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DJ Barry Hammond

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DJ Barry Hammond last won the day on 27 February 2016

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About DJ Barry Hammond

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  • Birthday 30/07/82

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    Leicester City,<br />Beer,<br />Women,<br />Playing football,
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    A long time now, too long to remember

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  1. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    No and no! small beer in terms of cost to exchequer and although headline grabbing, when you look into the detail, those that are likely to gain aren’t necessarily first time buyers.
  2. Football Manager 2018

    No point starting with Leicester anymore - Claudio’s completed that one
  3. Football Manager 2018

    Walkers consistant talk of the Swiss League had me intrigued enough to take up the FC Zurich job when offered, following two and a bit sucessful years with Hartlepool, having enjoyed successive promotions (Champions of the conference, second to runaway leaders Coventry in league two). The pool were making a fist of surviving league one at the point I left (had just beat Blackburn at home to move out of the relegation places), but the new challenge was to move Zurich clear of the single relegation place in the 10 team strong top division. With a reasonable looking playing squad, not to shabby looking transfer and wage budget plus strong youth setup it seemed more than doable - and although starting in 10th, with time in hand on the season, I had half an eye on catching up the rest of the pack to try and secure European football. To begin with, form was good, points were gathered to comfortably move myself clear of the relegation zone and into lower mid table, I even managed to pull off a reguard victory against Basel. But as can often happen in these smaller lesgues, a couple of defeats can land you right back where you started and after getting so close to European football - at one point late into the season I’d climbed to 4th - to end the season with 2 defeats, and fall all the way back to 9th, albeit well clear of any danger of relegation at this time, I felt a little disappointed. The one redeeming feature of that season was to see I had left Hartlepool in a good place, given their new manager Gary Caldwell negotiated safety largely with the side I had left behind. He then went on to dismantle it in the summer and got sacked quickly into the new season but what can I do about that! Looking back, the disappointing close to the season could have been triggered by my move to start clearing out the build up of distinctly average central midfield options I had inherited, whilst also arranging to bring in a bit of attacking quality. But i could forgive that now, especially as the overhall had now successfully completed (the new season preview had my team quoted as 7-1 fourth favourites for the title compared to 70-1 outsiders the year before). Despite a couple of thumpings by Basel (I stupidly tried to go toe to toe with them... twice), Zurich have just secured a birth in the Swiss Cup final and are 2nd in the league - 9 points behind the aforementioned and far too good Basel. The squad now has an exciting youthful feel about it, plus Jack Rodwell (he was free and hasn’t been as injured as I thought he’d be) and there’s great hope for the future... although, it feels that maybe I will only be the catalyst and that I think will be time to move on again soon.
  4. Surprised you still care?

    Sadly... I think it’s the game of football I care less for. It’s just not the game I grew up with and adored. To be overly dramatic, our title win could be the last significant act of a once great game?
  5. Football Manager 2018

    Oh and tactics wise... what i’ve found in the lower divisons is keeping it simple seems to work. 4-4-2, not many instructions, basic player roles. It then gives you a more flexible base to tweak things in game, where a simple change of mentality for 15 minutes can help you find a goal or keep one out. I’ve seen many a video with elaborate setups, but these are almost always for teams with talented players - my guys are not, so simple do what your told kick and rush makes sense. That’s not to say I havn’t flipped formations from a 4-4-2 at points during the season, especially when you hit that rough patch where winning seems impossible, just to try and throw the AI off my tactics scent. But it’s the tried and trusted one I tend to go back to... and one i’m pretty stuck with now thanks to my striker collection fetish.
  6. Football Manager 2018

    Ah, i’m well into my Hartlepool expedition - having the best player in the league by miles helps mind. Promoted as Champions in the first season, making a decent fist of league two, challenging with Coventry and a host of other teams for automatic promotion / title as we enter Jan 2019 and the year of Brexit. That said, I did have a weak moment early on in the usually ‘difficulty second season’ when the Hull job was offered to me - so saved and took that on for a bit - they were a complete basket case though, had no full backs whatsoever (forced to sign Ashley Young and Alan Hutton from free agency) and didn’t enjoy trying to rotate the 15 grumpy attacking front line players every game. So i’ve ended up reloading back in time and turning down that job and continuing with Jonny Franks and his band of merry men.
  7. RimWorld

    Dare i google?
  8. Football Manager 2018

    Wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t feel you were largely completing similar actions over and over again. Read your emails, set the training for the week ahead, rotate the side, respond to the scout reports, wait for the days to flick by, give the same team talk for the 102nd time, play the game, make subs around the 60th, 70th and 85-90th minutes... go to the press conference to answer the same question in the same way for the 102nd time....
  9. Football Manager 2018

    Yes. I was tempted to file that as a bug report... but then, that requires effort.
  10. Football Manager 2018

    It’ll be his ‘preferred’ formation in his profile i imagine. There’s no actual logic to the suggestion.
  11. Everton 2-0 (H) Post Match Thread

    Lets not get too carried away here... positives for sure, they’re clear to everyone here. But this is a poor Everton side, with a caretaker manager who’s been given a difficult hand and I felt the game hinged on some key moments where Everton were as poor as we were brilliant. I do like the formation shift, allowing for it to be both 3 at the back or our dependable 442 when we want it - but it’d be interesting to see that match up against a properly functioning side.
  12. Name this Leicester team

    Je sus Oncyclire?
  13. Football Manager 2018

    You don’t actually play in it though do you? I also believe that you can’t enter the Champions League, should you win the Swiss top division.
  14. Name this Leicester team

    Gordon Strachan
  15. Name this Leicester team

    Barry Fry