About The Tactical Annals

The Tactical Annals is almost entirely dedicated to the Football Manager series of PC games. I’ve been playing FM for a long time (since I was 12) and through the years, I’ve improved and focused more and more on the tactical aspect of the game, to the point now where it’s by far my main reason for playing the game every year. This blog will mirror my interests, and will largely be tactics based. I’ve always enjoyed finding different ways of playing the game, whether it be playing defensive football, playing strikerless, or finding new roles to use, such as the Central Winger.

I have been writing about Football Manager for a while now, and my older articles (that have been copied onto this blog) are also available over at ‘Strikerless’, a simply brilliant blog ran by my good friend (and part-time Bond villain) @MerryGuido that I highly recommend to any FM player interested in tactics. For any other recommendations, check out the ‘blogs I follow’ section of the sidebar on this blog or ask me on Twitter. All of the Football Manager or football blogs I follow are top quality blogs, and are well worth a read.

This blog is not based around tactic downloads (which I do provide every now and then after a considerable amount of testing), but is rather intended to provide inspiration and ideas for others to incorporate into their own tactics and saves. However, I am always more than willing to give advice on tactics and help build and develop ideas. Twitter is probably the best place to reach me for this advice.

Furthermore, The Tactical Annals is an official member of the Sports Interactive Affiliate Scheme for blogs, YouTube accounts and websites etc. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to ask.

I also write articles on real life football. These articles are on various different topics, both tactical and historical. These articles are available on the fantastic site These Football Times. I welcome any feedback on these articles, and hope you enjoy reading them. There are plenty of fantastic (and varied) articles on TFT and the site is well worth looking at.

What’s more, if you have any questions about me, football, or Football Manager, I’m always available on Twitter @JLAspey and will answer any questions I can.

I hope you enjoy reading the articles I post here, and thank you for the support that this blog has always enjoyed.


    1. If you go onto the Newcastle update for the end of the first season, I included a download link at the end of the post. It’s a 4-4-1-1 at that point, it worked much better.

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