Tales From Wales – Part 10 – You Drive Me Crazy | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy Monday! It’s the last day of November and so here to usher in Tiny Chocolate Day it’s Matt and the all-Welsh Cardiff team. It’s a new season!

It’s Monday, we’re heading out of lockdown, we’ll all be in tiers by midweek, but let us not dwell on the present, lets all meet up in the year 2000, won’t it be strange when we’re all fully grown?

Last season in Division One was hard work, like putting up the Christmas tree when you have a cat, but no matter, that’s gone, lets go round again, maybe we’ll turn back the hands of time. Anyway, enough of the song lyrics, lets get (it) on.

I’m determined to drag us out of Division One and now we have the regens of Neville Southall, Ian Rush and Mark Hughes to fill the void of the retired Kevin Ratcliffe and Carl Dale.

Ok, this wasn’t the start I was looking for….maybe these young regen strikers aren’t ready for it yet. Chris Sutton is just trolling us with 2 goals from centreback.

Ronaldo, original, yeah!, settles the Charity Shield derby

To distract us from that Hawaii (5-0) in the first run out, Chester buckle under the weight of a Deniol Graham hat trick in the League Cup

Our first league points arrive in a bore draw, but Kevin Ratcliffe regen Nathan Davies proves he might have something about him.

The warm embrace of the League Cup is always welcome. Young Parry takes home what I hope will the first of many match balls

The Severn River derby is a tasty affair and Carl Williams gets his first to seal all 3 points, are we up and running now? Will this Carl fill the void left by the other Carl?

Maybe, but hopefully our form is turning

David Parry is settling into his midfield role very nicely at the moment. Parry may have inherited Mark Hughes’ fiery streak…

The Parry Brothers are in early doors, but CM9798 legend Lauchlan steals a point late on

Bosh, early goal and shut up shop, easy.

Wales World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign gets off to an unconvincing start, still 3pts on the board, mustn’t grumble etc….

The International day curse lifted last season, but now it looks like it’s back. Will Ipswich be our only Bogie side this season?

Tomlinson has had a somewhat nomadic career so far

Southend give us a spanking in our own manor and it hurts, it hurts Allott.

Wimbledon then make life difficult in the League Cup. Graham is doing the job of two strikers at the moment and it’s not enough.

The ex-Fergie Fledgling grabs us a point at Port Vale

But we’re toothless at Loftus Road

A point at Fulham is welcome, but I’m starting to worry that this will be another season of First Division hell

Wimbledon best us again in the League Cup and that’s us finished in that competition for another year

We’re flat footed at Exeter and I’m wondering what I’m doing wrong. I’m wondering why I’m even bothering. I give Shakey a ring for advice, like you do and he tells me to put some fire in their belly. So I tell them it’ll be Shakeys Greatest Hits on repeat until we get a win.

Result.

A draw will do at the moment

Qualifiers time again and we’re a bit more confident against Malta but it’s still hard work. Knott is forgiven for that penalty miss at the World Cup.

That’s the two potential banana-skins out of the way for now, sterner test surely to come.

Suddenly, we’ve played 15 league games and time to look at the table.

10th, more or less where we finished last season. Still, we’re only a win away from the play off places. I keep looking at my squad and thinking where I can make improvements, but unless Giggsy fancies dropping down a Division, I’ll have to work with what I’ve got.

Progress needed in Part 11 next week!

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