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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.