Winning by the dozen

Welcome back! Thanks for sticking with us during my short break. The 2000/01 season has a lot to live up to after Darlington’s final day heroics earned us promotion to Division 1. We’re just one rung below the Premier League now and Feethams still only just holds 7000, so that’s going to be interesting. Meanwhile at the top, Liverpool go in search of back to back titles, but Fergie might have something to say about that…

Firstly though let’s talk Darlington, and my first aim is to improve the team rather than stand still. One man for the job then

nevland signs£500k is a snip for this hero. I’m confident him, Devine & Craig in rotation will be a handful for most defences at this level. With Newcastle in the division along with recently relegated Nottingham Forest & Fulham, it’s not going to be easy to go up but that’s the aim, you’ve got to aim high.

I’ve also found this young lad on a free transfer, wonder if he will amount to much?

cambiasso to darloThe one negative is that Dunn is taken on by Sunderland, who are back in the Premier League under Kevin Keegan (still strange). I’ve upped the value of most of my players to avoid this but neglected with Dunn, which is a shame but it’s not the end of the world

dunn to sunderlandIt sounds stupid but I need to sell one player per season anyway to keep us afloat – with no money coming in from ticket sales due to the size of the ground, this is vital. Anyway our cause is helped as Newcastle have some upheaval

arsenal sack wengerWait for it…

jack charlton to arsenalWhy!? Anyway, Newcastle turn to Hodgson

hodgson to newcastleManagers dropping divisions then going up divisions, it’s all very odd. Anyway, we actually win 3-0 at St. James’ and it’s all going far too well as we reach the end of October

div 1 top nov 00Palace of course are in the Cup Winners Cup and have missed a load of midweek games, they’re very much a threat to us but hopefully the schedule will catch up with them.

There were some hefty transfers

makelele to liverpool kiko to barca eadie to man utd chelsea sign scholes bergkamp to liverpool stewart to sunderland hierro to barca kluivert to lazioWhilst the game continues to imitate real life transfers

mcculloch to wigan inzaghi to milanAt all levels, none the less. Ridiculous.

With Wenger being sacked and Jack Charlton making the step up, there’s some what of a merry-go-round in place. So…

vialli quitsVialli can’t stand it and quits before the season even starts

Step forward, former England captain:

robson to chelsea

Boro go for Harford (RIP)

harford to boroNo merry-go-round is complete without this man

bassett to blackburnSpurs need a replacement for Hodgson

nicholl to tottenhamFulham opt for former Liverpool defender Mark Wright.

There’s a Charity Shield to be decided

CS 00Rather one sided but James Scowcroft getting a hat trick is a surprise to us all.

One man who is not going anywhere is Glenn Hoddle. After being runner up at Euro 2000, they take out all their frustration on Andorra

england 12 - 0 andorraJust the dozen then, although they had 8 by half time. I like that he brought on Southgate to shore it up.

Of all that madness leaves the table looking like this

prem top nov 00Liverpool are not looking likely to retain their title, as Man Utd have come back strong. Brian Little is working his magic again and sit in second, whilst Gerry Francis is doing a good job at Leeds. Newly promoted West Ham complete the top 4, they’ve stuck with Harry through it all.

prem bottom nov 00Newly promoted Sunderland however are yet to register a win, though it is early days. Southampton are also struggling and are sniffing around my goalkeeper, which is no surpise with 25 conceded. Tottenham haven’t been the same under Jimmy Nicholl, who would have thought?

So join us next time as Darlo continue their journey to the promise land. I’ve got everything crossed for us, mainly beause I want to see if they try to develop Feethams…

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