This edition tries to take a look back at the history of the last ten years. The thread I started yesterday is only taster for my account of the last ten years on the pitch, a mixture of disappointment, a few highs and an overwhelming sense of frustration.
So, ten years ago this weekend since Evans took over the club
by Steve_M 30 Nov 2017 12:17
We were just outside the play-offs at the time and I think it's fair to say we haven't looked back once. Well, nearly...
The money we spent in the first few years really should have given us a competitive advantage. Instead it was squandered, each new signing sinking to a level of mediocrity. I still maintain that it is only McCarthy's better spells in charge that have made the takeover look remotely successful.
Some memories of that time, what would anyone else add?
- Beating Norwich to all but relegate them;
- The League Cup semi-final run, the Arsenal home game in particular;
- 5-1 against West Ham, as unexpected as it was enjoyable and with some spectaculat excuse-making afterwards;
- Staying up in 2012-13m from where we were when MM was appointed that looked unlikely;
- Derby away with Edwards last-minute goal;
- Derby at home where they tried to kick us off the park (and Brighton the game before);
- Most of 2014-15 but especially November and December - Charlton away, Leeds, Boro, Brentford - but also Watford, Forest and the home play-off match;
- Millwall away this season, a crazy Roylesque game and a last minute winner.
- Magilton buying every midfielder he could and throwing away so much of what was good about his team beforehand;
- The changed expectations of fans post-takeover;
- Taking 15 matches to record the first win of the season;
- Keane claiming he didn't need to dismantle the squad and then doing so;
- Lee Martin;
- The Newcastle home game;
- Both matches against Norwich in 2010-11, but mainly the home one;
- Southampton and Peterborough within a week;
- Playing Bowyer, Bullard and Andrews in midfield together;
- Jewell bringing in some midfielders on loan and then getting some more loanees to replace them;
- Paul Taylor;
- The interminable age it took for Jewell to fanally leave the club;
- Bullard running round the training ground with a bag of money;
- Chopra and his debt collectors;
- The complete failure to build on 14-15 that Summer;
- Most of last season, not in real danger of relegation but just Meh for most of it;
- The sense of apathy that now pervades amongst Town fans. We want to care - the reaction to Tuesday shows that - but it feels like we're so far behind those with money at the moment.
Edit: Chelsea away should be in there too, we were so utterly crap that I'm not sure how it was only seven goals.
Also included a look at the turnover of players in the last decade, a look back to David Sheepshanks time in charge, and a piece on the Man versus Fat which has been very successful.