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    Easter Eggs Guide by fenix down

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                               Championship Manager 00/01
                                   Easter Eggs Guide
                             By fenix down  aka Harry Shave
                              mail to:  hshave@yahoo.co.uk
                                      Version 1.0
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    Contents.
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    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.
    
    
    
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    A. Legal Stuff.
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    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.
    
    
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    B. Intro.
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    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.
    
    
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    C. Guide
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    1. Sports Interactive Coach Reports.
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    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.
    
    
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    2. Request for larger Half-Time Oranges.
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    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!
    
    
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    3. Female Players.
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    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.
    
    
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    D. Thanks.
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    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.