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  • Bjørn Heidenstrøm Interview – 25 Years of Championship Manager Fame

    Bjørn Heidenstrøm Interview – 25 Years of Championship Manager Fame

    How can a bunch of numbers change your life? Millions of childhoods the world over have been spent scrutinising columns of statistics and ratings with more craven dedication than Vinnie Jones to getting booked in the name of winning trophies that don’t actually exist. Blame Championship Manager… For all the unfinished or hurried homework, however,…

  • CM/FM Legends: Will the real Mark Kerr please stand up?

    CM/FM Legends: Will the real Mark Kerr please stand up?

    Determination – 20 Off the ball – 20 Teamwork – 20 Work rate – 19 Technique – 18 Stamina – 18 Preferred foot – either These are not merely stats, these are blueprints to a world-class midfielder; the type of player who, once signed, would be the first name on the team sheet. Think Kevin…

  • From Russia With Love: Francisco Cagigao, Southend United, CM 93/94 & me

    From Russia With Love: Francisco Cagigao, Southend United, CM 93/94 & me

    The English football brand is arguably the strongest when it comes to commercial revenue and TV deals abroad. The last package agreed for the 2019-2022 cycle was said to be 30% more valuable. With the instant channels of communication available to virtually every corner of the planet it isn’t hard to expand into previously untapped…

  • CM/FM Legends: Tom Youngs

    CM/FM Legends: Tom Youngs

    Not many (rugby players) can claim to have shared a dressing room with Trevor Benjamin. Fewer still can claim to have outranked him in terms of fame and notoriety. Tom Youngs is different; not your typical footballer. “Even though I was 18 and had only played about 15 games, mostly as a sub in League…

  • CM/FM Legends: Bjørn Heidenstrøm

    CM/FM Legends: Bjørn Heidenstrøm

    During the late 1990s, in what some would call the golden age of Championship Manager, there were some players of such unerring quality that transcended all levels of the game. Lower-league bargains that could seamlessly step into top-flight squads were worth their weight in gold. None offered more value for money than Bjørn Heidenstrøm. Able…