Welcome to my season 5 round up of my FM save with Torquay United battling our way up the football pyramid to see if we can reach the Premier League. By the end of the last update we were sat in 3rd position of League One which is our second season in the 3rd tier.
EFL League One 2023/2024
We could not match our 3rd place finish last season after a promising start in January 3 defeats in February and a further 3 defeats before the end of the season along with 8 draw we finished in 6th place in the table again qualifying for the Playoffs in which we overcame 3rd placed Wycombe Wanderers 6-3 on aggregate in the Semi Final but slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Millwall in the Final who thoroughly deserved the win.
A 6th placed finish was more than plenty to satisfy the board and to be honest I enjoyed the season even with only 1 win in our last 7 games in all competitions, you know that there is something enjoyable about trying to get the side back to winning ways.
Injuries to Tyler Magloire and Joe Lewis did not help and left us a little exposed at the back but overall I can’t complain about the performance of both Mungo Bridge and Kyle Cameron who came in to the starting IX and did a reasonable job.
The full backs Bola on the left and Wynter on the right are so consistent you know you are going to get a performance from them week in week out, plus both have suffered very little in the injury department.
Joe Grayson was the fans player of the year and the former Notts County midfielder deserved the recognition and ended up winning the EFL League One player of the year.
EFL Trophy Success
Virgil Gomis went on to score 37 goals in all competitions which included 11 in the EFL Trophy which we went on to win 🏆 in the Final beating Wolves U23’s in the final thanks to a rare goal from Defender Mungo Bridge adding the EFL Trophy to our cabinet alongside the FA Trophy and both the National League Playoff Trophy and the EFL League Two trophy that we have won in the last few years.
EFL League One Final Table
Another season comes to an end and whilst we failed to get promotion we look forward to another promotion challenge next season. Again we won’t be spending any money in the transfer market as we continue to search the free transfer and loan markets. It will be the sixth summer without spending a penny and I don’t envisage much activity at all. Again I will be sticking to the 442 formation that we have used since the first season serving us well within that time. I am not in any hurry to invest in the youth system at the moment because I don’t see it to be a priority financially so again there will be no youth intake. On the subject of finance we have broke the £1m mark in the bank for the first time during the save with a bank balance of £1.3m. Again I will be looking at keeping the squad together for next season giving them the chance to get us in to the 2nd tier.