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Mikael Mandron
at 15:37 21 Jul 2017

We have signed a striker!

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

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

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

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

The Happy League There are two divisions, with twelve members in the Premier, and all other members (including newcomers) in Division One. Three to be relegated from the Premier, and three to be promoted from Division One (the top two automatically, and one from the play-offs).
The season will start on August 12th, and will run for 38 weeks (280 games). Fixtures will be the usual Pick 6, with a guest Pick 10 every three weeks (the first one to be Week 4). There will also be a Pick 10 on Week 38, to finish the season, selected by myself. With gerry_us making a welcome return, the two leagues as they stand at the moment are:-


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

The Champions League The qualification for this competition will be decided on December 30th (Week 21). With mfb_cufc qualifying automatically, as last seasons winner, the other eleven qualifiers will be the highest point scorers over the two divisions on the aforementioned date. The competition will start on February 13th, when the Champions League knockout stage begins. Again there will be more details on this competition on a separate thread at a later date, to be administrated by wessex_exile.

Charity Shield This is an end of season competition for the top three in the Premier, and the Happy Cup winner. If the Happy Cup winner finishes in the top three of the Premier, then the Happy Cup runner-up will qualify.

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

Week 1 Fixtures - Deadline Saturday August 12th

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

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

Here is the belated round-up of last season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Semi-final Results

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


CHARITY SHIELD SEMI-FINALS

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

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

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS

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

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

CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

mfb_cufc v burnsieespana

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL

gsy163 v durham_exile


These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please.

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

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

Good luck everybody.

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

CHARITY SHIELD Semi-finals

mfb_cufc v ethicsgirl

burnsieespana v sevebalo


DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF Semi-finals

basher2010 v durham_exile

mrhappy v gsy163


These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally, no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please.

The Fixtures

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

Good luck everybody.

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Happy League 2016/17 - Final Tables
at 23:25 29 Apr 2017

Week 38 Results

SOUTHAMPTON 0 HULL 0

Southampton miss a stoppage-time penalty, that means Hull get a useful point in their fight against relegation. Nobody got this spot-on, but 4 did have the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for Southampton, but nobody missed out on a 3 pointer through that penalty miss.

SUNDERLAND 0 BOURNEMOUTH 1
Sunderland are finally put out of their misery, and are relegated after a 10-year stay in the Premier League. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and another 7 got the outcome.

BIRMINGHAM 2 HUDDERSFIELD 0
10-man Birmingham get a vital win in their fight against relegation. Well done to mrhappy for being the only one to get this spot-on, and just 2 more had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a Huddersfield victory, with 10 going for a 2-1.

BLACKBURN 1 ASTON VILLA 0
Blackburn ensured their bid to stay in the Championship will go to the final game with this narrow win. There was a decent 6 who had this spot-on, and 4 got the outcome.

IPSWICH 0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
A single goal gives Sheff Wed the win that confirms a play-off spot. There were 5 who got this spot-on, and a further 8 had the outcome.

LEEDS 3 NORWICH 3
Leeds came from three goals down to get a draw, but their play-off hopes are over. Nobody had this spot-on, and there were 4 who got the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Leeds.

CARLISLE 2 NEWPORT 1
Carlisle are back in the play-off places, as they came from behind, to condemn a Newport team to a nervous final day of the season, in their fight against relegation. There were 6 who got this spot-on, and a further 9 had the outcome.

DONCASTER 1 EXETER 3
Doncaster continue to do the U's no favours , as they lose against one of their play-off rivals for the third game running. The latest one, Exeter, confirmed their play-off place with this victory. Nobody had this spot-on, and only OhOriOri got the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for Doncaster, with a big 14 going for a 2-1, that was the weeks most predicted score.

LEYTON ORIENT 1 COLCHESTER UNITED 3
An incredible end to this game, as a pitch invasion postponed the match for two hours, before the final eight minutes were played behind closed doors. The U's finally kept their play-off hopes firmly alive, with their first away win in 2017. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and a big 19 had the outcome.

MANSFIELD 0 PORTSMOUTH 1
Portsmouth kept their title hopes alive with this narrow win, that puts a big dent into Mansfield's play-off hopes. There were 2 who had this spot-on, and a further 11 got the outcome.

A real hit or miss week for the final one of the season. With four of the weeks "good things" failing to deliver, and only achieving 14 points in total, this became virtually a six game week. But those six games produced 25 three pointers, and helped to give a number of members a decent week. The best of which was, without doubt, achieved by durham_exile, who had the 1-0 wins for Bournemouth, Blackburn and Portsmouth spot-on, and with four other outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with a magnificent 13 points. There was also three spot-ons for thrillseeker as well, the 1-0 wins for Blackburn and Sheff Wed, and the 3-1 win for the U's, to give him an excellent 9 points. This total was also matched by noah4x4, who had another two 3 pointers, the 1-0 wins for Bournemouth and Blackburn. The other performances of merit in this final week came from jonestones, Tropical_Us, BFG and Colukev, who all had two 3 pointers as well, on the way to getting a very good 8 points. This popular total was also achieved with just the one 3 pointer by gsy163, concordman and OhOriOri.

In the Premier, after being runner-up for the past three seasons mfb_cufc finally went one better, to win his third title. The final winning margin flattered him a bit, as burnsieeespana had pole position for a majority of the season. After winning Division One in his first season, this was still a great effort from him, and he has the consolation of being in the Charity Shield. He will be joined there by sevebalo, a just reward for him by having more 3 pointers than anybody over the two leagues. Though two missed weeks at a vital time in the season probably robbed jonestones of that third place. At the bottom missed weeks had a big influence here as well, with wessex_exile failing to recover from three of them, and one in the penultimate week of the season, means ethicsgirl follows mrhappy by being relegated after winning the title the previous season. The biggest benefactor was RSCOSWORTH, who only survived being relegated by virtue of the more 3 pointers rule. Two decent weeks to finish the season for BFG, will give him hope of a quick return to the top league.

In Division One, at the half-way stage of the season noah4x4 had only accrued ten 3 pointers. But after getting another two this week, giving him nineteen for the second-half, that was what made the difference, as it was by only having one more than Colukev that won him the title for the second time. After his unfortunate relegation last season, when he only dropped into the relegation zone on the last day of the season, this was a good response from noah4x4. As for Colukev, he goes one better, after missing out in the play-offs the last two seasons. Hoping to do the same will be gsy163, as he makes the play-offs for the third season running. He is joined by basher2010, who had a magnificent first season, until he faltered in the final three weeks, and mrhappy, who is looking for an instant return, after his relegation. The final play-off spot goes to durham_exile, after his magnificent effort this week, pulls it out of the fire. Lets hope this is an omen for his beloved U's. Unfortunate for concordman, as his decent week is all to no avail. At the bottom Daniel gets the wooden spoon for third season running.

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



The Charity Shield semi-finals will be:-

mfb_cufc v ethicsgirl
burnsieespana v sevebalo


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

basher2010 v durham_exile
mrhappy v gsy163


All the details for the Charity Shield and Division One play-offs will appear on a separate thread.
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Happy League 2016/17 Week 38 (of 38) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday
at 22:06 23 Apr 2017

Week 37 Results

CHELSEA 4 TOTTENHAM 2

Tottenham have now lost their past seven FA Cup semi-finals in a row, as the Wembley curse strikes them again. Nobody got this spot-on, but 8 did have the outcome.

ARSENAL 1 MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Arsenal win 2-1 AET)
Arsenal reach their 20th FA Cup final, a competition record, as Man City manager Guardiola will end a season without a trophy for the first time in his coaching career. Predictions are for the score after 90 minutes, where it well done to OhOriOri for being the only one to have this spot-on, and just 2 got the outcome.

SWANSEA 2 STOKE 0
Swansea end a six-match winless run, as they beat a Stoke team who have now failed to score in six successive away games. Well done to jonestones for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 9 had the outcome.

WEST HAM 0 EVERTON 0
This is the first time in Lukaku's Everton career that he has failed to score against West Ham - having netted in each of his previous nine appearances against them. Nobody got 3 points for this game, and only 2 had the outcome.

HUDDERSFIELD 1 FULHAM 4
Fulham came from behind to score four first-half goals, as they thrash their play-off rivals. Again nobody got this spot-on, but 6 did have the outcome.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2 DERBY 1
Sheff Wed score with their only two shots on target, as they also came from behind to win and cement their play-off hopes. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and a further 13 got the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 1 SOUTHEND 0
Shrewsbury secure their League 1 status with this narrow win, and put a dent in the Southend play-off hopes. There were 4 who predicted a win for Shrewsbury, with all 4 going for a 2-0. While 13 predicted a Southend victory, with 9 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted score.

SWINDON 1 SCUNTHORPE 2
Swindon confirm their relegation to League 2 after this defeat, while Scunthorpe have to settle for the play-offs. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and 9 more got the outcome.

CREWE 3 LEYTON ORIENT 0
Orient's unbroken 112-year stay in the Football League comes to an end, after this defeat confirms their relegation. Well done to BFG for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 17 had the outcome.

BRAINTREE 0 BARROW 2
Braintree need to win their last game of the season, away to play-off seeking Aldershot, to have any chance of avoiding relegation, as they lose to 10-man Barrow. Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

The penultimate week of the season, and what has been a regular occurrence, a ten game week that fails to deliver the big points. Only Week 28 produced less points for a ten game week. It was only the 2-1 wins for Sheff Wed and Scunthorpe that saved the week from being a complete disaster, with nine of the weeks thirteen 3 pointers coming from those two games. By having those two 2-1 wins spot-on, and two other outcomes, concordman got a very good 8 points. It was enough for him to share the weeks top scorer honour with BFG, who also had the Scunthorpe 2-1 to go with his Crewe 3-0 spot-on. The other ten 3 pointers were shared by ten members, the best of which were mfb_cufc, burnsieespana and OhOriOri, who all got a decent 7 points.

In the Premier, thanks to a late Swindon goal, mfb_cufc had the Scunthorpe 2-1 spot-on, and maintains his 9 point lead. By having the Sheff Wed 2-1 spot-on, burnsieespana has all but guaranteed himself a Charity Shield spot, but is going to require the 13 he achieved in Week 4, to give him any chance of the title. With sevebalo and Sector4 both scoring 3 points, the former still holds onto that final Charity Shield spot, and thanks to his superior 3 pointer total, the latter will require at least two points more in the final week to overhaul him. The two missed weeks have dealt a big blow for jonestone to make the Charity Shield, and the 13 he scored in Week 34 would be good to repeat. At the bottom, a decent week for BFG, but his top scoring effort will not stop him from being relegated. The missed weeks have left wessex_exile with a mountain to climb to avoid the drop. So there is probably just the final spot to be decided, and that is now occupied by ethicsgirl, after missing nine of this weeks fixtures. But with only 3 points separating 8th to 10th, this could be going to the final game of the season again.

In Division One, with the top two both scoring 5 points, there is no change there, though Colukev did improve his 3 pointer total. It is going to require a big week from basher2010, to reclaim the automatic spot that had looked like a certainty for most of the season. If he fails he will join mrhappy in the play-offs. Not such a good week for gsy163, but he is still odds on to make the play-offs, and the top scoring effort has helped the concordman cause. But a big week from anybody down to OhOriOri in 10th, could still gatecrash the party.

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



Week 38 Fixtures The final week of the season, and a reminder of the rule, with still so much to be decided. No more than four scores the same as your nearest opponent/s. The usual tie-breaker rules will apply to decide any issue, so the first to post will have more significance than normal.

SOUTHAMPTON v HULL
SUNDERLAND v BOURNEMOUTH
BIRMINGHAM v HUDDERSFIELD
BLACKBURN v ASTON VILLA
IPSWICH v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
LEEDS v NORWICH
CARLISLE v NEWPORT
DONCASTER v EXETER
LEYTON ORIENT v COLCHESTER UNITED
MANSFIELD v PORTSMOUTH

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2016/17 Week 37 (of 38) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday
at 00:01 18 Apr 2017

Week 36 Results

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 EXETER 0

Cambridge maintain their play-off hopes with this narrow win. Only 2 got this spot-on, but 12 did have the outcome, with 10 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted score.

CARLISLE 1 STEVENAGE 1
Ex U's Jabo Ibehre scores for third game running, to rescue a point for Carlisle. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and 2 more got the outcome.

LEYTON ORIENT 2 HARTLEPOOL 1
Orient keep their slim hopes of survival alive, as they came from behind to beat 10-man Hartlepool. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and 4 also had the outcome.

MANSFIELD 1 LUTON 1
Danny Hylton's 26th goal of the season rescues a point for Luton. Again there were 4 who had this spot-on, and another 2 got the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Mansfield, with 8 going for a 1-0.

MORECAMBE 1 COLCHESTER 1
Ex U's, the useless Michael Rose, scores the 88th minute penalty, that puts a big dent in the U's play-off hopes. Well done to sevebalo for being the only one to get this spot-on, and just 2 more had the outcome. There were 15 who predicted the U's to win.

PLYMOUTH 6 NEWPORT 1
Plymouth confirm their promotion in style, as they thrash a Newport team, who did nothing to help with their relegation. This was the weeks banker for most, with 19 going for a Plymouth victory, but nobody had it spot-on.

Six games from League 2 this week, with five of them proving to be the close affairs they looked beforehand. So with three of them ending 1-1, it was a bit surprising this popular score only produced eight 3 pointers from those games. With the other three games finishing as home wins, we had a reasonable return of 14 spot-ons overall, but with Plymouth providing almost half of the 41 outcomes, it was a struggle without a 3 pointer this week. Somebody who didn't find it a struggle, in fact he had an outstanding week was sevebalo, who had the Cambridge 1-0 and the Carlisle 1-1, to go with the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on, and with two other outcomes, he is the weeks top scorer with a brilliant 11 points. The other meritorious performances came from Colukev, who had the 1 all draws at Carlisle and Mansfield spot-on, to give him an excellent 8 points, and RSCOSWORTH, who got 3 points for the Orient 2-1 and the Mansfield 1-1, on his way to a very good 7 points.

In the Premier, by getting the Orient 2-1 spot-on, burnsieespana reduces the mfb_cufc lead by those 3 points, and keeps his title aspirations alive. The final Charity Shield spot has been hotly contested throughout the season, and the position is now occupied by sevebalo, after his outstanding week gives him more 3 pointers than anybody in both leagues. Though with Sector4 just a point behind, this could be going to the last game of the season. A comment that almost certainly applies to the bottom as well, with only 5 points separating 6th to 10th. The good recent run continued for RSCOSWORTH this week, and finally took him out of the bottom three, helped by a no show from Tropical_Us, who replaces him in that final relegation spot.

In Division One, the competition for the automatic spots is turning out to be an absolute cracker. The 26 week reign at the top is finally over for basher2010, as the decent week from Colukev takes him to summit for the first time this season. With just 2 points separating the top three, this is turning out to be a 20 game season for those automatic places. Whoever misses out is assured of a play-off spot, along with mrhappy. Not a good week for gsy163, but he is still on course to make the play-offs for the third season in a row. As for the final play-off spot, that is another that is looking likely to go to the final game of the season as well.

So two big ten game weeks to go this season, and everything still to be decided, with everybody still having something to play for.

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



Week 37 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest Daniel

CHELSEA v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (FA Cup 17.15)
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY (FA Cup Sun 15.00)
These two FA Cup Semi-finals are being played at Wembley, and will be settled on the score after 90 minutes. Extra time does not count.
SWANSEA CITY v STOKE CITY
WEST HAM UNITED v EVERTON
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v FULHAM
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v DERBY COUNTY
SHREWSBURY TOWN v SOUTHEND UNITED
SWINDON TOWN v SCUNTHORPE UNITED
CREWE ALEXANDRA v LEYTON ORIENT
BRAINTREE TOWN v BARROW (National League)
This is the last home game of the season for Braintree, as they fight to avoid relegation, after making the play-offs last season. To help with this game, here is a copy of the latest National League table. Sorry about the size, but you should be able to blow it to make it readable.



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Happy League 2016/17 Week 36 (of 38) - Deadline 15.00 Easter Monday
at 22:56 8 Apr 2017

Week 35 Results

NORWICH 7 READING 1

Norwich scored six first-half goals, as they thrashed play-off contenders Reading. A 7-1 at Carrow Road, sounds familiar. It goes without saying nobody got this spot-on, but 4 did have the outcome. There were 12 who predicted a win for Reading, with 10 going for a 2-1.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 HUDDERSFIELD 0
Forest get their first win in six games, with this comfortable victory. Again no 3 pointer for anybody here, and again 4 got the outcome. There were 15 who thought Huddersfield would enhance their play-off hopes with a win.

SCUNTHORPE 1 BOLTON 0
A single goal is enough to give Scunthorpe's play-off hopes a boost. There were 2 who got this spot-on, and only 1 more had the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for Bolton.

SWINDON 1 MK DONS 1
Swindon get a 90th minute equaliser, to keep their survival hopes alive. Good news for the 2 who had this spot-on, and just 1 had the outcome.

BARNET 0 LUTON 1
One goal was enough for Luton to maintain their place in the play-offs. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and a further 16 got the outcome, with 10 going for a 2-1.

CRAWLEY 1 PLYMOUTH 2
Plymouth get a 94th minute winner, as they came from behind to beat 10-man Crawley. That was great news for the 7 who had this spot-on, and the 13 who got the outcome.

The fixtures this week looked heavily in favour of the visitors, and most members agreed, with the 1-2 proving to be a popular result. There were a total of 44 predictions for this score, over the six games, and it took that 94th minute goal from Plymouth to finally reward those who put their faith in this score. In fact it was only that result, and Luton's 1-0 win, that guaranteed points for everybody, in what was overall another tough week. There was just one member who managed to get two 3 pointers, that was the resurgent noah4x4, who had the Scunthorpe 1-0, and that Plymouth 2-1 spot-on, and with one other outcome, he is this weeks top scorer with a very good 7 points. The ones who came out best of the twelve who got one 3 pointer, were mfb_cufc and burnsieespana, who both had three other outcomes, to get a good 6 points.

In the Premier, by getting the Luton 1-0 spot-on mfb_cufc maintains his 12 point lead. That late Plymouth goal gave burnsieespana a welcome 3 pointer, and made sure the gap didn't get any bigger. It also enhanced his Charity Shield hopes, helped greatly by an unfortunate no show from the in form jonestones. As for rest of the league it is all about the 4-4-2 formation, with everybody either scoring a 4 or 2. The 4 points for sevebalo keeps him interested in a Charity Shield spot, whereas at the bottom, those 4 points for RSCOSWORTH, moved him to within 2 points of safety.

In Division One, that late Swindon goal got basher2010 a 3 pointer, that was enough to keep him at the summit. Though his lead is back to a single point again, as the top scoring effort from noah4x4, helped him to reclaim the other automatic spot, he last held after Week 26. The late Plymouth winner saved Colukev from firing a blank, and still gives him every chance of an automatic spot. Another solid week for mrhappy, makes him long odds on for the play-offs now. It is as you were with the rest of the league, where concordman would be pleased to put daylight between himself and the pack, for the final play-off spot. While at the bottom Daniel is putting in a spirited effort to avoid the wooden spoon.

There are just three weeks, and 26 games left to the season now. Week 36 is the last six game week of the season, DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE FOR THIS IS 15.00 EASTER MONDAY, and then we finish with two big ten game weeks.

A reminder for those who have yet to post their predictions for the Champions League quarter-finals. The competition starts again this Tuesday 11th April.

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



Week 36 Fixtures It is Easter time again, and there are only a handful of games on the Saturday. I was thinking of having six games on Good Friday, but to be fair to those who like to post on a Saturday, I have instead gone for six games on the Easter Monday, where we have potentially some big games from League 2.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED v EXETER
CARLISLE v STEVENAGE
LEYTON ORIENT v HARTLEPOOL
MANSFIELD v LUTON
MORECAMBE v COLCHESTER UNITED
PLYMOUTH v NEWPORT

DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE THIS WEEK IS 15.00 EASTER MONDAY

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Happy League 2016/17 Week 35 (of 38) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday
at 23:40 1 Apr 2017

Week 34 Results

LIVERPOOL 3 EVERTON 1

Klopp is the first Liverpool manager to win his first three league Merseyside derbies. Well done to gsy163 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 13 had the outcome.

BARNSLEY 1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
Barnsley got a 93rd minute equaliser to deny their local rivals. That late goal was good news for the 8 who had this spot-on, and 1 more got the outcome.

BURNLEY 0 TOTTENHAM 2
Tottenham have won more points than any other Premier League team in 2017. There was a massive 11 who got this spot-on, in what the weeks most predicted score, and 11 also had the outcome.

PETERBOROUGH 2 CHARLTON 0
Peterborough get back-to-back wins for the first time since December. Well done noah4x4 for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 18 did get the outcome.

LUTON 1 BLACKPOOL 0
Luton got a 90th minute winner, to get a crucial victory over fellow play-off hopefuls. There were 2 who got this spot-on, and another 10 had the outcome.

LEYTON ORIENT 0 WYCOMBE 2
Ten-men Orient suffered their 17th home league defeat of the season. There was a decent 6 who had this spot-on, with a further 13 getting the outcome.

NOTTS COUNTY 3 COLCHESTER 1
Notts County get a third consecutive win, to dent the U's play-off hopes. Nobody got this spot-on, but 5 did have the outcome.

YEOVIL 0 CARLISLE 2
Carlisle end their goal drought that had stretched to 701 minutes, as they get their first win in eight games, against 10-man Yeovil. Well done to jonestones for being the only one to have this spot-on, and just 3 got the outcome.

SOUTHAMPTON 0 BOURNEMOUTH 0
Bournemouth miss a late penalty, but still take their undefeated run to four, after this bore draw. Again nobody got this spot-on, and only 3 had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Southampton, with 8 going for a 2-1.

READING 1 LEEDS 0
Reading bring an end to Leeds seven game undefeated run. Well done thrillseeker for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 10 did have the outcome.

After the recent run of tough weeks, it was good to finally have a week of decent point scoring. Thanks mainly to the Barnsley draw and the wins for Spurs and Wycombe, we had 31 three pointers, giving us the second best return on them so far this season. With 87 outcomes as well, this gave most a respectable week, and some a very good one. The competition was hot to be the weeks top scorer, with four members getting three spot-on. In the end it was jonestones who had that honour, even though to quote him they were cold/off the top of my head/guess predictions. A strategy that obviously worked, as he had the Barnsley 1-1, and the Spurs and Carlisle 2-0 wins spot-on, and with four other outcomes, he got a brilliant seasons best 13 points. It was also a seasons best score for a back to form thrillseeker, as he had the Barnsley 1-1, and the wins for Spurs and Reading spot-on, to get an excellent 12 points. The struggle for 3 pointers is history now for noah4x4, as he has the 2-0 wins for Spurs, Peterborough and Wycombe spot-on, as he achieves a very good 11 points. He was equaling his best score for the season, as was Sector4, who had the Barnsley 1-1, and the Spurs and Wycombe 2-0 wins spot-on, to also give him a very good 11 points. Other members worth a mention this week are sevebalo, Gate 16, ethicsgirl, RSCOSWORTH and gsy163, who all had two spot-on.

In the Premier, no 3 pointers for the top two this week, but by getting seven outcomes mfb_cufc increases his lead by a further 4 points. It is now by only the most 3 pointer rule that burnsieespana clings on to the second spot, as the decent weeks for Sector4 and jonestones, have now made it an intriguing contest for those Charity Shield spots. The decent week for sevebalo deserved more, as amazingly he lost ground in the race for a Charity Shield spot. Whereas in the bottom half, it required decent weeks from Gate16, thrillseeker and ethicsgirl, to stop them dropping into the relegation zone, as RSCOSWORTH continued his good recent form. But with time running out, more of the same will be required for him to survive. The seven outcomes for wessex_exile, gives him hope of surviving, but it is going to require a miracle for BFG now.

In Division One, getting the Wycombe 2-0 spot-on was enough to keep basher2010 at the top for the 25th week running. But he is now under pressure, not only to stay top, but to go up automatically, as the decent week from noah4x4, although keeping him third, has moved him to within a point of the automatics. The top five are now almost assured of at least a play-off spot, but that final play-off place is still all to play for.

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



Week 35 Fixtures

NORWICH v READING
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v HUDDERSFIELD
SCUNTHORPE v BOLTON
SWINDON v MK DONS
BARNET v LUTON
CRAWLEY v PLYMOUTH

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2016/17 Week 34 (of 38) - Deadline 12.30 Saturday
at 22:49 25 Mar 2017

Week 33 Results

AFC WIMBLEDON 0 SOUTHEND 2

A third consecutive win for Southend strengthens their play-off hopes. Nobody got this spot-on, but 14 did have the outcome, with 12 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predictede score.

GILLINGHAM 0 PETERBOROUGH 1
A 90th minute goal gives Peterborough their first win in six games. There were 2 (mrhappy and gsy163) who had this spot-on, and a further 8 got the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 0 OXFORD UNITED 0
Northampton missed a penalty in this goalless stalemate. No 3 pointers for anybody here, but 8 did have the outcome.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 STEVENAGE 0
A bore draw that doesn't help Stevenage with the automatics, and Cambridge with the play-offs. Again nobody had this spot-on, and only 3 got the outcome.

CRAWLEY 3 LEYTON ORIENT 0
Orient are looking doomed after their fourth successive defeat, as Crawley get their first win in seven games. There were 2 (noah4x4 and durham_exile) who got this spot-on, with another 15 having the outcome.

MORECAMBE 1 MANSFIELD 3
Mansfield maintain their quest for a play-off spot, as they inflict a sixth successive defeat on Morecambe. Well done to OhOriOri for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 10 did get the outcome.

Even though this weeks games went pretty much to form, finding those important 3 pointers proved hard to find, with just the five obtained. At least the 68 other outcomes guaranteed points for everybody. Those 3 pointers were shared by five members, with mrhappy doing best of those, by being the only one to get three other outcomes, ans is therefore this weeks top scorer, with a decent 6 points.

In the Premier, it is very much as you were, with nobody getting a 3 pointer in this league. Despite that it was a good week for burnsieespana, as he cut the deficit at the top by 2 points. Not such a good week for last seasons Champ ethicsgirl, as she moved 2 points nearer the drop. With the title now looking like a two horse race, it is at the bottom where it is all to play for. Though it is going to require a big score, from one of the three 10 game weeks left in the season, for BFG to escape now.

In Division One, even though all the weeks 3 pointers were achieved in this league, there is little change here as well. In fact OhOriOri going up a place was the only movement in either league. The strong favourites for the automatic spots continue to be basher2010 and Colukev, though getting that Crawley 3-0 still gives noah4x4 an outside chance. With just five weeks and 42 games left to the season, time is running out.

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



Week 34 Fixtures picked by this weeks guest Gate16

LIVERPOOL v EVERTON (12.30)
BARNSLEY v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (12.30)
BURNLEY v TOTTENHAM
PETERBOROUGH v CHARLTON
LUTON v BLACKPOOL
LEYTON ORIENT v WYCOMBE
NOTTS COUNTY v COLCHESTER UNITED
YEOVIL v CARLISLE
SOUTHAMPTON v BOURNEMOUTH (17.30)
READING v LEEDS (17.30)

DON'T FORGET THIS WEEKS DEADLINE IS 12.30

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2016/17 Week 33 (of 38) - Deadline 15.00 Saturday
at 18:08 18 Mar 2017

Week 32 Results

STOKE 1 CHELSEA 2

Cahill made up for conceding a penalty by scoring an 87th minute winner, as Stoke end with 10 men. This weeks banker had 3 getting it spot-on, with a further 18 having the outcome.

BURTON 3 BRENTFORD 5
Brentford came from 3-1 down at half-time, to stage a remarkable second-half comeback. Obviously nobody had this spot-on, but 6 did get the outcome.

OXFORD UNITED 2 SCUNTHORPE 1
Oxford get a 91st minute winner, as the Scunthorpe promotion hopes continue to crumble. That late winner was good news for the massive 9 who got this spot-on, in what was the weeks most predicted score, and 4 more had the outcome.

LUTON 1 EXETER 1
Luton came from behind to get a draw that doesn't help either teams automatic promotion hopes. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and just 1 got the outcome. Luton was a popular choice to win here, with 18 predicting them to do just that, with 8 going for a 2-0 and for a 2-1.

MANSFIELD 2 CARLISLE 0
Mansfield end their four-game goal drought, as they beat a Carlisle team who are now six games without a win, or a goal. Well done to jonestones for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 14 had the outcome.

STEVENAGE 3 PORTSMOUTH 0
Stevenage make it nine wins from their last eleven games, as they get a comfortable victory against inconsistent 10-man Portsmouth. Nobody had this spot-on, and only 3 got the outcome. There were 17 who predicted Portsmouth to turn on the style that thrashed the U's last week.

Not for the first time this season late goals put a different complexion to the weeks results. Those goals that gave Chelsea and Oxford 2-1 wins, turned what would have been a week of struggle for most, into a respectable one instead. It certainly made a difference for Daniel, as he had both those results spot-on, and with one other outcome, he got a very good 7 points. This score was matched by jonestones, who had the Luton 1-1 to go with his Mansfield 2-0 spot-on. To give us a three-way tie, regarding the weeks top scorer, Colukev achieved this score by having the Oxford 2-1 spot-on, and four other outcomes.
There were two members this week who accidentally predicted two lots of predictions. When this happens, the rule is, I will always go with the first lot of predictions, unless I am specifically told the second ones are a replacement for the first ones.

In the Premier, another solid week from mfb_cufc, enables him to extend his lead by a further 2 points. Sector4 retains the final Charity Shield qualifying spot, but another decent week from jonestones, is keeping the pressure on. The Gate16 slump continues, and instead of his usual position at the top end of the table, he could be facing, what I think, is a first ever relegation fight.

In Division One, those late goals for Chelsea and Oxford saved basher2010 from getting a first ever blank week, but it is still a reduced lead for him, as a decent week for Colukev, puts him just 3 points behind again. But more importantly cements his automatic spot. The play-off picture is starting to look a bit clearer, with noah4x4 and mrhappy almost guaranteed a spot (if they fall short of the automatics), but as for the other two spots, it still all to play for. At the bottom, a decent week for Daniel gives him hope of avoiding the wooden spoon, for the third season running.

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



Week 33 Fixtures It is time for another International break week, so we have six fixtures from League 1 and 2.

AFC WIMBLEDON v SOUTHEND
GILLINGHAM v PETERBOROUGH
NORTHAMPTON v OXFORD UNITED
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v STEVENAGE
CRAWLEY v LEYTON ORIENT
MORECAMBE v MANSFIELD

Good luck everybody.
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