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1st Division Manager

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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4.0
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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3.0
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Description

1st Division Manager is a football management game where you take on a team of your choice in any of the top four English leagues. On the main menu there are four icons as well as some major information such as your name, the name of your club, your current league position, a rating and the account balance. The first icon from left is the picture of a computer and by clicking on it you will get to the main database menu where you can handle the players’ training, studying the coming fixtures and edit the teams or players. The second icon is a telephone. Press it and you will be able to make a phone call to either the Transfer Market (for buying and selling players) or the the Bank (to get a loan). The third icon is a note book and by clicking on it you will see tables from all four divisions. The last icon is the picture of a football pitch and by pressing it you will get to your next match. After choosing your squad you will see the highlights of the match from a top-down perspective. After match you will get reports about players being injured, results in the other matches and the finances for that week.

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1st Division Manager Amiga Before games and at half time you can perform these actions
1st Division Manager Commodore 64 Results
1st Division Manager Atari ST Matches every week
1st Division Manager Amiga Game time ticks away in this manner until some event occurs

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The Press Says

Crash! ZX Spectrum Sep, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Top Secret Commodore 64 Jan, 1994 7 out of 10 70
ST Format Atari ST May, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Amiga Format Amiga May, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Commodore Force Commodore 64 May, 1993 62 out of 100 62
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1991 50 out of 100 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 16 out of 100 16

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Trivia

Player names

On the Spectrum at least, most players have the same names as famous stars of the time (such as Lineker and Gascoigne), but are randomly assigned to clubs. Not so random, however, is that Torquay United have a player called Gaylord. Justin Fashanu, who (as of 2006) had recent became UK football's first openly gay professional player, played for Torquay at the time.

Sales

The game caused something of a surprise by topping the overall UK Amiga sales chart (which listed budget titles alongside full-price ones) in March 1992. As the year went on, many football management games were released, including the first Championship Manager and Premier Manager titles, and the genre was hugely popular again, which it's remained ever since.
Contributed to by Kabushi (122972) and Martin Smith (63130)