My first version of Football Manager was 2008 but i played Championship Manager before that. First manager games i played where games such as Premier Manager 99 on PS1 and LMA Manager which was quality building new stadiums and fantasy teams and stuff.
My first manager games were LMA, after that I got hooked on pure football games like Fifa, I got a craving for management last year again though and had heard of FM so I had a go on FM10 and fell in love with it, got 2011 now and love it
i used to play the champ man games 93/94 one and the ones before where u had to buy the seperate games to play a different database as in the italian one, the french etc etc, lol, i thought they was amazing and in all honesty, i didnt need to think which one to choose when they split, i looked at the back of the box when it came out and was easy to choose football manager. ever since ive loved it lol.