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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
at 23:22 31 Mar 2018

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
at 21:54 24 Mar 2018

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
at 22:48 17 Mar 2018

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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Happy League 2017/18 Week 32 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 00:05 11 Mar 2018

Week 31 Results

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 LIVERPOOL 1

Man Utd had just two shots on target in this match - both of which were scored by Marcus Rashford. The 5 who got this spot-on wont care about that, and another 4 had the outcome.

HUDDERSFIELD 0 SWANSEA 0
Huddersfield failed to score for the 16th time in the league this season despite having 30 shots and being up against 10 men for 79 minutes. Nobody had this bore draw spot-on, though 6 did get the outcome.

HULL 4 NORWICH 3
Hull fought back from 3-1 down to end Norwich's seven-match unbeaten run in a game featuring four penalties. Not surprisingly no 3 pointer for anybody here, but 6 did have the outcome.

MILLWALL 1 BRENTFORD 0
Millwall get a lucky win with a goal after 51 seconds. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and a further 10 got the outcome.

BLACKBURN 3 BLACKPOOL 0
Blackburn extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches with this comfortable victory. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and a further 12 had the outcome, with 9 going for a 3-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

BURY 2 OLDHAM 2
Bury remain bottom of the League One table after local rivals Oldham came back from 2-0 down to earn a valuable draw. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and 2 also got the outcome.

EXETER 1 CARLISLE 1
Carlisle fought back to get a point, and take their unbeaten run to 5. Only 2 got this spot-on, and 2 also had the outcome. There were 17 who predicted a win for Exeter.

GRIMSBY 1 PORT VALE 1
Grimsby take their winless run to 15, and Port Vale take theirs to 10. So not surprising this game ended in a draw. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

MANSFIELD 1 COLCHESTER 1
It is now 12 games unbeaten at home in the league for Mansfield, as the U's make it 6 games without an away win. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and just 1 got the outcome.

YEOVIL 0 NEWPORT 2
Newport bring an end to a winless run of 7 in the league with this victory. Nobody had this spot-on, though 6 did get the outcome.

This week, was all about getting a 3 pointer to obtain a decent score. Of course that is usually the case, but with only 58 outcomes, the lowest in a 10 game week this season, it was more relevant this week. So it was a brilliant performance from Tropical_Us to get six outcomes to go with having the Man Utd 2-1 and the Mansfield 1-1 spot-on, to give him a seasons best top scoring 12 points. As I have reported in the past, the 1-1 draw has not hit its usual high heights this season. Despite that we had three in Week 27, and RSCOSWORTH predicted them all. We also had three again this week, and he repeated the feat, and with one outcome, he got an excellent 10 points. A total that was also achieved by Pinault_Noir, by having the Bury and Grimsby draws spot-on, and four outcomes.

In the Premier Two more 3 pointers, the wins for Man Utd and Blackburn, moves thrillseeker to within eight of the mrhappy record for a season. They were required as noah4x4 also had two, the wins for Man Utd and Millwall, that enabled him to reduce the deficit by a point. Those good 1-1 picks from RSCOSWORTH cemented his Charity Shield spot, and moved him closer to delivering a title challenge of his own. Another very good week for gsy163 keeps his hopes of making the Charity Shield alive. That top scoring effort from Tropical_Us maintains the good second-half to the season he has had. Not enough to threaten the Charity Shield spots, but helped to insure his Premier status. A status that looked beyond saving for Sector4 two weeks ago, but after another decent week, including having the Man Utd 2-1 and the Grimsby 1-1 spot-on, the great escape is now most definitely on.

In Division One A decent week for durham_exile, helped by having the Grimsby 1-1 spot-on, enabled him to increase his lead by a point. Though gerry_us wont mind that as he enhanced his own automatic promotion hopes, thanks to having the Mansfield 1-1 spot-on. Another solid week from eagledares moves him into third, as he takes advantage of TheHappyGooner struggling for the second week running. The excellent week for Pinault_Noir reignites his hopes of making the play-offs. Two spot-ons for wessex_exile, the Blackburn 3-0 and the Grimsby 1-1, as he shows some of his old form. But with only 54 games left to the season, it is a tall order for him to make the play-offs.

THE TABLES (226 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 32 Fixtures

LEEDS UNITED v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
SUNDERLAND v PRESTON NORTH END
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v ROTHERHAM UNITED
OXFORD UNITED v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v SWINDON TOWN
PORT VALE v STEVENAGE

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Colchester United were saddened to hear the news that former defender John Kurila has passed away, aged 77.

John was one of the U's side to create one of the biggest ever FA Cup upsets, when Dick Graham's side defeated Leeds United 3-2 in 1971.

He started his career with Celtic, but made his name with Northampton Town with whom, over two spells, he played over one hundred games.

He joined Essex neighbours Southend in 1968, winning the Player of the Season award, before moving to the U's in 1970.

His name was written in U's folklore as part of that side and will forever be remembered by the club's supporters.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time
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FAO durham_exile
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Could you read your PM please.
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at 20:51 3 Mar 2018

Week 30 Results

SOUTHAMPTON 0 STOKE 0

Southampton have won just once in the past 16 League games, and are winless in their past eight at St Mary's. Well done to RSCOSWORTH for being the only one to get this bore draw spot-on, and another 4 had the outcome. There were 14 who predicted a win for Southampton, with 10 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

SWANSEA 4 WEST HAM 1
Swansea moved out of the relegation zone as they comfortably dispatched a dismal West Ham side whose "embarrassing" performance was "impossible to assess", Hammers boss David Moyes said. Nobody had this spot-on, though 14 did get the outcome.

WATFORD 1 WEST BROM 0
West Brom slumped to their fifth successive league defeat, and with only one win since August, looked doomed. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and a further 14 had the outcome.

BOLTON 1 PRESTON 3
Preston came from behind to beat Bolton and end a run of four games without a victory. Well done to gerry_us for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 6 more got the outcome.

DERBY 1 FULHAM 2
Fulham beat Derby to secure a 10th win in 13 matches and move above their promotion rivals into fourth. Just the 2 got this spot-on, and only 2 had the outcome.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 BIRMINGHAM 1
Forest get their first home League win in seven games, while Birmingham slump to their fifth successive League defeat. A decent 6 had this spot-on, and a further 14 got the outcome.

First of all thank you everybody for the kind comments regarding the picking of this weeks fixtures. With the forecast as it was I thought it was the only way to try and guarantee any games being played, and fortunately it was proved to be correct. As it turned out, late goals in the Watford and Forest games helped to make it a better week than seemed possible earlier, and gave us a reasonable return of fourteen 3 pointers. There was two members who managed to have two spot-on, they were Sector4, who got 3 points for the Watford 1-0 and Fulham 2-1, and three outcomes to make him the weeks top scorer, with an excellent 9 points. Just missing out on that honour was thrillseeker, who had the 2-1 wins for Fulham and Forest spot-on, and two outcomes, to give him a decent 8 points.

A reminder for anybody who hasn't posted their Champions League second leg predictions. The competition continues on Tuesday.

In the Premier That decent week for thrillseeker could be a defining one, as he stretches his lead to a useful 8 points. Though after holding a 13 point lead himself earlier in the season, noah4x4 will know it is a gap not impossible to close. That good Southampton bore draw pick moves RSCOSWORTH back into the final Charity Shield spot, by virtue of more 3 pointers. Another solid week from gsy163 keeps him well in contention for that spot as well. I said last week Sector4 would require a miracle now to escape relegation. Well the miracle could be on, as he produces a seasons best score, to cut the deficit by a very useful 7 points.

In Division One The lead changes again with durham_exile reclaiming top spot, thanks to having the Forest 2-1 spot-on. The good Preston 3-1 pick helps move gerry_us into the other automatic spot, as TheHappyGooner has a week to forget. With Daniel failing to post, concordman takes full advantage by getting his first 3 pointer in 10 weeks, with the Forest 2-1, and four outcomes for a very good 7 points. Having the Watford 1-0 spot-on keeps the play-offs well in sight for basher2010.

THE TABLES (216 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 31 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest durham_exile. DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE IS 12.30

MANCHESTER UNITED v LIVERPOOL (12.30)
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v SWANSEA CITY
HULL CITY v NORWICH CITY
MILLWALL v BRENTFORD
BLACKBURN ROVERS v BLACKPOOL
BURY v OLDHAM ATHLETIC
EXETER CITY v CARLISLE UNITED
GRIMSBY TOWN v PORT VALE
MANSFIELD TOWN v COLCHESTER UNITED
YEOVIL TOWN v NEWPORT COUNTY

Good luck everybody.
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Happy Cup 2017/18 The Final - Deadline Saturday March 17th 12.15
at 17:00 1 Mar 2018

TheHappyGooner v medicine_man

TheHappyGooner in their former lives as Mrhappy and desthegooner were both winners of the Happy Cup. So with that experience, and their current league positions, the bookies would probably price this up something like 1/2 TheHappyGooner 6/4 medicine_man. But all through this competition medicine_man, in his first season, has surpassed his league form, and therefore for that reason I make it 10/11 the pair.

As in the previous rounds, this is a one off game, NO REPLAYS. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then the first to post. No more than four predicted scores the same as your opponent please. All ten games to be predicted before the deadline.

The Fixtures The four FA Cup quarter-finals, and six League games.

SWANSEA CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (12.15 Sat)
MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (19.45 Sat)
WIGAN ATHLETIC v SOUTHAMPTON (13.30 Sun)
LEICESTER CITY v CHELSEA (16.30 Sun)
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v CRYSTAL PALACE
STOKE CITY v EVERTON
BIRMINGHAM CITY v HULL CITY
BRENTFORD v MIDDLESBROUGH
BLACKPOOL v SOUTHEND UNITED
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v SHREWSBURY TOWN

Good luck to you both.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 30 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:04 24 Feb 2018

Week 29 Results

BIRMINGHAM 0 BARNSLEY 2

Barnsley get only their second win in 19 games, as Birmingham fail to score for the fourth game in a row. Nobody got this spot-on, and just 2 had the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Birmingham, with 9 going for a 1-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

QPR 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 5
Nottingham Forest end their five-game winless league run in style. Not surprisingly no 3 pointer for anybody here, though 5 did get the outcome. There were 15 who predicted a QPR victory.

BURY 2 GILLINGHAM 1
Bury climbed back off the bottom of League One with this win, as Gillingham lose for only the second time in 14 games. There were 2 who got this spot-on, and 4 more had the outcome. There were 14 who predicted a win for Gillingham.

PLYMOUTH 1 BRADFORD CITY 0
A single goal was enough for Plymouth extend their League One winning streak to six games, as Bradford finished with 10 men. A decent 6 had this spot-on, and a further 14 got the outcome.

PORT VALE 0 NEWPORT 0
Vale are still looking for a first win of 2018, while Newport are eight games without a win in all competitions. Well done to gerry_us for being the only one to predict this bore draw, with another 9 having the outcome.

YEOVIL 0 CARLISLE 1
One goal was enough to give Carlisle a third successive win. Only 2 had this spot-on, and 7 more got the outcome.

A number of members had their seasons best score last week, but there was no chance of that happening this week, with some well punted teams failing to deliver, and it was left to Plymouth's 1-0 win to save it from being a complete disaster, with 32 of the total 74 points coming from this game. The eleven 3 pointers were shared with eleven members getting one each. So it was an outstanding performance from gsy163, who had that Plymouth 1-0 spot-on, and the other five outcomes, to make him this weeks top scorer, with an excellent 8 points. A special mention for Pinault_Noir, who just missed out on having this rare feat as well, by having five outcomes.

In the Premier By getting the Bury 2-1 spot-on, thrillseeker kept his impressive 3 pointer record going, by averaging almost one per week. He increases his lead by a point, as noah4x4 was thankful for having the Plymouth 1-0 spot-on, to give him his only points to remain in touch. That top scoring effort from gsy163 has greatly enhanced his chances of making a Charity Shield spot. A solid week for sevebalo has left Sector4 requiring a miracle to avoid the drop, with just 70 games left to the season now.

In Division One Another to benefit from having the Plymouth 1-0 spot-on was TheHappyGooner, and they takeover at the top for second time this season, and keep alive their chance of a League and Cup double. It will be a far bigger disappointment for durham_exile with the U's totally inept display, than losing that top spot. That good bore draw pick helps gerry_us to move up a place, and he heads the group in the play-off spots, who all cemented their places, with concordman stretching his run without a 3 pointer to 9 weeks. In what was a low scoring week, only Pinault_Noir, from those in the bottom half of the league, improved his chances of making the play-offs.

THE TABLES (210 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post}



Week 30 Fixtures With bad weather forecast, I have picked six games with undersoil heating, to give every chance of the games being played.

SOUTHAMPTON v STOKE CITY
SWANSEA CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
WATFORD v WEST BROMICH ALBION
BOLTON WANDERERS v PRESTON NORTH END
DERBY COUNTY v FULHAM
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BIRMINGHAM CITY

Good luck everybody.
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