Football Star Manager

The relocation plan

Next Month I will relocate from Canada to England. I will be in England for a number of months, how long is not fixed at this point. There is a plan, a purpose to this. I will work on my games and NOT have a day job as I do now. Over the last few years I have made good progress whenever I have been full time, and slowed down when not. The original development of Football Star* Manager, the renewal of my original Football Manager game, was done full time. Full time work added the match highlights. Full time work got the World Football Cup game done too. It’s productive. I like doing it, I fund it out of the day job.

For the last year I have been doing a day job. Now I will take a break to do this. So let me tell you what I expect to get done in that time starting June:

  • An update to Football Star* Manager (I will protect that it honours my original 1982 Football Manager, I will not harm the similarity in design and feel.)
  • A new game …
  • Completion of the Origin of Football Manager book.

I also expect to use the opportunity to communicate much more about my work.

Should be good! 🙂 (Maybe I will meet some of you too 🙂

P.S. If you want to help me keep doing this, there are things you can do to help with the funding of the work. Buy my games, sure, that helps, but maybe you already have. What also helps is to join my Patreon, which has the purpose of funding my games development work:


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Football Manager, Football Star Manager

Playing my renewed Football * Manager myself!

I used to be much more regular as a blogger,  but, where I regularly update is on my Facebook, Twitter and mailing list. Another thing I am doing at the moment is playing Football Star * Manager, the renewal of my original game, on level 6, making my way up the divisions, and posting regularly on my Facebook page  and Twitter how it is going. ]

Just beat West Ham to go third in the Premier League for example… 🙂

Football Star Manager

Match Highlights made in.. 4 countries!

The Match Highlights addition to the game, has been very much liked by players.

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They were written over a few months and ended up being developed in 4 countries! I started them while I was still living in New Zealand. Then I made a trip to the UK. During that journey I was in Los Angeles for a few days. In my hotel room, I did more work on the Match Highlights.

Next was the UK, where I spent a couple of months in Devon. That time was focused on the Match Highlights, and layer by layer I was building the player intelligence and making it more fun.

Finally I relocated to Canada, where I now live, and the Match Highlights were completed, and further updated. So the

Match Highlights addition to Football Star* Manager… 

Built in New Zealand, U.S.A, England, and Canada! 🙂


Football Star Manager, Match Highlights

Match Highlights and More

A lot has happened since my last post. I spent months working on the Match Highlights for the game. I knew this was an important upgrade which I did for free, and many, many players are enjoying this change. I like it myself, and with a V2.1 update made it even better with skilful, dribbling  runs and shots. All good.

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I have much more I want to do yet. I have managed to keep myself aligned to maintaining the straightforward, no clutter gameplay. At the same time I am enhancing the game continually with updates. Each of these is prioritised on “Does it boost the gameplay, the fun, in the game?”.

Now, I am at the stage where I need some extra funding to keep this going, so I have started an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to do that. Here it is.

Another things I have achieved is to align all 5 platforms of the game and give them all the Match Highlights. Android, iOS, Windows, Kindle Fire and Mac OS X

> You can get all versions of the game at this link


Football Star Manager, Kevin Toms

Great Escape, Skill Level 6.

I was playing as Torquay, Skill level 6, 2nd to highest skill level, but I was battling, bottom of the first division 2 games to go! Critical match against Norwich who are second from bottom.


4-0 up then aargh!.. Still bottom:


Great win away to Man City who are second:



Sweating now on the last match:


Lewandaowski gets me a win, but nothing is certain:


Made it! Avoided relegation on a 2 goal goal difference advantage.

Season 17 on the way, a little money in the bank. No debts… 🙂 img_2009



Football Star Manager

Only me… :)

I am very happy that so many people are enjoying Football Star Manager and enjoying the memories it brings of the original Football Manager I wrote 34 years ago. That game, original Football Manager,  is static, a point in time, this isn’t. The joy of apps is updates. So far I have done 3 since release end of October 2016. I believe in continuous improvement.  I listen to constructive criticism and feature requests and each release will add more. I am working on the next release now, and the graphics option update, which will come later, is ongoing work too.

One constraint though. I will not harm the simple UI. – That is key to the pace and ease of play and fun. Adding detail that does not add to the game play will not happen! 🙂