I used to love the matchday feature of having a picture of the ground you were playing at in the background. It gave each game an individual feel to it. Its the little things that make the big differences.
Oh, and also when you were able to choose your managerial personality pre game - like withdrawn etc... I feel this could be brought back someway into FM09. It could limit your media and player interaction to your originally chosen personality. Maybe you could start out as a withdrawn and green manager, but through your dealings with the press and players develop in a wily old Taggert. Anyway, anyone remember what version this feature was on? I'm thinking 98 ish.