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EDIT: I'VE ENDED MY CAREER BECAUSE OF ERRORS AGAIN. THE EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS PROBLEMS WAS REALLY BOTHERING ME. BUT, WITH HELP FROM DAOH29, I THINK WE'VE FINALLY CRACKED IT. SO I'M STARTING MY GAME AGAIN. I MIGHT DOCUMENT MY CAREER, BUT I'M NOT SURE. BUT YOU CAN START YOUR OWN 1991-1992 CAREER BECAUSE I'M RELEASING THE FILES:

http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/673406/1991-1992.tbz

SELECT BOTH FILES WHEN STARTING IN ORDER TO ADD EUROPEAN COMPETITIONS.

HERE'S THE BADGES:

http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/673407/Badges.tbz

I played out a season using this DB and noticed too many DB errors. I have fixed them and hopefully my restart won't throw up many (if any) more. I've copy and pasted my first post from the old thread to give an overview of what's going on:

This is being played on FM16. As a Leeds fan I have of course always had a love for the 1991-1992 Championship winning side. I've always thought it would be cool to play an FM featuring that season. About six months ago I decided to make my own DB. This has been a lot of work. I'd say I've averaged about 5 hours work a day for six months. It's finally ready. I have created over 5700 players and over 250 staff. This is focused on playing in the English Division One. The Premier League will never happen in this world.

I have added every player I can to every English team (some only have a handful, I couldn't find extensive squad details for every club), I've added the players career histories, every manager in England, players and managers from big clubs around the world, every squad from the World Cups and European Championships from 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 00 and 02 and just about every important player I can think of that popped up in the years after 1992.

I have gone through every Premier League season, every club up until 2000, and added every player. Youth players will join up at the appropriate times. For instance, Harry Kewell joined the Leeds youth team as a sixteen year old in 1995. In the game he will join at 16 in the equivalent year (2019).

I have simmed and re-simmed, I have read and proofread. I am sure errors remain but hopefully not too many. I have done my best to make the players abilities as accurate as possible. I couldn't be bothered taking a load of screenshots so I made a video looking through the game. If there is anything you want to see let me know and I'll get some screenshots. I've also tried to make the team badges correct, but it is an admittedly crude attempt. Here's the video:

I will of course be managing Leeds. Can I take them to the title like happened in reality? And if so, what can I do after that? They famously finished 17th the year after being crowned champions. 

Will Man Utd's crop of Beckham, Scholes et al fulfil their potential?

Arsenal are reigning champions - can they claim back to back titles?

Liverpool are only a year removed from their most recent title, surely they won't still be waiting 25 years later?

In Division Two lie the likes of Blackburn and Newcastle. In the years following 1992 they both had a huge resurgence. What will happen here?

Thanks to Spuavick whose European Cup continent rules I have used.

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Well, pre-season wasn't good. I know its all about fitness, but its difficult not to be concerned following these performances:

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On the plus side, using reserve fixtures I've been able to get everyone's fitness levels up. On the downside is an injury to Steve Hodge - he missed most of pre-season, and although he's almost made a recovery, he will be behind his peers for a while. Here's a look at my squad:

Now remember, that squad DID win the league in 91-92, but it looks awfully thin. I've transfer embargoed every club for a year because I want to play the first season out as it was. I'd put my first 11 against anyone but we really don't have much in reserve. My main team in mind is:

Lukic

Sterland     Fairclough     Whyte     Dorigo

Strachan(C)     McAllister     Batty     Speed

Wallace     Chapman

Of course, I also have Cantona at my disposal, but this is the side that won Leeds the league and I want to start with it. With the League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Full Members Cup to compete in, everyone will get plenty of game time, I have no choice. Cantona will fit more a trequartista role, but to be honest I'm liking the target man-poacher combination that Chapman and Wallace offer. It worked a treat in reality, especially with the wing service that side provides.

My back room staff consisted of my assistant Mick Hennigan, U18s Manager Paul Hart, and Physio Alan Sutton. Unfortunately the game regens are all crap but I had to appoint a few of them. I have managed to get Terry McDermott, Sam Ellis and Stan Ternant on my coaching staff.

Here's our fixtures:

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Our first month has us against Notts Co (H), Man City (A), Spurs (H) and West Ham (A). I'm anticipating a decent points haul. Here's our pre-season highlights (such as they are):

 

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So onto August and the big kick off. Steve Hodge suffered a setback with his ankle injury and will miss the entire month. It was a decent month. We only had three games because our trip to Man City was postponed due to their involvement in the Euro Vase. First of all, FA Cup holders Spurs won the Charity Shield, beating their North London Rivals and champions, Arsenal, after extra time:

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A very poor start. If we're to be challenging for the title, these are the kind of teams we need to be putting to the sword, especially at home. Even worse, they were the better team. Defending champions Arsenal made a flying start, as did Man Utd. John Lukic missed this match with a slight injury, but Mervyn Day stepped in capably.

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Another North London derby already. This time the points were shared. Man Utd recorded another victory.

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That was more like it. The first half was simply breathtaking. Arsenal and Man Utd have hit the ground running, Liverpool are being frustrated by draws.

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A good win, although maybe a touch fortuitous. We're yet to concede a goal which is very pleasing. Chris Whyte has suffered an injury that will sideline him for over a month, but John Newsome stepped in nicely. Poor result for Man Utd, while Liverpool finally ended their run of draws. Look at Coventry! 100% record for them. Dwight Yorke scored all four goals as Villa thrashed City, and Sheff Utd and Chelsea played out an eight goal thriller.

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Surprisingly Coventry are setting the early pace, followed closely by Arsenal and Man Utd. We have a game in hand against Man City who find themselves one from the bottom. 17 year old Ryan Giggs won the POTM award, while Coventry's Terry Butcher was not surprisingly MOTM. Dwight Yorke picked up Young POTM. Gary Pallister won the Goal of the Month with this effort against West Ham:

After an International break, September sees fixtures against Oldham (H), Palace (H), Sheff Utd (A) and Everton (H), as well as kicking off our League Cup campaign with a two legged tie against Sheff Utd. Three home games gives us a  chance to rack up some points. Here's the highlights for August:

 

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September started with the UEFA Cup First Round draw - Bayern Munich! The first leg will be played in Munich on Tuesday the 22nd of September, with the return leg at Elland Road two weeks later. The month started with some major disappointments - Lee Chapman suffered a twisted ankle against Oldham and will be sidelined for at least a month. Gary McAllister also picked up a bruised thigh, ruling him out of action for a couple of weeks. David Batty's suspension meant we were light in midfield for the visit of Oldham. Glynn Snodin started in the centre, with Gordon Strachan moving in from the right to partner him. Carl Shutt was given a run on the right wing. Normally a striker, the eager Shutt can be trusted to run all day. What he lacks in quality he makes up for in effort.

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Strachan revelled in the centre of the park, setting up all three goals. Shutt justified my faith in him with an early goal. However, we were less than sturdy at the back and went in behind at half-time. I gave the team a few home truths and they went out and righted the wrongs. Coventry's bandwagon came to a screeching halt at Anfield, while Man Utd were held at home by Crystal Palace.

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I was content with this. I was able to rest a few players, and but for Batty's sending off, I felt we would have won comfortably. I'm confident we'll see the tie through at home.

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Again, we were lacklustre in the first half. I'll say this though, my team responds to a half-time rollicking! Strachan was scintillating again, this time back out on the right wing. It was good to have Steve Hodge back and to get an hour under his belt. Nottingham Forest are now the team setting the pace.

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I'll take that. I thought we were very unlucky. We're only a goal down and with an away goal to boot, so we're far from out of this one.

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Ooh aah Cantona, said ooh aah Cantona! The only downside was another red card for Batty. His ill discipline is getting to be a real problem. I warned him the last time and this time I fined him a weeks wages. He wasn't happy. I don't know how I'm going to sort this. Forest continue to march on, Man Utd were well beaten at Chelsea. Liverpool held on for a creditable point with nine men at Man City.

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Hmm. I rested players but not that many. Were we complacent? It was just a terrible performance. Losing is one thing, playing like this is another.

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Two points off the top with two games in hand. October is a packed month. We start with a tricky trip to Chelsea, the return leg against Bayern, Forest (H), Oxford (H) in the Full Members Cup, Man Utd (A), Coventry (A) and Arsenal (H). There isn't much time for rest in there, I'm going to need to manage my squad as best I can.

I won the MOTM award, Notts County's Paul Rideout was POTM and Southampton's Alan Shearer was Young POTM. Craig Burley won GOTM for this effort:

Here's September's highlights:

 

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October started and ended well, but the in-between was not so good.

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There's nothing better than a last second winner. This was a great result, especially with ten men. I was content with the point to be honest. Chris Whyte returned to the bench, but had to play a whole half after Jon Newsome's dismissal. Nottingham Forest were brought crashing back down to earth by the champions.

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Very disappointing. Yeah, they're quality opposition, but our leverage in this tie was our away goal and we gave that up very early. We never looked like getting back into the tie after that.

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I was furious after this. Surrendering a two goal lead at home to ten men just isn't good enough. On the plus side, Lee Chapman is back, and there was a rare goal for David Batty.

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Hmm. Okay, it's the Full Members Cup, but I'm still not happy. It's not so nice when the 93rd minute shoe is on the other foot. I gave a lot of reserves a run out - a lot of them really aren't good enough. There are players that can step in here and there, but wholesale changes is not an option. That's three cup competitions where we have fallen at the first hurdle.

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There's no worse feeling than losing to your biggest rivals. It's even worse when you're the better team and they win with a soft penalty. Can't dwell on it, we need to move on.

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We weren't anywhere near our best. A point was a good result given our performance.

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This was harsh on Arsenal but I'm not going to complain. They couldn't contain Gary Speed on the left wing. I'm concerned by Lee Chapman's lack of goals. Other results went our way too.

We have our first managerial casualties of the season with two managers sacked just as the month was ending - Graeme Souness at Liverpool, and Peter Shreeves at Spurs. Liverpool find themselves tenth having drawn half their games, while only Sheff Utd are keeping Spurs off the bottom of the table.

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Chelsea are the surprise leaders, but we're only two points behind them with two games in hand. Not bad considering this felt like a disappointing month. MOTM was Alex Ferguson, POTM was Aston Villa's veteran striker Cyrille Regis, who bagged six goals in four games. His young strike partner, Dwight Yorke, was Young POTM with five goals in four games. Quite a partnership. Paul Moulden of Oldham Athletic won GOTM for this strike against Sheff Wed:

I'm aiming to come out of November on top of the league. With no cup games, we have Man City (A), Southampton (A), Norwich (A) and Wimbledon (H). Three away games in a row is tricky. Here's the highlights for October:

 

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November was mission accomplished as far as reaching the top of the table, but I feel frustrated because I know I'm not getting the best out of my team.

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Struggling Sheff Utd pulled off a major upset against Man Utd. Their Steel City rivals are beginning to come on strong.

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We were so comfortable for so long but ended up having to hang on.

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FFS. 2-0 is the problem scoreline for me, I just don't know what to do once we get that two goal lead. Goalkeeper John Luckic made a major mistake to allow them back into the game. Sheff Wed are really on the march, Paul Williams grabbing a late winner against Chelsea.

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The 2-0 conundrum strikes again. I think I went too defensive against Southampton, I didn't go as defensive here and at least saw the game out, but like the City match, we went from a position of comfort to hanging on. Sheff Wed beat Man Utd.

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Poor performance. After taking seven points from three away games, I was looking forward to a home match. I was anticipating a much better result. Sheff Wed were bought crashing back down to earth at Highbury, while Man Utd came from 0-2 down to take a point at home to their rivals Liverpool. The Merseysiders are now managed by the man I succeeded at Leeds, Howard Wilkinson. Spurs replaced Peter Shreeves with Wimbledon's Ray Harford. Wimbledon are yet to replace him.

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We're in a great position without really hitting top gear yet. We're four points clear of second place Chelsea and still have two games in hand. We have a very nice cushion over the likes of Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool. Spurs are surprisingly rock bottom of the table. A run of form has seen Sheff Utd climb out of the relegation zone. Aston Villa's Ron Atkinson is the MOTM, his German midfielder Stefan Beinlich is the Young POTM, and Liverpool's Steve Nicol is the player of the month. Man Utd's Lee Martin won GOTM for this effort against Liverpool:

December is a very busy month with no fewer than eight matches - Luton (A), Sheff Wed (A), Liverpool (H), QPR (A), Everton (H), Notts Co (A), Man City (H) and Aston Villa (H). This is a big, big month. Here's the highlights for November:

 

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Well, December was a hectic month. My biggest challenge was juggling my squad to keep everyone fit, because I don't have a deep squad.

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Well that was a nice start.

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Not a bad result, but frustrating to concede immediately after taking the lead. The Nottingham derby ended all square.

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It would have been criminal had we not gotten something from this game. I had to rest Chris Fairclough, and both Tony Dorigo and Gary Speed had to be substituted at half time. The schedule is catching up to us.

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That'll do nicely. We were always in control of this one. Man Utd edged the Manchester derby at Maine Road.

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Damn it. I had to change my whole back line here. It was nice to see Chapman get a goal, he just hasn't been doing it enough. Gary McAllister was exhausted and I had to send John McClelland on in his place for the final few minutes and we lost our foothold in midfield TBH.

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Not great, but an away point is an away point. We dominated the match and should have won but there's no time to dwell on it.

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Notts County held on with nine men for a point at Brammall Lane.

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It was looking like it wasn't going to happen for us, but Cantona fired in a great strike to turn one point into three. We have a serious discipline problem. I don't play with 'get stuck in' so I don't know how to address it. Arsenal bagged North London bragging rights, Ian Wright's brace heaping misery on bottom of the table Spurs.

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One of those days. I couldn't fault the lads for this, they battered Villa even with ten men. Villa have been picking up some decent results.

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 Man Utd are emerging as our biggest contenders, but I'm very satisfied with our four point lead as we round out 1991. Look at Oldham! Who saw that coming? Spurs are looking doomed, which is a shock given the quality they have in their squad. Arsenal have picked up form. They parted company with manager George Graham following a 0-1 defeat at Man City on December 19th. Their form wasn't even that bad, and they're still in the European Cup. They have yet to replace Graham but have won all three matches since letting him go. On the same day Crystal Palace parted company with Steve Coppell. Wimbledon appointed Peter Shreeves to replace Ray Harford in a swap with Spurs, and Sheff Utd are currently managerless having sacked Dave Bassett following their boxing day defeat at home to Coventry. Merry Christmas. The Blades are winless in a dozen games in all competitions.

Eric Cantona has picked up a twisted ankle which will sideline him for 4-6 weeks.

Alex Ferguson is MOTM again, Ian Wright won the POTM award, and Coventry's Peter Atherton picked up the Young Player award. GOTM goes to Ray Wilkins of QPR for this strike:

World Player of the Year went to Napoli's Diego Maradona, followed my Milan's Marco van Basten and Arsenal's David Rocastle.

January sees us face Spurs (A), West Ham (H), Luton (H) in the FA Cup, Oldham (A), Luton (H) and Crystal Palace (A). Here's the highlights for December:

 

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did you also bring back the Anglo-Italian Cup?  Looking forward to seeing Norwich's exploits

No, I wish I'd have thought of that...

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I imagine it would be a pain to add it but a fun trip down memory lane!  Still very impressed with this you've clearly put a lot of work into it, any chance of a look at the Norwich squad?  

 

I downloaded a 99/00 one of these on a few FM's back and it was really fun little game

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Well, January was an interesting month. Arsenal appointed a new manager - Neil Warnock! Notts Co replaced him with Dave Bassett. Crystal Palace appointed West Brom's Bobby Gould, and at the end of the month Luton, who have fallen to the foot of the table, parted company with David Pleat.

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A good start to the month. Oldham beat Man Utd, while Neil Warnock's reign at Highbury started with a draw at West Ham.

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Not a good performance at all. All hell broke loose after this one. David Batty is becoming a liability - this was his fourth red card of the season. I fined him two weeks wages. He wasn't happy and neither were his teammates. Their morale is now very poor, in some cases abysmal. They can suck it up because I'm in the right - Batty needs to improve his disciplinary record or I'm going to have to replace him.

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Arsenal are on the march under Warnock. Their games in hand sees them now emerging as our biggest contenders.

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Disappointing. I took the gamble of resting a few players and now we have a replay we could do without. 18 year old Gary Kelly made his senior  debut at right back.

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Far from good enough against ten men. Not exactly the most quality opposition either. We have gone out of every cup competition at the first hurdle which is extremely disappointing. This was a disaster all around - I tried to rest players and ended up with a replay, therefore they didn't get a rest and we also got beat.

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Arsenal are coming.

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This was a very tricky fixture given the season Oldham are having, so I was delighted with the performance and the result. Carl Shutt started up front because Lee Chapman has picked up a knock that will keep him out for a couple of weeks. Bad timing with Cantona also sidelined.

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That's good.

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A measure of revenge. Even better, Arsenal lost against Crystal Palace. Phil Gray's goal here won GOTM, but I think Wallace's was better. The squad seem to have gotten over the Batty situation.

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Another poor result for The Gunners.

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It's tight at the top. We're three points ahead of Arsenal with an identical goal difference, but they have a game in hand. Spurs are off the bottom, leapfrogging Luton, albeit on goal difference. QPR's Gerry Francis is the MOTM, Dennis Wise the Player, and Coventry's Peter Ndlovu the Young Player.

February kicks off with a trip to Everton, followed by two home games against Sheff Utd and Chelsea, and finishing with a trip to Forest. Cantona and Chapman should be back in action soon, but Steve Hodge will miss a few weeks. Here's the highlights for January:

 

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I imagine it would be a pain to add it but a fun trip down memory lane!  Still very impressed with this you've clearly put a lot of work into it, any chance of a look at the Norwich squad?  

 

I downloaded a 99/00 one of these on a few FM's back and it was really fun little game

Here you go:

 

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For me this was the month that the title was won. Of course, it isn't over yet, but this month was a great month for us. The only downside is, Lee Chapman has picked up a spinal injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season. He was finally beginning to find some goalscoring form as well.

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A fine away win - wee Gordon has just been phenomenal this season. Even better, Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Oh dear Arsenal. Great result for us.

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Never is doubt, very comfortable. Good to have Chapman and Cantona both back and scoring. I piled the pressure on Arsenal in my pre-match press conference and they crumbled.

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Arsenal are falling apart.

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We're far from falling apart. We could have scored any number of goals today. David Batty seems to have calmed down too.

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Slightly annoying that we conceded at the death and ruined a perfect month of 2-0s but I'm not going to complain. Well, one slight complaint - we're not converting enough chances. We're creating a hat full. Arsenal and Man Utd played out a 0-0 draw. Perfect.

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Ten points clear with a game in hand. We're playing some fantastic stuff too. Howard Wilkinson wasn't given much time to turn Liverpool's fortunes around - he has been sacked and replaced with George Graham. Wilkinson has replaced Peter Reid at Man City. Luton have appointed Huddersfield's Eoin Hand as their manager. Hand leaves Huddersfield in 5th place in Division Three. Speaking of Luton, their former manager David Pleat has taken the reigns at Southampton after Ian Branfoot was shown the door. The managerial merry-go-round was in full swing this month. I won my second MOTM award, Gary Speed won the POTM, and Young POTM went to Peter Atherton again. Niall Quinn won GOTM with this:

March looks set to be a pivotal month. We have Arsenal (A), Palace (A), Coventry (H) and Man Utd (A). Imre Varadi has suffered a hip injury and joins Lee Chapman on the treatment table for the remainder of the season. Thankfully, Steve Hodge is back in action. Here's the highlights for February:

Here's a look at how things are going in the other divisions:

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And here's some Division One player stats:

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March didn't exactly go to plan.

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I tried to win. In hindsight maybe this was a don't lose situation. Forest and Villa played out an absolute thriller.

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I think my half-time team talk cost us two points here. I praised them rather than tried to keep them focused. Oh well, its an away point. Batty and McAllister were both suspended, so Steve Hodge came into the centre of midfield, partnered by Gordon Strachan was moved inside to from the right. Simon Grayson was given a run on the right side of midfield.

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Five goals for Dwight Yorke as Villa annihilated Man Utd.

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This wasn't good enough. The biggest disappointment is Gary Speed has torn a groin muscle and probably won't see action again this season. This is a bitter blow as I'd say Speed and Strachan have been our best players. Steve Hodge came in on the left.

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We should have won. McAllister missed the game with a knock, so Hodge moved into the centre and Mike Whitlow played on the left. David Batty was sent off yet again. I just ignored it this time, it's like talking to the wall. Add Bobby Davison to the growing list of players unlikely to play again this season.

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We're still in a great position, but this title isn't won yet. Aston Villa are creeping up the table, while Spurs look doomed.

Sheff Wed won the League Cup, beating Villa on penalties in a dull final:

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Man Utd won the Full Members Cup, edging out Coventry:

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Luton's Eoin Hand won the MOTM award, Dwight Yorke was the only choice for POTM, while Forest's Steve Stone won the Young Player award. West Ham's Frank McAvennie won GOTM for finishing off the team move:

April sees us play Southampton (H), Villa (A), Norwich (H), Wimbeldon (A) and Liverpool (H). It's crunch time. Here's the highlights for March:

 

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April.

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Nice to end our winless run. The likes of Mike Whitlow and Carl Shutt have been bit part players, but have made such important contributions. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby.

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What determination. Villa are no mugs, to be 0-2 down at Villa Park, with ten men and fifteen minutes left, to come back and snatch a point is a fantastic result. Another red card for David Batty. I let the last one slide, but not this time - that'll be two weeks wages thank you very much David, you can cry all you like. Dwight Yorke is quality.

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Just the kind of performance we needed. We didn't actually create as many chances as we have regularly done, but this time we were clinical. This leaves us ten points clear of second placed Arsenal, who could only draw at home to Wimbledon. One more win and the title is ours.

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We are the champions! I couldn't be prouder of this team. We played well throughout, to be 0-2 down wasn't justice. But the spirit of this team can't be overstated. I handed a debut off the bench to 17 year old striker Noel Whelan, and the kid set up the winner. The Leeds lad made his debut in the title clinching match and set up the title clinching goal. Its the stuff fairytales are made of.

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Man Utd's season has gone to ****.

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What a huge win for Spurs against Sheff Utd.

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It looked like one of those games. End to end stuff, but as the second half wore on it was only us that looked like scoring. So, of course, they did. But its our never say die spirit again. It's nice to have Lee Chapman back earlier than anticipated as well.
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So there you have it, champions at a canter. We have two home games left, against Sheff Wed and QPR. Liverpool have overhauled Man Utd in the race for European qualification. Luton are down, everyone from West Ham in 15th place down are in the relegation mix. I was MOTM, Eric the WHITE won POTM and Dwight Yorke won Young POTM. Oldham's Andy Ritchie won GOTM for this screamer:

As I mentioned earlier, Man Utd's season has gone to ****:

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The FA Cup final will be contested by Second Division Leicester and Wimbledon.

I've signed a new three year contract. Here's the highlights for April:

 

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The season didn't end so well:

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Here's the table heading into the final day:

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I guess we were complacent. That final game was the worst performance of the season. Arsenal, Man Utd and Oldham grabbed the UEFA Cup places. Spurs and Notts County joined Luton in relegation to Division Two. Coming up will be Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Bristol City:

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Here's how the table really looked back in 1992:

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I was one point off and pretty close on goals too. Man Utd and Arsenal did make the top four. Luton and Notts Co were relegated. Liverpool finished 6th. Villa finished 7th. Everton finished 12th.

There were more managerial casualties. Ray Harford didn't last long at Spurs - he was replaced with Derby's Arthur Cox. Notts Co have sacked Dave  Bassett and Everton have parted company with Howard Kendell.

Second Division Leicester won the FA Cup:

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Barcelona are European Champions:

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Feyenoord lifted the UEFA Cup:

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Alex Ferguson won the MOTM award, POTM went to Stuart Pearce and Young POTM went to Roy Keane. At the end of season awards I was honoured to be named Manager of the Year.  My players did well too - Gordon Strachan pipped Ian Wright and David Bardsley to the Players' Player of the Year. Gary Speed won the Footballer of the Year ahead of John Sheridan and Dwight Yorke. Tony Daley won Young Player of the Year. Golden Gloves went to Peter Schemeichel who kept 24 clean sheets, and the Golden Boot went to 29 goal Dwight Yorke. Paul Moulden won Goal of the Season for his October GOTM. Here's the Team of the Season:

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Marco van Basten was named the Best Player in Europe.

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Look at David Batty's disciplinary record. Here's my team stats:

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Here's my thoughts on my squad:

Mervyn Day - GK - 36 - Experienced goalkeeper, decent backup.

John Lukic - GK - 31 - A very good, if not top quality 'keeper. As a Leeds fan I'd love to get Nigel Martyn in, but I think there are areas of the squad that are of more pressing concern.

Glynn Snodin - DRL, MC - 32 - Versatile player and decent backup, but I will probably move him on.

Jon Newsome - DRC - 21 - Promising young defender, if he reaches his potential he could be a very good player to have in the squad.

Chris Fairclough - DC - 28 - Very good centre back, important player.

John McClelland - DC - 36 - Contract is up, time to go.

Chris Whyte - DC - 30 - Can probably get a season or two out of him as first choice, but I may look for better. I might not need to look outside for his replacement if I can develop Newsome and Wetherall.

David Wetherall - DC - 21 - See Jon Newsome.

Simon Grayson - D/WBR - 22 - Strictly backup. Might sell.

Mel Sterland - D/WBR - 30 - Still has a few years at first choice. I'll be looking to develop Gary Kelly as his successor.

Ray Wallace - D/WBR - 22 - Surplus, will try to move on.

Dylan Kerr - D/WBL - 25 - See above.

Mike Whitlow - D/WBL - 24 - Played a far larger part than I thought he would and even chipped in with a few goals. I'm toying with the idea of selling him, but he's a decent squad player.

Tony Dorigo - D/WBL - 26 - The left back spot should be his for years.

Gary Kelly - D/WB/MR - 17 - Hopefully Sterland's long term successor. Maybe a loan spell next season.

David Batty - DM/MC - 23- So much quality but so ill disciplined. I don't know what I'm going to do yet.

Gary Speed - MLC/AML - 22 - So much quality and so young. Had a great season. Key player.

Gary McAllister - MC - 27 - Should be another key player for years to come. Failed to score a single goal this season which was a shock and a disappointment. Primed to take over the captain's armband from Strachan.

Gordon Strachan - M/AMRC - 35 - What a season. He definitely has another one, maybe two, in him. I am going to have to start thinking about his replacement though.

Steve Hodge - M/AMC - 29 - Good squad player.

Ryan Nicholls - AMRL/STC - 19 - Not good enough, time to go.

Eric Cantona - AMC/ST - World class. But, of course, I actually can't stand him in real life. If I sell it would bolster my coffers massively.

Rod Wallace - STC - 22 - Had a fine season. Still very young, should be a key player for years to come.

Carl Shutt - STC - 30 - Backup player. Chipped in with some important goals. Depending on who I sign, might be moved on.

Imre Varadi - STC - 32 - Contract is up, time to go.

Noel Whelan - STC - 17 - Has great potential, will probably loan next season.

Lee Chapman - STC - 32 - Frustrating season. Lots of injuries and few goals. I want to keep him but he will be backup at best.

Bobby Davison - STC - 32 - Surplus but has suffered a long term setback on his recovery from injury so will be impossible to move on. I'm not heartless enough to release him, I appreciate what he did for Leeds in past seasons too much.

I'll definitely be dipping into the transfer market, that will be my next post.

Here's the provisional and final England squads for the Euros:

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And here is the highlights for May:

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Well it's fair to say I had a busy summer in the transfer market:

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First of all lets talk about outgoings. I had £40 million to spend. I wanted more. Sorry Eric, time to go - Barcelona came calling with £55 million. £3 million was too much to turn down for Carl Shutt, especially given my incomings. When I realised that Crystal Palace weren't going to want the world for Nigel Martyn, I knew I needed to move John Lukic on. I felt I didn't get enough for him but it's the best I could get. Simon Grayson fetched £1.2 million and I released some dead wood.

Lee Chapman is past his best. I've known all along who I want to replace him - Tony Yeboah. Yeah, I went and got some of my favourite all time Leeds players, but hey, it's my game. The thought of a future strike partnership of Yeboah and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink makes me more excited than I care to admit. I didn't think I would get Nigel Martyn, but £20 million was affordable so I went for it. South African defender, Lucas Radebe, joins from Kaizer Chiefs for £1.1 million. 15 year old energetic midfielder Lee Bowyer made his first team debut for Charlton last season. At £4 million I think he is a steal. I noticed a young striker tearing it up at non-league level for Baldock Town - Kevin Phillips looks set to have a bright future. I also managed to bag another couple of potential starlets - if Rivaldo was a steal at £11.25 million, Zinedine Zidane's free transfer has the potential to be the best bit of transfer business I have ever done.

Scouring the free transfer market turned up some potential gems - Dean Kiely, Robert Kovac, Bernd Schneider, Massimo Paganin, Rene Schneider, Mark Kinsella, Geoff Horsfield, Thomas Linke and Angelo di Livio. Looking for youngsters with potential turned up Olivier Dacourt, Alf-Inge Haaland, Steve Watson, Darren Huckerby, Robbie Blake, and young centre back Rio Ferdinand from West Ham. I have big hopes for Ferdinand. As you can see I have loaned a lot of my youngsters out for experience.

I see my main team as this this season:

Martyn

Sterland     Radebe     Fairclough     Dorigo

Stachan (C)    McAllister     Batty     Speed

Wallace/Hasselbaink     Yeboah

But of course, I have different options. I have this in mind:

Martyn

Sterland     Radebe     Fairclough     Dorigo

Batty

McAllister     Speed

Zidane/Rivaldo

Wallace/Hasselbaink     Yeboah

or

Martyn

Fairclough     Radebe     Whyte

Strachan     McAllister     Batty        Speed

Zidane     Rivaldo

Yeboah

There is some bad news before the season even starts - David Batty is suffering from shin splints and will miss at least the first month. Tony Dorigo will also be missing for about a month with a pulled hamstring.

Let's have a look at everyone else's transfer dealings:

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Henrik Larsson for £1.2 million could be one of the deals of the season.

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Diego Simeone is a huge signing for Palace.

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Everton won the race for the highly sought after Rob Lee.

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Liverpool took advantage of Spurs' relegation by snapping up Gary Lineker for £4.5 million.

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Fabrizio Ravenelli is Man City's big signing.

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Man Utd have splashed the cash. This came after sacking Alex Ferguson and replacing him with Besiktas' Gordon Milne. Fergie's dynasty will never happen in this world. Gazza is the big signing, but the likes of Hakan Suker, Frank de Boer, Joao Pinto and Paul Lambert mean The Red Devils should be a formidable force this season. Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt have all been sent out on loan to gain experience.

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Norwich have spent big on Wolves' Steve Bull. It will be interesting to see if he can make the step up that he never got in reality. Edgar Davids is another big signing.

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Ian Woan is a big loss for Forest.

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I'm keen to see how Tomas Brolin settles into the English game. He was unable to in reality

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Perhaps the biggest news at Southampton is their retention of key players Alan Shearer, Matt Le Tissier, Time Flowers and Neil Ruddock,

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Here's the worldwide transfers:

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Here's my squad for the forthcoming season:

Portugal won the European Championships, beating surprise finalists Wales. England were hammed 0-4 by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

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Onto pre-season. Mixed results but we got the squad's fitness levels up:

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Then it was onto the Charity Shield against FA Cup winners Leicester:

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Solid win. Nice to see Yeboah get off the mark immediately, and Gary McAllister finally scored a goal. Sod's law, it came against his former club.

I had to withdraw Yeboah from the Ghana Olympic squad. Rivaldo couldn't be withdrawn so he will miss the first few weeks. Peter Shreeves is now the Everton manager and Howard Kendall has taken over at Wimbledon.

Our first month sees us kick off against Coventry (A), followed by Middlesbrough (H), Blackburn (A) and Arsenal (H). Here's our pre-season highlights:

 

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loving this, heres hoping Steve Bull tears it up for Norwich, in reality this was our best season as we finished 3rd with a negative goal difference.  You add any of the Latin America keepers from this era?  Taffarel, Chilavert, Campos and Higuita?

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Concern is what I'm feeling coming out of August. Before the season started we had more bad injury news - Hasselbaink and Chapman will miss the first few weeks. We end the month with injuries to McAllister and Strachan sidelining them for a month.

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Not a good start. We were too wasteful with our chances. I'm sticking with 4-4-2 for now. Di Livio filled in for Dorigo at left back. Arsenal hit the ground running, as did newly promoted Middlesbrough who hammered Man City. Man Utd could only draw at home to Oldham.

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A little better, but only a little. We were lucky to win this one. Gary Lineker scored the winner for Liverpool in a thriller at Ashton Gate.

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Martin Keown scored the only goal as Everton beat Arsenal. Man Utd came unstuck at West Ham.

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With Hodge suspended, I moved Di Livio into the centre of midfield and brought Whitlow in at left back. It was a great performance up until we conceded. We were lucky to hold on at that point. Liverpool were destroyed at home by Crystal Palace. Speaking of destroying opposition, Man Utd recorded the biggest win so far - 7-0 at home to Bristol City. Joao Pinto bagged five.

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Just dreadful. I decided to try Gary Speed in the centre with Rivaldo on the left.

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Arsenal are setting the early pace, Norwich and Everton have started well too. Man Utd will be feeling as frustrated as us. MOTM went to Neil Warnock, POTM to Ian Rush who score 7 goals in 4 matches. Joao Pinto claimed Young POTM. GOTM went to Sheff Utd's Sebastien Fournier for this strike:

Here's the world transfers for the months:

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Next month sees an International break followed by Wimbeldon (H), Chelsea (A) and Everton (A). We also start off our League Cup campaign - Man Utd. Tough draw. Here's the highlights for August:

 

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29 minutes ago, argento said:

loving this, heres hoping Steve Bull tears it up for Norwich, in reality this was our best season as we finished 3rd with a negative goal difference.  You add any of the Latin America keepers from this era?  Taffarel, Chilavert, Campos and Higuita?

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September saw the start of our European Cup campaign. For some reason the fixtures will be played on a Saturday. An oversight on my part. We've been drawn in a group with Salzburg, Besiktas and PSG. Our trip to PSG has postponed our league trip to Everton.

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I changed from my normal 4-4-2:

Martyn

Sterland     Fairclough     Radebe     Dorigo

Batty

Zidane     Speed

Rivaldo

Wallace     Yeboah

Sterland was injured after 12 seconds and will miss a few weeks. Di Livio came on a delivered a MOTM performance. Hasselbaink returned from injury. Joao Pinto is on fire for Man Utd.

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I went back to 4-4-2 here with Di Livio on the right wing. Gary Kelly came in at right back and had a fine game. A good win but the tie is far from over. Hasselbaink picked up another knock.

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Just awful. This title defence is in danger of ending quickly. Yeboah picked up an injury that will sideline him for a couple of weeks. At least Chapman is back. Bad day all around. Ten man Man Utd beat Liverpool.

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Hell of a performance and a result. I went back to the 4-1-2-1-2 formation. I handed a debut to Thomas Linke in place of Chris Fairclough.

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A great first half put this tie to bed. Rivaldo turned in his first special performance. We're away to Second Division Tranmere in the second round.

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Things really need to pick up. The squad are not happy. I need some league points to get them back onside. Gordon Milne won MOTM, Alan Shearer was the POTM, and QPR's Morten Weighorst won Young POTM. GOTM was this effort by Wimbledon's Robbie Earle:

Here's the world transfer's for the month:

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Next month is hectic - Man City (H), Tranmere (A) in the League Cup, Norwich (H), Southend (A) in the Full Members Cup, Besiktas (H), Oldham (H) and West Ham (A). I'm looking to get our league campaign on track. Here's the highlights for September:

 

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really loving this its great you've added so many players from around the world to really craft this era, would love to have a play on the database if you ever decided to release it. You should definitely sign Chilavert the mad dog and put him on pens!

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I'm going to share it over the next few days, I'm still noticing some errors but they're minor enough but I'm still fixing them in the DB.

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October.

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We just can't get going in the league. This wasn't the worst performance but the twenty minutes in which we conceded three goals was a shambles. Yeboah is out with a knock.

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I played a strong team because I needed a win to boost morale.

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More frustration. Two home games was a chance to get some points on the board, but we only took one. At least Hasselbaink is off the mark.

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Again, I played a strong team because I need wins.

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At least Europe is going well.

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Finally. Far from convincing against the bottom team though.

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Two wins in a row and some points on the board. Hopefully we can build on this.

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Chelsea are setting the early pace, with Man Utd starting to hit their stride. Arsenal have fallen back a bit. Liverpool are having a very poor season and have changed managers yet again - George Graham has been replaced with West Ham's Billy Bonds. The Hammers are yet to appoint a replacement. MOTM went to Norwich's Dave Stringer, POTM to Tomas Brolin (he has settled in well), and Young POTM to Henrik Larsson. GOTM went to Aston Villa's Ian Olney for this peach:

November is another hectic month - Southampton (A), Salzburg (A), Ipswich (A) in the League Cup, PSG (H), Wimbledon (A) in the Full Members Cup, QPR (H) and Sheff Wed (H). We're going to end up with a huge backlog of league fixtures. Here's the highlights for October:

 

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FFS I'm noticing more errors. For some reason we're in the Club World Cup. Also, teams can play in more than one European competition at a time. Do I restart again? I don't even know how to fix this.

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These European Cup Saturdays are really backlogging our league fixtures.

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Norwich are having a hell of a season.

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We were never troubled after they went down to ten men immediately, but it took us a long time to get the goal. We got it which is all that matters.

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Great performance. Rivaldo bagged his first Leeds goal.

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Oh dear. I rejected the chance to postpone this fixture due to International call ups. I didn't want our fixture list backlogging even more. Maybe I made a mistake. I could only name two subs. Bobby Davison was given a run on the left wing, while 16 year old Robbie Blake was given his debut on the right.

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I'd say that Steve Bull has adapted nicely to top flight football.

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We've qualified for the quarter-finals with two games to spare. David Batty is prolific in the European Cup! The only downside is an injury to Tony Yeboah that will sideline him for about a month.

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The difference here was finishing.

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Solid win. Lee Chapman came off the bench and scored a beautiful chip. Arsenal parted company with manager Neil Warnock following their home defeat against Blackburn.

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Norwich are the surprise leaders. They're four points ahead of second placed Man Utd with a game more played. We're sitting in mid-table with up to five games in hand on some clubs. We're ten points off the top with three games in hand on Norwich. The bottom three all sacked their managers this month. Brian Clough went from Forest to Southampton. Forest have appointed George Graham. Oldham have yet to replace Joe Royle. West Ham have chose Leicester's Ian Branfoot as Billy Bonds' successor. MOTM was Dave Stringer again, POTM went to Everton's Pat Nevin, while Blackburn's Jason Wilcox claimed the Young POTM a wad. Middlesbrough's Robbie Mustoe scored the GOTM:

Next month we enter the Club World Cup for some reason. We conclude our European Cup group. We don't have a league game scheduled until the 20th - Middlesbrough (A), Cov (H), Forest (A) and Blackburn (H). Here's the highlights for November:

 

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Can't figure out how to correct the European competition mistakes. Noticed that all the clubs playing in their old stadiums only have capacities of 750 - for instance, Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park. All these clubs are set to move to new stadiums anyway, but I've used an in-game editor to correct this.

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2 minutes ago, Syze said:

Can't figure out how to correct the European competition mistakes. Noticed that all the clubs playing in their old stadiums only have capacities of 750 - for instance, Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park. All these clubs are set to move to new stadiums anyway, but I've used an in-game editor to correct this.

I've done a fair bit of editing over the years. I'm no superstar but maybe I could help?

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December started with our two remaining European Cup group games. We're already through so I took the chance to rest players.

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Man Utd won the Manchester derby.

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I gave a debut to 17 year old Mark Ford in the centre of midfield. Darren Huckerby made the bench for the first time. He has been tearing it up at U18 and reserve levels.

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Norwich came out the winners in their top of the table clash with Palace.

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I was disappointed with this, but we still managed to top the group after PSG beat Besiktas. We've been drawn against Barcelona in the quarter-final.

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Onto the Club World Cup for some reason. This should have been a lot more comfortable.

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Just one point from two games for Norwich.

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Highly disappointing.

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Speaking of disappointing.

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I was far from happy with our defending here, we should have won this comfortably.

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FFS. I can't deny them a point, but to be in front for so long is frustrating.

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I went back to the 4-1-2-1-2 formation here. I'm thinking I need to be squeezing Zidane and Rivaldo in more often.

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Our 12th place has me under pressure by the board. Of course, if we win our games in hand we'll be comfortably top. Norwich are still top, and Crystal Palace have emerged as contenders. It's tight across the board the though. Liverpool are having a terrible season. They didn't give Billy Bonds much time - he's gone already. Oldham have hired Ray Harford for Derby, while Arsenal have brought in Wim Jansen from Dutch champions Feyenoord. Palace's Bobby Gould claimed the MOTM award, POTM went to Paul Wilkinson of Middlesbrough, who bagged seven goals in seven games. Young POTM is QPR's Morten Wieghorst. Palace's Diego Simeone scored the GOTM:

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Here's the world transfers:

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Bayern Munich's Romario claimed the Ballin d'Or ahead of Luis Figo and Diego Maradona. Romario also claimed the World Player of the Year award ahead of John Sheridan and Marco van Basten.

January is hectic as we begin clearing our backlog of league fixtures - Bristol City (H), Swansea (A) in the FA Cup, Villa (A) in the Full Members Cup, Liverpool (H), Wimbledon (A), Man Utd (A), Chelsea (H), Sheff U (A). Here's the highlights for December:

 

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So, 1993 is here.

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A win is a win I guess. I was anticipating an easy victory to be honest. Leeds old boy Bob Taylor scored Bristol City's goal. Norwich keep grinding out those points.

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Again, a win is a win, but Third Division Swansea made this a lot tougher than anticipated. There was a debut off the bench for 16 year old Darren Huckerby.

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I figured since we're in the quarter-finals of this thing we might as well try to win it. I played a strong team. We deserved to lose though, it was a very poor second half effort.

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Bad result for Norwich.

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Crystal Palace looked set to take full advantage of Norwich's defeat the night before by racing into a 3-0 lead against Aston Villa. But Dalian Atkinson had other ideas...

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While the balance of play suggests a point was a fair result, I felt we should have won this. Surrendering the lead twice at home just isn't good enough for the champions. On the plus side, we have Rod Wallace back from injury, which is timely given that Tony Yeboah is leaving for the African Cup of Nations. Lucas Radebe will be joining him.

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One of those days. We created enough to chances to win two games but we could have played all night and wouldn't have scored. I'm just thankful we weren't sucker punched, because as the game progressed it certainly had that vibe to it. Norwich are slipping and Crystal Palace are capitalising.

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Very pleasing performance. Into round five and a trip to Cambridge who currently sit bottom of Division Two.

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Very pleasing performance. Hasselbaink is finding his feet.

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A less than stellar month for Norwich sees them surrender top spot to Crystal Palace, who are two points clear of The Canaries and have a game in hand. It's very tight though - everyone down to ourselves in 11th place is in the mix. Our whopping six games in hand mean we have the potential to be sitting top with a seven point cushion when all is equal. I also feel we have yet to hit our best form.

Liverpool made the surprise appointment of Bristol City's Jimmy Lumsden to be their new manager. I guess they've tried everyone else. Billy Bonds has stepped into Lumsden's old job. MOTM was Big Ron, POTM Dalian Atkinson, and Young POTM was Coventry's Danish right-back, Thomas Helveg. GOTM went to Blackburn youngster Darren Anderton for this:

Here's a look at how things are going in the other divisions:

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And here's some player stats:

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And the world transfers:

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The shortest month sees us squeeze in seven games - Everton (H), Sheff Wed (H) & (A) in the space of a few days, Palace (H), Cambridge (A), Southampton (H) and Forest (H). I'm hoping this is the month we can propel ourselves into the title picture. Here's the highlights for January:

 

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19 hours ago, argento said:

good to see the Canaries doing well!  Is Steve Bull firing them in?

15 goals in 29 starts.

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February.

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I decided to experiment with a new formation for this match:

Martyn

Sterland     Radebe     Whyte     Dorigo

McAllister     Batty     Speed

Zidane     Rivaldo

Hasselbaink

Needless to say I'll be abandoning any thoughts of radical tactical changes until the summer. What disaster. It was looking good until they scored against the run of play, but in the end, what a disaster. Big win for Arsenal.

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Back to good old 4-4-2. Sheff Wed are a good side but this wasn't a good result for a team looking to climb into the title picture. Two home games, one point, zero goals. Gary Speed is going to be out for a few weeks, so Rivaldo is filling in on the left.

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Same outcome, but I was a little happier with this one considering we were a goal down and a man down. Zidane hammered home a lovely finish for his first Leeds goal.

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When you're desperate for a win, this is the kind of fixture you don't want. Needless to say I was delighted.

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Middlesbrough just keep grinding out the wins.

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Job done, no complacency, we're into the quarter-finals and a trip to Sheff Wed.

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Southampton are really struggling, but when you come up against a team that has a frontline of Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier, you know you have to be wary. A win is a win.

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Another good win. It was nice to see Rod Wallace get a goal for the first time in an age, and it's always nice to see Roy Keane get sent off. Speaking of sendings off, David Batty has yet to be sent off once this season in 35 appearances, which is quite remarkable compared to last season. He has also signed a new long-term contract, as has Tony Dorigo. Batty does have 22 yellow cards, but one step at a time. Angelo di Livio bagged his first goal in an outstanding right wing performance. He is such a great utility player that I may have overlooked his best position and his potential as a long-term successor to Gordon Strachan. I feel like Lucas Radebe is starting to come into his own. One of my big problems this season is deciding on a steady partner for him. I'm still none the wiser to be honest.

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What a crazy month. Crystal Palace have dropped from 1st to 7th, while Middlesbrough of all teams have shot to the top. It's 2nd placed Arsenal, just a point behind with four games in hand, who look the most likely title winners though. We're up to eighth and our games in hand mean we still have the potential to be right in the mix. The league is incredibly tight though - 11th placed Everton are only six points off the top. The big news on the managerial front comes from Old Trafford - Gordon Milne wasn't getting the job done and he has been replaced by Celtic's Liam Brady. MOTM went to Arsenal's Wim Jansen, POTM went to Ian Wright, and Young POTM went to Sheff Utd's Sebastein Fournier. GOTM was scored by Chelsea's Ken Monkou:

Here's the world transfers:

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Our next month's fixtures are Man City (A), Norwich (A), Barcelona (A), Sheff Wed (A) in the FA Cup, Barcelona (H), West Ham (H), and Everton (A). One big piece of injury news - a dislocated shoulder had potentially ended Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's season. Here's the highlights for February:

 

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Well, March certainly had its ups and downs:

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Perfect start. Nice to have Gary Speed back and scoring.

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I'll take it. Norwich are a good side, a point and a clean sheet here isn't bad.

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I'll definitely take this! An away goal would have been nice, and we certainly had our chances, but this was a great result.

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Three 0-0 draws in a row. I mean, its not a bad result as it means we take them back to Elland Road, but the last thing we need is more fixtures. Unfortunately Lee Chapman suffered a terrible leg break early on. Teenager Geoff Horsfield was his replacement.

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QPR are the team on a roll.

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Fantastic, just fantastic. We rode our luck in the second half, and of course Cantona scored, but I'm proud of these lads.

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FFS. Just awful. Geoff Horsfield started up front with goal shy Rod Wallace, but was substituted early on after David Batty's sending off. Yeboah is on international duty and Hasselbaink and Chapman are injured, so Horsfield was my only real choice if I wanted to stick with two up front. 16 year old Lee Bowyer made his debut off the bench.

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I demanded better and sure as hell didn't get it. Another trophy gone.

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Forget beating Barcelona - how quickly things can change. Things are pretty damn miserable at the moment. In my last post I praised David Batty's improved disciplinary record. Well the twat has cost us our last two games. He didn't even cry when I fined him this time. He'd have some nerve if he did. It's not just the sendings off, it's how damn early he is getting sent off. To add to our woes Zidane has a sprained ankle that will sideline him for over a month. My biggest concern is the fact we have failed to score in six of our last seven games. I'm looking at Southampton's likely relegation and have one eye on Alan Shearer. Speaking of Southampton, they have handed Brian Clough his second sacking of the season. He is yet to be replaced.

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What a crazy season. Every month a team comes out of nowhere and goes top. QPR are leading the race, but Man Utd are only a point behind with a game in hand. We're 9th, but with a seven point gap and five games in hand. I can't even think about winning the league though, we're in terrible form. Still though, we actually have a great chance. QPR's Gerry Francis was of course the MOTM. POTM went to Blackburn striker Dean Holdsworth who bagged six goals in four games. YPOTM is again Sebastien Fournier. GOTM went to Liverpool's Michael Thomas:

Sheff Utd won the League Cup:

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Nottingham Forest won the Full Members Cup:

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Here's the world transfers:

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According to the media I am one defeat away from getting the sack. April has us against Bristol City (A), Arsenal (A), Palace (H), Man Utd (A), QPR (A), Chelsea (H), Sheff Utd (H), Feyenoord (A) in our European Cup semi, and Liverpool (A). Talk about crunch time. Here's the highlights for March:

 

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April was a weird month. Despite a couple of great results it ultimately felt like a disappointment.

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Not good enough, especially after taking the lead. I warned the team at half-time against complacency and they conceded straight away. It was a Leeds old boy that got their goal too. At least we scored.

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So frustrating. It looked like a well deserved and hard earned point. I'd loaned Jon Newsome to Derby in the summer, but I recalled him early after he suffered a hip injury. Fit again, this was his first appearance of the season.

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Arrrggh!! Frustrating, frustrating, frustrating!

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Maybe a big rivalry match is just what my lads needed to kick them into gear. Deserved win. David Batty is such a liability on one hand, but boy do we miss him when he's not in the team. Of course, when he's not in the team it's usually because he's suspended. Quite a conundrum. An added bonus here was that wee Gordon scored the winner on his old stomping grounds.

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One step forward, two back. Kind of a makeshift midfield since Batty, McAllister and Speed were all suspended. It all looked so good when we took the lead...

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Liverpool won the Merseyside derby.

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Rod Wallace scores! Twice! This broke a drought of a whopping SIXTEEN HOURS!

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I could get used to this. Yeboah is in great goalscoring form. Even better, Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink is back.

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Fantastic. A little frustrating that we conceded the second goal but I'm not complaining, having a lead and three away goals heading into the second leg is huge.

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Sigh.

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The title is pretty much gone for us. We just haven't been consistent enough. I want European qualification though. Arsenal are the clear favourites now. Southampton and Oldham are relegated. West Ham occupy the last relegation place, but Coventry, Wimbeldon, and Man City are not safe. MOTM went to Arsenal's Wim Jansen, POTM went to Arsenal's Gerald Vanenburg, and YPOTM went to Coventry;s Thomas Helveg. GOTM was scored by Palace's Jiri Novotny:

Our final month is busier than others due to our games in hand. We have the second leg at home to Feyenoord, followed by this crazy week :

Sat - Man Utd (H)

Tue - Villa (H)

Thu - Oldham (A)

Sat - Villa (H)

Hopefully we'll also have a European Cup final as well. If we do it will be against either Dortmund or Juventus. Dortmund have a 3-1 first leg lead. Here's how the other divisions are looking heading into the last few games:

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Here's the highlights for April:

 

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May. The run in.

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What a performance. No nerves, all business, put it to bed. One step away from being crowned Champions of Europe. Dortmund stand in our way.

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I don't think I've ever been so angry in all my time playing Football Manager. 1-0 up and cruising. Then David Batty commits a bad foul and gets a warning. I tell him to calm down. A couple of minutes later he gets booked. A couple of minutes later he's off. Again. And we lose. Against our biggest rivals. And now we can't mathematically catch the league leaders Arsenal. I fined Batty two weeks wages, stuck him in the reserves and transfer listed him. The squad are threatening mutiny. I don't care. How many damn times has this guy cost us?

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We got lucky here. Rivaldo scored a peach.

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Grr. A win here would have put us in the top four.

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Kind of a lucky win against ten men. Unfortunately Crystal Palace's win means our only hope of UEFA Cup qualification is through the EURO Vase. Man Utd were on course to win the league until Gerald Vanenburg's late goal for Arsenal brought the title to Highbury.

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An incredible season for newly promoted Middlesbrough who finish third and only three points off the top. Coventry join Oldham and Southampton in relegation to Division Two. Coming up will be Watford, Reading, and play-off winners Leicester:

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For the second season in a row, a Division Two team has won the FA Cup:

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The UEFA Cup was won by Real Madrid:

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And the Cup Winners' Cup was won by... uh, Real Madrid. Yeah, it's a bug a couple of us have tried to fix and as yet, we can't:

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Eric Cantona was named the best player in Europe, ahead of Romario and Emilio Butragueno.

Here's my squad stats for the season:

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And here's the rest of the division's squad stats:

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MOTM was Liam Brady, POTM was Joao Pinto, and YPOTM was Oldham's Paul Bernard. To the yearly awards:

Footballer of the Year:

1 - David Speedie (Blackburn)

2 - Paul Wilkinson (Middlesbrough)

3 - Joao Pinto (Man Utd)

Player's Player of the Year:

1 - Pat Nevin (Everton)

2 - John Barnes (Liverpool)

3 - Gerald Vanenburg (Arsenal)

Young Player of the Year:

1 - Dean Holdsworth (Blackburn)

2 - Billy McKinlay (Liverpool)

3 - Andrey Kanchelskis (Man Utd)

Manager of the Year:

1 - Lennie Lawrence (Middlesbrough)

2 - Bobby Gould (Crystal Palace)

3 - Gerry Francis (QPR)

Golden Glove - Peter Schmeichel (Man Utd)

Golden Boot - Ian Wright (Arsenal, 24 goals in 35 games)

Goal of the Season - Darren Anderton (Blackburn)

Team of the Year:

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Oh yeah. We still had one more match. I agonised over what to do about David Batty. If he plays and curbs his temper our chances of winning increase significantly. But if he loses his head... I caved. Last chance saloon for Batty:

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Get in. And who got the cherry on the top goal? We are the Champions of Europe, and we did it in the most convincing of fashion. No doubt about it, our European campaign severely hampered our league form, but in the end was it worth it? I think it was. Remember, only the champions get the chance to compete for the European Cup, the chance to win it is going to be rare unless we can dominate domestically. So, onto the summer. I need to evaluate my squad, ship out the deadwood and see what I need. Our player of the year is Gordon Strachan. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!!!! Here's the highlights for May:

 

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