The festive season always brings back a host of memories from days gone by, and is a natural time for nostalgic reflection.
I remember the seemingly never ending Christmas Eves, torturing me with the promise of presents mere hours away. I remember when Christmas finally arrived, and the sheer unbridled excitement of present opening. I remember the annoying periods in-between opening presents, where you had to allow other people to open theirs. I also remember wheeling home my brother’s mate in a wheelbarrow full of his own vomit and urine. But mostly, I remember the presents.
From very early on, these presents tended to be largely football related; when I received a Sega Master System in 1987 I began a love affair with football computer games which led to pretty much every Christmas since involving hour upon hour of football game playing. The following is a list of my favourite (and a few of my most hated) football games of all time, both table top and computer simulated. Being a personal list, it is far from exhaustive (I know, for example, that recent FIFA games are hugely acclaimed, but it still just feels a little style over substance for me – perhaps due to lingering Pro Evo fanboyism), and can not be viewed as definitive in any way, but hey, t’is the season to be self indulgent I believe they say: