Finn Demand

It’s March 2001 and other than a slight blip in 98/99 where we couldn’t get straight out of Division 2, things have gone really well at Darlington. To really top things off though, promotion to the Premier League is the next aim and we are just two months away from it being a reality. Elsehwere, Man Utd look odds on for their third title in four years, and Barcelona are gunning for three Champions Leagues in a row. Shall we continue?

For Darlington, we left the last update with the boys top of Division 1 but being chased by Forest and Palace. Not much has changed really, but we’re now just 8 games away. The big changes have been that bigger boys keep taking my things – young Alistair Craig is the first one out of the door

craig to spurs

This is a blow because he & Nevland were forging quite the partnership and Devine has struggled with the step up. After much thought and waiting for the right man to be available, we finally get Notman permanently

notman to darlo

This is a real coup for us, Notman plays for England Under 21s and has a huge future. We have him for barely one month – 6 games, 2 goals later…

notman to sunderland.west ham offer for notman

Sunderland again start the bidding, but West Ham offer me Frank Lampard, which is a muh better off for me. Celtic & Blackburn are also in – I stand to lose £500k on his which for a club of our size is a disaster.

notman to celtic

What a jerk. Back to the drawing board for the remaining months.

Fortunately for us the football has been pretty good and we’re looking to win this three horse race

div 1 top march 01

My prediction that Palace’s Cup Winners Cup commitments would tire them out have so far proved very inaccurate. They do have Tore Andre Flo though, who is having a great time at this level. A huge 8 games lie ahead.

In the big world, the first cup final of the season is set

LC SF Results

West Ham vs the always dominant Man Utd. To make things tougher for West Ham, Real Madrid have nicked their goalkeeper, for some reason

finn to real madrid

The new Steve Haslam? Probably. I like that he had the choice of Spain’s top 3 clubs. There’s some other transfers too, some more ridiculous than others

wiltord to man utd david beresford to man utd Oli to RM RDM to milan overmars to inter

The FA Cup has a familiar look to it’s Semi Finalists

FA CUp SF 01

Man Utd & Liverpool will have to replay for the right to take on Everton. Man Utd & Liverpool are also still in the Champions League,,,

CL QF Results 01

…though not for much longer. We could have a Barcelona/Ajax final for the third consecutive season, although Real Madrid might have something to say about that

CL SF 01 draw

So although the Premier League sides haven’t fared too well against Europe’s elite, it looks good for Man Utd to take back their title. Liverpool, however, are having a nightmare defense of their title

prem top march 01

West Ham and Leeds continue to be the closest challengers, but it’s Man Utd’s to lose.

prem bottom march 01

Sunderland are staging yet another great escape, although this is the past so we’re still in the heady days where the side bottom at Christmas couldn’t escape relegation. It looks like 3 from 6 will go down, but don’t ask me to predict who!

In the next update, Darlington will hope to clinch promotion so that they can play alongside these teams on a weekly basis – but can we hold our nerve? Joins us next time to find out.


1 thought on “Finn Demand

  1. (about big club release clause and tribunal setting a fee)

    when a club buys a player there’s a period – by default – in which he would be unavailable unless there are clauses in their contract (big-club release, manager release, relegation or non-promotion)

    this means – as these kids full of potencial demand big clube release clauses and there’s nothing you can do to avoid it – they can be, as it happened with Alex Notman, easily and rapidly lost

    suggestion number one
    worst than loosing a player is, on top of that, to loose money. I suggest you immediately make your new purchase available (or be quite attentive to the possibly of him getting wanted) and overvalue him the higher the board admits. this will 1) discourage interest and approaches from other clubs 2) assure that – once you have no formal tools to assure his permanence in the club – at least you get good proposals for him (if a player valued in on one million you will probably get a 900K proposal and any rejection will lead to a tribunal setting fee within those values; imagine the board allows you to value him at 1,7 million and because of that any proposal should be around 1,5 million)

    note: the value of young players, when they go in the fiel and perform good exhibitions and receive good ratings might value in a blink (I mean literally… a guy that is valued by 500K can triplicate from a week to another, it’s sound insane but I’m writing you from my girlfriends place, not a psychiatrist hospital)

    note 2: don’t forget other clubs – not considered bigger clubs – might get interested on our young players as well. if you get a proposal (a big one, once you’ve – in theory – overvalued your player) from them just reject the proposal. that means till the end of the season (meaning… when the game uptakes all the data, retire managers and players and create new ones) that player will only receives bigger offers that the highest one you have rejected. this does not assures the player stays at the club but certainly assures no more Alex Notman episodes

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