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Happy League 2018/19 Week 1 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 11th August 15.00
at 21:43 5 Jul 2018

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 1 Fixtures - Deadline Saturday 11th August

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

Good luck everybody.
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Well done Braintree!
at 20:54 13 May 2018

Braintree got promoted back to the National League at the first attempt, after winning the play-off final 4-3 on penalties. With the on loan Diaz Wright scoring the winning penalty. He has apparently been outstanding for them this season, and could be pushing for a first team place back at the U's next season.
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HL 2017/18 Charity Shield & Div One Play-off Finals - Deadline Sun 15.00
at 21:34 5 May 2018

The Semi-final Results

BOURNEMOUTH 1 SWANSEA 0
BARNET 3 CHESTERFIELD 0
COVENTRY 0 MORECAMBE 0
LINCOLN 1 YEOVIL 1
MANSFIELD 1 CRAWLEY 1
EVERTON 1 SOUTHAMPTON 1
GILLINGHAM 5 PLYMOUTH 2
NORTHAMPTON 2 OLDHAM 2
ROCHDALE 1 CHARLTON 0
SCUNTHORPE 1 BRADFORD CITY 1


After an incredibly tough week this is how the Semi-final games finished:-

CHARITY SHIELD Semi-finals

thrillseeker 2 TheHappyGooner 5 (1)
Getting the Bounemouth 1-0 spot-on was the result that clinched it for the TheHappyGooner, as the Happy Cup winners make it to another final.

noah4x4 2 RSCOSWORTH 5 (1)
A 96th minute equaliser from Everton is what wins it for RSCOSWORTH, as he gets that result spot-on. Without that late goal noah4x4 would have won on the first to post tie-breaker. Such fine lines.

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF Semi-finals

durham_exile 6 (1) Daniel 7 (2)
Two spot-ons, the 1-0 wins for Bournemouth and Rochdale, were enough for Daniel to edge this close contest. Very unfortunate for durham_exile as he had the second highest score this week, that included having the Scunthorpe 1-1 spot-on.

TheHappyGooner 5 (1) BFG 4
It is getting that Bournemouth 1-0 spot-on that made all the difference here for TheHappyGooner, as they reach their third final this season.

CHARITY SHIELD Final

TheHappyGooner v RSCOSWORTH

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF Final

Daniel v TheHappyGooner

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 predictions the same as your opponent, please. The fifth one upwards will be declared void.

The Fixtures

BURNLEY v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST BROMICH ALBION
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v ARSENAL
LIVERPOOL v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
MANCHESTER UNITED v WATFORD
NEWCASTLE UNITED v CHELSEA
SOUTHAMPTON v MANCHESTER CITY
SWANSEA CITY v STOKE CITY
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v LEICESTER CITY
WEST HAM UNITED v EVERTON

Good luck everybody.
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HL 2017/18 Charity Shield & Div One Play-off Semi-Finals - Deadline Sat 15.00
at 10:43 29 Apr 2018

CHARITY SHIELD Semi-finals

thrillseeker v TheHappyGooner

noah4x4 v RSCOSWORTH


DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF Semi-finals

durham_exile v Daniel

TheHappyGooner v BFG


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 predictions the same as your opponent, please. The fifth one upwards will be declared void.

The Fixtures

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v SWANSEA CITY
BARNET v CHESTERFIELD
COVENTRY CITY v MORECAMBE
LINCOLN CITY v YEOVIL TOWN
MANSFIELD TOWN v CRAWLEY TOWN
EVERTON v SOUTHAMPTON (17.30)
GILLINGHAM v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (17.30)
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v OLDHAM ATHLETIC (17.30)
ROCHDALE v CHARLTON ATHLETIC (17.30)
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v BRADFORD CITY (17.30)

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 - The Final Tables
at 18:14 28 Apr 2018

Week 38 results

SOUTHAMPTON 2 BOURNEMOUTH 1

Bournemouth have now failed to win any of their 14 trips to Southampton in all competitions. A massive 7 got this spot-on, and another 4 had the outcome.

BURTON 2 BOLTON 0
Burton ensured the battle for survival in the Championship will go to the final day after beating their fellow strugglers. Nobody had this spot-on, but 15 did get the outcome.

NORWICH 2 LEEDS 1
Wes Hoolahan scored on his final home appearance for Norwich as his side came from behind to defeat Leeds. A decent 6 got this spot-on, and 6 more had the outcome.

WOLVES 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0
No shots on target for Wednesday, but they will be pleased with a bore draw. Everybody predicted a win for Wolves, with 10 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

OLDHAM 0 DONCASTER 0
Oldham have been a third-tier club for 21 consecutive seasons, but that could come to an end next week, as they have now gone seven games without a win after this bore draw. Nobody got this spot-on, though 7 did have the outcome.

PLYMOUTH 2 ROTHERHAM 1
A 91st minute penalty kept Plymouth's League One play-off hopes alive. That was good news for the 7 who had this spot-on, with a further 11 getting the outcome.

WALSALL 1 NORTHAMPTON 0
Walsall were another team to get a 91st minute winner, as they condemn Northampton to relegation. Again this was good news for the 7 who got this spot-on, and 7 also had the outcome.

COLCHESTER 0 SWINDON 0
An uninspiring bore draw, in what has been an uninspiring season for the U's. Nobody got 3 points for this, and just 3 had the outcome.

LUTON 3 FOREST GREEN 1
Two late goals ensured Luton finished second in League 2. Everybody predicted a win for Luton, with only 2 having it spot-on.

MORECAMBE 0 BARNET 1
Barnet keep their survival hopes alive after this massive win. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and another 5 got the outcome.

What an incredible final week that was. As we approached the final minutes of the season the games were heading for six draws, but in what has been a trend throughout the season, late goals changed all that. Despite still ending with three bore draws, those late winners for Plymouth, Walsall and Luton gave us a seasons high 33 spot-ons, and an overall total of 177 points achieved. The second best points total of the season, only beaten by the 186 in Week 19. With so many 3 pointers it is not surprising there were some decent scores, with current (and now former) Premier champ mfb_cufc leading the way with four, the wins for Southampton, Norwich, Plymouth and Barnet, and with three outcomes is the weeks top scorer with 15 points. But that performance is put in the shade by thrillseeker, as another three 3 pointers, the wins for Southampton, Norwich and Barnet, means with 39 he has created a new 3 pointer record for a season, as he finishes the season with an excellent 12 points. Three spot-ons also for eagledares, the wins for Plymouth, Walsall and Barnet, as he also got an excellent 12 points. Two others to get three 3 pointers were sevebalo, the wins for Southampton, Plymouth and Walsall, and durham_exile, who had the wins for Southampton, Walsall and Luton, as they both got an impressive 11 points.

In the Premier It is congratulations to thrillseeker who sealed a third title in some style, for as well as breaking the 3 pointer record for a season, he also passed the magic 200 total for a season. Probably the first time this has been achieved in the Premier since it was 3 points for a win and no jokers. After holding a 13 point lead at the end of Week 17 noah4x4 had to settle for the runner-up spot, as he struggled to match the champ for 3 pointers. He is joined in the Charity Shield by RSCOSWORTH, who took a big step forward this season, after avoiding relegation the last two seasons by virtue of more 3 pointers both times. A good final week was not quite good enough for mfb_cufc to take his usual place in the Shield, and he has the consolation of having the seasons two highest weekly scores after also getting 16 in Week 19. At the bottom, by equalling his season high score sevebalo made sure he wouldn't be relegated, after being in the Shield last season. A no show from Tropical_Us could have seen him dropping into the final relegation place, in what was a high scoring week, but in the end it was Sector4 who filled that final spot, after his great fightback from an impossible position was all to no avail.

In Division One It is congratulations to eagledares, who is champion after reaching the summit for the first time this season, after equalling his season high score. Great timing for his first season back after a break. He is joined in the Premier by gerry_us, as his solid week ensured he finally made it back to the top flight after a few seasons away. After leading for a number of weeks durham_exile looked like he may also be returning after a spell away, but his decent week was only enough to confirm his play-off place. He is joined there by TheHappyGooner, who will be looking for promotion to go with their Happy Cup win in their first season, BFG who will be looking for an instant return after last seasons relegation, and Daniel who was right back to form after three seasons in the doldrums. The unfortunate one to miss out was concordman, who finished seventh for the second season running. At the bottom, a seasons high score was not enough for Blue4U2 to avoid getting the wooden spoon.

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



This means the Charity Shield semi-finals will be:-

thrillseeker v TheHappyGooner
noah4x4 v RSCOSWORTH


The Division One play-offs semi-finals will be:-

durham_exile v Daniel
TheHappyGooner v BFG


Full details for the Charity Shield and Division One play-offs will be on a separate thread sometime tomorrow.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 38 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:55 22 Apr 2018

Week 37 Results

WATFORD 0 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Watford are now winlees in 6 after this bore draw. Well done to RSCOSWORTH for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 6 did have the outcome.

BRENTFORD 2 QPR 1
Brentford take their unbeaten run to 7, as they make a late push for a play-off place. There was a massive 8 who had this spot-on, with a further 13 getting the outcome.

SUNDERLAND 1 BURTON 2
Sunderland are relegated for the second season in succession, after Burton score twice in the last 5 minutes. Nobody got this spot-on, but 4 did have the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Sunderland, with 10 going for a 1-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

NORTHAMPTON 2 PLYMOUTH 0
Only a second win in 12 games for Northampton, to give their survival hopes a boost. Again no 3 pointer for anybody here, and only 3 got the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Plymouth.

PORTSMOUTH 0 CHARLTON 1
Ajose's first Charlton goal this season was enough to win this battle for the play-offs. Nobody got this spot-on, and again just 3 had the outcome.

FOREST GREEN 4 CHESTERFIELD 1
Chesterfield now have back-to-back relegations after this heavy defeat. Yet another game with no 3 pointer, but a big 18 did get the outcome.

WYCOMBE 0 ACCRINGTON 4
Already promoted Stanley show their class in this thrashing. No surprise that 3 points eluded everybody again, though 6 did have the outcome.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 TOTTENHAM 1
A record equalling 20th FA Cup final appearance for Man Utd, as Spurs are condemned to their eighth successive defeat in the semi-finals. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and 4 also got the outcome.

STOKE 1 BURNLEY 1
Stoke take their winless run 11, to equal their longest run without a victory in the Premier League. The 3 who got this spot-on wont care about that, and 4 more had the outcome.

CHELSEA 2 SOUTHAMPTON 0
Chelsea reach the F A Cup final for the 13th time. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and a further 18 got the outcome.

The penultimate week of the season had a mixed bag of results. Five games failed to produce a 3 pointer, but the other five made up for that with 19, helped by the Brentford win producing 8 and a total of 37 points to equal the second highest points total from one game this season. In the end it was a week where nothing much changed at the top and bottom of both divisions, even though four members did manage to get two 3 pointers. Best of those was medicine_man who showed the sort of form that got him to the Happy Cup final, by having the wins for Brentford and Man Utd spot-on, and with four outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with an excellent 10 points. Others to get two spot-on were Tropical_Us, who had the Brentford 2-1 and the Stoke 1-1, and Sector4 who had the Stoke 1-1 and the Chelsea 2-0, to give them both a decent 8 points. This points total was also achieved by eagledares, BFG and OhOriOri, with one 3 pointer and five outcomes. Finally RSCOSWORTH was the other one to get two 3 pointers, The Brenford 2-1 to go with his Waford 0-0, on his way to a very good 7 points.

In the Premier The Brentford 2-1 gave thrillseeker yet another 3 pointer, and leaves him one short of equalling the record for them in a season. But more importantly he maintains his 10 point lead, and a third title is almost there. Using the mrhappy tactic failed to close the gap for noah4x4, but along with RSCOSWORTH, they remain strong favourites for a Charity Shield spot. The decent week for Tropical_Us should finally dispel any chance of him being relegated. The same applies to burnsieespana after a solid week. At the bottom, after Saturday's eight games Sector4 looked like he would be requiring a miracle yet again to avoid the drop. But after getting both Sunday games spot-on he has every chance now, with only 2 points separating the bottom three. I have a big apology to make to sevebalo. I noticed on my records he had one point more than he should have. I traced it back to Week 33 when I gave him 3 points on the spreadsheet instead of 2. This is something I usually take great care in getting right, but I obviously didn't in this case, and I am sorry it has taken so long before I noticed.

In Division One Getting the Chelsea 2-0 spot-on got gerry_us out of jail, and he remains odds on favourite for the automatics. Favourite to join him is now eagledares, who has progressed throughout his first season back, and has timed his run to the other automatic spot to perfection. A fourth week running without a 3 pointer means durham_exile drops out of the top two after spending 13 weeks there. If he fails to bounce back in the final week at least he looks assured of a play-off place. The other three spots are going to be decided on the last game of the season, as it has looked all season, and it is any three from four. The tie-breaker could prove significant. At the bottom medicine_man made sure he wont finish with the wooden spoon in his first season, as he equalled his seasons best score.

THE TABLES (270 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 38 and final Fixtures With things still close in both divisions, don't forget no more than four predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent(s) please. The fifth one upwards will be declared void.

SOUTHAMPTON v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
BURTON ALBION v BOLTON WANDERERS
NORWICH CITY v LEEDS UNITED
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v DONCASTER ROVERS
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v ROTHERHAM UNITED
WALSALL v NORTHAMPTON TOWN
COLCHESTER UNITED v SWINDON TOWN
LUTON TOWN v FOREST GREEN ROVERS
MORECAMBE v BARNET

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 37 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:38 14 Apr 2018

Week 36 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 1 WATFORD 0

Huddersfield get a first win in six with their first shot on target in the 91st minute. A decent 6 got this spot-on, and another 2 had the outcome. There were 7 who predicted a 1 all draw, in what was equally the weeks most predicted result.

SWANSEA 1 EVERTON 1
Swansea have conceded 13 own goals in the Premier League since 2014-15; five more than any other side, after another one today. There were 2 who had this spot-on, and 4 more got the outcome.

BARNSLEY 2 OLDHAM 2
A 93rd minute equaliser for Barnsley keeps their hopes of avoiding relegation alive. Nobody got this spot-on, and just 2 had the outcome.

BURY 2 NORTHAMPTON 3
Bury were relegated to League Two following this defeat, as Northampton's 88th minute winner kept their slim survival hopes alive. Well done to eagledares for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 12 did get the outcome.

OLDHAM 1 GILLINGHAM 1
Gillingham scored a controversial 92nd minute penalty to snatch a draw. Only 2 got this spot-on, and just 1 more had the outcome.

GRIMSBY 2 BARNET 2
A late penalty earned Grimsby a crucial point against their League Two relegation rivals. Nobody had this spot-on, though 3 did get the outcome. There were 13 who predicted a win for Grimsby, with 7 going for a 1-0, in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

Another week where late goals have made all the difference to the final outcomes. Especially at Huddersfield, where 6 members would have been pleased with their late winner, and at Oldham with the 6 having them to win 1-0 losing out to an off the ball penalty decision. In the end it was only that Huddersfield win that saved this week from being a disaster, with the four draws getting little support. Overall not a bad return of 11 spot-ons, but only 24 outcomes, with half of them coming from Northampton, still made this a tough week. In fact 6 members were grateful for that Northampton outcome to save them getting a blank week. Also not a good week for those looking to get points to put pressure on the leaders of each division, as it was the ones at the summit who produced the weeks top scores. With gerry_us leading the way by having the Huddersfield 1-0 and the Oldham 1-1 spot-on, and with one outcome, he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points. Very good performances also from thrillseeker and gsy163, who both got 6 points for having the Huddersfield 1-0 and the Swansea 1-1 spot-on.

In the Premier Tick-tock, tick-tock, thrillseeker can almost hear the sound of another clock to add to his collection, as he takes a big step on his way to a third title, with another two spot-ons. This leaves him needing 3 more for a season record. With an average of one every 7.43 games, it is now an even money shot he does it. That late Huddersfield winner saved noah4x4 from having a blank week, but he is now probably going to require a couple of double figure scores to have any chance of a first Premier title. The decent week for gsy163 keeps him in contention for a Charity Shield spot. At the bottom the battle for that final relegation spot took another twist, with Sector4 occupying it again after that late Gillingham equaliser gave Gate16 a 3 pointer, and takes him that same number of points clear of trouble.

In Division One That top scoring effort from gerry_us has now made him odds on for automatic promotion. But the other spot is far from clear with durham_exile continuing to match the U's slump in form, just holding on by virtue of more 3 pointers from eagledares, who has that current buzz word momentum, helped by getting 3 points for that good Northampton 3-2 prediction. The one to lose out here should have the consolation of making the play-offs. But who will join them is still no clearer than it has been all season. That late Huddersfield winner helped Daniel to stay in contention for one of those spots. At the bottom Blue4U2 was another to benefit from the Huddersfield 1-0, and after being bottom since Week 4 he may avoid the wooden spoon after all.

THE TABLES (260 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 37 Fixtures The first of two big 10 game weeks to finish the season, picked by this weeks guest Daniel. With things still close in both divisions, don't forget no more than four predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent(s) please. The fifth one upwards will be declared void.

WATFORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
BRENTFORD v QPR
SUNDERLAND v BURTON ALBION
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
PORTSMOUTH v CHARLTON ATHLETIC
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v CHESTERFIELD
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
MANCHESTER UNITED v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (FA Cup 17.15)*
STOKE CITY v BURNLEY (Sun 13.30)
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON (FA Cup Sun 15.00)*

*For the two FA Cup semi-finals it is 90 minutes play only. Extra time does not count.

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 36 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:05 7 Apr 2018

Week 35 Results

MANCHESTER CITY 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 3

Man Utd staged an incredible second-half comeback to come from two goals down to beat City who lost a Premier League game they were winning by a two-goal margin for the first time since October 2008. Nobody got this spot-on, with 3 going against the crowd having the outcome, as 19 predicted a win for City.

MILLWALL 2 BRISTOL CITY 0
Millwall extend their unbeaten run to 15 matches, as Bristol City have now gone 12 games without an away win. There was a decent 5 who had this spot-on, and a further 12 got the outcome.

AFC WIMBLEDON 1 SCUNTHORPE 1
A late equaliser for Scunthorpe, but they are now winless in 10. That late goal was good news for the 4 who got this spot-on, and the 2 who had the outcome.

ROCHDALE 3 PORTSMOUTH 3
An injury-time own goal denied Rochdale the chance to move out of the League One relegation zone as Portsmouth came from behind three times to snatch a draw despite only having two shots on target. Nobody had this spot-on, but 5 did get the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Portsmouth, with 8 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

BARNET 1 FOREST GREEN 0
Martin Allen is on his way to saving Barnet from being relegated again, as they move to within four points of safety. A very good 6 got this spot-on, and 7 more had the outcome.

NOTTS COUNTY 2 COVENTRY 1
A late goal gives County their first win in five, after Coventry had equalised a minute earlier. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and a further 9 got the outcome.

I will start with a further reminder of a rule. No more than than two predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent(s) in a 6 game week, and no more than four predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent in a 10 game week. Any predictions above the requisite amount will be declared void. This rule has been around for years, but new members may not be aware of it, and old members might have forgot about it. You are all very fair, and I am sure nobody would do it on purpose, but the leagues are so tight I thought it only right to mention it again. I will remind anyone if they fail to comply, but please check before posting

On to this week, and at one time we looked to be heading for six home wins, but late equalisers, and the incredible Man Utd fightback, meant we had to settle for a reasonable return of nineteen 3 pointers in the end. It was a good week for noah4x4 and Sector4 in their respective battles at the top and bottom of the Premier, as they both got three spot-on, the wins for Millwall, Barnet and Notts County, to give them an excellent 9 points, as they shared the honour of being the weeks top scorer. The other performance of merit came from eagledares, who was another to have the wins for Barnet and Notts County spot-on, and two outcomes to give him a very decent 8 points.

In the Premier A solid week for thrillseeker, that included having another 3 pointer with the Wimbledon 1-1, ensures he still holds a decent lead. But it is reduced by two points as noah4x4 showed he is still up for the fight with his top scoring effort taking back into second. Even though he drops a place, a solid week for RSCOSWORTH improved his chances of making the Charity Shield. At the bottom another incredible week for Sector4, as he gets three spot-ons for the second week running, has given him every chance of completing the greatest escape the Happy League has probably ever seen. After Week 29 he was 22 points from safety, but title winning form over the last six weeks has seen him recover that deficit. Of course he is not safe yet, but his great run means those from sixth downwards are suddenly involved in a relegation battle.

In Division One Just like his beloved U's durham_exile had a slump in form this week, with only the Man Utd outcome saving him from a blank one. This was not enough for him to hold onto the top spot as two 3 pointers from gerry_us, the wins for Millwall and Notts County, has him taking over at the summit. Another to take advantage of this slump was eagledares, and his season of gradual improvement continued this week, and he has every chance of making the automatics on his first season back. Having the Barnet win spot-on still gives TheHappyGooner hopes of making the automatics, but a play-off spot seems more realistic. In the same boat is BFG, as he also benefits from getting the Barnet win spot-on, as he looks for an immediate return to the Premier. Just 3 weeks and 26 games left to this incredible season, when everything will be revealed.

THE TABLES (254 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 36 Fixtures

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v WATFORD
SWANSEA CITY v EVERTON
BARNSLEY v BOLTON WANDERERS
BURY v NORTHAMPTON TOWN
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v GILLINGHAM
GRIMSBY TOWN v BARNET

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 35 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
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Week 34 Results

BARNSLEY 2 BRISTOL CITY 2

Bristol City get a 91st minute equaliser, but have now gone 11 games without an away win, as they deny Barnsley a first home win in 12 games. So this game had all the makings of being a draw, but nobody got it spot-on, and only burnsieespana had the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Bristol City.

LEEDS 2 BOLTON 1
Leeds end a run of four games without a win. A decent 7 had this spot-on, and a further 9 got the outcome.

BLACKPOOL 1 DONCASTER 2
A first win in 8 away games for Doncaster. There was only mfb_cufc who predicted a win for Doncaster, and he got it spot-on.

ROTHERHAM 1 PETERBOROUGH 1
Peterborough get a 98th minute equaliser. That was good news for the 4 who had this spot-on, and the 1 who got the outcome.

BARNET 2 CREWE 1
Two Akinde penalties win it for Barnet. Well done to thrillseeker for being the only one to get this spot-on, with the 8 all going for a 1-0 having the outcome.

GRIMSBY 0 STEVENAGE 0
Grimsby take their winless run to 19 with this bore draw. Well done to Sector4 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 5 more got the outcome.

MANSFIELD 0 ACCRINGTON 1
10-man Mansfield are now without a league win over Accrington in 14 attempts. There were 4 who got this spot-on, with a further 9 having the outcome.

PORT VALE 2 CHESTERFIELD 1
A first win in 15 for 10-man Port Vale. Well done to concordman for being the only one have this spot-on, and another 8 got the outcome.

WATFORD 2 BOURNEMOUTH 2
A 92nd minute equaliser for Bournemouth. That was good news for Sector4 who did well to be the only one to get this spot-on, but not such good news for the massive 11 who predicted Watford to win 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result, and 4 did have the outcome.

HULL 0 ASTON VILLA 0
Villa's chances of sealing a Championship automatic promotion place suffered a blow as they played out a bore draw against Hull. Nobody got any points from this game. There were 18 who predicted a win for Villa.

A real mishmash of results this week, with five games ending in draws - but only one ending 1-1 - making it difficult to find those important 3 pointers. Despite having three 2-1 home wins, only Leeds got significant support. A fourth one with Watford would have made a big difference, but Bournemouth had other ideas. The 105 total points achieved gave us the lowest 10 game week of the season so far. So in what was overall a tough week three members did well to get three spot-on, lead by Sector4, who made another big stride in avoiding being relegated, by having the Leeds 2-1 to go with the two mentioned above, and also one outcome, he is the weeks top scorer with a brilliant 10 points. Three spot-ons also for thrillseeker, (the wins for Leeds, Accrington and Barnet), and for concordman (the wins for Leeds, Accrington and Port Vale) to give them both an excellent 9 points. A points total also achieved by RSCOSWORTH, by having the Leeds 2-1 and the Rotherham 1-1 spot-on, and three outcomes.

In the Premier After a rare two week spell without a 3 pointer thrillseeker hit back in a big way, and the three this week puts the mrhappy record back on the agenda, with 6 more needed in 32 games. Still a tall order, and I am sure he will be thrilled just win a third title. A superb second-half of the season continued this week for RSCOSWORTH, and he moves up another place, and has a first title in his sights. Talking of mrhappy, not a good week for noah4x4 to use his tactics, and despite winning the race to be first to a century of outcomes, and after holding a clear lead at one stage, he is now under pressure to even make the Charity Shield, as gsy163 continues to close in after another solid week. At the bottom the spectacular effort by Sector4 to avoid being relegated moved up a notch, and his top scoring week has given him every chance of avoiding the drop. it took a solid week from Gate16 to keep him at arms length.

In Division One Enthralled by another win for his beloved U's, another solid week for durham_exile greatly enhanced his chances of finally returning to the Premier. Despite a second week without a 3 pointer gerry_us remains favourite to join him. The competition for the play-off spots continues to be as competitive as it has been all season, and the excellent week from concordman moves him back into those spots. But with only 4 weeks and 32 games left to the season, those positions look like they could be going to the last game of the season before being decided.

THE TABLES (248 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 35 Fixtures

MANCHESTER CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED (17.30)
MILLWALL v BRISTOL CITY
AFC WIMBLEDON v SCUNTHORPE UNITED
ROCHDALE v PORTSMOUTH
BARNET v FOREST GREEN ROVERS
NOTTS COUNTY v COVENTRY CITY

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 34 (of 38) - Deadline Good Friday 15.00
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Week 33 Results

CHARLTON 2 PLYMOUTH 0

Early goals from Page and Zyro ensured Lee Bowyer made a winning start as Charlton's new caretaker manager, as they end Plymouth's eight game unbeaten run. Well done to gsy163 for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 7 did have the outcome. There were 13 who predicted a win for Plymouth.

MK DONS 0 BLACKPOOL 0
MK Dons failed to lift themselves out of the League One relegation zone after their goalless draw with Blackpool left them a point from safety. Nobody had this spot-on, but 6 did get the outcome.

SOUTHEND 2 ROTHERHAM 0
Southend ended a run of three successive draws with a win against play-off chasing Rotherham. Just the 2 (gsy163 and basher2010) got this spot-on, and 7 more had the outcome.

EXETER 3 SWINDON 1
Exeter came from behind to claim a big 3 points. New Swindon manager Phil Brown said his team are too good for League 2. The League proves otherwise. Nobody had this spot-on, but 9 did get the outcome.

FOREST GREEN 2 MANSFIELD 0
10-man Mansfield are still searching for their first win under new boss David Flitcroft as their play-off hopes took a dive. Well done to basher2010 for being the only one to get this spot-on, with 3 more having the outcome. There were 17 who predicted a win for Mansfield.

MORECAMBE 0 LINCOLN 0
4 shots with none on target at the Globe Arena. Does this remind you of anybody? Well it was Morecambe's turn today in this bore draw. Again nobody got 3 points for this, and only 2 had the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Lincoln, with 10 going for a 1-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

What a disaster this week turned out to be. All the away teams were strongly supported, but with only one goal scored between them, and no wins, we ended with a total of just 46 points achieved, This was 12 short of England's pitiful first innings score in the current Test against New Zealand. But we managed more ducks than them, with six members firing a blank this week. This was the second worst week of the season so far, with only Week 14 producing 37 points, beating it. There was just four 3 pointers, and amazingly they were shared by two members, gsy163 and basher2010 getting two each. Details of their spot-ons can be seen in the result section above. By also getting one outcome basher2010 is the weeks top scorer with, in the context of the week, a very decent 7 points. A very good effort from gsy163 to get 6 points.

With just 5 weeks and 42 games left to the season, it is time for a rule reminder, as both Leagues are very tight. No more than than two predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent in a 6 game week, and no more than four predicted scores the same as your nearest opponent in a 10 game week.

In the Premier The decision to go with ante thrillseker predictions paid off for noah4x4, and he closes the gap by a useful two points. It will be interesting to see who will post first as we approach the closing weeks of the season. A blank week from RSCOSWORTH means he fails to make ground on the front two, but a bigger concern could be holding onto his Charity Shield spot, as the good week from gsy163 moves him up a place, and within 3 points of that spot himself. It is looking like any 3 from 5 for the Charity Shield qualification now, with 16 points back to the sixth. At the bottom Sector4 continues his Houduni act by reducing the deficit by another point.

In Division One Only one point for durham_exile, but a precious point with the three immediately below him all failing to disturb the scorer. With the Happy Cup and a Charity Shield spot safely in the bag, are TheHappyGooner resting on their on their laurels, with only 5 points in the last 4 weeks. With so few points scored there are no positional changes in this league, but the top scoring effort from basher2010 has moved him closer to the play-offs than he has been all season.

THE TABLES (238 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 34 Fixtures It is Easter weekend, and with hardly any games being played on the Saturday, we have eight games from Good Friday, picked by this weeks guest noah4x4.

DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE THIS WEEK IS FRIDAY 15.00 If you are too late for the Good Friday games, then still predict the two Saturday ones.

BARNSLEY v BRISTOL CITY
LEEDS UNITED v BOLTON WANDERERS
BLACKPOOL v DONCASTER ROVERS
ROTHERHAM UNITED v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
BARNET v CREWE ALEXANDRA
GRIMSBY TOWN v STEVENAGE
MANSFIELD TOWN v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
PORT VALE v CHESTERFIELD
WATFORD v AFC BOURNEMOUTH (Sat)
HULL CITY v ASTON VILLA (Sat 17.30)

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 33 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
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Week 32 Results

LEEDS 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2

Wednesday win it with a goal in the 91st minute. Defeat for Leeds means they have taken just six points from Paul Heckingbottom's first eight games in charge and won only one of their last 15 games in all competitions. Just the 2 (Daniel and concordman) predicted a win for Wednesday, and they both got it spot-on. There were 18 who predicted a win for Leeds.

SUNDERLAND 0 PRESTON 2
Preston make it 11 games unbeaten away with this easy win against 10-man Sunderland, who have now gone 10 games without a victory. There was a decent 5 who had this spot-on, and a further 11 got the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 0 ROTHERHAM 3
Northampton dropped back into the League One relegation zone after suffering a heavy defeat at home to Rotherham. There were 2 who did well to get this spot-on, and 12 more had the outcome.

OXFORD UNITED 2 PETERBOROUGH 1
Oxford get their first win in 6 matches, as Peterborough taste defeat for the first time in 8 games. Nobody had this spot-on, but 4 did get the outcome. There were 15 who predicted a win for Peterborough.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 SWINDON 3
Phil Brown guided Swindon to a win at Cambridge in his first game as manager. Again nobody got this spot-on, though 5 did have the outcome. There were 15 who predicted a win for Cambridge, with 9 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

PORT VALE 2 STEVENAGE 2
Vale remain without a win in 2018, but they fought back from two goals down to get a draw. Yet again no 3 pointer for anybody here, but 3 did get the outcome. There were 14 who thought Port Vale would finally get their first win this year.

In what I thought was a tough lot of fixtures this week, it did in fact produce a strongly predicted team in each of the six games. But with only Preston and Rotherham delivering, it was not a good week overall for point scoring. Just one member, wessex_exile, had two 3 pointers, the wins for Preston and Rotherham, and also one outcome, to make him this weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points. The best of those who had one spot-on was concordman, with his 2-1 away wins across the board giving him a very good 6 points.

In the Premier In what was a rare week without a 3 pointer for thrillseeker, there was not too much damage done, as he only had his lead reduced by a point, in a week where 3 pointers were hard to come by in this division. In fact there was just two with mfb_cufc and sevebalo both having the Preston 2-0. With only 18 points achieved in total, there was very little change, though with Gate16 being one of four to fire a blank this week, Sector4 missed a great opportunity to close the gap further in his quest for the great escape.

In Division One Two outcomes were enough to keep durham_exile at the summit, but only by virtue of more 3 pointers than gerry_us, who was another to benefit from having the Preston 2-0 spot-on. Those two now have a useful 7 point cushion in the automatic spots. The biggest gap there has been back to the third all season. With only 48 games left to the season, it is starting to look like any four from five for the play-off spots, though former top Premier League member wessex_exile, helped by his top scoring effort this week, could still have a say in the final outcome. At the bottom Blue4U2 was the other one to have that good Rotherham 3-0 spot-on, and gives him hope of avoiding the wooden spoon.

THE TABLES (232 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 33 Fixtures International break time again, so we have six games from Leagues 1 and 2.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
MILTON KEYNES DONS v BLACKPOOL
SOUTHEND UNITED v ROTHERHAM
EXETER CITY v SWINDON TOWN
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v MANSFIELD TOWN
MORECAMBE v LINCOLN CITY

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