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Championship Manager fun at Aveley

A couple of months ago we stumbled across a Monday night game across the river at Aveley.  The game was in the Championship Manager Cup, a trophy for the Ryman’s League teams.  Eidos had kindly sponsored the trophy, which on a good day we see 150 people paying to watch a cup tie.  The cup final, played in March was won by Ryman’s League One side Leatherhead who beat Wealdstone from the league above on penalties.  But you may have missed some significance in the whole Championship Manager story.  Let me take you back to the beginning.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I shall begin.

Once upon a time there was a young man called Kevin Toms.  Some of you (probably those over the age of 35) will have known his product very well indeed.  To others the name will mean nothing, but I bet if you a) Own a PC, PSP, Playstation, X-Box or Wii, b) love football and c) Do not have a demanding wife/partner you will have heard of Championship Manager.  Probably only rivalled by as the most fun you can have on your own with a PC, Championship Manager gives us all an opportunity to be Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho or Gianfranco Zola (unfortunately the “alleged” nocturnal activities of a certain manager cannot be re-created in the current versions of the game), starting with the lowest of the lows and rising to the top.  My record was taking Grays Athletic to the Champions League final in my 27th year on the game. Continue reading