Marching on Together – Part 1 | @RossBell1984

Ross Bell is the reigning CM9798 Cup champion and he wanted to bring a blog to the table. I’ve set him the challenge of taking his beloved Leeds to the heights they reached under David O’Leary.

Leeds head into the 1997/98 season on the back of a dismally dull 96/97 campaign where George Graham led the team to 11th place with an almighty 28 goals scored in 38 games! My first aim for the 97/98 campaign is to top that goal total, the summer signing of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink should help. An added caveat for this season given to me by our CM overlord is that I can only sign players that Leeds actually signed during that season. Thankfully the game is updated with all the signings for the season already in the squad so i can get on with the task of trying to finish in the top half and score more than last season, should be easy right …

Straight off the bat another of the new signings and really our only viable option to partner Jimmy upfront Derek Lilley gets injured for month with a fractured skull. Jesus lads go easy on the pre season training yeah.


If the first game is a sign of things to come it’s certainly going to be interesting. A 4-3 defeat looks better at full time after Sir Les tore us apart and honestly without Nigel Martyn it would of been a whole lot worse.


First points on the board after Tommy Knarvik gives us a late lead before Patrick Berger levels with the last kick of the game.


Continuing our easy start to the season a trip to Old Trafford follows and our biggest derby game goes badly, we hold out till the second half at least but once the flood gates open Man U ease to victory, having two DM’s score against you is troubling as is your new star striker still not bagging a goal.


Coventry up next and a real chance to get the first win of the season. Things are going great when Rod Wallace puts us up 1-0 and we cruise in to half time on top but Coventry come out all guns blazing in the second half and two goals in a few mins from Moldovan and former Leeds striker Noel Whelan seal the victory for the away side. It’s always the ones you love that come back to haunt you.


Away at Sheffield Wednesday next and yet again we score late but the opposition score even later to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. 5 games down and still no goals from Hasselbaink. Concerning.


Our second biggest Derby game next. County are both somehow second in the league and have signed both Kieron Dyer and Dean Richards. When Baiano scores after 4 mins the storm clouds gather before Gary Kelly is brought down in the box and Jimmy slots away his first for the club before Baiano misses a penalty for the Rams. Alfie Haaland never one for the spectacular pops up late on to put us 2-1 up and we somehow hold on. Probably their entire striker force being injured helped, who knows.

So 6 games in I think we are on course to hit the goals target the position target however has proved more tricky.


Anyway until next time I’ll be back to round up a whole lot more of the season. Toodles.

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