English Hero FM 2012 Achievement: Winning the Blue Square North

So I decided to try and get the English Hero achievement in Football Manager 2012. The challenge is to take a team from the lowest league in England all the way to the top league. I picked Stalybridge Celtic in the Blue Square North and embarked on an epic journey to take them all the way into the Premiership. I couldn’t find much useful info in terms of tips for players to target in the Blue Square North or Blue Square South for that matter so I thought I’d share my progress.

Gaining promotion from the BSN was pretty easy in the first season. I’d recommend putting all of your resources into wages and targeting free transfers but you’ll have to bargain hard to ensure that your wage bill stays manageable. You’ll also need a cup run and a pay day to stay afloat.

These are the players that did the job for me in my first season and won the BSN with 98 points from 42 games. I’ve only included the players who actually played well. I think these guys are all worth signing. Meynell and Keltie start at Stalybridge but all the others were signed on free transfers or loan deals where I contributed nothing. I offloaded a lot of the existing team before bringing these guys in.

  • James Severn GK (loan)
  • Nikki Ahamed DR
  • Peter Cavanagh DR/L
  • Conrad Balatoni DC
  • Billy Tsovolos DC
  • Rhys Meynell DL
  • Ollie Banks DMC (loan)
  • Clark Keltie MC
  • Gary Wales ST
  • Pablo Counago ST

I played a 4-1-3-2 formation and went for a short passing style. I mostly focussed on Attacking Movement in terms of match preparation and it worked a treat. I also managed to reach the FA Cup 4th Round and got a big payday against Man Utd.

Next time we’ll take a look at how to win the Blue Square Premier. If you have any recommendations for BSN or BSS players then post a comment.

 


About Simon Hill

I'm addicted to gaming and have been since I was a wee boy. Worked in the industry as a tester, designer and producer. I'm now a full time freelance writer and editor.