Back to the start

After some contemplation, I decided to start again. There was a good response on twitter with new game suggestions and that was enough for me to re-install and go again. But where?

darlo badgeThat’s right, we’re going right down to Division 3 and Darlington FC. Why Darlo? Well, strictly speaking they don’t exist anymore (See Darlington 1883) and they’re fairly local to me. They’re a middle of the road Division 3 club, not like a Hull or Cambridge who always run away with it, so it should be a challenge. Here’s the squad we start with:

Darlo squadNot too much to shout about in there, but I’ll soon see to that with the usual freebies who are must haves in the lower leagues. Tomlinson, Mainwaring, Betterton, Duncan – 4 names who regular lower league players will know, but they also feature on the game’s Wiki page. Sadly Marc Emmers was busy, but This Morning’s Jeff Brazier joins in.

Of course you can always play the loan market, sadly you take your life into your own hands with this as they can be recalled any time. It’s a cause for celebration when blog favourite Steve Haslam arrives

haslam darloHe’s around for 2 glorious months before Sheff Wed want him back. Boo! This guy though arrives for real money

heidenstrom to darloHeidenstrom got all sorts of nominations for the Community XI so I’m surprised to be able to prise him away from our divisional rivals. He will captain my side.

The season starts with the familiar scene

CS 97It’s a sign of things to come for Man Utd…

Things start pretty well for Darlo, we’re in and around the top 7. This is a highlight:

macc 0 - 5 darloWhilst Everton are an early contender for entertainers

everton 1 - 6 leicester chelsea 1 - 5 evertonWhy is this happening to Everton? Well…

jack charlton to evertonHoward Kendall took the Wales job after Bobby Gould’s inevitable sacking, which is a bit more normal than the last game.

Another issue with Division 3 is that the better your players they more likely they are to be poached.

tomlinson offI’ll take my chance with the tribunal

tribunalIf this was Deal or No Deal, I’d be high fiving Noel right now

tomlinson to stockportObvious solution is to loan Paul Brayson from Newcastle.

brayson recalled ffsFFS. I’ll just sign Mick Quinn on a free. Nobody will want him.

All of that leaves my squad looking like this:

darlo squad octoberI sold midfielder Michael Oliver (not the ref) to Wolves for £900k, so the bank balance is good espeically since Tomlinson went too. It’s on a knife edge though, your better players can be taken at any time. Look what we’re missing from GT though 😦

tomlinson careerIn the real, rich world, there’s hundreds of transfers. here are the highlights:

ferrer to R Madrid henry to juve campbell to juve laudrup to barca sammer to madrid pires to juve denilson to bilbao lamouchi to parma oneill wimbledon quashie to arsenal richards to liverpoolBringing the Italian league in seems to have made Juventus hungry for success. Barce mean business in the SuperCopa

barca super copaAll of that leaves the tables looking like this:

div 3 topNot too bad, we’ve got a platform to build. But fundamentally I have Mick Quinn up front, so it’s not all brilliant.

Meanwhile, look at Man Utd

prem top oct 97Utterly dominant. Everton up in 2nd in a surprise!

prem bottom oct 97The bottom 6 or 7 are all fairly close, some very heavy goals against in there.

So that’s it for update 1, join us next time where hopefully Darlo keep themselves together and nobody poaches my best players. Don’t hold your breath.

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