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    Looks like barring the first game, Harry is getting goals regularly. Here's hoping he shines against Juventus!
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    Chelsea vs Juventus... that's some stuff we all want to see... I hope that he is able to go through!

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    Wonder how long in the last five years you were trying to put ther Haribo pun in

    Nice to see the awesome dedication continue

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    March continued and the games continued to come thick and fast. He was barely at home with Elle as he was travelling either round the country or further afield in Europe.

    First up in a triple header of cup ties was a very familiar trip out from London to Turin as Chelsea travelled to take on Harry's former club, Juventus.
    He had first made that journey in January 2018 and he spent four and a half great years in Italy. He had very fond memories. The 135 goals he scored for the club being high up on that list.
    He had loved the culture, the friendliness of the people, the cuisine. But all that had ended nearly three years ago and he now had a different focus. And his focus now was winning through to the next round with his current employers.

    It wasn't going to be easy, even though Juventus were only 9th in Serie A. Chelsea would need to be on their game. Their prime objective would be to keep a clean sheet in the away leg and get them back to Stamford Bridge. Anything more than that would be a bonus.

    Harry was given the welcome he fully deserved as he stepped out on to the pitch and he acknowleged the crowd who chanted his name.

    Harry then hurried off to the changing room and returned seconds later with the rest of his teammates to take to the pitch ready for the game.
    Chelsea certainly set up to look for the clean sheet with a flat back four, three defensive midfielders in front of them as well as to wide players asked to play very deep.
    Harry would be the target for anything they cleared and would have to hold it up and wait for reinforcements.


    Harry wasn't a big fan. Yes he understood that they had to be solid. That they wanted to avoid conceding. But three defensive midfielders?! He knew he would have the thankless task of chasing down aimless balls forward all day and would barely get a sniff at being near the goal, let alone getting a shot at goal.

    He went out with a view to do his best though and that was all he could do.
    I did not go well though. Within 20 minutes, Chelsea were two goals down and Harry had only touched the ball eight times.
    Giuliano, playing on the right of midfield, had touched it once. The game plan from Michael Skibbe had gone very wrong.
    Despite being behind though, there was no change in set up until Shane O'Connor went off on 56 minutes.

    Things didn't get any better but at least they didn't get any worse. 2-0 the final score and there was still a small chance it could be turned around in the return leg.

    That match was still on Chelsea minds five days later as they welcomed London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup Quarter Final replay. They had to put Juve to one side though and plot their way through this one first.
    Another tough tie, another tie that could go either way and it would come down to in many ways how adventurous the manager would be in his starting line up.
    This one had the incentive of an FA Cup Semi Final place for the winner though.

    Skibbe took the initiative and sent Chelsea out in a 4-4-1-1 formation. Harry led the line. He was happy that he would have a bit more help in attacking areas but he still yearned for a forward partner though.
    It was Arsenal who set up on the back foot and in a very defensive formation. Harry spotted this very early on and hoped that Chelsea could exploit it in the same way Juventus had to them a few days earlier.

    They could not. Not in the first half.
    Nor the second.
    Not in the first half of extra time.
    Nor the second.
    120 minutes of football and just 5 shots on target in that whole time. It was not the best game and now it looked towards the lottery of penalty kicks to see which London club would progress.

    England international defender Stewart Harrison stepped up first for Arsenal but had his shot saved.
    Manuel Giandonato, Ivan Pulido, Giuliano, Jese and Joel Matip all scored to leave it at 3-2 to Chelsea as Antonio Graziani walked up for Arsenal. He looked nervous and it showed in his kick as it was tame and easily saved.
    That left it to Enzo Zidane to stride up and send the keeper the wrong way to put the ball in the bottom right corner of the net and Chelsea into the semi final.
    It was such a frenetic shootout that even the match report couldn't keep up with what was going on!!


    They were through but it was hardly ideal preparation for the return leg in the UEFA Cup. There was just two days between the Arsenal win and stepping back on to the Stamford Bridge turf for the second leg. One in which they had to overturn a two goal deficit to progress.

    That would make it all the tougher.

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    What a terrible tactic at Juventus! Feel sorry for Harry having to put up with Skibbe!

    Got to say, I don't think Harry's move from Juventus has worked out in the grand scheme of things.
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    Oh man... great win against Arsenal but I do believe that they are doomed for the Juventus game playing overtime in the game before...

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    Five changes were forced upon Michael Skibbe for the game as players could not get back to full fitness. It was still a decent enough side but they would have to play above themselves to get something out of the game. Skibbe tried to motivate them as best he could and to be fair, Harry thought he had done a good job.
    It was now down to the players on the pitch.

    2-0 down but with a fervent Chelsea support behind them, it was possible but the players had to be on it from the off. They needed to score two unanaswered goals just to take it to extra time so it was going to be a tough ask but Harry was bang up for it. He proved that after just 9 minutes as a corner was flicked on at the near post and he nodded home at the far.
    81 minutes to grab another one.


    They took just three. As the clock ticked to 12 minutes, Harry broke through and was brought down in the box by his former teammate Guido Martini. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Right back Adam Matthews calmly stepped up and slotted Chelsea into a two goal lead and tied the game up at 2-2 on aggregate.

    Stamford Bridge was bouncing. The players were pumped. Juve were reeling. It couldn't be going better. That was until seconds from the half time whistle. Juve fashioned a chance from literally nothing and Gabriele Damato received the ball, got it out of his feet and drove the ball through Loza and into the net. The place fell silent. Loza held his head in his hands. He couldn't believe it.

    Juventus had the lead. More importantly for them, they had an away goal as well. Chelsea were back to square one, they needed two goals to progress. Only this time, they only had 45 minutes to get them. The players were understandably down in the dressing room. Michael Skibbe had it all to do just to motivate them to get back out there let alone go and thry and win the game but he tried his best, as did captain Adam Matthews and Harry had his say as well.
    As they returned to the pitch, there was a motivation to them, they were ready to do all they could to try and overturn the deficit, again.

    It was to and fro as the second half began. Chelsea would have a chance to get themselves back into it and Juve would have a chance to try and seal the tie. Both defences were standing strong until the 69th minute. Enzo Zidane found himself in space on the right and crossed deep for Harry to attack the ball, jumping higher than the defence to put them back into the lead on the night, and level on aggregate.
    They were of course still behind on away goals. But they had 20 minutes to put that right.

    Juventus went back into their shells and tried to shut up shop. They needed no more but they had to protect what they did have. They had 20 minutes to hold out. Juve lasted just 6 more.
    Zidane again was involved as he exchanged passes on the edge of the Juventus box before slipping a ball through for young Peter McKenna, breaking from his midfield position. The 19 year old showed composure beyond his years as he stedied himself and stroked the ball past Padellui in the Juve goal.
    McKenna went mad as he celebrated the first ever goal of his career. If that wasn't enough it was the goal that put his team ahead and on course for one of the greatest comebacks since Barcelona defeated PSG in the Champions League back in 2017.
    Chelsea were now 4-3 up on aggregate and with just 15 minutes to hold on.

    Juventus now had to switch their focus completely. They were the ones who had to come out and attack, they were the ones who now needed the goal and Chelsea were the ones who had to soak up the pressure.
    Skibbe completely changed the mentality. Shane O'Connor who had been playing left midfield was pulled back to play as an additional centre back. Gary Rogers dropped to defensive midfield, Sergio Canales to centre mid and Harry to no more than a slightly advanced central midfielder.

    But, tiredness was taking it's toll. After 120 minutes and penalties in their previous match and all the excercions of getting back into and then ahead in this one, it was almost inevitable that they would tire.
    They fought hard to preserve their lead. Matthews cleared off the line, Giandonato put his body on the line on more than one occasion. Loza saved a couple of good Juve chances.

    Eleven minutes from time, the Italians got their reward. Veteran Ryo Miyaichi crossed deep and substitute Raffaele De Marco stuck out a leg and diverted it into the net. Chelsea players were distraught, Juventus were delighted. They had retaken the lead and there was barely any time to turn it around.

    But turn it around they tried. All the Chelsea players went back to their original positions and Kevin Phillips, the centre back, was sent to play as an emergency striker. They were knocking on the door for the next five minutes. Cross after cross was being thrown into the Juventus box and on one occasion, Phillips hit the bar. It was after one of these crosses that was headed clear that Sergio Canales slipped whilst trying to get the ball back into the box.

    This left Juventus clear to break and they did so in numbers. They had a 4 on 2 at one point and as Alberto Raggi broke into the box, left back Stuart Murray had no choice but to pull him down and give away a penalty.

    Gabriele Damato (Fabrizio Miccoli regen) stepped up confidently and sent the keeper the wrong way. Juventus were still losing on the night but they celebrated the penalty like they had won the whole competition because it meant that they were now 5-4 up on aggregate and it was effectively game over.


    It was indeed game over. The Chelsea players slumped to the ground, heads in hands.
    Chelsea had nothing left. They were spent and despite all their efforts, the final whistle blew and Chelsea were out.



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    A harsh result! But they tried their best, as did Harry!
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    The Chelsea players were devastated.
    They had done the hard work in the match more than once to get themselves ahead and into a position where they would be proceeding in the tie but ultimately two late Juventus goals meant elimination and the end of the UEFA Cup run.

    They should have been proud of themselves for what they had done but the only emotion coming out was disappointment.
    It was difficult in the Chelsea camp over the course of the week after the game. There was nine days from the Juventus game until they were back in league action at home to Wolves.
    Michael Skibbe and his team had their work cut out to try and motivate the player for the remainder of the season. Just because they were out of Europe, it wasn't the end of the season. They still had a top 4 spot to fight for and of course they had an FA Cup Semi Final on the horizon as well.


    It didn't seem to be getting through though. Players were still dejected. Despite the 9 day break players still looked jaded on the eve of the game.
    Even Harry himself was downbeat but he snapped into action on the morning of the game. The words that Skibbe had been saying over and over again ver the course of the last week finally started to sink in.

    Unfortunately on the day of the game, as he lead out the side with the captains armband on, it seemed he was the only one who had listened. As the whistle blew for half time, it was confirmed. They were still goalless but the only man who was creating any chances was Harry himself. The problem was he was having to create them for himself as no one else wa getting into any meaningful positions.
    Joel Matip sprung into life after about half an hour but that was about it.

    It took a rocket from the captain himself to get some of them motivated during the break and they came out in the second half and played a little better but still not what could be called well.
    It was good enough though as Harry fashioned himself a chance on 57 minutes, got the ball out of his feet and fired past the Wolves keeper.


    A win was a win and they had done so playing badly.
    They couldn't hope to do that every week though.

    The fact that the game temporarily took the side up to fourth seemed to spark the rest of the team into action and although they had dropped back to fifth by the time the next game came around away to Birmingham City, there was a chance they could go third if they won the game by a large margin.

    The armband again changed sleeve and was passed on to Adam Matthews and the performance improved somewhat. The result did not though as Birmingham took the lead and it was only Harry's 35th goal of another impressive season that saved their blushes and rescued a draw.

    It wasn't ideal preparation for the next match. The FA Cup Semi Final against Reading at The Etihad, Manchester.

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    I am amazed that this is still going. It is over 5 years since young Harry first hit our headlines. Top effort !

    I can't say that I want success for Harry at either Chelsea or England, but atleast we are getting closer to the next phase of his career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    I am amazed that this is still going. It is over 5 years since young Harry first hit our headlines. Top effort !
    Actually it's only 5 years since the last forum switch so it's actually a bit longer.

    Need to pull my finger out and get this finished before I pop my clogs!!

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    The trip to Manchester was an interesting one.

    Harry observed the players in the squad on the coach journey up the motorway and saw that a majority of them thought they had every chance of making the final but there were a few players who felt that the way the season had gone to date meant that they would fall short.

    It was true that Reading were a decent enough side. Brendan Rodgers was doing his best on a limited budget. They had been FA Cup runners up in 2023 and League Cup runners up in 2024 as well. They were good in the cups and this went very much against the 17th position in which they sat in the Premier Division.

    All Chelsea had to make sure they did was be on their game. They had the quality in the squad to win the game, that was evident, but if any of the starting XI weren't at the races, then things could go very wrong.
    No one wanted to get to a semi final and lose so they had to make sure that they got the job done and made their way to the final.

    They had made the decision to travel up to Manchetser on the day of the game as it was an evening kick off and to avoid having to stay overnight in a hotel. Some saw this as a mistake before they had even kicked off as it was seen that the players would be tired after the journey but traffic was fine and they arrived in good time.
    It was just a matter of seeing what Michael Skibbe's thinking on the game would be and what team and probably more importantly, what tactic and formation he would play.

    At 4:40pm on the day, an hour before kick off, the world found out as the team sheets were released.
    The formation was regulation Skibbe. A 4-5-1 with a flat midfield 5.
    No issue there. The issue, and one that almost brought Twitter to a standstill with the amount of tweets sent, was the team selection.



    In goal was Kevin Walsh who would also captain the side. He did have 22 caps for the Republic of Ireland but he had played just three times for the club this season.
    The defence was made up of Gary O'Neil at right back, Craig Williams at left back and Peter Perkins and Liam Fox at centre back. The list of appearances for the season read: O'Neill 17 (and 15 sub), Williams 2, Perkins 1 (and 1 sub) and Fox had made just 4 sub appearances all season.

    It didn't get any better in the midfield. The three central midefielders were Brian Burns wh had 11 starts and 14 sub appearances, Darren O'Neil who had made one sub appearance and Craig Weston, who would be making his preofessional football debut, at the age of 16 in the FA Cup Semi Final!!
    The left midfielder was Daniel Robinson (2 appearances) and on the right, Peter McKenna who was one of the experienced ones at 8 starts and 5 from the bench.

    The final place to be taken was the lone striker and it was not Harry. It wasn't Benik Afobe who would have thought he would have come in if Harry hadn't played. The shirt went to Ryan Allen, who had made just one sub appearance this season. At 22 years of age, he had been at Chelsea for a while but his career stats of 3 goals in 32 appearances.

    And it wasn't like the big name players were waiting on the bench. Of the seven players named, they had a grand total of just THREE CAREER APPEARANCES. And none of them this season.
    This was going to be a bloodbath!

    Adam Matthews, Enzo Zidane, Sergio Canales, Joel Matip and of course Harry, found themselves sitting in the stands along with all the other unselected players. They looked as shocked as all the fans who were making their way to their seats as kick off approached. The fans didn't have a clue was thinking and to be honest neither did the players.
    The only thing they could think of was that Skibbe was sacrificing the chance at an FA Cup Final to have a massive push at the top 4 and getting into next seasons Champions League.

    It was certainly a bold thing to do and as disgusted as he was, Harry kind of hoped it came off for Skibbe. Just the audacity to try it in the semi final. Ranks up there with Louis van Gaal changing his goalkeeper in the quarter final of the 2014 World Cup because he felt Tim Krul was a penalty stopper. It came off for him but if it didn't boy would he have looked stupid.
    Would Skibbe look like stupid? Or would he look like a genius?

    For 15 minutes, it looked like an OK decision. That was until Brian Burns inexplicably kicked out at his opponent in an off ther ball incident and was sent off.
    To their credit, the Chelsea C team, if it was even that, held their own.
    They were still level up until the 86th minute when Reading came forward and a speculative 30 yard effort found it's way past Walsh and into the net.
    As it was the 86th minute when the goal went in, there was no time to respond. Chelsea were beaten. The youngsters had given a good account of themselves but ultimately Chelsea were out of the FA Cup.

    There were contrasting emotions on the coach on the way home to London.
    A number of the players, the ones who played were despondent after losing the game. Another group, the ones who didn't were still in a state of shock that they didn't and also wondered what this meant for them. Were they just rested with Man City in mind in three days time? Would the losing on the FA Cup aid them in their remaining 7 league games? They would have to wait and see.

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    FFS, I've never liked that Skibbe. Wish he would get fired already!
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    A great lesson in man management

    Edit. Don't fire Skibbe. He is doing a great job at Chelsea. Time for Harry to move somewhere nicer.
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    Wow. Just finished reading, from the beginning. This has been pretty epic, fantastic work to keep this going and keep it interesting all the way through.

    It's hard to believe that a great player like Bow has never won the league despite the big clubs he's been at. Surely he'll never be truly happy until he's got a championship medal from somewhere. Maybe he should head to Celtic before retirement!

    Top work again ebfatz, looking forward to seeing how it all works out for our hero.

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    Seven Games.

    Seven games for Chelsea to secure themselves in the premier European competition next season. They sat 4th as it was which shoulkd be good enough, for qualifiers at least but Aston Villa and Fulham were right on their tail. Above them, they were 5 points behind Wolves in 3rd and 7 behind Arsenal in second. It would be a monumental effort to overhaul either of them but that was where Michael Skibbe had placed his bets. Sacrificing the FA Cup Final meant he had to qualify for next seasons Champions League. He could not fail.

    The trouble was that they had to face Man City, who were running away with the title and had only lost once all season and Arsenal in second with the second best away record in the division in the first two of those 6 games.

    Pretty much only Michael Skibbe thought that they would be able to get anything from the first of those games away to Manchester City. Unbeaten at home in 15 games all season, they had won 11 of those conceding just 7 goals along the way.
    They were formidable and there was no getting away from that. It was going to be a monumental task to keep the scoreline down, let alone take anything from the game. Harry and his teammates just wanted to know whether they would be reinstated to the first team line up. The fact that they made the trip to Manchester gave them some indication, they wouldn't have travelled if they weren't playing. It was different for the cup Semi Final as the whole playing staff travelled for the occasion.

    The first team being recalled was confirmed on game day but even Skibbe was going in cautious. Four at the back, three defensive midfielders with defensive wingers and one lone forward.
    That forward was Harry and he saw a very long afternoon ahead of him. It took City just 13 minutes to go ahead and once they scored it was effectively game over. When Harry's former Real Madrid teammate Nelson Oliviera doubled the lead in the second half, it really was. Chelsea had just one shot on goal in the whole match.


    That was a blow. But in all reality, an expected blow. Not much more was expected from the Arsenal game either but the outlook was different from the manager as Chelsea were the hosts. There was not a defensive midfielder in sight as the flat back four stayed with another flat four across midfield, a man in the hole and a centre forward.
    Did it change the result? Not in the slightest. Chelsea were three down inside half an hour and only managed to pick up a consolation in the second half as Harry scored 8 minutes from time. His 20th league goal of the season but no points to go with it and Chelsea slipped to 5th.

    But coming up, Chelsea would play 19th, 18th and 17th in the league in Derby, Doncaster and Reading respectively. Despite the recent setbacks, they had to be looking for 9 points from these games to realistically be in with a shout of top 4.
    These sides were poor. Chelsea should have had the making of all of them.

    Chelsea travelled to Pride Park just four days after the Arsenal loss and would be their third game in 7 days. Everyone expected that their would be changes for the game against Derby to keep everyone fresh but once again Skibbe sprung a surprise and picked an unchanged side.
    This was the time to get back to winning ways and this was what Adam Matthews, the man who had the captains armband for this one impressed on the players before they went out on the pitch.
    They listened. Everyone was up for it and their fantastic start was rewarded as Joel Matip scored after just two minutes and Harry Bow added a second on the five minute mark. The great start was tempered a little bit when Derby pulled one back and it was 2-1 inside 10 minutes.
    The scorers were not troubled again and Chelsea came away with the win and after they defeated Doncaster by the same margin, hope was springing back into Chelsea fans minds.

    Before they could focus on the last games of the run in though, there was an international break for Harry as England took on Portugal in a friendly. Harry led the team out thinking it was a game he didn't really need and it played out like that for the 54 minutes he was on the field. He was withdrawn and replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and after a few more quick fire substitutions, the game kicked into life and prodeuced some goals with England edging it 2-1.

    Two games to go and it was still very much in Chelsea's hands whether it was European Cup, UEFA Cup or no qualification at all.


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    An uninspiring month in fairness, offering no trouble to the top 2 at all in those games. Nice that Harry picked up 2 more goals and a cap on a personal level though.
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    The first of the vital two games saw Chelsea host Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge.
    Pompey were languishing down in 14th place in the division, although they would probably be happy with that position.

    Chelsea in theory should roll them over very easily but things don't ever work that easily.
    They were in good spirits leading up to the game although things were not so great at home for Harry.

    He had to fess up to Elle that he would probably not be around for much of the wedding preparation over the summer as England would be participating in the Confederations Cup. What made it worse was that he would be travelling to the other side of the world as the tournament would be taking place in South Korea.
    He explained that even if England made the Final, he would only be away for around three weeks. This didn't wash well.
    He had to endure a day or so of him not being talked to by his future wife but after he explained that he would be free and able to help from the time the regular season finished and players left for their break around the end of May until mid July, she came round a little bit.

    He piled on the charm and in the end, even though it was the night before the game and it was frowned upon, Harry completely got her back on side in a way only a prospective husband can.


    Understandably, on the morning of the game, Harry was a little bit lethargic in gettig going but by the time game time came round, he was right up for it and ready to take the field and secure some points to get them closer to sealing a top 4 spot.

    The regular 4-4-1-1 was deployed by Michael Skibbe with Enzo Zidane in the number 10 position behind him. Portsmouth knew they were in for a long day as they lined up very defensively with a back four shielded by three defensive midfielders. But they could be exploited as they were trying to fit square pegs into round holes as only one of the palyers lining up there was actually a defensive midfielder.

    Harry and Chelsea knew what they had to do start fast if they were going to take anything from the game.
    They did start fast but they were not able to take advantage of this or put the ball in the back of the net. At half time, the players expected a rocket from Skibbe but he was calm and collected and just told the players to keep doing what they had been doing and the goal would come.

    Harry looked at him. Why was he not motivating them more? Did he actually care? If it were him, he would be shouting at the players, motivating them to get out there and grab the win but nothing like that from Skibbe. Individually he spoke to the full backs and encouraged them to get further forward but that was it.
    Harry left the dressing room perplexed. Would his temmates be motivated enough?

    It appeared they would as 12 minutes into the second half they ball was played into Harry's feet and he took a touch to get it out of his feet and turn before firing it into the bottom corner of the net.
    Unfortunately, straight from kick off, Enzo Zidane had a rush of blood to the head and lunged into a tackle to put us straight back on the back foot.


    That put the remaining players under pressure as Portsmouth came back into it but the defence somehow managed to hold firm and recorded the win and a vital three points.
    The win actually lifted them to third in the table, a point ahead of Wolves in 4th and three ahead of Aston Villa in 5th.

    And so, as they arrived in Newcastle for the final game of the season, they knew what they had to do. They needed to match Wolves result to make the top 4. There was an outside chance that if Chelsea lost and Villa won, the Birmingham side could leapfrog them but odds were with Chelsea and they took to the field at St James' Park confident.

    There was a surprise in the Chelsea line up as both Harry Bow AND Benik Afobe were handed roles in the starting line up. But the official team sheet showed the team lining up in a 4-1-4-1 and it created confusion between pundits and fans alike.
    This was cleared up as kick off was taken as Afobe was lining up as the forward and Harry positioned himself to play on the left of midfield.

    It seemed that Harry would be taking one for the team and playing out of position to help the club acheive it's end goal.

    6 minutes into the game, Wolves opened the scoring in their game to lift them to third and push Chelsea down to 4th.
    Whilst, Villa fell behind in their game.


    Nothing further changed in any of the key games up until half time but into the second half and Villa fell two behind but also Chelsea found themselves behind as Newcastle opened the scoring. They then added a second on 77 minutes which lifted the Toon themselves above Aston Villa and into 5th.
    There was no real chance of Harry influencing the score though as after playing reasonably well on the left side, he found himself in a reasonably unfamiliar position after a raft of substitutions.


    Things had not gone to plan and it was ultimately 4th that Chelsea finished in. They were relatively confident on co-efficient scores but they would have to wait for confirmation that they had qualified for the European Cup.


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    I feel like I repeat myself after each update but truly.... WTF is up with Skibbe? One of the most prolific strikers around put on the left wing and then moved to right-back?!

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    I think that Rinus Michels called that "Total Football"
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    Harry could put club fortunes on a back burner for a while as the domestic season was now over.
    He would have to turn his attentions to international football though as in just three weeks, England would be hosting Israel in a vital World Cup qualifer.


    Win and qualification was all but sewn up, lose and it would make it very difficult to qualify automatically. It was a vital game and as always, England expected.

    There was a bit more to this game as well as no one had any domestic football to distract them with. Everyone was focused on this game and Wembley was packed to the rafters as game day came round.
    By then, Harry had had 2 weeks with most of the squad, apart from the Arsenal contingent who had been losing in the Champions League Final. He had got used to playing with his international teammates again. He had also spent some time getting used to the fact that he had a strike partner again in training and he would have one in the matches also.

    On the day of the game, Harry found that he would be paired with Gareth Doherty. There were surprises though as two uncapped players were selected in midfield. 24 year old Joe Slater of Derby started on the left wing and Stewart Berry of Newcastle started in the centre of midfield.

    Berry had a particularly good game and everything seemed to go through him as he racked up an extraordinary number of passes in the game. But the most important stats were that Doherty scored in the first half and captain and Man of the Match Harry Bow scored in the second to sew up the win, put England five clear in the group and with it almost certain qualification for the World Cup in 2026.

    Now was his time to get home and keep his fiance sweet before he disappeared off to South Korea for the Confederations Cup.


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    Super Harry! Just shows how he performs well with a striker as well. Still hoping for an unexpected move this Summer though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Super Harry! Just shows how he performs well with a striker as well. Still hoping for an unexpected move this Summer though!
    Anything but Chelsea and England. I wan't to support Harry, but just can't do it. I'm still reading, but only in the hope that he manages to lose every match !
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    Just followed all 74 pages over the last couple of weeks. Fantastic story - great work.

    Can't wait to follow right through to when his son Wayne's career hits the same heights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by generalsmuts View Post
    Can't wait to follow right through to when his son Wayne's career hits the same heights.
    You must be a friend of the family, knowing what they were planning to call their first born!

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