RTFM: Once, Twice, Three Times a Relaunch

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Hello! As the new football season approaches, there’s the annual stirring in the loins of what to do with RTFM after I paused the save last summer. As previous blog entries will reflect, I tried very hard to relaunch this little world on FM16 with AFC Wimbledon, and then later fancied an end-of-season challenge with West Ham in the same game

Unfortunately, neither worked out and didn’t get off the ground despite a lot of preparation from everyone involved. I took time away from the FM community to focus on other things, but that itch was always there wanting to be scratched.

I recently discovered that I have a copy of the original RTFM save from the day before I resigned, 29 June 2015. Previously on the blog, I had holiday’d the save and reported on the news from Dortmund and beyond to see how they got on. I also briefly posted news from a different FM16 save before I was due to take over at West Ham.

I’ve tried to start with new clubs and on newer versions of Football Manager, but my heart just isn’t in it. My heart lies with the Borussia Dortmund side I built over two seasons, and that’s where I shall return. Later this month, I’ll bring the save back to life and carry on with the real-time progress that I’ve missed over the past year.

The game will likely be holiday’d from the end of June 2015 until the current date, where I’ll take a look at everything that went on and report back with the big news. Fingers crossed I don’t get sacked! I’ll either archive or delete the what happened next? and FM16-related blog posts so that this site stays canon.

It’s nice to blog again. Hello. G x

FM Story’s Community Awareness Podcast

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Darren and Jack from FM Story are into their third season of their great podcast, and have just started a new mini -series which focuses on “community awareness” – spreading the word about fellow FM-related websites, blogs, and content.

In the first of those episodes, RTFM is featured and reviews alongside the ever-excellent SI Sports Centre, run by our good friend Cleon. We recommended you check out his site back in July.

You can stream the 15-minute episode at acast.com, and we’re looking forward to the next one. Thanks very much for the kind words, chaps and RTFM hopes you’re enjoying the FM16 beta.

We’ll have our very own FM16 news very soon. We’re just crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on a couple of very exciting proposals, but all signs point to us playing our first match back from our break on Sunday 15 November.

Weekend Writings: Football Manager (1982)

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David from tinytickle.co.uk recently got in touch to share his recent article taking a look at the original Football Manager, released in 1982 by Kevin Toms and Addictive Software.

First released on the ZX Spectrum in 1982, Football Manager was the worlds first football management simulation computer game. Four versions of the game were made between 1982 and 1992, selling over one million copies.

The game introduced the familiar aspects of football management as we know it now – player transfers, media speculation, financial management, reputations, cup competitions and endless league seasons. Later versions introduced tactical editors, sponsorship, text commentary and more.

This weekend, take a look at Tiny Tickle and enjoy Football Manager, 1982. You’re also able to play the game for yourself, courtesy of an embedded ZX Spectrum emulator on the page. I’m just glad to be here.


During our break before the November relaunch for the release of FM16, we thought we’d share interesting content each weekend. Please get in touch if you’d like us to show off your work!

Bank Holiday Blogging: Running The Show

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Our latest recommended blog, on today’s bank holiday here in the UK, comes courtesy of Running The Show who caught our eye with their recent post about Dortmund’s build-up play under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

The blog regularly posts interesting and knowledgeable content “for everyone in love with the beautiful game,” and recent good articles have looked at one of our favourites Adnan Januzaj, the Milanese clubs, and how it’s done in Sweden.

The blog is at runningtheshowblog.wordpress.com and @RunTheShowBlog.


During our summer break between the end of our third season on FM13 and the launch of FM16, we thought we’d share interesting content each weekend. Please get in touch if you’d like us to show off your work!

Weekend FM Writings: Pass The Bloody Ball!

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Lately we’ve been enjoying the trials and tribulations of Deportivo Cali over on Pass The Bloody Ball! Author Diego has been documenting his save with the Colombian side, bringing us match updates as well as taking in-depth looks at his squad and tactics.

Passthebloodyball by @DMendoza1969 is our recommended read this weekend!


During our summer break between the end of our third season on FM13 and the launch of FM16, we thought we’d share interesting content each weekend. Please get in touch if you’d like us to show off your work!

Weekend Writings: Addicted To FM / BTN

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This weekend, our recommended FM reading and viewing comes courtesy of Addicted To FM, who also posts on YouTube as Bust The Net. Lately, they’ve been playing LLM-style in Singapore.

Other recent uploads have included looking at the complete wingback, rejuvenating your side, the trusty 4-2-3-1, and the delightful story of their “very own George Best.”

Please check out addictedtofm.com and YouTube: Bust the Net.


During our summer break between the end of our third season on FM13 and the launch of FM16, we thought we’d share interesting content each weekend. Please get in touch if you’d like us to show off your work!