AFC United – Part 9: Hall or Nothing | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy new week! Real football is pretty bleak for me at the moment but I always have the blog squad to cheer me up. Here’s Matt with the latest from AFC United…

Welcome back to your Monday morning taste of what life could be like for the players Alex Ferguson cast off from Old Trafford. We’ve made it to the summit of Division One in quick time, are we just 15 games from a reunion with Man Utd next season? Time to find out.

Our form has been great, but we only hold a slender 2 point lead at the top

We don’t have to travel far for our first away trip of this post, Boundary Park is a happy hunting ground. Oldham legend Andy Ritchie is still there, trapped from retirement on my shortlist.

Erik celebrates a brace by slapping in a transfer request.

You’re going nowhere with those stats mate

He may be disappointed, but he knuckles down for the visit of the Dons in the FA Cup. I lock all the chocolate bars up in the home changing room just in case….

Into the quarter-finals we go. Could our first date with Man Utd end up being in the cup? We get the rub of the green in the draw, I’m confident we can see off Blackpool, surely?

Before all that though, back to league action and Danny Wallace hasn’t had much of a look in this season, but he puts in a shift when called upon.

Someone who isn’t happy to wait in the wings though is Fergie junior

I’ll hang on to him for now.

Carroll is out with a minor injury so I turn to Van Der Gouw, who reminds me why I bought Roy in the first place. Luckily the game was all but over when he got his marching orders. Not sure what he was doing so far out of his box anyway.

No United union in the FA Cup it would seem, they’ll have to wait until we get to the Premiership.

84 minutes of dirge in this one. Moving on.

The quarter final line up is confirmed. We definitely got the rub of the balls in the draw.

All this good form has cast a few eyes over our squad. Les Harvey is the regen of Brian McClair, Neil McCann is Les Sealey – I’m not sure about using regens yet, but if they impress on loan, selling them may keep the bank manager from my door. We’re quite well stocked on the right of midfield, so have let Trees and Brightwell get some minutes out on loan.

I definitely underestimated Balckpool who are doing well in Division 2. We’ll need a replay to sort it out. Brown, but not out.

And so will Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds

With Andrew Duncan suspended, Alan Tonge shows he’s an able replacement. Shame we switched off in the final minutes against title rivals Watford though.

What I would give to have Ronny in our backline though

We’re no where near spending £4.8m on anyone, but United obviously need the cash. This seems to happen in every save with United.

Why worry about Ronny Johnsen when we have Danny Hall to get our FA Cup replay on track?

Leeds it is then between us and another trip to Wembley.

These cup wins can be a distraction. Ex AFC United man Bryan Robson leads his charges to a hard fought win over us

No matter, we’ve secured a play off place. but can we push on for automatic promotion?

Not if we keep getting results like this we won’t. Bradford snooker us again. A potentially ramaging setback?

8 games to go and it’s tighter than tight-fisted Tighty McTightwad, the clubs finance director (not his actual name – don’t sack me please).

It feels like we have got so far and then suffered stage fright, 3 losses in a row is not championship form

Leeds gain the upper hand in the League Cup Final, they will be a stern test in the FA Cup semi-finals for sure

Robins has had enough of a lack of game time and his contract was running down, so hes off to join Teddy at Spurs

He was reliable when needed, all the best Mark.

United really must be desperate for cash. Villa will have more ex-United players than us at this rate.

FA Cup semi final time and although our league form has been worrying, we manage to hold Leeds during the 90 and Terry Cooke seals the deal in extra time

I think we deserved it

It’s going to be Blackburn in the final and an interesting clash with ex united boys, Pallister, Teather and Cruyff.

However, our league form is faltering

When you need a break, it can come from the most unlikely places. In season One, George Switzer was coveted by Newcastle United. I bet hes glad he stuck with us.

That win keeps us in touch, and we have a game in hand to pull ourselves to the summit.

Easter Monday presents that challenge against table toppers City and all the action is in the final 15 minutes. Davey Brown seems to come alive in the final 15 minutes

It’s definitely squeaky bum time now…

Danny tries to Hall us over the line

2 to go and a win in our next game will seal it. 100 goals is impressive. 48 against, less so.

Nevland does it! Paul Daniels helps by doing a disappearing act

Confirmation. Affirmation.

We’ve got an FA Cup final to prepare for, so I send out a second string to play out our final game in front of our fans, and I really wish I hadn’t, as Reading hand us our backsides, which takes a bit of the shine off the trophy presentations. I think that’s it for me and the Great Raimondo.

Table confirmation. Newcastle go into the playoff lottery. Damn, we could have hit a nice round 100 points.

Meanwhile in Europe, Ronaldo and Co pick up some silverware

As do Peter Hook’s dance duo

FA Cup final time, can we do a strange double? Nevvers rescues us and we’ll have to do it like United in 1990. No Lee Martin in this squad though.

Twissy sets us off, but it’s our own King Erik that breaks Blackburn’s Heart of Glass

Not only the Premiership to look forward to then, but also a foray into Europe!

Here’s the line up that did it. Maybe should have made a few subs I guess….

Paul Ince lifts the trophy and I almost forget for a moment that he once played for Liverpool…

Juve claim the big one (with Deschamps and Zidane!!)

Hello, more than deserved I would say

Prince Albert condemns Newcastle to another season of Division One football while Bryan Robson is back in the big time

Here’s those vital statistics

It’s all about Erik. Brown dropped off a bit this season, but still impressive numbers.

And all Ronnie did was play in the Charity Shield, who’d have guessed?

Yeah, cheers Ian.

This should be a laugh

Bozzy – the ma Sir Alex signed twice. Cast him off twice too…

Um, yeah, should have kept an eye on that really, but I had Twiss and Danny Wallace to choose in front of him….

England win the Euro’s but Brown is a bit of a bystander…

I thought the prospect of Premiership and European football might tempt him. Maybe he wasn’t keen on kissing Mark Bosnich’s head….

Its end of season award time….

….and then holding my breath in the updates for the retirements……

Yep, cheers and gone Raimondo. He obviously wasn’t keen on being back up to Bozzy.

Danny, nooooooo! Why?!

Danny was great in the first two seasons – shame his last professional game was that six-nil reverse to Reading….

That’s it, we’ve made it to the promised land. We’ve lost a few over the past few seasons – Sealey, Robson, Webb, McClair, Robins, Wallace, the Gibson ‘brothers’, but players like Hall, Brown and Cooke have come to the fore, but the Premier league awaits next week.

We’re coming for you Fergie!

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