The first season has come to a close and there was the usual mix of sublime and the ridiculous. So without wasting further time, let’s see how the 97/98 season finished (WARNING: Includes England World Cup failure)
In the last update I bemoaned the big club release clause that was slowly costing me my best players. Well, the buggers are at it again and Dundee Utd have taken the division’s top scorer off my hands
There’s nothing I can do, but look what I’m losing
Lethal. I only have 4 days to act, but I think I made the right decision
It’s a huge fee in this division but I know what Devine can do, and it doesn’t take him long to settle in
With Chester top of the table, this is a mighty result and it’s not long before the party can start
Woohoo! Some less inspiring results mean we have to settle for third, but with the most scored and least conceded, we’re every bit worth it.
Peterborough go on to win the playoff final against Cambridge on pens, which I’m fairly sure is a local rivalry anyway. Scenes.
Anyway, in the real world…
The unbeatables are beaten! They might not have lost a league game all year but they’ve blown it here. Ah well, there’s always the FA Cup
Wat!? The unbeatables have lost again. Spurs go on to win the final comfortably
Moussa Saib, now there’s a player.
The semi finals were set, Manchester United versus the people’s champions…and El Clasico
Well now I don’t know what to believe. Parma go on to win the final thanks to Tino
Still, at least Man Utd have that whole unbeaten thing to fall back on
They’ve lost! A shaky month for the Red Devils but they will win the title with a month to spare. In fact, they got 100 points!
Conceding only 14 goals all season is just ridiculous. Chelsea cap off a great season by taking the second Champions League spot
Meanwhile, it’s relegation for Barnsley, Derby & Palace
Derby are livid with the whole thing and Jim Smith is fired
Chelsea also made it to the Cup Winners Cup final, but were denied in Extra Time
For those of you who followed the first saved game, you’ll know how much I hate writing up the World Cup. But we’ll focus on England. Here’s Glenn’s men:
So at least we’ll find out what would have happened if Dominic Matteo hadn’t declared for Scotland.
It’s a rough start for England
At least he brought on Phil Neville. Anyway, China are less of a problem
So it’s England vs Ireland, winners qualifies. Surely…
Oh Glenn, why didn’t you bring on Phil Neville?
The groups end up like this:
And the last 16 draw:
Some big games in there, like Germany/Italy and France/Argentina. The Argentines see off the hosts
But the Irish keep home interest alive
What a Quarter Final lineup…
Brazil fall by the way side
Remarkably, so do Italy
Your community XI left back Paolo Maldini with the own goal. The Semi finals are set
Argentina edge out Spain
But the Irish dream is bulldozed
The Irish are probably so sickened they have to settle for fourth
So it comes down to Argentina vs Holland. Argentina have ran the gauntlet, beating the hosts, the holders and…Spain to reach this stage. The Dutch have just turned up
Deserved champions I think. I couldn’t have handled Ed de Goey being a World Cup Winner.
So all that is left to do is wrap up some transfers
I have no idea why Arsenal have signed Paul McGregor. Awards time!
Mainwaring still top scorer despite leaving a month early. Good day to be a Neville, whilst all three football league managers of the year have England caps. Huzzah. For completeness, Juve won Serie A and Barca won La Liga.
So that’s it, season 1 is done. Join us next time as I build a squad ready for Division 2 and no doubt Aberdeen will take Sean Devine off me or something. Until then..