AFC United – Part 2: I Started A Joke | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy Monday! Matt’s collecting Man Utd youngsters again so let’s see how he’s getting on

Hello and welcome back to my Monday blog, where I’m giving the young players that didn’t make the grade at Manchester United a fresh chance of glory in the red, white and black, guided by some veterans keen for a last hurrah. There’s familiar names in our squad and a few unknowns.

At the end of part 1, despite succumbing to a hatrick by the Divine Mullet (Mark Hateley), we are sitting pretty at the top of Division Three, spearheaded by the goals of David Brown.

Our action picks up in late October and that man Brown seals a thrilling encounter with 3rd place Barnet with a late, late header.

Getting back to winning ways sets us up nicely with our first real test – Spurs in the League Cup.

You don’t expect to score 4 at White Hart Lane and come away empty handed do you? 3 a piece for Jurgen and Sir Les who are rampant. It was close at half time…..

Brown doesn’t care, he’ll score anywhere it seems. Young Robert Trees getting in on the action there.

Windscreen Shield group time now and Ray Wilkins tries proving his point in turning me down

All but through I reckon with that.

Paul Gibson is doing ok in goal, but I think we need a bit of big game cup experience in our ranks.

Talking of cup experience, Les gets a 10 minute cameo against Halifax with the game done and dusted

Aging defenders and keepers may not be the best mix with the 2-3-1-2-2 formation, but we come out the right side of 7 goals in the end.

We’re leaving it late at the moment to salvage points….seems like a United tradition we have inherited.

The form of Brown and Tomlinson means Denny isn’t getting much game time at the moment and this won’t help matters

It’s all about Brown at the moment

He wants out though….

The vultures are circling – hes in fine form – 33 in 28. He has the Big Club Release clause so I saw fit to stick him on the loan list before his value rocketed. Hes also on £500 a week until 2003….

He and GT knuckle down and see us into the Windscreen knock out rounds

Mike Duxbury is off though. He played one game, and he wasn’t that great….

He was always adaptable and determined enough to influence his positioning for a tackle, but its not enough for regular game time I’m afraid Mike.

Cup action next and Wycombe want to come back to Broadhurst Park

With the Dux heading out, I fill some space in the sqaud with another Gibson to add to my Paul and Terry.

I do this partly to provide some cover for George Switzer, but mainly soIi can play all three in the next match and pretend I have The Bee Gees in the squad. A Tragedy, I know…

Our FA Cup exploits are over early, Wycombe have Too Much Kevin (Scott) for us

Paul Gibson is out for a bit but Les shows he’s not Jive Talkin when he says he can keep a clean sheet.

Its not only Words, he really means it against Ray’s Scarborough. How deep are your gloves, Les?

Les, You Should Be Catching (those).

I’m writing this as Man Utd lose to the other half of Sheffield in real life…..

Robins and Twiss do the business against Grimsby and it’s into the area semi’s. Ronnie Wallwork is excelling at centreback. Alan Tonge will have to force his way back in at this rate, but he’s good cover for Captain Glass.

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart/Arm? Give it a month I guess

It’s a shocker against Rotherham – Mark Robins will one day go on to make his mark there – but for now our spirits having flown

Another late show from my lads – are they getting lethargic? Can’t keep blaming it all on the nights at Broadhurst.

Notman is doing ok on loan, not ripping up as many trees as usual

When Brown doesn’t score, it’s as if we lose all urgency and purpose

Crazy game, 2 nil up, then down to ten men, thinking Rodders had smashed in a last minute winner to then find a win is beyond our Resch, typical.

So while hes been resting his broken arm, Robbo decides he’s rather manage Forest than Middlesbrough

A largely dull affair in Scarborough, settled by an early GT goal but Switzer’s injury means I’ll have to turn to a GeeBee for the next match

We finished Part One with a loss, so why not Part Two? Celebs Arthur Askey and Michael Landon send us to our 4th league defeat in 31 games

We’re still sitting pretty at the top of Division 3, but the goals have dried up a bit lately from Brown. He hit 39 goals in 33 games by xmas, but injuries and suspensions are catching up with him.

There’s a third of a season to go and we’ve got a great chance of going up at the first attempt – sort that defence out and You Win Again.

See you next Monday

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