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Happy League 2017/18 Week 3 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
by mfb_cufc at 23:15 19 Aug 2017

Week 2 Results

LEICESTER 2 BRIGHTON 0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Week 3 Fixtures

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

Good luck everybody.
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Set up to fail?
by Leadbelly at 21:26 19 Aug 2017

Following the (temporary) departure of Tony Humes the chairman said that perhaps he had set him up to fail. He also said he had learned from the experience and would have to do more to ensure such a situation wouldn't happen again.

Based on the transfer activity over the summer I had serious concerns for this season. I accept it's only three games played but I'm afraid what I've seen so far has done nothing to alleviate those concerns.

We don't look like scoring, we can't defend, injuries are a problem again. There is an absence of leadership on the pitch as well as limited experience. It feels to me that the momentum from the end of last season has evaporated totally. We have taken a significant step backwards when we were primed to move forwards.

I'm thinking McGreal has a far tougher job than last season and I feel quite sorry for him. The question is can he turn things around or has he, in fact, been set up to fail?
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II Follow
by gsy163 at 15:46 19 Aug 2017

So how many people tried it out.
I'm watching my second game , quite impressed , compared with £40 a year just to listen thought £110 not a bad deal.
Only issue would appear to be a few second delay on sound so you hear the groans of another wasted change after the event. But overall quite happy , and £110 cheaper than one flight from Guernsey
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Hatters to be sartorially challenged by JM's blue and white Army today
by durham_exile at 12:00 19 Aug 2017

In yet another horrific terrorist atrocity in Catalonia this week, football has been put well and truly into perspective. Our thoughts go out to those affected by these outrages.

Meanwhile JM takes his walking wounded players to Kenilworth Road Luton to do battle with Nathan Jones’ Hatters on Saturday afternoon.

Before we establish the latest casualties at the WHCS, Luton themselves have injury concerns with Cuthbert and D’ath out and Isaac Vassal sold this week to Birmingham City whilst Craig Mackail-Smith has gone to Wycombe Wanderers. The good news for Jones is that striker Danny Hylton and defender James Justin will be available for selection against the super U’s.

Now it is evident that JM has walked under more ladders than you can shake a stick at and run over more black cats than there are Sunderland fans, such are the injury woes to befall the Super U’s.

The latest of these is loanee Kyel Reid who has injured his ankle and will miss today’s game. Cole Kpekawa is also injured and another promising youngster Dion Sembie-Ferris has been allowed to leave the U’s.

Long term injuries Luke Prosser, Kurtis Guthrie and Ben Dickenson will all be out for some weeks and possibly months yet. However, sicknote Doug Loft is back (at least for one game).

Kurtis Guthrie has been spending time at St George’s Park as part of his rehabilitation (Walker and Wright also spent time at the England HQ whilst they were recovering from long term injuries).

Colchester have also offered renewed contracts to five of their star names – Dickenson, Guthrie, Kent, Lapslie and Wright. Updates required on these five soonest.

Denny Johnstone is apparently wanted by Dundee and may wish to return north of the Border, we will have to wait and see.

JM may select the following side today 3,4,2,1:

Walker

Eastman James Kent

Jackson Lapslie Murray Kinsella

Szmodics Wright

Mandron

Subs:

Gilmartin, Vincent-Young, O’Sullivan, Issa, Loft, Slater, Johnstone

Safe journey to the travelling faithful to the Oak Road away end at Luton Town.

JM will of course remind his charges that last season we did a historic double over the Hatters and despite their crackerjack start against Yeovil, Luton lost narrowly at Barnet last week.

Some boarders are already drinking from the half empty glass, but I say keep the faith and support the U’s at this time.

Early days I know, but it is important to pick up points from each game and the super U’s will be looking to obtain their first maximum of the season.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s


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Luton away
by BlueStripes at 10:39 19 Aug 2017

Got a horrible feeling we're going to get thumped today. I predict 5-1 to Luton. Anyone think differently?
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Denny Johnston
by burnsieespana at 09:58 18 Aug 2017

Rumour from Dundee is they are keen on him. For my part it would make no sense for him.
Surely we would want to recoup the fee (allegedly £100000) we paid Birmingham and I can't think Dundee have that sort of money.
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Kurtis Guthrie
by bwildered at 18:53 17 Aug 2017

Centre forward Kurtis Guthrie has gone to St George for rehab . Most players recovering from a serious injury go there, so are we likely to see him back n the pitch before Christmas ?
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Bonne scores...
by gerry_us at 22:06 15 Aug 2017

but the opposition score SIX.
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