CM9798 Academy – Part 24: Lukicade

Good day! Welcome back to the Academy, where things are bleak as ever. The season hasn’t exactly got off to a great start but with a young side still finding their way, I’m always hopeful of improvement.

Here’s a reminder of where we re-join the action.

pl bottom 13 games

First though it’s Cup Winners Cup time. A 1-1 draw in Deportivo was admirable, so if we can find a way to get it done at home then we’re in the quarters.

We more than get it done. Lukic, over the moon with his U21 call up, runs the show. A fantastic win.

5-1 depor

Brann will be a test, the Scandinavian nations really come on strong.

cwc qf

A negative of that result is Lawrie getting a three month injury. He’s averaging just under 8 so he’ll be a miss. We head to Fulham in good spirits but two goals are offset by two injuries, including the in form Lukic. It’s just a few weeks for him but Hool will miss 2 months. A blow.

fulham 0-2 win

With our two centre halves out of action, I’ve had to sign Les Heddle. That’s French for The Heddle.

heddle signs

Against bottom club Birmingham we’re 3-0 up after half an hour and that should be us clear of the bottom 3 for a bit. What’s that? We’ve messed it up? Of course we have.

3-3 brum

That’s followed by a whooping at Arsenal. We’re missing those centre halves.

5-1 arsenal

It’s a right old ding dong with Everton in the League Cup. We lose but frankly, who cares? It’s the pointless cup for a reason.

2-4 everton lc

What it’s really all about is staying up, and Charlie McBride has a knack of getting vital goals. Sheff Wed somehow fail to score.

1-0 sheff wed

Another injury though sees 18 year old Toby Hammond in to the middle of the park. He last 9 minutes before he goes off injured. His replacement, Gazza jnr, departs 2 minutes later. What on earth is going on here. Oh and we lose 4-2. A rough day.

4-2 man city

We do at least get revenge for the FA Cup final. Lukic continues to impress.

3-1 chelsea home

Meanwhile, real Gazza is swapping one former club for another.

gazza to rangers

We’ve taken some big hits from Leeds so this feels justified. We’re scoring goals like we used to, it’s nice.

5-1 leeds

Our FA Cup run starts at home to Norwich. It’s a struggle but we get it done. Sunderland in round 4 is a tough draw though.

2-1 norwich cup

Off we go to Everton, who are top of the pile. Not our strong suit, to be honest.

everton 2-0

Now Hull at home, that’s more like it. They still play Cambiasso and he’s hopeless. Billnig finds some form and Shearer junior makes it 3. Faulconbridge pulls one back to ironic cheers.

3-1 hull home

Then we get humped at Bolton. We’re just so weird.

bolton 4-0

We’re nearly out of the cup but Finney gets a late leveller. That gets us a replay but having seen the 5th round draw, I’m not bothered about that.

1-1 mackems fa cup

Yeah…not something I’d look forward to.

fac5 draw

Oh Lazio want my back-up left back. That’s a shame.

fagliono offers

He’s gone the same day. No messing about for Faglioni.

faglioni to lazio

We don’t need him. Adam Lukic is dragging us up the table by scoring the winner against Villa.

2-1 villa

Here’s the replacement for Faglioni. He looks decent but probably isn’t.

da rold

We do briefly make a go of it in the replay but the haunting image of Stamford Bridge gets to us and we go out. No Europe next season barring something very strange.

replay loss

Like…winning at Tottenham. We never do that but Lukic, my new hero, ensures we do.

spurs 1-2

We’re 13th but only 4 points clear of the bottom 3. I laugh in Steffen Iversen’s face.

table bottom feb s8

Remarkably, we are only 6 points from 4th. It’s the tightest table I’ve seen for a long time. If we can keep this form up who knows where we’ll finish.

table top s8 feb

Probably 17th. It’s what we’re good at. No matter which way you look at it though there’s a lot to look forward to next week – the end of a season where we’ll either achieve our highest finish or be relegated. There’s also the next chapter of our Cup Winners Cup adventure, I’d like to win then we can play in the Super Cup. That’s always been the dream. Anyway, I’ll see you next Sunday for the end of the season, toodles for now.

1 thought on “CM9798 Academy – Part 24: Lukicade

  1. hai… can anyone help me to install for CM 97/98, please my comp are damage, and the file is no longer exist anymore 🙁

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