Out of the Box Barnsley – Part 21: Revenge

Good morning and welcome to the final episode of season 7. If you are 20 episodes behind, the gist is that we’re playing on the pre-patch version and Barnsley, usually hopeless Barnsley, have been to the top of the mountain. Unfortunately, we briefly slipped off the peak thanks to Barcelona but now we have the chance to continue our ascent.

Our quest to win the whole lot available to us continues with the first leg of a semi final in the Pointless Cup against Wimbledon. A nice advantage to take over to Selhurst.

Winning the FA Cup looks to be a pipe dream. A harsh draw saw us making the trip to second placed Liverpool and at 2-0 down with four minutes to go, that’ll be one pot we’re not getting our hands on. Ronaldo has other ideas, scoring twice and earning us a replay at Oakwell. What a guy.

Wimbledon won’t go down quietly and take a 2-0 lead but thankfully that gives us the kick up the arse needed to secure our place in the final.

Back to league action and Nobby gets an early red card and despite a strong reaguard showing, Jim Quinn scores and Thomas Helveg secures our defeat. Boo.

The great escape is complete in the replay against Liverpool. Into the last 8 we go.

Obviously we get the toughest opponent possible.

From 1-0 down against Newcastle three quick fire goals and a missed penalty ensure we continue our title charge.

That sets us up for the clash with Barcelona, a revenge mission for our European Cup final defeat last season. At least we get two attempts at them this time. What a team though…

I’d rather have our lads. Every one of them. Even Nicky Butt.

De La Pena scores twice and we’re 2-0 down. For goodness sake. Ronaldo pulls one back and straight after half time Rio equalises from a corner. There’s no winner but it feels like one for us.

From one quarter final to another! Leeds are absolutely twatted. When we hit top gear we’re a real force.

Derby are in the top 6 so this won’t be a cakewalk.

Ravanelli is still kicking about for banter FC but we tough out a win against awkward opposition.

Only a point at Wolves where I rotate the entire 11 with one eye on Wednesday’s trip to Spain…

We’re behind, then level, then in front, then level again, then behind. With 14 minutes to go I throw Bodin on for Butt and it’s 3 up front. He levels within a minute. AWAY GOALS!

The last 4 is packed full of good teams. At least our revenge was had.

Milan over two legs, what a treat.

Back to business and Norwich are eased aside.

Albertini has left, he barely played. England International Lee Zabek is available for £8m and he’ll be a nice rotation option with TSL.

Pointless Cup final time and our dream of a quadruple is dashed by Newcastle in extra time. Zidane doing the damage.

It’s one mad cup after another and we have only 3 days to lick our wounds. The hangover sees us go 1-0 down but a special half time cuddle leads to Bodin netting a hat-trick and Maty Bullock getting a fourth. Advantage Dave.

A fairly limp FA Cup semi final draw means we have to replay 4 days later…

The whole squad is rotated and Digby scores twice in the opening 120 seconds. Easy.

Look at the state of this. Games everywhere, even that Leicester game is 2 days after an International break.

A big win from behind at Anfield puts the title race back in our favour.

In truth with our games in hand it’s ours to lose.

Due to the amount of games there’ll be a lot of rotation but such is the depth of the squad, I’m not worried.

Ronaldo’s injury is the worst possible news. We successfully navigate the San Siro but at the loss of our star man for a few weeks (about 6 matches)

Carnival de Paris

Just why are Brazil playing Macedonia…

A point at Tottenham keeps us going

Whilst Henry settles the somewhat difficult trip to Goodison. That’s the end of Solano’s season though.

So many games to play in the time it seems to usually play 3.

Another one negotiated.

And another. I’m blessed with great striking options

Derby are tough to beat and we endure a nervous last 10 but it’s another 3 points.

That actually seals us the league! A dominant display

11 games in a month and unbeaten. That’s what they call the business end.

Another sharp display sees off West Ham with ease.

This 5-1 thrashing of Blackburn confirms their relegation

Remember Darren Purse? Man Utd play him up front. He scores and even though our second string look like winning, Paul Scholes scores in the 92nd to ruin the final day party,

He didn’t ruin much to be fair.

Despite that domestic dominance, Division 1 champions Sunderland push us close in the cup final and we have to settle for a replay

Such is the schedule the replay will have to wait 10 days. First though it’s Paris and Ajax.

As good as that team is, we have Martin Bullock. One of the few originals nets the fourth and final goal as we get our hands back on the European Cup

Sunderland again push us all the way but in extra time, Henry finally settles matters. He was cup tied in Europe but his fresh legs come in very handy here.

47 for Ronny!

Some impressive averages but Solano and Bakayoko want more than £50k, a situation I hope can be ironed out.

Three forwards all passing 20 goals is pleasing

So there we have it, back at the top of the mountain. All we have to do now is win it all again plus the World Club and European Super Cup. Let’s do it

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