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    Not John Terry but Joe Terry.

    A random guy plucked from nowhere, never had a job in his life whether that be manager, coach, physio, scout. Nothing!!

    Insists on playing a sweeper when England has next to none and is generally just not very good.



    In a perfect world, England have an absolute shocker, get knocked out early and Harry takes the job after.
    But I don't see that happening just yet.

    More angst on a club level coming up in the next update (being written now) for him to worry about before he even thinks about turning his attention to management!

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    Ah, misread that, sorry!

    Harry as a manager would be cool in the next stage of this story! Hopefully a few more years away yet though.

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    A first summer off in he couldn't remember how long but Harry was probably the most disappointed person in the country.

    His mood was not helped when he heard that Liverpool had gone out and bought a new centre forward.
    And it was a familiar face to Harry.

    The man who had ultimately begun Harry's exit from Chelsea, was now coming to join him in Liverpool. Damien Diarra (Nicolas Anelka regen) had signed for Liverpool in a 20m deal.



    Was this going to be history repeating? When it happened at Chelsea, Harry was left to wallow on the sidelines with just fleeting appearances. And Chelsea didn't have an abundance of strikers to choose from. Liverpool have Christophe Clement, Robert Fitzgerald, Nassim Joinville and Chris Thomas to choose from although Thomas' contract was due to expire.
    This was a decent list of forwards to choose from.
    Would Harry be on his way out of Liverpool before his career there had really even begun? He could only wait and see.

    Liverpool also announced the signing of another of Harry's former teammates as they signed a very promising Spanish starlet from Real Madrid for 8.5m.
    Jose Vicente Garcia Ruiz (Xavi regen) was a Liverpool player.



    Harry's focus switched back to national matters and he tried to work out how and why he was left out.
    Joe Terry took five forwards

    Danny Lewis (Gabby Agbonlahor regen)
    Andy Frost (Jermain Defoe regen)
    Joe Thomson (Bobby Zamora regen)
    Jose Baxter
    Dean Joyce (Matt Tubbs regen)

    Frost and Joyce were yet to even make their debut although Joyce was still young at 20. Frost was 27 years old so he was very late making it to the international scene. Joyce had just finsihed a great season though after smashing 34 goals for Newcastle. Lewis and Thomson merited their places as well but the one that stuck in Harry's throat was the inclusion of Jose Baxter.

    At 34 years old, he was further down the line in age than Harry. He had 23 England caps but he had mustered just one goal in those games. In the season just finished, he had scored just 6 goals in 37 starts and 13 substitute appearances. He had scored just 185 goals in a 615 game club career. It was hardly stellar. Harry would be surprised if he played more than 10 minutes in the whole tournament.

    He settled in at home with baby Wayne on his lap to watch England's first game and sure enough Baxter did not make the match day squad.
    The players that did make the team got them off to a slow start as they drew 0-0 with Norway.
    They then scraped a 1-0 win over Paraguay with Andy Frost scoring off the bench to leave them second.
    They needed a point to be sure against Nigeria although even if they lost they would probably go through.
    They did lose, 2-1, but managed to sneak through on goals scored and were through to the knockout stages.

    There they would face a Battle of Britain as it was Wales who won Group C to face England, the runners up in Group D.


    This was where the media interest increased. Nobody was really fussed about how England would do as everyone was convinced they would have a bad tournament with the man in charge but now that it was a game against Wales, people were interested.

    Things looked rosy when it was confirmed that one of Wales' stars Danny Wright (Ryan Giggs regen) had torn ankle ligaments in the final group game and would be out not just of the next match but the next 5 months. Harry had a little eye in the Welsh camp as well with Liverpool keeper Steve Graham the number one.

    It looked like Andy Frost had repeated his trick of coming off the bench to score a winner until Wales equalised with 6 minutes to go. That meant extra time which yielded no further goals and so it was down to penalties.

    When England's Stewart Harrison (Jamie Carragher regen) stepped up to take the first penalty, people couldn't quite believe their eyes. A centre half coming up first was almost unprecedented.
    Joe Thomson was a better choice for the second kick but unfortunately both missed and handed a massive advantage to their opponents.
    Wales did not miss one of the 4 kicks that they took and safely dispatched England 4-1 without even having to take their 5th penalty. England didn't even get to take their 4th and they bowed out of the competition with even less than a whimper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Wouldn't have gone to penalties with Harry there
    Damn straight.
    Although if it had, the outcome would have been the same as Harry never sticks himself near the top of any shootout lists.

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    The big news away from the World Cup was that long standing Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho decided his time in football was up and retired.
    A legend of the game and a former manager of Harry's. He would be missed in the game.


    Liverpool further stregthened their title winning squad by signing Mattia Pastore (Alberto Aquilani regen) for 6.25m but all eyes were still on the World Cup. Harry watched in awe as Nigeria fought their way through round after round to make it to the Final only to lose on the grand stage and prevent the fairy tale of an African country winning it. The eventual winners were France led of course by Damien Diarra and so he would be coming to the club as a World Cup winner. Nassim Joinville and Christophe Clement would also be returning to the club with World Cup Winners medals.
    Clement was man of the match in the final and Diarra was his countries captain so had the honour of lifting the famous trophy.

    Harry enjoyed his break with Elle and especially with little Wayne. They managed to get away and had an extended holiday firstly on a small Greek island and then cruising on a yacht that Harry had bought when he lived in Madrid.

    It was great to spend a significant period of time with them both especially after not seeing a lot of Elle for many summers gone by.

    He reported back on the first day of pre season training half expecting to be called into the managers office to be told that due to the reinforcements made that he would be surplus to requirements. This was not the case and it was as if nothing really had changed. It was as if it was simply a straight replacement, Diarra for the departed Chris Thomas, who was not offered a new contract.
    Harry did think in the back of his mind though that he would now be third choice striker at least with Diarra and Fitzgerald ahead of him.

    Two weeks after pre season begun they had their one and only warm up fixture for the summer.
    Ian Holloway named a strong side with players that appeared at the World Cup in Steve Graham (Wales), Diego Soda (Italy) and Ramon Azeez (Nigeria). The new signings Diarra, Pastore and Garcia Ruiz and also Harry.
    There was great hope and expectation on what the team could do. As champions of England. They were walloped 5-0 by Dortmund.

    That would be their one and only game before getting down to domestic games and the first of those being the traditional season opener, The Charity Shield.
    Norwich City would be the opponents after they won the FA Cup a few months before. They had also finished fourth so had sneaked into the Champions League and their campaign was already underway as they were leading Celtic 1-0 after the first leg of their Third Qualifying round tie.

    They were going to be strong opposition and Holloway knew that but he wanted another trophy for the cabinet and picked a decent side.
    Harry made the staring line up again and justified that selection by grabbing the opening goal. Norwich struck back though to leave it 1-1 after 90 minutes and that took it straight to penalties.

    Norwich missed penalty 3 and penalty 5. Liverpool didn't even take a penalty 5.
    They scored all four of the penalties they took and won the match 4-3 on penalties.


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    Nigeria got to the final? Was Kingsley the manager?

    Another trophy for Harry. Great stuff, did he take one of the spot kicks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Nigeria got to the final? Was Kingsley the manager?

    Another trophy for Harry. Great stuff, did he take one of the spot kicks?
    They had a great run. Got out of England's group obviously before beating Argentina. They got easy path though as they defeated Peru in the Quarters and Ireland in the Semis.
    Compare to Frances run to the Final which was Switerland 2nd Round, Brazil Quarters and Spain Semis.

    Harry didn't take a kick. He may have been down for number 5 but we'll never know.

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    One trophy ticked off, Liverpool turned their attention to kicking off the league campaign. There would be two matches in August before the first international break.
    For the first time since making his very first squad, Harry was not expecting to be named in it.
    Well, he expected to be named in it on form and reputation but with Joe Terry somehow managing to keep his job despite the early exit, he was not expecting to get a call from him.

    He concentrated on getting himself ready for action in Liverpool red.
    He worked hard from the moment they had finished celebrating the Charity Shield win to the moment they boarded the coach to take them to Anfield for the season opener against Stevenage.
    Their opponents had come up via the playoffs last season so this really was a baptism of fire for the club.

    Liverpool lined up in their familiar attacking 4-4-2 and were ready. Harry was growing to love this formation. The attacking wingers were what made it and he had a really good feeling that the forwards, whoever Holloway chose, would profit if the wingers stayed in form and continued throwing in crosses. Today's forward partnership saw Harry start and paired with Damien Diarra. They were both big strong guys who could head the ball but Harry's game had adapted as he had grown older. He had relearned his instincts of playing 'in the hole' when he was young and he often dropped off to find pockets of space to exploit for cut backs and crosses that came short.
    This would compliment Diarra's all around game it was felt and pundits across the land were predicting another good season for Liverpool.
    But you don't win title's on paper. That was the message given to the players. They had to go out and win games, get points on the board and put pressure on their rivals.

    It took Harry just 27 minutes to get his first league goal of the season. It came, as expected, from a deep cross. Pastore drifted a ball in, Harry let it fall over his shoulder and hit it on the half volley across the keeper and in to the far corner. The goal was Liverpool's second. Christophe Clement scored either side to give their side a comfortable 3-1 opening day win.
    They followed that up taking the lead against Manchester City but after Harry went off after 52 minutes to allow Robert Fitzgerald a run out, they conceded twice to lose 2-1.

    The day after the game, Harry was at home getting ready to enjoy a break with his family as it was time for international fixtures. As he stood in the kitchen holding Wayne in his arms, they watched Elle as she was baking a cake.
    As they chatted, his phone rang. He didn't recognise the number and usually he didn't answer if he didn't know who was calling but something told him that he should.

    "Hello?" he said.

    "Hello. Is that Mr Harry Bow? This is Denise Jones calling from Football Association Headquarters. This is a call to confirm to you that you have been recalled to the England Men's Senior International squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship qualifying matches against Romania and Georgia. Confirmation will follow in writing. Thank you for your time. Good day."

    Harry ended the call with a look of shock on his face. "What's up?" said Elle
    "Um. I've been recalled by Joe Terry. I did NOT see that coming!"

    And that was it. Any plans that he had for spending a couple of days with Elle and Wayne were shelved as he would be meeting up with the rest of the England squad for a trip to Romania and hosting Georgia at Wembley. He would have not had long with them as he still would have had to attend training with Liverpool but a couple of days all the same would have been good.
    But he was very happy that he would have the opportunity of adding to his 80 England caps and was back in the England fold. He wondered what had changed Terry's mind about him. Was it that he just didn't have space in his squad at the tournament or did he have a problem with Harry. He would soon find out.

    Harry met up with the rest of the players and was welcomed back by familiar faces.
    There were also 4 new faces in the squad who would all be looking to make their international debuts so there was some difference to the last squad that Harry was in but there were still some familiar faces. Chelsea's Richard Gardner, Arsenal's Dan Harding and Aston Villa's Martin Johnson were all mainstays in the side and were glad to see Harry back.


    He sat down with Joe Terry on the first morning and they discussed the World Cup.

    "Right Harry. Welcome back into the squad. I just wanted to have a chat with you about missing out on the squad. It was nothing personal. I just wanted to take the forward line a certain way. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for us at that tournament. I've brought you back because obviously as a league winner you are full of confidence and obviously I know what you can do so it gives me options in the squad."

    "Erm. OK. I can't really say anything to that. You've explained your reasons and that's fair enough. I may not agree with them but it's in the past and I can only look forward and try and keep myself in the squad and hopefully bring good things to the national team."

    And that was the end of the conversation. Harry really couldn't say much more as he may well find himself exiled from the squad again if he upset him. He didn't agree in being dropped. He didn't really agree with the system that Terry played but he had to get on with it.

    And so they travelled to Bucharest to take on Romania, a team that hadn't qualified for a tournament since the 2020 Euros. England would have to be wary but it should be a winning start to qualification.
    Harry returned, partnered up front by Joe Lewis and was handed back the captains armband after his omission from the team.

    England started well and took the lead but fell behind and it was down to Harry to score 6 minutes from time to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw. It was not a great start to qualification and they had to rectify that when they returned to Wembley to take on Georgia. Again Harry captained the side but this time he was paired with Danny Lewis in attack. Joe Terry continued to employ his very outdated sweeper system, despite not once during his tenure picking a sweeper in his squad.

    England, and Harry, did what they needed to do as Harry opened the scoring before Lewis joined him on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win. It was good enough to put them top although Turkey, the main rivals in the group, had only played once.


    Turkey would be the next opponents but that was a month away. First Harry had to turn his attentions back to club football. West Brom were Liverpool's next opponents. Harry lasted just four minutes. A free kick was given to West Brom and Harry remonstrated with the referee. He spoke to him at length and argued the case for his side. As they ran back towards the centre circle, the ref suddenly pulled out a red card and sent Harry off.
    Harry was shocked. Yes he had been in the refs ear but a red card, a straight red card was way over the top. But he had to go and he trudged off, very unhappy with himself but certainly more unhappy with the referee's over reaction.
    To make matters worse, West Brom scored the only goal of the game and Liverpool lost for the 2nd time in three games.

    Harry had to redeem himself with his manager and with the fans for letting them down. He went some way to doing so in the next match, which was the opening Champions League group game against Rapid Bucharest. He opened the scoring and was involved in two other goals as Liverpool won 4-0.
    He then played, and scored, as Liverpool drew 1-1 away against Doncaster and played again as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Rayo Vallecano in Europe as keeper Steve Graham was injured before his suspension kicked in. He was surprised to find out that despite the straight red, he only received a one match ban so he was in the stands as young striker Ian Lee was rewarded for his form in the reserves and given the start.
    Liverpool won the game 1-0.

    There were three more games before the next international break. Harry scored a brace as Liverpool rescued a point away to Red Bull Salzburg drawing 2-2 and then playing two away league games. Firstly, losing 1-0 to Aston Villa and then beating Brentford 3-0 but only lasting 68 minutes before being withdrawn.

    Liverpool's season had started in a very up and down manner in both the league and in Europe. They were way down in 12th in their defence of their league title and were only just about clinging to 2nd in their Champions League group where all four teams were only separated by 3 points after three games.

    Things had to improve. And it had to happen quickly.

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    A red card. It must be the v5 patch (tongue in cheek!)!

    Good start for Harry, plenty of goals already. Sounds like Liverpool (and England) are very inconsistent though.

    Glad Harry has been recalled to the national side though Terry shouldn't not be in charge at all. Bet he privately wished to say do one to him!

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    Absolutely.
    Couldn't turn down his country in their hour of need though.

    Who in their right mind drops the World Player of the Year for the World Cup and then takes a 34 year Jose Baxter who couldn't hit a cow's arse from 5 yards!

    The red card was a weird one. Just said in the match report that he remonstrated with the ref and he was gone! Weird it was only a one match ban as well.

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    International football beckoned again and England would face Turkey away from home first of all.
    The sweeper system continued, this time with Norwich centre back Gary Mead playing in tje position.
    Harry played, Harry captained, Harry played well. England as a whole though, did not and they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

    The final competitive international of the year would be at Wembley and see England host Moldova. Harry rallied the squad in between games. All he wanted was for them to sign off the year in style, with a decent, convincing win.
    He got that as Stewart Berry, himself and Harry Miller all got on the scoresheet to record a comfortable 3-0 win. Turkey still topped the table though AND had played a game less. Georgia were just 3 points behind as well and also had a game in hand.
    Things had looked better.


    Back to domestic action until an England friendly in November and Liverpool, the Champions, were sitting in the bottom half of the table and were closer to the relegation zone than they were the Champions League places.
    They needed to string a few wins in a row together but they were in such sketchy form that no one knew what Liverpool was going to turn up on any given matchday.

    Harry had not helped the continuity of the side with his suspension but he aimed to settle and gain a bit of steadiness by playing a long series of games.
    Their return to action would not be in league action though they would be hosting Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. Very much like the league, Liverpool needed a result to cement their place in the top two as they and Salzburg were on the same points and chasing Rayo who topped the group.

    Another Anfield European night and a result to savour as Liverpool came away with a solid 2-0 win, both goals coming from the right boot of Harry Bow. He now had 5 goals in 4 Euro games so far and it put his team in a much stronger position and in a place where they could qualify if they beat Rapid in the next tie.
    Before that though, it would be back to Premier League action and a visit to Tottenham Hotspur who were third.
    In short, they could not afford to lose. If they did, it would be their 4th league defeat in just 8 games and they may as well kiss their defence of the title goodbye even at this early stage of the season. If they won, it still would not fully solve the problem but it would go someway to rectifying the slow start they had made.

    Ian Holloway was bullish in the build up. He talked of solidarity, togetherness and strength. All things that Liverpool needed.
    And all things they showed not just in the 3-1 away win against Spurs in which Harry got one of the three but also against Rapid Bucharest in the Champions League, also away, as Harry scored once again in a 2-0 win.



    That goal in Europe was Harry's 10th goal of the season and long gone were the fears that he would be looking at an extended period on the bench or that he was on the way out of the club.
    He seemed to be the main man now. Diarra spent his time alongside him. Robert Fitzgerald was the man who had been left in the cold. Just two sub appearances for the season to date and he may start getting itchy feet soon. Harry knew he would if he was in he same position. He didn't envy Holloway having to keep the squad happy. He was just happy he was in the plans as it stood.

    Holloway must have been having the same ideas as Harry as Bow was rested from the next league game against Fulham but he returned in a much changed side for the League Cup third round tie away at Southampton and scored a brace as he inspired them to a 4-1 win and passage to the next round.

    Was this an instant turning point. Had he gone from goalscoring star to dropped and only used for the League Cup in the space of a week? He would have to wait and see as November began.

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    Great form! Smashing them in and it does seem like he's a fixture up front now?

    Shame things aren't going so well internationally!

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    Great for winning the league.

    And that England manager... That's this game for us... sometimes it doesn't make sense... he should've been fired when he was thinking of leaving Harry at home...

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    I still have no idea how he got the job.
    Or where he came from.

    Very bizarre.

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    Harry was indeed dropped to the bench for the next league game but returned for the final Champions League Phase 1 group game as Liverpool and Rayo played out a draw that saw them both progress.

    He then kept his place for the next league game and, including a 2-2 draw for England against Portugal, played the next 4 consecutive games for club and country, scoring 3 goals along the way before he was called upon off the bench away at Newcastle to score and rescue a point.


    Liverpool got the cheque book out during this period signing Stuart Grant and Roy Richards. Grant, a 1 cap Scottish right back, arrived from Southampton for 2.3m and Richards would provide competition in the central defensive positions as he cost 3m from Coventry. Richards looked a decent player certainly but Harry wasn't sure whether Grant would progress past a back up.

    November finished with Liverpool still languishing a bit down in 7th place. But when you considered that just 6 points seperated the top 10, you could see how close it was. And how imperative it was that they had a good December to end the year well.

    They started the month by hosting Wolves who were a point ahead of Liverpool but had played two games more. This was a chance for Liverpool to go ahead but also strike a psychological blow by having more points after less games played. That kind of mind game action could be vital to future results and player thinking.
    These were things that Harry had picked up over the course of his career and knew how much of an effect they would have on players. Their confidence, and how they go into games mentally.

    It was a tough game but a goal from Damien Diarra won them the game and the mental advantage over a number of sides as they jumped up the table.
    An even tougher test came to Anfield next though as Juventus came to town in the Champions League.
    Harry's former team were just too strong though and came away with a 2-0 win to leave Liverpool bottom of the group and pointless after 2 games and facing a real uphill struggle to qualify.

    Harry scored one but his team lost 4-2 to Arsenal, once again as they best Man City 2-0 in the League Cup 4th Round, and drew a black in the 0-0 against Chelsea.
    They then started a run of four games in 7 days when they went into the League Cup Quarter Final with a completely changed side to give the main first team a rest. The youngsters did the club proud though by winning through 2-0.
    Three games before the end of the year started on Boxing Day as Liverpool travelled to Birmingham with Harry back in the side. Bow scored twice but his side could only draw 3-3.
    Two days later, they were in Manchester to take on City. Harry didn't score but Liverpool did pick up a much needed 3-1 win.

    The final game of the year, the final game before Harry turned 32 years of age, would take place just two days later once again and again would feature a side from Manchester but this time it was United and the game would take place at Anfield.
    One of the most fiercely contested matches in World football, let alone English football, it was a rivalry that went back through the ages. United very much had the advantage but it was a lot closer when games were played in Liverpool. In 17 encounters, Liverpool had won just 5 of those to United's 7 but Liverpool had not lost at home to them since September 2023, nearly four years before.

    As you would expect, it was a game that had everything. Chances, controversy, talking points, a goal that would be debated for a long time to come and also a sending off.
    The first thing Harry had to worry about on the day was whether it would be a game that included Harry Bow.
    Thankfully for him it did as Ian Holloway selected him to play up front. His forward partner was Robert Fitzgerald as Damien Diarra was injured and wouldn't be back until the New Year.
    He would be directly up against his England colleague Neil Rutherford in the game.
    Harry didn't know whether that would be an advantage as he knew Rutherford's game or a disadvantage as Rutherford knew his. What would probably happen was they would cancel each other out.

    As it happens, the controversy revolved around Rutherford. He was involved in two incidents that changed the course of the match.
    The first happened in the 38th minute when Harry chased a ball out to the left. Harry caught the ball, stood Rutherford up before performing a trick to get past him. Rutherford was having none of it though and stepped across his path to block his run. A cynical foul and an easy yellow card for the ref to give.

    The second happened in the 54th minute and involved the same two men. This one was even more clear cut than the first. The ball was played into Harry's feet around the penalty spot. As he waited to offload the ball, Rutherford dived into him from behind in a two footed challenge that completely pole axed the forward.
    Even if Rutherford had not had a yellow card, he would have been gone anyway as he got a straight red card.

    There was a long delay as Man United players surrounded the ref, trying to get him to change his mind. Rutherford stood off to the side, just waiting, watching. Hoping the ref would have a second look at it or a second opinion from his assistant referee. The referee held firm and Rutherford trudged off.
    There was a further delay as Harry continued to receive treatment before limping to the side of the pitch before waiting to be called back on by the referee.



    All the while, Liverpool's Ade Scott, who'd only been on the field for about 6 minutes after coming on a sub was quietly pacing back and forth with the ball under his arm, waiting for the furore to die down.
    Finally, after what seemed an age, he was able to place the ball on the penalty spot, take four steps backwards, wait for the ref's whistle and then run up and slam the ball into the back of the net.
    1-0 Liverpool and that was all they needed. A man advantage, a goal advantage, United had no way back and Liverpool held their lead to take the three points.

    That result rounded off a magnificent month and had them handily placed in the table for a charge in the New Year.



    But first, Harry would be celebrating turning 32!

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    Another explosive Liverpool v Man Utd game! I guess Harry and Rutherford may not get on well on the next England outing

    Knew Harry wouldn't take the penalty either

    32, he's getting old!

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    Yep. He's showing no signs of slowing down yet.
    But we've all seen players just retire out of nowhere so who knows how long he has left.

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    32 years of age.
    Sounds so much older than 31 in the mind of a professional footballer.

    At 31, you are just entering your 30's. At 32, it's not unheard of for players to just retire. They've done enough with their careers and they just call it a day.
    Harry had no intention of doing so but he could never say never. He did have a wife and young son at home who would love to have him around more but Elle to her credit was very supportive. She knew what she was marrying into and she was happy for him to carry on as long as he wanted.

    A New Year. 2027. He was now in the 17th year of his professional career after making his debut for Colchester way back in October 2010. He had seen a lot in that time but he wanted to make more memories, have more impact and ultimately win more before the day came when he left the changing room for the final time as a professional footballer.

    That started with an FA Cup Third Round tie away at lowly Cheltenham who were a mid table side in League Two.
    Ian Holloway put out a strong side and was obviously trying to avoid being a cup upset and got his wish as Harry scored one in a very comfortable 2-0 win.

    They returned to league action with a trip to Stevenage. Once again, Harry started and Liverpool as a collective started strongly with Harry opening the scoring after 22 minutes but Liverpool were shocked as the hosts grabbed two quick goals just before half time to go into the break in the lead.
    Harry grabbed his second to bring his side level but once again they fell behind as Stevenage scored a third.
    It looked like that might be enough for the struggling side to drag themselves out of the relegation zone but Harry had other ideas as he once again equalised to complete his hat trick and then went one better to fire home a free kick 13 minutes from time to give his side the three points, break Stevenage hearts and take his personal tally for the season to 14 league goals in 16 games.



    A third straight away game followed as Liverpool travelled to bottom club Norwich City. This one ended in a draw though but did still have Bow's name on the scoresheet in a 1-1 result before they returned to Anfield for the first time in the New Year to face Brentford. Harry didn't score but Liverpool did win, prevailing 2-0.

    The next match was the FA Cup 4th Round and they remained at home to take on League Two Leyton Orient. Another win and another comfortable game, despite the closeness of the scoreline. Liverpool won 2-1 but were never in trouble and it was that man Harry Bow who grabbed both goals.

    Harry was loving his football but now came the biggest game of the month. The League Cup Semi Final first Leg against Aston Villa.
    Two games from a Wembley Final. Three matches from another trophy win to add to his CV.
    He was pumped up for this one. With Liverpool at home in the first leg, they were eager to put on a great performnce and have a healthy advantage to take some of the pressure off before they went to Villa Park.

    He could not hide his disappointment when he found himself sitting in the Kenny Dalglish Stand watching the game after Holloway shuffled his pack and named a heavily changed side. He was arguably in the form of his life and whilst he understood Holloway's reasoning in using the whole squad and trying to keep everyone happy, he couldn't help worry that missing out might affect his form.
    The wholesale changes certainly affected Liverpool's form as they struggled to get a foothold in the game but as the game went on, they wore Villa down and Gary Gray, the centre half playing just his third game of the season, rose highest from a corner to head the only goal of the game.
    Liverpool had the advantage. For the second leg, Harry would look forward to a rest instead of helping them to the Final.

    There was one further league game in the month and Liverpool entertained Doncaster Rovers, another side flirting with the relegation zone.
    Harry returned although this time partnered with Robert Fitzgerald instead of Damien Diarra, who was out injured.
    His fears that he may have lost form after the game off were unfounded though as he bagged another two goals as Liverpool won 3-1 to make it a near perfect month for the club. And it needed to be, just to keep them in touch and be in and around those vying for the top spot in the division.


    Obviously being January, that meant that the transfer window opened as well and a Bosman deal was arranged for the upcoming summer as the club secured Marcos Cejas, an Argentinian left back currently playing in Italy with Ternana. This would be a new challenge for the 27 year old after touring Italy playing for Parma, Torino, Chievo and Udinese before his current club.
    Also coming in would be Italian right winger, Cristiano Cioni. At just 18 and coming in from Milan, he had yet to make his pro debut and would be one for the future.
    Harry was loving life at the moment and he was keen to improve his clubs position even further. That meant the team, whoever played, winning through to the League Cup Final but also trying to haul in the two sides ahead of them in the league. And hopefully even surpassing them.

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    Strange that Harry, despite being in top form, didn't feature in the two semi finals!

    Could Harry finally win a PL medal? Two games in hand, got to win both to have a chance.

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    He just won it mate.

    Liverpool are current Champions!

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