Summertime Madness

The summer of 2003 has come and gone, and right from the outset clubs are trying to outdo each other in who can make the most ridiculous signing. I’m in on it too, and it’s been a pretty interesting start to the 03/04 campaign. Shall we?

Firstly, a man who has had plenty of jobs in the 6 completed seasons so far will have no more, as Jack Charlton has retired from management

jack charlton retires

Boro go for Peter Beardsley as playaer manager – yes, Pedro is still playing despite being 42.

beardsley to boro

I’ve been eyeing up his re-gen for a while but now it seems less likely to find him unless he gets sacked before the season is out. We live in hope.

More importantly, Boro’s neighbours the mighty Darlington have another stadium expansion

increase in capacity

So the stadium is now three times the size it was back in 1997. We’ve got some extra money now as the people of Darlington pack out our stadium, so it’s a veritable feast of signings

sansome to darlo ayew to darlo page to darlo haslam signs

Sansome is a right back/wing back, Haslam is a legend from V1 of this blog, Robert Page is my go to guy and Ayew is the re-gen of Japhet N’Doram. It’s the strongest side I’ve had with Darlo, which sort of goes without saying.

Meanwhile, let the loyalty fade away…

luis enrique to RMmorientes to AM

Barca raid Everton for one of the top players in the game

gottskalksson to barca

Not satisfied with raiding just one Merseyside club, they also take Robbie Fowler from Liverpool

fowler to barca

Everton get my former play Alex Notman from Celtic as a replacement

notman to everton

Whilst Liverpool go for another of my former players

manwaring to liverpool

Here’s the best of the rest of the transfers around the world

eric to Rm laslandes to parma brocchi to man utd reiziger to barca redmile to huddersfield leroy to leeds de la pena to juve landreau cerny to inter babbel to man u

Community XI Goalkeeper Landreau being used as bait by Real Madrid. Sacrilege.

Anyway the curtain raiser is here and it’s the rather unusual matchup of Leeds vs Southport. Leeds will fancy revenge after the FA Cup final humiliation.

Charity shield 03

What can you say? Southport win the Charity Shield on pens. All the while, they have a Division 2 campaign to get underway. They’re still in the Cup Winners Cup too, and hold a slight advantage in their second round tie

southport 1 - 0 slavia prague

Things are going well for Darlo too, so much so we’re actually 4th. We’re functional rather than brilliant but that’s fine by me. Guillherme, Ayew and Olivero are the stars and if we can finish in the European places, we’re ahead of my target. Good times.

Somebody having less of a good time is Brian Little, who has been sacked.

villa sack little

He’s replaced by the recently retired Liam Daish. I know, right?

daish to villa

Something I forgot to mention last time is Newcastle’s plight. After sacking Ince, David Batty came in as player manager and…got them relegated to Division 2. Sitting 19th in Division 2, he’s sacked too.

batty sacked nufc

WBA appoint Batty shortly afterwards, obviously not put off by his failure. Newcastle meanwhile appoint…Peter Smith?

peter smith to nufc

Smith starts the game as a player at Brighton, but it’s rough time for the Magpies.

Our new found form is underlined by this result

darlo 1 - 0 everton

All of which leaves the table looking like this:

prem top nov 03

Everton look to get their title back whilst defending champions Leeds are down in 8th. We’re the surprise package up in 4th and I doubt we’ll finish there, but it’s enjoyable so far. Villa sacking Little seems rough with them being 9th.

prem bottom nov 03

Meanwhile Liverpool’s plight is the big talking point, big problems for Roy Evans. Anybody from 13th down looks in a fair amount of trouble.

So that brings you up to date with the happenings. It’s been the usual mix of crazy events but I’m hoping we can keep this going. Until next time..

1 thought on “Summertime Madness

  1. Robert Page and Steve Haslam (I would like to see his profile in that game) are good reinforcements but having Japhet N’Doram’s reincarnation in the team is definitely good news (worst case scenario he will need one season before enhance is huge potencial)

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