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|Happy League 2020/21 Week 3 (of 34) - Deadline Saturday 26th September 15.00|
at 22:10 19 Sep 2020
Week 2 Results
EVERTON 5 WBA 2
Everton register back-to-back victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13. Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick as Everton continued their impressive start to the season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom. Not surprisingly no 3 pointer for anybody here, but 25 did have the outcome with 14 (54%) going for a 2-0 in what was the weeks most predicted score.
LEEDS 4 FULHAM 3
Leeds opening two Premier League games have seen 14 goals this season, the most for a top-flight side's opening two matches since Wolves in 1962-63., as they came out on the right side of a 7-goal thriller. Nobody had this spot-on, though 26 did get the outcome.
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 BOURNEMOUTH 1
Bournemouth were denied a second win in two games as Middlesbrough substitute Marcus Browne's header earned the hosts a point 10 minutes from time in front of 1,000 fans. A magnificent 7 got this spot-on, and nobody had the outcome.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 WATFORD 0
Wednesday continued to erode their deficit at the foot of the Championship by picking up a point in this bore draw. Another game with no 3 pointer, but 6 did get the outcome. 19 predicted a win for Watford with 13 (48%) going for a 2-1.
BURTON 2 ACCRINGTON 1
John Brayford's 87th-minute header secured Burton's first league win under new boss Jake Buxton. 4 got this spot-on, and another 11 had the outcome.
CARLISLE 2 SOUTHEND 0
Carlisle welcomed fans back to Brunton Park with a victory thanks to two quickfire first-half goals. The visitors had little to offer and, having just been given a further six-week extension to pay off a near £500,000 debt, it looks like there is trouble ahead on and off the pitch for the floundering Shrimpers. A massive 12 (44%) had this spot-on, and a further 12 got the outcome.
CRAWLEY 1 SCUNTHORPE 0
Tom Nichols marked his home debut in style as Crawley claimed their first win of the season. A great 8 got this spot-on, and 5 more had the outcome.
EXETER 0 PORT VALE 2
Vale made back-to-back wins as they confirm their status as one of the favourites for promotion. Nobody had this spot-on, though 3 did get the outcome. 23 predicted a win for Exeter with 13 (48%) going for a 2-1.
GRIMSBY 0 SALFORD 4
A hat-trick from ex-U's Ian Henderson inspired Salford to a comfortable victory. Yet another game with no 3 pointer, but 19 did have the outcome.
NEWPORT 2 BARROW 1
Ryan Taylor made it two goals from two League Two games to give Newport victory. 6 had this spot-on, and a further16 got the outcome.
What a fantastic start to the season this has been. With no form to go by, and most games having no fans, this has not stopped Happy League members from filling their boots, as 13 get a double-figure score this week. Even though 5 games failed to have a 3 pointer, the other 5 produced a big 37. Also with 123 outcomes, this made sure almost everybody had a decent week. Last week we had a sensational 15 points from sevebalo. That was matched this week by Tropical_Us as he was the only one to get 4 spot-ons, the Middlesbrough 1-1, and the wins for Burton, Carlisle and Newport, and with 3 outcomes, those absolutely brilliant 15 points made him this weeks top scorer. Last week ghughes11 was the only one get 3 spot-ons to give him 13 points. By coincidence oxfcolu was the only one to get 3 spot-ons this week, the Middlesbrough 1-1, and the wins for Carlisle and Crawley, to give him the same excellent 13 points. There were 10 members who had 2 spot-ons, they were TheFatGooner (3 points for Middlesbrough 1-1, Crawley 1-0), wessex_exile (Crawley 1-0, Newport 2-1), concordman (Carlisle 2-0, Crawley 1-0), and bunsieepana (Burton 2-1, Crawley 1-0), to give them all a superb 11 points. Also thrillseeker (Carlisle 2-0, Newport 2-1), noah4x4 (Carlisle 2-0, Crawley 1-0), ghughes11 and durham_exile (Burton 2-1, Carlisle 2-0), and gsy163 (Middlesbrough 1-1, Crawley 1-0), to give them all a very decent 10 points. Finally TheHappyGooner (Carlisle 2-0, Crawley 1-0), to give them a decent 9 points. Best of those who had one 3 pointer were basher2010 (Carlisle 2-0), and gerry_us (Newport 2-1) to give both a very decent 10 points also.
The Barside Pete Memorial Cup Just a reminder for those who yet to post their predictions, the fixtures for Round One take place next Saturday 26th September, with a deadline of 12.30. All the details can be found on the separate Barside Pete Memorial Cup thread.
In the Premier With sevebalo failing to predict the two early games, and probably missing out on at least 2 points, he relied on having the Newport 2-1 spot-on, to cling on to top spot. Though it is only on the most 3 pointer rule as thrillseeker removes the 6 point deficit from last week. The top scoring performance from Tropical_Us moves him up from bottom place to the final Charity Shield spot. Double-figure scores for TheFatGooner and basher2010 maintain their good starts, and they occupy the next two places. Even though mfb_cufc drops three places, there is only one point separating the the top six places. Current champ noah4x4 finds himself in the bottom half, but only 3 points off the top, and with 4 spot-ons so far, he hasn't lost the knack of getting 3 pointers. In fact even in such early days this looks like being a very competitive division this season.
In Division One A great start to the season for ghughes11 with two double-figure scores, makes sure he is the early pacemaker in this league. After just missing out on the play-offs the last two seasons wessex_exile has started with intent, and moves up into the other automatic spot. Even though he drops a place, there is no sign of the secret potion wearing off just yet for medicine_man. The other play-off places are occupied by concordman, oxfcolu and gsy163 thanks to their double-figure scores this week. It is double-figure scores that helped to improve the positions of burnsieespana and durham_exile also. Even though he got off the mark for the season GOSBTS will still be a little disappointed on a such a high scoring week, and he is the only one in both leagues who has yet to get a 3 pointer.
THE TABLES (20 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)
Week 3 Fixtures The first 6 game week this season.
CRYSTAL PALACE v EVERTON
QUEENS PARK RANGERS v MIDDLESBROUGH
DONCASTER ROVERS v BRISTOL ROVERS
SUNDERLAND v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
MANSFIELD TOWN v EXETER CITY
WALSALL v LEYTON ORIENT
Good luck everybody.
[Post edited 19 Sep 23:04]
|Happy League 2020/21 Week 2 (of 34) - Deadline Saturday 19th September 12.30|
at 21:42 12 Sep 2020
Week 1 Results
BRISTOL CITY 2 COVENTRY 1
City get a late winner as Coventry lose in the league for the first time in 2020. A decent 6 got this spot-on, and a further 13 had the outcome.
HUDDERSFIELD 0 NORWICH 1
Norwich also get a late winner in a game that looked like heading for bore draw. 3 had this spot-on, and 13 got the outcome, with 12 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.
WYCOMBE 0 ROTHERHAM 1
Rotherham get a 92nd minute winner. That was good news for thrillseeker as he did well to be the only one to get this spot-on, and another 7 had the outcome.
CREWE 0 CHARLTON 2
Charlton start with a comfortable win after their unlucky relegation, against a Crewe team that had ex-U's Mikael Mandron hitting the woodwork for them. A good 5 had this spot-on, with a another 12 getting the outcome.
GILLINGHAM 0 HULL 2
Hull started their first season in League One since 2004-05 with an impressive victory. Only 2 got this spot-on, with another 9 having the outcome.
NORTHAMPTON 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 2
Nothampton came from behind twice to get a draw in an entertaining game. Nobody had this spot-on, though 3 did get the outcome. 22 predicted a win for Northampton.
PLYMOUTH 1 BLACKPOOL 0
A goal in the 3rd minute from Wales Under-21 international striker Luke Jephcott was enough to win it for Plymouth. A magnificent 7 got this spot-on, and a further 11 had the outcome.
BARROW 1 STEVENAGE 1
An early penalty looked set to give Barrow for their first EFL win in 48 years, until Stevenage got an 85th minute penalty of their own to force a draw. 4 had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.
BOLTON 0 FOREST GREEN 1
Promotion favourites Bolton, playing in the fourth tier for the first time in 32 years, have now lost all 3 games this season. 3 got this spot-on, and just 1 had the outcome. 20 predicted a win for Bolton.
SOUTHEND 0 HARROGATE 4
Harrogate started life in the English Football League with a convincing victory.
Nobody had this spot-on, but 6 did get the outcome.
Due to the condensed season there will be nineteen 10 game weeks this season. We start and end with one picked by myself. The other seventeen will be guest ones, so please check your messages when you log in, as you could be next for picking 10 games.
League's One and Two had not played a league game since 7th March, and with this weeks 10 games containing teams playing in a different league to last season, and all behind closed doors, this could have been a recipe for strange results. As it turned out the results were probably less strange than in former normal times. Only two games failed to have a 3 pointer, and the other eight all had gettable scores, that produced 31 spot-ons. Those 3 pointers were shared out so that 20 members started the season with one. Of those 20 there were 2 with outstanding performances. They were sevebalo who had a sensational first week by getting 4 spot-ons, the wins for Charlton, Hull, Plymouth and Forest Green, and with 3 outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with an absolutely brilliant 15 points. Not far behind on the sensational scale was ghughes11. He had 3 spot-ons, the wins for Bristol City, Charlton and Plymouth, and 4 outcomes to give him a really excellent 13 points. There were 6 members who had 2 spot-ons, of which the best was medicine_man, who had the wins for Bristol City and Hull, and 4 outcomes to give him a superb 10 points.
In the Premier No doubt who leads the way here. After losing out on the title in a photo finish two seasons ago, could this finally be the season when sevebalo gets that first title. Early days I know, but he couldn't have had a better start. Runner-up from last season thrillseeker moves straight into that position thanks to having the 1-0 wins for Norwich and Rotherham spot-on. In the final Charity Shield spot is mfb_cufc who did best of those who had one 3 pointer. After his promotion basher2010 was straight into form in his first season in the Premier, by having the 1-0 wins for Norwich and Plymouth spot-on. Even though current champ noah4x4 only got 2 results correct, they were both 3 pointers, the wins for Charlton and Plymouth.
In Division One The excellent week for ghughes11 gives him a good early advantage in this league. After a season away it seems that medicine_man spent the time creating a secret potion. It has certainly worked well for him today, and he occupies the other automatic spot. Just another 33 weeks for it to carry on working. After finishing third last season blueeagle is straight back into that place thanks to having the Charlton 2-0 and Barrow 1-1 spot-on. The sixth and final member to get two 3 pointers was wessex_exile, who got the wins for Bristol City and Charlton to put him fourth. After his unlucky eighth place last season Lewis_1 is straight back into a play-off spot. The final play-off spot has BFG heading a group of five on the first to post rule. I am sorry GOSBTS the spreadsheet was unable to conjure up any magic to get you some points.
THE TABLES (10 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)
Week 2 Fixtures As is tradition the seasons first guest is last seasons Premier champ noah4x4. DON'T FORGET IT IS A 12.30 DEADLINE AGAIN THIS WEEK
EVERTON v WEST BROMICH ALBION (12.30)
LEEDS UNITED v FULHAM
MIDDLESBROUGH v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v WATFORD
BURTON ALBION v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
CARLISLE UNITED v SOUTHEND UNITED (13.00)
CRAWLEY TOWN v SCUNTHORPE UNITED
EXETER CITY v PORT VALE
GRIMSBY TOWN v SALFORD CITY
NEWPORT COUNTY v BARROW
Good luck everybody.
at 16:06 29 Aug 2020
Team:- Gerken, Scarlett, Eastman, Smith, Bramall, Stevenson, Pell, Chilvers, Poku, Brown, Harriott
Losing 1-0 at Half Time against 10 men.
at 17:16 25 Aug 2020
Team for the first game:-
Gerken, Scarlett, Eastman, Smith, Bramall, Chilvers, Pell, Stevenson, Harriott, Brown, Gambin
Looks like the usual 4-6-0
|Happy League 2020/21 Week 1 (of 34) - Deadline Saturday 12th September 12.30|
at 22:23 21 Aug 2020
A warm welcome to all members old and new, as the Happy League is about to start its 18th season. In fact after the longest season ever, the Champions League Final in the 17th season has only just finished. Congratulations goes to thrillseeker for winning that. Many thanks to wessex_exile for administrating this competition, especially after the tight schedule he had to deal with recently.
This season we have a one off competition the Barside Pete Memorial Cup. The Happy League President mrhappy has generously put up the prize, and will be administrating this knockout competition, that is in memory of Pete, who was one of the original members of the Happy League. This competition is limited to the first 16 to apply, and those spaces have now been taken. Sorry if you missed out. Details of the first round draw can be found on the Barside Pete Memorial Cup thread.
As for the other Happy League competitions. 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. 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 Saturday 12th September, and will run for 34 weeks (280 games). This is 4 weeks less than normal, due to the season starting later. There will be 15 x 6 game weeks, and 19 x 10 game weeks. That is more 10 game guest weeks than usual, so when you log in please check to see if you have any messages, as you could be the next chosen guest. After last seasons promotion and relegation the two leagues as they stand at the moment are (In alphabetical order):-
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 2nd January (Week 17). Last seasons winner thrillseeker will qualify automatically, the other eleven qualifiers will be the highest point scorers over the two divisions on the aforementioned date. The competition will start on 16th February, 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.
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.
Week 1 Fixtures - Deadline Saturday 12th September 12.30. We start the season with 10 games involving teams that were either promoted or relegated last season. SINCE I ORIGINALLY POSTED THESE FIXTURES THE WYCOMBE v ROTHERHAM GAME HAS BEEN MOVED TO 12.30
BRISTOL CITY v COVENTRY CITY
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v NORWICH CITY
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v ROTHERHAM UNITED (12.30)
CREWE ALEXANDER v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
GILLINGHAM v HULL CITY
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v AFC WIMBLEDON
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v BLACKPOOL
BARROW v STEVENAGE
BOLTON WANDERERS v FOREST GREEN ROVERS
SOUTHEND UNITED v HARROGATE TOWN
Good luck everybody.
[Post edited 10 Sep 22:04]
at 19:59 18 Aug 2020
If anybody is interested, we have been drawn in the same group as Portsmouth, Southend and West Ham U21's.
at 10:36 18 Aug 2020
U's drawn away to Reading. Steve Ball's first game in charge on Saturday 5th September.
|The 2020/21 season|
at 15:05 13 Aug 2020
There will be no FA Cup replays during the 2020-21 season to "ease pressure" on the football calendar.
The competition will start with the extra preliminary around on 1 September and the final is due to be played at Wembley Stadium on 15 May 2021.
It has also been announced the Carabao Cup semi-finals will be one-legged.
The first round is scheduled for 5 September, while the next three rounds will be played on consecutive midweek dates from 15-16 September.
Premier League scraps winter break for 2020-21
The Premier League season is due to start on 12 September, with the final round of matches on 23 May 2021. The league says fixtures will be announced no later than 21 August.
Fixtures for the 2020-21 English Football League (EFL) season will be released on 21 August with the Championship, League One and League Two also all scheduled to start on 12 September.
FA Cup prize money has been halved from 2019-20 because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The winners will receive £1.8m, down from £3.6m last season, in line with the 2017-18 campaign.
The draws for the FA Cup extra preliminary and preliminary rounds, and the EFL Cup first round, will be made on 18 August.
The EFL Cup final will take place at Wembley on 28 February 2021.
The EFL Trophy will start on 8-9 September with the Wembley final on 14 March.
|Happy League 2019/20 Season Round-up|
at 22:35 27 Jul 2020
The longest ever Happy League season finally finished yesterday, but we still have the Champions League to come in August. So those members still involved in that competition, look out for that. The record breaking season for noah4x4 in winning the Premier title got even better yesterday when he won the Charity Shield. He also got to the semi-final of the Happy Cup, and is still in the Champions League quarter-final stage. An excellent season for him. After 14 years since his last honour, it was good to see durham_exile win the Happy Cup. There will be two new faces in the Premier next season with Blue4U2 and basher2010 after their automatic promotion. They will be joined by Daniel who won the play-off final yesterday. That was great for him after the traumatic time he has had lately.
As for the results from the seasons 300 games. There was 126 games that ended in a home win, 97 away wins and the other 77 were draws. For the fifth time in the six years of my administration the 1-1 came out as the top result. But as in all previous seasons backing that result in all games would have you finishing nearer bottom than top of the league. In fact this result has become a less popular prediction over the seasons, and there are a number of members who never predict a game to end in a draw now. The 1-0 is now the popular prediction. That is understandable, as it has been clear best for a home win over the last six seasons, but it was the 2-1 that came out best for a home win this season. The 0-1 was the outstanding result for an away win, and was well ahead of any other away result. In the six season results below it is not surprising to see what results come out best, except for the 0-2, that continues to disappoint season after season. In fact the 0-0 and the 2-2 come out a lot better.
Finally thank you all for your kind comments, and in return I would like to thank you all for taking part again. Next season is due to start on 12th September, and when the new fixture list comes out I will be revealing details for next seasons Happy League. Until then try and enjoy what is left of the summer, and most of all stay safe.
|HL 2019/20 Charity Shield & Div One Play-off Finals Deadline Sunday 16.00|
at 21:35 18 Jul 2020
CHARLTON 2 WIGAN 2
Charlton get a 92nd minute equaliser, scored by ex-U's Macca Bonne. Remember him McGreal.
STOKE 1 BRENTFORD 0
Brentford needed to win their final two games to guarantee automatic promotion. But suffer a shock defeat in the first of those games.
BLACKBURN 4 READING 3
Blackburn shook off the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs as they eventually saw off Reading in a seven-goal thriller.
FULHAM 5 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 3
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Neeskens Kebano both scored twice as Fulham won a nervy eight-goal thriller to stay in the race for automatic promotion from the Championship.
HULL 0 LUTON 1
Luton give themselves every chance of avoiding the drop, as Lua Lua (no not him, his brother) gets the winner.
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 CARDIFF 3
Cardiff remain in pole position to clinch the final Championship play-off spot following this win that means the hosts are still not safe from relegation.
PRESTON 2 BIRMINGHAM 0
Birmingham are still not safe from the threat of relegation from the Championship after this defeat.
QPR 4 MILLWALL 3
Millwall saw their Championship play-off challenge ended by defeat to their London rivals in a seven-goal thriller.
SWANSEA 1 BRISTOL CITY 0
Swansea kept their Championship play-off hopes alive as Connor Roberts' goal gave them a nervy victory.
NORWICH 0 BURNLEY 2
Burnley keep their European hopes alive with this comfortable win against 9-man Norwich.
Over the years the end of season Charity Shield and Division One Play-offs have proved really difficult to find those important 3 pointers, and this seasons fixtures proved to be just as hard. Some outrageous results like 4-3 and 5-3 didn't help, and they were among seven games that failed to produce a 3 pointer. In fact before today we had only had one 4-3 all season, and no 5-3. At least we did get eight from the other three games, and the three from the Burnley 2-0 was a defining score for three of the semi-finals.
This is how the all finished:-
Charity Shield Semi-finals
noah4x4 10 (2) durham_exile 4
Having the wins for Swansea and Burnley spot-on gives noah4x4 a comfortable victory.
thrillseeker 9 (1) gerry_us 9 (2)
They both got the Preston 2-0 spot-on, but by having the Burnley 2-0 spot-on gerry_us pulls off a last gasp win on the most 3 pointer rule.
Division One Play-off Semi-finals
blueeagle 6 (1) Daniel 10 (2)
This was another game that was decided on the Norwich v Burnley match and by getting that score spot-on Daniel sealed his place in the final. He had earlier got the Swansea 1-0 spot-on, while blueeagle had the Preston 2-0 spot-on.
concordman 5 GOSBTS 5
Another game that was settled on a tie-breaker rule. After they both got five outcomes, it was GOSBTS who edged through on the first to post rule.
CHARITY SHIELD FINAL
noah4x4 v gerry_us
DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL
Daniel v GOSBTS
These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please.
The Fixtures These are the final Premier League games of the season all being played on Sunday with a 16.00 kick-off.
ARSENAL v WATFORD
BURNLEY v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
CHELSEA v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
CRYSTAL PALACE v TOTTENHAM
EVERTON v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
LEICESTER CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED
MANCHESTER CITY v NORWICH CITY
NEWCASTLE UNITED v LIVERPOOL
SOUTHAMPTON v SHEFFIELD UNITED
WEST HAM UNITED v ASTON VILLA
Good luck to you all.
|HL 2019/20 Charity Shield & Div. One Play-off Semi-finals Deadline Sat 12.30|
at 10:55 12 Jul 2020
The Charity Shield semi-finals
noah4x4 v durham_exile
thrillseeker v gerry_us
The Division One play-off semi-finals
blueeagle v Daniel
concodman v GOSBTS
These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally, no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please. DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE IS 12.30
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v WIGAN ATHLETIC (12.30)
STOKE CITY v BRENTFORD (12.30)
BLACKBURN ROVERS v READING
FULHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
HULL CITY v LUTON TOWN
MIDDLESBROUGH v CARDIFF CITY
PRESTON NORTH END v BIRMINGHAM CITY
QUEENS PARK RANGERS v MILLWALL
SWANSEA CITY v BRISTOL CITY
NORWICH CITY v BURNLEY (17.30)
Good luck to you all.
|Happy League 2019/20 Final tables|
at 00:18 12 Jul 2020
Week 35 Results
NORWICH 0 WEST HAM 4
Norwich became the first club to be relegated from the Premier League this season as ex-U's loanee Michail Antonio scored all four goals, to become the first West Ham player to score four goals in a top-flight match since David Cross in 1981. Nobody got this spot-on, but 18 did have the outcome.
WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE 1
Watford came from behind to get the win that moves them six points clear of the bottom three. 6 had this spot-on, and another 4 got the outcome.
CHARLTON 0 READING 1
Charlton failed to alleviate their Championship relegation worries with another defeat. 4 got this spot-on, and a further 8 had the outcome.
DERBY 1 BRENTFORD 3
Said Benrahma scored one of the goals of the season as Brentford have now won seven games in a row. Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 12 more got the outcome.
BARNSLEY 0 WIGAN 0
Barnsley missed the chance to move off the bottom of the Championship as they were held to a bore draw by 10-man Wigan. Nobody got this spot-on, though 3 did have the outcome.
BLACKBURN 1 WBA 1
West Brom fail to make it four straight wins in their quest for automatic promotion. 4 had this spot-on, and nobody got the outcome.
HULL 0 MILLWALL 1
Hull lose for the third game in a row as they battle to avoid the drop. 5 got this spot-on, and a further 11 had the outcome.
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 BRISTOL CITY 3
Tributes were paid to Jack Charlton on a sombre day at the Riverside as his former club Middlesbrough were beaten by managerless City. Nobody had this spot-on, and only gsy163 got the outcome. 20 predicted a win for Middlesbrough with 12 going for a 1-0 in what was the weeks most predicted score.
PRESTON 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1
Preston missed the opportunity to move into the Championship play-off places after they were held by their fellow promotion hopefuls. 6 got this spot-on, and 1 more had the outcome.
QPR 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 3
Wednesday marked the death of former manager Jack Charlton with a comfortable victory over a poor QPR. Nobody had this spot-on, and just GOSBTS got the outcome. 17 predicted a win for QPR.
The longest season in the history of the Happy League finally came to end today. In fact in a way it has seemed like two seasons rolled into one. Before the restart we wondered if playing behind closed doors would take the home advantage away. The previous three weeks would suggest that hasn't really been the case, but this week only Watford of the home teams managed to win. Since the restart the fixtures have produced a number of games without a 3 pointer, and we had another four this week. At least the other six games achieved a decent 26, but there were only 59 outcomes overall. Two members did well to have three 3 pointers. They were Sector4 who had the wins for Watford and Reading with the Preston 1-1 and four outcomes to give him a brilliant 13 points and be the seasons final top scorer. Also Tropical_Us who had the wins for Watford and Millwall and the Preston 1-1 to give him an excellent 10 points. Best of the six members who had two 3 pointers was Blue4U2 who got the Watford 2-1 to go with his good Brentford 3-1 pick to also give him an excellent 10 points.
THE TABLES (280 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)
In the Premier Only two outcomes to finish a wonderful season for noah4x4, but I am sure it won't bother him as his record breaking season has seen him become the first member to retain the Premier title, and his 213 points have been confirmed as the highest score in a season. After checking my records I was wrong to say he broke the record for the most 3 pointers last week.I had thought for a long time the previous record was 38, but never thought to check. He did in fact equal it with his 39 also being achieved by thrillseeker in the 2017/18 season. That was the season when he won the title and also went through the 200 point barrier. After only finishing 7th last season, he was back to form this season to claim the runners-up spot. He is joined in the Charity Shield by gerry_us who would have taken great pleasure in the fact it was having the Preston 1-1 spot-on that clinched him the place, after the debate this week on whether predicting draws was a good idea. After today's early kick-offs mfb-cufc had moved up to third. But after getting the wins for Watford and Millwall spot-on to give him a chance of making the Charity Shield, that Preston 1-1 proved to be the defining result. The brilliant week for Sector4 moved him up a couple of places to finish a meritorious fifth, after looking good for a Charity Shield place most of the season. After a slow start TheFatGooner gradually found his feet, and ended a respectable sixth in his first season at this level. After only losing out on the title by a whisker last season sevebalo didn't quite reach those heights, but had every chance of making the Charity Shield most of the season before finally finishing seventh. After finishing third for the last two seasons ROSCOSWORTH, despite a decent number of 3 pointers, had to settle for eighth. Before lockdown Tropical_Us was in danger of being relegated, but a couple of double figure scores to finish the season made sure that didn't happen. The plan for TheHappyGooner was to win the title after two decent seasons together, so they will be disappointed it ended in relegation. Far too many missed weeks lead to Colukev being relegated. He has good record in Division One, so will be hopeful of a quick return. I fear the worst for what may have happened to eagledares, but he has missed seasons in the past due ill health, and I can only hope that is the reason for his absence now, and he will return again in future.
In Division One After finishing in the bottom half for last five seasons, it is congratulations to Blue4U2, who really got his act together in a big way, to be a very worthy champion. After going top in Week 4 he was rarely out of the top two, in a season that contained an impressive 7 double figure scores. After missing out in the play-offs last season, and starting slowly this season, basher2010 gradually improved and the 14 points he scored in Week 28 took him into the other automatic spot, where he remained for the rest of the season. That caps a good two seasons for him after winning the Happy Cup and Charity Shield last season. As is usual for Division One the play-off spots were closely fought. That was certainly the case this season with just one point separating the four who made the play-offs. After missing out in the play-offs in his first season last season, blueeagle will be hoping to go one better this season after a decent third finish. After making a good start to the season concordman fell away, but an impressive 42 points since the restart has shot him back into the top six and he makes the play-offs for the first time, after previously finishing seventh three times. A decent first season, that has seen him spend most of it in the top six, was almost undone when GOSBTS struggled recently, but by having the Reading 1-0 and the Preston 1-1 spot-on the decent 9 points made sure he made the play-offs after all. A no show from Daniel this week could have proved disastrous for him after being in the top six for virtually the whole season, but all was well, and takes the final play-off spot. By getting 44 points since the restart, more than anybody in both leagues, gsy163 almost made the play-offs, but had to settle for seventh. A decent first season for Lewis_1 that saw him in the top six all season, until he dropped out right at the end. A good final day for wessex_exile and ghughes11, with both having the draws at Blackburn and Preston spot-on, but it was not enough for a play-off spot that they have both been short of for most of the season. Another to benefit since the restart is BFG, but the 37 points he has made since then still left him with too much to do to make the play-offs. The restart also brought about a return to form for burnsieespana, and the 39 points he made in those four weeks put some respectability to his season. Although he had no problem getting outcomes, a struggle to find 3 pointers held durham_exile back, but he had the big consolation of winning the Happy Cup. With a chance of winning the Charity Shield as well, this could still be an even better season for him. A lack of 3 pointers also held back oxfcolu, but at least he showed a slight improvement on last season. To show what a fine line there is between getting a 3 pointer or an outcome was well demonstrated by unitedwhites. Last season he made the play-offs with 31 spot-ons and 88 outcomes. This season he made a century of outcomes, but only 11 spot-ons to make a 48 point difference. It was only two seasons ago when Pinault_Noir was not far away from making the play-offs, so I am sure we have not seen the best of him this season. At the bottom MattFlat produced the occasional 3 pointer not seen by others, but far too many missed weeks gave him no chance of finishing any higher.
The Charity Shield semi-finals will be:-
noah4x4 v durham_exile
thrillseeker v gerry_us
The Division One play-off semi-finals will be:-
blueeagle v Daniel
concodman v GOSBTS
All the details for these semi-finals will appear on a separate thread on Sunday.
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