Seb Patrick’s Day

Seb Patrick wasn online friend of mine, and given his prolific output on the world of football – and far beyond – quite likely someone you will have encountered too. He died, tragically and shockingly young last year, but his friends have made today – which would have been his birthday – Seb Patrick’s Day.

Follow the hashtag on Twitter to remember Seb and his work, and to donate to charity in his name. RIP Seb.

Major new update to CM 89/90

I have left the update dormant for a little while, but the excellent people on the CM 01/02 forums have been working away at the game’s underlying code, which have made the gameplay more 1989 appropriate.

Thanks to the sterling work of user juliko1888, the following improvements are available:

  • old school numbers for every competition and matchday. 1-16
  • 5 substitutions for every major competition
  • 3 foreigners for every competition, excluding european competitions (unrestricted) and couple more minor ones
  • every final in England is to be played in Wembley
  • correct hosts (WC and Euros) up until 2004 euros
  • and a couple more small ones

Not only that, it is much easier to install – no need to mess around with ISOs, you can just extract the directory and play! Download here

4-year old Liam Scott urgently needs your help

Firstly, I understand that there have been precious few updates to the patch – I hope to restore it sooner or later, and you’d think the lockdown would give me ample chance to do it, but given how much time we spend staring at screens at the moment, I’ve struggled to find much enthusiasm for the thought of giving over time to the CM Editor. Equally those of you that have been in touch, I appreciate your help and feedback even if I may be slow to reply.

However, there are more important things at play. My friend’s son, Liam, is 4, and has Neuroblastoma, a rare and potentially fatal form of cancer. The only cure is a vaccine available in the USA, and his family are desperately trying to raise the money to get him there.

Liam is an extremely brave boy, and his family and their friends have done amazing work in raising money and awareness, but there’s still a long way to go. Please donate here if you can https://www.solvingkidscancer.org.uk/Appeal/liam, and share the link. Any help would be hugely appreciated. You can follow Liam’s story at https://twitter.com/mamaslilwarrior

Liverpool and adidas II

Updates to CM 89/90 have been thin om the ground lately, but will hopefully resume soon. I hope you’re enjoying it so far. Meanwhile, Denis Hurley of the incomparable Museum of Jerseys website, has allowed me to disappear into fantasy again – this time imagining if Liverpool were still with adidas, and indeed had been since they parted ways in 2012. Here are the ideas I came up with, and even if I say so myself, there are some beauties here. Of the 21 kits, I’ve selected a few of my favourites below, but please look at the full post.

A digression – and a dive into football kit fantasy

I’m not one of those football fans who spends his whole time looking back. Oh who am I kidding, of course I am, that’s why you’re here. Updates on the patch will resume shortly, but meanwhile I’ve given my wistfulness a different outlet, on Denis Hurley’s brilliant Museum of Jerseys site (Denis writes about a lot of subjects I find interesting – I wrote a post about CM 89/90 on his squad numbers blog).

I’m a Liverpool fan, and that’s why I wish every season could be 1989/90 – not just because that was the last league title, but because they had great adidas kits, as I believe the club always should. That particular spell with adidas ended in 1996, so I imagined – with the help of Denis’s brilliant illustrations – what the kits would have been like had that hiatus not happened.

Read the post on Museum of Jerseys to see what I came up with. I’m planning

to cover the current, hopefully temporary hiatus, in another post soon.

Background pictures

Thanks to the brilliant work of Twitter user @golton, you can now play CM 89/90 with a set of background images from the era. Gaz has worked on the top two four divisions of English football, with the promise of more to come.

This is a huge enhancement to CM 89/90, and something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but wouldn’t know where to start. Gaz has made the files available for download here. To install, extract the files to the Pictures folder in your CM 01/02 installation (you will need to download WinRAR to open the file).

To get a taster, here’s a set of screenshots from the second season of a campaign I’m currently playing.

Update: This now includes all four divisions of the English League

News from Across the Park

Martyn Green, from the excellent Across the Park football blog, has begun a challenge using the CM 89/90 database. He’s attempting to get Newcastle back up to the top flight, and is chronicling his exploits month-by-month. You can read about his pre-season¬†and opening games – keep checking his site for regular updates.

It’s great to see the update brought to life like this – the names bring about the sort of nostalgic feelings that drove me to do all this, and Martyn summarises his exploits very entertainingly.

Do take a look – and if you want to chronicle a season of your own, don’t hesitate to get in touch.