Forget the £25,000 cash prize – the winner of the Bidstack Football Manager tournament at i62 will get to manage Darren Huckerby in a real match.
The winner will manage the Norwich City Legends team as they take on Inter Forever in a charity football match at Carrow Road on Sunday May 20th.
The match marks 25 years since the Norwich team of 1993 went on a scintillating European UEFA cup run, where they were eventually defeated by Inter Milan.
The winner of the i62 Football Manager tournament will manage English football legends and former Norwich players including the likes of Chris Sutton, Darren Huckerby and Grant Holt, as they take on their Inter Milan counterparts.
Sutton once helped Norwich knock Bayern Munich out of the UEFA Cup, and later won the Premier League with Blackburn. As for Huckerby, just watch this.
Inter Forever contains former Inter stalwarts such as World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, plus Javier Zanetti, Nicola Berti, Francesco Toldo and more.
Other Norwich Legends players confirmed include Bryan Gunn, Iwan Roberts, Mark Bowen, Rob Newman, John Polston and Adam Drury.
64 pre-selected players will battle it out in the Football Manager tournament which takes place at Insomnia62 on April 1st at the Birmingham NEC.
The tournament is sponsored by in-game advertising specialist Bidstack, while the real life Legends football match will raise money for The Nest, Norwich City’s our Community Sports Foundation’s exciting project to build a groundbreaking community sports facility to benefit people from all walks of life in Norwich and Norfolk.
Entrants must head to the Football Manager World Esports Championship website and upload a short video (60 seconds or under) to apply for the job of Legend manager and explain why they should be given the chance to manage Huckerby et al to glory against the Inter legends.
Entrants are required to have their own computer and entries close on Monday March 5th.
What are you waiting for? Let’s be havin’ you!
(winner not required to make a Delia Smith-style
motivational awkward half-time speech)
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.