Hello! It’s Monday again and that can only mean one thing, another episode of Monday Night Football as we go back in time with CM9798. We’ve done a number of variations of MNF and with not many to go we going to take a look at one fixture from each tier of the football league, played out in CM9798.
We’re going to take a peek through the looking glass at;
Premier League: Bournemouth vs. Leicester
Championship: Fulham vs. Sheffield Wednesday
League One: Doncaster vs. Ipswich
League Two: Cambridge vs. Crewe
Bournemouth vs. Leicester
Back in 1997/98 Bournemouth were battling things out in the old Division Two with Eddie Howe still in his playing days eventually missing out on the play-offs by four points. Meanwhile Premier League Leicester were having the time of their life under Martin O’Neill in between dreaming about cup finals and mid-table mediocrity.
Leicester pop the Cherries with 4 goals in 48 minutes before easing off the ‘glass’. Bournemouth never stood a chance.
Fulham vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Mohamed Al-Fayed had just bought Fulham for shy of £7m in the summer of 1997 as Ray Wilkins and Kevin Keegan ran the show. Sheff Wed were on the way down from a recent past of offering up England Internationals – although they did have one of CM9798’s most flexible players.
I’m tempted to call this an upset, but Fulham were far too good for Division Two and Maik Taylor kept almost everything Sheff Wed threw at bay.
Doncaster vs. Ipswich
Doncaster were about to go through what is probably the darkest period in their modern-day history. The story has too much to offer, but it can all be watched here in documentary form. Ipswich were going through a revival with George Burley at the helm and missed out on promotion back to the Premier League in the playoffs.
Talk about a mock burial, Ipswich brought the wake with them. There’s a reason Doncaster are probably the most challenging side to manage in CM9798.
Cambridge vs. Crewe
Roy McFarland was leading the charge at Cambridge as they suffered a fall from grace during the previous 5 years following John Beck’s failed charge to take the club to be founder Premier League members. Crewe were about to spend a totally less than notable season in Division One.
Battle of the minus men and Crewe come out on top as Tom Youngs has an off day.
And that’s a wrap on another edition of Monday Night Football. I hope you have enjoyed our spin on this week. Maybe you could take up a #cm9798challenge and see if you can get Doncaster to the Premier League?
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