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Happy League 2018/19 Week 8 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 29th September 15.00
at 23:45 22 Sep 2018

Week 7 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 NEWCASTLE 0

Palace have won just one of their past 11 Premier League games against Newcastle after this bore draw. Nobody got this spot-on, but 3 did have the outcome. There were 26 who predicted a win for Palace.

LIVERPOOL 3 SOUTHAMPTON 0
Liverpool won a seventh straight game in all competitions from the start of a season for the first time in 28 years. A decent 9 had this spot-on, with a further 21 getting the outcome.

IPSWICH 0 BOLTON 0
Paul Hurst is still waiting for his first win as Ipswich manager after they were held to a home stalemate by 10-man Bolton. Nobody got 3 points for this, though 7 did have the outcome.

READING 3 HULL 0
A first League home win since April for Reading, with ex-U's Sam Walker getting his first clean sheet. Again nobody had this spot-on, but 16 did get the outcome.

CHARLTON 2 PLYMOUTH 1
An 88th minute winner for Charlton as they came from behind to beat Plymouth and record their fourth successive victory. That late winner was good news for the 4 who got this spot-on, and the 24 who had the outcome, with 14 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

DONCASTER 2 BRADFORD CITY 1
A John Marquis double helped Doncaster to victory against Bradford, whose search for a first win under David Hopkin continues. A massive 12 had this spot-on, and a further 14 got the outcome.

CREWE 0 PORT VALE 1
A single goal was enough to give Port Vale a first away win in 17 games. Just the 2 got this spot-on, and 3 more had the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 0 NOTTS COUNTY 0
Promotion favourites County are still looking for their first win after this bore draw. Again only 2 had this spot-on, with 7 more getting the outcome.

BRAINTREE 0 MAIDSTONE 1
A stoppage-time penalty from ex-U's loanee Blair Turgott wins it for Maidstone. Well done to Tropical_Us for being the only one to get this spot-on, and another 3 had the outcome. There were 20 who predicted Braintree would get their first win at home this season.

HARROGATE 0 LEYTON ORIENT 3
Orient continue with their unbeaten start to the season, as they bring an end to Harrogate's unbeaten record, with ex-U's Bonne scoring their first. Nobody had this spot-on, but 9 did get the outcome.

A mixed bag of results this week, with three bore draws, the 3-0 wins for Reading and Orient, and the 1-0 wins for Port Vale and Maidstone, making it difficult to find those important 3 pointers. But with the three banker bets Liverpool, Charlton and Doncaster all winning we ended with a decent amount of 30 spot-ons and a seasons best total of 197 points was achieved. Just one member managed to have three 3 pointers that was basher2010, who had the wins for Liverpool, Doncaster and Port Vale, and with three outcomes he is this weeks top scorer with a brilliant 12 points, that equals his best ever score. The one to come out best of the seven who had two 3 pointers was blueeagle, who had the Liverpool 3-0 and the good Northampton bore draw pick, on his way to an excellent 10 points, and a highest score in his first season.

In The Premier One 3 pointer and five outcomes for the top two means RSCOSWORTH maintains his 5 point lead over gsy163. Two 3 pointers for gerry_us, (the Doncaster 2-1 and the good Northampton bore draw pick), and for sevebalo, (the wins for Liverpool and Port Vale), gave them both a very decent 9 points, and moved them up a place into a seasons high position. Current champ thrillseeker has more outcomes than anybody in both divisions, and a 3 pointer for the third week running, moves him up another two places. Even though he trebled his 3 pointer total for the season mfb_cufc still remains bottom.

In Division One Two 3 pointers for the top two Colukev (the wins for Liverpool and Charlton) and oxfcolu (the wins for Liverpool and Doncaster) to give them both a decent 8 points, and that means the gap between them remains at 6 points. The top scoring effort from basher2010 has moved him up a massive ten places into third. Just behind him moving up five places is the weeks other big hitter blueeagle. A seasons best score for Daniel, but he drops out of the play-off places, where he is replaced by durham_exile, who had the wins for Liverpool and Doncaster spot-on..

The Champions League qualification will be decided after Week 21, so we are a third of the way there. With BFG qualifying as the holder, the other places will be decided by the eleven highest point scorers over the two divisions. The member currently occupying that final qualifying spot is Tropical_Us with his 33 points.

THE TABLES (50 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 8 Fixtures

CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (17.30)
BLACKBURN ROVERS v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
FLEETWOOD TOWN v BARNSLEY
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v SOUTHEND UNITED
CRAWLEY TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN
SWINDON TOWN v OLDHAM ATHLETIC

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Kevin Beattie
at 16:34 16 Sep 2018

Passed away early this morning, only 64. I know he played for that lot up the road, but I think all fans appreciate what a great player he was.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-45541588
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 7 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 22nd September
at 23:58 15 Sep 2018

Week 6 Results

BOURNEMOUTH 4 LEICESTER 2

Bournemouth are now unbeaten in their seven Premier League meetings with Leicester. Nobody got this spot-on, but 12 did have the outcome.

NEWCASTLE 1 ARSENAL 2
All 10 of Arsenal's Premier League goals this season have been scored by different players - including one own goal. Newcastle's goal in the 91st minute was good news for the 9 who had this spot-on, in what was equally the weeks most predicted result, and a further 16 got the outcome.

MILLWALL 1 LEEDS 1
An 89th minute equaliser extended Leeds unbeaten league start. Just the 2 got this spot-on, and nobody had the outcome. There were 24 who predicted a win for Leeds.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 STOKE 2
Wednesday came from 2-0 down to rescue a point. Well done to Colukev for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 6 did get the outcome. There were 21 who predicted a win for Wednesday, with 9 going for a 1-0, in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

PETERBOROUGH 1 PORTSMOUTH 2
Portsmouth remain unbeaten in the league as they inflict a first defeat for Peterborough, and move above them to the top of League One. Only 2 got this spot-on, with the 3 having the outcome all going for a 3-1. There were 16 who predicted a win for Peterborough.

MANSFIELD 1 EXETER 2
Exeter bring an end to Mansfield's unbeaten start to the season. A decent 5 had this spot-on, and 4 more got the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Mansfield.

I thought this weeks fixtures were the most intriguing 6 game ones I had picked this season, and the results proved it wasn't easy. Although five games produced a well predicted team, only Arsenal delivered, and it was them who saved a number of members from having a blank week. So overall another tough week that produced a reasonable total of 19 spot-ons, but only 41 outcomes. Just two members managed to have two 3 pointers, the best being ghughes11, who had the Arsenal 2-1 and the Millwall 1-1, and with one outcome, he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points. Also with two spot-on was unitedwhites, the 2-1 wins for Arsenal and Exeter, to give him a very good 6 points. A points total also obtained by sevebalo and basher2010 who came out best of those who got one 3 pointer.

In the Premier By having the Arsenal 2-1 spot-on RSCOSWORTH added to his impressive 3 pointer haul for the season - will the record for them be broken for the second season running? - and increased his lead by a point. Two outcomes were enough for gsy163 to remain second, and noah4x4 regains the final Charity Shield spot thanks to having the Exeter 2-1 spot-on. Solid weeks from gerry_us and sevebalo moves them both up three places, and into their highest positions so far this season. A 3 pointer for the second week-in-a-row was not enough to stop thrillseeker dropping back into the relegation zone.

In Division One That good Sheff. Wed. 2-2 pick kept Colukev on course as well to beat the thrillseeker 3 pointer record, but with oxfcolu getting 3 outcomes, it is as you were in the automatic spots. The top scoring effort from ghughes11 moves him up another place, and he is joined in the play-off spots by Daniel, whose consistency in scoring 4 or 5 every week so far, has got its reward. By posting first Pinualt_Noir moved up three places into the final pay-off spot. The weeks biggest mover was unitedwhites, up five places, and just missing out on the play-off spots by the first to post rule. But with only 6 points separating 4th down to 15th, this league remains very condensed in this early stage of the season.

THE TABLES (40 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 7 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest the current Premier leader RSCOSWORTH

CRYSTAL PALACE v NEWCASTLE UNITED
LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON
IPSWICH TOWN v BOLTON WANDERERS
READING v HULL CITY
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
DONCASTER ROVERS v BRADFORD CITY
CREWE ALEXANDER v PORT VALE
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v NOTTS COUNTY
BRAINTREE TOWN v MAIDSTONE UNITED*
HARROGATE TOWN v LEYTON ORIENT*

*These fixtures are from the National League.
The latest table can be found here:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/national-league/table

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 6 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15th September 15.00
at 22:18 8 Sep 2018

Week 5 Results

BARNSLEY 1 WALSALL 1

An 88th minute equaliser for Walsall means both sides remain unbeaten this season. That late goal was good news for the 3 who got this spot-on, and the 2 who had the outcome. The other 27 members predicted a win for Barnsley with an incredible 18 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

GILLINGHAM 0 AFC WIMBLEDON 1
Joe Pigott's fifth goal of the season was enough to earn AFC Wimbledon their first league victory since the opening game of the campaign. Nobody had this spot-on, and only 2 got the outcome. There were 23 who predicted a win for Gillingham.

SUNDERLAND 1 FLEETWOOD 1
Sunderland remain unbeaten in the league despite going behind for the fifth time this season. Well done to Stupid_Gooner for being the only one to get this spot-on, especially as the other 31 members predicted a win for Sunderland.

NORTHAMPTON 1 CHELTENHAM 3
Cheltenham claimed just their second victory of the season, as Northampton remain with just the one, against you know who. No points for anybody here, with 25 predicting a victory for Northampton.

OLDHAM 0 NEWPORT 1
Newport won their second away game on the bounce as a single goal was enough to see off Oldham. Well done to thrillseeker for being the only one get this spot-on, though 7 did have the outcome.

STEVENAGE 1 MACCLESFIELD 0
Danny Newton scored his first goal of the season as Stevenage beat a Macclesfield side still without a win this season. There were 5 who had this spot-on with a further 22 getting the outcome.

Another week where all the home teams were well supported, with a number of members going for all home wins, but only Stevenage read the script, and saved the week from being a complete disaster. Their 1-0 win produced 37 of the weeks 63 total points achieved, and saved 16 members from having a blank week. On such a tough week RSCOSWORTH did well to be the only one to have two 3 pointers, the Barnsley 1-1 and the Stevenage 1-0, and he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 6 points. Best of those who had one spot-on was Stupid_Gooner, who was far from that with the good Sunderland 1-1 pick, and two outcomes gave him a very good 5 points.
A reminder of a rule. If any member post two lots of predictions in a week, I will go with the first ones posted unless it is stated the second ones are to replace the first ones. In that case there is no need for a second lot, just edit the first ones please.

In the Premier That top scoring effort from RSCOSWORTH enabled him to increase his lead at the top by a further 2 points. By having the Barnsley 1-1 spot-on gsy163 made sure the deficit was not any more than 4 points. Another to benefit by getting the Stevenage 1-0 spot-on was Tropical_Us, and he moves back into the final Charity Shield spot. A horse named Noah And The Ark won at 14/1 today, but our noah4x4 didn't have the same luck, and he drops out of the top three for the first time this season. That Stevenage win gave TheHappyGooner a "mrhappy 1-0", and moves them up two places. Also going up two places is thrillseeker thanks to that good Newport 1-0 pick, that gave his first 3 pointer this season.

In Division One After his blistering start to the season, just the two outcomes for Colukev, but it was still enough to increase his lead by a point. With the five behind him all getting one point each ghughes11 takes advantage, and having the Barnsley 1-1 spot-on, moves him up five places, and back into the play-off spots. The other main mover in this league was Daniel, and getting the Stevenage 1-0 spot-on helped him go up four places.
After missing his fourth week in a row i have no option but to expel Colu_Lancahireexile from all Happy League competitions. Again I hope that nothing serious has happened to them, and they are welcome to come back again in future. I don't have a problem with anybody dropping out, but please let me know if you don't want to carry on, rather than me having to expel you.

THE TABLES (34 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 6 Fixtures

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v LEICESTER CITY
NEWCASTLE UNITED v ARSENAL
MILLWALL v LEEDS UNITED
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v STOKE CITY
PETERBOROUGH UNITED v PORTSMOUTH
MANSFIELD TOWN v EXETER CITY

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 5 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 8th September 15.00
at 23:51 1 Sep 2018

Week 4 Results

EVERTON 1 HUDDERSFIELD 1

Everton get a goal with their only shot on target, as they recorded their 200th score draw in the Premier League, more than any other team in the competition. Everybody predicted a win for Everton, with 13 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result. So no points for anybody here.

WEST HAM 0 WOLVES 1
Wolves get a 93rd minute winner, and that means West Ham have lost their first four games of a league campaign for only the second time. That late winner was good news for the 4 who had this spot-on, and another 8 who got the outcome, all going for a 2-1.

HULL 1 DERBY 2
A goal in the 88th minute gave Derby a fourth successive win in all competitions, as Hull lose at home for the fourth successive time. A massive 10 got this spot-on, with a further 12 having the outcome.

PRESTON 2 BOLTON 2
Bolton came from two goals down to rescue a draw. Well done to durham_exile for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 7 did get the outcome by going for a 1-1.

PORTSMOUTH 3 PLYMOUTH 0
A comfortable win for unbeaten Portsmouth over bottom-of the-table Plymouth. There was a decent 5 who got this spot-on, with another 22 having the outcome.

SOUTHEND 1 CHARLTON 2
Charlton netted an 87th minute winner in a match which saw three players sent off in stoppage time, after a 18-man brawl. One of them being ex-U's loanee Fosu. Another late winner that will please the 4 who had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 1
Pearson earned Luton a point in a tale of two penalties where Wycombe's Jacobson scored one and missed another. There were 5 who got this spot-on, and 1 more had the outcome.

BURY 3 MORECAMBE 2
Morecambe doubled their goal tally for the season, with ex U's loanee Mandeville getting the second, but they still came out on the wrong end of a five goal thriller. Nobody got this spot-on, but a big 25 did have the outcome.

NOTTS COUNTY 1 FOREST GREEN 3
10-man Notts County continued with their disastrous start to the league campaign, as Forest Green continued with their unbeaten start to the season. Again no 3 pointer for anybody, and surprisingly, considering their relative league positions, only 2 had the outcome. There were 20 who predicted this was the day Notts County were going to turn their season round.

SWINDON 1 MK DONS 1
In a week of late goals Swindon get a 94th minute equaliser, as MK Dons still remain unbeaten for the season. That late goal was good news for the 5 who had this spot-on, and 2 more got the outcome.

The fist big ten game week of the season, that continued a common theme from last season of late goals putting a different complexion on the weeks results. Four of them in total, with the one for Derby having the biggest influence. With three fixtures not producing a 3 pointer the final total of 35 spot-ons was a decent return. There were four members, all from Division One, who did magnificently to have three 3 pointers, with Colukev leading the way by having the wins for Wolves and Charlton and the Wycombe draw spot-on, and with four outcomes , he is the weeks top scorer with a brilliant 13 points. Just missing out on that honour was TheFatGooner, who had the wins for Derby and Portsmouth and the Wycombe draw spot-on, as he gets an excellent 12 points. A superb 11 points was obtained by durham_exile, by having the Derby win to go with the Wycombe and Preston draws spot-on, to complete an excellent day for him. The final member to have three 3 pointers was oxfcolu, they were the wins for Wolves and Derby and the Wycombe draw, to give him an impressive 10 points. That same total was also achieved by gsy163, by having the wins for Wolves and Derby spot-on, and four outcomes.

In the Premier Another member to have two 3 pointers was RSCOSWORTH, the Derby 2-1 and the Wycombe 1-1, on his way to a decent 8 points, and those points were enough to take him back to the top. The very good week for gsy163 moves him up four places into second. Another solid week from noah4x4 keeps him in the final Charity Shield spot. Another one to benefit from that late Derby winner was mfb_cufc, as that gives him a first 3 pointer of the season. After his record breaking last season thrillseeker to still seeking the thrill of a 3 pointer this season. But with more outcomes than anybody in both divisions, it shows just what a fine line there is between a 3 pointer and an outcome. Having now missed the first four weeks of the season I have to make that unfortunate decision to expel Gate16 from all Happy League competitions. He has been one of the most consistent members in the Premier for a number of seasons, nearly always challenging for the title, so it is sad to be losing him. I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with him, and he is more than welcome to join again any time in future.

In Division One No surprise to find the weeks big hitters dominating this league. With his second double figure score this season, Colukev stretches his lead at the top to a decent 5 points. Moving up into the other automatic spot is oxfcolu. An impressive start from this newcomer, and also from another newbie TheFatGooner who moves up five places into third. The biggest mover in this league was durham_exile, up nine places, and into the play-off spots. With almost every other member scoring 5 or 6 points, there is very little change to the rest of this division. Three no shows has those members occupying the bottom three places. In the case of Colu_Lancashireexile he is in the last chance saloon after missing the last three weeks.

THE TABLES (28 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 5 Fixtures The first International break of the season means we have 6 fixtures from Leagues 1 and 2, and a first mention this season for the 12 teams involved.

BARNSLEY v WALSALL
GILLINGHAM v AFC WIMBLEDON
SUNDERLAND v FLEETWOOD TOWN
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v CHELTENHAM TOWN
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v NEWPORT COUNTY
STEVENAGE v MACCLESFIELD TOWN

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U's to host England U20's
at 18:31 28 Aug 2018

Colchester United's JobServe Community Stadium will welcome its seventh international fixture, when England U20s come to the town in November.

England U20s will play two home internationals this autumn as they look to test themselves against some of the best sides in Europe.

Paul Simpson’s side will face Italy at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm stadium on Thursday 11th October (7pm KO).

The Young Lions will then take on Germany at the Jobserve Community Stadium in Colchester on Monday 19th November (7pm KO).

Tickets are on sale now for both fixtures priced £3 for adults and £1 for children.

England will also play Switzerland at St. George’s Park in an invite-only fixture on Thursday 6 September, before facing the Netherlands away (Monday 10 September).

Simpson said: “I am delighted to be able to take our U20s on the road to play these stadium games.

“Italy and Germany will provide our players with a real stern test as we look to continue the good work of last season’s U20s in the European elite league fixtures.

“AFC Fylde and Colchester United will provide us with excellent stadiums to host these games and hopefully we can get an enthusiastic atmosphere for the players as they continue their international development.

“Our long-term aim for this group of players is for them to progress to the Under-21s and senior teams, and that is the challenge for the season for all of the players we will be selecting.”

Tim Waddington, general manager at Colchester United, said: “We are delighted to once again be welcoming The FA and an England side to our home venue in Colchester. In little over ten years, we’ve been honoured to have an international fixture on seven occasions and we look forward once again to welcoming the best of this country’s young footballing talent.

“These games are a fantastic opportunity to show what we offer at Colchester United, and we look forward to having another big crowd for the match in November.”

AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “Everyone at the club is very excited about this tremendous opportunity to showcase our facilities. This would have been unthinkable five years ago and shows how far we as a club have come.

“I am extremely proud that The FA has chosen us to host this game and can assure everyone concerned we will do everything in our power to ensure a successful game both off and on the pitch.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone associated with the English and Italian FAs to Mill Farm on 11th October."

Tickets for England v Germany can be purchased via www.colutickets.com, by calling 01206 755161 or in person at the club ticket office.

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 4 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 1st September 15.00
at 22:39 25 Aug 2018

Week 3 Results

ARSENAL 3 WEST HAM 1

First points of the season for Arsenal, while West ham are still to get one. An impressive 9 got this spot-on, and a further 18 had the outcome.

HUDDERSFIELD 0 CARDIFF 0
10-man Huddersfield have now scored just one goal in their last eight matches at the John Smith's Stadium in all competitions, after this bore draw. Well done to RSCOSWORTH for being the only one to have this spot-on, with 11 getting 1 point for predicting a 1-1. There were 16 who predicted a win for Huddersfield.

ASTON VILLA 1 READING 1
Despite a 93rd minute equliser Reading are still without a win, while Villa remain undefeated. That late goal for Reading means no points for anybody from this game. There were 30 who predicted a win for Villa, with 14 going for a 2-0, in what was equally the weeks most predicted result.

STOKE 2 HULL 0
Comfortable first win of the season for Stoke against 10-man Hull. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and another 17 got the outcome.

BRADFORD CITY 1 WYCOMBE 2
A first League win of the season for Wycombe. Only 2 (Pinault_Noir and basher2010) predicted this win for Wycombe, and they both got it spot-on. There were 28 who predicted a win for Bradford, with 14 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

LINCOLN 3 NOTTS COUNTY 1
Lincoln go top after this comfortable win, while County remain at the bottom, with just that 1 point gained against you know who. A decent 6 had this spot-on, with a further 17 getting the outcome.

This was a week where I thought the home teams all looked good, and they were indeed well supported by most members. But only Arsenal, Stoke and Lincoln delivered, and they provided most of the weeks points. In the end we matched last weeks total of 23 spot-ons, and for the third week running all those who turned up got on the scoreboard. There were four members who got two 3 pointers, the best of which was Pinault_Noir who had that good Wycombe 2-1 and the Lincoln 3-1, and with two outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with an excellent 8 points. Just losing out on this honour was Tropical_Us and oxfcolu who both had the 3-1 wins for Arsenal and Lincoln spot-on, and one outcome gave them a decent 7 points.

In the Premier The excellent start to the season continued for Tropical_Us, and his decent week takes him to the top. Last weeks leader RSCOSWORTH continued with his good start by having that Huddersfield bore draw spot-on, but he has to settle for second this week. A solid week for noah4x4 keeps him in the final Charity Shield spot. After his promotion gerry_us is starting to find his feet, and he is up three places into fourth. Going three places the other way is burnsieespana, but he still well in contention at this early stage. Plenty of outcomes for thrillseeker and mfb_cufc, but they both still await their first 3 pointer, and remain in the relegation zone. Just one week left now for Gate16 to avoid being expelled. I am not hopeful, but please prove me wrong.

In Division One By getting the Lincoln 3-1 spot-on Colukev continues to lead the way, but it is now by only a point from medicine_man who was another one to benefit by getting 3 points for the Arsenal 3-1. The decent weeks for oxfcolu and Pinault_Noir moves them both up to be a point further back in third and fourth. The other play-off spots continue to be held by Blue4U2 and Sector4. The other member to get two 3 pointers this week was blueeagle, the wins for Arsenal and Stoke, and they helped him to move up five places. The shock defeat for his beloved U's has made it a bad day at the office for durham_exile, as he drops seven places. Though that is no big deal at this early stage, as he is still only 5 points from the play-offs. With DCPete being reinstated, and becoming the 22nd member of this league, I think we could be back to 21 soon as there is a no show from Colu_Lancashireexile for the second week running. A no show also from ITFC1997 leaves them occupying the bottom two places.

THE TABLES (18 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 4 Fixtures Picked by the seasons first guest the current Premier champ thrillseeker

EVERTON v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
WEST HAM UNITED v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
HULL CITY v DERBY COUNTY
PRESTON NORTH END v BOLTON WANDERERS
PORTSMOUTH v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
SOUTHEND UNITED v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v LUTON TOWN
BURY v MORECAMBE
NOTTS COUNTY v FOREST GREEN ROVERS
SWINDON TOWN v MILTON KEYNES DONS

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 3 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 25th August 15.00
at 21:22 18 Aug 2018

Week 2 Results

EVERTON 2 SOUTHAMPTON 1

Everton are now unbeaten in their past 14 home league games against Southampton (W10 D4). There was a decent 7 who got this spot-on, and a further 21 had the outcome, with an incredible 16 going for a 2-0, in what was not surprisingly the weeks most predicted result.

LEICESTER 2 WOLVES 0
10-man Leicester beat Wolves in the top flight for the first time since December 1983. Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 15 did get the outcome.

BRISTOL CITY 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Middlesbrough's unbeaten start to the season continued with victory at Ashton Gate against an uninspiring, injury-hit Bristol City side. There were 5 who got this spot-on, and another 18 had the outcome.

MILLWALL 2 DERBY 1
Millwall hang on after scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and 8 more got the outcome.

ACCRINGTON 1 CHARLTON 1
Accrington get a late equaliser in the first ever meeting between these teams. That was good news for the 5 who got this spot-on, and just the 1 had the outcome. Not such good news for the 20 who predicted a win for Charlton.

CREWE 0 MK DONS 0
MK Dons end with 10 men as they dropped their first points of the season. Well done to medicine_man for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 12 did get the outcome.

For the second week running it is points for everybody who turned up, helped mainly by the weeks "good things" Everton and Middlesbrough both winning. So a decent week overall with 23 spot-ons being achieved, that had six members getting two 3 pointers each. Best of those was burnsieespana, who had the wins for Everton and Millwall, and Tropical_Us, who had the Millwall 2-1 and the Accrington 1-1. They both also had three outcomes, and they share the honour of being the weeks top scorer with an excellent 9 points. Two 3 pointers, to give them a very decent 8 points, also for Blue4U2 and medicine_man, who both had the Everton 2-1 to go with the ones mentioned above, and Sector4, who was another to have the Millwall 2-1 and the Accrington 1-1.

In the Premier I know this is very early days, but with just one point separating the top five, this could be another exciting season ahead. By having the Everton 2-1 spot-on, RSCOSWORTH leads by virtue of more 3 pointers. Then it is first to post dividing the next three places, lead by burnsieespana, who I would like to thank for his kind words. I am sure Sunday morning will make pleasant reading for him. Last weeks leader noah4x4 remains in the other Charity Shield spot, with Tropical_Us breathing down his neck after his top scoring effort. The other member to get two 3 pointers this week was gsy163, the wins for Everton and Middlesbrough, and he is a point off the pace. After breaking the record for 3 pointers last season thrillseeker is still waiting for his first one this season, and he occupies the relegation places with the only other one still to get a spot-on mfb_cufc. With still no word from Gate16, it is looking like it could be only two relegation places to avoid.

In Division One Another one to benefit from having the Everton 2-1 spot-on was Colukev, and it helped him to maintain a two point lead. Up into the other automatic spot is medicine_man, who has brought last seasons superb Happy Cup form to the league this season. Just behind him on the first to post rule is Blue4U2. After seasons of struggle it is really good to see him at the right end of the table. After his unfortunate relegation Sector4 shows his intent for a quick return, and his decent week puts him into the play-off spots. He is joined there by newbies ghughes11 and oxfcolu, who have both had solid starts to their first season. The importance of not missing a week is proved by OhOriOri and Cufc_Lancashireexile, as their no shows has them occupying the bottom two places.

THE TABLES (12 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 3 Fixtures

ARSENAL v WEST HAM UNITED
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v CARDIFF CITY
ASTON VILLA v READING
STOKE CITY v HULL CITY
BRADFORD CITY v WYCOMBE WANDERERS
LINCOLN CITY v NOTTS COUNTY

Good luck everybody.
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Week 1 Results

NORWICH 3 WEST BROM 4

West Brom get their first win of the season, as they edge this seven goal thriller. No chance of anybody getting this spot-on, but 14 did have the outcome.

ROTHERHAM 1 IPSWICH 0
Rotherham get a 90th minute winner, as Ipswich boss Paul Hurst suffered defeat against his former club. That late winner was good news for the 6 who had this spot-on, and another 5 got the outcome.

PLYMOUTH 1 SOUTHEND 1
Both teams get their first points of the season at rain-drenched Home Park. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and 4 more had the outcome.

ROCHDALE 1 PETERBOROUGH 4
Peterborough came from behind to register a comfortable win, after ex-U's Henderson had given Rochdale the lead from the spot. Nobody had this spot-on, but 19 did get the outcome.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 3 NOTTS COUNTY 2
A 91st minute winner for Cambridge, as they came from behind to beat promotion favourites County, who are still looking for their first win. Again nobody got this spot-on, though 7 did have the outcome.

COLCHESTER 2 PORT VALE 0
Colchester get their first win of the season thanks to two well taken first-half goals. A massive 10 had this spot-on, in what was the weeks most predicted result, with a further 17 getting the outcome.

After a fantastic pre-season that has seen nine new members join, and the welcome return of Colukev, the 16th Happy League season finally started. The East Anglian themed fixtures produced a mixed set of results, with three games failing to produce a 3 pointer. It looked like the super U's were going to be the saviour of the week, until the Rotherham late winner gave us a final total of nineteen 3 pointers. With little form to go on that was overall a reasonable start to the season, with all members getting on the scoreboard. Top performer was without doubt the returning Colukev, who was the only one to get 3 points for all the games that produced a 3 pointer, and with one outcome, he is the weeks top scorer with a fantastic 10 points. By having the wins for Rotherham and Colchester spot-on, noah4x4 and ghughes11 got their seasons off to a flier with an excellent 8 points each. Two spot-ons also for RSCOSWORTH, the Plymouth draw and the Colchester win, to give him a very good 7 points. A special mention for unitedwhites, who came out best of those with one spot-on (the Rotherham 1-0), by also having four outcomes, to also give him a very good 7 points.

In the Premier It is last seasons second and third noah4x4 and RSCOSWORTH who hit the ground running, and they occupy the top two spots. The late winner from Rotherham gets an early 3 pointer on the board for gsy163 and TheHappyGooner. While the Colchester win does likewise for sevebalo. A no show from Gate16. I hope it doesn't mean one of the Happy League's most consistent performers over the years is calling it a day.

In Division One After his very unfortunate dismissal from the Premier last season Colukev comes back with a bang, and his top scoring effort obviously has him top. He has been such a consistent performer over the years at this level, that even at this early stage, I make him one of favorites for at least a play-off spot. No pressure then. Straight into the other automatic spot with his first ever predictions is ghughes11, and he is closely followed by another newbie unitedwhites. It has shown in the past that lack of Happy League experience is no barrier to success, so it will be not be a surprise to find any of the nine new members contesting the top six.

THE TABLES (6 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 2 Fixtures

EVERTON v SOUTHAMPTON
LEICESTER CITY v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
BRISTOL CITY v MIDDLESBROUGH
MILLWALL v DERBY COUNTY
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
CREWE ALEXANDRA v MILTON KEYNES DONS

Good luck everybody.
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We have been drawn in a group containing Cambridge United, Southend (again) and Southampton U21 (again). How very exciting. Can we make it through the group stage for once. I doubt it, mainly because I don't think we want to.
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at 21:43 5 Jul 2018

A warm welcome to all members old and new, as the Happy League is about to start its 16th season.

First of all thank you everybody for your kind comments regarding my administrating of the Happy League, they are very much appreciated. In return I would like to thank you all for taking part in what was a cracking 2017/18 season. Lets hope this season will be just as good.

There is no need to register for the coming season, as any member who took part last season, will automatically be registered for this season. Just post your predictions to confirm your registration.

If anybody is wanting to drop out, could you please let me know, either on this thread, or by sending me a PM. For any new members thinking about joining, it is a free to enter competition with prizes. You can join just by posting you predictions for Week 1 on this thread. The four competitions are:-

The Happy League There are two divisions, with twelve members in the Premier, and all other members (including newcomers) in Division One. Three to be relegated from the Premier, and three to be promoted from Division One (the top two automatically, and one from the play-offs).
The season will start on August 11th, and will run for 38 weeks (280 games). Fixtures will be the usual Pick 6, with a guest Pick 10 every three weeks (the first one to be Week 4). There will also be a Pick 10 on Week 38, to finish the season, selected by myself. The two leagues as they stand at the moment (in alphabetical order) are:-



The Happy Cup This will start as a league format, with four groups playing 30 games. These will be ten fixtures from each of the FA Cup 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds. The top two from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, where it will become a knockout tournament. There will be more details on this competition in a separate thread later.

The Champions League The qualification for this competition will be decided on December 29th (Week 21). With BFG qualifying automatically, as last seasons winner, the other eleven qualifiers will be the highest point scorers over the two divisions on the aforementioned date. The competition will start on February 12th, when the Champions League knockout stage begins. Again there will be more details on this competition on a separate thread at a later date, to be administrated by wessex_exile.

Charity Shield This is an end of season competition for the top three in the Premier, and the Happy Cup winner. If the Happy Cup winner finishes in the top three of the Premier, then the Happy Cup runner-up will qualify. The Premier winner will play the Happy Cup winner, and the Premier 2nd and 3rd will play each other in the other semi-final.

The Division One play-offs will be between the members who finish 3rd to 6th. With 3rd playing 6th, and 4th playing 5th in the semi-finals.

A reminder of a rule, mainly for any newcomers. That is anybody failing to post their predictions four weeks in a row, will be dismissed from all Happy League competitions. There is no need for this to happen. If you are not going to be around to post your predictions any week, just let me know in advance what default score you require, e.g. all 1-0's, 2-1's etc. Anybody failing to post anything at all will receive no points for that week. Thinking of posting a default score, here are the top 12 results from the 300 games played in total last season:-

1-0...36 (12%) The third time in the last four seasons this score has been best for a home win.
1-1...32 (10.67%) Has to settle for the runner-up spot, after being top the previous three seasons.
2-1...30 (10%) The favourite for a default score, but 1-0 has proved to be better overall.
0-0...25 (8.33%) A good return for this score, but rarely predicted.
0-1...25 (8.33%) Top for an away win last season, but never chosen as a default.
2-0...24 (8%)
1-2...20 (6.67%)
2-2...15 (5%)
3-1...14 (4.67%)
0-2...12 (4%) Another mediocre return for a popular prediction.
1-3...11 (3.67%)
4-1...11 (3.67%) Surprise to find this score in the top 12. More of these last season than the previous three seasons put together.

Week 1 Fixtures - Deadline Saturday 11th August

NORWICH CITY v WEST BROMICH ALBION
ROTHERHAM UNITED v IPSWICH TOWN
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v SOUTHEND UNITED
ROCHDALE v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v NOTTS COUNTY
COLCHESTER UNITED v PORT VALE

Good luck everybody.
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