CM9798 Retirement Home – Part 31: Get me Steve McQueen

Hello! Welcome back to the Retirement Home, where we have enjoyed 5 months as a Premier League club but the trap door back to Division 1 is wide open. With 1 win in 23, it’s hard to make an argument for these old lads finding a way out of this one but it would normally be about this time Mick Quinn would roll back the years but with him long since retired, who will be my Micker now?

Prem bottom January

With 15 games to go we need about 8 wins, which would be somewhat of an upturn in form compared to the previous 23 outings. We defend manfully at Arsenal but Veggard Heggem scores the deciding goal and it’s yet another loss.

arsenal away S10

Fernando Couto is out for a few months too, it never rains but it pours.

COuto out

Solskjaer is a nightmare. He does at least get sent off but Nigel Quashie finishes the job. What a disaster.

Liverpool home S10

19th placed Hull is pretty much a last chance saloon. If we can’t win this we should give up. It’s not convincing but Bernard Lambourde heads a winner and our largest crowd of the season believes in miracles.

hull home S10

Wolves get a man sent off early doors and that should be a great chance for us to cause some problems. As usual attacking isn’t really our thing but cometh the hour and a half…Batistuta gets on the end of a corner and the Bungalow hasn’t seen a day like this since double bingo night.

wolves home

Sheff Wed give us a thrashing to remind us we are still doomed. Steffen Iversen has taken 10 seasons to meet us but obviously he scores.

sheff wed away s10

10 games to go and it’s 7 (effectively 8) points to make up.

10 games to go S10

Man City also ease past us, which won’t help.

City away s10

Ipswich I’ve noticed are dropping like a stone. They have games in hand but they never seem to win. Despite Tony Hadley’s best efforts the usually useless Torneberg scores twice to give us some hope.

ipswich home S10

Hold on a second. An early lead at Palace is backed up by 88 minutes of stoic defending. The gap is down to 4 points and we’re off the bottom!

palace away s107 games to go

If we can just beat 4th placed Leeds…no. Damn. We could have done with that.

Leeds home S10

Spurs away is another tricky game but we’re in it, and we stay in it throughout. We just can’t score the vital goal though and although it’s a point that would have been useful in isolation turns out to be a let down.

spurs away s10

Results aren’t going our way. Ipswich are still the target I think but there’s only 5 games to go.

5 games to go

High flying Everton are not the team I want to face. We barely lay a glove on them and that hope has disappeared.

everton home S10

We pretty much have to win at Old Trafford. Torneberg has found some form and his early goals keeps our slight hopes alive. The time ticks on and the great escape remains on until the very last minute when damn Patrick Kluivert glides through and scores to all but relegate us. NO NOT THIS WAY.

man utd away s10

Goal difference?

3 games to go

A home game with Newcastle is where our fate will be decided. That man Torneberg briefly threatens to prolong the agony but Rojas hammers in the final nail. Back to Divsion 1 we go.

newcastle home S10


relegated s10

Two days later a much changed since gets hammered at Huddersfield. Don’t care.

huddersfield away s10

Dugarry, who has been worse than useless, does score on the final day but we have to settle for a point.

boro home

Draw a line under it. The disastrous first 23 games probably cost us.

prem bottom S10 final

Seems like a good time to review the times we have had. 10 seasons of frolics but nobody came close to replicating Kerry Dixon’s heroics at Port Vale in August 97.

Info Final

Amazingly, Luke Weaver wins PFA player of the year for his 8.07 average rating. That’s probably fair.


The other awards are good news for Joe Kinnear.

Awards S10

Well, fame has gone to somebody’s head. (Please don’t go)

Weaver unhappy

That brings us to the end, for now. I’m taking a break for the CM Cup and the summer but we’ll definitely be back. I’ve already started making some moves in the transfer market and I’m going to announce signings on Twitter over the summer on the day they happen, just for the fun really.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a series so well received so I feel it is my duty to carry it on, I just need a few weeks to recharge. Division 1 will be another slog and I don’t know if we have the ability to get out of it again but I’m looking forward to finding out. Thanks for all your support over the previous 31 episodes and I’ll be back in the Retirement Home after the summer. Toodles for now!

5 thoughts on “CM9798 Retirement Home – Part 31: Get me Steve McQueen

  1. It all went downhill as soon as I stopped listening to Diamond Lights. Why did they have to retire, man?

  2. Found the blog just looking for instructions on how to play CM 9798. Stayed as I’m an Aberdeen fan who accidentally found your posts about your Aberdeen career and lived reading up on some of the other stuff.

    Can’t wait to see the return.

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