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'Club Manager' 17 Club-Specific Footy Management Games

by Thomas on Oct. 7, 2003 @ 4:39 a.m. PDT

Following up last season's successful football management games, Just Football are set to release 17 club specific games for this season in October. Fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds Utd, Southampton, Manchester City, Everton, Portsmouth, Sheffield Utd, Sunderland, Hibs, WBA, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Wolves, Charlton, Ipswich and Norwich City are all set to have their own specific management games, where they take charge and manage their own club season by season.

The developer of the game, Smoking Gun's Rob Henderson enthused, "Football fans support one club and that is a simple fact. Our current range caters for 17 clubs and 17 sets of fans. We feel that fans of the clubs we are supporting will want to take charge of their own club and see how they get on managing their team. Will it be as easy as it looks when they are sat in the stands or watching on TV? That is the question which this game will answer and it is emotional, I mean no one likes their club to fail do they?"

Just Football's Product Manager, Scott Phillips added "We learned a lot last season with 6 clubs and we listened to the fans of these original six clubs. We think we know what our fans want this time round and are confident that we will deliver a compelling game for fans of the clubs we are working with."

Just Football's Sales Manager, Paul Hyslop summed up, "No one buys a generic football shirt, OK you may buy your national shirt – say England for example, but fans all want their own shirts no matter who they are. Our game is up their with the genre leader Championship Manager (the equivalent of the England shirt) and is a must buy for all fans of our clubs who fancy a stint in the hot seat. Through the club stores, local games stores and the website (www.justfootball.net), we will make sure that our clubs' games are available for our fans' to buy"

A spokesman from Chelsea Village Merchandising speaking about last season's version added, "Chelsea Club Manager proved a big success for us at retail and continues to be a strong seller. The in-store demo day that the Just Football team arranged was a real crowd puller. We are already looking forward to working with the launch of this season's game."

Key USPs

The only officially licensed specific club football management game in the market

17 individual club titles available

Accurate 03/04 squad including official player pictures not seen in any other games

On-line support for fans including free mid-season player picture updates to ensure the game is always accurate

Fan friendly SRP – from £19.99

Processor friendly – runs on low spec PCs ideal for every household, no complex machine set-ups required

Extensive marketing support across trade and consumer media – FSDUs, posters, leaflets, on line support from all participating home clubs

Supported by a national PR campaign

Includes unique 'Be In The Game' feature for actual fans – 10,000 real fans in the game = 10,000 potential sales!

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