Music-wise, being born in 1973, I have always felt a bit cheated. So at those defining years, 14, 15, 16 years old, the charts was chocked full of processed Stock, Aitken and Waterman drivel. OK, so the Manchester music scene was emerging, but for a boy from the London suburbs (Sutton), that was irrelevant.
What I can claim to be however, is a child of the home computer generation. In 1983, I recall queuing for around 20 minutes to play International Soccer
at a Commodore 64 exhibition at Olympia. It was worth the wait, just look at those graphics! Link here
Months later, and two Quickshot Mark II joysticks binned (mainly due to frantic hand-shuffling during Daley Thompson's Decathlete) I sought a more intelligent game. (Perhaps this could justify the 'for doing homework' excuse I had told my folks when convincing them I needed a computer).
The result was a copied version of Kev Toms' Football Manager
. Addictive Games read the advertising hoardings. You're not wrong there! I tended to pick Brighton and Hove Albion
. I had always been fond of them (this was cemented when Jimmy Melia flew his team over our house on the way to Wembley in 1983). I also couldn't be Fulham
as there was too an emotional attachment, and I couldn't bear them losing virtually or literally. (Unfortunately the latter was to happen often for another 14 years or so... like it is now!)
Secondary school, and I didn't ever graduate to Amiga's and was too loyal to jump ship to Spectrum's (not very patriotic of me, I admit). My computer playing years packed up, like my Commodore 64 itself.
Although I am aware of a big Championship Manager scene, I have avoided temptation due to a fear of spending all my waking hours devising new tactics. Recently we caught up with David Black, the founder of CM97/98
, a Championship Manager blog/site. David has nearly 24 years experience of playing. That is some going! Anyway, here's some words from him;
I started cm9798.co.uk in January 2015 to create a one-stop shop for fans of the game to visit and join me in taking a trip down memory lane. Like many others, I have been an addict of the Championship Manager (now Football Manager) series since the first release in 1992. Like with any long running series, we all have a favourite - and mine is definitely 97/98
Although it's nearly 20 years since CM9798 was released, I've always found myself coming back to it. It's addictive, simple to play and fascinating to see how highly rated players in 1997 have really turned out. Many of these players are Cult Zeros in their own right!
The addiction to this game resulted in me creating cm9798.co.uk
and the response has been terrific. The site is primarily a blog re-playing the game, but has evolved to include more features such as an ultimate 11, a guide to installing the game in the modern day and interviews with various personalities, including co-creators Paul & Oliver Collyer. The site also led to my first book 'The World According to CM97/98'
being released in December 2015 - so I have a lot to thank CM97/98 for!
For all those interested (and you should be) David's twitter account is; @cm9798