Herculean Achievements

This is a bumper update so I’ll keep the chit chat to a minimum. We’ve come to the end of 2017/18 and there’s drama everywhere you look, starting with the pointless cup final. Steve Haslam is in the hunt for the quadruple with Darlington, can he seal trophy one?

League Cup

Oh, penalties.

LC final 18

Steve Haslam’s quadruple update is dealt a severe blow and it’s now trebles for Steve.

FA Cup

The football league is well represented here, and what’s more Keith Peacock’s Charlton force a replay with Haslam’s men. West Ham see off Brentford in the other semi final.

FA Cup SF results

The replay sees Darlington pay the penalty for the second time in 10 days.

SF replay

Crikey. So it’s a West Ham/Charlton final and somehow the first division side win it!

fa cup final 18

The biggest shock since Southport won it? I’d say so. Keith Peacock chooses to retire on a high so whoever takes the Charlton gig will have European football to look forward to.

Champions League

So, Steve’s treble is now a double. At least he’s in the Champions League final

CL SF results

Hercules aren’t even Champions of Spain yet they could be Champions of Europe.

CL final 18

They ARE Champions of Europe! Delight for their manager Luis Maria Martin Delgado, who I have never heard of. But power to him. For Haslam though all his eggs are now in the Premier League basket.

Premier League

It’s probably the tighest Premier League in years, with Bryan Robson determined to finally get his hands on the trophy with Sheff Wed leading the way. With 2 games to go, somehow, seven teams are in the running. Including us!

2 games to go

Darlo have an all important game in hand though, which makes them favourites. By the time another week passes, seven has become four, although we are relying on a minor miracle to even get in the 2nd Champions League spot.

1 game to go

Here’s the fixtures:

last day fixs

With the top 3 all facing away trips to midtable clubs, we even have the hardest fixture of the four. Nevertheless, let’s give this some respect.

We get our bit done

1-0 win

Darlo started the day top but they’ve fluffed their lines AGAIN, losing at Anfield

darlo lose

That leaves the door ajar for Bryan Robson and Sheffield Wednesday…

sheff wed lose

Hmm, so as it stands, Arsenal need to win to take the title. At worst we’ve got second sewn up…

arsenal draw

Oh my. They’ve all blown it!

prem final top

By four measly goals, we take the league title from my former club. The league may have a pitiful amount of goals but what drama. We’ve done it! It’s the only time we’ve been top all season, which is remarkable

table graph

If that’s not enough, we’re still in the Cup Winners Cup too

CWC SF results

A final! I’ll have a double, please.

CWC final

Wow. It’s been a strange old run-in, not exactly goals galore though

run in

Before we dive into the 2018 World Cup, a few bits and bobs.

Barcelona need a new manager

barca manager sacked

They opt for a current player of theirs, who has been a Barcelona player since 2004.

barca appoint arregui

He was also a member of my Spain squad many moons ago. Good luck to him.

Beardsley lives on, somehow his physical stats have re-generated. I don’t know why.

pedro end of season 21

And with that, it’s time to head to Brazil for the 2018 World Cup

Here’s England’s men for the occasion

england WC squad

That probably means very little to you but Mendes has been in great form for Darlington.

It’s a great start for England, back to back wins puts them through to the last 16 with a game to spare.

england 2 - 0 mexicoengland 2 - 0 ecuador

2-0 to the England becomes a popular terrace chant

england 2 - 0 sweden

It’s bad news for host nation Brazil though, they’re out after losing to Slovenia

brazil out

How foolish. The last 16 includes Ireland and thankfully Trinidad & Tobago have made up after their brief split.

WC last 16 draw

Holders Holland see off Ireland

ireland out

Whilst Argentina vs Spain is an all time classic

argies 5 - 4 spain

England keep their hopes alive too – but only just.

england 2 - 1 trinidad

Let’s take a look at the last 8

WC QF draw

2002 winners Nigeria up next for the holders whilst England and Argentina renew old rivalries

France vs Italy is the glamour tie of the round though

france 1 - 0 italy

England’s dream is ended by the South Americans

england out

I hope England sack their manager in disgust. They won’t though. Semi-finals…

WC SF draw

Holland are two games from retaining the trophy! But they will go no further..

holland 0 - 1 france

Brian Spork is a great name. Who will the French face in the final?

argies germany SF

Those good natured Argentinians eh? It means an all European final in Brazil. Firstly though, who finishes third?

argies 3rd

Porcel is Ariel Ortega only he plays for Derby, it’s all very odd. Anyway, final time

wc final 18

So Germany win the World Cup in Brazil. I’ve heard that before. Where are we going in 2022?

spain 2022

Lovely.

Let’s have some awards

manager of the year

Me!

awards 18

Assorted others! All that’s left to bring you is a boat load of retirements

bruce retiresholloway retireslippi retireslvg retires

Some beloved names calling it a day there, so lots of job opportunities for the new season. Somehow, I’ll be playing Champions League football and I’ll also get a crack at the Super Cup as we won the Cup Winners Cup, so that’s exciting. Join me for it, won’t you? Bye for now.

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