AFC United – Part 18: Robert De Niro’s Waiting (Talking Italian) | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy Monday! For one last time this season, let’s see how Matt is getting on over at AFC United…

The Premier League might be over in reality, but for AFC United, it’s coming up for the end of Season 6 for my motley band of Man Utd alumni. In part 17 we got our act together to mount something resembling a title challenge and we’re still involved in the FA and Uefa Cups, and it’s on the FA Cup where the action picks up…

Derby are our opponents and if the question is David Brown, then they don’t have the answer

Quarter final opponents are…..of course

Wolves have swapped talisman striker Steve Slade for Italian maestro Vincenzo Montella to upset our away day, which proves costly for attacking right sided midfielders…

Whilst we’re talking Italian, Vincenza visit as we resume our European exploits. Brown is finally making people sit up and notice him again and his goals are most welcome as we come from 2-1 down to take a slender advantage to Italy in a fortnight. Looks like things might be done the hard way this season, just the United way I suppose…

Things you wouldn’t ever see in real life #367

Our own turncoat, Owen, is in for our FA Cup clash with Scholesy’s old side and it’s royal FA Cup classic. Ljung starts proceedings, but a foul in the area lets Own restore parity from the spot and then Butt hauls down Brown in the area and Owen summons the futire spirit of Bruno Fernandes to coolly slot past Richard Wright to put us ahead on goals and numbers. Giggs scores shortly after the break but Owen completes his Hat Trick and Gillespie, in for the injured Cooke, gives us daylight. Giggs pulls one back but we hold on for a famous win and last years Cup Final defeat is avenged.

Despite conceding 3, Bozzy is the hero ahead of 3 goal Owen….

Balls

Notman’s creativity is missed against Watford in the league. It’s results like these that can make or break your season really

Giggs Dunn us late on and United get their own back and our title challenge looks to be wobbling

5 days later we’re off to Italy and if the penalty had gone in we would be out, but as it is, we survive to face Veron’s old team, Lazio, in the semi-finals. Hopefully Juan will be fit for it…

We have a Veron shaped hole in the middle, which I attempt to plug with one of my favourite United players, Lee Sharpe, but the injury curse strikes again. Somehow we come through on top despite red cards and injuries for a valuable 3 points…

In the League Cup final, Ross Bell, look away now….

For those wondering, that double against Blackburn took DB past the 200 goals Count…in only 256 goals as well. This season is definitely better than last!

Another European tie against Italian opposition and another missed penalty, luckily Owen put ours away and Brown starts to target 300 goals

Our date with Newcastle is confirmed. They’re on the comeback after that first season relegation…

Nevland is back in the starting line up and marks it with two goals and we’re off to Wembley for the second season in a row

It’s a narrow but big win against Chelsea in the league next, but it’s late and Bozzy plays another blinder…Phil Neville wasted on the bench there…

Familiar names on the score sheet against Arsenal. Take a B.O.W. AFC United…

Six games to go and it’s in our hands, but I don’t think any of the chasing pack will make it easy for us

Early goals traded away to Lazio, and it’s enough. Keithy Gee showing his value with the Cooke-y Monster out

It’s a big win, Lazio have form in the competition!

Going 3-nil up at home to Fulham is good. Almost letting them back in it is not.

Nor is drawing with Sheffield Wednesday – no offence Wednesday fans!

Cooke’s back with a bang, but again we throw away a healthy lead. Dave might be pleased to see Viveros swapping Holland for Newcastle here..

Woeful shooting against Leeds….are we about to blow it?

3 points ahead with 2 to go but Blackburn have a game in hand on us. Villa and Man united are still technically in it too.

All we can do is try and win and we come back for a frantic last 10 minutes against Bryan Robson’s Forest. The lovely fixture computer scheduled this game 2 days before our Uefa Cup final against Bologna but no time for squad shuffling with the stakes so high.

Our tiredness shows but we make it count in a tense penalty shoot out to add the Uefa Cup to our CWC win 2 seasons ago. Part 1 of a potential treble out of the way.

Whilst we were being all dramatic in Germany, the Premier League was getting itself up to date, those games in hand giving interesting results..

So, it’s all set up for a dramatic final day. Mad to think 71 points might be enough. We need to match Blackburn in our final match while Villa would need us both to suffer heavily to overtake us.

And look who we have in our final game. Blackburn have a tough trip to 6th place Chelsea

In truth we are worn out and struggle against hungry Villa. 90’s pop heartthrob Kavana(gh) hits an early double and we can only respond late through Father Phil. It’s not a big enough win for Villa to overhaul us on goal difference as all eyes turn to Stamford Bridge….

I don’t know who Lysemose is, but I love him!

Champions again! Villa miss out on the Champions League by a single goal…..

68 points to win the title is pretty woeful in all honesty. So is conceding 55 goals….

It’s the Dave/Zak derby in the Cup Winners Cup Final

With two trophies in the bag, can we make it a historic treble for this young team?

We give it our best shot but Villa obviously would prefer the Cup Winners Cup to the Uefa Cup next season. Gary Neville lifts the FA Cup against almost every ex-Teammate he’s ever played with. Kavana(gh) tells his teammates, ‘I can make you feel good!’.

Wrapping up the European trophies are Juventus, rampant against Barcelona. Italy getting 2 out of 3 in the finals.

Liverpool can piss off

Although, he’s not exactly set things alight – steady if anything. No MOTOM awards is a bit of a surprise too. Someone might need to explain to me how you get 21 points with different numbers of yellows each season….

Stats time and this season, three strikers took us to glory on two fronts

Larry White weighed in with some impressive performances at the ripe old age of 37…

End of season awards time and we’re well represented….

As there’s no international tournament this season, things update a bit quicker and we say goodbye to a loyal servant and someone who knows of this blog. Thanks for everything Alan!

This may be inspired or a disaster – time will tell!

The Guv’nor is wanted elsewhere

A big influence in our first title winning season but he’s been less of a starter recently

Despite all our successes, we’re still hemorrhaging money. Hopefully some progress in the Champions League will ease the bank balance

All of which means we’re unlikley to replace Ince with Keane

Oh well…he obviously prefers mid-table

And that’s us for the end of Season 6 – it’s been a wild ride but we take a break now for the CM 2021 Cup which kicks off next week, but don’t worry, we’ll be back for a crack at the Champions League and to see if Taibi has those howlers out of his system now….

1 thought on “AFC United – Part 18: Robert De Niro’s Waiting (Talking Italian) | @Matt_C_Wills

  1. I like the fact that it’s the same 3 digits across both teams goals in the Wednesday game (5&49, 4&59). Not sure what that says about me, but I do.

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