[AWARDS] champman0102.co.uk Awards - 2017

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[AWARDS] champman0102.co.uk Awards - 2017

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The time has come at long last... The www.champman0102.co.uk Awards for 2017!

First of all, thanks to all those who took the time to cast their votes for each category. We didn't get a great response at first but after extending the deadline, the submissions started to trickle in. Thanks too to those who simply voted for themselves or their own threads in some of the categories :rolleyes: Needless to say, they have been discounted!

As always, our community here has been absolutely fantastic and I'm delighted to see that we're still going strong despite the advance of social media. Statistically, we've dropped from attracting 2475 new members in 2016 to 2352 which isn't a massive difference (-123) whilst the count of new posts has also gone down from 46,652 in 2016 to 40,909 in 2017. However, the number of new threads created in 2017 (592) has increased from 539 created in 2016. Interestingly, we also set a new record for the most amount of members online on the 12th December when 2219 accounts were logged into the site.

Without further ado, let's crack on and find out who has won our categories for the champman0102.co.uk awards - 2017!

Category 1 - Most Blatant Post Booster
Previous Winners: info0, Fods (x3), m0ri, Champman01/02, BeezerCeltic1967.

We kick off with the 'Most Blatant Post Booster' award which is perhaps a tag that nobody truly wants to achieve! We've certainly had plenty of votes here with nominations being put forth for 316sregen, azmaster, GFRay, PedroM, Redknapp69 and samsami. But the winner is a member who has won this category before and it's the YouTube music man, info0!

Category 2 - Most Improved Poster
Previous Winners: BobMem, Fabbs, Jesus, Dermotron, Lee, Brian, Fods (x2).

Here we are, a category that you definitely wouldn't mind winning! The 'Most Improved Poster' signifies someone who has certainly played their part in keeping the community alive having previously been either slightly annoying or just inactive. Some names have cropped up with AJ, Andrea71, pyromyst and samsami receiving nominations. evesham was also a contender for the award but it goes deservedly goes to GFRay!

Category 3 - Best Thread
Previous Winners: Screenshots, "Are you fuc@ing kidding me?", FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU, BABES BABES BABES (x2), Albert Van Bevan and the great Nigerian scam, Auction Fantasy Football Premier League Discussion 2016/17.

Always a tough category to choose from given that there are just so many threads throughout the forums to choose from. The 'Screenshots' thread was mentioned as a nomination which won this category in the past whilst votes were also cast for 'The Great Comeback: A Dutch Football Story', 'Dream Team League', 'A good sport "The story of Boa Esporte" from Brazil' and 'In the absence of the shout box'. In the end, the winner was between two nominations with CM Vipers missing out in favour of 'The Alphabet Game #3 - April 2017 Data Update', a game for our community to play with the April 2017 Data Update which reached 41 pages!

Category 4 - Best Thread Starter
Previous Winners: Mark (x4), Bevchenko (x4).

Mark and Bevchenko have both shared the award for 'Best Thread Starter' in the past eight years, recognising their efforts in keeping the game alive with topics to evoke discussion. Indeed, both did receive nominations to win the award again this year along with ebfatz, GFRay and pyromyst. But the winner of the award this year goes to ZanSnake who has undoubtedly been awarded for his efforts in the Stories section as well as his postings in the shoutbox!

Category 5 - Most Intelligent
Previous Winners: JohnLocke (x3), Tapani, Alan (x2), saturn (x2).

A category of famous names at champman0102.co.uk and an honour to be recognised as intelligent by their peers. AJ, Andrea71, Craig Forrest, Mark and trunky have all been nominated for the award but one member has won this category by an absolute landslide and deservedly so. Winning the award for a third time in a row, saturn is recognised once again for his ground breaking efforts in following up Tapani's work in patching in releasing his own patches in 2017 to bring a sense of realism to the one and only game that we all love.

Category 6 - Best Newbie
Previous Winners: Nikolayov, wato20, Topofthekop, Royce Gracie, Ruben, faz44, Papalzru, PilgrimPete.

So who is the 'Best Newbie' in 2017. It's always a tough one given that we don't get too many members who burst on the scene and actually remain on the scene. There were some interesting nominations for Andrea71, baw, Felix, PedroM and The Porridge Flo; all worthy nominations indeed! But the winner was clear given that he hadn't been a prominent member of the forums in the past and has really thrown himself into the community. It can be none other than GFRay!

Category 7 - Funniest Poster
Previous Winners: ozRooster (x2), Haniel, GoofyZ, Lee, Alan, Fods, trunky (x2).

Humour is an integral part of our forums with plenty within the community capable of drawing a laugh and a chuckle with their posts. AJ, Bevchenko, Craig Forrest, info0, Redknapp69 and ZanSnake were all mooted for the award but can anyone see beyond trunky? Sometimes it seems his only ambition is to add a comedic element on the site and that's why he has won the award for a third time in a row!

Category 8 - Member of the Year
Previous Winners: Mark, Fods (x2), Craig Forrest, Beezer,Celtic1967, Dermotron, saturn, Redknapp69.

'Member of the Year', a fine achievement where plenty of popular names have picked up the award in the past. Who has been a key man in the community in 2017? There were certainly lots of potential names to consider and nominations were cast for And1, CMCZ, ebfatz and saturn but it was a close one between two members in particular. Denying GFRay three awards on the day is Redknapp69 and I have to personally say that it is hugely deserved. Not only does Redknapp69 get involved where he can but he also does a lot of work through our eBay account in dealing with our buyers there and it has always been appreciated so hopefully winning this award for a second time in a row shows that.

Category 9 - Best Staff
Previous Winners: Dermotron (x3), Fodster, Mark (x2), FranzFerdinand, milo.

Another honourable category as we look at who has been the best member of staff behind the scenes. It's actually a tough one to judge for the public given they can't always appreciate the hard work that goes on but they certainly do have a fair idea. Baz, CMCZ, Craig Forrest, ebfatz, Mark and Redknapp69 were all nominated but it was another award where there is a clear winner. It's the man who runs the update team and ensures things are ticking over nicely behind the scenes as the team continue their hard work as ever on our data updates. Congratulations Dermotron, you pick up this award for a fourth time!

Category 10 - Best Foreigner
Previous Winners: info0, ozRooster, Patinoz, merkezekrem, Craig Forrest (x3), Kubano1984, AJ.

You'd be amazed at how many people have decided to consider Irish member as 'foreign'. Is that Brexit's fault? :D Nominations were put forth for colml and Erkifino from the Emerald Isle but also for And1, CMCZ, Craig Forrest, Felix, and GFRay. The winner will be joining Craig Forrest with multiple awards and it's AJ who grabs it!

Category 11 - Post of the Year
Previous Winners: Insert Faces (Fods), Photoshopped Alan (Craig Forrest), Rant at Fods (Pasquale), Churky Makes Punishment (Pasquale), You may need some lube for that (colml), Gaffer's Alive (trunky), Patch 2.21.1+ v2 (saturn).

A tough category indeed as you need to think about which posts have been worthy of a mention, particularly if you actually made the effort to put forth a nomination for the award. We had seven nominations altogether with votes for The Great Comeback: A Dutch Football Story (AJ/GFRay/samsami), Ultimate Managers League (GFRay), Real Madrid Joke (CMCZ), October 2017 Data Update Release (CM 01/02 Update Team), Patch +v4 (saturn), ABBA (Erkifino) and Dutch News (CMCZ).

Deciding a winner was incredibly tough but we've opted for Erkifino as we discussed the introduction of the new penalty system!

Category 12 - Moment of the Year
Previous Winners: Return of Mark as the owner, WelshRed taking over the website, the split of the CM 01/02 Update Team, the Michael Jackson debate, the Return of Tapani, Saturn's Jobs Abroad Fix, Tribute To Chapecoense/

Well, what's happened that has been significant to the website in the past 12 months? Five moments were discussed as votes were cast for saturn releasing v4 of his patch, the introduction of a Data Extractor, GFRay starting up the Ultimate Managers League and even Felix's 'overspending' of Martial in the Fantasy Football Draft! But one moment in particular certainly got the community talking as Fods was handed a permanent ban after one incident too many, an overwhelming vote for the award!

Category 13 - Best Story
Previous Winners: Are You The Next - Series 4 (wato20), Are You The Next - Series 3 (wato2), A to Z (The Eejit), 25 Years of Hurt or Glory (Mark), Are You The Next - Series 5 (wato20), It's Fergie Time (The Eejit), The Pozzo Model (loyal_royal1), His Last Bow (samsami).

As ever, we have been entertained by numerous stories over the past year and five stories in particular have been put forth to win this category:

Jack to a King? – A Swansea City Story (Redknapp69)
A good sport "The story of Boa Esporte" from Brazil (fry78)
Home is where the Hearts is (jdgmedia)
The Great Comeback: A Dutch Football Story (AJ/GFRay/samsami)

The winner is an author who has carried on his fantastic story writing from 2016 after completing 'His Last Bow'. samsami moved on to a story with Blackburn Rovers, titled 'The comeback of Samsami' which he has recently concluded having gone up to 104 pages!

2017 - Hall of Fame Inductee
Previous Winners: Dermotron, Tapani, Beezer,Celtic1967, JohnLocke, Kingsley.

Now we come to our final and most prestigious award, to be inducted into the 'Hall of Fame'. Only five members have earned the accolade over the years and we will now see a sixth member and a third who has completely changed the dynamics of Championship Manager 2001/2002 thanks to their efforts in programming. We have sorely missed Tapani over the years but saturn has worked incredibly hard to follow his original patches up with his own versions, introducing so many fixes and new features into the game that it has genuinely been like discovering CM 01/02 all over again. Congratulations saturn, it is hugely deserved and long may you continue to release your patches with each data update!

[CENTER]Thank you to those who voted, congratulations to those who have won an award this year and of course, a huge thank you to the rest of you who have been involved in some way at champman0102.co.uk in the past year. Here's to seeing what 2018 has in store for us![/CENTER]
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