Real-egation Candidates

It’s the end of 14/15 and as we catch up to real time, things are nowhere near how the world is today, but there are some similarities. For one, Newcastle are in serious danger of relegation from the Premier League – can I emulate John Carver (urgh) and keep the Magpies up? Well just steady on, you’ll find out soon. First though, it’s pointless Cup time.

League Cup

Liverpool are involved, for a change. Having won this in 2011 and 2012, they’re up against 2008 winners Man City here.

LC Final 15

A very busy 3 minutes there, but it’s Liverpool and Brian Little enjoying success again.

FA Cup

The semi finals carried some great stories, none more so than Steve Haslam taking his Blackburn side up against former club Darlington.

FA Cup SF results

Chelsea and Everton have to do it all again, with Ian Snodin’s men coming out on top.

cup sf replay

Darlington will be heavy favourites but my old mate from Sevilla has a blinder in the final and Everton spring a surprise.

FA Cup final 15

Bryan Robson loses yet another final, I’ve lost count of his nearly moments.

Champions League

Sampdoria put out holders Bologna in the quarters and as they top Serie A, they must be strong favourites. They’ll meet 2013 winners PSV in the final

CL SF Results

Super Sampa it is!

CL final result

Sampdoria go on to retain Serie A, prompting their manager to retire in a blaze of success. It remains to be seen who will take over.

Spanish football is on the decline, with no Spanish sides in the last 8 of the Champions League. In fact, Europe’s biggest club is in huge trouble

real madrid relegated

The great irony is that they are now in the same division as Real Madrid B, and they will go head to head next season. Rafa in?

Before we can laugh at that though, I have my own relegation battle.

Premier League

The run in started pretty well for us

newcastle 4 - 0 man utd

But that was as good as it got, and annoyingly teams around us keep picking up points. We go into the last game of the season in a bit of bother

1 game to go

With nobody officially down, it’s any 3 from 5. We’ve got a crunch game with Burnley which I suppose statistically is the best game we could have

4-0 burnley

A win doesn’t even guarantee us survival, but we emphatically do all we can. Cross your fingers!

prem last day fixs

So glad we weren’t relying on Arsenal – cheers Le Tissier. Gordon Milne does me a solid though, and we’re safe. Phew!

At the top, Liverpool actually win it at a canter in the end.

prem top final

Brian Little has had a disgusting amount of success. Darlington take the second Champions League place, and Arsenal come nowhere near retaining their title.

prem bottom final 15

Everton also fall from 2nd to 14th whilst confirmation of our survival is well received. No prizes for guessing where we need to improve!

The average ratings are fairly grim too, except the two keepers

average ratings

The good news keeps on coming for the Geordies – Peter Beardsley has taken Rotherham to promotion!

beardsley promoted

Leaving himself as an unused sub. So selfless.

beardsley stats

He did play himself 53 times though. Not bad for a 54 year old.

beardsley career

In even better news, he hasn’t retired. Get in.

Let’s finish with some awards

awards 15

Rotchen…I MADE YOU! He won’t admit it. One day, I’ll buy him again. Not sure about Forest goalkeeper Mervyn Gill being player of the year mind.

So that’s it, another season has come and gone. We’re in the rather odd scenario of heading into the 15/16 season now, we’ll pass real time and it’ll be strange. But together, we can do it. See you then for the Real Madrid derby.

 

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