Well hello there! If you’re celebrating Easter, merry egg day to you. Here at Barnsley it’s the end of the season which means 14 league games to retain our title plus the usual mad dash in the cups. Will Ronaldo help us add to the World Club Cup and European Super Cup already banked this season? Let’s find out.
The FA Cup dream is alive thanks to an Erik Nevland hat-trick finally seeing off Division 3 Mansfield after a replay.
Relegation threatened Sunderland are stubborn opponents but eventually Bullock and Tricky Trev sort it out.
David Batty is off to manage Middlesbrough. I don’t think any of us expected him to say that.
Back to Cup action and the Bees are…what do you do to Bees? Are Bees the good ones or is that wasps? Anyway we win 4-1 and we’re into the last 8.
Ahhh a repeat of last year’s final. Which we lost.
Ronaldo batters Derby, in one of the least shocking revelations of the day.
It’s slightly more surprising when diminutive centre back Nobby scores twice against Leicester but he does what he wants.
Chelsea should sign Laurent Charvet. This squad is absurd.
Nice start to the day with a 10 point gap now in place.
Champions League time and a four minute double salvo gives us a nice first leg advantage over PSG.
We follow that up with an avenged loss for the final last year. The strike duo do the damage in a wonderful five minute spell and we’ll be off to the semi finals.
Arsenal will not be. That might take some explaining.
Birmingham are brushed aside. Bigger tests lie ahead.
This turned out to be a Champions League classic. PSG just won’t lie down despite us going 2-1 up on the night and 4-1 on aggregate. Eventually it ends 4-4 on the night and we advance.
Quite a strange squad they’ve got, Bodin is on loan from us (Rush regen) so I assume he can’t play.
Deadline day and Uncle Albertini is available for cheap. Not bad competition for Tommy.
Tricky Trev sees off Arsenal.
Eeep. We get Champed by Rangers. I really didn’t think Antti Niemi had it in him.
Derby give us a real scare at Old Trafford but Bakayoko eventually sorts it out. Uncle Albertini’s season is over.
We know Wolves are the most banterful squad in the league but they frustrate us for a long time until super sub Nevland nicks it for us.
We never show up against Leeds but such is our gap at the top I can rotate the squad for Rangers and take this on the chin.
We’ll be fine.
This I am less confident about. Rangers seemingly cannot be breached but eventually after 173 minutes of trying, Laurent Charvet buys us another 30. No extra goals are forthcoming but luckily they take penalties like us and we win. Easy?!
Barcelona in the final, in Spain too (albeit at Sevilla’s stadium)
Crikey. They have £125m in the bank yet only have one keeper.
Forest are another bogey team and we always seem to face them when we’ve been busy elsewhere. We dig deep to win this one though.
This point at Anfield is hard earned but keeps us ticking over.
As it happens, we face our nearest rivals at Oakwell knowing a win will seal us the title. Fittingly, Ronaldo nets both in a dream of a day.
Get it in the books.
He earns a rest against Palace but it doesn’t slow us down.
A second string team finishes the season with a defeat but we’ve got big days to come.
Derby survive! Their cup heroics inspired them.
One of the worst cup finals ever sees us win the cup against Totting-ham.
That’s two more in the bag but to win a third today we’ve got to beat this…
We lead, we get pegged back, Broomes gets sent off and the 10 men eventually succumb in extra time. That’s a shame.
Hmm this would sort my DM problem…let’s be greedy though.
Out of contract Phil Neville also appeals to me.
Phil says no. Nicky says yes. Obviously Darren says yes.
Rob Page for £800k arrives as the reserve centre half.
Awards time! This had to be Ronny
This probably didn’t have to be Marlon Broomes.
All the B’s
Maybe Broomesy did deserve it. An embarrassment of riches.
The front 2 scored lots. Everybody else, less so.
Nice spread of assists.
All in all, it’s been very good. I want to win the lot though. Everything, which might take us two more seasons as we can’t retain our World Club Cup and European Super Cup after that Champions League defeat. I hope to see you back here next week for more shenanigans.