The end of the 99/00 season has got me so excited I’ve resorted to writing make believe live blogs on Darlington’s progress. Elsewhere, Liverpool are closing in on a Premier League title and Peter Reid’s causing chaos. To top it off, how will England fair at Euro 2000? Let the games begin!
First of all, let’s focus on Darlington. The Division 2 season has been a long old slog, but it all comes down to the last day
But hold on, the Bristol love in can just wait, because the last day of the season sees Darlington host Bristol Rovers. Massive drama. To see how that turned out, check out our dedicated live text. By live I of course mean written after the event.
Hopefully we’re now welcoming you back from that little segway into what I hope to do for a career one day, and it’s League Cup final time. Derby are fighting relegation whilst Liverpool are looking for their first Premier League title, but will it go to form?
Yes, yes it will. Michael Owen is really coming of age which will hopefully be of great use to Glenn Hoddle in the summer.
Peter Reid’s Crystal Palace are the underdogs here, up against Joe Royle’s Man City, whilst the glamour tie is Man Utd vs Liverpool
Palace! It’s 1990 all over again. Liverpool are beaten by a dogged Man Utd team, dashing their hopes of a treble. The double is still on if they can win the league.
In the final, there’s hell on
Phil Neville. Great times for Peter Reid though. Fergie must be livid.
With the English teams out, it’s down to the Dutch to provide the entertainment. Oh and Barca.
Ajax thrash PSV to set up a final with Barca, who give similar treatment to PSG. There’s no stopping Louis Van Gaal at the moment
No doubt a mighty speech from Van Gaal follows with rounds of applause for everybody. Elsewhere on the continent, Barca retain La Liga but Napoli upset the odds and win Serie A from last year’s winners Milan. Remarkable.
In the Premier League, it’s pretty dull at both ends and everything is wrapped up with a few games to spare. Sheff Wed’s challenge collapses and they have to settle for third, but it’s Liverpool’s year.
Down at the bottom, Fash can’t save Wimbledon and Forest have a very miserable season. Fulham’s rapid rise from Division 2 to the Premier League is now in reverse, temporarily at least.
West Ham coast to the Division 1 title, with Barnsley a distant second. Kevin Keegan’s Sunderland are up via the playoffs, with Newcastle finishing 11th. Darlington can look forward to Division 1 football next season after the earlier heroics.
It’s time for a major tournament, which I am thrilled about. We’ll mostly be focusing on England’s campaign, but there’ll be tangents. First up then, here’s Hoddle’s squad
Quahsie, Holland, Minto & Pressman just some of the luminaries in there. They labour to a 0-0 draw in game 1 though
Redknapp injured? The realism. The 2nd game is a much more impressive performance and result
So it’s just Spain that stand between England and the next round. A draw will do, but Spain need the win
Darren Anderton risks the wrath of a nation but fortunately for him, other results go England’s way and they sneak through
The other groups…
World Cup runners up Holland looking very strong. Quater final draw is quite kind to England
And so it proves!
With Shearer injured, Fowler steps in to great effect. Tie of the round is probably Holland/Italy
Not even Ravanelli can stop the Dutch. Semi final time!
It’s an England/Spain re-match. Can England avenge their group stage loss?
Sol Campbell! And not a referee in sight to chalk it off for no reason. Imagine the scenes. England are in the final! But who against?
Well would you believe it? The Dutch, who have looked unstoppable, are…well…stopped, by 10 men no less. Patrice is going Loco and it’s an England/France final
Boooo. Florian the space cowboy with the goal to break English hearts. Southgate is randomly handed the armband, presumably in an attempt to get him over that penalty miss in 96 but it’s all for nothing. Laurent Blanc is just too strong and France are the champions. Nearly Glenn, nearly.
All that’s left then is the awards
Ben Roberts & Nicky Weaver not names I expected to see on the honour roll, I’ll be honest. Sean Devine takes home top scorer, I hope he is this good in Division 1.
So the third season is done – join us next time where I’ll begin life in Division 1 and hopefully make a stab at getting in the Premier League