December Story of the Month
The 5 nominated stories for Story of the Month, as nominated by our 5 judges, are as follows:
After picking up a nomination last month, Jack's streak has continued with his tale of the Georgian referee Adam Chabukiani, who has now put his playing days behind him and is the manager of lower league club Bradford Park Avenue. His magic touch hasn't evaded him however, taking them to the Conference National for the first time in their existence as the writer goes from strength to strength as well.
Mr Consistency gets a well deserved nomination this month as his Everton journey rolls on, now finally reaching the end stages of his first season. His presentation has been consistently superb throughout, giving us in-depth analysis on every game he plays and painting his Everton career nicely. CJ Lippo, winner of last month's award, will be a front runner again this time around.
Murtagh's tale with Portuguese giants Sporting CP has been, like Lippo's, a model of consistency, racking up an impressive 229 replies to this point in time. His layout has been exemplary, with some superb 'Sporting Legends' updates thrown in to mix things up a little, and his story catches the eye and attention of anyone who reads it. A very deserved first time nomination.
tenthreeleader had an impressive 3 stories nominated for this month's contest but in the end that proved to be his undoing, with only one able to get another votes to be in the final 5. His story as American manager Rob Ridgway, taking charge of Italian club Padova, has become something of a retro classic harking way back to Football Manager 2008. His writing is possibly unrivalled on the site, captivating readers with only text, and any one of his 3 stories deserves to be nominated.
Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal have had a long relationship harking back to Barcelona in the late 90s but are now intense rivals in the most intense league in the world. Maximus and Feliks are attempting to emulate that rivalry in the first dual story of the FM16 story season, doing a good job so far in the major sectors of writing, graphics and presentation. Although the story is slow at the moment, it promises great things and could be a major player in SOTMs to come.
Thanks to Walter for writing this synopsis.