This site is dedicated to CM9798, a Dos-Windows game released in 1997.

CM97/98 is available as freeware and runs on a Windows machine using Dosbox.  The game is available without the need for a CD, so once it is installed it could be played regardless. This was to drum up popularity before the release of CM3, which was the next leap forward in the series.

The first save I blogged about took me from Wimbledon to Deportivo via Auxerre, Leeds & Liverpool. It was 15 beautiful seasons before a corrupted save game ended the story in it’s tracks. This can all be re-lived from the start at this link

Fortunately, my second attempt took me right through the game up to the 2025/26 season where the game ends. I started and finished at Darlington, with about 5 clubs inbetween You can catch up with this over at the Season Summaries tab. I’ve continued to do some shorter term saves since then, so there are still updates on a regular basis.

You’ll also notice some extra links, which include a guide to getting the game running again and also our Community XI, where I asked you, the fans of the game, to nominate your favourite CM9798 players and then put them to the vote to find your ultimate CM9798 XI. I’m also privileged to have conducted an interview with the co-creators of Championship Manager, Paul & Oliver Collyer. That can be located here

In November 2015, my first book The World According to CM97/98 was published in conjunction with Ronnie Dog Media. The book is available to buy on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle format. This was followed up by The World According to CM01/02 in December 2017.

I’m trying to turn this into a career and I write about real football as well as a variety of other sports. My Wakelet profile includes some of my ‘highlights’ so check that out please and then pay me to write for you 🙂

Get the latest updates first by following us on twitter @cm9798

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Just wanted to say hi. I was reading about old football players and suddenly I remember about CM (because I loved this game back then) and then found your site.

    After arriving on your site and saw the header image used, suddenly old memories flowing through my head. Memories when I was in junior high school (that’s the time I first played CM back in 96).

    I first played CM2 96/97 using MU till season 2020/2021 (if I recall correctly, but it’s around that year), then also tried the CM2 95 (like Italy) where the AC Milan and Juventus are filled with godlike players :D. All of those are played solo. Later I played 97/98 with my friend till season 2015 or around that time. Your site really brings back memories for me. Also I didn’t know CM has an end. I thought it’ll just keep on generating new players forever.

    Too bad I no longer play FM. Last time I tried, it was FM11 (after not playing for many years) for several seasons then stopped. I still feel like playing FM though, but I’d only get one after I’m sure that I have lots of free time because it’s hard to stop when I started playing. I’ll just keep saying just one more turn and won’t do anything else :D.


  2. Just discovered this site. It’s amazing!
    I thought I was in my own world still playing this game from time to time but it’s good that there are still fellow (fanatics), fans out there.
    Its funny looking at peoples must have players over time but one thing that amazes me is the lack attention given to the Scandinavian leagues which are a goldmine for top talent. Depending on the game you load you can virtually kit out your team with Scandinavian tasties. A few names people I’m sure will remember, but does anyone remember the rest:

    Zarp GK

    Gravesen LB/WL
    Zivkovic LB/WL
    Ravn D/M RC
    Krogh D/M RC
    Hellend D/M LC
    Hust D/MC

    Hojen DC
    Lucic DC
    Jacobsen DC
    Laursen DC
    Sivertsen D RLC

    Emmers MC
    Svidal Larsen M LC
    Oygard M C

    Bild DM/F RC

    Jensen AM RLC
    Degn AM RC
    Lhyne AM RC
    Dos Santos AM RC
    Daugaard AM LC

    Ljung AM/FC
    Neset F RC

    Larsen Striker
    Nevland Striker
    Cliffort Striker
    Nielsen Striker
    Johanssen Striker


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