Footballer Of The Year
Copyright/Publisher: Gremlin Graphics LTD, Music: Ben Dalglish, Programming: Chris Shrigley, Andy Green & Robert Toone, Graphics: T Lloyd & S Kerry, Release Year: 1986, Genre: Football/Soccer, Number Of Players: 1

You are a 17 year old apprentice in the 4th division with only £5000 and 10 goals to your name. Have you got what it takes to cope with the trauma of transfer deals, injures and other match day problems, while displaying skill and professionalism in matches throughout Europe. Rise through the divisions, outclassing rivals on the way to prove you are the best and gain the highest accolade.....Footballer of the year!

In this exciting game you adopt the role of a professional footballer. You start your career at the age of 17 with £5000 in cash, 10 goal cards and the footballing world at your feet. The aim is to develop your career and be nominated Footballer of the year!

Upon loading the game you will be asked "Load a saved game (Y/N) ?". If you have played the game before, your previous game can be loaded and continued from where you left off. Follow the prompts on the screen and enter your name and select the starting division. It is recommended that you start in division 4 and develop your skills from this the easiest level.

The meaning of the on screen icons:
Globe: This shows the state of affairs for your team.
Footballers head: Player status details.
Scroll: Transfer cards.
Disk: Load or save a game.
Question mark: Incident cards.
Football boot: Play matches.

This section shows your team´s league position, the morale of the team, goals scored in cup matches & league matches.

Your rating as a footballer is displayed as bar graphs depicting status points, your current league and your weekly earnings.

These can be purchased at varying prices depending on which division you are in. Upon buying a card you have the chance of being spotted by a scout. If the scout finds that you are a suitable player then you will be transferred to another club either in the same division or a higher division. If you're successfully transferred, you will get a fee plus a higher salary.

An incident card can be purchased for £200. This section is a bit of a gamble, but can prove very lucrative. However, on the other hand you risk losing money.

When this option is selected, you are given the chance to purchase goal cards. Goal cards can then be used in any of the matches which you play. The value of a goal card will be between 1 and 3, it is up to you to use your skill and judgement as to when the cards are used. For example if, the value of a goal card is 2, then you´ve the chance of scoring two goals in that match. This is where your skill as a player will be needed when you enter the arcade sequence and attempt to beat the defenders and score a goal or take a penalty.

Results for the matches will then be printed on the screen and from these you will be able to deduce if your goal cards have been played wisely. This will enable you to alter your strategy for future games if necessary.

Remember all the time you are aiming for the ultimate accolade, to be awarded the title: Footballer of the year.

Keyboard control keys:
[Q] - Left
[W] - Right
[P] - Up
[L] - Down
[SPACE] - Fire

Alternatively use a joystick in port 2.