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Happy League 2017/18 Week 15 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 21:02 11 Nov 2017

Week 14 Results

BLACKPOOL 2 PORTSMOUTH 3

Portsmouth just edge a game which produced four goals in the last 16 minutes. Nobody got this spot-on, but 5 did have the outcome.

GILLINGHAM 1 BURY 1
A late equaliser for Gillingham, after former U's Neil Danns had given Bury the lead. Incredibly a 1-1 has nobody predicting it again, and only medicine_man got the outcome. There were 21 who predicted a win for Gillingham.

MK DONS 1 FLEETWOOD 0
A single goal, with their only shot on target, was enough to give MK Dons their first win in six league games. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and a further 6 had the outcome. This was the game earmarked to end 1-1, with 8 predicting that result.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 ACCRINGTON 0
Accrington missed the chance to go top of League 2 after this bore draw. Nobody had this spot-on, though 5 did get the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Accrington, with 9 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted result.

COVENTRY 0 MANSFIELD 1
A first win in six league games for Mansfield. Again no 3 points for anybody here, and only OhOriOri got the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Coventry.

CRAWLEY 1 FOREST GREEN 1
Crawley score their first league goal for 512 minutes to rescue a point. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and 1 more got the outcome.

Wow! What a struggle this week was. This is my fourth season administrating the Happy League, and this was the lowest points total for a week we ever had in that time. None of the six games went the way of the predictions favourite, so to get six 3 pointers wasn't too bad a return, but what made the week a disaster was by only having 19 outcomes. The six 3 pointers were shared out with six members getting one each. Three of them, burnsieespana, RSCOSWORTH and BFG got one outcome as well, so they are the weeks top scorers, with a useful 4 points, in what was a low scoring week.

In the Premier, by getting the MK Dons 1-0 spot-on, noah4x4 keeps his hot streak going by having at least one 3 pointer for the past five weeks. His lead is reduced by a point though, as burnsieespana gets 3 points for the Crawley 1-1, and also has the MK Dons outcome. Also having that Crawley 1-1 spot-on was RSCOSWORTH, and that enabled him to move up a place. The only other change in this division has sevebalo moving out of the relegation zone, thanks to having the MK Dons 1-0 spot-on.

In Division One, even though he fired a blank, Daniel still clings on to the top spot. BFG was another one to benefit from getting 3 points for the MK Dons 1-0, and the early season leader moves up four places, and back into the other automatic spot. This league is getting more and more tighter each passing week, and there is now only 7 points separating the top eight. By having the Crawley 1-1 spot-on, wessex_exile edges nearer to the play-offs. By being the only one to get three outcomes OhOriOri moves up another place, in what was the only other change in this league.

With seven weeks to go before the qualifiers for the Champions League are decided, I thought it was time to see how qualifying was looking. With mfb_cufc qualifying automatically as holder, the other places will go to the eleven highest points scorers over the two divisions on December 30th (Week 21). That eleventh spot is currently being occupied by concordman, with his 58 points.

THE TABLES (100 out of 280 played}
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 15 Fixtures

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
BURNLEY v SWANSEA CITY
CRYSTAL PALACE v EVERTON
LEICESTER CITY v MANCHESTER CITY
LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON
WEST BROMICH ALBION v CHELSEA

Good luck everybody.

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Happy Cup 2017/18 Group stage Round 2 (of 3) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday 2nd Dec
at 20:58 5 Nov 2017

Round 1 Results

AFC WIMBLEDON 1 LINCOLN 0
BOREHAM WOOD 2 BLACKPOOL 1
COLCHESTER 0 OXFORD CITY 1
CREWE 2 ROTHERHAM 1
GATESHEAD 2 CHELMSFORD 0
GILLINGHAM 2 LEYTON ORIENT 1
LUTON 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
YEOVIL 1 SOUTHEND 0
EXETER 3 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 1
LEATHERHEAD 1 BILLERICAY 1


Thank you everybody for posting your predictions, and making it a 100% turnout. Despite the usual FA Cup shocks, there was a number of decent scores posted, headed by durham_exile with a magnificent 13 points.

THE TABLES (10 out of 30 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers and then the first to post)

Group A.......................3pts....1pt.....Total

TheHappyGooner.........2........5.........11
noah4x4........................1........3...........6
Tropical_Us...................0........5...........5
thrillseeker....................0........4...........4
BFG...............................0........2...........2
jonestones....................0........1...........1

An excellent start for TheHappyGooner having the wins for Wimbledon and Gateshead spot-on, making them favourites for the quarter-finals from this group. The only other 3 pointer in this group, also for the Wimbledon win, was achieved by noah4x4, and he just edges the other qualifying spot.

Group B.....................3pts......1pt.....Total

durham_exile.............3..........4.......13
gerry_us......................2...........4.......10
concodman.................2...........3.........9
OhOriOri.....................1...........4.........7
Daniel.........................0...........5.........5
eagledares..................0...........4.........4

The battle for promotion in Division One has continued here, with five of the protagonist's competing in this group. They have taken their League form into the Cup in a big way, lead by a magnificent performance from durham_exile who had the wins for Crewe and Gateshead and the Leatherhead draw spot-on. Even after this great display there will be no resting on his laurels as he is being strongly pressed by gerry_us, whose excellent effort got 3 points for the Gillingham win and the Leatherhead draw, and concordman, whose two decent spot-ons were the wins for Gateshead and Exeter. OhOriOri can feel hard done by as his 7 points would have him 2nd in Group A or C, but there is still time to be involved here.

Group C...................3pts......1pt......Total

sevebalo..................2..........1..........7
medicine_man..........1..........3...........6
mfb_cufc...................1..........2...........5
Sector4 .....................0..........4...........4
Pinault_Noir..............0..........3...........3
burnsieespana..........0..........2...........2

It is all to play for in this group, with sevebalo leading the way thanks to having the wins for Gillingham and Exeter spot-on. Getting a good 3 points for the Boreham Wood win puts medicine_man into the other qualifying spot.

Group D..................3pts.......1pt.....Total

Gate16....................3..........1..........10
gsy163......................2..........3............9
RSCOSWORTH..........2..........2............8
basher2010..............1..........3............6
Blue4U2...................1..........2............5
wessex_exile............0..........3............3

Another competitive group with Gate16 holding sway, thanks to another excellent performance in this round of games, by having the wins for Crewe, Gillingham and Exeter spot-on. Getting a decent 3 points for the Wimbledon and Gillingham wins has gsy163 in the other qualifying spot. After his top scoring effort in the League this week RSCOSWORTH followed that with a decent Cup score as well by having the wins for Gillingham and Exeter spot-on, and he is right in the slipstream of the two leaders.

Round 2 Fixtures

BRADFORD CITY v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
FLEETWOOD TOWN v HEREFORD FC
GILLINGHAM v CARLISLE UNITED
MILTON KEYNES DONS v MAIDSTONE UNITED
SHREWSBURY TOWN v MORECAMBE
AFC WIMBLEDON v CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Sun 14.00)
GATESHEAD v LUTON TOWN (Sun 14.00)
NEWPORT COUNTY v CAMBRIDGE UNITED (Sun 14.00)
WOKING v PETERBOROUGH UNITED (Sun 14.00)
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v LEATHERHEAD (Sun 14.00)

Good luck everybody.



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Happy League 2017/18 Week 14 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:00 4 Nov 2017

Week 13 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 1 WEST BROM 0

There were 4 who got this spot-on, and 9 had the outcome.

SWANSEA 0 BRIGHTON 1
Nobody had this spot-on, though 4 did get the outcome.

IPSWICH 3 PRESTON 0
Again no 3 pointer for anybody, but 15 did have the outcome.

SHAW LANE 1 MANSFIELD 3
Everybody predicted a win for Mansfield, with 5 having it spot-on.

BOREHAM WOOD 2 BLACKPOOL 1
Nobody got this spot-on, and just basher2010 had the outcome. There were 22 who predicted a win for Blackpool, with 8 going for a 3-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

COLCHESTER 0 OXFORD CITY 1
How embarrassing. No points for anybody here, with 23 expecting the U's to turn up.

FOREST GREEN 1 MACCLESFIELD 0
Surprisingly no 3 points for anybody, but 12 did have the outcome.

GATESHEAD 2 CHELMSFORD 0
Well done to durham_exile for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 12 did get the outcome.

GILLINGHAM 2 LEYTON ORIENT 1
There were 4 who got this spot-on, and another 17 had the outcome.

HEREFORD 1 TELFORD 0
There were 2 who had this spot-on, and a further 13 got the outcome.

Despite the surprise wins for Brighton, Boreham Wood and Oxford City, and five games in total not producing any spot-ons, this was not a bad week overall. The other five games achieved sixteen 3 pointers, and there were over one hundred outcomes altogether, to give most members a reasonable score. There was only one member who managed to have two spot-on, that was RSCOSWORTH, and they were the wins for Mansfield and Gillingham. With three other outcomes he obtained an excellent 9 points. Not quite enough to be the weeks top scorer outright, as he has to share that honour with burnsieespana, who came out best of the other fourteen members who got one 3 pointer, by having the Gillingham 2-1 spot-on, and six other outcomes, to give him his excellent 9 points.

In the Premier, another solid week from noah4x4 enables him to maintain his 10 point lead. It is now last seasons runner-up burnsieespana, back in that spot again, after his top scoring effort moved him up two places. The weeks other top scorer RSCOSWORTH moves up a place, with his unique record of having more 3 pointers, and less outcomes, than anybody else in either division.

In Division One, despite being too late to get a possible point or three for the Mansfield win, Daniel still managed to put a bit of daylight between himself and the chasing pack. No 3 pointers for the third week running, but gerry_us still clings on to the other automatic spot. A welcome 3 pointer for eagledares, and four more outcomes, that keeps up his his record of having more of them than anybody in both divisions.

THE TABLES (94 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 14 Fixtures International break time again, so its six games from Leagues 1 and 2.

BLACKPOOL v PORTSMOUTH
GILLINGHAM v BURY
MILTON KEYNES DONS v FLEETWOOD TOWN
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
COVENTRY CITY v MANSFIELD TOWN
CRAWLEY TOWN v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 13 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 12.30
at 22:43 28 Oct 2017

Week 12 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 WEST HAM 2

Palace get a 97th minute equaliser, as they came from two goals down, with West Ham scoring with their only two shots on target. Good news for the 2 (Gate16 and Pinault_Noir), who got this spot-on, and another 6 had the outcome. This was the first 2-2 draw we have had this season.

BURTON 1 IPSWICH 2
Ipswich ended a run of three straight defeats, as they came from behind to win. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and a further 10 got the outcome.

PETERBOROUGH 1 SHREWSBURY 0
Shrewsbury's unbeaten start to the season is brought to an end by a Posh side getting a first victory in six games. There were 2 (noah4x4 and sevebalo), who got this spot-on, and 7 more had the outcome.

FOREST GREEN 2 MORECAMBE 0
Forest Green win for third successive league game, and bring an end to a five game losing run at home. Well done to TheHappyGooner for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 10 did have the outcome, with 7 going for a 1-0, in what was equally the most predicted result this week.

MANSFIELD 1 EXETER 1
An 86th minute equaliser for Exeter, as they end the game with 10 men. Another 1-1 draw that goes almost unbacked. So well done BFG, for being the only one "brave" enough to get 3 points for this, and just durham_exile had the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Mansfield, with 7 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

PORT VALE 0 SWINDON 3
Port Vale's three game winning run crashes to an end, against a Swindon team who have now won more away games than anybody in all four divisions. Nobody had this spot-on, but 8 did get the outcome. There were 12 who predicted that Port Vale would continue with their winning run.

These were tough fixtures to predict this week, so it is not surprising there was a big spread of predictions on the outcomes of these games, with the Peterborough v Shrewsbury fixture having twelve different results predicted, as an example. This big spread of predictions was always going to restrict the number of 3 pointers, so in the circumstances a return of 10 was not too bad. Those 3 pointers were shared out with 10 members getting one each. So this weeks top scorer was decided by the one who got the most outcomes, and that produced a tie with noah4x4 and durham_exile both getting three, to give them a very useful 6 points each.

Don't forget the Happy Cup starts this coming week. All details can be found on the separate Happy Cup thread

In the Premier, that top scoring effort from noah4x4 has extended his lead to very decent 10 points. That late winner for Ipswich gave mfb_cufc his first 3 pointer in seven weeks, and moves him back up into the final Charity Shield spot. But with only 5 points separating 2nd to 6th, the competition for those Charity Shield spots continues to be competitive. That late Palace equaliser helped Gate16 to get out of the relegation zone, where he is replaced by jonestones, whose lucky dip predictions didn't have the desired effect this time.

In Division One, the lead continues to change from week to week, and it is Daniel who takes over again this week, but only on the most 3 pointer rule from gerry_us. That top scoring effort from durham_exile, helped by getting the Ipswich 2-1 spot-on, moves him to within 3 points of an automatic spot. With a number of solid weeks from the chasing pack, it means there are now only 10 points separating the top eight in this league. Another to benefit from the Ipswich 2-1 was OhOriOri, and by getting that spot-on he moves off the bottom.

THE TABLES (84 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 13 Fixtures picked by this weeks guest thrillseeker. It is the FA Cup 1st Round this week, and a majority of the fixtures come from this competition. This is our first early start of the season, so DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE THIS WEEK IS 12.30. Also a final reminder that the Happy Cup starts this week with 10 games from the 1st Round. All details to be found on the Happy Cup thread.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v WEST BROMICH ALBION
SWANSEA CITY v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
IPSWICH TOWN v PRESTON NORTH END
SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION v MANSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup 12.30)
BOREHAM WOOD v BLACKPOOL (FA Cup)
COLCHESTER UNITED v OXFORD CITY (FA Cup)
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v MACCLESFIELD TOWN (FA Cup)
GATESHEAD v CHELMSFORD CITY (FA Cup)
GILLINGHAM v LEYTON ORIENT (FA Cup)
HEREFORD FC v AFC TELFORD UNITED (FA Cup)

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 12 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 21:58 21 Oct 2017

Week 11 Results

DERBY 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0

Derby make it five unbeaten, as they beat 10-man Wednesday. There were 2 (BFG and TheHappyGooner) who got this spot-on, and a further 14 had the outcome, with 11 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

MIDDLESBROUGH 0 CARDIFF 1
An 84th minute penalty moves Cardiff up to second. Again we have 2 (noah4x4 and gsy163) who had this spot-on, and another 7 got the outcome.

GILLINGHAM 1 NORTHAMPTON 2
Northampton ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions with a crucial victory. Well done to OhOriOri for being the only one to predict this win, and he got it spot-on. There were 19 who predicted a win for Gillingham, with 9 going for a 2-0.

ROCHDALE 1 BRISTOL ROVERS 0
Rochdale ended a five-game run without a win with this narrow victory. Well done to noah4x4 for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 8 did have the outcome.

CREWE 0 ACCRINGTON 2
Two goals in the first 11 minutes win it for Accrington against 10-man Crewe. Nobody got this spot-on, though 13 did have he outcome.

NEWPORT 1 MANSFIELD 1
Newport won the corner count 11-0, but have to settled for a point. The 1-1 draw is losing its popularity, and that is the case here. So well done Sector4 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and just 2 got the outcome.

All six results were quite backable this week - even Northampton's "shock" win was against a team second from bottom - but it only produced seven 3 pointers. As I said above, the 1-1 draw is losing its popularity, with the eight so far this season only producing sixteen 3 pointers. Well down on previous seasons. Though this lack of support is justifiable, because if you had backed every game to finish 1-1 this season, it would have put you bottom of either league with just 29 points. There has not even been a 2-2 draw so far, to give an outcome. Back to this week, and there is one outstanding performer, that is noah4x4, who had the two 3 pointers as mentioned above, and two other outcomes, to give him an excellent weeks top scoring 8 points.

The Happy Cup begins in two weeks time, and the draw for the groups, the first round of fixtures, and the rest of the competition details, can be found on the separate Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier, that top scoring effort from noah4x4 enables him to regain the lead again, as he continues to produce his decent Division One form at the higher level. It has also given him a decent 5 point cushion. What was once a breakaway five at the top , had thrillseeker join it last week, and a solid week from Sector4, sees him latch on to it this week. It is now six weeks without a 3 pointer for mfb_cufc. The longest run without one by anybody in either division at the moment.

In Division One, we also have a former leader gerry_us, regaining the top spot. The worst week of the season so far for Daniel, but he still holds on to the other automatic spot. The play-off positions remain the same, but a solid week from TheHappyGooner moved them to within a point of the play-offs. Incredibly eagledares now has less 3 pointers, and more outcomes than anybody in either league.

THE TABLES (78 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 12 Fixtures

CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST HAM UNITED
BURTON ALBION v IPSWICH TOWN
PETERBOROUGH UNITED v SHREWSBURY TOWN
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v MORECAMBE
MANSFIELD TOWN v EXETER CITY
PORT VALE v SWINDON TOWN

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Happy Cup 2017/18 Group stage Round 1 (of 3) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday 4th Nov
at 18:04 15 Oct 2017

Welcome to this seasons Happy Cup. The independent draw has been made for the group stage of the competition, by Mrs MFB. They are as follows:-

Group A BFG, jonestones, noah4x4, TheHappyGooner, thrillseeker, Tropical_Us

Group B concordman, Daniel, durham_exile, eagledares, gerry_us, OhOriOri

Group C burnsieespana, medicine_man, mfb_cufc, Pinault_Noir, Sector4, sevebalo

Group D basher2010, Blue4U2, Gate16, gsy163, RSCOSWORTH, wessex_exile

The top two from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, with the usual tie-breaker rules applying where members finish on the same number of points. At this group stage there will be 30 fixtures in total, 10 from each of the first three rounds of the FA Cup.

The quarter-final draw will be as follows:-

1) Winner of Group A v Runner-up of Group B

2) Runner-up of Group A v Winner of Group B

3) Winner of Group C v Runner-up of Group D

4) Runner-up of Group C v Winner of Group D

The quarter-finals will be decided by 10 fixtures from the FA Cup 4th Round. These will one off games, no replays, where the first to post rule could be vital.

The semi-final draw will be as follows:-

Winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 4

Winner of Game 2 v Winner of Game 3

The semifinals will be decided by the 8 fixtures from the FA Cup 5th Round, and 2 fixtures from that weeks league programme. Again these will be one off games, no replays.

The final will be decided by the 4 fixtures from the FA Cup 6th Round, and 6 fixtures from that weeks league programme. This will also be a one off game, no replay.

Group stage Round 1 Fixtures

AFC WIMBLEDON v LINCOLN CITY
BOREHAM WOOD v BLACKPOOL
COLCHESTER UNITED v OXFORD CITY
CREWE ALEXANDRA v ROTHERHAM UNITED
GATESHEAD v CHELMSFORD CITY
GILLINGHAM v LEYTON ORIENT
LUTON TOWN v PORTSMOUTH
YEOVIL TOWN v SOUTHEND UNITED
EXETER CITY v HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS (Sun 14.00)
LEATHERHEAD v BILLERICAY TOWN (Sun 14.00)

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 11 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:44 14 Oct 2017

Week 10 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 CHELSEA 1

Palace score their first goals, and get their first points of the season with this shock win. Fortune favours the brave, so well done to Pinault_Noir for being the only one to get this spot-on, and just jonestones had the outcome. The other 22 predicted a win for Chelsea, with 8 going for a 3-0.

MANCHESTER CITY 7 STOKE 2
Man City scored seven goals in a Premier League game for only the second time. Not surprisingly nobody had this good thing spot-on, but 23 did get the outcome.

WATFORD 2 ARSENAL 1
Watford came from behind to grab a 92nd minute winner. That was good news for the 3 who got this spot-on, and only 1 had the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a victory for Arsenal, with 8 going for a 2-1.

LEEDS 0 READING 1
Leeds miss an injury time penalty, as they lose at home for the first time this season. Another shock result, with all 24 members predicting a win for Leeds.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 IPSWICH 0
Ipswich manager McCarthy is now without an away win in October in his past 18 matches, a run stretching back to 2008. There were 2 who got this spot-on, and a further 15 had the outcome.

CHARLTON 1 DONCASTER 0
Ex U's loanee Fosu-Henry scored his fifth goal in three matches to win it for Charlton. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and another 12 got the outcome.

ROTHERHAM 2 SCUNTHORPE 0
Rotherham score in each half, to make it three wins in a row. There were 5 who got 3 points for this, and 9 more had the outcome.

COLCHESTER 0 CARLISLE 1
Carlisle score with the only shot on target, to beat the lacklustre U's. Well done to sevebalo for being the only one to have this spot-on, and another 3 got the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for the U's, with 9 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

LINCOLN 0 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0
A bore draw in a game of few chances. Nobody got 3 points for this, but 6 did have the outcome. There were 14 who predicted a victory for Lincoln.

LUTON 7 STEVENAGE 1
Berry scored a hat-trick, as Luton hammered their near neighbours. Obviously nobody had this spot-on, but 19 did get the outcome.

All ten games this week produced a strong favourite, but with only half of them delivering, and two of them scoring seven, this was another tough week for finding those important 3 pointers. So considering this thrillseeker must have been thrilled to have got three spot-on, the wins for Watford, Sheff Utd and Rotherham, and with three other outcomes, he this weeks top scorer with a magnificent 12 points. Just missing out out on this honour was sevebalo, who came right back to form by having the win for Sheff Utd to go with his Carlisle win spot-on, and five outcomes, to give him a brilliant 11 points. Perhaps jonestones has found a secret to success, with his predictions this week being the equivalent of a lucky dip on the lottery. They gave him an excellent 10 points, helped by getting 3 points for the Watford and Rotherham wins. Two other members had two spot-on, they were Daniel, thanks to the wins for Watford and Charlton, to give him a terrific 9 points, and Pinault_Noir, who had the Charlton win to go with his great Palace pick, on his way to a very good 7 points.

With the draw for the first round of the FA Cup taking place on Monday, that means it is time for the Happy Cup to be taking shape. The draw for the four groups will be drawn tomorrow, and details of this and how the competition will pan out, will follow on a separate thread.

in the Premier, it is still by virtue of the more 3 pointer rule that gsy163 is leading noah4x4, as they both get a decent 7 points. The big changes in this division come from the weeks high scorers, with that top scoring effort from thrillseeker moving up three places, and into the final Charity Shield spot. Further down the line he has given a big boost to his chance of making the Champions League. As for jonestones, his seasons best score takes him out of the bottom three for the first time this season. The great week for sevebalo wasn't enough for him to follow suit, but he moved to within a point of safety. Those missed weeks have caught up with Gate16, and he drops into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

In Division One we have a new leader, with Daniel being rewarded for the outstanding season he has had so far. Yet another decent effort this week takes him to the summit. By getting the Rotherham 2-0 spot-on, both gerry_us and concordman, stay well in contention for the other automatic spot. As for the rest of this league, it is as you were last week, with the only change being Pinault_Noir moving up a place.

THE TABLES (72 out 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 11 Fixtures

DERBY COUNTY v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
MIDDLESBROUGH v CARDIFF CITY
GILLINGHAM v NORTHAMPTON TOWN
ROCHDALE v BRISTOL ROVERS
CREWE ALEXANDRA v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
NEWPORT COUNTY v MANSFIELD TOWN

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 10 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:20 7 Oct 2017

Week 9 Results

DONCASTER 4 SOUTHEND 1

Doncaster come from behind to record their first home win in the league this season, as they thrash a Southend side who have a player sent off after the final whistle. Nobody got this spot-on, but 8 did have the outcome. There were 10 who predicted a win for Southend, and incredibly they all went for a 2-1, in what was the joint most predicted result this wee

MK DONS 1 BRADFORD CITY 4
A convincing win for Bradford who remain unbeaten away, against a MK Dons team who had to play for 85 minutes with 10 men. Again no 3 pointer for anybody here, though 11 did get the outcome.

SCUNTHORPE 1 WIGAN 2
Wigan are another side to have a player sent off, but it didn't stop them from winning. There were 5 who got this spot-on, with a further 9 having the outcome.

ACCRINGTON 0 LUTON 2
Luton replace Accrington in the automatic places with this win. Well done to gsy163 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and 6 had the outcome. There were 14 who predicted a win for Accrington, with 10 going for a 2-1, in what was the other most predicted result this week.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 WYCOMBE 3
Wycombe win for the fourth successive game, and take their unbeaten away run to twelve, as they beat 10-man Cambridge. Nobody got this spot-on, but 6 did have the outcome.

MORECAMBE 0 CRAWLEY 1
A narrow win for Crawley against yet another team to have player sent off. Well done to thrillseeker for being the only one to have this spot-on, and just 2 got the outcome.

These were the toughest fixtures of the season so far to predict, with no "easy" games. Though if I had gone with the Notts County v Forest Green fixture, that drawn game would have been hard to predict. So we end up with five away wins, with only 10-man Wigan's 2-1 win giving much hope of finding a 3 pointer this week. The total of seven 3 pointers were shared with seven members getting one each. This lead to us having a five-way tie when it came to finding the weeks top scorer. Those five were Gate16, basher2010 and eagledares, who benefited from having the Wigan 2-1 spot-on, together with the above mentioned gsy163 and thrillseeker, who all got a very useful 5 points, in what was a low scoring week.

In the Premier, that useful week for gsy163 was enough to take him up three places, and to become the fourth different leader in this division in the the last four weeks. Though it is only by the the most 3 pointer rule that he edges out last weeks leader noah4x4. A blank week for RSCOSWORTH drops him three places, but still well in contention. A good week for thrillseeker has him in sight of the congestion at the top. I have not heard anything for a number of weeks from Colukev, so I sadly have to apply the four missed weeks in a row rule, and expel him from all Happy League competitions. It is a rule that when it has been applied in the past the member didn't want to carry on anyhow, but in this case I am not so sure. But with the Happy Cup due to start soon, I had no option, as the groups for that competition are due to be sorted shortly. That means with Colukev gone, there are now only two other relegation places to be decided. By getting the Wigan 2-1 spot-on sevebalo enhanced his chances of not being one of those two.

In Division One, just two outcomes for gerry_us, but it was enough to keep him top. Though only by a point from Daniel, who continued his good season by moving into the other automatic spot. The other member to benefit from having the Wigan 2-1 spot-on was durham_exile, and he cements his play-off spot with that. A very welcome 3 pointer (only his second one this season) for eagledares, moves him within a point of the play-offs, thanks to his artillery of outcomes. The useful week for basher2010 also puts him into play-off contention.

THE TABLES (62 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 10 Fixtures picked by this weeks guest Blue4U2

CRYSTAL PALACE v CHELSEA
MANCHESTER CITY v STOKE CITY
WATFORD v ARSENAL (17.30)
LEEDS UNITED v READING
SHEFFIELD UNITED v IPSWICH TOWN
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v DONCASTER ROVERS
ROTHERHAM UNITED v SCUNTHORPE UNITED
COLCHESTER UNITED v CARLISLE UNITED
LINCOLN CITY v CAMBRIDGE UNITED
LUTON TOWN v STEVENAGE

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 9 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
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Week 8 Results

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Such a predictable result, as Palace continue their quest to break all the records for no points or goals at the beginning of a season. One of the weeks big bankers, that had 4 getting it spot-on, and a further 18 having the outcome.

CHELSEA 0 MANCHESTER CITY 1
A narrow win for City, that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests. Nobody had this spot-on, and just 3 got the outcome.

MILLWALL 1 BARNSLEY 3
A shock result, with Barnsley getting their first away win of the season. This was such a banker that nobody got any points from this game. Their were 21 who predicted a win for Millwall, with 11 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

ROTHERHAM 1 NORTHAMPTON 0
Rotherham have scored more goals at home than any other team in all four divisions, but only one was required to win this game. Another of the weeks bankers, with 5 having it spot-on, and another 16 getting the outcome.

CHESTERFIELD 0 CHELTENHAM 2
Cheltenham record their first away victory since February. Another game with no 3 pointers, but 5 did get the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Jack Lester in his first game as Chesterfield manager.

SWINDON 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0
First clean sheet at home this season for Swindon. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and a further 12 got the outcome.

This was a week that looked good for the home teams. But it didn't work out that way, with three fixtures ending in a win for the visitors. There were only 12 predictions for an away win over the six games, with none yielding 3 points. So it was left to three teams who did manage to win at home, to provide us with the weeks twelve 3 pointers, and all but 8 of the weeks total points. A tremendous effort then from Sector4 to get those wins for Man Utd, Rotherham and Swindon spot-on, to give him an excellent 9 points, and the honour of being the weeks top scorer. One other performance of merit came from Daniel, who was the only one to get two 3 pointers, the wins for Rotherham and Swindon, on his way to a very good 7 points.

In the Premier, the lead changes hands again, with another solid work from noah4x4 moving him up four places to reach the summit. After his past struggles in the top league, he is finally showing the form that won him the Division one title three times. Early season leader mfb_cufc drops another two places, but with still only two points separating the top five, this has the potential to be the most exciting title race for years. The other big mover in this division was Sector4, whose top scoring effort took him three places, and has him eyeing up the Charity Shield spots now, after being more concerned about relegation a week ago. Talking of being concerned, I am, after missing weeks again from Gate16 and Colukev. I know there are far more important things in life than the Happy League, so I hope all is well with them.

In Division One, with the top two both getting three outcomes, there is no change there.
Though this is the first week this season that concordman has failed to get a 3 pointer. Another decent week for Daniel, takes him to within a point of an automatic spot. The revival from TheHappyGooner continues, and they move up another two places, and back into the play-off places. Another four outcomes for eagledares, and he continues to have more of them than anybody, it is now five weeks without a 3 pointer for him though, but he edges closer to the play-offs without them. Also eyeing up the play-offs is wessex_exile, who is gradually getting into his stride, after a slow start to the season.

THE TABLES (56 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 9 Fixtures It is International break time again, so we have six games from Leagues 1 and 2.

DONCASTER ROVERS v SOUTHEND UNITED
MILTON KEYNES DONS v BRADFORD CITY
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v WIGAN ATHLETIC
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v LUTON TOWN
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v WYCOMBE WANDERERS
MORECAMBE v CRAWLEY TOWN

Good luck everybody.
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Kurtis Guthrie made a welcome return tonight, coming on as a second-half sub, and playing the last half hour, in the U23's goaless draw with Millwall.

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Week 7 Results

LEICESTER 2 LIVERPOOL 3

Liverpool get a first win in four, helped by a Vardy missed penalty. Well done to medicine_man for being the only one to get this spot-on, and there were 13 who had the outcome, with 8 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

FULHAM 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1
Both goals came in the last four minutes, as the Middlesbrough equaliser takes their unbeaten run to five. There were 4 who had this spot-on, with nobody getting the outcome.

READING 1 HULL 1
A late equaliser denies Hull their first away win of the season. That is good news for the 3 who got this spot-on, and 2 more had the outcome.

SUNDERLAND 1 CARDIFF 2
Sunderland have now gone 15 home games in the league without a win. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and there were 11 who got the outcome.

BRISTOL ROVERS 3 BLACKPOOL 1
Another game decided by late goals, with two of them winning it for Rovers. Well done to Daniel for being the only one to get 3 points for this, and 8 more had the outcome.

PETERBOROUGH 3 WIGAN 2
Yet another game having late goals, three in fact, with Peterborough getting a 90th minute winner, to give them their 1,000th League win. Nobody had this spot-on, but 8 did get the outcome.

SCUNTHORPE 2 PORTSMOUTH 0
Two first-half goals earn Scunthorpe a comfortable win. There were 3 who got this spot-on, with a further 11 having the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 1 BLACKBURN 1
On a week for late goals, Blackburn are another team to get an equaliser with the aid of one, as Shrewsbury maintain their unbeaten start to the season. There were 4 who benefited from this by having it spot-on, and 2 more got the outcome.

COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 2
The U's 10 game unbeaten home league run comes to an end, as Wycombe take their unbeaten away league run to 11. Well done to burnsieespana for being the only one to get this spot-on, and only noah4x4 had the outcome.

COVENTRY 2 EXETER 0
Exeter's unbeaten start to the season comes to an end. Nobody had this spot-on, but 8 did get the outcome.

Late goals were the order of the day on this weeks games, with 10 of them coming from the 84th minute onwards, to put a different complexion on the results. After their recent struggles TheHappyGooner said "this week we aim to top score - just watch". Well they were proved to be right, and indeed they did top score, thanks to getting the Scunthorpe 2-0 and Shrewsbury 1-1 spot-on, and three other outcomes, to get an excellent 9 points. Another member to benefit from having those same two results spot-on was thrillseeker, on his way to a very good 7 points. The same number of points were obtained by RSCOSWORTH, helped by getting 3 points for the Reading 1-1 and Cardiff 2-1. One other member had two spot-on this week, that was gerry_us, and they were the Fulham 1-1 and Scunthorpe 2-0, to give him a decent 8 points. That was also the same number of points accrued by burnsieespana, who was the highest point scorer of those who had one spot-on.

In the Premier, we have a new leader, with RSCOSWORTH being rewarded for having more 3 pointers than anybody in this division. Up into second is burnsieespana, who continued his relentless climb up the table, by moving up another three places. He takes that position by virtue of more 3 pointers than mfb_cufc, who relinquishes the top spot he his held since Week 1. But with now only 2 points separating the top five, this league is really hotting up. A good week for thrillseeker, keeps the top five in his sights. Further down the table, congratulations to jonestones for finally getting a 3 pointer.

In Division One, we also have a new leader here as well. With another decent week for gerry_us finally taking him to the summit. He may of lost top spot, but by having the Cardiff 2-1 spot-on concordman still has more 3 pointers than anybody in this league, but has to settle for the other automatic place now. The top scoring week for TheHappyGooner only took them up one place, but they have the play-offs back in sight now. A good week for wessex_exile puts him into play-off contention as well. Another six outcomes for eagledares, and nobody has more of them than him, but a lack of 3 pointers is holding him back. After leading this division for much of last season, basher2010 has failed to scale those heights this time around, and he drops four places this week.

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



Week 8 Fixtures

MANCHESTER UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE
CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY (17.30)
MILLWALL v BARNSLEY
ROTHERHAM UNITED v NORTHAMPTON TOWN
CHESTERFIELD v CHELTENHAM TOWN
SWINDON TOWN v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

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