It was a hot summers morn when I turned on my PC and
decided I wanted a crack at a Div 3 side on CM2. I
started the league and at random chose a Div 3 side
out of a hat, that team being the pride of the North;
I observed my team and decided I needed a
cheap keeper, centre half and a striker. I had no
money so free transfer was the only option. I signed
Anthony Betterton in goal at 17 years of age, ex
Arsenal giant Ross Taylor and old Leicester striker
Craig Hallam. All these players were under 20.
The first season I went up in 3rd spot automatic
promotion, with Craig Hallam finishing as top scorer.
The second season was even better, winning the Second
Division with quite some ease.
It took me 2 seasons to
reach the Premier League, beating Coventry in a
play-off final. The Premier was at it's best, and I
had to match it. I bought in a made-up Piacenza
striker Ettore Merlo to keep me up, which we did,
finishing 8th, and winning the FA Cup, which
subsequnetley put me into the then Cup Winners Cup. I
won this the following season, with the help of
Barcelona pair Rivaldo and Sonny Anderson.
The following season, I signed a left sided forward
from Brazil (who is made up on every game, starting
out at Vasco da Gama, in season 1999/2000, on
CM9798!!) called Reginaldo, he slowly rose to be the
best stiker on the game. I also had the Italian
Captain in my defence!
This showed me that with persistence and time, a good
manager can transform any 3rd div side!!