Welcome to the first update of the 1998/99 season. In season 1, my Darlington side were a model of consistency and took one of the three automatic promotion spots to gain a place in Division 2. Meanwhile at the moneybags end of the scale, Man Utd won the Premier League with 100 points but were beaten late on in everything else. Fergie will not be happy. Let’s proceed.
Firstly at the Darlo end of the scale, I did the obvious thing to celebrate promotion – raid Partick Thistle for all their highly rated youths. This has worked out averagely well. Alex Notman came in from Man Utd on loan and I picked up some promising freebies. I also took a twitter recommendation for Felix Aboagye
The problem is I’ve actually got too many good players, and I’m not really sure what my best 11 is, which I don’t like. Something else I don’t like is Division 2. Sure, it’s 24 teams like Division 3 but obviously the teams are better and only 3 go up instead of 4. So it’s tougher all round. Devine is still my main source of threat but we’re not as fluid, so we’re 8th at this stage
Speaking of which, one of my last standout players is having quite the career
Anyway, in the big world, Man Utd are trying to re-create real life
Charity Shield kicks off the season
Shearer with the armband will please Keane no end. Anyway, they obviously aren’t keen on Ben Thornley being part of the team so they’ve brought in this kid who ripped Division 3 apart with Cambridge, got his big move to…Fulham, and now…
Couple of sackings
It’s Chelsa though who top the pile, after finishing last season strongly they’ve continued that form.
Join us next time as we move into 99 and all the excitement that comes with it.