The Wonderkids – Part 4: Band on the Run(in)

The Wonderkids has been inspired by the CM9798 community looking to carve out all the well kept secrets the game has had to offer over the years, and by Dave’s original Academy save – you can catch up on last week here.

Here we are again as we look to finish our first season in charge of some of CM9798’s deadliest talent, desperately seeking promotion to avoid a mass exodus. Last time out we got ourselves stuck in a rut following a run of bad injuries to what had become some key players and that our ‘keepers were about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. We’d made a strong addition to the defence and have kept within sniffing distance of the top 4 with 13 games to go. Here’s a reminder of the table:

We ease into the final run-in at Spotland against a team now falling towards the trapdoor, exactly the pick-me-up we need.

A superb result away from home. Curtolo is hitting form just when we need one of the minus men to step up. Billy Mac seals it on 44 minutes and Bing gets man of the match with a commanding display.

Our next challenge is second placed Peterborough. Pretty average defensively, this could be our chance to take out the anxiety of our GCSE year.

And WHAT A RESULT! A Curt-olo response. Damien is the devil in ‘borough’s thorny side. We’re creeping up on the leaders and the 100-goal mark.

Great news!

Next up its another welcome visit to second bottom Notts County. We seem to be hitting a bit of a leisurely stride at a very good time.

Oh FFFFFFFFF…

Mid-table Cardiff will breath a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, we have all the time in the world to tear apart Exeter but we knock it about and do nothing with it. The fox in the box keeps us at bay.

We have our first full call-up:

And what an achievement for the main man Bing!

The suspensions arrive, and, thanks to a combination of loans and injuries, we can just about field a side;

Ulrik–ka-ka-ka-ka!!! Despite the haphazard nature of our side, we’re absolutely balling! Only a rocket out of nowhere leaves a blemish on our day.

With 8 games to go we’re a point from top and a point above the dreaded playoffs. We’ve passed through the 100-goal barrier too. Can we hold our nerve? The closure of the transfer window is upon us and we have to fend of interest in Bing.

Meanwhile, there’s some good news as the rock returns to join roll on the big stage that is Division Three.

Next up at the slicer its Hull City and we scrape home thanks to a man of the match display by Manninger and a first goal for Stirling.

Please, not again.

No such curse this time around. Cambridge beat us 4-0 at the slicer, and we return the favour winning 5-1 at the Abbey, in away goals terms the glory is ours.

The 6-way title race is not relenting.

We breeze past bottom placed Scunthorpe at the slicer despite a Schoppage in play…

WE’VE GOT A FOOT IN THE DOOR! YES!!!

The B-Team make another signing I can’t touch that will undoubtably cripple my finances in the next 12 months.

I decide to take the kids to the seaside and despite Sorenson getting too much sunscreen on his hands Curtolo pops up with a goal or five to save the day!

Juan little 90th minute winner to send me into hysterics! That pretty much guarantees promotion with a 9-point advantage with 3 games to go.

Ooooooffff!

Aaaaaaaaaand here we go again, a bit of form and they’re off to A&E!

The post Curtolo era gets off to a cracking start!

Thankfully, its only the Shrews at the slicer next and we come through 2-0. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

And with that we close the season out with a comfortable 2-0 away to Donny! Billy Mac joins the broken ankle club.

And here is the final table.

As easy as 1-2-3! Could have done without the infinite broken ankles though! And the vital statistics:

Almeida, Chandler and Constantino have been wonderful centre backs. Meanwhile 7 of the squad have 10 or more goals.

And the assists are well spread too.

That said, we are pissing money from the ‘other costs’ so I am lining up some star-studded close season friendlies to try and get some gate receipts in. Here is the peak result:

For the record, we beat Ateltico 2-1. I’m not sure how we’ve managed this but its raised £1m in gate receipts so pre-season will be a repeat!

The B-Team have been promoted to Division 3…

Which means this debt will be hanging round my neck…

If things don’t change, we’ll be forced to sell. However, the board are anticipating it…

And on that frugal note, we make two new recruits:

I’m delighted to accept this high honour on behalf of my wonderkids!

Well that is a wrap! What a fantastic first season. We’re ready for whatever Division Two has to throw at us, but we absolutely need to get promoted again! We will look to embed Ramirez and Rommedahl. I do hope you’ve enjoyed season one enough to stay with us. See you next time!

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