First released on the ZX Spectrum in 1982, Football Manager was the worlds first football management simulation computer game.
The game was designed by Kevin Toms and released by his UK company Addictive Games.
4 different iterations of the game were made between 1982 and 1992, with versions made available for a wide variety of different computer platforms. In total, over one million copies were sold.
Football Manager (1982) was the first of a whole new type of computer game, the football management simulation.
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|The ZX Spectrum|
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|Football Manager||1982||TRS-80, ZX80/ZX81, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Oric-1/Oric Atmos, Amstrad CPC, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 16/Plus/4, MSX, PC, Atari ST, Amiga|
|Football Manager 2||1988||Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Atari ST, PC|
|Football Manager World Cup Edition||1990||Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Amiga, Atari ST, PC|
|Football Manager 3||1992||Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, PC|
The game pioneered many features of the genre that we now come to take for granted in modern football games such as Football Manager and FIFA. The first version of the original Football Manager featured the following elements,
Later versions of the game also made available the following features to players,
The original series of Football Manager games by Kevin Toms had a huge influence on similar games that followed it, both in pioneering the football manager genre, as well as innovating in game features.
The ZX Spectrum was a popular home computer in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. It featured a 3 mhz processor, a screen resolution of 256X192 pixels, 15 colours, a rubber keyboard and either 16kb or 48kb of memory on release. It had no hard drive, games and programs were loaded on the "Zed-Ex" by cassette tape.
The Spectrum cost £125 (£660 in 2015) for the 16kb version and £175 (£927 in 2015) for the 48kb edition.
Eight different versions of the Spectrum were sold before it was discontinued in 1992, after selling 5 million units.
The very first Football Manager, release in 1982, even featured its own match highlight engine, showing important moments from each game, such as near misses or goals.
It is worth noting the now indutsry leading football management series (Championship Manager/ Football Manager) didn't introduce their 2D match engine until as late as 2003.
You can try out the original version of Football Manager yourself via the ZX Spectrum emulator below. To get started click the window below, enter your name and press enter. To control the game follow the onscreen instructions and use enter to input your choices.
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