Comebacks and Comedowns

It’s time for another nail biting season finale here in Scotland, where my Aberdeen side have had to run a group stage gauntlet only to be rewarded by being paired with Barcelona in the last 8. They beat us 3-1 in the Nou Camp, so we’ve got it all to do if we are going to retain our Champions League title. Elsewhere, we’re on for a domestic double and Erik Nevland is approaching a return. Let’s go!

First up is a cup quarter final with Hibernian, which turns out to be a lot easier than I thought.

hibs 1 - 3 aberdeen Cup QF

It puts us in the last 4 along with the Old Firm and either Stenhousemuir or Raith Rovers. I know who I want to draw…

SF Draw


One of the many problems we’ve had this season is that we’ve accrued a lot of injuries. We’ve been very lucky in previous seasons so maybe it’s just catching up with us. However we go into the second leg of the Barcelona clash without Mulryne, Nevland, Emmers and Heidenstrom. Oh and Darren Eadie is ineligible. It never rains but it pours.

aberdeen squad vs Barcelona

All we have to do is win 2-0…

aberdeen 3 - 0 barca

That’ll do! One of the great comebacks sees us knock our Barceona for a second consecutive season. What’s next on this gauntlet?

CL SF Draw 99

Brilliant. There wasn’t really a good tie to get there.

It’s off to Raith Rovers in a bit of a come down from the Barcelona shenanigans, and a ridiculous afternoon sees us secure three points at the cost of our goalkeeper and centre half

Raith Chaos

We’ve got a week off before embarking on an insane run of games, starting with Celtic at home


We usually beat the Bhoys, even if the gap has narrowed this season. I tend to think that’s down to Nevland being out more than anything else.

Celtic beaten 2-1

Another win that comes at a cost. Bakayoko’s season is over ahead of the Man Utd clash

Baka done

It’s time to welcome Fergie back to Aberdeen again, only he robs us blind.

aberdeen 0 - 1 man utd

Without our main strikers we just can’t test Shay Given in the Man Utd goal and Roy Keane scores from a rebound on half time. It’s a sucker punch and I am livid.

Whilst I try and think of a way to overturn the deficit, we’ve got a chance to secure the Scottish title if we can win at Hearts

hearts 1 - 2 aberdeen

Good old Keith. A third consecutive title is secured.

league won 00

The last thing I need is more games so a draw with Raith in the cup semis is not my ideal result, though I am very grateful for a 90th minute equaliser than saves our blushes after a pretty awful display.

1-1 Raith SF

SF Results 00

Bit surprised to see Celtic finally topple Rangers but it’s better for us given our record against McGhee’s men. Our replay is scheduled just 2 days after the first clash and the squad is, as the medical men call it, on it’s arse.

before replay

Somehow we dig deep and get the job done with a ruthless first half. Another final secured.

SF Replay

Man Utd away is never easy and with a knackered squad needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit, it’s fair to say our grip on Europe’s Premier Club competition is slipping. Still, we can only try.

2nd leg defeat

Awful. We couldn’t even lay a finger on them. Back to the double qualifiers next season

The only thing left in the league is a trip to Rangers, where we manage to blow a 2-0 lead but still remain unbeaten. We’ve managed to go the whole season without losing to the Old Firm and suffering just on defeat…to Hearts.

2-2 rangers

What’s that coming over the hill?

Nevland returns

It’s Erik Nevland! His spine is back in one piece and he’s got a cup final to win. I bring him on for the last half an hour against Hibs and he makes his mark after just 4 minutes

nevland goal

Lovely Erik. We finish with 95 goals and points. Motherwell are the surprise relegation, though not surprising on this season’s form.

scots prem top final 00

The cup final with Celtic is poorly attended. Nevland scores twice but he’s offside on both occasions. That’ll be rustiness. Anyway, Mulryne secures the double with a late goal to round off an average season.

cup final 00

Our European conquerers go on to win the trophy, which is always somewhat of a second prize.

CL Final 00

We’ll just drop in south of the border before we head off to Euro 2000, and Man Utd are still dominant

Prem top 00

Good for them. Tottenham are promoted from Division 1 whilst winning the League Cup and FA Cup

chelsea 0 - 1 spurs

I bet he feels like a right…nevermind.

England head to Holland with the below squad. Scotland didn’t qualify.

England squad 00

Yes, that’s Stephen Clemence. And Kevin Pressman. Is Phil Neville a star player? They’re in a group with Croatia, Bosnia and Germany.

A draw with Bosnia, a 1-0 loss to Croatia leads into a clash with Germany. Gazza rights some wrongs

England 4 - 2 Germany

A familiar scoreline. Sadly though Croatia’s win over Bosnia eliminates England and it’s all for nothing.

There is some good news as Nevland gets his first International goal against Spain

Nev Norway

They’re out too though. It all boils down to an Italy/Holland final

Euro SF 00

Can Holland win on home soil!?

EUro 00 final

No. No romance here.

A quick look at some Aberdeen stats before we hand out some awards. Tomlinson and Bakayoko did a good job really, making up for Nevland’s  56 from last season

goals 00

Nevland’s rating looks amazing but he only played 8 games (and scored 13 goals)

average ratings 00

Tomlinson’s efforts are rewarded with the Football Writers title. Next stop England?

tomlinson award

I won the manager award and it’s about time one of the International managers got peddled. Not Hoddle though, I’ve done that.

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So another season is behind us. I need to find a way to improve us to get our European title back and prove last season wasn’t a fluke. We’ve got £30m in the bank so money is not an issue. Please do join me next week where we’ll get on with season 4. Tatty bye.


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