Hello and welcome back to 1999. Season 2 is complete and as we move into the 99/00 season, it is apparent that the novelty of the American Takeover is starting to wear thin. Mainly because all the teams are now fully functioning, so whilst the playing field is level, it’s not so much of a shock anymore. Fortunately, there’s still loads of mad shit happening, and Altrincham are taking to life in Division 2 like a duck to water…granted, it’s not the best duck in the team (team is one of the acceptable words for a group of ducks on water, look it up) but it’s not upside down and drowning. I’m rambling. Onwards!
There were some vacancies to fill after retirements, which as usual caused a lot of upheaval
David Pleat always lands on his feet. That’s not a song by the way. I’m offered an opportunity to take over at Segunda side Racing Santander
I’d make a load of Bank jokes at Santander’s expense and I’m hanging on to my 3 readers as it is, so I can’t take that risk. Declined.
Look which great midfielder of our time is back in the Premier League
We get loads of fanmail across social media and nearly all of them ask where Paul Scholes is. Well, here he is.
I also read an excellent piece on Rai’s career this week on These Football Times, so it is somewhat of a coincidence that he has rocked up at Tottenham
Southgate’s career is taking a turn as well
Rangers miss out on Southgate but at least they’ve pocketed £9m for Marco Negri
Where’s my manners? The season opener is here already!
The Dell Boys prove it was no fluke, with known hero Darren Fitzgerald on the hat trick trail.
At Altrincham, the main aim was to lose nobody. An aim we have achieved. Which is just as well, as nobody wants to join us, except Jon Goodman
I assume that’s him
Tom Youngs was here one week. Then Blackburn paid £3.3m for him. That’s life. We’re toight like a toiger in defence but unfortunately we’re displaying the potency of a team suffering the effects of toight pants.
It’ll be fine.
In the big leagues, the Dell Boys are in a tough Champions League group but they’ve got Dion Dublin, the ultimate tiebreaker.
Italy celebrate qualifying for Euro 2000 by sacking their gaffer
He goes on to replace Neville Southall at First Division Leeds Lions. Bit of a drop. Italy appoint Real Madrid’s manager
Now, maybe I’m just ignorant, but who is this!?
Nevermind. Jack Charlton is trying to bring some star power back to the Premier League
I’d love to see prime Fowler in Arsenal’s current day team. He’d score a bucket full. He needs to do similar for Jack if they’re going to challenge The Cobras
Nice to see Barnsley surging back to the top. They’re out of money now. If you like to see massive clubs struggling, you’ll love the bottom of the table
Man Utd netting 6 goals in 14 games is just weird. Jimmy Nicholl is in trouble. Mind you, so is Ian Rush who is also pretty terrible. Everton aren’t pulling up any trees either. But if you think Merseyside is in trouble, well, you have no idea how right you are
They’ve got no money, no goals, no hope.
It’s a woeful squad. Not even the inclusion of Walter Zenga, as well as Newcastle legends Andy Thorn and David Kelly, not to mention Kenny Irons, is enough to tempt me down that path. I’d rather take a chance of Altrincham going up and passing these wasters on the way down. Good day to you.
And so, another update comes to the end. I’ve decided, this will be the last update on this save. It’s just me trying to take a club up through the divisions which we’ve all seen before. It’s time for something new. Next week.
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