Two Soon?

Welcome to the first update of the 1998/99 season. In season 1, my Darlington side were a model of consistency and took one of the three automatic promotion spots to gain a place in Division 2. Meanwhile at the moneybags end of the scale, Man Utd won the Premier League with 100 points but were beaten late on in everything else. Fergie will not be happy. Let’s proceed.

Firstly at the Darlo end of the scale, I did the obvious thing to celebrate promotion – raid Partick Thistle for all their highly rated youths. This has worked out averagely well. Alex Notman came in from Man Utd on loan and I picked up some promising freebies. I also took a twitter recommendation for Felix Aboagye

darlo insThe problem is I’ve actually got too many good players, and I’m not really sure what my best 11 is, which I don’t like. Something else I don’t like is Division 2. Sure, it’s 24 teams like Division 3 but obviously the teams are better and only 3 go up instead of 4. So it’s tougher all round. Devine is still my main source of threat but we’re not as fluid, so we’re 8th at this stage

div 2 top november 98With the games in hand we should be good value for a playoff place but I need a standout player.

Speaking of which, one of my last standout players is having quite the career

tomlinson to newcastleSo after less than a season and a half…

tomlinson careerSuch loyalty.

Anyway, in the big world, Man Utd are trying to re-create real life

stam to man utd Rio to Man UtdThat’s quite formidable. Meanwhile, Sir Kevin of Keegan is back in England

keegan to palaceI fancy them to win Division 1 you know.

Charity Shield kicks off the season

CS 98Shearer with the armband will please Keane no end. Anyway, they obviously aren’t keen on Ben Thornley being part of the team so they’ve brought in this kid who ripped Division 3 apart with Cambridge, got his big move to…Fulham, and now…

JBE to Man UtdGood grief. Here’s some better transfers:

ravanelli to milan fernando to barca denilson to RM betis sign kikoMusical chairs in Spain, whilst it’s interesting Man Utd looked at Ravanelli too. Needless.

Couple of sackings

ranieri sacked reid sackedReid is sacked after Sunderland fail to get promoted (for pretty much the first time ever I think) and actually finish 11th. John Toshack gets the gig.

It’s Chelsa though who top the pile, after finishing last season strongly they’ve continued that form.

prem top nov 98Tomlinson has got his work cut out if he’s to save Newcastle though

prem bottom nov 98Somehow, Dalglish is still in a job. Watch this space.

Join us next time as we move into 99 and all the excitement that comes with it.

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