Du Malone writes: I first came across Cait, aka @OldLadyPlays, via Twitter. I made use of her generous offer to advise on the pronunciation of foreign mames.

I then discovered her YouTube series of advanced tips, each instalment of which typically lasts a few minutes. I do appreciate brevity when it comes to video!

The interview below was conducted in March 2020.

 

  1. Before we focus on FM, I’d be interested to hear about your involvement with non-virtual football…
I began playing at 4. My father had a trial at Gillingham in the 60s, when I was 3.

I played through high school and university, playing as a second string right back and emergency keeper. I blew up my knee at 26, and didn’t play for four years.

When I returned, I played keeper in a competitive League, shifting to recreational as I neared 40.

I also started refereeing and coaching when I was 30, coaching youth and women’s soccer with a level 2 badge (Not very high). Refereeing, my highest point was a Sixth Round Ontario Cup match between two big rivals. They picked an all-women team to ref it, hoping it would reduce the chance of ref assault.

I retired from playing entirely about six years ago, at 47, having finished up playing partly MC, partly GK. I miss playing fiercely.

 

  1. What’s the story of you ‘coming to FM’?
I was given my first football management game as a gift, Premier Manager 98.

I LOVED it.

The storytelling potential was obvious. Before two years were up, I was posting at the SI “CM Stories” forum as “spurzgrrl”. I LOVED that too, though I lost time for it when I had to pay more attention to my kids.

 

  1. What kinds of enjoyment do you derive from playing FM?
Problem solving is a big one.

I also enjoy the process of trying to figure out the game’s secrets, using the clues that SI put everywhere.

But what I love most are the players. I love their individuality, their quirks, figuring out how they tick.

 

  1. How would you describe your brand of FM management?
Dynamics driven. I believe firmly that good dynamics will make ant tactic work better, will bring success against all odds, and are just fun to manage.

 

  1. For readers who don’t yet know your work, what kinds of content do you create and where can they find it?
So far, I’ve done Let’s Play series, usually in upper but not top divisions, or with a good story.

This year I’ve also introduced my Tips for the Advanced Football Manager series, where I’m providing tips and tricks for people who already know the game reasonably well.

I really enjoy doing the tips, just free-styling one-take videos under 5 minutes each. And the feedback has been really positive.

 

 

  1. What kind of enjoyment do you derive from creating content?
I started about two years ago, using an old laptop that could barely handle the game, let alone recording software too. My videos were choppy and hard to watch.

But I stuck at it, and improved my equipment slowly. I did this because I have a bad disability, which stopped me playing football: my back is a junkyard. This means I don’t get out a lot.

YouTube gives me a chance to interact with other people who love the game. That’s worth a lot to me.

I like the challenge of getting better, too.

 

 

  1. You’ve written a series of advanced tips for managers playing FM; can I coax from you any advanced tips for content creators?
Tips for creators: Keep plugging away.

Be on Twitter, not so much for subs as for support and advice. There’s a wonderful positive community building on Twitter for FM creators, and getting involved will help you improve.

 

  1. You apply your linguistic expertise to FM, in particular by volunteering to help FM managers with pronunciation of names. What kind of work have you done as a linguist?
I worked as a translator for 25 years, doing documents in French, German, and Russian into English. I did a little interpretation early in my career, but found it gave me headaches trying to think in two languages at once.

I also worked for several years for a local tech company as their linguistics expert, developing speech recognition software.

I’ve also picked up Spanish and Japanese in my travels.

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