Welcome to the first custom club database available to download here at On The Break. Today I’m bringing you my latest creation: Newcastle Phoenix FC of the Vanarama National North. We’ll get into why and who they are shortly but first of all, we need to go through a couple of things to ensure that the database and graphics pack are installed correctly.

Database Installation

Once downloaded you’ll need to unzip the file. Inside you’ll see the editor file (.fmf) as well as two folders entitled ‘logos’ and ‘kits’. These need to be inserted into the correct folders within your Football Manager directory. You’ll also find a thumbnail to use should you so wish and a large version of the logo in case you decide to create some content on Newcastle Phoenix FC.

The .fmf file needs to be placed here:

Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2022\editor data

The logo/kit folders need to be placed here:

Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2022\graphics\Newcastle Phoenix

You will need to create the ‘Newcastle Phoenix’ folder with the graphics folder. Once this is done fire up Football Manager 2022 and ensure that the database is ticked before selecting leagues. When faced with the nation and league selection screen you tick add players to playable teams and leave do no add key staff unticked. This will save time in finding your own backroom staff if you don’t like that sort of thing.

Who are Newcastle Phoenix FC?

Newcastle Phoenix FC was founded in 2021 by a Newcastle United supporters trust who were up in arms over the controversial £300m sale of their beloved Magpies to the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, sparking outrage over human rights concerns. Nevertheless, the Premier League allowed the sale to go through and the rest the say is history. History to be written as far as Newcastle United supporters are concerned. With that, ‘The Ashes’ were born, Newcastle Phoenix has risen from the ashes – see what I did there? – of the Premier League giants and will attempt to one day dethrone the St James’ Park outfit.

They have replaced Bradford PA – let’s say due to their financial insecurities – in the English Vanarama National North and aim for promotion from the get-go. With a talented squad for such a level of football, they are already the media’s favourite for promotion. With players such as Steve Robbins, Michael Wight, Reece Steptoe and Scott Dora raring to go there is surely only one outcome to the end of the 2021/22 season. With a healthy transfer budget of £15k you could also improve on an already strong squad.

The kits incorporate the colours from the logo as well as the phoenix itself whilst you’ll also see that On The Break is the kit sponsor. We couldn’t really have it any other way could we? On The Break features again also as the club’s 3000 capacity ground has been named the On The Break Arena. As you rise through the leagues you’ll eventually be given a new stadium by the board. Could it be named after you considering the club has no history whatsoever until you start putting results on the board?

As for the squad, it is filled with fictional players imagined by myself as well as members of the Football Manager community of whom I’d like to thank for contributing mini-profiles on Discord for me to go ahead and type into the Football Manager pre-game editor. It also holds a decent array of nationalities in English, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, Mexican, Cape Verdean and Bosnian. That’s the club information for you, how far do you think you can take Newcastle Phoenix FC?

Please do remember to read the installation instructions at the top of this post. If there are any issues with the database of graphics please leave a comment or send a direct message on Twitter (link at bottom) or on Discord #TarrantinoUX1999. I hope you enjoy your journey with Newcastle Phoenix FC, please do let us know how you get on by leaving a comment or tagging us over on Twitter. Stay tuned for more Custom Club Databases at On The Break in the very near future!

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