AFC United – Part 3 – The Roy of Nets | @Matt_C_Wills

Merry Monday to you. Here’s Matt with the latest from AFC United of Manchester where the star man has got an injury…

Hey, hey –Monday hits us like a freight train again, but for 15 minutes, lets just imagine we’re guiding a team of Fergie’s Flops up the leagues. We’re hitting the home straight in the first season of our collection of ex-Man Utd youth and stalwarts. Top of the league and aiming for promotion, but we’re always on the look out to add to our quality. Father Phil won’t be joining us though, John Aldridge sees fit to snap him up.

Another injury hits David Brown, so I’m hoping my other strikers can step up to the plate.

John Curtis is off to Spurs – had my eye on him, but must be patient for a while longer.

Rodders is filling the Brown hole…, wait lets rephrase that – Rodders steps up to the plate in Brown’s absence. Wilson looks handy at right wing-back or right midfield.

United add to their depth on the right hand side too.

Wondering if Utd want to make some space after Sibby’s signing, but Denis says no.

With Brown out, sharing the goals around is the name of the game. Twiss is doing well in that inside left attacking midfielder position. Paul Parker is defying age and stature with a rare header from a rebound in the box.

With these narrow wins, I was anticipating a defeat at some point, and Chester serve us up a doozie.

Brighton are in the play off spots and give us a tough game, late goals against is something I’ll need to look at.

Windscreen Shield Area Final time and that man Hateley is a thorn in our side again. Robbo once again needing the treatment table, but it’s all to play for in the return leg I hope.

Another Archbishop Desmond. The right side of the pitch is being patrolled by two diminutive guys in Wallace and Parker, but somehow it’s effective.

We have no answer to the question that is Mark Hateley. Hoping we can leave Hull behind in Division 3 next season.

4-1 in our favour this time – Deniol Graham makes the most of his rare start and it’s good to break the downward turn in form.

The goalkeeper position has been troubling me for a while now. Les Sealey and Chris Turner have experience but lack any sort of agility at their advancing age. Ian Wilkinson is unproven and Paul Gibson isn’t great as a solo Bee Gee, so we make a move for a man Pedro Mendes will have future nightmares about.

One comes in, one goes out. Cheers for that Fergie.

50 percent of our back 4 get the goals to sink Swansea.

Goal King Cole is off to Sheffield – Paul Scholes is always phenomenal in the first season for United and then they tend to sign lots of strikers, so Andy is jumping before he’s pushed.

Paul Parker is a man reborn. Brown is also back again, and in some style! Hull have Mark Hateley and Pat Nevin up front, amazing.

Andy Cole’s old team claim the first major trophy of the season. No Rob Savage in the Leicester squad to keep an eye on.

What is the canteen feeding Paul Parker at the moment?!

We feel a little more solid with Carroll in the sticks.

Hull can’t make it all the way in the Windscreen Shield. I’m not sad about that.

Four nil up and then nervously expecting a devastating comeback is never fun.

United are in touching distance of the title already, but this will hold them back. I wonder if the 3rd went in right at the death?

We also seem to be stuttering a bit, but these two late headers by Rodders has shades of Steve Bruce against Wednesday in ’93. Another injury for Robbo – shocking.

Everton couldn’t tip them over, United seal it with a few games to go.

Not to be outdone, Rodders late headers confirm it

David Brown’s fine season has seen him earn some Under 21 caps for England, captain here in a narrow win.

Roy Carroll is on international duty and I take the chance to play a few of the patient guys. Only two Bee Gees here but You (Can’t) Win Again.

Ex Utd player Sammy is looking for a new home

It’s the penultimate game of the season and as its’ the last home game I was expecting to have the trophy in front of our home fans, but we’ll have it on the May Bank Holiday I guess.

Ooh, who is this available on a free? No, not Joe Allon…

Relegation release clause strikes – below Barnsely too – blimey.

Party time (for us) at Layer Road. Brown finishes in style with a hat trick and its an impressive 56 goals for the season.

Table confirmation – Barnet hung on but Pat Nevin and Mark Hateley will have to take their chances in the play offs. Carl Dale’s goals couldn’t quite push Cardiff into the mix.

Just like his position, Ray Wilkins guides Scarborough into table midfield.

There’s the stats for that man Brown. Never really signed him before, but he’s been amazing and looks to only get better and better.

He’s hitting big value too, but the rest of the team are looking healthy value wise and attracting a few admiring glances.

I made sure everyone played for me this season, something I rarely get to do. Ok, Derek Brazil didn’t add much and Brian McCalir added more in the dressing room than on the pitch, but everyone played their part.

It wasn’t just about Brown in front of goal, Danny Wallace was a man reborn.

Around Europe, Lazio hit Ronaldo’s Inter

Steve Coppell joins Sammy McIllroy in the Job Centre.

Sparky always was a big game player and here he wins the Cup Winners Cup for Chelsea

Hughes only had half a season with Andy Cole at United, but he’s showing himself to be a similar big game player for Wednesday.

Madrid reflect real life in the Champions League.

United get arguably the bargain of the season. What will this mean for Paul Scholes though?

United let Denis go, so I cast my rod, but I’m not prepared to bankrupt the team, sorry Denis, I’d love to but my purse strings are tied.

I instead look to the North of Ireland at United and invite young Keith to play understudy to the evergreen Danny Wallace.

I decide the best way to stop Fergie from recalling Notman, is to make him a permanent signing. My transfer kitty is taking a pounding.

Terry Gibson’s had enough, and he’s the first Bee Gee to leave. A bit like when Robin went solo in the early 70’s and before Barry found his falsetto, it didn’t work out for Terry here I’m afraid.

Denis is off to Suffolk to join ex United youth David Johnson.

I’d love to have Juan in my midfield, but sums like that are beyond our modest position at the moment!

I tried to sell my AFC United vision to Andrei, even suggesting he can cultivate that standing on the ball trick, but it’s not enough for the Siberian Express Train.

France ’98 swings around, but we’ll only dip in. England bow out at the Quarter Finals as Spain get their revenge for Euro 96.

George has had a decent season for a newly created player with random stats. Whilst £1m would be useful, I’m not going to rely on Colin Gibson in Division 2!

France win the final 3-0, against Germany in this reality.

United have had a busy season with sales. I’d liked to have got Chris Casper if I’m honest.

End of season Awards roll around and it seems scoring the winner in the Cup Winners Cup is enough to make Mark Hughes European Footballer of the year, amazing stuff.

15th July, time to save and hit update and the find the fate of some of the older players in the team.

Paul, no, you’ve had a great season lad!

Captain Marvel wants to rest his aching bones at Forest

Webby is off to deliver the post. An able deputy, but that’s going to leave a gap in midfield now.

Cheers Viv, always a cheerful face on the training pitch

Chris Turner, I will always remember your clean sheet against Man City in pre-season, but not much else

The squad is looking a bit thin. Parker and Robbo will be missed.

So we’ve rocketed to the first title of out adventure. My aim is to topple Fergie, knock him off his perch, but we’re going to have to have an effective summer with the scouts and hope we can hold onto those rising stairs. Join me next week for more tales from Fergie’s cast offs!

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