1980s, Football Manager

To Beard or not To Beard that is the question!

So I am starting a project to rewrite my 80s Football Manager for Android, iOS, Windows Phone etc etc. I wrote the original on many formats, and I am often reminded by people about my beard from the adverts, asking if I still have it:


But now I look like this:


.. on a good day 🙂

So, the question is,

Do I need to re-grow my beard to re-write the game??  🙂

Football Manager, Software Development and Delivery

The Story of the Football Manager painting

I posted a photo of the Football Manager painting used for the original inlay cover of Football Manager in 1982. A lot of you enjoyed the nostalgia of seeing the painting, and I thought it would be good to write about how it was created.
At the time the game had only 2 colour printed inlays.
I went to W.H. Smith head office in London to talk about them stocking the game. The buyer insisted I had to add full colour inlays to the game. I agreed to this. At the time I had no car, and was still doing a full time day job. I contacted a local printers in Bletchley, Milton Keynes where I lived. To go to see the printers about creating this inlay, I had to take two hour lunch breaks and head in by bus and back. I had an image in mind for the cover, the F.A.Cup, combined with player action in front of it. So I described that to the artist and he produced it. I was uncertain on choice of colour so two were created, one with the gold FA Cup, as in the photo, and one with a silver version. I still like the gold best.
So the artist produced it. It was combined with the text and the full colour Football Manager inlay came into being. Then I could get the whole thing duplicated for stocking in W.H. Smiths.
Interestingly in the first couple of months the game was stocked in W.H. Smith, the sales were much more than my then annual salary, and for the first time I could think about giving up my day job!!
The painting
Football Manager original painting for cover
Football Manager original painting for cover
The inlays
Football Manager inlays 2 colours and full colour
Football Manager inlays 2 colours and full colour
Football Manager, Football Team Coach, Games Design

Football Team Coach is on the App Store

It is there, at last! 🙂 For me, this is the start of a new game development. I am very happy that it is now out to the world :). If you watch the video you will get the sense of the retro feel and the link back to the original Football Manager, the million seller I wrote. This game is also completely written by myself alone. And, of course it is a lot of fun! 🙂

It is on the App Store here

Football Manager, Games Design, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

The Grindstone and I

So it is three years now
I’ve been writing this game
A big part of my life
And it won’t be in vain
It’s nearly complete now
Just a bit more work
It will be a battle
But I’ll get there yet
So will it be fun?
As good as before
Another FM
And never a bore
Well nobody knows this
Except maybe me
And I am so pushy
About what it should be
And it’s me that I’m pushing
To get it all right
And the time that is needed
Is just out of sight
So back to the grindstone
And maybe the lathe
To cut a good game out
And the project to save!


Football Manager, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Kevin Toms

Name that game

I was thinking of the game name this morning. I originally called my game Football Manager. Funnily enough, a certain other company is now using that name for their football game. So I was wondering what you all think I should call the new Football Manager game from me. I have asked this before but I would like to have some fun with this.

So, what would you call it?