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Every boy and girl has dreamed of leading their team to glory. Usually it starts out on the pitch but soon enough most of us realise we're not good enough. This isn't FIFA and I'm not Cristiano Ronaldo...

The next best thing is to don the club suit and manage your team to glory and that is what we all aspire to do.

The uncertainty, the unpredictability, the unnerving last 10 minutes of a cup final where its backs to the wall and you're 1-0 up.

The whole season is in your hands, one wrong move and it’s all over... One right move and you're a hero. Be it Barnsley to Blackburn, Leyton Orient to Liverpool, Real Zaragoza to Real Madrid...its all down to you.

Early Artwork
Early Artwork

Over the years there has been over 115 different football management simulations and we're here to document them. With years of (virtual) management experience in the Sports Imagination Publishing team, Andy Watton and Kev Iddon take you on a no holds barred journey though them, from the genre's beginning in 1982 right up the current dugout simulators.


We love this genre, more so than any other type of game. Even while juggling real lives with real jobs and weddings, mortgages and children... there's always time for a quick bit of FM.

The days of spending a solid weekend in front of the laptop may now have gone for us, but there are millions of other aspiring Mourinho's, ready to take our place.

Dreaming the dream!

But where did it all start, and by whom? What were the defining games? Which bombed out of site? Which achieved cult status and which became mega sellers?

This is what the book is about.

A history of Football management games.

There will be comprehensive review of every game we've ever played...and that's almost all of them.

1000s of hours of research has already gone into this project and this is where you come into it...

We're looking to self-publish this amazing and nostalgic story and Kickstarter is the way forward. We have a whole host of amazing rewards for our backers. These range simply from a copy of the book to having your own stories and reviews incorporated into the book.  

Inspired by USM 98
Inspired by USM 98

We'll be introducing a voting system where backers are able to nominate their top 10 football manager games over the years, with the final countdown appearing in the book.  

We also plan to produce a special artwork book based on the classic cover artworks from yesteryear. Kevin Keegan's Player Manager, Ally McCoist's Director Of Football, Premier Manager 98, Ultimate Soccer Manager 2... they're all in there.  

One of the proposed t-shirt rewards.
One of the proposed t-shirt rewards.

We have set a relatively small target that will, at the very least, allow us to publish the book and get it out to all our readers. Anything past the target would be amazing and help produce all the other rewards for you all.  

We are not looking to make money from this project, this is purely a labour love.  

The more funding we get the more features we can add and the more artwork we can have done for the special books.  

With your help, our book and dream can become a reality.

Website - http://www.sipublishing.co.uk
Twitter - http://twitter.com/sipublishing
Facebook - http://facebook.com/sipublishinguk

Risks and challenges

Fulfillment deals are already in place when backed via Townsend Music.

The biggest individual cost will be for the artwork.

Most of the book has already been planned, a large portion of the story put together and we're working though the research/reviews.

We have suppliers in place for the T-shirts, trophies, medals, paper back book, deluxe book and coffee table art book.

We are working with a number of different artists to finalise styles and designs of our artwork and this will be decided soon.

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