Coming of Age

Last time I left you Darlington were just starting to tiptoe into the upper echelons of the league. As we tick into 2004, amazingly we’re still in and around, but we’ve added to the squad and we’re stronger than ever. Elsewhere, there are only 2 countries represented in the last 4 of the Champions League and Man Utd address their debt issues.

First off though some managerial news. This is a bit of a coup!

wycombe appoitn zaccheroni

This is not.

wetherall in

Why do Leicester need a manager? Well, they sacked poor old Martin O’Neill

MON sacked

He was so heart broken, he took the Spurs job 2 days later.

MON hired

Happy New Year. Spurs are a bottom half Division 1 club these days, so a re-building job for old jumpy Martin. Joining Spurs in the bottom half of division 1 are Sunderland, so they sack Ray Harford

sunderland sacked harford

They appoint Ex England defender Mark Wright who quit Spurs in the first place to start this whole chirade. Meanwhile in the Premier League, West Ham haven’t been as good this time around and Nev quits

southall resigns

West Ham nick Peter Reid, who has done a good job at Palace to be fair

reid to west ham

Palace appoint Ray Harford, obviously thrilled by the great job he did in the North East.

Speaking of which, look who I’ve lured to Darlington

owen to darlo

Amazingly he turned down several others to make the switch. We have arrived!

Everton however go one better

maurice to everton

Whilst Barcelona get an Englishman across to Spain

max martin to barca

Leeds are going through a rough patch in the league but they’ll be happy with their Champions League campaign, knocking out the might Ajax on away goals

Cl QF Results

Liverpool, who have crawled up the table to safety are also in the Semis, joining Spanish superpowers Barca & Real. The draw throws up two all country clashes.

CL sF Draw

Interesting! Real actually look set to win La Liga for the first time in this game, Barca have won 6 in a row.

There’s no Southport in the FA Cup semi finals, but Chelsea will be licking their lips at the draw.

FA Cup SF Draw

I’m sick of the sight of Chris Waddle’s Burnley, who you may recall where my enemies a few years back. Hope Sheff Wed batter them, they are his former employers so hopefully they’re sick of him too.

It’ll be a Man City/Wolves final in the League Cup, Division 1 Derby & Luton beaten over two legs.

LC SF 04

City & Wolves are both top half Premier League teams so not too much of a shock.

Man Utd’s crippling debts result in a fire sale. Ironically, it’s Leeds who take advantage

leeds sign aydin

leeds sign butt

They also sign World Cup winner Sunday Oliseh, so they mean serious business.

This, however, makes me very sad

haslam knackered

I can’t explain this

solskjaer to huddersfield

So let’s finish on a high with a great Haslam moment. Happy Valentine’s Day Fergie!

darlo 3 - 0 man utd

The tables make decent reading too

prem top march 04

Man Utd selling those players on deadline day will hopefully end their charge. I’m looking for a UEFA Cup place now, that’ll be a huge step forward for us.

prem bottom march 04

Matt Le Tissier’s work at Arsenal has been less than stellar, they’re in serious trouble. Stoke and Leicester still have a chance, though Leicester appointed David Wetherall so probably not that much of a chance.

With that disparaging David Wetherall comment, I’m calling time on this update but I do hope you’ll join us for the finale of this season, there’s even Euro 2004. Here’s England’s group

england 04 group

Until next time…


1 thought on “Coming of Age

  1. buying Michael Owen (plus, for that amount of money) is an huge accomplishment and, by the seasons 2003/2004, I believe it is a more promising deal than having Maurice in the team (who should be around 30)
    I noticed Owen was not part of the 16 that batter Man Utd, I hope everything is ok with the golden boy! can’t wait so see Darlington’s performance in the 2004/2005 UEFA CUP* with Owen and Ayew on the front
    * or should I say… Champions League?

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