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Sports Interactive Gets on the April Fools’ Day Train With Football Manager 1888

Posted on April 1, 2013 AT 07:13am

How do you fancy taking part in the very first Football (Soccer) League season? Just 12 teams, no offsides,  no substitutions, and insane tackles. Football Manager 1888 has you covered.

Of course this isn’t real, but it’s a nice idea and a fun little joke on Sports Interactive’s part. ”This latest addition to the Football Manager family is so good, it’s unreal” said Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson. “We’ve worked hard to recreate the excitement of Victorian football and the results have to be seen to be believed.”

A full list of features for this retro entry into the series can be found below. Is it just me or is something that actually sounds like a lot of fun to play?

19th Century match engine
Everything on and around the pitch will look as it did when the league was first formed; from the muddy recreation grounds and the crowds of gentlemen spectators through to the players’ movements and the way the old leather ball moved (or, indeed, didn’t move) through the air.

All clubs and players from the 1888/ 89 season
Manage any of the original 12 football league clubs across one league and go deeper than ever into Victorian football with a comprehensive database of more than 150 players and staff from across the United Kingdom.

User interface
Football Manager 1888 boasts a brand new ‘late 19th century’ style interface and skin reflecting the game’s era.

Play by the original football rules
Overcome all the hurdles that managers don’t need to worry about in the present game. Have an injury? Well you can’t make a substitution. Think he was off-side? Think again, there’s no such thing. And was that really a bad tackle? It doesn’t really matter, as yellow and red cards haven’t been introduced to the game yet. Overcome the challenges of Victorian football.

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