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FMS New Year’s Competition

Hello folks, today is a special day for me and this website. It all started three years ago on December 28th, the day when I set up this website with no real idea of what it was going to become.  I knew that it could become popular, I hoped that many people would like it, but I never expected 1.5 million page views in one month like we had last November. I have to thank you all for that, readers and writers, you people have become my friends and I guess I can never reward you enough for your kindness. By the way, if you want to read some interesting stuff about me and the website I recommend an interview that Frozy has published last week, click here to read it.

Every celebration must come with some gifts though, that’s what I think. So I have a new competition lined up for you, it starts now and it will end on December 31st at midnight with the winner to be announced on January 1st. All you have to do is share your thoughts about this website in a comment, you can even criticise us, just feel free to share whatever you think. Then, after the contest will be closed, I will pick the most interesting/funny/creative/wacky comment and its author will get a prize either from our games store or from our fan shop. The most obvious prize is a copy of FM 2012 but if you already own the game you can pick any game from our games store priced below 30 pounds or any product from our fan shop within the same price range.

Thanks again to all of you for supporting this website and I promise you that I’ll keep doing my best to provide help and great Football Manager content in 2012. Happy New Year my friends!

P.S.: Remember that the best way to help us keep this website going is to keep visiting us and share our content on Facebook, Twitter, Google + or wherever you can.

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Frozy
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I hope you to get 1.5 Billions visitors per month in 3 years ))) My congratulations to FMS birthday!

jameswd
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jameswd

what can i say about this site i mean just wow, it keeps me entertained on a day to day basis and the stories are that passionate and well constucted that its hard to not want to come back to read more, you guys also care about your readers aswell as you care about the people who view the site e.g. assisting them with problems they have or help the find the gem they need to complete a team(the scouting network) i wouldnt be bothered if i won the competition tbh because this would still be a great site and one that i hope to one day write for. this site inspires me to play more

Lemuel
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Lemuel

Your Stories is very interesting, Very precise account of your results and the finances and the top performer of the team. You all also never have the mindset of managing a popular and big club, e.g. Man Utd. It also excites me when I see that under the careful management of the club, the smallest club in the country and became the most sucessful club in the country, or even the continent. However, I feel that you should not keep your stories on Europe, as majority of your writers managed clubs in Europe. Clubs in South America and Asia are also good choices and I strongly recommend you and your team of writers to share your experience on managing an Asian or South American club give the reader a new experience and guide on how to manage a Asian or South American club. Lastly, may the best comments win their deserved prize!

Cheers!

George Dobson
Guest

The website is great fun and it is the first thing I look at when I get home too see if there are any new posts the writers are brilliant I actually started reading on darrens website but then when Darren moved I moved too and this website is even better I really like the fact theres alot of different features like the scouting network the forum and stuff like that finally I like that you update me on everything from when theres a new patch any new skins and lots of updates about the new version of the game before it comes out

Thanks George :D

Darren Smith
Admin

Obviously I am not entering the competition Johnny :) I just wanted to say congrats on hitting the 3 year mark, FMS has grown an incredible amount since then and its scary to think what you’re capable of within the next three years, one things for sure, I’ll do everything in my power to help! Congrats.

vaibhavc
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vaibhavc

It seems like just yesterday that I joined the website and started commenting on it. I was going through google, looking for a new blog when I saw a Vauxhall Motors sign on the first post. I went through it and I really enjoyed it, so I kept visiting the site for fun. One thing turned into another, and soon enough I started commenting on the stories. Then I won Goal of the Month which was quite amazing for me. Then I made it to the top commentators and then I saw Darren merge with you. I still remember waking up for school, and going on the computer and seeing quite a lot of stories being posted overnight! Its a great site, and I hope to make sure that I never stop commenting on the site.

vaibhavc
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vaibhavc

And I hope no one criticizes the website.

TheZiggy
Guest

Congratulations on reaching 3 years, with an astonishing number of visitors. I think the idea of 1.5 billion visitors a month mentioned above wouldn’t be the best thing. That would be an average of about 33,600 visitors a minute, which might have an adverse effect on the website itself.

This is definitely one of the better sites around, and the pace at which posts are made in each story tends to be good. I’ve seen people run a blog, and make a huge mistake, where they’ve posted several updates to a single story thread in one day, which is very off-putting, as it tends to make interaction less welcome. The ability to interact with the author through the comments here can lead to some very interesting ideas, and I’m sure everyone has learnt something through this; I know I have.

With your little competition in mind, I’m currently trying to write something creative. The horrendous storms outside aren’t helping that much, as my mind is currently seized with darkness in mind. The joys of a Scottish winter. ;)

Kevin
Member

Hi Johnny
Congratulations on reaching the third anniversary of the site. Visiting FMS whenever I can is just one of the most enjoyable activities I can do but more importantly is the opportunity you gave me two years ago to be a guest writer on the site which totally revitalized my experience with the game. Coming to FMS allows me to escape some of the real world pressures, even if it’s only temporary and aside from that I’ve made some wonderful friends along the way and for that I shall be forever grateful.

Rod
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Rod

I don’t want to participate, i don’t want any prize, but i want to thank you for these years. You built a great site, but the important thing is that you built a great community. Sorry for my english, i think you understand what i’m trying to say anyways. Best of luck for the next year, and i would love a story in Argentina, there are very good challenges in FM 2012, like returning River Plate to the top, or revive Boca Juniors as one of the BIGGEST of America after a few not so good years.

Sears
Guest

I really don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t located this site. FMS is amazing, pure and simple. Congrats Johnny, and keep up the brilliant work!

CsAtlantis
Guest

The site has plenty of good story writers, lots of good scouting profiles and is also quick to take action on questionable blog posts (that was last year anyway, won’t mention a name)

Not to mention the abundance of guides on tactics, financials, player development and others, which keeps drawing in more and more visitors each month!

Ana Garcia
Member

Having been writing stories at other sites I remember getting a message from Kevin asking me if I would like to write on this site. At first I wasnt sure, the reaction I can get sometimes isnt always lets say the most mature. After a few weeks of thinking about it I decided why not lets see how it goes, and I am so delighted I did. I have met so many wonderful people who treated me for who I am which at the end of the day is just a football fan like everyone else. This might sound stupid but I feel safe here, not getting people harrowing me every day, no-one trying to pry into my private life, no-one making ridicules immature comments (and believe me there has been many else where). Infact after only a few weeks here I left every other site just to write here because its really the only place I want to be. I would just like to thank Johnny for allowing me the chance to write here, I hope this site goes from strength to strength and is around for many years to come. I love the community that has been built… Read more »

Lye
Guest

Hi Johnny,

I am not entering the competition as well but just want to share a few thoughts. First of all congratulations on the 3-year anniversary. What can i say about FMS! It’s truly an inspiration to many especially for me. Looking back, my site is already over two years old. If FMS didn’t inspire me, i wouldn’t have know awesome people like Johnny, Darren, Laxeyman, Kevin, Sears, TheZiggy, Calin and Martin who have been so supportive to me. The enjoyment of playing FM will not be this better if i never come across FMS and Johnny. All the best and i wish to see this site going on forever.

Here’s to a better 2012 and “Happy New Year”.

Nik
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Nik

I am a new poster here. I still find myself wondering whether I should write something or not (player recommendations, training advices etc). But I really like this site and it’s writers. That’s why I made it a habit of dropping by every day to see for new updates.
Honestly I don’t want anything to change about this site. It covers my needs for scouting, training, tactics and I get to read exciting stories. Maybe I would like to have the option to PM (private message) someone, but I am not sure how good of an idea that would be. Regarding story recommendations, I was thinking last year of starting an interactive one. People could decide with polls on specific players to buy, tactics, training etc for a team. But it would be hard to do and some people might get frustrated if their recommendations are not voted.
Anyway guys, congratulations and keep up the good work.

MVB
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MVB

Simple really, FMS is best site out there. First thing I check when load PC/Laptop up is this page, and the Forum and Scouting. There is always something new up and it’s great to see so many different people with different stories.

Happy Birthday to you
FMS totally rocks
Happy Birthday dear FMS
I hope you like your birthday socks
(postage and packaging not included)

Congrats on 3 years, hats on to you and everyone for a great great job, and I’m looking forward to many more years to come!

nielsneutron
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nielsneutron

Happy New Year FMS and grats on the 3 year anniversary.

I love the site and I must admit this site and the community around the site have made me like the game even more.

I have one suggestion. Sometimes when you are reading a story on the main or on the forum and you really like the story but don’t really have the time or just don’t really want to add another: Love your story keep it up comment for the 10th time.

What would help? A “like button” as on facebook.

Have a nice year and I will be aorund for the next anniversary.

Mariano
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Mariano

Hi Johnny,

Lots of congratulations for FMS and for being an amazing source for learning how to play FM.

Wish you all the best for 2012 and for the future Romanian EC Champion!

Cheers and all the best for you and family!

Sayam Khan
Member

Congratulations Johnny on this remarkable achievement. Also, thank you for giving me the oppurtinity to post on this website, I had a great time and wish it could have continued this season also. I haven’t experienced any trouble on this site so far, which further proves how good this website is. I have always found help on this site whenever needed, such as troubles with save games, hints and tips etc. Thank you for everything!

PS: Hope your well!

Jon Crosby
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Jon Crosby

This website made me feel at home within an instant! Even with myself bombarding Johnny from the start with help he never failed to let me down. I’ve got top respect for the main. With the forum a great place to start with the chance of a promotion to the main site it makes it all worth it when you’re down there. Like myself I was promoted after 3 months in my first year! Even though I took a drop I feel like it was one of the best things I’ve done! Although I’m not afraid to go back up if needed. I’ve made myself a good friend of Jake (Excessive) within the forum as we talk most nights on how we can improve the forum like for instance the “Goal of the month” + “Story of the month” and finally the “Hall of fame” there is many more things coming in the new year! I hope everyone will become apart of the forum! Back on track the main site helped me find my feet within writing as I’ve never really been a great writer if I’m honest but Johnny and Darren both kindly helped me with that, the guidance… Read more »

Erich
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Erich

As a Dane living in the States, it is quite hard to find others who love football but finding people who love football manager, now that is a real feat. All the years that I have been playing, on and off since 06, I have not met a single person who enjoys or in most cases has even heard of the game. But this website is different. It is so wonderful to have a place where one can come by and read and chat about this incredibly immersive and addictive game in such a friendly and knowledgeable atmosphere. I might not take charge of Vauxhall Motors and lead them to the Club World Cup Championship, but reading about it makes me feel like it was me doing it — like I was there every step of the way. All the achievements that this website has accomplished, it is everyone’s achievements. I love this site so much and I wish it many more happy years. Many more years of friends gathering around this Mecca of Football Manager to congratulate each others’ accomplishments, inspire each other, and help each other get better. And for all the people like me who do not… Read more »

Erick Wolf
Guest
Erick Wolf

Like Erich above me, it is hard to find someone that has even heard of Football Manager, or even realised it’s an amazing game.
I remember the first time I read the Vauxhall story. I was simply amazed, that day I read, and read, and when I finally came up to date, I started commenting and I was so glad about discovering such a great game.
Now roll time forward, and I love your Romanian story.
However, I love English football, and thus, I’ve tried to emulate your Vauxhall feat, but with Blyth Spartans. I also signed a Romanian GK!
Let’s hope for all the best for this website, and may it flourish in years to come!

Laxeyman
Guest
Laxeyman

Quite simple really: The best FM blog around.

TheZiggy
Guest

FMS – The Unofficial History

From the darkest heart of winter, in the post-Christmas lull, an acorn of an idea was planted on the web. The first shoots were soon sprouting into an uncertain world, carefully tended by one dedicated man, who soon found a small band of admirers who came to rejoice in the birth of a new tree of knowledge in the world of Football Manager. An intriguing story and insightful articles brought many like-minded souls to exchange information. The few with poison in their minds were soon banished to web’s hinterland, such was the feeling of affection among the followers.

From these humble beginnings a few enthusiastic individuals were then invited to also tend the tree as branches containing other stories began to sprout. Three years on a mighty oak has matured into a fine specimen, with a steady stream of visitors looking to divine some of the accumulated wisdom, and improve their experience in-game. At it’s very best, an inspiration to others to undertake their own challenge, and create another intriguing story. At the very least, there is entertainment and information to be found. Long live the mighty tree that is Football Manager Stories.

Bhargav
Guest
Bhargav

Definitely my favorite aspect of FMS is the warmth that permeates through the community. Everyone is always so friendly and I love how we’re all here for the same thing: to revel in the awesome game that is Football Manager. I look forward to this website continuing as a fun aspect of my life for years to come!

Alex
Guest
Alex

All I would like to say about this website is how it’s affected my life. I first came across this site last year I believe, I was looking for some suggested signings for my Vauxhall save when I found your Vauxhall Motors story. It helped me a great deal in my ambition of taking them to the top, admittedly I didn’t achieve anything like what you did (I managed to get promoted every season to the Premier League but my highest finish was third) and was using the website purely as a reference and for tips for my save. However I couldn’t help but start to read the story which engrossed my immediately, until that point I had naively not seen the concept of a ‘football manager story’ despite playing the game religiously for years. I gradually found myself coming to the site several times a day, reading every word of every post, in doing so I felt like the writers were becoming my friends. I didn’t ever used to comment on the stories (as I normally prefer to keep myself to myself), but then I created an account to show my support for the site and although I try… Read more »

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