AFC United – Part 29: Hall and The Gang | @Matt_C_Wills

It’s Monday which means we get another season of Matt’s AFC United. Can they get some of their titles back?

Hello, and welcome back to your weekly installment of seasonal action from Hall and The Gang. Last time out we rattled through season 12 and picked up the weakest of trebles – the Charity Shield, World Club Cup and European Super Cup.

We’re relegated to the Uefa Cup for this season and will be missing Champions League monies – not that there are many ex Utd regens clamouring to join us.

AUGUST

Anyway, on with Season 13 and the Charity Shield carries on without us and Oldham Athletic fan Dave Mathieson wins it for FA Cup holders Derby, giving new manager David Beckham his first taste of silverware.

Our league campaign doesn’t start of as well as that, losing out to CM legend Fabrice Akwa and Echo and the Bunnymen

It’s all a bit better against Blackburn and I’m hoping for big things from Brown and Owen this season

Well, I may have spoke too soon. Huddersfield seem to a thorn in my side these days

SEPTEMBER

Brown’s second penalty of the season gives us all three points after the dad from My Family gets an early bath

Our Uefa Cup campaign begins with German opposition and I imagine Schalke have their own version of Chris Kamara scoring their away goal, whether he was aware of it is another matter

Dependable Danny Hall sets us on our way to 3 points against Wednesday and Denis Irwin jnr wraps things up

Our wing backs have the taste for action this season and Richie Wellens joins Little D on the scoresheet against Wolves

Dependable Danny blots his copy book and its our first defeat against Leeds

It’s an easy wrap up against Schalke, despite Roy Keane’s regen scoring an own goal

OCTOBER

Danny makes amends for his red card with the winner against Villa and it’s smiles all round again

We’re off to Prague in our next European adventure and Terry Cooke doesn’t pull out from grabbing an early goal.

Owen’s on the scoresheet again to see us through the League Cup against Sheffield United. Roy Tinkler is the regen of Teddy Sheringham, so one to keep an eye on. Man of the Match plaudits go to Laurent Balnc’s regen though, who’s staking a claim for a regualr slot at the back with Danny

NOVEMBER

We make is safe against Sparta – Brown and Owen are firing this season

Our first meeting with Man Utd post Fergie, who now have film director Peter Jackson at the helm. I hope beating them becomes a regular Hobbit. Andrew Duncan reminding me what he has in his locker. Ryan Gordon is G Nev anew whilst Van Der Wal is Jordi Cruyff staking a claim for Blomqer’s left wing spot. As a team, we evolve, we don’t….revolve…..

Notman pops up with a rare goal at Everton – can’t seem to get him into double figures in a season yet though….

Regens Cruyff and Blanc do the biz against Sheffield United and we’re steadily mounting a title challenge

DECEMBER

Winters coming and so are the cup games. Lee Sharpe jnr and David brown help us to a late late win. Timko is Karel Poborsky and seems to be having as much fortune as he did in real life.

My best decision ever was taking Nevland off spot kick duty and it’s helping edge David Brown towards 400 goals. I ask David after the match if he’s happy with his stats and he replies ‘I’m made up Boss’, err….anyway.

More European action now, and it’s a functional Tuesday night against the Splits and we’ll be having more adventures in March

Is our left wing position cursed at the moment? We’ll have to defrost Ryan Giggs at this rate

JANUARY

World Cup year begins with the FA Cup and Scunny come to Broadhurst. The ghost of Mark Hughes settles things with a rare outing

We’re all action in the cups at the moment, but just about squeeze through against Forest. Nevland again proving he’s cack from the spot.

We’re flying in the league, but the minnows seem to know how to pull us up short

Our FA Cup 5th round tie will need a replay as there’s no way past young Sam Broddle, who I think is David Seaman. Thankfully Trevor Benjamin stays on the bench.

FEBRUARY

Notman takes a tumble in the replay and as soon as the subs are sorted, we get knocked out by skiffle legend Lonnie.

We’ve got up and coming Darlo in the League Cup semi’s and they give us plenty to think about for the second leg

In between we have the measure of the other Manchester team

Darlo miss their chance for a cupset and we’re through to the final – joyous

Brown and Owen are having a stellar season and the goal numbers are making me very happy. Podpalyi is our new Ukranian winger. battling Cookie for the right wing spot.

Despite what it looks like, thats not Phil and Steve putting us to defeat

MARCH

As the days get lighter, we’re off to Italy for the resumption of the Uefa Cup and Parma spearheaded by Everton legend Bakayoko take the advantage in the first leg.

Nevvers and that Ukrainian guy turn the tide in the return leg and we’re into the semi’s!

Before all that though, we’re back at Wembley and whilst not a classic encounter against Everton, it’s enough to lift the three handled cup

That puts a spring in our step as we seek to add the Uefa Cup to our trophy cabinet again. I like this Siberian chap

APRIL

Our European adventure seems to be running smoothly, but we experience the odd bump in the league, Derby have emerged as a strong side in this save, guided by David Beckham

No time for mopping around, tying up a slot in the Uefa Cup final is next on the agenda and Owen and Blomqers ease us through with little resistance from the Danes. It’ll be domestic rivals Chelsea in the final

Whilst Europe is a cruise, we’re bumping in the league again and Everton take no prisoners at Goodison, with wily old George Graham looking to add to the glut of trophies he won with Aston Villa. This puts our title credentials in doubt now.

Thankfully a stout performance against Man Utd sends Peter Jackson back to the cutting room and that’s a rare double for us over the Mothership.

MAY

We get Pluck-y against Sheffield United and despite Teddy Tinkler’s efforts, this is a shot in the arm for our title challenge as our opponents are our nearest rivals – the proverbial six-pointer falls in our favour.

Middlesbrough might have kicked us out of the FA Cup, but we get some sweet revenge at the Riverside, Nevvers not as regualr this season, but still dependable as ever, reminding me of Solskjaer (the player, not the manager)

We have one more game left in the league and we have a 2 point lead over Sheffield United, but before that, we have Chelsea in the Uefa Cup Final and it’s a comfortable victory to take the trophy for the second time. Sentimentality gives Scholesy a 9 minute run out and Hall lifts another trophy in……Sunderland.

4 days later we need to at least match Sheffield United’s result against Chelsea to retake the title and it looks like Podpalyi has done enough for us until Cliffort slams in a late equaliser. All eyes on smartphones and transistor radios now where Sheffield United are away to already relegated Darlington

Darlo put up a fight and Sheffield United can only draw and we take the title by 2 points – amazing scenes!

Confirmation – the goal difference was close so it could have come down to goals scored…

Man Utd finish a Mel & Kim (respectable) 4th in their first season without Fergie. Last years champions Liverpool dropping to 6th.

At the bottom, Wolves and Aston Villa join Darlo in the drop. Villa obviously missing George Graham’s guidance. Gerard Farrell (?) finishing bottom in his first season in charge.

It was push a pul with Sheffield United all season but we came good just at the right time, a lesson learned from last year.

North of the border Fergie endured a mediocre season with Aberdeen, finishing 5th with early exits for the cups, he does have the versatile John Johnrose to call upon though

Rounding up the other cup competitions Herrmann Munster wins the FA Cup for Roy Hodgson’s Blackburn

Juventus prevail in the Cup Winners Cup

While Ronaldo’s Inter lose out to Dutch opposition in the Champions League

JUNE

Before the World Cup kicks off, we let Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand exit on free transfers (although Rio comes back 2 days later, trying to prove some sort of point I think). Paul Scholes exits too and we had already let Nicky Butt head to Hamiltion Academicals earlier in the season to ease the burden on the wage bill, but he ended up taking over Chelsea after the season finished.

So, World Cup in Argentina time and Glenn Hoddle selects 7 of my squad making me very proud

Paul Ince Jnr gets them off to a cracking start against South Africa

Michael Owen and Man Utd’s Jody Morris see off Tunisia giving 6 points from 2 games

And it’s bread and butter against Chile. MOTM Acuna plays for Fergie at Aberdeen for fact fans out there.

Confirmation, but a tricky tie against France awaits in the second round

No one told Michael Owen it would be tricky it seems. Portugal in the quarters.

Meanwhile, holders China make it out of their group only to be sent packing by Italy

England falter against Portugal in the quarter finals and their World Cup hopes end with Captain failing to score a goal in Argentina….

Douglas Quade wins the final for Denmark, but then suddenly worries the whole thing is just a dream.

So AFC United captain David Brown had a great season for club, but not so stellar for country. He’s hit 402 goals now for AFC United, phenomenal…

But the story of the season is the emergence of the regens like Badiane and Pitcher, providing solidity at the back

Time for the end of season updates and David Brown’s World Cup notwithstanding it’s a decent awards night

Bryan Robson doing nicely with Kidderminster, whilst Danny Cadamarteri takes Europe’s top gong.

So, we’ve done a better treble than last season, and got Brown to 400 goals. He’s 31 now, but can we get him to 500 goals before he hangs up his boots? Join me next week to find out, cheers!

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