This contains of 5 phases:
Phase 1 - Optional actions
a) Sell or list players - a list of players in your squad is
displayed. See "Important notes - Player attributes". If you now
select a player to be sold, a team will make you an offer for
him. Note that if you refuse the offer there is a risk that
interested clubs will no longer want to buy him. You will see
b) Obtain a loan - You may increase your bank loan up to your
credit limit as follows:
Your division - Credit limit
1 - 1 000 000
2 - 750 000
3 - 500 000
4 - 250 000
c) Change team or player names - first you have the option to
change team names. If taken, the teams are displayed by
division. Take care not to duplicate an existing team name.
Next you have the option to change player names. If taken, you
can type your own choice of player names or perhaps even make
yourself player manager!
d) Saving the game - to save the game to be continued at a later
time, take the KEEP option. Now prepare your tape recorder to
record on a blank tape and follow screen instructions to commence saving.
Phase 2 - Playing a match
a) Team attributes.
Energy, Morale, Defence, Midfield and Attack have a minimum value
of 1 and maximum 20. They are calculated as follows:
- Energy is the average energy rating of all the players picked
to play in your team.
- Morale is 10 at the start of the season and increases when you
win and decreases when you lose.
- Defence is the total skill rating of all the defenders picked
to play in your team.
- Midfield is the total skill rating of all the midfielders
picked to play in your team.
- Attack is the total skill rating of all the attackers picked
to play in your team.
b) You may select your team - see "Important notes - Player
c) The match highlights are shown in 3D graphics. The home
team always plays from left to right and you play in the colours
you chose at the start of the game. The team with the best
attributes will often win, but there is always a chance of shock
results or giant killings, just like real football.
Phase 3 - Result of match
Note that your home gate money increases when you win and
decreases when you lose. Your away gate money depends on the
quality of your opponents.
Phase 4 - Weekly bills
a) Wage bill - the higher your division and the greater the total
skill of your players, the higher the wage bill.
b) Loan interest - is 1% of your outstanding bank loan.
c) Other bills and purchases.
d) Weekly balance - is the profit or loss for the week.
Phase 5 - The transfer market
You are given the option of bidding for a player. The more
you bid in relation to his value, the more chance you have of
purchasing him. If your bid fails, the value of the player will
The five phases are repeated until 15 league matches and all your
FA Cup matches have been played. Then the game moves to Part 3.
Part 3 - End of season
a) The final league table is printed.
b) Your league success money, which is in relation to how high
you are up in the league, is allocated to you and displayed.
c) The top three teams are promoted, and the bottom three are
relegated from your division.
d) A new managerial rating is calculated for you depending on
your success so far.
e) New skill and Energy ratings are generated for all your
f) The new season starts at Part 2.
Restoring a saved game
a) Place saved game cassette in recorder, and from the Optional
Actions menu, press R and follow the instructions on the screen.
The program will restart at Part 2 Phase 1.
When players are listed, several details are shown:
a) Defender, Midfield player or Attacker - is indicated by an
inverse video D, M or A respectively in the far left hand column.
b) Player's name.
c) Player's number - used when selecting the player for various
d) Skill rating - highest is 5, lowest is 1.
e) Energy - in the range 1 to 20. The energy rating of each
player reduces by one for each match he plays in. It will
increase by 10 if he does not play in a match. Part of the skill
of the game is in resting the right players to increase their
energy without doing too much harm to the skill ratings of the
f) Value in £ - relates directly to the skill rating of the player
and the division your team is in.
g) Picked to play, Injured, Available for selection - indicated
by p,i and yellow space respectively in the far right-hand
NB: Injured players cannot be selected to play.