Football Manager 2020 is just around the corner. Are you looking to try your trade in the lower leagues, but aren’t sure who to manage? Well don’t fret because in this list are five LLM teams we recommend…
Hashtag United- LLM Teams
United have taken the non-league storm by storm since joining the English football pyramid last season. They won promotion in their first season and surely are favourites to win the Essex Senior League.
Ex professional Tom Williams is registered to the club, along with Jack Harrison and Tash Richmond.
With the backing of chairman, Spencer Owen, and a trusted backroom team, including physio Steve Carmichael-Brown, Hashtag look to be a safe bet for an excellent LLM save in FM2020.
FC United of Manchester
F.C. United began as a club founded by fans opposed to the Glazers’ take over of Manchester United. Starting league play in 2005, the club went on to win three promotions in three years. Until last season, they played their trade in the National League North.
Sadly after relegation last season, they now play in the Northern Premier League. They will be looking for promotion back to the Conference this season.
United play at Broadhurst Park in Moston, which opened in 2015. Prior to the opening of this stadium, they spent just under 10 years at Bury’s Gigg Lane.
The star player to look out for at FC United is Michael Potts. An experienced midfielder who played his trade in the Football League. He is currently the club captain. Other players to also try and keep are goalkeeper Paddy Wharton and vice captain Michael Donohue.
Clapton FC currently play in the Essex Senior League but between the World Wars, they played as high as the Isthmian League.
Back in the 2011-12 season, they were getting an average of 20 people a game. Then the Clapton ultras came along…. from 20 to 335 a game.
Supporters who were fed up with the modern day professional game took to their local non league side. The fans followed the European ultras tradition and are also linked to people who are against far right policies and discrimination.
Two clubs have actually refused to admit their fans to their matches – these being Southend Manor and Met Police.
Due to issues at The Old Spotted Dog Ground, Clapton and fellow tenants, Hackney Wick, Clapton were forced to vacate the ground at the start of the season. They are now playing at Avely’s ground Parkside.
Can you lead Clapton back to the big time, without a proper home?
Based in the southern parts of Northumberland, Blyth Spartans are a club with a decent bit of history. In terms of non league FA Cup runs, Blyth hold the mantle. They have a remarkable six cup runs in their history. Their most recent run was in 2014-15. Not to mention, their logo is pretty awesome!
The 2014-15 season saw another FA Cup run. The Spartans made it all the way to the third round, right from the first qualifying round. They beat Altrincham and Hartlepool in the First and Second Rounds respectively.
They were drawn to Birmingham, a championship side. The Spartans would go 2-0 up and looked certain to get through to the fourth round. This would be another famous FA Cup upset to add to their books. It only fell through because Birmingham went onto score three goals in six minutes to win the tie.
Could you take the Spartans on another FA Cup journey, or even take them in the Football League….? Have a go…
Halstead Town FC- LLM Teams
Our Assistant Manager, Luke is a big fan of the Humbugs.
Formed in 1879 by a group of local men, Halstead didn’t play a competitive game until 1894! This was due to the lack of infrastructure and teams nearby. The club are currently celebrating their 140th anniversary this season.
With a seated capacity of 350 seats, can you lead your team to promotion?
Your star players will undoubtedly be goalkeeper Jack Cherry, defensive pillar Garry Burdett and your strikers.