In 2007/08, with the league looking for a re-vamp, Michael discovered what he felt was the perfect solution, in the form of the Times Online Fantasy League.
It was a sealed bid wishlist/auction followed by multiple layers of scoring. It claimed to use '10 categories to reflect players true value' – pass completion was as important as goals scored.
Here is a brief description of the game:
For 'play the game' there is no overall league, you just compete in your own mini-league of up to 20 teams. And the key point is that each premiership player can only be in one team. You make a wish list of the players you want in the order of how much you want them, and on a designated date the computer uses a draft system to assign you a squad of players. You can still swap your players for any players that weren't chosen, or propose transfers with other teams - but the key thing is everyone has a completely unique team.
After an enthusiastic start, it’s complexity proved a major stumbling block for the SFP managers, and although Matthew Jermy ended the season claiming his third SFP title (pipping Michael by just half a point), even he isn’t entirely sure how it was won?