AFC United – Part 32: Boxall Conference | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy Matt Monday! We’re back to the three parter seasons so what are AFC United up to this week?

Well, the CM3 experiment was an eye opener, but it’s Monday and it’s back to AFC United and CM9798, where my heart still resides.

Season 16 is likely to be the last season, I want to get Danny Hall to 800 hundred games and David Brown to 450 club goals before I hang up this save, so I’ve decided to go back to the three parts to a season format. Shall we?

Here’s our squad for the start of the season. 10 original players, with the rest being ex-Utd regens. Lots of people are wanted, Rio’s just unhappy. Jesper Blomqvist left to join Notts County in search of regular football having been frozen out by Welsh Parrish, but not much other activity beyond that.

We ‘only’ won the Champions League last season, so no Charity Shield for us. Instead Leeds take Alan’s big plate to breakfast against Boro. Wes Brown on the bench there, while Boro captain Teale is Robbo in disguise.

We start with a visit from the Hudd. They seem to have the measure of us lately. Champ manned for sure.

Wolves are also a tough cookie and ex AFC-er Dwight ‘Yorke’ Guttierez denies us our first win. The United influence permeates this game.

I decide to bring in the regen of Steve Bruce to bolster the defence and give me two Boxall’s and two Sampson’s.

However, it’s the other Boxall that steals the limelight against Leeds. Notman’s injury means I drop Brown into the hole and the regens of Scholes and Nevland tear Leeds apart. We haven’t had a result like this in a long time!

A new club record win – 16 seasons in…great recovery after that early penalty.

Of course, after scintillating highs come frustrating lows and Herrmann Munster bests us again.

Our fate is drawn in the defence of the Champions League. Will David Brown hit goal number 450 in France, Holland or Scotland?

It’s not looking likely anywhere at this rate. Some great United surnames in that Cardiff squad

Ok, he’s got his first of the season away to Barnet – finally! Big shout out to Barnet, who finished 3rd in Division 3 back in 97/98 when we cantered to the title. They stuck with John Still and eventually made it to the Premier League with us.

Even Glenn Hoddle still has faith in David Brown. A recall to the England squad. Not enough faith to actually play him, but still, it’s nice to be included.

Michael Owen is touching 33 now and whilst he can’t score against the Swiss, he can against the lads from Maine Road

We P all over PSV in our first European evening of the season and it’s 3pts and £750k in the bank.

Gobbato reminds me of that ventriloquists dummy in the Simpsons for some reason…

I doubt that is erstwhile Dutch left back Alex Buttner playing for Chelsea, but Scholesy Boxall comes to our rescue anyway.

AFC United are starting to prepare for life after David Brown and Nevland Jnr earns our second group stage win in France.

Brown’s not done yet though and even if it takes spot kicks to get him to 450 we’ll do it

Spot kicks or late tap-ins, they all count. Beckham’s Sheff Utd can’t get near us.

Nevland Jnr is finding his feet, a shame he regened at 25 years old though. Ah well, that’s a future managers problem.

Scholesy Jnr is showing all the goal scoring instinct of first season Scholes. After seasons of low scoring games, maybe it was David Brown holding us back after all?

What you talking about, Wills? We face off against David Beckham’s Sheffield United in the league cup and Brown is the man for the moment once more

He’s finding his groove as a late substitute – if he can keep on scoring late winners, maybe he’s still got some mileage in those shooting boots

We missed out on goal difference in the league last year. This time around it may not even be that close – some work to do! Nicky Butt left the Chelsea hotseat for Man Utd in the summer – I wonder if he’s regretting it. #ButtOut is trending….

31 goals scored is great. Look at Wolves. Amateurs. 7 points adrift though. Can we make up the gap to potentially give Brown and Hall a fitting send off? See you next week to find out!

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