Hope everyone has their passports ready.
Slaven Bilic (Released), Darren Rimmer (Bradford City) and Alex Notman (Huddersfield in Div One) won’t need them but Gavin Dunne, a 21 year old Irish “star” from Watford for a tribunal set £1.3m comes in to replace Bilic. A couple of Schoolboys join the party, Lee Ward (Central Defender) and Nicky Coppell (Right Winger).
A trip to Merseyside first up, and those who missed it are a bit like our strikers. They missed quite a bit too. We should have taken more than a point.
A very even match against them Chelsea boys. Both sides are claiming that they should have won it in the end. Both our strikers are off the mark. Paul Scholes is injured.
Izzy Rankin’s injury is so early I hadn’t even had chance to press the space bar to speed up the commentary, so watched it in excruciatingly slow detail. The Ginger-man is back fit.
We never really recover from the loss of Izzy.
Searching for the first win of the season, and the dominant side in the country come to town. We’ll move on..
We go to Turkey for our first taste of Europe.
I wonder how early in a season you can give up on any hopes of silverware. It’s still August and we are seriously looking under cooked.
Burnley are one of the few sides who have started worse than us. So it’s a welcome 3 points, just before an international break so it takes any hope of building some momentum straight away from us.
We very much needed that win, and post the international break we travel to a side that have often gotten our number. Middlesbrough. Sadly it was very easy for them.
Let’s all board that plane to Turkey. I have no idea how strong European sides are in this version of the game.
The answer – they are quite good. The sending off swayed the game in our favour and Ayorinde quickly scored. The Sol man got in on the action but the lead was halved. We are in a strong position.
Goal number 100 (and 101) for Izzy Rankin in a Bolton shirt. My best signing of the save.
At the time of writing this, the real Man City are seconds away from their first Champions League final, but the time you read this, the result of that final will be known. Steffen Iversen turned us down the other week. So this one really stings.
For some of this match, the Reebok was a very tense place, but Paul Scholes stepped up and hit his first hattrick for the club (I think…)
Hit em early… Hit em late… These Liverpool boys know when to cause maximum heart ache. Another one where we should have been out of sight.
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to use the fish out of water line. Oh Mark….
We got the important away goal, but that was as good as it got. Mark Fish scored but it got ruled out – it would have been his first goal in 5 years! (in the correct end…)
Osorio is back from injury, comes on at half time and scores within 4 minutes. A massive victory. We don’t want to end this episode in the relegation zone.
14th after 33% of the campaign. A very far cry from last season. But the board are still delighted. I suspect our reputation is so low that I can survive a relegation or two.
One more game to play. Our nemesis Middlesbrough in the League Cup. End on a high?
Still. We are still in the FA Cup (don’t enter it till January), still in the UEFA Cup (but need a big 90 in a few days time). This save is NOT going how it should be going…