Hello and welcome back to The Wonderkids where our minus men are closing out season 5 of their existence. If you missed it, you can catch-up with last week here. We had a torrid start to our season and started out in the bottom half of the table. Multiple cup-runs have left us playing catch-up and we remain 5 points behind the leaders, but this time with a game in hand and 11 games to go. Here’s a reminder of our position:
Looking at Newcastle’s stats, I’d say we need to win 10 of our 11 remaining games to retain our title. Our hopes are dashed immediately.
First up its our second leg at the Slicer vs. Dortmund and it’s a pretty straight forward affair. 20 shots and 4 on target is a worry though.
He’s Bak at it! The semi-final draw isn’t a bad one either as we avoid Inter.
We’ll be missing critical players for the home leg however.
LADonidas gets a long-awaited call up to the Brazil squad as Rivaldo is injured.
And the chance is gone so soon. Add to that Juan’s suspension and we’re crippled.
Bryan Robson gets his payback for my jokes about leaving ‘Boro for Man Utd.
Ten points behind Newcastle. Juan finally makes his international bow, as captain, getting man of the match. That’s Juan way to do it!
Another trophy in the bag! Geeeeet up. The fizzy pop trophy is on the shelf!
We follow up with an unbelievable first leg vs. Bayern. Munchen on that lads!
Next stop would you believe it, is the FA Cup. The boys in sheeps clothing give us a good run but we hold our nerve. The downside is we will miss Almeida and Juan for a games ban.
With Agboh and Lauchlan out injured too, midfield is getting thin. We’ll face off against Bryan Robson and his Man Utd outfit. The next three league games are critical as we face 1st placed Middlesbrough, 2nd placed Newcastle and 10th placed West Ham. 14 points and 4 games behind ‘Boro, we really need to win them all.
That’ll do donkey, that’ll do. We close to 9pts a drift of ‘Boro at the top with 3 games in hand. Must. Keep. Winning. It remains rosy in Europe as we head to the final to take on Marseille.
Nicky Weaver’s form in goal gets him an England call up with Bing, who has ousted John Curtis as Sol Campbell’s pairing at the back. No mean feat. Villa and Wolves are dispatched with 4 goals and we head into the international break. The gap is narrowed:
Once we’re back, we’ve got a game every 2 days to the league season’s end.
What a Dumas! We’re gifted 3 points we barely deserved. Derby hold us back. Wanchope is all it takes.
We’re Bak at the double and there’s 1 point in it, we have two games, ‘Boro have one.
We haven’t lost a game since the 30th of December. I’ve never had a run like this without some kind of horrific CM moment. We’ve coped without Ramirez and his three month layoff. We only manage a draw with Huddersfield. ‘Boro are top and have superior goal difference…
The final whistle goes…has it been enough?
YESSSSS! ‘Boro lose to Sheff Wed and we’ve made it. Has there ever been a greater comeback? Move aside Rocky Balboa.
Top on the first day, top on the last! Now for the FA Cup and Champions League finals. Can we make it five trophies this season with our group of glass reprobates?
Man Utd get Champ Man’d (get that up you Bryan Robson) as Nicky Weaver picks up the man of the match award. There’s some unrest in the camp ahead of the CL final. Manninger, Lauchlan and Almeida are upset.
Unfortunately, Chandler has just been phenomenal since being reintroduced. The famous music plays on TV’s all over the homes of the city of Wonderkid. It’s a tense opening quarter an hour until Ravanelli loses his head.
Another big game, another man of the match for Weaver. That’s five trophies in the bag and unbeaten in the new year. Early in the season, I thought I was a shoe in for the sack, but the boys pulled it out the bag. And how:
A few players have been phenomenal, so lets hear it for:
The Bak Man
How has he not had a cap yet?
The Rock and Roll star
Arguably the man running the entire show.
This guy is punching so much he’s broken into the England side.
And with that our 5th season is over. It’s been one heck of a ride. I was pondering giving up early in the season and had no idea how to get the ‘kids motoring again. I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll have just as tough a time next year retaining the title, but at least we’ll have the Super Cup and World Club Cup to attempt to win. Maybe we’ll finally be able to add some long chased signings to the squad? Maybe…maybe. Thanks if you’ve been with us from the start or you’ve just joined us. Do come back next week for the start of season 6.
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