have actually made a difference to the … Continue reading Learning from FM blogs: (I) playing from the back

Oh me, oh my, I love that Turkey Pie

Du Malone writes: In a previous post I mentioned that, like some other bloggers, I hadn't engaged as passionately with my FM20 saves as I'd hoped -- and that I'd decided to return to FM14. And so autumn 2020 (real time) found our manager, Grigor Pasha, travelling to the small coastal town of Pazar, in … Continue reading Oh me, oh my, I love that Turkey Pie

Old Editor: Grateful For The Help And Tips

Du Malone writes: If, like me, you’ve been struggling (to the point of exasperation) with WordPress’s new editor function, various people have found workarounds. I’m reblogging this post because it links to one of them. Quite why it is that we need to be finding workarounds for a supposed improvement bemuses me. I’m coming to the view that the best long-term solution will be to avoid WordPress.


After posting about my farewells from WordPress, I received two very easy tips that so far allow me to access the old editor.

Here they are, in case they help anyone else.

1) Enter this in your browser, substituting the name the name of your blog.

It will take you to the old-style editor where you can create a post.
Then bookmark that page for future use.

2) This was sent to me by Michel.
(Click on the photos for large print)
Go to the wordpress admin page and select all posts:

Once there, go the top of your screen and press the arrow next to add new and you will see that you get the option to access the classic editor:

Once you have selected the classic editor, it’s business as usual.

I hope these help somone else. If they carry on working for me, I will be…

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