Rogers decides title

In the previous update, Bolton Wanderers were the unlikely lads leading the way with 8 games to go – could Colin Todd emulate Brian Little & Roy Evans? Or will it all come crashing down? My Leeds side are in with a shout, let’s see how it all unfolded.

League Cup

Brian Little’s at it again – just. A narrow 1-0 win over big rivals Birmingham leaves Big Ron gutted. It gets worse for Ron as his team finish 3rd, and miss out in the playoffs. Disaster.

LC Final 04Henry goes on to finish top scorer in England, to the surprise of nobody.

Premier League

This is as tight as it gets, it boils down to a three horse race

prem top 2 games to go 04Leeds host Bolton in the game in hand, and then go to Arsenal to finish. To make it even more squeaky bum time, Man Utd host Bolton in the final game. We have to beat Bolton to keep our hopes alive, and fortunately for me, we nick 1-0 win

prem top 04 37 gamesWith Bolton going to Man Utd, I think I’m favourites. I’m 3 goals ahead on the goal difference, so unless Man Utd thrash Bolton, a win will be enough for me unless Bolton can win at Old Trafford. It’s a North West love in, basically.

final day fixs 04Just to add to the drama, the bottom of the league looks pretty tight too

final day bottom of the tableSo, can we take care of Arsenal?

arsenal 0 - 4 leedsYes, surprisingly easily. Good old Dave Hopkin. So, Bolton need a win at Man Utd. They’re ahead with 7 minutes to play…

man utd 2 - 2 boltonI owe Alan Rogers a pint. Get in!

prem top 04 finalIt’s curtains for Sunderland and Bradford though

prem bottom 04Reid and Jewell are both sacked by their respective clubs but Jewell goes to Sunderland and Reid to Bradford, so that’s nice.

FA Cup

Big Ron continues his remarkable run in the cups, and Bolton are still on for the double (little do they know what Alan Rogers is about to deny them)

FA Cup semis 04 resultsBolton get over that disappointment though by at least winning the FA Cup.

fa cup final 04I finally bring Brian Little’s manager of the month run

manager of the month may 04But Little has the last laugh, winning the UEFA Cup and taking Manager of the Year

uefa cup final 04Brian Little is quite the craftsman.

Champions League

Semi finals go with form, Milan have the chance to avenge their second place from last year…

CL semis 04 results…which they manage

CL final 04It’s also Euro 2004, but as I’m not going to write it up in depth, here’s how the groups finished:

Euro 04 Group TablesEngland recovered from this all too familiar news

beckham euro 04The hosts Italy finish without a point. The holders Czech Republic manage one point, but England see them off

england 2 - 0 czechsHere’s how the knockout stages shaped up:

Euro 04 QFThe World Champions Spain will fancy their chances, whilst Denmark have been the most consistent nation throughout this game. England see off France

eng 2 - 0 franceLeroy Chambers of Rangers doing the damage. Beckham is back from that foot injury too. It’ll be a re-match with Denmark next, who beat England in the group stages. Holland and Spain are the other semi final.

Euro 04 semisCan England find a way to beat Denmark? This won’t help.

Fowler 1 yearIt will be interesting to see what Man Utd do now, as with no Champions League football I wonder who they can attract to partner Vieri, as he and Alfonso are getting on. Anyway…

den 2 - 0 eng SFNot even a man of the match performance from Steve Haslam can get the job done. It’ll be a Denmark/Holland final as they take care of the World Champions

holland 2 - 1 spain SFThat man Bruggink again! Can he inspire Holland to a final win though?

Euro 04 finalIn short, no. The Danes are just too strong. I’ll be surprised if a Danish Club doesn’t do very well soon, their National team have been brilliant throughout. It’s Spain 2008

Spain 08So, finally, here are the awards. Curse you Brian Little!

04 AwardsMy mate Steve Simonsen taking PFA Player of the Year is a good effort. Anyway, join us next time to see if I can make Leeds a force in Europe – there will be a post inbetween times which will summarise the game to date, as seven beautiful seasons have passed.

Thanks for reading.

3 thoughts on “Rogers decides title

  1. you’ve mentioned a “bedlam” at your bedroom when you lifted the League Cup so I can imagine what happened when the game provided the final results from the 38th journey of the Premier League =)

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