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route1
02-01-2010, 14:31
Don't think I ever ran into you guys at my time at SI but a massive congratulations on your achievement fellas; thoroughly deserved!

Johan and Coleman to be made CBEs next year, just you wait!

NepentheZ
02-01-2010, 14:43
Amazing achievement. Awesome stuff. You guys have certainly kept me entertained over the last decade or so, and I couldn't be happier for you :thup:

timmy
02-01-2010, 17:06
Truly well deserved !! Congrats guys

davels
02-01-2010, 17:08
My guess is that Prince Harry is an addict and told Nanny to do the right thing.....

Demon4
02-01-2010, 18:06
Congratulations

dassyboy
02-01-2010, 18:41
Fantastic! Please pass on everyone's congratulations to both!

sebsy
02-01-2010, 19:52
Makes me proud to be a Shropshire boy :D

froog
02-01-2010, 19:57
thats excellent and well deserved well done

rhydymwyn
02-01-2010, 20:53
Congratulations!

djvandyke
02-01-2010, 23:12
Ridiculous decision. How did the Queen not notice the bugs?

Wes_Coulam
03-01-2010, 00:44
disgraceful yet our men are fighting n dieing for us overseas ..

yet the queen gives out M.B.E,s to someone for just making a game ..

DAM RIGHT DISGRACEFUL

As a member of the Armed Forces, im happy for them. FM keeps many service people sane & going whilst on deployments / tours.

Arush
03-01-2010, 09:49
Amazing.

Congratulations!

RossoneriGunner
03-01-2010, 16:09
***CONGRATULATIONS***

Well deserved, just waiting for their Knighthood's now.....there will be no living wiv 'em, LOL.

RG

Celts1888
03-01-2010, 17:57
Well done lads keep up the good work.:thup:

Sloppy Giuseppe
03-01-2010, 18:17
This is just awesome news. By the way my game doesn't work.

blueglobefootball123
03-01-2010, 18:55
That's excellent news, congrats to both :thup:

JoeGraham
03-01-2010, 20:39
Thoroughly deserved, I am also think this is a fantastic slap in the face for those at Eidos who didn't allow you to proceed and create fantastic games (exception CM01/02). This is a brilliant reward and recognition of the fantastic sucess that you at S.I have had and every brilliant games in the now legendary Football Manager Series!

tigerhgrrrrrr
03-01-2010, 20:47
Its a shame about all the bugs this year or it may have been OBE's! Yes I am still sore about 3d not working properly, even after patching & upgrading my PC fully....BUT seriously, such awards should be given for many different reasons, and I feel the pleasure that the SI games have given to so many for so long is a just reason so congrats.

Marshdweller
03-01-2010, 21:37
A little bird told me that they would've got knighthoods, but the Queen wasn't impressed with having to wait till mid-December for patch 2. :P

Seriously, congratulations to the pair of you!

Jorracle
04-01-2010, 10:53
Solid work fellas you deserve it!! Congratulations!!

GeordieTodger
04-01-2010, 11:22
nice one fellas, very deserving IMO.

CaptainHaddock
04-01-2010, 12:41
Many congratulations guys! Well deserved.

b3ast1
04-01-2010, 14:39
just saw this on kotaku well done guys good to see you get recognision for all the hard work and effort put in to making one of the greatest games :)

Markmilan
04-01-2010, 14:43
Congrats Oliver & Paul, well deserved.

ottey_swe
04-01-2010, 15:21
Congratulations! And thank you for FM

~adma~
04-01-2010, 16:46
Congrats guys! Well deserved :)

So its Sir Ov now in Miller? ;)

Faultless86
04-01-2010, 17:16
Well done guys, here's to many more versions of FM and FML in the future, I for one have grown up playing the game and it holds a special place in my heart, FML was the icing on the cake for me and I hope that can become as succesful as FM.
Im sure with the team you have at SI this is a certainty.

GG WP.

Deman
04-01-2010, 17:47
Congratulations and thoroughly deserved. I've followed and played this game since the first Championship Manager when my friend Paul Chaloner did the research for you.

One of the few games I will happily purchase each year. :thup:

Marshdweller
04-01-2010, 17:49
The Queen did say it would have been a knighthood if it wasnt for the superkeepers saving all her sides shots.


A little bird told me that they would've got knighthoods, but the Queen wasn't impressed with having to wait till mid-December for patch 2. :P

Seriously, congratulations to the pair of you!

D'oh! You beat me to it.

Congratulations again guys!

ColinZeal
04-01-2010, 18:26
WOW!!! Congrats!!! Well deserved!

Wee Aja
05-01-2010, 01:47
M.B.E.s for ruining my life???
I'd like to know how they sleep at night - have they any idea how much time I've spent on this bloody game, sometimes just staring at the screen for hours teetering on the edge of insanity? :D

Joking aside - congratulations gentlemen :thup:

gazzamark
05-01-2010, 10:34
Well done lads, I've been shouting for MBEs for you guys for years and now its come true. I can still remember as clear as day my first game of CM1, it changed my life.

minisav
05-01-2010, 10:37
M.B.E.s for ruining my life???
I'd like to know how they sleep at night - have they any idea how much time I've spent on this bloody game, sometimes just staring at the screen for hours teetering on the edge of insanity? :D

Joking aside - congratulations gentlemen :thup:

Stop lying, you've never been that close. You're far too far over the edge!

denzil85
05-01-2010, 11:36
Congratulations, now I can claim that playing almost every version of your games since 97/98 has been worth it - RESPECT :D

chesterfan2
05-01-2010, 12:56
Can I just add my congratulations too. Well done lads.

Yes, you have ruined my life, but in a nice way.

Edle
05-01-2010, 13:02
fully deserved after all the work and effort they put into this game series. nice one men.

Cableguy
05-01-2010, 16:58
I think congrats are in order for the both of you.....however my missus doesnt agree!!!!!!!

Dar2000
05-01-2010, 17:40
I have huge admiration for anyone who can take a classroom daydream and turn it into the phenomenol success story that your games have enjoyed. Other developers have tried to rival you and never got within touching distance!

Congrats to the both of you.

GillesGrimandi
05-01-2010, 22:18
Fantastic news.

Making my gaming life a joy since 1993.

Lima owinho
06-01-2010, 05:38
As you can imagine, Ov & Paul are somewhat overwhelmed with the response, so I'd like to thank you all for your lovely comments on their behalf - I would have done it sooner, but my net connection is down from home (you cannot believe what I went through last night to get the announcement up here!) so I've come into the studio to respond :)



Paul Jackson worked at EA for years, but was also the chair of ELSPA, BAFTA and has been involved in lots of other games industry iniatives.

A few others from the industry have got awards over the years - Peter Molyneaux (Bullfrog/Lionhead), the Darling Brothers (Codemasters) and some from publishers.



Paul also had his fair share of time off - trying to be a rock star in the early CM days (he was in a band called Elevate) - so no, they get the same size medal...


Thats some old school developers i loved bullfrog all of my old amiga games where by them

Lima owinho
06-01-2010, 05:42
I'd just like to say thank you for all the kind comments, and wish everyone a very happy new year'

It means a lot.....

Cheers,
Paul :-)

congrats all those long hours of coding that match engine has finally paid off wonder if people will still moan at a member of the empire now, that the defenders split up too much ! :P

Congratulations and keep the good coding going !

neevesc
06-01-2010, 11:03
Congratulations :thup:

Allies
06-01-2010, 12:40
Big up guys, fully deserved! :)

Wullie08
06-01-2010, 19:28
Yeah guys well done:D

nev147
06-01-2010, 19:34
3 pages of congratulations says it all really. Very well done lads! :thup:

Fedal
07-01-2010, 00:17
Congratulations, its a very deserved award, and i think its came late, but to come late is better then it never come.

sergioma33
07-01-2010, 15:44
congratulations from Spain

buffalo
07-01-2010, 15:49
I'm not really sure what an MBE is, but congrats

2mmy
07-01-2010, 18:57
Congratulations to you both.

As many have already said, much deserved.

Without the games you´ve put out, imagine how much fun, frustration and happiness we all would´ve missed out on since the early days during the 90s and all the way up till today. Thanks a million :)

Now I must play some more FM

Jops14
07-01-2010, 19:29
i just wanted to be another to say congratualtions to you guys, definately deserve it. I dont want to even think how many... months of my life i have spent on this game (spent, not wasted :D).

So congratulations again!

ryan_sacfc
07-01-2010, 21:18
Considering the number of hours of enjoyment you have created for millions around the world, it's really not surprising you have been rewarded.
Cheers, and congratulations!

Kriss
08-01-2010, 00:50
Considering the number of hours of enjoyment you have created for millions around the world, it's really not surprising you have been rewarded.
Cheers, and congratulations!

I believe the citation was originally "for services to sado masochim":D

giggs129
08-01-2010, 03:10
Congratulations guys, no doubt that you deserve this, heres to another 20 years :)

Andy-D
08-01-2010, 06:10
A belated congratulations guys. Glad to see some wider recognition of your work.

Grimble
08-01-2010, 13:31
Thoroughly deserved, Sirs. Congratulations.

BWSBethal
08-01-2010, 17:37
Just a quick well done collyers. Well deserved for all the work they have put in over the years in makin this one of THE best games. Iv had every game in the series since release and remember havin to send a cheque to some company in bournmouth to get the first Champ many years ago.

coldpost22
08-01-2010, 19:26
Truly well deserved boys.

I've loved every second of playin your games since the very beginning! Keep em comin and i'll keep testin them for ya!!!!

:D

David Bentley
08-01-2010, 21:57
gratz guys, well deserved

kipoko
08-01-2010, 23:54
Congratulations lads - a classic series!

780
09-01-2010, 01:43
Top Show fellas and thoroughly well deserved

SuDoku Man
09-01-2010, 02:07
Only just read this :o

Well done both :thup:

- the big thing is.... - your lives, make our lives, better! :D

Grats indeed... - Enjoy :) Charles.

steviegman
09-01-2010, 10:57
Congrats lads. Been with you all the way, keep up the good work

Sonic2006
09-01-2010, 13:39
Congratulations, well deserved. Wonder if Wills and Harry play FM ;-)

Crazy Paving
09-01-2010, 16:56
I started on the first Championship Manager sometime back in 92 on my Amiga, I've had every version since and had hours of fun thanks to the brilliant series. My brother is a bigger addict than I and even my dad plays the game.

This says something for the quality of the series and this award is hugely deserved. Well done chaps and thanks for the games! (Love the idea of the Queen being a secret FM fan!)

wyrley_saddler
09-01-2010, 18:11
Congratulations to both :thup:

Cesc Fabregas the Phenom
09-01-2010, 21:53
That is really spectacular, congrats.

zebanumut
11-01-2010, 01:41
My GOD Oliver Collyer and i live in the same city :D.Congratulations to you Collyer brothers and thank you for turning me into an addict :P

mrging
11-01-2010, 13:49
Congrats to both of you. Probably one of the most deserved handed out.

Woolyblue
11-01-2010, 17:16
About time to!!

arnold_kidd
11-01-2010, 23:41
Another big congrats to Ov and Paul! :thup:

jayahr
12-01-2010, 15:36
Congratulations! :):thup:
Well deserved :)

What's an M.B.E. though?

Abz Khan
13-01-2010, 20:28
Congratulations! :):thup:
Well deserved :)

What's an M.B.E. though?

It's a very special award from the Queen of England :)

aza
13-01-2010, 23:38
Shropshire! Its great that you have recieved MBE's. As others have said, Makes me proud to be from Shropshire.

berkshirevilla
14-01-2010, 00:59
Mega congrats guys, we owe you big time...

And make sure you give yourselfs a pat on the back

JSteel
14-01-2010, 18:06
Congratulations guys. I'm another who has been addicted since CM1 (Domark).

I'm not sure the people for whom this game was cited in divorces will be quite so praiseworthy.

aunmar
14-01-2010, 18:17
Congratulations from Norway.

jordan longbottom1
14-01-2010, 19:55
Congratulations to both of you.. ive played CM/FM for something ridiculous like 18/19 years now and have owned every copy along the way!

I say you deserve a knighthood... the wife wants to line you up and shoot you :eek:

MagnumPI
15-01-2010, 23:43
I wonder what team the queen is !!!


Well done chaps !!

Timster
16-01-2010, 19:18
m.b.e's become a bit worthless when they give them out for any reason...

strong centreback
17-01-2010, 21:06
Congratulations, cant think of two poeple in the games industry more deserving

Stampler
18-01-2010, 11:25
congrats guys

Brooksie
18-01-2010, 14:55
Congratulations, good to see that Peter Molyneux is not the only one getting recognition in this country for the gaming sector!

I started out with CM on the Commodore Amiga back 1993, it would have been impossible to imagine back then that:

In 2010 the series is still going strong,
It changed name to FM
Can be played it on a handheld (PSP) and console (360)
the founders received an MBE,
That SEGA became involved! I mean come on, Sonic the Hedgehog and CM were a million miles apart back in the early 90s!

Good job all at SI and beyond! :)

Hoopy05
19-01-2010, 03:05
Congratulations guys, well deserved.

JorgenD
19-01-2010, 12:19
Wow! Congrats on your M.B.E's guys. :)

CM and FM has certainly meant a lot to me throughout my life, from CM 93/94 up to the latest installment of FM.

Thanks for giving me thousands of hours of fun, frustration, happiness, ****ed-of-ness, and cheer joy. :)

lawsie
19-01-2010, 15:15
that is great, really great. Easily the best series of any games and any genre ever made, both as a fun point of view and a selling point of view i am sure. Again, big thanks for all your effort now reap your rewards.. err apart from the vast sum of cash you will have already made of course :p

lutontown1991
19-01-2010, 16:24
Congratulations guys and Thank You

ianw31
21-01-2010, 22:05
Congratulations to you both ... simply for the enjoyment over so many years that you've brought into my life, which I am sure is reflected across a wide range of people

duckman4442006
22-01-2010, 12:51
Congratulations guys you certainly deserve it

Snaus
28-01-2010, 02:47
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah. :)

Congratulations, well deserved!

At least now I can ask others if the creators of THEIR favourite pass time are also honored by the Queen.

But does this mean that we now have to call them by their first name only, like you do with Sirs? I'd feel strange not saying Mr. Collyer. :o

hilly_boro
28-01-2010, 02:47
Congratulations guys !! Very well deserved.

Just noticed thread ! My bad !

Efe Cinar
30-01-2010, 22:36
wow! gz guys :)

ParaMite
31-01-2010, 11:57
Only just read the news - congrats both - fully deserved.

Tactic Master
04-02-2010, 08:36
m.b.e's become a bit worthless when they give them out for any reason...

This wasn't given out for just any reason, they fully deserve it! I've been converted since fm2007 and rightly so, as Football Manager is the greatest manager game ever created, i was converted to FM as soon as i first played it.

Keep up to excellent works guys, and congratulations!

Timster
06-02-2010, 02:57
I'm not saying they haven't done a good job; I'm merely pointing out that making a videogame, and establishing a franchise out of said game, for a profit is hardly a chivalrous act.

Getting a m.b.e for designing a videogame seems like they're giving it out for any reason.. just my 2 cents.

Herbie
06-02-2010, 10:00
Great stuff fella's!

Spireite1982
06-02-2010, 13:25
Congrats to both of you! You definately made my teens a more enjoyable time.

edgar555
06-02-2010, 13:32
I'm not saying they haven't done a good job; I'm merely pointing out that making a videogame, and establishing a franchise out of said game, for a profit is hardly a chivalrous act.

Getting a m.b.e for designing a videogame seems like they're giving it out for any reason.. just my 2 cents.

So surely the same goes for actors, footballers, singers etc etc.
By your reckoning who would qualify? Police and the armed forces, thats it. Get real, the actors, entertainers and games producers bring happiness into peoples lives, yes for profit, but are any of us completely altruistic? I think not.

Carl_272
07-02-2010, 01:28
gongratulations

ryansilkmen
07-02-2010, 15:59
well done very well deserved fm gets better every year

Vic Taylor
07-02-2010, 16:02
Well done, guys. Congrats. :thup:

TheCoach
12-02-2010, 14:23
Really well done lads ............to be recognised in this way is a huge honour you have made many a manager wanna be;s life come true............endless games, sleepless nights, rows with the Mrs over where have you been all bloody night ( playing FM honest !!!) and generally re creating the life of a Manager.

sidneycrosby87
12-02-2010, 14:30
Well done and congratulations! Still remember being smug to overtake these guys in the Hall of Fame, in the original original Championship Manager on the Amiga :)

Gonzo67
15-02-2010, 00:13
Nice one thoroughly deserved guys

heathxxx
20-02-2010, 16:34
I'm not saying they haven't done a good job; I'm merely pointing out that making a videogame, and establishing a franchise out of said game, for a profit is hardly a chivalrous act.

Getting a m.b.e for designing a videogame seems like they're giving it out for any reason.. just my 2 cents.

There's always been leaders and pioneers in trade, industry, the arts, etc... who receive honours such as this. It's good to see that the games industry (clearly an important part of popular culture today) is being recognised. Also important to note, is the popularity of the game as a UK export worldwide.

These two guys deserve the award for their efforts, for creating and continuing to create something, which has consistently proven so popular. They thoroughly deserve their award.

Well done lads! :thup:

11v11
22-02-2010, 18:46
it is through sigames that i learned all the critical ingredience of football, thank you all and it is well deserved

fabioke
22-02-2010, 21:56
Congratulations from somebody who grew up with the game.

Butters76
24-02-2010, 10:57
Well deserved.

I wonder how many hours of joy CM93 to FM10 has given me since 1993. It's alot.
Paul and Ov are folkheroes in the football community.

Grats guys and thanks for all your hard and great work.

RESPECT!

winther
25-02-2010, 16:36
very cool. congrats.
been there with you from the start.

crowsus
25-02-2010, 22:36
very cool. congrats.
been there with you from the start.

he's your real dad guys.

oggie26
26-02-2010, 19:19
Just seen this great news, what can I say : ) Great to see that both of them have got recognised for all the hard work they have put into their career ! Congrats

Mravac Kid
26-02-2010, 22:41
So, one of them is now Sir Oliver? ;p

*flees*

Joking aside, it's wonderful to hear that. The Collyers have done so much for the world of football management games, without them there'd be only the high-visuals, low-realism FIFA clones.
I've been a fan of FM/CM since the mid-90s, and pretty much everything I know about football I learned from there. Heck, I don't even care about the sport outside the games! :)

crafty bison
07-03-2010, 00:10
Awesome news and well deserved.

craigcwwe
07-03-2010, 00:31
Congratulations well deserved.

aviera
07-03-2010, 14:24
Congratulations both of you...

Ages since I first play CM Italia 94 :)

Still following after 16 years...

Francisc
11-03-2010, 17:28
Congratulations! If you ever want to sell the medal, let me know! (haha)

furiousuk
13-03-2010, 02:30
Congrats guys, glad to see some hard-workers achieving recognition! Ive grown up with you guys, been a fan since the beginning, so so glad you've done well! Here's to pushing the boundaries!

FML Wi11iams
16-03-2010, 13:34
Just noticed this! Well done guys, doing Shropshire proud as allways!!!

FFFJeff
19-03-2010, 20:51
Congrats guys, you have brought so much joy to the masses that will always be remembered!! :thup:

Yanos
22-03-2010, 03:04
Just noticed this post now!

Well done fellas.... like the above statements, You guys do deserve this recognition....well done.

ToonForever
22-03-2010, 06:20
CONGRATS!! The fellas are certainly heroes in my book :)

Sr. Luria
22-03-2010, 06:28
Congrats to them!

Also, Miles, you guys need more podcasts about the game and such. Really you do.

mattigol
23-03-2010, 03:20
Congrats guys!

Even a yank plays this game! Been at it since CM2!

Matt
USA

danlufan
24-03-2010, 22:46
I don't think i have missed a game in the series since it first started on the PC. It is a truly deserved reward to two fantastic guys, it has been an honour to share a game of FML and discussion.

I have fond memories of the Daytime Football Association in early days of FML BETA :)

lee_uk
25-03-2010, 18:34
well done to the both of you..been an avid player from the beginning on the amiga.even wrote to the guys about new ideas and got a great reply back from them many years ago.also had a letter published in the old amiga power magazine which i criticised their poor review they gave out of the game..happy days :)
congrats!!