So my 1st foray into the world of Football Manager creation was trying to take Leyton Orient FM18 back into the football league. Was never going to be easy, as I had been out of the Football Manager world for about 10 years.
Life had started to take over. Marriage, jobs, new country all that stuff had removed FM from my life. Then I stumbled across an FM creator which restored my affection for the game, and I thought I can do this.
I love making videos, I loved Football Manager, I never thought I could combine the two, but other people did… So why not join them.
Why Leyton Orient?! – Leyton Orient FM18 Story
So which team to choose, which country to start, which league? So many questions. I am a Blackburn Rovers supporter, so my first team SHOULD have been them. But I decided to hold on a bit.
This is my 1st foray into a new world, a new community. I can go into this with a team I love half-assed, I want to make sure I know what I am doing.
4 game save projects and a few experiments later, I still don’t know what I am doing, so that Blackburn Rovers game save video project is on hold for the time being.
However, for the 1st project, I choose Leyton Orient. A historical club, going through a real rough patch. As someone who lives in London for the best part of 10 years, I have a soft spot for the city, and for most of the clubs within the M25, and Orient has always struck me as a traditional club. So it was decided. Leyton Orient.
What unfolded was something amazing, OK, the 1st season we choked, at the last missing out on promotion via the playoffs. However, that was all forgotten in an amazing 2nd season.
Macauley Bonne and his football boots shot us to the title in our 2nd year, a year that included a 13 goal thriller which had me going through a rollercoaster of emotions.
The players I had brought to Orient have made reappearances ever since in the new game saves I have experimented with, such as with Hibernian, and even in the Bundesliga with Schalke.
People always say you remember your 1st kiss, well I will not forget my 1st game save FM series, Orient it was a wonderful journey albeit a short one.
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