champman0102.co.uk Awards - 2019
The time has come at long last... The www.champman0102.co.uk Awards for 2019!
First of all, thanks to all those who took the time to cast their votes for each category. A core group have gotten involved in the awards to put forward nominees and the extended deadline helped to get some clear winners.
Reflecting on 2019, we've seen some highs and lows as always. Everyone who pulls together as a community in their various areas has helped in their own way to follow our motto which is simply - 'Keeping the Game Alive' - and, judging by the forum statistics, the game's legacy continues to thrive. Last year, thanks in no small part to some attention on social media, the count of new members compared to 2018 went up by a massive 27,182! The number of new posts increased (by 5,349), as did the number of new threads (probably due to somebody spamming 0102Bet) - 390 more than were created in 2018. Something of a false stat these days due to bots, but I'll take it at face value and report that we also saw a new record for online users - 14,331 on 21st March.
Without further ado, let's crack on and find out who has won our categories for the champman0102.co.uk awards - 2019!
Category 1 - Most Blatant Post Booster
Previous Winners: info0 (x2), Fods (x3), m0ri, Champman01/02, BeezerCeltic1967, jacobclear.
We kick off with the 'Most Blatant Post Booster' award. A dubiously named award (does anybody really want to win it?) but the votes were in good spirit - the departed jacobclear received a nomination to retain his crown and there was also votes for samsami, totallyaddicted and Dermotron. But, ultimately, the award goes to the man who is the forum's third-highest poster of all time, Redknapp69.
Category 2 - Most Improved Poster
Previous Winners: BobMem, Fabbs, Jesus, Dermotron, Lee, Brian, Fods (x2), GFRay (x2).
This is always an interesting category. Previous winners have often been members who were part of the community but perhaps didn't contribute as much as when they first joined the site. Over time, they have improved and become a vital cog in the community. There were some worthy nominations made and some for members who have already contributed to the community for quite some time. This year saw SteveHarle, Nick+Co and topofthekop all nominated, but it was undeservedly snatched from them by some guy called riise. (I had to paste Mark's 2018 preamble so that I'm not tooting my own horn!)
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, The Alphabet Game #3 - April 2017 Data Update, CM Vipers.
Everyone has a favourite thread - hell, there's plenty of excellent informative or entertaining threads throughout the forum. This year saw an old classic in Screenshots nominated, along with Gotta Catch 'Em All[/URL], 20 Questions, October 2019 Data Update, Tsigalko/van Nistelrooy, Patch +v8, Dream Team League and CM00/01. But the thread that takes home the coveted 'Best Thread' is, for a second year on the bounce, CM Vipers, after overcoming the adversity of a mid-season crash to do it all over again!
Category 4 - Best Thread Starter
Previous Winners: Mark (x5), Bevchenko (x4), ZanSnake.
In 10 end-of-year award threads, just three users have had the honour of being named 'Best Thread Starter'. AMC, saturn, Nick+Co and riise had a chance to become the fourth but in the end ol' trusty Mark stepped up to keep the club exclusive and win it in back-to-back years - and the sixth time he's won this award overall!
Category 5 - Most Intelligent
Previous Winners: JohnLocke (x3), Tapani, Alan (x2), saturn (x4).
Probably one of the best awards to be nominated for by your fellow forum users, and a look at the list of previous winners shows it's a difficult club to penetrate! saturn was nominated once again, and Nick+Co, Mark and Dermotron all received nominations to get them on that list, but fell short. There is a new name on the list, though - MadScientist adds himself to the honour roll and doesn't look out of place.
Category 6 - Best Newbie
Previous Winners: Nikolayov, wato20, Topofthekop, Royce Gracie, Ruben, faz44, Papalzru, PilgrimPete, GFRay, dweatherston11.
It's always great to see new faces arrive on a forum dedicated to an 18-year-old game and make themselves at home right away. The newbies nominated this time around include SteveHarle, the villan, dweatherston11 (who would've achieved the bizarre accolade of retaining 'Best Newbie'!), Aeelon and Nick+Co. It's great to have so many to choose from, but the man who received more votes than the rest was James_y!
Category 7 - Funniest Poster
Previous Winners: ozRooster (x2), Haniel, GoofyZ, Lee, Alan, Fods, trunky (x4).
After winning the award for the past four years, can anybody take the mantle of 'Funniest Poster' away from trunky? evesham, Craig Forrest, ZanSnake, riise and topofthekop gave him a run for his money, but his fellow members decided that he'd entertained them enough to retain his crown - the winner is of course trunky!
Category 8 - Member of the Year
Previous Winners: Mark, Fods (x2), Craig Forrest, Beezer,Celtic1967, Dermotron, saturn, Redknapp69 (x2), GFRay.
Another award that is truly a great one to win (or even be nominated for). Aside from a couple of blips in the first few years, it's a list of the best of the best of the CM01/02 forum. The unlucky ones to be nominated but miss out this year were MadScientist, Nick+Co, Mark and SteveHarle, as Redknapp69 stepped in to regain his crown and be named 'Member of the Year' for a third time. Few can dispute it, the guy is everywhere - he's not just a blatant post booster!
Category 9 - Best Staff
Previous Winners: Dermotron (x4), Fodster, Mark (x3), FranzFerdinand, milo.
Who does our public appreciate as we look to honour someone as 'Best Staff'? This is where we can thank a number of individuals for their hard work over the past year, some of whom the main public won't be aware of as all their work goes on behind the scenes. They all, of course, do great work and all deserve a nomination. But as it turned out, Mark, riise, SteveHarle and bruebous actually were nominated, but not as much as Dermotron, who wins it for a fifth time!
Category 10 - Best Foreigner
Previous Winners: info0, ozRooster, Patinoz, merkezekrem, Craig Forrest (x3), Kubano1984, AJ (x2), GFRay.
Perhaps something of an outdated award, given that there are probably more foreigners than Brits on the forum. This led to quite a variety of nominations - AJ, MadScientist, Craig Forrest, samsami, GFRay and saturn were all nominated, but Andrea71 beats them to it, to be named 'Best Foreigner' for the first time.
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). ABBA's Penalties (Erkifino), Road to Glory (jokerjake).
This one is invariably wide open, with people often split between entertainment, insight or whatever else they like! Nominations for this one included GFRay's impassioned stepback, xeno explaining 'force load all staff', saturn's +v8 patch and ^Jack^ explaining how to speed up game processing. So, mainly insight, and the winner is also along those lines - MadScientist solving/explaining the Creativity bug!
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, Fods being banned permanently, CM Vipers crash.[/
Nominations for 'Moment of the Year' consisted of jacobclear being banned permanently, riise taking over 0102Bet and Nick+Co devloping a 1993 patch for CM00/01... the release of the October 2019 Update was also of course in the mix, and is perhaps unfortunate to miss out to the release of the +v8 Patch, given that the two go hand-in-hand!
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), The comeback of Samsami (samsami), The Return of the King (samsami).
This award is always hotly contested, and it's good to see that it remains so, with users entertaining other users with their excellent storytelling. The unfortunate ones to miss out on the award this year were:
Jack to a King? – A Swansea City Story (Redknapp69)
The World of Football Management - Chapter 7 - Global Attraction (Mark)
You Can't Win 'Em All (Kingsley)
From Forum to Football II (riise)
The Return of the Prodigal Sons (samsami)
He might have considered himself unlucky to miss out with a nomination above, but Kingsley still manages to take the award home courtesy of his Reverse Grid story that captured many imaginations for a while.
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 2020 has in store for us!