The season might be winding down in real life but we’ve got another full week here on cm9798.co.uk, starting with Zak in Kidderminster…
“It’s hard to replicate the final whistle when you’ve won a game, there’s nothing quite like that in normal life, and you have to realise you’re not going to get that buzz again in that situation.” Neil Warnock, reminding us what it means win a game!
Welcome back to Division 3, Colin fans!
We are midway through the 98/99 Season in our Neil Warnock fanzine. Our Kidderminster side are currently in second after 20 games (an automatic promotion spot). Here’s how the squad looks as we enter November. I may have gone goalkeeper mad after injury to Tony Warner.. Also Martin Lauchlan was a £50k steal from Partick. Randomly, with value set to £1million and ‘available’ Man Utd and Wolves are sniffing…
Happy moving day! A phrase usually reserved for another sport, or more realistically the act of purchasing a new home. In this case though it’s every bit as appropriate as it’s the middle section of the season, where we pick up on a Thursday evening just as the clocks are about to go back. That extra hour of sleeping (if you don’t have children, otherwise it’s just a 25 hour day) (with one less hour spent sleeping) will hopefully empower us to a successful winter, including two more trophies and a passage to the latter stages of others. Now that my friends is an intro.
Guten tag! und wilkommen back to Leipzig for the latest from the Red Bull Arena. Nick’s RB Leipzig side got of to a disastrous start in their Bundesliga debut season last week, and will definitely be needing those infamous red bull wings to climb up the table. Over to Nick…
Nathan has worked hard to earn a Champions League place so can Roma make the most of their opportunity?
Hello. We are in Rome so it must be Tuesday again. We finished Season 4 as twice a bridesmaid as we finished 2nd in the league behind a mightily impressive Juventus team. We also lost in the Coppa Italia final against Sampdoria. This one hurt as they got relegated so we really should have been beating them. So to season 5 with Totti at the helm.
Happy Monday! Here’s Zak with episode 2 of a Neil Warnock based blog. It just works, you know?
“The money players are on these days is immoral. But you can’t knock it.” Neil Warnock.
Welcome back, Colin fans!
Last time out Niall Warnock was appointed boss of newly-promoted Kidderminster Harriers. Remember, the aim of this blog is to mirror the career of Neil Warnock, and first up that means promotion from Division 3. Can younger Warnock brother Niall get there at the first time of asking? Let’s go!
I spend pre season mustering a squad blending experience with youth. All players as the aim is short-term success rather than longevity all players are made available and WILL be sold if price is right. Idea to reinvest money by recycling players. Let’s see how it goes!
Tony Warner, Jeff Kenna and Mark Robins the pick of the senior players. Danny Hall and Andrew Duncan I hope will form a backbone in the style of Matt Wills’ FC United team.
Happy Saturday! It’s time to check in with Adrian Littlejohn and as season one reaches a conclusion, it’s time to count the trophies and prepare for World Cup 98…
Happy Saturday & welcome to the latest instalment of Around the World with Adrian Littlejohn. It’s going well. By the end of this episode Adrian Littlejohn will be a treble winning striker with 22 goals for his country.
There’s a lot to get through so first, let’s clear up his domestic season with Man Utd.
Littlejohn got his hands on the League Cup despite missing a hatful of chances in 120 minutes and his spot kick in the shootout.
The League was looking lost at one point then Liverpool took an awful slump in form. 3 points were required against a Blackless-Barnsley to win the league with a couple of games to spare. Littlejohn duly obliged.
The final league table looked like this.
Nothing to be proud of here. It just goes to show how good Man Utd are in season 1, they can even win the league with Adrian Littlejohn up front.
L.J. finished the season with 18 Premier League goals. Added to the 11 he had for Sheff Utd earlier on in his career, he needs another 71 to get his own Sky Sports 100-club slot to replayed for all eternity.
The FA Cup Final was won to secure a domestic quad (don’t forget the Charity Shield).
Adrian played well in this game to be fair.
Littlejohn is England’s main man heading into the World cup. Before we head off to France ’98 there’s a few warmup games for L.J. to fill his coffers.
And if you want to fill your coffers, there’s not many better places on Earth to do that than the Cayman Islands.
Destination – Cayman Islands
Right. I messed up. Forgot to take a screen shot of this game. Too busy enjoying myself. But you’ll just have to trust me when I say Littlejohn scored another 2 goals in an easy win. He did his job; I didn’t do mine. Sorry. Actually, I’m not sorry. Do you pay to read this blog? No?… Well then, it’s your own fucking fault. You get what you pay for.
Anyway, now that I have justified my own mistake with a hissy fit and an unnecessary & unprovoked attack on you lovely readers. Let’s go to Africa!
Destination – Rwanda
Rwanda. Rw-fucking-Anda. They sound shit. And they are. Littlejohn has a field day. And I got a screenshot to prove it – Hoorah!
Four for Littlejohn!
From the African heartlands to basecamp at Mount Everest…
Destination – Nepal
It is widely known that you DO NOT mess with the Ghurkhas. They will fuck you up! They will take out five blokes with a pencil. They will bust your kneecap with coat hanger. They are awesome in every way.
Apart from football. They are fucking crap. Five nil.
Another hat trick for Littlejohn!
That’s the warmups sorted. We’re off to the World Cup!
Destination – France
Here’s the squad.
I’m taking Michael Owen as back up in case L.J. gets injured or suspended. Hopefully we don’t need to use him because he’s a bit of a bell end if I’m being honest. Should have taken Fowler. Bit late now never mind.
Anyway, our opening group match is against Croatia. We’ve got some issues at the back with Adams, Newsome & Ferdinand out through injury and suspension. We are still able to win 2-0 though. Littlejohn played okay.
Good result. I would love to get Littlejohn a world cup goal though.
We keep the same side against Japan. And Adrian Littlejohn gets his World Cup goal. Two in fact!
And L.J. backs up one brace with another against Iran. He even gets the MOM award! Littlejohn shirts are selling like hot cakes.
Comfortably into the knockouts.
We’re up against a very talented Nigeria side next. No goals from Littlejohn this time but we’re into the Quarter Finals after going behind early on.
Starting to dream now. Can Littlejohn score again? This is so exciting! Can Littlejohn win the World Cup? Can he? CAN HE DO IT?
Del Piero sends us home.
Quarter Finalists though. Not a bad showing. One step further than they managed in real life. Chin up.
On the Brightside, Arian Littlejohn has a had a fantastic first season. We check his contract, and he now wants a pay rise from £25k to £35k a week. I’m happy to oblige.
His value has shot up to the lofty heights of £4.2m.
22 England goals is one more than Kevin Keegan managed. And he’s done it in one season.
He is comfortably top scorer on the international stage. Look at that for a list.
Del Piero is tamping. Revenge.
Alessandro Del Piero phoned in on TalkSport Drive to air his frustration “It’s not-a fair-a. Adrian-a Littlejohn-a only-a played against-a Rwanda. I want a Pizza”
Littlejohn’s agent must have realised he’s out gunned Klinsmann and co. Because now wants £50k a week!
You can have it son.
Littlejohn’s rise to fame has been a journalists dream, and he rightly wins the Football Writers Player of the Year.
Featuring twice in the Annual Awards
That concludes season 1997/98. Will Littlejohn suffer second season syndrome, or will he go from strength to strength?
Join us next week to find out. Have a great weekend all