The game is created, great!

There is a deep satisfaction in creating Football Star Manager for me. It comes from having recaptured what made the original Football Manager so successful, the gameplay and how it all works together.
I deliberately left all graphics out of the game, even the opening screen is text..
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I said I revitalised the game and I did. It was rewritten from scratch for mobiles. There’s something else. It is a game base for me. Having done this I can enhance the game and build more. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing Football Star Manager and gave up a lot of my spare time to do so. The fact that you are playing it and clearly enjoying it much plus 5 star reviews just makes it more worthwhile!

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How I bankrupted Torquay, by a hair’s breadth

I test the outer reaches of Football Star Manager, doing things like playing recklessly to see what happens. Ok that is my excuse for getting into Division 2 with Torquay 124 million in debt…


The credit maximum in Division 2 is 125 million so this was risky. I had sold a lot of players to cut costs and that meant defeats on the pitch. I was close to relegation….


1 game to go and only 1 point above the relegation zone. Relegation would be bankruptcy as in Division 3 the maximum debt to avoid bankruptcy is only 50 million! My next match watch against Palace…


A reasonable chance of winning, especially at home, and …


Scraped through on an early goal! And I needed it because Southend won!..


Survival! Dreams of end of season bonuses and a fresh start in the new season..


Finances, well..


But I was safe, or so I thought, the season had not ended, there were outstanding cup matches to clear…


Aargh, another week to pay for…


I did not make it, I was fired!!!






Football Star Manager – getting Torquay to the top.

I bought Toms, he looked good, and I liked his name..



But he was not cheap. He helped get me to 2nd with 3 games to go.



And I won well..



And won again.




And it all came down to the last match.



And I had a good team





And I lost! Now I was sweating on the other results..





But they went my way, phew! Promotion!



And a healthy financial end to the season filled out by a good cup run.


Now for Division 3, next step..


Football Star Manager Android AND iOS

Just a few days ago, I launched Football Star Manager, my re-creation of the original 1982 Football Manager, onto Android devices in beta. I am happy to say many people are playing and enjoying the game. So now the game is in both major formats. It’s taken over a year to get to this, but it has truly been enjoyable to develop. Maybe that’s why the game is fun too.

It seems to have recaptured what made the original game so popular. It also simple to learn and play, and fast to play, it does not take long for things to happen

Here is how this recreation began, when I started writing it a year ago…


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Football Manager rewrite- Torquay’s great escape

Rewriting the original Football Manager has been a pleasure and fun. Playing it is even better. I talk about the experience of playing because this is what the game is all about, how it feels when you play.

I was playing as Torquay United, in the second division, to get there I had clocked up a lot of debt, about 80 million towards the end of the season. I deliberately cut back on and sold players to reduce the debt, and it was working, but at the expense of team performance. A 4-3 defeat at Blackburn pushed me down to bottom place with just 1 game to go!


My last match was against Newcastle. I scraped together all my best players and sweated it out. I had to win, 0-0 for a long time then close to the end…

IMG_1052What a relief!


I really felt the stress. If I had been relegated with so much debt, I would have been fired as Manager. Now I have another season to build. This is what the game is all about 🙂

The beta is not far away and it will give you a chance to feedback on the design and content of the game. If you are not already signed up join my mailing list to take part: bit.ly/ktmail





Football Manager

2016 so far..


The start point of the Football Manager rewrite. Early on last year these were screens of the rewrite running, on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Just a test to make sure it all worked. So much development since then. I am now playing the running game on my own iPhone, both debugging and refining the game. A lot of work in my own time to get to this point, but happy to be here!