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Blyth Spartans March 2016

Here we go again, the Blyth Spartans were chasing everlasting glory after bringing home another trophy in February, the Carling Cup! We were still undefeated in the Premier League and I definitely hoped to continue the good run and win the title as soon as possible.

The first game of the month was a tricky one, at home with 6th placed Everton. We won the last game against them 2-1 away from home in October but Everton were showing pretty good form. We played pretty well in the first half and we were unlucky to be 1-0 down at the break. Young striker Pablo produced a penalty kick in the second half and right back Damien Grange confidently converted it. Then centre back Tiberiu Radulescu banged in his 15th goal of the season to give us an important win.

1 blyth vs everton premier league

Next up, a difficult FA Cup clash with Liverpool. After the Carling Cup success I wanted to go as far as possible in the FA Cup and we took advantage of Liverpool‘s poor form. Pablo gave us the lead with a magnificent solo effort and it was all easy after that… We were through to the semi finals, the trophy was getting close.

2 blyth vs liverpool fa cup

But there was still a long way to go and we also had the Champions League on our mind. We defeated Roma 1-0 at Olimpico but I warned my players not to get complacent, these Italian teams are strong and vicious, they can punish you quite severely if you don’t give your best on the pitch. They understood the message and played very well in the first half, our centre backs dominated the game in the air and scored two goals before the break. Roma dominated the second half but we kept cool and didn’t allow them to create anything special. Through to the quarter finals, I was pleased with that achievement :)


3 blyth vs as roma champions league

We couldn’t hope for any “easy” opponents at this point but I hoped we wouldn’t get Barcelona or Real Madrid. We got Barcelona… The first leg will be played at Croft Park, so that’s a slight disadvantage for us, but I’m confident that we will make Barca sweat :)

4 champions league quarter final draw

Back to the Premier League, we had an easier game ahead of us, away at last placed Birmingham, the weakest team in the league. We didn’t play too well but my right back, Damien Grange, had a fabulous afternoon. First he whipped in a free kick from 25 yards out, then he converted a penalty kick and finally completed his hat-trick with a free kick shot from 20 yards out!

5 birmingham vs blyth premier league

Our next two Premier League games, against Blackburn and Chelsea, were postponed due to international call-ups, so we had only one more game to play, at home with Tottenham. I still had 5 first team players away on international duty but we played pretty well even without them. We dominated the game but we were unlucky to concede a late corner kick goal…

6 blyth vs tottenham premier league

But one point was enough, Manchester City got a draw too so we were the champions! The second title in a row, with 8 games to spare!

7 premier league table march 2016

8 two times in a row

We didn’t have much time to celebrate though, we still had the FA Cup and Champions League games to worry about. The good thing is that I will be able to rest my important players before the big Champions League and FA Cup games, that’s a big advantage. I also hope that my backup players will be able to keep our unbeaten league record but that’s not very important at this point.

9 blyth fixtures april 2016

Barcelona, here we come! Messi will have to deal with my Spartans, it won’t be easy for him :)

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Ahmed Shah

    September 14, 2009 at 15:19

    Fantastic, Johnny! Well done mate, congratulations!! That 5-0 victory over Liverpool was classic!!! Blyth to win everything!!! ;-)

  2. Beloti

    September 14, 2009 at 16:10

    Hey Jonnhy, I’m from Brazil and it’s been a while since I’m following your stories (since Chester City). Congratulations on the very good writing and on the success achieved byt your Spartans. Just for curiosity, how many international players do you have and are they first team at their national teams? I usually have a lot of troubles with Arsenal at Premier League . . . and usually have around 15 players called up by their national teams, leaving me many times with a poor squad left.
    Another doubt, don’t you have problems with too many international players? I always have problems during subscription for the Champions League . . . those 8 national base players . . .
    Congratulations again . . .

  3. eddie eddie

    September 14, 2009 at 17:25

    Well done another brilliant month for you.

  4. Chris

    September 14, 2009 at 17:45

    Wow, dare you contemplate mentioning the ‘I’ word and risk jinxing it – you know the one, the word that rhymes with Tinbincible!

    You’re on the way to a magic achievement matey, best of luck against Barca!!

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 14, 2009 at 18:50

      @Ahmed
      Thanks buddy, you’re the biggest Blyth Spartans fan ever :)
      @Beloti
      Thanks for following the stories. I have a lot of international players, many of them in under 21 and under 19 teams. It’s always a problem, my games are postponed most of the times but I do have squad problems for some games. As for the home grown players, that’s not such a big problem because many of my players are in the squad since they were 17, and after three years they are considered as home grown. I couldn’t submit 25 players though but I’m quite comfortable with the 23 players that I have on the list.
      @Eddie
      Thanks mate!
      @Chris
      I don’t believe in jinx and stuff like that, so thanks for the wishes :)

  5. curtkoz

    September 14, 2009 at 23:18

    champions already!

  6. Ahmed Shah

    September 15, 2009 at 20:17

    Hahaha, thanks Johnny, but surely that’s an overstatement… ;-) A lot of actual Blyth fans will have something to say about that…I’m just a fan of the Blyth Spartans managed by Johnny Karp… ;-)

    And yaay I see my prediction for you going unbeaten is still on… :-)

    Btw, Johnny, I think you forgot about the Player of the Year Awards…! :-)

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 15, 2009 at 22:07

      I didn’t forget about those Ahmed, but I’ve been very busy lately and I had to make a choice, so I dedicated all my spare time to publishing the season updates. Hopefully I’ll be able to make an awards post at the end of the season…

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