Season 99-00 – the story so far

So, first of all, just to reassure everyone. The clock turned to the year 2000 and the world went on. No planes falling out of the sky, no alarm clocks self-animating and strangling their owners with their power cords. The year 2k bug turned out to be harmless. We’re safe for 12 years at least now, until the Mayan prophecy hits us and we’re transported to another dimension.

So…to more mundane matters, you’ll remember how this happened last season (just before they sacked me).

banned!Well, under Georges Grun, their third manager in 2 and a half seasons, Anderlecht are in Europe for the first time. I guess they’ll need some time to find their feet? Ask Yerevan..

anderlechtuefaOuch. That could have been me. <sniff>

Anderlecht don’t make it very far though


The UEFA semis looked like this..


Capello’s Milan up against Napoli in the final. Both of them are on the edge of the Serie A title race, which fetaures the usual suspects, as well as surprise package Bologna


Much travelled Renzo Ulivieri has put together a strong squad who have finished 5th in successive seasons. Dario Hubner has been scoring goals since the 80’s. Neither him, Torrisi, Piangerelli and Pecchia have ever been capped, but they’re all consistently good Serie A players. Goalie Alex Brunner has had 20 man of the match awards in the last two seasons alone. They have been leading from the front for most of the season, but after this result last week –


Juve have ominously moved into first place with just three games left. That Kluivert goal could have won another Scudetto for i bianconeri

Bologna could yet do a double though, but it’s looking unlikely


On the other hand, Inter, who have been dominating the honours board alongside Juve, have had a few problems this season


No trophies for them this year, but no shame in going out in the Champions League QF’s to Barcelona. The Catalans are through to another final, this time against Monaco. Juventus, the holders were drawn in the same group as Inter, and finished second. In those days, only the best two runners-up qualified, so Juve crashed out.


Guess who got a red card at the Camp Nou?


Anyway, how are my teams doing?

Division 1 has been really tight all season, but a mid-season run of wins has taken Donny Rovers top


A week later, 2nd place Wolves knocked us out the FA Cup, with a 3-0 beating at Molineux. We returned the favour 7 days later in the league at Belle Vue.

Jamie Allinson, snapped up a free last season (albeit on £20,000 a week wages) is our captain and best player. Surprinsingly no Premier League teams have been sniffing around him, yet. Steven Haslam, another youngster, has established himself at centre-back. Our regular front four have all been in great form and Bjorn Heidenstrom continues to run the midfield for us.

With 5 games left, it looks like we’ve got it in the bag.


Wolves have faded away, and Barnsley came to Belle Vue and won recently, so they are the in-form team

It’s getting exciting in Serie B too..


Monza really don’t have any right to get promoted. We’ve not got a great squad and a tiny budget. In fact I think getting Monza to Serie A would be a bigger achievement than 3 successive titles with Doncaster.

My old team Torino are top of the pile and look like getting promoted again. They haven’t had it all their own way though


A sweet victory..and we missed a penalty. Knutsen maybe taking pity on his old team. We drew against Parma too. They’ve got a ridiculous team for Serie B


Stanic, Couto, Sensini, Pfilipssen, Asprilla, Stanic etc. On the bench? Oh, just the three internationals: Benarrivo, Montella and a certain Roberto Baggio.

Waregem? Well 3 great seasons out of 3 would be too much to ask, right?


I think that’s the definition of mid-table mediocrity. We did have a good cup run though, until the semi-final against 4th place Antwerp

beker seim

Marc Emmers is usually a bit of a star in CM9798 and he is our captain and best player. I’m cautiously optimistic about next season, as I continue to clear the dead-wood out

What about the Premier League? Some unusual pace-setters earlier in the season


With 5 games to go, we’ve got a more familiar leader


Joe Kinnear hasn’t had the desired impact over at Liverpool. With the players he’s got, there’s no reason that he couldn’t be challenging the top 4.


Denilson is the highest valued player in the game (£15 million). But Joe has never managed to replace Michael Owen. No doubt Wrighty could have done a job a decade ago, but his 36 year old legs aren’t as quick as they used to be


So, despite Joe Royle’s best efforts, the red-half of Manchester are on course for a third title in a row. But wait! Here’s a trophy that United haven’t won..


Dennis Wise grabbing the only goal of a bit of drab game. Chelsea won’t mind though, John Toshack winning the first trophy of his tenure.

Look at what happened in the FA Cup 3rd round though!

killingThat shock defeat paves the way for a mid-table final between Dave Jones’ Forest side and good old Joe Kinnear

fa final

And finally, things have gone from bad to worse for Arry 😦



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