The five option main menu appears next.
For the first use, or to start a new season, select option '5 - Set up Divisions' and then follow the on-screen prompts. If there is an odd number of teams in any division, enter a dummy team as the entered team total must be even. Once this has been done, save the data via option '4', so that this information is not lost in case of future problems. As a further insurance against loss of effort, record the data twice at least.
To prepare to use for the current week, select option '1'.
Please not that only league games should be entered, not cup matches. For mid-week matches, it is essential that results are entered immediately as the fixture list is not saved for these games.
Saturday fixture lists are saved with the data and so these can be created at any time.
To create a match list simply enter the team numbers at the prompt. Press 'Q' to quit a division if all the teams are not playing.
After the match list is created the selections can be made by following the on-screen prompts. Remember that System 8 needs to have at least four weeks' data loaded before the selections can be expected to have any accuracy.
'Perm against Plan' displays a coupon-like read out of the selections. System 8 makes a maximum of 32 selections.
Option '3 - Enter Results' is used to record the week's data ready for subsequent weeks. Saturday match results can be entered at a later date due to the fixture list/s being stored on tape. Mid-week match results must be entered immediately after creating the fixture list as this list is not saved to tape although the results are.
Data is saved using option '4'. Please note that this should be the final option selection before turning off the computer. Saving the data twice is a good idea in order to decrease the chance of a saving or loading error causing problems.
Result entries are:
Home win H Away win A Score draw S No-score draw N Postponed P