Dream Team

Season 8 Episode 8

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 2004 on Sky1
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Jaws discovers that Chelsea's been playing away and sets about finding the guilty man. Barker has some devastating news: one of the team has committed suicide. Don interrupts the team's celebrations for the win over PSG to break the devastating news of Clyde's death. The news hits the team pretty hard, more so on Tommy as he knew Clyde's head wasn't in the right place to play but Don completely ignored it. At the post match press conference, Don's integrity is tested by the journalists who believe that Clyde suffered a torrid time under the new management but Dean cuts the press conference short. The police arrive ready to start interviewing the Harchester players and staff over the tragedy. Don intervenes and takes Dean into an empty room to make sure they both get their stories straight insisting that Clyde never committed suicide as it could be the end for both of them. The rest of the team return to Studs for a drink, not wanting to be around the club for a while. Chelsea had left a note at the bar for Viv, before she left, telling him that she had been seeing someone else over the past few weeks and has gone away for a while but she didn't mention who the man was much to the relief of Ryan. Viv flips out and orders everyone out of his bar. The police start questioning Dean and Don over Clyde's behaviour before the game against PSG. Whilst Dean says he couldn't sense anything wrong with him, saying that he was getting back to good form and looked his normal self, Don insists that if there were anything wrong with Clyde then he wouldn't have made the squad for the PSG game. The police ask if they can think of any reason that Clyde would have taken his own life and Don tells them that maybe it was just typical Clyde and a crazy photo opportunity gone wrong. Don thinks his lies have worked, that is until the police show CCTV footage of a clearly distressed Clyde making his way to the top of the stadium proving that whatever Don might say, Clyde was certainly not in high spirits after the game. Viv shows up at Ryan's place late at night and Ryan fears the worst. Fortunately for him though he has just come to talk about what happened to Clyde and a bed for the night. Later that night Ryan is disturbed by Viv crying downstairs. He goes down to check on him and Viv pours his heart out to Ryan over Chelsea leaving him, leaving Ryan feeling very uncomfortable. Viv reveals to Ryan that he will find out who was playing away with his wife and when he does, he'll kill him. Tributes to Clyde are laid out at the stadium front gates and the team are brought in to be questioned by the police. Clyde's mum shows up at the lair and is swarmed by journalists on her way in. Dean comes to the front gate to meet her and offers his condolences. Viv shows up in the players lounge and tells everyone about Chelsea leaving him after having an affair. Lee stands up and tells Viv that nobody knows anything, which plants the seeds of doubt in Viv's mind and is now convinced that it was a player on the team. Tommy comes across Holly who is weeping over the letter Clyde wrote to her the day he died. When Tommy reads it he insists that he has to show it to the police. Tommy takes the letter and comes across Clyde's mum in the changing room. When she explains that it is killing her inside not knowing why Clyde would take his own life, Tommy goes back on his word to Holly and gives the letter to Clyde's mum. After reading the letter and now knowing what had been going on with her son and the manager, she releases a press statement calling for the resignation of Don. Given Tommy's track record, Viv comes to the conclusion that it was him who had been having an affair with Chelsea and attacks him. Viv is taken to the police station and Don comes down to talk some sense into him, saying that Chelsea was obviously playing away with someone left behind in Harchester while the team were travelling to away games, which rules out Tommy. Once released from police custody he goes straight to Ryan's hotel room armed with a gun. He gives Ryan a chance to explain his actions but he continues to deny it was him and blames it on Clyde, saying that was why he committed suicide and Viv seems to believe him. Eli shows up on match day after hearing what has been going on at the club and virtually blanks Don and goes straight into Dean's office to discuss the future of the Harchester manager. As Andy hands out T-Shirts with Clyde's picture on them to show their respect, Viv refuses to wear one and reveals to the lads that it was Clyde who was having the affair with his wife. Even though the team know that isn't the case, Curtis tells the rest of them to keep quiet over who the real culprit is. Don uses this information to his advantage and phones Jodie to go to the press with the news. Harchester win the game against Wolves 1-0 through a Tommy Valentine penalty. As Dean and Eli decide that Don's managerial career at Harchester must end, Don fogs them off and goes to do the post match press conference on his own. While the journalists now believe Clyde killed himself over a broken heart, it now means Don is in the clear and is no longer faulted for Clyde's death and Dean and Eli both agree he should stay as manager of Harchester. Everyone at Harchester, apart from Viv, attend Clyde's funeral to pay their respects and say their final goodbye's to a great player and a great friend.moreless

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