It’s time for another nail biting season finale here in Scotland, where my Aberdeen side have had to run a group stage gauntlet only to be rewarded by being paired with Barcelona in the last 8. They beat us 3-1 in the Nou Camp, so we’ve got it all to do if we are going to retain our Champions League title. Elsewhere, we’re on for a domestic double and Erik Nevland is approaching a return. Let’s go!
First up is a cup quarter final with Hibernian, which turns out to be a lot easier than I thought.
It puts us in the last 4 along with the Old Firm and either Stenhousemuir or Raith Rovers. I know who I want to draw…
One of the many problems we’ve had this season is that we’ve accrued a lot of injuries. We’ve been very lucky in previous seasons so maybe it’s just catching up with us. However we go into the second leg of the Barcelona clash without Mulryne, Nevland, Emmers and Heidenstrom. Oh and Darren Eadie is ineligible. It never rains but it pours.
All we have to do is win 2-0…
That’ll do! One of the great comebacks sees us knock our Barceona for a second consecutive season. What’s next on this gauntlet?
Brilliant. There wasn’t really a good tie to get there.
It’s off to Raith Rovers in a bit of a come down from the Barcelona shenanigans, and a ridiculous afternoon sees us secure three points at the cost of our goalkeeper and centre half
We’ve got a week off before embarking on an insane run of games, starting with Celtic at home
We usually beat the Bhoys, even if the gap has narrowed this season. I tend to think that’s down to Nevland being out more than anything else.
Another win that comes at a cost. Bakayoko’s season is over ahead of the Man Utd clash
It’s time to welcome Fergie back to Aberdeen again, only he robs us blind.
Without our main strikers we just can’t test Shay Given in the Man Utd goal and Roy Keane scores from a rebound on half time. It’s a sucker punch and I am livid.
Whilst I try and think of a way to overturn the deficit, we’ve got a chance to secure the Scottish title if we can win at Hearts
Good old Keith. A third consecutive title is secured.
The last thing I need is more games so a draw with Raith in the cup semis is not my ideal result, though I am very grateful for a 90th minute equaliser than saves our blushes after a pretty awful display.
Bit surprised to see Celtic finally topple Rangers but it’s better for us given our record against McGhee’s men. Our replay is scheduled just 2 days after the first clash and the squad is, as the medical men call it, on it’s arse.
Somehow we dig deep and get the job done with a ruthless first half. Another final secured.
Man Utd away is never easy and with a knackered squad needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit, it’s fair to say our grip on Europe’s Premier Club competition is slipping. Still, we can only try.
Awful. We couldn’t even lay a finger on them. Back to the double qualifiers next season
The only thing left in the league is a trip to Rangers, where we manage to blow a 2-0 lead but still remain unbeaten. We’ve managed to go the whole season without losing to the Old Firm and suffering just on defeat…to Hearts.
What’s that coming over the hill?
It’s Erik Nevland! His spine is back in one piece and he’s got a cup final to win. I bring him on for the last half an hour against Hibs and he makes his mark after just 4 minutes
Lovely Erik. We finish with 95 goals and points. Motherwell are the surprise relegation, though not surprising on this season’s form.
The cup final with Celtic is poorly attended. Nevland scores twice but he’s offside on both occasions. That’ll be rustiness. Anyway, Mulryne secures the double with a late goal to round off an average season.
Our European conquerers go on to win the trophy, which is always somewhat of a second prize.
We’ll just drop in south of the border before we head off to Euro 2000, and Man Utd are still dominant
Good for them. Tottenham are promoted from Division 1 whilst winning the League Cup and FA Cup
I bet he feels like a right…nevermind.
England head to Holland with the below squad. Scotland didn’t qualify.
Yes, that’s Stephen Clemence. And Kevin Pressman. Is Phil Neville a star player? They’re in a group with Croatia, Bosnia and Germany.
A draw with Bosnia, a 1-0 loss to Croatia leads into a clash with Germany. Gazza rights some wrongs
A familiar scoreline. Sadly though Croatia’s win over Bosnia eliminates England and it’s all for nothing.
There is some good news as Nevland gets his first International goal against Spain
They’re out too though. It all boils down to an Italy/Holland final
Can Holland win on home soil!?
No. No romance here.
A quick look at some Aberdeen stats before we hand out some awards. Tomlinson and Bakayoko did a good job really, making up for Nevland’s 56 from last season
Nevland’s rating looks amazing but he only played 8 games (and scored 13 goals)
Tomlinson’s efforts are rewarded with the Football Writers title. Next stop England?
I won the manager award and it’s about time one of the International managers got peddled. Not Hoddle though, I’ve done that.
So another season is behind us. I need to find a way to improve us to get our European title back and prove last season wasn’t a fluke. We’ve got £30m in the bank so money is not an issue. Please do join me next week where we’ll get on with season 4. Tatty bye.