Footballer of the Year

• Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1986
Code: Christian P. Shrigley

GFX: T. Lloyd, S. Kerry
Music: Ben Daglish

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 64%
Our Game Rating: 72%




> FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR by Gremlin Graphics

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Footballer of the Year by Gremlin was a game I played a lot as a kid. It was very simple to play, and was always good for a quick fix - even though I never really tried to become the footballer of the year.

The game is very basic and requires you to accumulate as much cash as possible to buy goal cards, which allow you to get chances to score during matches. The more successful you become, the higher your rating gets. At the end of the season the results of the Footballer of the Year competition are revealed.

The in-game menus all look quite nice and it's very slickly controlled with a joystick. The action sequences are basic and repetitive, but they look pretty good.

I liked this game a lot as a kid, but now I find it very dull as there's not a lot to it. Still, it's a neat little time killer for the footy fans out there.

And the winner is...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I played it through and saved my progress as I scored goals and won matches. I was soon the top striker in a team at the top of the league.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of the season my name was added to the list of contenders for the prestigious award. The final screen is a page of white congratulatory text on a blue background that confirms that you have won the award. A short jingle plays, and on pressing a key a new season starts.


  • Neil: There's not much to see after such hard work. It's one I always wanted to beat, just to confirm that it had a poor ending - and it did. 2/10.
  • Vinny: I've never really been into football strategy games, and so this really isn't my kind of game.

    I think the ending wasn't going to be any more than what it actually is. 2.5/10 from me - but only really for the Ben Daglish ditty.
  • Andrew Fisher: Enjoyed it when I first played it, but those match sequences look so poor now.

    Not surprised that it's just a text ending, got close to seeing it a couple of times when I was nominated but didn't win.
  • Gaz Spence: I'm partial to the odd footy game but have never played this one. Nice to see the firebrand Frank McAvennie nominated - legend on the pitch and in the bed.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Loved this and FOTY 2 when they were out - they were great games. Not stood the test of time really well, but their spirit lives on in the rather cool New Star Soccer on mobile device (just as addictive as FOTY was in the 80's)

    Not much in an ending - never expected anything different, but good to see still.

FINAL SAY: Exactly what I thought would happen did happen.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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