2001: An Ace Squad-yssey – Season 2, Part 6 | @cmclassicsquads

Good morning readers, and welcome to the finale of season 2 with the CM01/02 Aces. Last week we found that a new formation yielded some great results against some good teams, so let’s see if it can help in our remaining 8 games as we look to qualify for Europe…

Before we begin the match action, I should mention that there was an international break, in which Jonas Lundén won his first cap for Sweden, well done lad!

So down to business, and we kick off with a trip to 14th-placed Brescia, who we swept aside with ease 4-0 last time. We’re unchanged from the Piacenza game, and I stick with the new formation. We start well with a couple of early chances, but Said gets himself sent off on 27 minutes. The match turns, and I’m relieved to make it to half time without conceding.

We continue to plug away in the second half, but Brescia are beginning to threaten, and they get their eventual reward through Dario Hubner on 70 minutes, which ends up being the only goal of the game. The gap between us and Piacenza vanishes as they win, but we’re lucky that Atalanta lost, so we don’t lose any ground on them.

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Off Kilter – Season 5: Episode 2 | @PeterJonesPhoto

The end of the week is getting closer. Here’s Peter to guide you through Thursday morning with a trip to Alloa

” ‘Sancho to Man U’ Goldbridge sings / But that’s just speculation, Mark / The only joy that heaven brings / Are goals at Recreation Park” – Modern Alloa Proverb.

Ploughing our Scottish furrow and we’re unbeaten so far, although half of our matches have been cup competitions with the league taking a back seat. No doubt the FA has some weeze up it’s sleeve to dispatch our way.

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The Wonderkids – Part Twenty-Three: Can’t Get No (More Than) Satisfaction

Welcome back to the latest part of The Wonderkids. If you missed the start of season six, you can catch up here. We’ve made what we think is a fairly positive start to our third season in the topflight, but the board disagree. We’ve made one addition to the squad and appear largely to have improved. Only time will tell. Here’s a reminder of where we left things:

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27. A-Z of Football – ??? (04/05) – For F Sake | @FUT_Hatchet

And we are back on the hunt that that F team. Insert F joke here (Already done that), and I’m not even sorry. Obviously, the game is completely random so who knows where I am going to end up! This post may just be a short write up of what is going on over the next 3 months. Hopefully, a lot happens in the world of CM.

Some big names currently still available on a free transfer, where are they going to end up? First up, this guy. A true Icon of the sport, and at only 30 still has a lot to offer

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CM World Leagues: A Sao Paulo Story – part 14

Happy Monday! Happy Rob day! The CM World Leagues reach part 14 and things are going so well, 300,000 people want to watch them…

Welcome back to the penultimate episode of this little Brazilian adventure, we are still in contention for all four domestic trophies, despite my best attempts to get knocked out of the League Cup.

First up, our Champions League campaign continues in Minsk.  Thanks to Fowler and Pirlo’s early goals we get another three points.

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Leeds Redux – Part 2 | @RossBell1984

Happy Weekend! Ross is here to start your Saturday with a bang as he tries to rebuild Leeds again again.

Ahoy-hoy! When I last left you we had just suffered defeat to Wimbledon. Lets see if we can get back on track this week.

First up we’ve got Chelsea, always a tough ask on this game but thankfully for me Hasselbaink and Bowyer prove too much for them and we proceed to pick up a good win.

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2001: An Ace Squad-yssey – Season 2, Part 5 | @cmclassicsquads

Hello, and welcome to the penultimate part of season 2 with the CM01/02 Aces. Last week we had some good wins, taking points off some of the big boys, and we also made it through to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia, and we begin this week with the first leg of that semi-final, against Juventus.

The Old Lady have a trio of injuries, with Pessotto, Zidane and the prolific Fonseca all crocked, which could be good for us. I adopt the extra centre back formation, with Okoronkwo in for N’Diaye. We start brightly, and look to have taken the lead on 41 minutes, only for it to be ruled out after the referee spotted the famous something that he so often sees.

After such a good first half, with 5/7 shots on target, it’s frustrating when we fall behind just 8 minutes into the second half. We try to get back into the match with a few chances, but Deschamps gets the killer second goal 12 minutes from time to ensure we have it all to do in the second leg.

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Off Kilter Season 5 – Episode 1 | @PeterJonesPhoto

Here’s Peter Jones to start our gentle glide towards the weekend. Alloa enjoyed a reasonable first season in the Scottish Premier League, can they back it up with a good start to season 5?

“Down the lane and toward the Rec / Where the mud is a deep as your boots / Cross the white line and the ball you’ll collect / Run to the box; eyeball the keeper and shoot.” Old Scottish Sporting Proverb.

Coming back to the office after a sojourn in the Shetlands, and I can see the vestige of building work taking place at the Rec. The board are no where to be seen but amid my stuffed pigeonhole, there’s a note from the suits.

Bloody hell. Best take these bids seriously then. Matthews is the first one to go. He’s been good but £2.2m is nothing to be sniffed at. He never made the international grade either so I’m not too disappointed.

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The Wonderkids – Part Twenty-Two: Blunderkids?

“Wonder…a person or thing regarded as very good, remarkable, or effective” …

Hello again and welcome to season six of The Wonderkids! What is remarkable is that we are still going, largely with the same squad (plus a few adjustments along the way) and achieving some relative success, dragging ourselves to an improbable title defence last season. All that alludes us now is the World Club Cup, the European Super Cup, The Cup Winners Cup (if we can finish low enough), the UEFA Cup (again, assuming we can finish low enough) and the Division One title which Wolves snatched from our grasp a few seasons ago. You can catch-up with last season’s finale here.

We’ve managed to bring one minus man in…

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