Michael Conner
Michael Conner has developed a real passion for creating Mean Mark Challenge card sets! But best of all, he has created a clever Excel helper that not only significantly speeds up game play, but also increases the statistical accuracy of the game.

In addition, I'll wager that Michael is the current World Record Leader in Mean Mark's Challenge games played! I've really enjoyed his interest in my game, his willingness to share his work, and his effort (and skill) at improving the game. Thank you, Michael!

Michael wrote:

"This is the first simulation I've played that truly makes defense the critical element that it is in soccer. The possession aspect is sheer genius and the referee reference covers injuries as well as PK's...Mark, I actually like creating the leagues and making the cards. I believe that there is a market for this...Mark, the game is pretty solid and the rules cover just about every contingency. Thank you for your contribution to my hobby and spare time as a retired guy. My wife says that it keeps me off the streets and out of bars. That's funny considering I am a non-drinker. (Irish, too!) "

Included below are copies of Michael's Excel helpers tailored for each league as well as a detailed and helpful guide to using the helper. Thanks again to Michael for all his effort and generosity!

The files below are complete Excel workbooks that allow one to examine exactly how the card sets have been created. Take a look, and if interested, give it a go yourself!

Below are Michael Conner's card sets

Spain La Liga 2014-15

Almeria | Atletico Madrid | FC Barcelona | Athletic Bilbao | Celta Vigo |
Cordoba | Deportivo | Eibar | Elche | Espanyol |
Getafe | Granada | Levante | Malaga | Rayo Vallecano |
Real Madrid | Real Sociedad | Sevilla | Valencia | Villarreal |

La Liga Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper |

England Premier League 2014-15

Arsenal | Aston Villa | Burnley | Chelsea | Crystal Palace |
Everton | Hull City | Leicester City | Liverpool | Manchester City |
Manchester United | Newcastle United | Queens Park Rangers | Southampton | Stoke City |
Sunderland | Swansea City | Tottenham Hotspur | West Bromwich Albion | West Ham United |

EPL Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper |

England Championship 2014-15

AFC Bournemouth | Birmingham City | Blackburn Rovers | Blackpool | Bolton Wanderers |
Brentford | Brighton & Hove Albion | Cardiff City | Charlton Athletic | Derby County |
Fulham | Huddersfield Town | Ipswich Town | Leeds United | Middlesbrough |
Millwall | Norwich City | Nottingham Forest | Reading | Rotherham United |
Sheffield Wednesday | Watford | Wigan Athletic | Wolverhampton Wanderers |

Championship Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper

France Ligue 1 2014-15

Bastia | Bordeaux | Caen | Evian | Guingamp |
Lens | Lille | Lorient | Lyon | Marseille |
Metz | Monaco | Montpellier | Nantes | Nice |
PSG | Reims | Rennes | Saint-Etienne | Toulouse |

Ligue 1 Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper |

Netherlands Eredivisie 2014-15

ADO Den Haag | Ajax Amsterdam | AZ Alkmaar | Cambuur |
Dodrecht | Excelsior | FC Twente | Feyenoord | Go Ahead Eagles |
Groningen | Heerenveen | Heracles | NAC Breda | PEC Zwolle |
PSV Eindhoven | Utrecht | Vitesse Arnhem | Willem II

Eredivisie Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper |

USA Major League Soccer 2014

Chicago Fire | Chivas USA | Colorado Rapids | Columbus Crew | DC United |
FC Dallas | Houston Dynamo | Sporting Kansas City | LA Galaxy | Montreal Impact |
New England Revolution | New York Red Bulls | Philadelphia Union | Portland Timbers | Real Salt Lake |
San Jose Earthquakes | Seattle Sounders | FC Toronto | Vancouver Whitecaps |

MLS Helper (macro enabled) |Documentation for the helper |

more to come!

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