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The Challenges / Sign-Ups / Holiday Games Awards - Voting Closes August 18th at 22:00

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it's that time of the year again. The time where we celebrate the previous 12 months of Challenges, Sign-ups and AI Experiments.

Below this, you will see a list of the nominations, complete with reasons and links. If you are not sure about who to vote for, please check these out, as I am sure you will find something out that you didn’t realise before that will swing your vote. The voting list will follow this post.

Challenges

Best challenge

What it says on the tin…. This award goes to what you think the best challenge of FM08 has been:

dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

Author: dafuge

Probably the most popular challenge ever in this forum, over 500 people have started a game and registered on its website http://www.dafugeschallenge.com/. Involves taking a team from below the BSN/S and taking them all the way to the Premier League and Champions League title.

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Author: Gundo

A version of dafuge’s challenge based around the same idea using clubs from small European nations. This has provided an interesting and popular challenge that explores some of the problems with trying to achieve great things with a truly tiny club.

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Author: bermybhoy

This new concept is a mixture of a challenge and a sign up as two teams of players (the Southern Softies and the Northern Monkeys) compete against each other in the task of taking a club from the BSN/S to the Premier League, under the manager names of the legendary Danny Roberts and Paul Wallace.

Hardest Challenge

Fairly straightforward again, this award will go to the challenge you feel is move difficult to accomplish:

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Author: Gundo

The challenge of winning the Champions League with a small club from a small country can be almost impossible depending on which country is chosen. So far there are just two recorded people who have completed it, pjtopor in Poland and cookie15 in Norway.

San Marino "double" Challenge 2008

Author: Ter

For the third year running, Ter has set the double task of taking the San Marino club side from the lower Italian leagues to Serie A and to qualify for an international tournament with the international side.

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Author: Nepenthez

Pretty simple idea; manage a player who scores 1000 goals. Not that simple to achieve, not only does it require finding an outstanding youngster but the commitment to play long enough to give him the chance. Two people have managed this on FM08, NepentheZ with Paul Wallace and Ridleys with Dean Evans.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

This goes to perhaps not the best challenge on the forum, but the one that you have most enjoyed competing in, or what you would believe would be the most enjoyable to take part in:

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Author: bermybhoy

A new idea this year, the interactive, competitive story based approach to a challenge has really caught the imagination of people. It has created some great discussion and gives the manager a real chance in the spotlight, with a group of people genuinely enthusiastic about their progress.

dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge

Author: dafuge

Just seems to keep attracting people back all the time, perhaps due to the familiarity of the English leagues. This is the third year it has been run and it seems to be gaining in popularity every year.

The Career Thread

Author: n/a

Maybe not as strictly structured as the other challenges, but this thread has encouraged people to play the game and post about their games in a way which they perhaps would not have done before.

Most Popular Player

This award is given to the player who has become most famous throughout the course of completing challenges in FM2008. They may not be worldwide names, but to the participants of the CSE forum, they are legends in their own right:

Paul Wallace

A product of Gundo’s challenge and the first recorded player to score over 1000 goals in FM08. Wallace spent his career at Knockbreda in Northern Ireland scoring an incredible 1073 goals in total, 4 of them for Northern Ireland. After retiring, Wallace went into coaching before earning the job as assistant manager at Knockbreda.

Brian Taylor

A product of dafuge’s challenge, Brian Taylor is a real rags to riches story. Signed as a 16 year old for Prescot Cables in the BSP, he stayed with the club all the way to the Premier League and Champions League titles. Scored 43 goals in 62 games for Northern Ireland.

Dean Evans

Another product of Gundo’s challenge, Dean Evans was the second FM08 player to record 1000 goals. Another player to ply his trade in the Northern Irish league, Evans notched up 1000 goals in an incredible 691 games. He also had an incredible scoring record for Wales, notching up 49 goals in 74 games.

Best failed challenge

This award will go to the challenge that you feel should have had greater success in the forum during the past 12 months than it actually received:

The Monthly Challenges

An idea started by dafuge to bring short season long challenges to the forum on a monthly basis. Unfortunately the interest in them diminished with just 5 people completing the season for the April Challenge. Hopefully this is something that can be re-launched in the future.

Dave's Hall of Fame Challenge.

A great idea involving managing in various countries across the globe, unfortunately there wasn’t much interest in it. Possibly one that has potential to return for FM09?

The Great Escape Challenge

A great idea for a short-term challenge based around trying to save Bournemouth from relegation. It proved to be very difficult, almost impossible but unfortunately not that many people attempted it.

Sign-ups

Best Sign Up

Speaks for itself, this award will go to the sign you will has been the best of the past 12 months:

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Author: Walcott’s Wonderkids

A variation on the ‘create a striker’ idea where users create a striker from a European nation to compete in the Eurovision Striking Contest, where the strikers are competing against each other to win points by performing in international matches. This innovative approach to tracking player progress has kept a large number of people interested in this hugely popular thread.

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

Author: LokedOut420

The original 'create a striker and follow him' sign up of the modern CSE era. Around since the days of FM07, but is still has a popular following and the updates have never diminished in quantity or quality from LokedOut420, a veteran of FM sign ups. An innovative sign up including features such as video highlights of the goals of the month.

Cove Bay Pirates/STI v. City Merchants/NTI - The Ultimate Rivalry - This Time It's For Real!!!

Author: DodgeeD

The first sign up from one of the newer CSE members that started with a twist on a well known format - a two team rivalry not only on a club but also international level. Whilst most of the in-game players have left their original teams, the intergame rivalry between the two countries, North & South Treasure Islands in the Caribbean, is still going strong.

Best Sign Up Idea

This award will go to the sign up that may not necessarily have been the most successful, but certainly was the best idea during the last 12 months:

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged*

Author: PaulHartman71

A manager sign up, with participants each creating and following their manager, in charge of a national team from across the length and breadth of the Americas. Participants provide votes at the end of each season with 2,4,6,8,10 and legendary douze points as to who they believe has managed their respective country best over the past 12 months. The sign up is now just as famous for its suspense, narration by the author and block voting: as to who actually wins the competition!!!

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Author: Canvey

An adaption of the popular TV series, this sign up sees 20 players, each managing a Premiership football team, split into 2 sides, with weekly tasks set for the participants. At the end of the task, 3 teams from the least successful side face the chop, with one person, as I’m sure you all know… getting fired!

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Author: Walcott’s Wonderkids

A variation on the ‘create a striker’ idea where users create a striker from a European nation to compete in the Eurovision Striking Contest, where the strikers are competing against each other to win points by performing in international matches. This innovative approach to tracking player progress has kept a large number of people interested in this hugely popular thread.

Best Sign Up Team Name

This award goes to the best team name in a sign up during the last 12 months.

Cove Bay Pirates

Author: Dodgee D

Capital City Merchants

Author: Dodgee D

Sporting Lisburn

Author: Wisla Krakow

Best Failed Sign Up

This award will go to the sign up that you think had real potential, but for one reason or another, just didn’t really take off:

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

Author: NepentheZ

NepentheZ started a fantasy football sign up in which you would select a squad of players and they would score you points throughout the season. This was a hugely ambitious and original idea, but sadly the following was far too small for the amount of work that needed to be put in.

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck

Author: birdy123

Another innovative sign up that never really got off the ground; birdy designed a sign up where each player took it in turn to select players from a roster for their team. Each team had a budget from which to spend from. Terrific idea that created a spin off in the form of Ridley’s version.

The "it could be you... who's crap!" sign up

Author: Iseemonsters

A ‘follow your player’ sign up with a difference – this time you were given a totally random potential ability, which meant your player could be the a national hero or they could be a lower league legend. Completely different to the usual set of superstar following sign ups and it was a shame that it did not continue for longer.

AI Experiments

Best experiment

This award goes to the AI experiment that over the past 12 months has been the best test of Football Manager:

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Author: Kipfizh

Probably the best known AI experiment, Kipfizh created ‘The Bandits’ – a club with perfect facilities and rich chairman, who also had a team of superstars youngsters in every position. Initially it started off following the players and The Bandits, but it soon expanded into much more, analysing the wider FM world in the game, especially after the superstar players retired from playing. A must read for any wannabe experiment writer!

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Author: Morridin (although with large contributions from ZJ)

A hidden gem of the CSE forums. Morridin decided to scientifically analyse the mechanics of manager reputation and in doing so, produced some of the most detailed and interesting posts that many an AI experiment sadly lack. If you have never heard of this thread, take a look at it – fascinating.

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Author: Wegason

Possibly the most work ever put into an AI experiment to create it, Wegason create (took over) a country and created a whole new set of clubs and a nation for those clubs, to see how the country would develop over time. One of the truly great AI experiments for FM08.

Best idea for an experiment

This award goes to the AI experiment that is the most innovative and original test of Football Manager:

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Author: bermybhoy

bermybhoy came up with the great idea of testing how a squad could cope with a difference of personalities within the squad. Each position in the squad is divided into two cliques, to see if they can overcome their hatred for each other for the good of the team.

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Author: Morridin

Exploring manager reputation is a rarely analysed element in AI experiments and Morridin set the benchmark for analysing this.

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Author: Wegason

The nomination panel and most of the forum are still astonished at the amount of effort Wegason poured into this experiment, setting up effectively a completely new country in FM. The challenge that emerged from this as well is well worth a look.

Most important experiment findings

This award will go to the experiment that you feel, looking back, has produced the most interesting and thought provoking findings for how the game works. See best AI experiment award for descriptions.:

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Author: Kipfizh

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Author: Morridin

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Author: Wegason

User Awards

Possibly the most highly contested and interesting awards for the CSE Community. We have picked what we believe is a honest reflection of the CSE Community and have tried to honour the individuals who have had the greatest impact on threads during the past 12 months.

Best User

This award should go to not necessarily your favourite user on the CSE forums, but the user you feel has had the greatest impact on the forum in the last 12 months and who you feel that if they stopped posting, the CSE forum would be worse for it:

NepentheZ

He’s had a massive influence on the forums this year with his contribution to the challenges and his general all round presence on the forum. Not really one famous for starting threads more so for contributing to them, NepentheZ has still brought various concepts to the board. Notably the Youth Player Project, but he has also resurrected The Danny Roberts Challenge and the Big Fat Goalie Challenge.

birdy123

A long time member of the CSE forum, birdy has had a big influence on the way the forum is today. Whilst being an integral member of many sign up threads, Birdy was the co creator of the The Career Thread and also the host of the CSE awards for the second year now. Birdy has had an input into a huge number of threads in CSE, most notably in the sign up and experiments threads.

Walcott's Wonderkids

Another long time member of the forum, Walcott’s Wonderkids has also had a big influence on the CSE forum. Possibly one of the most prolific sign up thread starters, he has had great success this year with The Eurovision Striking Contest and The Commentators Curse. Walcott’s Wonderkids has also had an input into a large number of threads on CSE, taking part in various sign up threads and experiments while maintaining his own.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

This award should go to the individual who you feel has consistently over the last 12 months has produced the highest quality of updates for people following the threads they have started themselves:

kipfizh

kipfizh has become a famous name across the SI forums through his superb delivery in AI Experiment - what would happen if? Never before has someone been able to captivate such a large number of people with a story like his as he tested the way the AI dealt with certain conditions. His superbly detailed reports and fluid story telling style have kept people coming back for more. An example of his updates.

Walcott's Wonderkids

Walcott’s Wonderkids really set the bar this year with his updates in The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!. His mixture of screenshots and coded tables has made this sign up thread a pleasure to read with a plethora of information provided on the progress of each player. An example of his updates.

PaulHartman71

With his unique idea The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged* Paul has provided excellent updates with a mixture of informative tables, suspense building posts and good humour in his updates. An example of his updates.

Best contribution to a challenge

This award should go to the poster who you feel has made the highest quality of posts in a challenge they have been competing in:

michaeltmurrayuk

A long time contributor to dafuge’s challenge, michaeltmurrayuk has provided superb updates documenting his team conquering the challenge and beyond. It’s always nice to see a user continue to update on their game even after they have completed the challenge and michaeltmurrayuk has done that, giving us an idea about exactly how far you can go with a small English club. An example of his updates.

NepentheZ

After a massive contribution to both Gundo and dafuge’s challenges, NepentheZ has expanded into turning his own save games into great new threads such as a resurrection of the Pele challenge (now changed to Roberts) and the brilliant new Youth Player Project. An example of his updates.

ejthegreat

Like michaeltmurrayuk, ejthegreat has provided us with fantastic updates detailing his achievements in dafuge’s challenge. Another person who has carried on to produce fantastic updates after completing the challenge. An example of his updates.

Best contribution to a sign up

This award should go to the poster who you feel has made the highest quality of posts in a sign up they have been taking part in, but not running themselves:

route1

Since becoming more well known amongst the sign up fraternity, route1 has always made sure that he posts regularly in the sign up he participates in and crucially, always tries to say more than the generic one or two phrases in his responses.

Robert_296

Robert_296 is one of the more visible followers of sign ups he takes part in and it is always nice when running sign ups to see people following every update made by the thread starter with eager anticipation.

Dodgee D

Dodgee D is one of the more thoughtful posters in sign ups and you can regularly tell that he has been through the updates with a fine tooth comb to work out how his player has performed, as this is reflected in his posts.

In fairness, all of those comments could have been written against any of the 3 nominees, which is an example of why they are regarded as high quality posters. You now decide which has made the best contribution to the sign ups they have participated in.

Most reliable user

This award should go to the individual who you feel is regularly on the forum, produces updates when they say they will and always lets you know if they are going away for a few days:

bermybhoy

bermybhoy was responsible for the innovative Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off where he has kept the competitors well organised which has allowed the thread to flow. Always willing to handle a debate, bermybhoy has always been willing to listen to people and settle arguments, making sure his rules are clear and appropriate.

Walcott's Wonderkids

Currently working on The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!, Walcott’s Wonderkids has provided excellent and regular updates, keeping everyone in touch with the thread. This is not new though, Walcott’s Wonderkids has been doing this ever since the CSE forum was formed.

Robert_296

Probably best known for The Premiership Predictions league, Robert has kept this going with ruthless efficiency. Always willing to draw the line and enforce deadlines, Robert has done a splendid job on maintaining a potentially difficult thread.

Most missed user

This is a new award for this year and should go to the individual who is no longer so active in the CSE community compared to when the forum first began back in 2007. As some of these names are only known to some of the older members of the forum, a description has been provided detailing of what they brought to the community:

chrisbamb

chrisbamb was the creator of one of the most unique sign-ups on the forums. He was a big part of the original sign-ups back in GQ. He hasn’t been around for the past year or so, and his presence on the forums has been greatly missed.

Jimbokav1971

After winning the ‘best user’ award last year, Jimbo has practically disappeared from the forums apart from the odd cameo appearance. Jimbo was highly involved in both dafuge’s and Gundo’s challenges and will probably always be remembered for the inception of ‘Super Kyle’ some time ago. His unique style on the forum has been sorely missed this year.

Barnsley

Barnsley basically invented sign-ups as you see today. FMF was the first major sign-up in GQ, and every sign-up that is around today takes some influence from it. Even Wisla’s World famous sign-up was heavily influenced by FMF. Barnsley has been around very little since the sign-ups moved to the CSE forum, but FMF will never be forgotten.

User of the future

This award should go to the individual who, whilst having not been on the forums for very long, has contributed significantly in the threads they are involved in and hopefully will go on to become a senior member of the community:

canvey!!

Relatively new to the CSE forum, canvey!! Has gradually branched out from the challenge threads to become an important part of the forum in general. Currently running the excellent The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition, he has already shown he has some great ideas and the ability to pull them off.

rancer890

Despite being around on the forums since 2006, rancer890 is relatively new to the CSE forum. Initially showing an interest in a variety of threads, rancer890 is now running FMO8 A New World -- Sign Up, AI Experiment & Challenge All In One !!!!!, showing he is more than capable of running a good sign up thread.

roberto922

New to the forums in general, roberto922 has quickly found the CSE forum and come up with some innovative ideas of his own. The CSE European Championships has been a great idea, introducing a tournament style to competing in FM challenges. Football: The Future is also looking like an interesting new idea.

Fan's Favourite User

The “People’s Choice” award of this years ceremony is arguably the most prestigious award. This award plain and simply goes to your favourite user of the CSE forums over the past 12 months:

birdy123

A true fans favourite, Birdy has been one of the longest standing members of the CSE forum, being around since its inception. Has evolved into one of the best posters on the board and is active in several sign ups and is always keen to get involved in the behind the scenes aspects of the forum. Johnny K would be proud :**)

NepentheZ

Has had a vital role in the CSE forum over the last 12 months. He has made a huge contribution to Gundo’s and dafuge’s challenges and has even developed his own challenges. One of the best posters currently on the forum, his popularity and respect throughout the forum is widespread.

dafuge

The current holder of the award and resident mod of the CSE forums. dafuge has been around the SI forums for years now and his posts tend to be considered and of the highest quality. Achievements this year include another successful edition of dafuge’s challenge and playing an anchor role with his mod duties in helping the CSE forum become the CSE community.

Finally, I would like to publicly thank dafuge and Walcott's Wonderkids for their huge efforts in this. Without them, the awards would certainly not be at this stage, and this in-depth.

The voting form will follow this post.

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Right. Now you need to decide which one nomination you want to vote for. When voting, delete the two nominations you don’t want to vote for, leaving the one remaining nomination that you do want to vote for. Then post your votes in this thread. Simple, huh?

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

The Career Thread

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Brian Taylor

Dean Evans

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Dave's Hall of Fame Challenge

The Great Escape Challenge

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

Dodgee D's NTI / STI sign up (don't know full name)

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged*

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Capital City Merchants

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

birdy123

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Walcott's Wonderkids

PaulHartman71

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

NepentheZ

ejthegreat

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1

Robert_296

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

bermybhoy

Walcott's Wonderkids

Robert_296

Most Missed User

chrisbamb

Jimbokav1971

Barnsley

User of the Future

canvey!!

rancer890

roberto922

Fan's Favourite User

birdy123

NepentheZ

dafuge

So there you have it. Remember to take time over your votes; there is no rush at all. Voting closes at 22:00 on Monday the 18th of August. That gives you just over a fortnight to get your votes in.

Finally, giving reasons for your votes is encouraged. It's all part of the fun.

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Right, someone has to kick this off, so I might as well.

Not voting for myself as that is just wrong! ;)

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Just plain and simply the best challenge on the forum, long may it continue (even if I barely take part each year!)

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.) - Close one between this and the San Marino challenge, but I think this one just edges it.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Basic idea is fun, even if trying to complete it isn't so much!

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Only one I really know anything about.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Cracking idea in theory, which I'm sure will get more attention in the future once it's tweaked a bit and the scenario plan gets the go ahead.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country - The detail and effort put into it by LokedOut420 is incredible, plus the fact that it's been going on for about a year now!

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - Like the way its been successfully transferred from TV to FM, plus also the way the thread is put together.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants - Go NTI!!! :D

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - This idea has been floating around the forum for over a year now and without anyone really pulling it off, definitely a sign up idea that could be brilliant if done correctly. :thup:

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Doesn't need an explanation really does it... just the god of how to analyse FM and has made me thought so much more about players in FM, even how I talk about players in my sign ups.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - Completely original idea and Wegason deserves the credit for all the time and effort he put in just to set it up.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Didn't even know this thread existed until the nominees were selected, but the effort and results are incredible and well worth a read incase any of you have a spare few minutes.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - His contribution to the challenges and in setting up his own threads make him stand out as the best allround user of the forum.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - Because if Carlsberg did FM updates, then they would employ kipfizh to do the best FM updates in the world.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk - The effort he puts into writing updates in the challenge threads needs to be recognised.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - Always responds to updates in a sign up thread he is taking part in and the way he comments lets the thread starter know that he has looked in detail at what has been written / produced in the thread.

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - Always around, always responds promptly to updates in your sign ups and always lets other people know when he won't be around.

Most Missed User

chrisbamb - Ran one of the best sign ups on the forum and ran it so well. Hopefully one of you new guys can pick up where he left off for a FM09 version (hint hint ;)!)

User of the Future

canvey!! - Although he has been around the forums slightly longer than the other two, he has contributed in the challenges and then his own thread is going great guns. Hopefully in the following months he can be a major contributor to the forums.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - All 3 are great users, but dafuge has contributed so much in turning this forum into a community over the past 12 months that I think he deserves the recognition, again!

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Might as well get my votes in early I suppose...

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - I think it's a great challenge and it's superbly run

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.) - I think this is obviously one of the hardest challenges, trying to get a player to score 1000 goals is definitely no walk in the park.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - It's a really, really enjoyable challenge full of banter, which just makes things a lot more enjoyable.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Wallace > Roberts any day.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Sparked my idea of doing the '20/20 Challenge' so yeah, it gets my vote.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - Great sign-up, that is very well run by WW.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - I've already given the Eurovision 1 vote, I can't vote for myself (even if I could I wouldn't as that wouldn't be proper), so i'll vote for this brilliant sign-up, I really love the TV show The Apprentice, and to have it made into a sign-up is a dream come true for me.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates - I always loved the name 'Orlando Pirates', so I had to love this name too

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap - Wasn't around for the other two, and I think Ridleys deserves it, not just for this one but all the other ones he's messed up. Good to see him in a successful sign up with Robert though

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Brilliant experiment, I've enjoyed reading all 38 pages of it :D

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - I thought this was a very interesting idea, as i've always been interested in this sort of thing.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Not just the findings themselves but the way it was written and given to us, was truly magnificent.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Nep just seems to be everywhere on the forum, and contributes very well to what he takes part in.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - His updates are brilliant, and you can see that a LOT of effort goes into them.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - I haven't really heard of the other two, so I guess Nep gets another vote :D

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

DodgeeD - I didn't give him a vote earlier, and the hard work he's put into the NTI and STI sign-up really deserves something.

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - He's a very reliable person, he was always the one organising the FMO sessions, always the first there and first to leave. A good friend on the forum too.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - Haven't heard of the other two so Jimbobokav gets my vote here.

User of the Future

canvey!! - The other two have been on here for less time, but canvey!! has imo made a much bigger impact in his time here, he's a great person to have in your sign-up, his enthusiasm lead to me playing a bit of a prank on him in my sign-up recently :D

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - Not just a sympathy vote because their wasn't a favourite mod category, without dafuge I don't know how CSE would cope, he definitely deserves this award.

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Might as well post mine as well!

Not going to vote for myself either ;)

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - The classic.

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.) - Done by a couple of people this year, but still a really tough one.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - All are fun, but this one has the aspect of not being restricted as much, which adds to the fun!

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - The inferior Danny Roberts wins this time ;)

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Great idea. If done next year I hope more people will take part.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - WW really excelled himself here. Top sign-up, love reading the updates.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - Just brilliant. Possibly the best idea I've seen on here.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn - Has a good ring to it.

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football - Great idea. Just a huge amount of work needed to go into it to make it work.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - The others are great, don't get me wrong, but kipfizh has run this superbly.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate - Great idea.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Really interesting read.

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Really close between him and Nep.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids - kipfizh has been brilliant, but I have enjoyed reading WW's updates more than anyones.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk - Really in-depth, interesting updates.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1 - Always around, posting about the updates.

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - Can always count on him to be around.

Most Missed User

Barnsley - Feel bad about not voting for Bambi, but Bran is just in a league of his own. One of the best ever.

User of the Future

canvey!! - Seen bright things from him already. Can see him being a major user on this forum in the near future.

Fan's Favourite User

NepentheZ - Really close again. Both users have been outstanding this year.

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here my votes and good luck every one

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

roberto922

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Thanks Man U King :D

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Just look at the sheer number of posts.

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge: Difficulty GODLIKE (Part two).

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Only one I've heard of

Best failed challenge

The monthly challenges - It's coming back for 09 though :D

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a player and score goals for a small country

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

The 'It could be you ..... whos crap' sign up

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Contribution to a Challenge

PaulHartman71

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Route1

Most Reliable User

bermybhoy

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

Rancer890 - hope he returns the favour lol.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - TBF the forums would be stuck without him

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Woot, I'm nominated for something and thanks roberto for voting me:D

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's FM08 Small club to Big club challenge

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 small club from small nation European adventure challenge

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - I'm been reading Dafuge's career, good work daf:thup:

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest

Best sign-up idea

The All American Managerial Contest

Best sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

"It could be you...who's crap!" sign up - Frazza's failed sign-ups weren't nominated:p

AI Experiments

Best experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Best idea for an experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Most important experiment findings

AI Experiment - What would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

PaulHartman71

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most reliable user

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most missed user

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

roberto922 definately lol:D

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Hello CSE! This is route1 here.. Everybody here would like to congratulate everyone involved in this years awards.

And the results from route1 are; [/bad attempt at recreating eurovision]

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Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - the classic challenge that still brings in the punters.

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.) - gets my vote as it's a challenge anyone can do with any game.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - a great idea for a challenge and one I've looked in on before. Wish I had the time to join sides!

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - the one and only (RIP Danny Roberts)

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - a great idea but a shame it never caught on (yes I know I'm guilty)

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - :*) the heartache of being in the international wilderness, the highs of challenging for the title to just miss out, the lows of an injury plagued season.. this sign-up has it all and is still ongoing..

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - great idea! Just annoyed I missed the boat for the signup.. where was the off topic favouritsm!?

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants - well, I can't vote for the Pirates can I?

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap - could've/should've been a classic..

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - awesome idea and as it started in GQ, it may have introduced many to the CSE forum.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - very unusual twist on the experiment ideal.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - such detail on a topic many wouldn't really think about.

User Awards

Best User

birdy123 - always around; always involved..

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids - one of the best and longest running signups and so dedicated to FM he even thought up the Director of Football challenge while on holiday!!

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - you said it all in his blurb.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - as nice as that route1 chap is, I enjoy this fellas contribution to his own and other's posts in the forum

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - said it all already..

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - the grandad figure of the sadly departed off topic thread.

User of the Future

canvey!! - announced himself with a flurry of exclamation marks, he's often around and involved already

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - the mod, the legend.. dafuge

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Right, I'm off to get my tux and practise my 'good loser' look for the results..

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Congrats Birdy et al for getting this together. Some of my voting is based on simply what I'm more familiar with as I've only been in the forum for a few months...

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread

Most Popular Player

Brian Taylor

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Cove Bay Pirates/STI v. City Merchants/NTI

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition (Sorry Paul but I love the Apprentice so the tie-in was genius :p)

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

birdy123

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

rancer890

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged*

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1

Most Reliable User

bermybhoy

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Challenges

Best Challenge

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Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge- A trully brilliant challenge, that I wish I had done this year. Would definetly like to give it ago in the future

Hardest Challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008- Although i haven't participated, I have read responses from others and seen how difficult it really is

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Awsome Challenge, The amount of participates speak for themselves

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace From the rave reviews of heard from Nep, I couldn't go past him.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges [/b] Very sad to see this not take off

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins What can I say, Wow. I think the 4 attemppted remakes off this idea really show the sheerbrilliance behind it

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged* Absolutely love it, each day when i come on here, it is the 1st thing i look at. Enthralling

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn I proud to be apart of the very successful team known as Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap brilliant idea that i just wish lasted for longer.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation An incredible amount of work went into this, Absolutely love it

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate I loved this, I just wish that i would return.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? Amazing work and it has exposed us to things we wouldn't have even known if it wasn't for this.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ A regular contributer to this forum, always entertaining us

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids The speed, regularity and quality of updates is second to none.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ Brilliant user, who always provides us with regular, quality and insightful updates.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296 It's easy to notice if Robert is in a sign-up. he always reply's to updates with quality responses.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids We can easy rely on WW to either give a quality update, or let us no if he can't.

Most Missed User

chrisbamb Although I was only around towards the end of Bambi's reign, I read back on his work, and was incredibly impressed with the dedication he put in his sign-up. Mind you, i also really miss Jimbo.

User of the Future

roberto922 I reckon roberto will definetly be a great user here for the months/years to come.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge Everytime dafuge posts, I read with full intent. It's as easy as that.

Good luck to everyone that has been nominated, Best of Luck :):)

,Pluckaduck

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Best out of the three slightly, its hard to choose as i have only just started it, but i think its a good idea and one tha has brought many new forumers to the CSE section of the forums.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - It kind of depends in which league you start, but i think this is the hardest challenge i have seen, i am yet to complete it.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - Its all about the career for me, i also like it as there is no points system, so you don't have to worry about going for that extra goal to get points. Also i love the fact that i can move cluibs whenever i like and just let people know how i am doing (Though i haven't for a while). Its what got me back into FM, and now i am addicted again.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - I hope this challenge will come back up and be started again for FM09, its fun to play one season challenges, and i like the idea of having a month of december winner etc.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - Great idea and one i would have liked to be a part of.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates - Great name.

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - This inspired me to make my own Ai Experiment/Sign up and its a great read.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - One ive always wondered about, i havent read much of it but looked like a good idea.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Simply the best, better than all the rest.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Helpful and always a good read.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - Best Updates ive seen, makes me jealous. very good, very dedicated.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - Always contributes well and i like to hear his updates.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Always about, and always helpful, and shows a good attitude, good updates and just generally reliable good guy.

Most Missed User

chrisbamb

User of the Future

Rancer890 - Good user, he updates often, he signs up to alot of experiments and sign ups and contributes well to them as well.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - Sorry but no question on this one, Dafuge is like the King of the CSE forums and i would follow him into battle :p LOL. Seriously i always try to read his updates, listen to his suggestions, and generally think the guy is a legend on the forums.

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AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

These are the only awards I'll vote for because I don't know enough about the other categories.

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Here are the votes of the rlipscombe..... (note my poor attempt at making it like a Eurovision vote.... :rolleyes: )

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge (this is the one that really brought me into the CSE forums....

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge (the only one of the 3 i have played.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off (offers something a little different)

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace (no question!!)

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

PaulHartman71

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

roberto922

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

if i didn't vote for you, don't hate me...... :D

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

This was one of the hardest choices ever. Gundo / Dafuge's Challenges have both had massive impacts on my FM saves. I've had to go with Gundo's, because in my experience, its actually more challenging, and gave me 35 seasons of my greatest ever career. Homage to Dafuge's Challenge, though.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Of the three, quite simply the hardest. As mentioned above, 35 season I played Gundo's Challenge, and still didn't complete it.! I've never actually attempted the San Marino Double challenge (well, I did, but didn't get past the first week) - but of the updates I've read, its hard. Still though, the experience of participating in Gundo's Challenge is what edges this one.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Most enjoyable simply because its got that community feel to it. It would be a lot less fun if the users involved didn't put in the effort the did / have.

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans

Obviously cant vote myself, and haven't heard of the other guy. Dean Evans, however, had the most phenominal career, scoring over 1,000 goals. Bravo.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Started off so brightly. But fell pretty fast

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

A great sign up. I've been involved in this, (even if I don't show it) - and the fact that its lasted for a prolonged period is just brilliant.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

A fantastic idea, and a great way to allow others to Enjoy FM. (Yet another sign-up I missed out on)

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

No question really. Very clever.

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

Haven't really read much into the two that I wasn't involved in, but I do know that this failed spectacularly. :)

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Quite simply one of the best AI Experiments ever.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Again, another experiment to shed light on new findings in FM. Interesting to read, too.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Due to the standard of the Experiment, pretty much.

User Awards

Best User

birdy123

Close between Birdy and WW, but the sheer mass of Birdy's posts is what knocks him over the edge. Always on hand to help out, and is involved in almost everything that goes on in the forum.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

His updates are what keep people interested in his threads. The other two also give great updates, but WW has always produced top quality.

(Can I be cheeky and ask why MichaelMurrayUK wasn't in this category? I would have voted him.)

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

Micheals contribution to Dafuge's Challenge is exceptional. His updates are very intense, and leave me very satisfied when I finish reading them. Truly inspirational.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Robert seems to be involved in EVERY sign up. He's always a quality poster, and helps others in the forums.

Most Reliable User

bermybhoy

From what I can see, has spent most of his Forum Time in CS&E. Fantastically reliable, and has held the Wallace / Roberts challenge together for a prolonged period of time.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

To be honest - I hadn't even noticed the other two were regulars on CSE. However, no matter who he came up against, Jimbo would have got my vote. We seemed to share a lot of the same views on this forum, and he was a very entertaining member. Has made a mini-comback recently, but I do miss him.

User of the Future

canvey!!

Floats about in GQ too. A great poster, and an informative poster too. Never scared to express his views, and delivers very informative replies in a lot of threads. This guy already seems like he's been around for a long long time, and I hope he has the same sort of impact on the forum in the future.

Fan's Favourite User

Dafuge

Easily Dafuge. IMO, one of the greatest posters on the entire forum, let alone CS&E - and the amount of effort he puts into these forums is worthy of an award on its own. Moderates very, very fairly - and answers users every demands usually within minutes. Holds the CS&E forum together at times. A great poster.

So there we have it. My votes, My reasons.

Thanks to all those that have voted for me :thup: - I was even surprised to be nominated for awards :D

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Right, I mucked up my first post somewhat so i'll try again.

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - *The* Challenge

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge- Probably the hardest challenge ever.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - I don't play any of them, but the banter in this is something else

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - No contest for me

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - The challenge that led to 20/20 and CSE Euros

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - the sign up the launched 5 others

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged* - Simply a great Idead

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - A great idea that never quite worked

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - A great idea, and great results

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate - Just a great idea

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - taught me alot about FM

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Seems to be everywhere and has a great quality of posts

Best Standard of Updates from a User

PaulHartman71 - Writes good, amusing updates

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - Takes part in loads of Challenges

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Is always around

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - the only one i knew

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - easily

if i've made some change between last time and this one. use this one

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

A brilliant new idea which has brought a fantastic new spin on the challenge idea.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Possibly the first challenge I've actually given up on, progression in the Champions League with a team from NI seemed so much harder than last year.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread

Maybe not really a challenge but it has certainly kept me going, I think I've done more seasons in this than any other challenge this year.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

He may always live his life in the shadow of Danny Roberts but I think 'Warlock' deserves this award this year.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

I know I started them but I was gutted they didn't quite take off. Hopefully something similar for FM09 will attract a few more people.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

Probably the only sign up thread to continue from FM07, the videos of the goals in this were an amazing touch.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Tough call this since there have been some great variations on the sign up theme this year but this one has provided a great twist on the 'create a striker' theme which has made it an enthralling read.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Great name.

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

So much effort went into this, I'm just gutted that a large number of the people who signed up to it didn't bother following it.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Can't really argue with this, since FM07 it has been the best thread to read in this forum. Fantastic stuff.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Really useful stuff, well worth a read.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Some absolutely fascinating and well constructed findings in this thread, for which credit to ZJ should also be given.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

His brilliant involvement in the threads I've been involved in gets him my vote, he has been superb this year. Anyone who can spawn a player who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Danny Roberts (even if it is Roberts > Wallace) deserves to win an award.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

The updates on the fortunes of the Bandits have been nothing short of phenomenal.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

He may not be a well known name in this forum but his updates on his Marine team have been brilliant. He's really set the bar for the quality of challenge updates.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

A difficult one for me to vote on since I'm not involved in many sign ups, so I'm going on the description. In depth comments are always good.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Deserves this for his long term commitment to running sign up threads and his constant supply of updates for his current thread.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

A great person to have on the forum, he takes part in many challenges and always makes his points of view known (in the nicest of ways).

User of the Future

canvey!!

Maybe not as new as the other two but he looks like he could become a major figure in this forum, his first sign up thread has been a great addition to the forum.

Fan's Favourite User

birdy123

The Freddie Flintoff of the forum, great all rounder and hugely popular.

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so here are the votes from the Danish jury :)

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

Dafuge

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Love this, it's how I used to play the game going back yeeeears and it's nice to see the someone turned it into a popular challenge.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - The evidence shows how tough it is, partly due to flaws in the game itself. Never tried it but doff my cap to anyone who puts up with the frustration of knowing none of your players will ever be worth serious money and constantly losing them to big clubs

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - Had a last minute change of heart and decided to vote fo a thread I started. Voting for it because I've genuinely got most enjoyment from it, simple as.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Obviously

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge - I'm one of those that tried (and failed) this. I like the idea of spotting interesting 'situations' that crop up in games and can see stuff like this becoming big on the forum in future.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - nice idea and seems to be well run and well partcipated in.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - I'm still not sure I know what's going on here but fab idea nonetheless!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenges Forum's Fantasy Football - A fine idea, despite the typo in the title ;)

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Caused to me wasting enourmous amounts of time reading through and led me into the forum

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - demands respect for the outrageous amount of effort that's gone into it.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - I've not really used it myself, but potentially useful for a lot of people.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Always like Nep's enthusiasm for the game and the way he goes out his way to do things different - like making keepers score or playing guys with the pace of a geriatric tortoise just so they score a stupid number of goals.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - The effort this guy puts in is something else. I can only imagine how long each one takes

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - again clearly puts a lot of effort into updates, has people using his style and comes up with ideas to 'spice it up' like the (to me) slightly bonkers idea of trying to improve patently rubbish youth players by playing them in your first team

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - tough one this as I don't look into these much. Dodgee D seems to get involved without being in every single one and being spread too thin. Also tried to take part in Wallace v Roberts but was unluckily thwarted by sinister government forces

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - a top guy, would never have guessed how young he is by the maturity he shows. Also helped out a lot in setting up Wallace v Roberts, and proposed some key ideas without which it might not have worked.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - not sure of the others - seems to make an impact when he makes his infrequent forays in though

User of the Future

canvey!! - another good guy, likes to get involved.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - puts in a lot of effort and always thinking of ways to improve the forum as a whole.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge It’s a new challenge for me

Hardest Challenge

San Marino "double" Challenge 2008 Getting the players to play for your club and country is not easy

Most Enjoyable Challenge

dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge Like to see it rise to the top!

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans Best for country and club

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge No many took part,FM09?

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - Great sign-up,

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition I really love the TV show The Apprentice, and to have it made into a sign-up is a dream come true for me.I will try this someday.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants Merchants,that’s new…

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

Too bad so many things to do…

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Brilliant experiment,Like to find out those in my game

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation Difficult decision… Like to see how a new country can buy so many players…

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? – Like the top 10 world beaters

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ – Good user and active too

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids effort to do the tables after the forum is changed

Best Contribution to a Challenge

ejthegreat for going on after completing,motivates everyone.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D great updates

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids going good as ever

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 – Seen him so okay…

User of the Future

canvey!! – Loved the idea and hope to see more…

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge Best mod to chat along…

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - Got a lot of people in it and very difficult to complete.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - Very, very diffuclt. I couldnt manage it.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - simple and I enjoy doing this challenge still.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - record breaker

Best failed challenge

Dave's Hall of Fame Challenge - Was a good idea but Was too much strain fo my PC. :(

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - Quality updates, WW has kept this going for a long time and is getting better all the time.

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged* - Quality idea and enjoy being in it.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn - just my faveroute of the 3

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap - Great sign up that I was in, shame it ended ...

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Really interesting and a good idea for experiment as well.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - very interesting.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Good experiment which found out good information for the reader.

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids -Really good at keeping his sign ups going. He always maintains quality and regular updates.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Id put it between WW and PaulHartman, but WW has done it for so long that I'm going to vote for WW. Quality updates but Paul also gives great high standard updates. tough one

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - Always has interest in challenges and takes part in many.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296 -Has his own sign up and takes charge of it very well and gives good contributions to other sign ups

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - I'm giving it to robert as he has a date to set by every week and gets it done every week he can.

Most Missed User

Sorry, only joined this year so Can't judge.

User of the Future

roberto922 - Great effort in his CSE championship and has already shot over 1000posts in quick succesion.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - Takes part in sign ups and challenges and is a good guy to talk to and is reasonable on all occasions.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Tried this a few times "unofficially" and theres no doubting it's a classic

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - Again "unofficially" attempted this one but failed miserably and I haven't tried the other 2.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - Love reading about all the different clubs and countries people find themselves playing in.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Only one I've heard of

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Quality idea that didn't get the interest it deserved, probably should've given them a go myself.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - The length of this thread and the amount of people still awaiting the next update with baited breath says enough really.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - Great idea just a shame I missed out

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn - Can't vote for the northerners, my player hardly features for the STI national team and my player is doing well in for Sporting so it wins by default

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap - All three were brilliant idea's but this one just edges it, I loved the idea from the start and thinking about doing a similar thing for FM09 (especiall if it wins here):D

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Simple enough idea turned into a fantastic story by kip and his incredible updates, also how I stumbled across this forum.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate - unfortunately the only one I've read of the three so.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - We've found that no matter how long kip continues to play the game the Bandits are never going to win the EPL

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - was a tough choice but I had to pick one

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - I read the first post when the views was still only in double figures, came back a few months later and it took me 4 hours of reading to catch up, nothing has ever kept me reading for 4 hours except this.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - Can't say I've read anything by the other two.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - Runs his own sign-up brilliantly and you can guarantee his posts in a sign-up he's involved in will be good ones.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Lets us know when to expect the next update and usually delivers, the amount of time his sign-up has been going is incredible.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - Again a case of only having heard of one of the nominee's, however on the rare occasions that Jimbo posts you know its going to be worth a read.

User of the Future

canvey!! - Love the apprentice idea and always has a valuable point to make.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - No question about this one: Creates challenges, takes part in challenges, takes part in sign-ups, the forum would be lost without him and is seemingly always available to help.

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Best Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - I tried to get into both Gundos and dafuges challenge but couldn't but I have enjoyed takin part in both the challenge and the banter here.

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.) - Only a few people have managed to do this and I'm sure many other people have tried so that shows just how hard it is.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - What I said in the first vote basically, I have really enjoyed the banter and of course helping the Softies move up the leagues.

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans - Paul Wallace is a Northern Monkey and I haven't heard of Brian Taylor so Dean Evans gets my vote.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - I was only around here for the last two challenges and although I ddin't take part in them I would if they made a comeback.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - Really enjoyed his updates and although I like DodgeeD's effort the eurovision striking contest wins my vote.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - although I haven't watched the TV show I really enjoyed this sign up.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants - NTI!!!

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - I remember when I made the db because I really wanted it to happen but it hasn't even though I would definitely follow it.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? Haven't read either of the other two and from the bits of kipfizhs that I have read it has been excellent.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate - Really looked forward to reading it but it hasn't started.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Had a quick look at it and saw that it was very good.

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids - great user as he does not only have a brilliant signup but is very active in other peoples.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids - updates are always of a high quality and he obviously puts a lot of effort into them.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - always posting in the challenge helping newcomers and posting updates of his own games.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - could have been either of him or Route1.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - he posts regular updates in his thread and they are very good.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - only one I've heard of.

User of the Future

canvey! - His apprentice signup has been brilliant and is always there to offer opinions and has not missed a week yet in my predicitons sign up.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - he has been a great mod although it was very close

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Best Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

It was a hard decision but this is just a brilliant idea and its really competitive. It also gets the community together to have a bit of a "discussion" in the thread.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

I don't how many times I've tried this but still not completed it. No contest.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Again there is a good bit of "discussion" in the thread and its enjoyable because you don't just have your own pressure but the pressure of everyone else t do well.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Wallace >>>>>>>>>> Roberts. That is all.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

I wasn't around at the time but looking at them they do appear quite good. Hopefully they will be back for FM 09

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

I'm not involved in this but I look at the thread from time to time and it looks brilliant. Great idea, but not as good as the way it is done.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Such an original idea. Full marks to Canvey!! for coming up with the idea.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Brilliant name. Thats all.

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

Good idea just a shame it wasn't comtinued. I'll dismiss the spelling mistake.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

No contest. Such a good way to see how the AI would respond to the situation.

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Can't wait until it gets started.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Helpful, even if I can't understand half of it.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

All of his posts are helpful. Such a respected member of not just CSE but also GQ.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Always gives 110% in his updates. I look forward to reading to updates.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

This was probably the hardest group to decide but Michaeltmurrayuk just won it because of his updates in Dafuges challenge.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1

Again, hard decision, but route1 won it, just, because of what he adds to sign-ups

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Always sticks to his word if he says there will be an update, there will be an update.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

Don't know who any of them are but I sometimes see Jimbokav1971 post and his posts are very good.

User of the Future

canvey!!

His apprentice sign-up is such an original idea with brilliant updates.

Fan's Favourite User

NepentheZ

Puts so much into his posts it was a hard decision but Nep just won. Well done.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Robert_296

Most Missed User

Barnsley

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

These are my votes. Sorry, no reasons because in a hurry to go out.

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Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Challenges

Best Challenge

dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge - Easy winner for me, always one of my first save games when I get FM is to play this challenge. Still to complete it however, have a good feeling about Billericay atm ;).

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 small club from a small nation European Adventure challenge - Tough for me as I've only played one of these briefly, so will vote for it. Seems quite a tough challenge indeed.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

dafuge's FM08 small club to big club challenge - If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't do it every year! Great fun to sign a mix of randoms and old legends and try to bring your team up the leagues.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - Don't really have a preference on this one, gone for the player I've heard mentioned around more.

Best Failed Challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Had a lot of potential to be quite good and give a different style of challenge each month, FM09 could be a good time to bring them back.

Sign-Ups

Best Sign-Up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!! - A close victor here, winning by the fact that this style of sign-up has caused many similar versions from around the world to appear on the forum; the format is obviously popular. Special mention also to Loked, his sign-up was also very good but it's just pipped to the post.

Best Sign-Up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!! - Similar reasons as to above, that it caused many sequels to be produced by other members of the board. Find the other two ideas potentially limiting, sound too much like challenges than sign-ups.

Best Sign-Up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates - It's not as good as Sporting Lisburn but I'm not going to vote for my own sign-up am I!

Best Failed Sign-Up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - Winner for me as I helped Birdy with the setup of it! And I'll also claim the rights to the name while I'm here ;). It was a good idea, shame it couldn't get off the ground.

I've never looked too much into the experiments, so I won't unfairly leave a vote there with no real knowledge of the experiment.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Going to have to go for him as I feel he's done the most challenge/sign-up wise to aid the forums, just ahead of Birdy as NepentheZ is a bit more "hands-on" imo. Sorry Birdy :(.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - His experiment is still going? Some commitment there if so. Saw some of his work before and it was indeed very detailed.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk - Just takes this for me, since FM06 I've seen him putting in great updates in dafuge's challenge, and still does today.

Best Contribution to a Sign-Up

route1 - Tough choice as I also like DodgeeD. Strange category as the nominees really aren't that different from the large majority of other posters.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - I enjoy his frequent updates, I've not seen so much of the other two's sign-ups to be enough to vote for them.

Most Missed User

chrisbamb - Between two really for me but Bambi would win every time. A brilliant user and a very likeable person when he was around, doing some great sign-ups such as the manager sign-up and also an earlier sign-up in Italy. Sorely missed around here imo, and it's a shame he hasn't recieved as many votes as he deserves because quite a lot of members here won't have heard of him. A mention also to Barnsley, who gave me an influence for my first sign-up, and again also a likeable fellow and up for banter in the sign-up threads of old.

User of the Future

roberto922 - Blind stab in the dark here if I'm being honest, seen more of canvey!! but for a sign-up to reach 10 pages in just a few days (I wish people would post that much in mine! or at all for that matter...) is a great achievement.

Fan's Favourite User

birdy123 - I saved your vote right to the end mate :*).

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

Hardest Challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck

AI Experiments

I've not followed any of the experiments so I feel it would be unfair to vote here.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

NepentheZ

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I spent about an hour typing out all my reasons. I had 3 or 4 lines for every selection, really detailed aswell but I somehow lost my post so I couldn't be bothered doing it all again. Apologies.

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Best Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - Pure fun for everyone that takes part.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - 2 people have completed the challenge of hundreds that have started it. Fairly hard I would say.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - As I said before, fun for everyone that takes part.

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans - Please let me win something :)

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - Great idea's but not enough interest.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Dodgee D's NTI / STI sign up - Brilliant. Best sign up I am in.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition - Very well thought out idea.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates - None of them are particularly brilliant names but this ones the best of the bunch.

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - Fantastic build up, then it stopped, justlike all my sign ups. :D

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Don't really follow any of the exeriments but this one has been the most succesful so it gets my vote

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - Only idea I have seen

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Already voted for the other 2.

User Awards

Best User

birdy123 - close but birdy gets the vote.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Walcott's Wonderkids - Brilliant updates all the time from WW.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - I think Nep takes par regularly in at least 4 challenges?

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - Quick updates and very good updates as well.

Most Reliable User

Robert_296 - Probably the person I would rely on the most.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - Haven't heard of the other 2

User of the Future

canvey!! - As long as you don't turn out like Frazza the future looks bright for this wonderkid.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - For all his effort around this forum it has to be dafuge.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - the original, the best.

Hardest Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge - definitely a very difficult challenge, particularly so in leagues such as N.I and Iceland. That just makes it all the more enjoyable.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off - not got round to my go yet, but the banter in the thread wins it for me. Just an enjoyable thread to be part of, thats why it gets my vote.

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - followed the escapades of all three, but 'The Warlock' is the one for me, over 1000 goals and a sign up/challenge named after him, no contest really.

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - I can't even think why I didn't take part in these, hope there back for FM09. Just need a follwoing and its a great idea.

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Dodgee D's NTI / STI sign up - Brilliant. Loving being involved in this, Dodgee's updates are always fantastic, and the rivalry is just an intense even though the original players have left the original clubs. 'Come on Ye Pirates!'

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins! - Influenced so many other sign-ups around here this series, so gets my vote. Liked the idea so much, that I joined it!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates - 'Cos they're my team. Long live the Captain.

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - such a great idea, pity it didn't take off, as even though I wasn't involved, I intended to follow it. Really is a great idea.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - Just a brilliant experiment into the AI, backroom staff, player ability, manager ability, quality of regens on FM07, it's all covered. Kip's updates are fantastic, and the story of the Bandits is still going strong - a must read for those who haven't.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - the sheer editing and the possible questions, scenarios and answers this poses is just astounding, a great idea.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - As before mentioned, the experiment covers a whole range of AI matters, and Kip discusses them in length, so this gets the vote from me.

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ - Always around giving a solid opinion, takes part readily in the challenges, and always good for a bit of banter in the Wallace > Roberts battle.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - just got to be Kip. Followed the Bandits from the very beginning, and as regulars in there will agree, Kip's updates keep you hooked. They're in depth, they have suspense, they're detailed and must take lots of time and effort to keep repeating to the same standard.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk - fantastic updates, that I regularly check for, and just an all round great job completing daf's challenge.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D - great updates, and always is around to post, good posts too.

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - given for his fantastic, consistent updates in the Eurovision thread. Always around the forum too, chipping in.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - only know of this one, but miss his posting style and his contribution to threads.

User of the Future

roberto922 - involved in threads regularly, a good poster, and has started a great, original sign-up.

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - S'gotta be daf. Changed this forum so much, his efforts deserve to be recognised, holds the forum together, and gets involved in the challenges and sign-ups.

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Challenges

I haven't entered nor followed any challenges so I have no votes for this section.

Sign-ups[/font]

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

roberto922

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuges Challenge.

Hardest Challenge

San Marino Double Challenge.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuges Challenge.

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans.

Best Failed Challenge

The Great Escape Challenge.

Sign-Ups

Best Sign Up

Create a Striker and Score Goals for a Small Country.

Best Sign-Up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign Up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign Up

It could be you who's crap.

AI Experiments

Best experiment

AI Experiment - What Would Happen If?

Best idea for an experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most important experiment findings

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Best User

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

Kipfizh

Best contribution to a challenge

Michaeltmurrayuk

Best contribution to a sign up

Robert_296

Most reliable user

Bermybhoy.

Most missed user

Jimbokav1971

User of the future

Roberto922.

Fan's favourite user

Dafuge.

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Alright better late than never. I'll have to abstain from some, mainly the signups as it's not fair to randomly pick if I don't follow them. I'll also try to be the bigger man and not vote for myself.

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - I've spent nearly the last 3 years doing this challenge, Marine now feels like a second home.

Hardest Challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008 - they are all hard, but this is possible the hardest.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - I haven't heard of the other two, no mention of Danny Roberts?

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges - I did mean to join in with these, but kept on forgetting.

Best Sign-up

Best Sign-up Idea

Best Sign-up Team Name

I'll have to abstain from these three.

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - shooting my own chances in the foot here.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Abstain

Most Reliable User

Abstain - sorry I don't really know any of these users.

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!! - thought he'd been around longer?

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - without Dafuge we wouldn't likely be here.

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I am going to vote for what I believe are honestly and objectively the best in their category.

Challenges

Best Challenge

Gundo's FM08 Small club from a small nation European adventure challenge

Seems the most enjoyable, and the most varied challenge out there. The challenge I would do after my one, though Dafuge’s is tempting.

Hardest Challenge

San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008

I cannot imagine just how hard this challenge must be, a great challenge.

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread

The wide scope and encouragement to switch jobs makes this the most enjoyable.

Most Popular Player

Dean Evans

Dean Evans was the goalscoring machine, never heard of Taylor.

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Great to follow, and good updates. Nice idea too.

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Super idea, excellently implemented

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

Easily, great idea and fantastic tension. If only it continued.

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Despite some users saying my experiment had surpassed Kipfizh, this experiment is hands down the best on the forum. The dedication and effort required to keep it running is phenomenal and its thrown up interesting and revolutionary findings.

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

I honestly believe my experiment is the best idea out of the three and therefore I am going to vote for it. The others were decent ideas, although I feel disharmony’s was influenced by Kip’s.

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Mine has not been running long enough to beat Kip’s, though the Mechanics of Manager Reputation is already showing some great findings.

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Great user for the forum, a notable list of users but Walcott has my vote, even if he is an Arsenal fan….

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

No contest on this one

Best Contribution to a Challenge

michaeltmurrayuk

Great updates, and great progress

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Not voting on this as I know none of them

User of the Future

canvey!!

Canvey, though he should stick around in FMS too

Fan's Favourite User

NepentheZ

Something about his enthusiasm and the fact he is a regular and wide contributor makes him get my vote.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge - Have to go for dafuge's here, great simple idea and gives many months of an interesting career game.

Hardest Challenge

San Marino "Double" Challenge - Never attempted any of the nominated challenges but this seems like it would be the toughest of the lot, to get San Marino to win an international match is hard enough without having to qualify them for a tournament and do well with the club

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread - I'm giving my nomination to this as it has very few rules which I feel makes it a more enjoyable task to complete although I think the other two nominees are both very good

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace - A close run thing between him and Dean Evans but he is a legend on the CSE and will always be remembered

Best failed challenge

The Great Escape Challenge - I have always enjoyed short-term challenges and this gives that and the fact that it sounds extremley hard. May attempt it in the future if I have more time

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins - Absolutley brilliant sign-up which has influenced many other's to produce similar sign-ups, I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this one (even if I was Azerbaijan).

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice:Football Manager Edition - A brilliant original idea that was well thought out and well run

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn - Have been involved in Dodgee D's sign-up but I did love this name

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck - I really wish this had taken off like it should have done because it was a brilliant idea and I would have followed all the way through

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if? - I don't think there can be another winner, the commitment and quality of updates that have continued from an experiment that was started for FM07 is fantastic and if kipfizh ever did another one this would be hard to top

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation - An amazing idea that took a lot of work but provided many new way to test FM and new questions to answer.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Mechanics of Manager Reputation - Has some brilliant findings which could prove very useful

User Awards

Best User

Walcotts Wonderkid's - A brilliant user who is always helpful and supportive and gets involved in sign-ups and challenges as well as doing two of the best sign-ups this year

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh - Has great story-telling skills that keep you in suspense from one update to the next

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ - The only one of the three whose updates I have seen properly but they are worth it every time with two other threads having spawned off his success in the challenges

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Robert_296 - Involved in many different sign-ups but follows them all through and always post in a thread in which he sign-upped to

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids - He has given good quality consistent updates whilst always telling the people involved if he was going away or wasn't able to post for a few days

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971 - only one that I really knew but was a helpful member of the forum

User of the Future

canvey!! - Has started a very good and original sign-up and has been helpful in the few months that he has been active

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge - Has changed these forums so much into the community it is today, has been a fantastic moderator

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I will be abstaining from a few where I don't believe I can give a fair or accurate vote. I can't say I like the idea of posting it here; emailing it would be IMO better for it to be a surprise, but hey....

Challenges

Best Challenge

  • Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Simple but effective, there's no argument against this being the most popular challenge on the forums. I can't finish it for this year, but next year Canvey Island and I will take the world by storm!

Hardest Challenge

  • San Marino 'double' Challenge 2008

Most Enjoyable Challenge

  • Wallace v Roberts - the striking legends small to big club North v South face-off

The buzz created by this thread makes this fun for all involved. I would take part but I'd mess it all up!

Most Popular Player

  • Paul Wallace

Leading to a number of spin-off threads, there's no real question about this award.

Best failed challenge

Abstain

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

  • The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Has been very popular and well thought out, with quality updates.

Best Sign-up Idea

  • The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins!

It's been the basis for a lot of other threads who have borrowed ideas from it in some way shape or form.

Best Sign-up Team Name

Abstain

Best Failed Sign-up

Abstain

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

  • AI Experiment - what would happen if?

The AI Experiment: there's no question.

Best Idea for an Experiment

  • Disharmony FC - a story of love and hate

Pretty self-explanatory: it's a good idea.

Most Important Experiment Findings

Abstain

User Awards

Best User

  • NepentheZ

Always helpful and seems to know a lot about the game.

Best Standard of Updates from a User

  • Walcott's Wonderkids

This is the closest vote. PH71's updates are great, with the pictures and kipfish provides a lot of information, but I feel WW just pips this one.

Best Contribution to a Challenge

  • michaeltmurrayuk

His updates to dafuge's challenge would be the one thing that could motivate me to continue it: they can't but he really brings great news to the thread.

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Abstain

Most Reliable User

Abstain

Most Missed User

Once again, abstain.

User of the Future

Abstain: I could do the dishonorable thing and vote for myself, but I won't.

Fan's Favourite User

  • dafuge

Okay, I lied up there before. This one is the closest vote I have to make. I think dafuge just wins this because as a moderator he's easily accesible to the newest of users: NepentheZ you may be cautious to approach (;)) if you've just registered.

Hope I didn't abstain from too many.

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Challenges

Best Challenge

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Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

Abstain- Done none

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Abstain

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

Dodgee D's NTI / STI sign up (don't know full name)

Best Sign-up Idea

The All American Managerial Contest *Where Block Voting is highly encouraged*

Best Sign-up Team Name

Cove Bay Pirates

Best Failed Sign-up

It Could be you who's Crap

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

Abstain

Best Standard of Updates from a User

PaulHartman71

Best Contribution to a Challenge

Abstain

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

Abstain

Most Missed User

Abstain

User of the Future

Abstain

Fan's Favourite User

Abstain

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Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Capital City Merchants

Best Failed Sign-up

The Challenged Forum's Fantasy Football

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

Mechanics of Manager Reputation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

NepentheZ

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

route1

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

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Really hoping I'm the last one to vote! :D

Also that my vote clinches the award in at least one category!

Challenges

Best Challenge

Dafuge's Small Club to Big Club Challenge

Hardest Challenge

The Danny Roberts Challenge : Difficulty GODLIKE (Part 2.)

Most Enjoyable Challenge

The Career Thread

Most Popular Player

Paul Wallace

Best failed challenge

The Monthly Challenges

Sign-ups

Best Sign-up

The Eurovision Striking Contest - The Battle Begins

Best Sign-up Idea

The Apprentice: Football Manager Edition

Best Sign-up Team Name

Sporting Lisburn

Best Failed Sign-up

The Premiership Draft Thread, sponsored by the Magic Sponge, Bargain Hunting and Sheer Blind Luck

AI Experiments

Best Experiment

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

Best Idea for an Experiment

AI Experiment - Birth of a New Nation

Most Important Experiment Findings

AI Experiment - what would happen if?

User Awards

Best User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Best Standard of Updates from a User

kipfizh

Best Contribution to a Challenge

NepentheZ

Best Contribution to a Sign-up

Dodgee D

Most Reliable User

Walcott's Wonderkids

Most Missed User

Jimbokav1971

User of the Future

canvey!!

Fan's Favourite User

dafuge

Good luck one and all! :thup:

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Okay, guys and gals,

VOTING IS OVER

I'll arrange a date for the awards night later.

Any votes after this point will anger me.

Thanks. :)

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