Whilst playing a two player in the English league, many strange occurrences took place in the first
season, the least of which being my friend winning the premiership without buying any players at
Everton. Stephen Hughes making a huge contribution scoring 26 league goals. My Chelsea team on the
other hand did not fair so well in the first season.
Being put out of the FA cup by Everton in the fourth round just about summed the whole season up.
Languishing in 16th for most of the season I thought things couldn't get much worse, but I still had
too play Man Utd twice. Luckily for me they had two off days, Chelsea winning 5 - 2 at Old Trafford
and then putting 3 past them with no reply at the Bridge. For all the laughs I got from these
results, I soon found myself winding up 14th at the end of the season, and then jobless.
Not wishing to desert my club I quickly put myself in as their new manager and set about changing
several mistakes I had made. I changed my formation too a 5-3-2 att. As opposed to my awful variation
which had 3 defensive midfielders and 2 centre halves. Choosing now to play De Goey in goal;
John Terry, Dino Baggio and Robert Malcolm as my back three; Albert Ferrer and Graeme Le Saux as
wing backs; Dennis Wise and Jay Richardson (Due too Jody Morris suffering a season ending injury
in a pre season friendly against Fulham) with Mario Stanic playing ahead of them; And going for
the unlikely combination of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Leon Knight as my front two. What followed
was a shock for both my friend and myself.
I started the season in brilliant style, stretching my lead at the top by 12 points at the Christmas
break. What seemed even stranger is that the mighty Everton side of the season before had lost its
way and were now staring relegation in the face. The season finished with Chelsea winning the league
and FA cup, and Everton eventually finding some form finishing 6th. I soon bought several more young
Scottish, English and Dutch players too strengthen my squad, learning the best way too build a team
is by playing youngsters instead of buying expensive foreigners.
Stranger things have happened!