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Version 1.05 (31/08/2005)
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Contents
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1. Contact Information

2. Introduction

3. League Information
A. Premiership
B. Coca-Cola Championship
C. Coca-Cola League 1
D. Coca-Cola League 2
E. Nationwide Conference National
F1. Nationwide Conference North
F2. Nationwide Conference South

4. Cup Guide
A. FA Cup
B. League Cup
C. LDV Vans
D. FA Trophy
E. Community Sheild

5. Credits


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1. Contact Information
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This guide is copyrighted 2005 to me, Peter Sale. You may not host this guide
without my permission. If you have any queries regarding this guide then please
contact me at:

tranmerefan@gmail.com

When e-mailing me please you a sensible subject line, such as "Re: Football 
Manager" or anything along those lines. A subject line of "help" means that 
your e-mail is unlikely to be read.

The only sites at the moment that can host this are www.gamefaqs.com,
www.neoseeker.com, www.dlh.net and www.mogelgott.de

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2. Introduction
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This is a basic guide regarding the english football leagues. In this you can
expect to find how the leagues and the cups all work and who plays in them. I 
will also give any additional information regarding the leagues and some star 
tips, should you want to choose a good team in each league. This is not a full
FAQ, so tips on players will not be posted here. If you want to unearth a gem
without doing all the hard work then read the other FAQs that list the players
you want.


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3. League Information
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Here I will list all the major and need-to-know rules of all the divisions that
are playable in England. Interesting as it is, the North West Counties league
isn't playable so it's no use me telling you about the exploits of footballing
heavyweights such as Cammel Laird FC, especially as the lower down you go, the
criteria for promotions changes. It stops being the usual "win the league" and
becomes "you're going up because you are the only team in League X that has 
floodlights installed and League Y requires floodlights". It would be a great
challenge, hopefully SI will implement at least the Unibond/Dr Martins/Ryman 
leagues next year.

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3A. The Premiership
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Background: The premiership is widely regarded as "the best league in the 
world". This is untrue, League 1 (soon to be the Championship if we (Tranmere)
ever get our arse in gear) is the best league in the world and the title race
in League 2 wasn't decided until the last day whilst the Premiership was 
wrapped up so long beforehand teams like Manchester United had taken their ball
home and stopped playing. 

The Premiership features 20 teams, 16 of them having no chance at winning any
Silverwear (unless you manange someone other than the top 3 + Liverpool). So, 
once you choose your team other than Chelsea (you _do_ want a challenge) you 
need to do a number a things. Number 1 you need to panic buy whilst making sure
that relegation won't cripple you. Alternativly you can panic buy and leave 
before you go down and leave some poor bugger (usually Allerdyce because Notlob
sensibly get rid of him) to sort it out. Secondly, you need put 11 men behind 
the ball and play 451. It does seem to the trend nowadays for teams like Fulham
and Everton.


Teams:

Arsenal  
Aston Villa 	
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic
Chelsea
Crystal Palace 	
Everton 	
Fulham 	 	
Liverpool 	
Manchester City 	
Manchester Utd 	
Middlesbrough 	
Newcastle United
Norwich City
Notlob	
Portsmouth
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromich Albion
	
Games: 38 (20 teams all play each other twice)

European Competition: Top 4 go to Champions League, 5th to the UEFA Cup, 6th
and 7th to the Intertoto Cup (Depending on the winners of the FA Cup and the
League Cup)

Relegation Slots: 3. Bottom 3 go down Automatically. (They don't return too...)

Star Tip: Chelsea have all the money, Arsenal can do well, Man Utd bribe 
referees and Newcastle/Man City can all implode. Try and get the underachievers
from Merseyside (not Everton :P) to finally win a trophy. And yes, I am aware 
they won some European trophy so don't bother e-mailing. I live on Merseyside 
and it's only just safe to open a newspaper.



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3B. The Coca-Cola Championship
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Background: The promised land (unless you happen to be a Leeds fan). The coca
cola championship offers plenty of excitment, with close promotion races, nerve
wracking play-off campaigns and Rotherham finishing bottom. That may be too 
harsh on them but anything can happen. One game they stayed up one year!. This 
is a decent competitive league. A few good signings and you can really excel 
and the competition to have 12 months in the Premiership is always fierce. 

There are 24 teams in this league, making 46 league games (48 minimum including
the cups) so a small squad isn't going to get you far. I found my Bristol 
Rovers team to tire in the latter stages before throwing away promotion to 
teams that are clearly worse than me in the play-offs. Still, hard work (and 
decent replacements) soon stopped that as I scooped the title one year. It is
eventually easy to get promotion from. Patience is the key (and the ability to
manage someone other than Rotherham).

Teams:

Brighton & Hove Albion
Burnley	
Cardiff City	
Coventry City	
Crewe Alexandra
Derby County	
Gillingham
Ipswich Town	
Leeds United	
Leicester City	
Millwall
Nottingham Forest	
Plymouth Argyle	
Preston	North End
Rotherham United
QPR	
Sheffield United
Stoke City	
Sunderland
Watford	
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderas

Games: 46 (24 teams all play each other twice)

Promotion Slots: 3. Top 2 go up automatically. Places 3-6 play-off for the 
final spot. Usually 3v6 and 4v5 in the two legged semi-final and the two 
winners meet in the final at Cardiff/Wembley. If it gets built.

Relegation Slots: 3. Bottom 3 go down automatically unless its a "big team" in
which case they can whine and moan about it until they get promoted again. 
Someone say Sheffield Wednesday? 

Star Tip: Wigan have more money than most, Leeds have the history and 
Gillingham gives you the real challenge.

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3C. The Coca-Cola League 1
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Background: Worlds. Best. League. That is, until Tranmere get promoted then it
becomes the hell-hole that it really is. How many crap teams can one league 
have? Bad question, it could be league 2. Always could be worse. This league
takes the familiar shape of being the same as the one above, but with more 
going down to the league forminally known as Division 4. It has just as good
as title race, but the relegation spots are easier to avoid, because Wrexham,
Oldham, Peterborough, MK Dons and Stockport are all so useless that its 
impossible to go down.

Again, with a minimum of 50 games (there is now the LDV Vans trophy to play 
for. Aren't you lucky?) you will need a good size squad. Don't have too many
players otherwise you'll go bankrupt and lose 10 points. Always watch out for
Tranmere and Hull. Hull have more money then sense (IE, they have a penny) and
Tranmere's crap squad always puts them in the top 6 in the first season. 

Teams:

Bournemouth
Barnsley	
Blackpool	
Bradford City	
Brentford	
Bristol City	
Chesterfield	
Colchester United
Doncaster Rovers
Hartlepool United
Huddersfield Town
Hull City
Luton Town
MK Dons	
Oldham Athletic
Peterborough
Port Vale
Sheffield Wednesday	
Stockport County
Swindle Town
Torquay United
Tranmere Rovers
Walsall	
Wrexham

Games: 46 (24 teams all play each other twice)

Promotion Slots: 3. Top 2 go up automatically. Places 3-6 play-off for the 
final spot. Usually 3v6 and 4v5 in the two legged semi-final and the two 
winners meet in the final at Cardiff/Wembley.

Relegation Slots: 4. Bottom 4 go down automatically. Bet you one includes the
MK Dons.

Star Tip: Tranmere and Tranmere Reserves are the two best teams here, with
Hull in third.

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Background: Good Old divison 4, or the Rochdale division as it's more lovingly 
known. In it's old life as the Division 3 N/Division 3 South it gave Tranmere
fans their only league title. All the way back in the 1930's. (We then had to 
wait until 1990 to win another trophy, so Man Utd fans shouldn't whine at a 
trophyless season). Here you need to avoid relegation even more so. Going out
the league is unforgivable and if anyone here has been relegated from League 2 
they should feel throughly ashamed of themselves. Shame on you, how do you
think the fans feel?

This division features 4 different types of teams. The "also-rans" (Rochdale),
the "Newbies" (Kidderminster, Yeovil), The "HELP, we need more money again!!!! 
(Bury, Notts County) and the "We're so **** it's unbelievable" brigrade 
(Chester). Choosing your team can be very difficult. There is no money and no
talent. At Chester you have an alleged crook as the chairman too. Ah well, this
is football, are any chairmen not greedy bastards trying to asset strip their
latest fodder?


Teams:

Boston United	
Bristol Rovers	
Bury
Cambridge United
Cheltenham Town
Chester City	
Darlington	
Grimsby Town
Kidderminster Harriers
Leyton Orient	
Lincoln City	
Macclesfield Town
Mansfield Town	
Northampton Town
Notts County	
Oxford United	
Rochdale	
Rushden & Diamonds
Scunthorpe United
Southend United
Shrewsbury Town
Swansea City
Wycombe	Wanderas
Yeovil Town

Games: 46 (24 teams all play each other twice)


Promotion Slots: 4. Top 3 go up automatically. Places 4-7 play-off for the 
final spot. Usually 4v7 and 5v6 in the two legged semi-final and the two 
winners meet in the final at Cardiff/Wembley.

Relegation Slots: 2. Bottom 2 go out the football league altogether. Talk
about Cruel.
 
Star Tip: Bristol Rovers have the arrogance for the journey upwards.

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Background: Ah, the start of the football league pyramid. This gets called "The
unofficial 5th division" by those who have been relegated into it and 
desperatly want to have their credibility remaining. It isn't the 5th division,
it's non-league hell and it's a bloody tough division to gain promotion from.

Only 2 promotion slots to get your team into the football league and there are
around 8 or 9 semi decent (in regards to the division) all wanting to go up. It
does offer a great challenge for you and you do really feel like you achieve
something. This is the start division in non-league football and whilst it
may seem bad for some teams, it can be a great joy to manage it, especially
when you are a really small club like Leigh RMI and you can punch above your
weight for a few years.

Teams:

Accrington Stanley
Aldershot Town
Altrincham
Barnet
Burton Albion
Carlisle United
Canvey Island
Crawley Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
Exeter City 
Farnborough
Forest Green Rovers
Gravesend & Northfleet
Halifax Town
Hereford United
Leigh RMI
Morecambe
Northwich Victoria
Scarborough
Stevenage Borough 
Tamworth
Woking
York City

Games: 42 (22 teams play each other twice)

Promotion Slots: 2. 1st place goes up automatically, places 2-5 face a play-off
with the winner going up.

Relegation Slots: 3. Bottom 3 go down automatically in theory and in the game.
Real life is different with Margate being kicked out because of their ground,
Northwich down on a technicality etc.

Star Tip: Barnet have a good side, Carlisle are usually pretty strong and
Hereford are a good team. Try them.

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Background: A new division, formed at the start of the 2004-2005 season (the 
one you are about to play) after the pyramid reshuffle. It's not complicated at
all and is great to play in, after all there are no southern ponces visiting 
your backstreet northern slum. Most teams are fairly strong and the size of the
town does matter here and small clubs with everyone nearby gloryhunting won't
survive.

There is 1 definate promotion place, followed by a normal play-off. However, 
the winner of the play-off here will face the winner of the southern play-off 
and the winner from that game is the one that goes up. Relegation is pretty
normal, however teams become unplayable after going down so should you finish
in the bottom 3, it's Bye Bye job, hello giro time.

Teams:

Alfreton Town
Altrincham
Ashton United	
Barrow	
Bradford P.A.	
Droylsden
Gainsborough Trinity	
Harrogate Town	
Hinckley United	
Hucknall Town	
Kettering Town	
Lancaster City	
Moor Green	
Nuneaton Borough
Redditch United	
Runcorn FC Halton
Southport	
Stafford Rangers
Stalybridge Celtic	
Vauxhall Motors	
Worcester City	
Worksop Town	

Games:  42 (22 teams play each other twice)

Promotion Slots:  2. First place goes up automatically, places 2-5 face a 
play-off. The winner places the play-off winner from the south in a one off
game and that winner goes up.

Relegation Slots: 3. Bottom 3 go down automatically.

Star Tip: Southport

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Background: A league for all the people from the South. Great for all of you
from the South, you can play a league without facing northerners. Anyway, this
is exactly the same as the other regional division you'll be pleased to here,
just more toffs in the stand rather than wife-beaters. (I'm from the north too,
get used to sterotyping, this is football).

No complications, but for the lazy I'll copy and paste for you the format from
the Conference North section;

"There is 1 definate promotion place, followed by a normal play-off. However, 
the winner of the play-off here will face the winner of the southern play-off 
and the winner from that game is the one that goes up. Relegation is pretty
normal, however teams become unplayable after going down so should you finish
in the bottom 3, it's Bye Bye job, hello giro time."

Poor Joke again. I'll work on them later.

Teams:

Basingstoke Town
Bishops Stortford
Bognor Regis Town
Cambridge City	
Carshalton Athletic	
Dorchester Town
Eastbourne Borough	
Grays Athletic	
Havant & W
Hayes	
Hornchurch	
Lewes	
Maidenhead United	
Margate	
Newport County	
Redbridge
St Albans City	
Sutton United
Thurrock	
Welling United	
Weymouth	


Games:  42 (22 teams play each other twice)

Promotion Slots:  2. First place goes up automatically, places 2-5 face a 
play-off. The winner places the play-off winner from the south in a one off
game and that winner goes up.

Relegation Slots: 3. Bottom 3 go down automatically.

Star Tip: Hornchurch, Grays Athletic

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Theres nothing like a cup competition to get in the way and ruin your promotion
plans is there? Then again it can rescue your season and the two main ones
can provide entry into Europe. Here is all the background for the cup, the main
rules (ie, knockout, when PL teams decide to send their reserves in etc). I'll 
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Background: The oldest cup competition in the world I believe, and one the best
domestic cup competitions going. The FA Cup is famous for it's giantkilling
shocks (Hereford V Newcastle, Sutton v Coventry, Tranmere V Southampton). These
acts are what makes the competition great and should you be in charge of a 
lower league team you should always play your strongest side in the hope of a 
shock.

The prize money in the FA Cup is always worth it too.

Format: Straight knockout, Conference North/South enter at Second qualifying 
round, Conference National at 4th qualifying round, Leagues 1/2 in the first
round proper and the Championship and Premiership enter at Round 3.

Participating Leagues: All

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Background: This started around the 1960's and is a cup for the football and 
the premier league. However, no-one takes this seriously except for the 
premiership teams who have no chance at finishing high enough for a European 
place and aren't good enough to win the FA Cup.

Still, it's always worth a go for anyone in my opinion. If you are a lower 
league team then winning it will mean a lot to the fans. Fans of chelsea are 
spoilt and won't care though.

Format: Straight knockout, Championship/League 1/League 2 enter at round 1,
Premiership teams not in europe enter in round 2, the rest in round 3.

Participating Leagues: Premiership, Championship, League 1, League 2.

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Background: This used to be known as the associate members cup and is now for 
the lower league teams. I personally like this trophy because Tranmere won it
in 1990 beating Bristol Rovers in the final. It is split into north/south 
sections and features leagues 1 and 2 and the top 8 from the conference. A 
couple of teams get a bye from the first round, to make it a straight knockout
from there. It is always worth trying to win it at least once, however do not
let it get in the way of promotion because there isn't much prize money from it
unless you go all the way and win.

Format: Straight knockout. Two sections - North/South. Northern Area final 
winner faces the southern area final winner (Regional finals are two legs) in a
one-off game at Cardiff or Wembley depending on what season you are in.

Participating Leagues: League 1, League 2, Top 8 of conference national.

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Background: This is a major trophy for all the non-league teams. I have to 
admit I don't know how they treat it in real life because I don't follow a non
league club. In this game, it's always worthwile winning once, because it's 
nice to get a trophy in the bag and it's a good day out for your supporters.
The prize money isn't great, but a win will boost your players morale and your
reputation. Just do _not_ let it get in the way with promotion to the football 
league, which is far better financially for your club. As with the LDV, it's
always a bonus not a must have.

Format: Straight knockout, unsure of when all the teams enter. I'll have to 
research it.

Participating Leagues: Conference National, Conference North/South

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Background: This is a traditional game played between the Premiership champions
and the FA Cup winners. Nowadays it isn't treated seriously by anyone but the
charities it supports. Winning it doesn't give you much bonus bar a nice start
to your campaign. I haven't actually won it so I do not know about prize money.
I am guessing that there isn't anything.

If you're Man Utd then you must try your best here, it'll be the only thing
you win. :P

Format: One off game at Cardiff/Wembley

Participating Teams: Winners of Premiership V Winners of the FA Cup


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5. Credits:
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Thanks to SI for making the best management sim, CJayC for putting this guide
on GameFAQs and thanks to you for reading through and putting up with attempts
at jokes. I can only apoligize for them.


Sorry.



Could be worse, I could be Ricky Gervais, then they wouldn't even raise a groan.



Sorry again.

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