It could be that modern managers are now at a sort of disadvantage if they don’t take Football Manager seriously. Journalist Lee Hall used to edit the Official Football Manager magazine and now writes for the Professional Footballers Association Magazine, for which he recently dug up a story about Alex McLeish. “When he was manager of Rangers, he was tipped off by his son, a keen FM fan, about a young kid he’d spotted playing for Barcelona B. Alex’s son said he should sign the player, but McLeish ignored the advice, saying he’d never hear of him. The player was Lionel Messi.”
Despite being more popular than some men's football events (one match saw a 53,000 strong crowd),  women's football in England suffered a blow in 1921 when The Football Association outlawed the playing of the game on Association members' pitches, on the grounds that the game (as played by women) was distasteful.  Some speculated that this may have also been due to envy of the large crowds that women's matches attracted.  This led to the formation of the English Ladies Football Association and play moved to rugby grounds.