========================== Championship Manager 00/01 Easter Eggs Guide By fenix down aka Harry Shave mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Version 1.0 =========== Contents. ========= A. Legal Stuff. B. Intro. C. Easter Eggs. 1. Sports Interactive Coach Reports. a. Oliver 'Ov' Collyer. b. Paul Collyer. c. Marlon Davidson. d. Marc Duffy. e. Svein Kvernoey. f. Paul Norman (i). g. Paul Norman (ii). h. Kevin Turner. i. Marc Vaughan. j. Mark Woodger. 2. Request for Larger Half-Time Oranges. 3. Female Player. D. Thanks. --------------- A. Legal Stuff. --------------- I couldn't care less what you do with this guide. If you think that it is helpful then please feel free to put it on your site, print off copies, email it to your mates or whatever. You hereby have my permission to carve it up in any way you see fit if you wish to add to it. My only request is a small acknowledgment in the credits section purely to massage my own ego. --------- B. Intro. --------- It is important to note that this is not a guide to CM. There is no element to this guide which will enable you to play the game better. This is simply a list of easter eggs which feature in the game. As such this guide is not that long, this is not through my own laziness, but much more to do with the fact that the makers of the game have always tried to make the CM experience as realistic as possible. As a result since CM2 (where you could input the names of international managers as your name to take over the respective nation), there are very few cheats. As a result, I would ignore most of what you see on gamefaqs and other sites as the cheats are either false (eg unlimited money) or simply bugs (sign players on free transfers), which tend not to work with updated forms of the game. In fact the only 'cheat' that is ever in CM is the international teams cheat where, when you are picking a team, you select a club, then a player, then his nationality and if it is one that can be managed during the course of the game natueally, then you will be able to select it. Aside from that, that is it cheat-wise, this is a simulation. The only other things in the game which might be deemed unnatural are the easter eggs contained within this FAQ, that is it. Full stop. I think they are pretty good as they give an insight into the programmer's sense of humour as well as providing a welcome break from the overriding simulation element to the game. Anyway here they are. -------- C. Guide -------- ------------------------------------ 1. Sports Interactive Coach Reports. ------------------------------------ As well as all the real, and made up players in the game, hidden away in the bowels of the database are stats for a number of the key programmers and developers of CM. Unfortunately they are not very good, so don't bother going in for them under the delusion that they are going to improve your team (unless your managing someone languishing at the bottom of the East Svealand Region of the Swedish Second Division). They are purely there for fun. Once you have signed them, leave them for a couple of weeks to settle then get one of your coaches to assess them and you will be given a comic, if somewhat useless summary of their worth to the club. You'll have to be quick picking up these players and you can only realistically do this at the very beginning of a game as players of such a low standing retire and regenerate quickly and often as it is very rare that a club will come in for them. N.B. You need only select one coach as, with the exception of Paul Norman, all the players only have one assessment. Below are listed all the SI employees who feature in the game as well as a transcript of what the coaches will say about each player. a. Oliver 'Ov' Collyer: We should tolerate Oliver Collyer's continued abscence from training otherwise we will have no option but to allow Kevin Turner to play. b. Paul Collyer: Whilst [whoever the coach is] has no doubts about Paul Collyer's ability, he thinks it is ulikely he will be available for the next match as his girlfriend wants help writing a dissertation. c. Marlon Davidson: Unavailible for training as he has not returned from the nightclub he was frequenting last night. d. Marc Duffy: Marc Duffy has made a personal request for the words 'Lisa 'n' Marc' to be emblazoned on his shirt rather than the players name. e. Svein Kvernoey: Unfortunately, Svein Kvernoey's deadly aim with a sponge ball has not transferred onto the football pitch. f. Paul Norman (i): [Whoever the coach is] is amazed Paul Norman has left his computer bank and ventured into the sunlight for training. He feels the player is well suited to a permanent role on the substitute's bench. g. Paul Norman (ii): Paul Norman is an alien scout attempting to determine whether the earth is ripe for invasion. The F.B.I. have been informed. h. Kevin Turner: [Whoever the coach is] is amazed at the distance Kevin Turner can punt a ball when attempting to control it. He is trying to maximise the potential this player has by loaning him to the local Rugby Club. i. Marc Vaughan: Marc Vaughan is more suited to watching football at this level than playing it. j. Mark Woodger: [Whoever the coach is] is recommending a high fat diet for Mark Woodger, as he feels that if there was more of him to block the goalmouth then it may help his match performances. ---------------------------------------- 2. Request for larger Half-Time Oranges. ---------------------------------------- This easter egg can only be found whilst playing an actual match, and unfortunately was removed in later updates of the game. To see this special screen you need to do the following things: 1. Pause a live match. 2. Go to Board Request. 3. Without doing anything on the board request screen, open up another screen (eg team screen). 4. Close the screen you have just opened so that you return to the board request screen. 5. Click OK in the bottom right WITHOUT highlighting any request. 6. If this has worked you should see that you have news. 7. Go to News. 8. You should see the following message: Board Reaction to Request. The board dismiss your request for larger half-time oranges but stress that they will inform you immediately if the situation changes. Quite amusing! ------------------ 3. Female Players. ------------------ Although professional football is a man's game the probgrammers of CM 00/01 managed to sneak in a woman into one of the teams. How to find her: Type 'Laura Gilogly' into the find player screen. This should bring up one player, who plays for East Stirlingshire in the Scottish football league. N.B. You might want to run a Scottish league if you are not using maximum database and / or running a league from the British Isles, as East Stirlingshire are a bit rubbish (ie they are at the bottom of the Third division, where they have been for months, and are getting caned on a regular basis by their fellow minnows). Now, Laura was not placed into the game simply to have a secret woman, nor because she was the girlfriend of one of the programmers, but for a much more amusing reason. Apparently, one of the programmers was talking with an East Stirling fan who was bemoaning the current plight of his beloved club. So bad did he think that the current crop of players were that he felt the team would perform better with their female Physiotherapist in the side. Consequently Laura Gilogly found herself off the bench and into the playing staff. This little joke caused some consternation amongst the board of Directors at East Stirling (though you'd have thought the men in charge of such an appaling club would know how to take a joke), who complained vigorously and as a result the story made several national newspapers, including that august journal of opinion, The Sun! Occasionally, during later stages of the game, you may find other 'female' players pop up as regens, but these are not deliberate. I presume this is down to the fact that names are split into two seperate databases (Christian and surnames). There are probably a handful of other non-playing female staff lurking (Karen Brady springs to mind) and the computer doesn't differentiate by sex. ---------- D. Thanks. ---------- www.champmaniacs.de : Jez has put together an awesome collection of Strange Happenings. You should definitely check it out if you want to see the Twilight Zone of CM. It's cool cos it's in German and English. fin.