1st Division Manager

Moby ID: 12578
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1st Division Manager is a football management game where the player takes on a team of their 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 the player's name, the name of the player's club, current league position, a rating, and the account balance.

The first icon from the 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, study the coming fixtures, and edit the teams or players. The second icon is a telephone and by clicking on it and you will be able to make a phone call to either the transfer market (for buying and selling players) or the bank (to get a loan). The third icon is a notebook 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 the match you will get reports about players being injured, results in the other matches, and the finances for that week.


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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 had recent became UK football's first openly gay professional player, played for Torquay at the time.


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.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kabushi.

Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger.

Game added March 28, 2004. Last modified February 22, 2023.