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Happy League 2017/18 Week 7 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:42 16 Sep 2017

Week 6 Results

NEWCASTLE 2 STOKE 1

Newcasatle have won three of their opening five Premier League games, for the first time since 2000-01. There was a big 7 who got this spot-on, and 7 also had the outcome.

IPSWICH 2 BOLTON 0
Bolton are still without a win in the league, after this latest defeat. The late Ipswich second goal was good news for the massive 8 who had this spot-on, in what was the weeks most predicted result, and a further 11 got the outcome.

PORTSMOUTH 4 FLEETWOOD 1
Portsmouth thrash a Fleetwood side that ended with 10 men. Nobody got this spot-on, but a big 18 did have the outcome. This is the fourth 4-1 we have had this season so far, with only five 1-0's beating it as the result we have had most of.

CARLISLE 1 BARNET 1
A late equaliser for Carlisle, but it is now five league games without a win for them. Incredibly this is the second week running the popular 1-1 has failed to have any 3 pointers, and just 2 got the outcome. There were 15 who predicted an end to Carlisle's winless run.

CRAWLEY 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
County recorded their fourth successive victory with this narrow win. Well done to gsy163 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and another 11 had the outcome.

PORT VALE 1 FOREST GREEN 1
After six defeats in a row, and no goals in the last five games, Port Vale have to settle for a point after taking the lead. At least Forest Green got their first away point of the season, which is more than you can say about another certain team in League 2. There were 2 who had this spot-on, and nobody got the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Port Vale.

That is more like it, as we have our best six game week of the season so far. It could have been an even better week, but the 1-1 has not been a popular prediction, like in previous seasons. It was a bit of a hit or miss week though, as fifteen of the weeks eighteen 3 pointers came from the wins for Newcastle and Ipswich. By having both of those wins spot-on, and getting 3 points for the Port Vale 1-1, and one other outcome, durham_exile comes back to form in a big way, and is this weeks top scorer, with an excellent 10 points. There were two others to benefit by getting those wins for Newcastle and Ipswich spot-on, they were concordman, on his way to a very good 8 points, and burnsieespana, to give him a decent 7 points. A special mention for gerry_us, as he is the first person, for what I think is a number of years, to get all six outcomes correct, with just the Port Vale 1-1 spot-on, but still a very good 8 points for his efforts.

In the Premier, not such a good week for mfb_cufc, and he has his lead reduced to just a single point, as the pack take advantage. It still early days, but with just 3 points separating the top five, this has the makings of an exiting season ahead for the title. At the bottom, still no 3 pointers for jonestones this season, but he moves off the bottom, as he takes advantage of the unfortunate Colukev, who continues to have problems with his internet connection.

In Division One, another decent week for concordman, enables him claim the top spot outright. After his unique week, the revitalised gerry_us reclaims the other automatic spot, he last held after Week 2. The big mover in this league is durham_exile, with his top scoring week taking him up four places, and right into the play-off mix. After a promising start to the season, the TheHappyGooner amalgamation continues to struggle, and they drop out of the play-off spots for the first time.

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 Sector4

LEICESTER CITY v LIVERPOOL (17.30)
FULHAM v MIDDLESBROUGH
READING v HULL CITY
SUNDERLAND v CARDIFF CITY
BRISTOL ROVERS v BLACKPOOL
PETERBOROUGH UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v PORTSMOUTH
SHREWSBURY TOWN v BLACKBURN ROVERS
COLCHESTER UNITED v WYCOMBE WANDERERS
COVENTRY CITY v EXETER CITY

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Essex almost there.
at 15:48 14 Sep 2017

Essex have just beaten Warwarkshire by an innings, so they only require a maximum of eight points from the last two games to be assured of winning the title. If Lancashire fail to beat Somerset, and that looks very unlikely, then they will be Champions tomorrow.

I heard it said that Essex winning the title is being compared to Leicester winning the Premier League. I don't think it is such big surprise, but at the beginning of the season I am sure their realistic aim would have been just to avoid being relegated.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 6 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:23 9 Sep 2017

Week 5 Results

EVERTON 0 TOTTENHAM 3

Kane gets his 100th goal for Spurs, in his sides ruthless win. Nobody got this spot-on, but 10 did have the outcome.

LEICESTER 1 CHELSEA 2
Prior to this match Chelsea had not won an away league game in September in any of the last four seasons. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and a further 13 got the outcome.

FULHAM 1 CARDIFF 1
Cardiff lose their 100% record, but will be pleased to have come from behind to get a point. Incredibly nobody got 3 points for this result, and just eagledares had the outcome.

PETERBOROUGH 1 BRADFORD CITY 3
Peterborough lose for the first time this season, as both sides ended the game with 10 men. Another result with nobody having it spot-on, and only basher2010 and medicine_man got the outcome. There were 17 who predicted a win for Peterborough, with 10 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

SHREWSBURY 1 WIGAN 0
Shrewsbury celebrate their 3,000th Football League match, by going top of League One. Well done to noah4x4 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and another 6 had the outcome.

LUTON 0 SWINDON 3
Swindon bounced back to winning ways with this stunning victory against 10-man Luton. No surprise to find this result didn't have any 3 pointers, and just sevebalo got the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for Luton.

After results like this you realise why the bookmakers like to promote correct score bets. A really tough week, and it was only the Chelsea 2-1 that saved it from being a complete disaster, with 25 of the weeks 48 total points coming from this game. The weeks five 3 pointers were shared out, with five members getting one each. With noah4x4 being the only one to get two other outcomes with his, he is the weeks top scorer with a healthy 5 points.

In the Premier, by having the Chelsea 2-1 spot-on, mfb_cufc extends his lead to 4 points. By also getting 3 points for that result, RSCOSWORTH reclaims second place, but only by virtue of the most 3 pointers rule, from noah4x4, whose top scoring week still moved him up two places. Another to benefit from the Chelsea 2-1 was burnsieespana, and last seasons runner-up moves up another two places, and back into the top half for the first time since Week 1.

In Division One, we have a new leader. By getting the Chelsea 2-1 spot-on, and being the only one to have a 3 pointer in this league this week, concordman takes over at the top, but only by the first to post rule from BFG, who had lead since Week 1. It was after the Lord Mayor's Show for Pinault_Noir, who fires a blank, after his excellent top scoring effort last week. Further down the league eagledares is gradually finding his feet, and his four outcomes moves him up another two places.

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



Week 6 Fixtures

NEWCASTLE UNITED v STOKE CITY
IPSWICH TOWN v BOLTON WANDERERS
PORTSMOUTH v FLEETWOOD TOWN
CARLISLE UNITED v BARNET
CRAWLEY TOWN v NOTTS COUNTY
PORT VALE v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 5 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:01 2 Sep 2017

Week 4 Results

BLACKPOOL 1 AFC WIMBLEDON 0

One goal was enough to earn Blackpool a seventh successive home league win, against 10-man Wimbledon. One of the weeks big bankers, with 4 getting it spot-on, and a further 19 having the outcome.

DONCASTER 0 PETERBOROUGH 0
This bore draw brings an end to Peterborough's 100% start to the season. Nobody got this spot-on, but 5 did have the outcome.

GILLINGHAM 1 SHREWSBURY 2
Shrewsbury continued their unbeaten start to the season, as they beat a Gillingham team still waiting for their first win. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and another 6 got the outcome.

OLDHAM 3 CHARLTON 4
Ex-U's loanee Fosu scores Charltons second, as they edge out 10-man Oldham, who make it five straight defeats this season. Another of the weeks big bankers, that nobody got a 3 pointer for, but 24 did have the outcome, with 10 going for a 2-0, in what was equally the weeks most predicted result.

WALSALL 2 PLYMOUTH 1
Walsall take their unbeaten run to four, with this win. The last of the weeks bankers has a massive 10 having this spot-on, in what was the weeks other most predicted result, and 13 more got the outcome.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 COLCHESTER 0
A single goal was enough for the U's to carry on with their pathetic away record. Nobody got this spot-on, and just 3 had the outcome.

CHESTERFIELD 0 COVENTRY 0
10-man Chesterfield hang on to earn a point in another bore draw. Yet another game with no 3 pointers, and again just 3 got the outcome.

CRAWLEY 2 YEOVIL 0
Crawley get back-to-back victories for the first time in nearly seven months. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and a further 8 had the outcome.

LINCOLN 0 LUTON 0
Apparently an entertaining game, but it is the third goaless game for us this week, and another with no 3 pointers, with 5 getting the outcome.

PORT VALE 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
County win it with the only shot on target from either team. There were 2 who got this spot-on, and another 10 had the outcome.

Our first big 10 game week of the season, but with the three bore draws, and the Cambridge 1-0, only earning a handful of points, it was left to the other 6 games to count. With the weeks three big bankers all winning, those games counted in a big way, to give most members a reasonable week. Somebody who had more than a reasonable week was Pinault_Noir, as he was the only one to get three spot-on, the wins for Blackpool, Walsall and Crawley, and with three other outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with a brilliant 12 points. Other meritorious performances this week came from a back to form Colukev, who had the wins for Shrewsbury and Walsall spot-on, to give him an excellent 10 points, and gsy163, who was the only other one to get two spot-on, the wins for Blackpool and Crawley, on his way to a very good 8 points.

In the Premier, another decent week for mfb_cufc, the best of those with one spot-on, has him topping the table on his own again. The good week for gsy163, moves him up a place, into second. It is all sixers and sevens for the next six positions, so not much change there, though burnsieespana did move up two places. I said last week that Colukev was struggling to find his good Division One form. Well, the struggle is over, and his excellent week takes off the bottom. He is replaced there by jonestones, who is now the only one in either division not to get a 3 pointer. Though going by how many he has had in previous seasons, it is only a matter of time before he gets one.

In Division One, by getting the Crawley 2-0 spot-on, BFG maintains his hold on top spot, though by one point less, as Daniel continues his good start to the season, with another solid week. The big mover in this league is Pinault_Noir, with his top scoring week taking him up four places into third. Consistency is the key for concordman and gerry_us, and they cement their play-off spots. Using the long ball tactics didn't work for TheHappyGooner, but they still remain in the final play-off spot. At the bottom durham_exile shows his first form of the season, with a decent 8 points, and that same points total takes medicine_man off the bottom, as he seems to have found a prescription for success.

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



Week 5 Fixtures

EVERTON v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
LEICESTER CITY v CHELSEA
FULHAM v CARDIFF CITY
PETERBOROUGH UNITED v BRADFORD CITY
SHREWSBURY TOWN v WIGAN ATHLETIC
LUTON TOWN v SWINDON TOWN

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 4 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:41 26 Aug 2017

Week 3 Results

CARDIFF 2 QPR 1

Cardiff came from behind to maintain their 100% start to the season. A big 8 got this spot-on, in what was equally the most predicted score this week, and a further 12 had the outcome.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 3 DERBY 1
Sheff Utd still have a 100% home record after this impressive win. Nobody had this spot-on, but there were 6 who got the outcome. There were 8 who predicted a 1-1 draw, in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

GILLINGHAM 3 SOUTHEND 3
Eaves gets a second-half hat-trick for Gillingham, as they get their first goals and first point in the League. Again no 3 pointers for anybody, though 5 did have the outcome.

OXFORD UNITED 1 SHREWSBURY 1
Shrewsbury's 100% record comes to an end, but they will still be pleased to come from behind to get a point. Just the 2 got this spot-on, and only 1 had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Oxford.

BARNET 0 STEVENAGE 1
Stevenage held on to beat their local rivals, despite playing with 10 men for 55 minutes. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and another 6 got the outcome. Another game where the 1-1 draw was a popular prediction, with 7 going for it.

NEWPORT 4 CHESTERFIELD 1
Another second-half hat-trick in our fixtures this week, this time for Nouble, as Newport come from behind, to christen their new pitch with a win. Nobody got this spot-on, but a decent 13 had the outcome.

In what was overall a pretty tough week, the Cardiff 2-1 win was the standout result, with nearly half the of the total weeks points coming from this one game. We finally had our first draws of the season, but for most members they came in the wrong games. The Gillingham 3-3 was going to be difficult to predict, and only two managed to have the Oxford 1-1. They were RSCOSWORTH, who also had the Cardiff 2-1 spot-on, and BFG, who also had the Stevenage 1-0 spot-on. They both also had one other outcome, to give them a decent 7 points, and a share in the honour of being the weeks top scorer. Also joining them in that share is gsy163, who got his 7 points by having the Cardiff 2-1 spot-on, and four other outcomes. Of the rest who got one spot-on, the best was Daniel, who was another one to benefit from the Cardiff 2-1, on his way to a very good 6 points.

In the Premier, it is only the first to post rule that helps mfb_cufc to maintain his lead, as the top scoring week from RSCOSWORTH joins him. One of the other top scorers gsy163, moves up just a point further back. It is deja vu for noah4x4, who struggled at the start of last season to get those vital 3 pointers, and this season is going the same way. Though again he has more outcomes than anybody in either division at this early stage. At the bottom, a missed week for jonestones hasn't helped his cause, and Colukev is struggling to find his good Division One form of recent seasons.

In Division One, a top scoring week from BFG increases his lead, as he continues his excellent start. Another good week for Daniel, puts him into the other automatic spot. More solid weeks from TheHappyGooner, gerry_us and concordman, keeps them well in contention, in the play-off spots. At the bottom medicine_man is need of an early season tonic, and he is the person to administer it.

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



Week 4 Fixtures We have our first International break of the season, and so our first guest concordman has picked 10 games from League 1 and League 2.

BLACKPOOL v AFC WIMBLEDON
DONCASTER ROVERS v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
GILLINGHAM v SHREWSBURY TOWN
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
WALSALL v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v COLCHESTER UNITED
CHESTERFIELD v COVENTRY CITY
CRAWLEY TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN
LINCOLN CITY v LUTON TOWN
PORT VALE v NOTTS COUNTY

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 3 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:15 19 Aug 2017

Week 2 Results

LEICESTER 2 BRIGHTON 0

A straight forward win for Leicester. This was one of the weeks bankers, with just one member not going for a Leicester win. There was a massive 10 who got this spot-on, in what was the weeks most predicted score, with the other 13 having the outcome.

SOUTHAMPTON 3 WEST HAM 2
Southampton get a 93rd minute winner, after 10-man West Ham had come from two goals down to get level. Southampton end a run of nine hours and 15 minutes without a League goal at St Mary's. Since the start of the 2015/16 season West Ham have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other Premier League team, after two more here. Nobody had this spot-on, but 12 did get the outcome.

ASTON VILLA 4 NORWICH 2
A Hourihane hat-trick helps Villa to get their first League win of the season. Not surprisingly no 3 pointer for anybody here, but 12 did have the outcome.

FULHAM 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
Wednesday get their first League win of the season, while Fulham's search for a first win continues. Yet another game without a spot-on, and just 3 got the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Fulham.

CHARLTON 4 NORTHAMPTON 1
Two stoppage time goals give Charlton a comfortable win in the end, as Northampton remain pointless. A 97th minute goal for Charlton foiled the 5 who had them to win 3-1. So with nobody having this spot-on, it is one point for them, and for the other 16 who got the outcome.

EXETER 1 LINCOLN 0
Exeter maintain their unbeaten start in the League, with this hard-fought win. There were 2 who had this spot-on, and a further 11 got the outcome.

With five games ending in home wins, and the other being won by the away team, we are still waiting for our first drawn game of the season. The five homes were all popular choices, and produced plenty of one point outcomes for everybody, but those important 3 pointers were more illusive, with only the wins for Leicester and Exeter being predicted. In fact there were two members who managed to predict both of those. They were gerry_us and Sector4. With three other outcomes it is gerry_us who got the honour of being the weeks top scorer, with an excellent 9 points. So Sector4 just loses out on being top scorer, but will still be pleased with a very decent 8 points. Of the other eight who got the Leicester 2-0 spot-on, the best performers were noah4x4 and BFG, who both got a very good 7 points.

In the Premier, it is last seasons champ mfb_cufc, with an unusual quick start, who is making the early running. In second spot there is another familiar face from the top end of the league, and Gate16 will be hoping to sustain his challenge this season. A decent week for Sector4 and noah4x4, puts them into contention at this early stage. An unfortunate missed week for Colukev, means he occupies bottom spot. A position he held early last season, before eventually gaining promotion.

In Division One, after his shock relegation last season, BFG has made an excellent start, and he is the early leader. After his break from the Happy League, a revitalized gerry_us moves into the other automatic spot, with his top scoring week. Just losing out on that spot, with the first to post rule, is Daniel, who is finally showing what he is capable of. The solid starts made by TheHappyGooner, concordman and basher2010, see them occupying the other play-off spots at this early stage. With OhOriOri making a very welcome appearance, it means this league now has thirteen members.

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



Week 3 Fixtures

CARDIFF CITY v QUEENS PARK RANGERS
SHEFFIELD UNITED v DERBY COUNTY
GILLINGHAM v SOUTHEND UNITED
OXFORD UNITED v SHREWSBURY TOWN
BARNET v STEVENAGE
NEWPORT COUNTY v CHESTERFIELD

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 2 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:35 12 Aug 2017

Week 1 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 0 HUDDERSFIELD 3

Huddersfield make a dream start, playing in the top flight for the first time since 1972. Nobody predicted this surprise result spot-on, and just sevebalo and Pinault_Noir got the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Palace.

WEST BROM 1 BOURNEMOUTH 0
A Hegazi goal on his Premier League debut, wins it for West Brom. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and a further 9 had the outcome.

HULL 4 BURTON 1
Hernandez scores a hat-trick, as Hull thrash 10-man Burton. Well done to Pinualt_Noir for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 22 did get the outcome, in what was the weeks biggest banker.

BLACKBURN 1 DONCASTER 3
Doncaster have the greater bite in this battle of the Rovers. Nobody got 3 points for this shock result, and just BFG was brave enough to have the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Blackburn, with 11 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

GRIMSBY 0 COVENTRY 2
Coventry are the only team in League 2 with a 100% record, after this win against a Grimsby team that ended with 10 men. Just basher2010 and TheHappyGooner had this spot-on, and there were 9 who got the outcome.

MANSFIELD 2 FOREST GREEN 0
Two second-half goals win it for Mansfield, as Forest Green lose their first Football League match. There were 5 who got this spot-on, with another 8 having the outcome.

With all twelve Premier League members registering for this season, I can now confirm there will be three relegated from this division, with three going up from Division One (two automatically, and one through the play-offs). With ethicsgirl and OhOriOri not posting their predictions, Division One also has twelve members at the moment. Though both are still welcome to register by posting their predictions for Week 2.

I thought I would start the season with some"easy looking" fixtures, to give everybody a chance to put some points on the board. Well, everybody did manage to get off the mark for the season, but the defeats for Crystal Palace and Blackburn reduced the chances of getting a decent score. In the end we had twelve 3 pointers, and only mfb_cufc managed to get two, the West Brom 1-0, and the Mansfield 2-0, and with two other outcomes, he is the seasons first top scorer, with a useful 8 points. Of the ten who had one spot-on, the best were RSCOSWORTH, BFG and Daniel who all got a very good 6 points.

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



Week 2 Fixtures

LEICESTER CITY v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM UNITED
ASTON VILLA v NORWICH CITY
FULHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v NORTHAMPTON TOWN
EXETER CITY v LINCOLN CITY

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at 15:37 21 Jul 2017

We have signed a striker!

https://www.cu-fc.com/news/2017/july/us-flash-mikael-signs-up/
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 1 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday August 12th 15.00
at 22:32 15 Jul 2017

A warm welcome to all members old and new, as the Happy League is about to start its 15th season.

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 12th, 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. With gerry_us making a welcome return, the two leagues as they stand at the moment 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 30th (Week 21). With mfb_cufc 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 13th, 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 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 August 12th

CRYSTAL PALACE v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
WEST BROMICH ALBION v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
HULL CITY v BURTON ALBION
BLACKBURN ROVERS v DONCASTER ROVERS
GRIMSBY TOWN v COVENTRY CITY
MANSFIELD TOWN v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

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Happy League 2016/17 Season round-up
at 23:44 1 Jul 2017

Here is the belated round-up of last season.

I think it is common knowledge now that mfb_cufc won all four competitions this season. I would like to thank you all for your congratulations, and kind comments regarding this. It is always an honour to win the Premier League against such stiff competition, but to win all four, I guess I just had that bit of luck required to win the knock-out tournaments.

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I would like to start with a special mention for burnsieespana, who after winning Division One in his first season, was very unfortunate not to win a trophy this time round. After leading the Premier for a majority of the season, he had settle for the runners-up spot. A position he also achieved in the Champions League and Charity Shield. After avoiding relegation last season, by virtue of having more 3 pointers, it was a big step forward for sevebalo, when by having more 3 pointers than anybody in both divisions, he got a well deserved place in the Charity Shield. Missed weeks at a vital time of the season probably robbed jonestones of that final Charity Shield spot. After his promotion the previous season, this was still a good first shot at the Premier for him. It was missed weeks that had a big bearing on relegation as well, causing ethicsgirl and wessex_exile to suffer the drop. For the second season in a row RSCOSWORTH avoids being relegated, just by having more 3 pointers than the member in the final relegation spot. In this case it was ethicsgirl, who after being champ the previous season, followed the same fate for mrhappy. I hope there is not a trend being set here. They were joined in Division One by BFG, who would have settled for his usual mid-table finish. As for those who did finish in mid-table. After struggling early, a good second-half to the season saw Sector4 just failing to make the Charity Shield. After spending most of the season fighting relegation, a good finish meant that thrillseeker would be thrilled to avoid the drop. A good start to the season for Gate16 looked like he was on course to achieve his usual top three finish, but a mid-season slump helped put paid to that. It was an up and down season for Tropical_Us after his promotion, and in the end he would be pleased to maintain his Premier status.

Division One
It was a big struggle for 3 pointers that held back noah4x4, with only 6 after Week 18. But an impressive 23 in the last 20 weeks, enabled him to win the Division One title for the third time. Just losing out on the most 3 pointer rule was Colukev, but he would still be pleased to get promoted, after losing in the play-offs the previous two seasons. They are joined in Division One by gsy163, who made it third time lucky in the play-offs. The unlucky one to miss out on promotion was basher2010, who after topping the table for virtually the whole season, just found it three weeks too long. Still a good first season for him, and proof again that no experience is required to be good at this prediction game. Also losing out in the play-offs were mrhappy, who made a brave attempt to regain his Premier status, and durham_exile, whose incredible final week gave him that opportunity. A couple of missed weeks probably cost concordman a play-off spot, that looked on for most of the season. Even though he got 26 points more this season than last, a lack of 3 pointers meant Blue4U2 fell short on the play-off front. Not such a good season for desthegooner, but his Happy Cup win last season showed what he his capable of. Unfortunately Daniel got the wooden spoon for third year running. Even though they finished in the bottom half, it was good to welcome back OhOriOri and Pinault_Noir to the League. I was sorry to see gerry_us leave during the season, and will be pleased to welcome back this season.

Not surprisingly there were more 1-1 results than any other again this season. Here is a full breakdown on how the seasons 300 games finished, including Charity Shield and play-off games. With the previous season totals in brackets.

...............2015/16...2014/15
1-1...39.......(36)..........(49) Still averaging about one per week
2-1...32.......(21)..........(19) A massive increase on previous seasons for this popular score
1-2...26.......(25)..........(21)
1-0...25.......(28)..........(39) A gradual decline for this popular result
0-0...22.......(16)..........(16) An increase on previous seasons, but hard to predict
2-0...20.......(25)..........(26)
0-1...18.......(23)..........(27) A gradual decline for this popular prediction as well
2-2...16.......(22)..........(12) No surprise this is down on last seasons high total
0-2...14.......(19)...........(6)
3-1...14........(6)...........(16) Back to the levels you would expect after last seasons low
3-0...12........(7)...........(13)
0-3....8........(15)...........(5)
2-3....8........(11)..........(13) A gradual decline for this result not unexpected
1-3....6........(13)..........(14) A big decline in this prediction not expected
3-2....6.........(6)............(9)
1-4....6.........(4)............(1)
4-1....4.........(3)............(3)
4-0....4.........(3)............(1)
4-2....3.........(1)............(3)
3-3....3.........(0)............(1)
5-0....3.........(1)............(0)
2-4....2.........(2)............(1)
6-1....2.........(0)............(1)
0-4....2.........(2)............(2)
5-2....1.........(1)............(1)
5-3....1.........(0)............(0)
4-3....1.........(1)............(0)
3-5....1.........(0)............(0)
7-1....1.........(1)............(0)

Details for next season will be appearing soon. The provisional start for next season is 12th August.
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HL 2016/17 Charity Shield & Division One Play-off Finals - Deadline Sat. 15.00
at 21:19 7 May 2017

Semi-final Results

BOURNEMOUTH 2 STOKE 2
BURNLEY 2 WEST BROM 2
HULL 0 SUNDERLAND 2
LEICESTER 3 WATFORD 0
SWANSEA 1 EVERTON 0
EXETER 2 CARLISLE 3
HARTLEPOOL 2 DONCASTER 1
NEWPORT 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1
STEVENAGE 0 ACCRINGTON 3
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0


CHARITY SHIELD SEMI-FINALS

mfb_cufc 5 (0) ethicsgirl 4 (0)
A repeat of this seasons Happy Cup Final, and it is mfb_cufc who came out on top again, in a game that could have gone either way.

burnsieespana 8 (1) sevebalo 2
By being the only one this week to predict a win for Hartlepool, this brave decision got burnsieespana a vital 3 pointer. Though his five other outcomes were more than enough to get him a comfortable win.

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS

basher2010 3 (0) durham_exile 4 (0)
With the 3 pointers being difficult to find, this was another game that was decided by other outcomes, and it is durham_exile claiming the Final spot.

mrhappy 0 gsy163 3 (0)
This game turned out to be an administrators nightmare, well it was for me anyway. With mrhappy posting too late for the 15.00 kick-offs, his blind 1-0's for the other six games got him a very good 8 points. That was obviously enough to win the game, but unfortunately those predictions were posted at 17.31, one minute after kick-off time. The rule that I have consistently applied, is that any predictions posted after the kick-off deadline, have to be made void. So sorry mrhappy, in the order of fairness, I have to abide by the rules.

CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

mfb_cufc v burnsieespana

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL

gsy163 v durham_exile


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 To keep the suspense going there are five games on Saturday, and we finish with five games on Sunday. All 10 fixtures to be predicted by the 15.00 Saturday deadline please.

BOURNEMOUTH v BURNLEY
MIDDLESBROUGH v SOUTHAMPTON
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA
STOKE v ARSENAL (17.30)
FULHAM v READING (Championship Play-off 17.30)
CRYSTAL PALACE v HULL (Sun 12.00)
HUDDERSFIELD v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (Championship Play-off Sun 12.00)
TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED (Sun 16.30)
BLACKPOOL v LUTON (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)
CARLISLE v EXETER (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)

Good luck everybody.

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HL 2016/17 Charity Shield & Div One Play-off Semi-finals - Deadline Sat. 15.00
at 18:02 30 Apr 2017

CHARITY SHIELD Semi-finals

mfb_cufc v ethicsgirl

burnsieespana v sevebalo


DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF Semi-finals

basher2010 v durham_exile

mrhappy v gsy163


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

BOURNEMOUTH v STOKE
BURNLEY v WEST BROM
HULL v SUNDERLAND
LEICESTER v WATFORD
SWANSEA v EVERTON (17.30)
EXETER v CARLISLE (17.30)
HARTLEPOOL v DONCASTER (17.30)
NEWPORT v NOTTS COUNTY (17.30)
STEVENAGE v ACCRINGTON (17.30)
WYCOMBE v CAMBRIDGE UNITED (17.30)

Good luck everybody.

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