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Happy League Update
at 23:18 19 Mar 2020

The inevitable happened today when the suspension of football was extended to a more realistic 30th April. That is probably still optimistic, but the Football Association has also agreed that the current season can be "extended indefinitely". That means there will no reason to void the season.

When football does get going again fixtures will be Saturday - Midweek to get the season finished as quick as possible. As for the Happy League we have 55 games to play, which was to be over seven weeks, with one of 7, and three of 6, and three of 10. With the Charity Shield and Division One play-offs to follow. We would require nine weeks to stick by that format, and whenever football starts again we won't get that amount of time. So I have two options. One is also to have games Saturday - Midweek, or my preferred one to get the season finished in three weeks by having one of 15 games, and two of 20. The Charity Shield and Division One play-offs would follow in their usual format.

The Happy Cup Final will still be played when the FA Cup 6th Round takes place.

Once a firm decision has been made as to when football starts again I will give a further update on how we intend to finish this seasons Happy League. One thing is certain this seasons Happy League will not be made void.
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Happy Cup 2019/20 Final - Deadline Saturday 21st March 12.30
at 20:47 12 Mar 2020

Semi-final Results

PORTSMOUTH 0 ARSENAL 2
CHELSEA 2 LIVERPOOL 0
READING 1 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
WBA 2 NEWCASTLE 3
LEICESTER CITY 1 BIRMINGHAM 0
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 MANCHESTER CITY 1
TOTTENHAM 1 NORWICH 1
DERBY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
IPSWICH 0 FLEETWOOD 1
EXETER 1 CREWE 1


A recap of the Semi-final scores:-

gsy163 2 blueeagle 3

noah4x4 6 (1) durham_exile 9 (1)


So we have an all Division One Final with blueeagle v durham_exile
The winner will get a personalised Colchester United mug, and of course a place in the Charity Shield semi-finals.

This is a one off game 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. All 10 games to be predicted at the same time please.

Final Fixtures These are the four FA Cup 6th Round fixtures, and six from the League, played at different times on the Saturday and Sunday There are no replays for the FA Cup 6th Round so these games will be settled on the 90 minute result.

LEICESTER CITY v CHELSEA (FA Cup 12.30 Sat) POSTPONED
NEWCASTLE UNITED v MANCHESTER CITY (FA Cup 19.00 Sat) POSTPONED
SHEFFIELD UNITED v ARSENAL (FA Cup 13.30 Sun) POSTPONED
NORWICH CITY v MANCHESTER UNITED (FA Cup 16.30 Sun) POSTPONED
BURNLEY v WATFORD (15.00 Sat) POSTPONED
HULL CITY v MIDDLESBROUGH (15.00 Sat) POSTPONED
SOUTHEND UNITED v BOLTON WANDERERS (15.00 Sat) POSTPONED
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v NORTHAMPTON TOWN (15.00 Sat) POSTPONED
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v AFC BOURNEMOUTH (14.00 Sun) POSTPONED
NOTTINGHAM FOREST v BRISTOL CITY (15.00 Sun) POSTPONED

The Happy Cup Final will still take place when the FA Cup 6th Round is played.
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Happy League 2019/20 Week 32 (of 38) - Deadline Sometime in 2020 (hopefully)
at 22:33 7 Mar 2020

Week 31 Results

BRISTOL CITY 1 FULHAM 1

It is now five games without a win for City after a late equaliser from Fulham. A decent 6 got this spot-on, and nobody had the outcome.

BIRMINGHAM 1 READING 3
Reading's brilliant comeback overturned a first-half deficit to end Birmingham's ten game unbeaten run. Nobody had this spot-on, and only concordman got the outcome. 24 predicted a win for Birmingham with 14 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

WIGAN 0 LUTON 0
Wigan had won their previous three games, but had to settle for a bore draw here. Nobody got this spot-on, and 4 had the outcome. The other 23 predicted a win for Wigan.

MK DONS 0 DONCASTER 1
Jacob Ramsey scored the only goal as Doncaster bring an end to MK Dons three game winning run. 4 had this spot-on, and a further 9 got the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 2 OXFORD UNITED 3
Oxford made it five wins in a row as they produced a fine comeback to beat 10-man Shrewsbury after trailing 2-0. Nobody got this spot-on, but 18 did have the outcome.

SOUTHEND 3 BRISTOL ROVERS 1
Despite a number of senior players still not being paid, Southend produced a committed display to end a run of six successive defeats. Again nobody had this spot-on, though 5 did get the outcome.

CHELTENHAM 0 PORT VALE 0
Cheltenham's five-match winning run was brought to an end with this bore draw. Well done to GOSBTS for being the only one to get this spot-on, and another 4 had the outcome. 21 predicted a win for Cheltenham.

CRAWLEY 3 OLDHAM 0
Crawley stretched their fine unbeaten home run to nine games with a convincing victory. Yet another game with no 3 pointer, but 16 did get the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 1 MANSFIELD 2
10-man Northampton's play-off hopes suffered a setback when they were beaten by struggling Mansfield. Another game with no spot-on, and just noah4x4 had the outcome. 24 predicted a win for Northampton.

SWINDON 0 FOREST GREEN 2
Swindon surrendered top spot in League Two as they suffered their first home defeat since September. A final game this week with no spot-on, and just unitedwhites got the outcome. The other 26 predicted a win for Swindon.

The weeks fixtures started well with the lunchtime game at Bristol City producing a decent six 3 pointers, but after that it went rapidly downhill with the other nine games only achieving five more, and the 92 total points gave us by far the worst 10 game week of the season so far. On a day of shock results, at least the wins for Doncaster, Oxford and Crawley made sure nobody who turned up fired a blank. Well done to oxfcolu for picking 10 games that produced 7 without a spot-on. The eleven 3 pointers were shared out with eleven members getting one each. Only gerry_us of the eleven managed to get four outcomes, and he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points.
That 1-1 draw at Bristol City was the 30th of the season for that score. It leads the way from 2-1 that has 26, and 1-0 with 23. Fourth is 0-1 that has been best for an away win with 21.

Happy Cup Congratulations to blueeagle and durham_exile on both reaching their first final.

In the Premier On such a low scoring week a very good 6 points, that included having the Doncaster 1-0 spot-on, has restored the noah4x4 lead back to 41 points again. With only 55 games left to the season his Liverpoolesque title is now all but confirmed. The race for the title maybe over but competition for the other Charity Shield spots continues to hot up with Sector4 reclaiming the second place he lost last week, and thrillseeker a point further back in the third spot he last held in Week 18. Another point away is last weeks second mfb_cufc, who has to settle for fourth this week. Then back in contention another point back is gerry_us after his top scoring effort. Then finally another point away in sixth is sevebalo that means 2nd to 6th are only separated by 4 points. At the bottom the likely relegation of eagledares has given Colukev every chance of achieving the great escape. A solid 5 points for TheHappyGooner will give them hope as well, in what they said would be the greatest escape ever.

In Division One The top two cemented their automatic spots by getting a useful 5 points each, with Blue4U2 achieving his with outcomes, and basher2010 having the Bristol City 1-1 spot-on on his way to those points. The play-off places remain the same as the previous week, with the only change being GOSBTS moving up a place. Having the Bristol City 1-1 spot-on helped Lewis_1 in the final play-off spot put a bit of daylight between him and the chasing pack. On such a tough week for point scoring the rest of the league had to rely on outcomes except oxfcolu, who was another to benefit from having the Bristol City 1-1 spot-on, and he moves up a place, in the only other change in this league. The amazing season for unitedwhites continues as another four outcomes this week means nobody in either division has more of them than him, but no 3 pointer for 54 games means he has less of them than anybody.

THE TABLES (225 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)


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Week 32 Fixtures This will be a seven game week when we start again, to make up for the postponed game in Week 30.

MANCHESTER CITY v BURNLEY POSTPONED
BOLTON WANDERERS v PETERBOROUGH UNITED POSTPONED
COVENTRY CITY v SHREWSBURY TOWN POSTPONED
OXFORD UNITED v MILTON KEYNES DONS POSTPONED
PORTSMOUTH v ACCRINGTON STANLEY POSTPONED
ROTHERHAM UNITED v SOUTHEND UNITED POSTPONED
BRADFORD CITY v LEYTON ORIENT POSTPONED
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Happy League 2019/20 Week 31 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 7th March 12.30
at 22:16 29 Feb 2020

Week 30 Results

WEST HAM 3 SOUTHAMPTON 1

West Ham's first Premier League win in two months was enough to take them out of the relegation zone, and they have now won five consecutive games against Southampton in the Premier League. Nobody got this spot-on, but 8 did have the outcome.

BLACKBURN 2 SWANSEA 2
Bradley Johnson's 95th minute goal rescued a point for Blackburn against their fellow Championship play-off chasers. That late goal was good news for GOSBTS as he did well in being the only one to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome. 22 predicted a win for Blackburn with 10 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

MILLWALL 1 BRISTOL CITY 1
City missed the chance to return to winning ways and the Championship play-off places, as they score with their only shot on target. 5 got this spot-on, and nobody had the outcome.

BOLTON 0 ACCRINGTON 0
Bolton ended a run of five successive defeats with this bore draw, but remain certain to be relegated. There were 2 (GOSBTS and BFG) who did well to have this spot-on, and another 5 got the outcome.

DONCASTER 3 WYCOMBE 1
Doncaster reignited their League One play-off bid and continued the away day woes of Wycombe with this win. Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 11 had the outcome.

FOREST GREEN v LEYTON ORIENT POSTPONED - Waterlogged pitch

For the fourth week running rain and strong winds did their best to disrupt the weekends football. It caused us to lose one of this weeks fixtures, and the other five hardly made up for it, as we had our lowest points total of the season so far. This was not so much due to shock results, just hard to predict scores, with only the Millwall 1-1 at all easy, and that produced five of the nine 3 pointers this week. With 3 pointers so hard to come by it was a great effort from GOSBTS to be the only one to get two (the ones mentioned above), and he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 6 points. Best of those who had one 3 pointer was Colukev who had the Millwall 1-1 spot-on, and two outcomes, to give him a very good 5 points. Week 32 will now be a seven game week to make up for this weeks postponed fixture.

Happy Cup The semi-final fixtures start this Monday and finish on Thursday. Just durham_exile of the four semi-finalist has yet to post his predictions. There will be an update on the two games after each nights fixtures.

In the Premier Rag'n'Bone Man sang I'm only human after all, and after his brilliant season so far that could apply to noah4x4 after firing a blank this week. On such a low scoring week no real damage was done to his substantial lead, with mfb_cufc reducing it by just 2 points, as he moved into a season high second place. With the next three positions all getting one outcome Sector4 still holds onto the final Charity Shield spot. By having the Millwall 1-1 spot-on RSCOSWORTH moves up a couple of places. Going two the other way is TheFatGooner after firing a blank for the second week running. The very good week for Colukev has given him renewed hope hope of avoiding relegation. After failing to post this year due to ill health eagledares account has unfortunately been suspended until such time he posts in future.

In Division One Having the good Doncaster 3-1 pick spot-on enabled Blue4U2 to increase his lead by a point. Likewise basher2010 enhanced his automatic spot by a point. With more outcomes than anybody in both leagues Daniel remains third. By getting the Millwall 1-1 spot-on blueeagle remains fourth. The top scoring effort from GOSBTS is a some consolation for both his teams losing today, and he moves up a place into fifth. Despite firing a first ever blank Lewis_1 remains in a play-off spot. Another to benefit from having the Millwall 1-1 spot-on is wessex_exile, and he moves up a couple of places. The final member to have the Millwall 1-1 spot-on was gsy163, and he will remain hopeful of making the play-offs again. After failing to show for the fourth week running Stupid_Gooner has become the latest member to be expelled.

THE TABLES (215 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)


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Week 31 Fixtures 10 games picked by this weeks guest oxfcolu. DON'T FORGET THIS WEEKS DEADLINE IS 12.30

BRISTOL CITY v FULHAM (12.30)
BIRMINGHAM CITY v READING
WIGAN ATHLETIC v LUTON TOWN
MILTON KEYNES DONS v DONCASTER ROVERS
SHREWSBURY TOWN v OXFORD UNITED
SOUTHEND UNITED v BRISTOL ROVERS
CHELTENHAM TOWN v PORT VALE
CRAWLEY TOWN v OLDHAM ATHLETIC
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v MANSFIELD TOWN
SWINDON TOWN v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

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Happy League 2019/20 Week 30 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 29th February 15.00
at 00:13 23 Feb 2020

Week 29 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 NEWCASTLE 0

Palace secured their first win in eight Premier League games, and registered their first clean sheet in 11 top-flight games. A great 8 got this spot-on, and a further 10 had the outcome.

LEICESTER 0 MANCHESTER CITY 1
Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score a late winner, despite City missing a penalty. City have now failed to score from each of their last four Premier League penalties. Just the 2 had this spot-on, though 15 got the outcome.

CHARLTON 3 LUTON 1
Charlton get a precious three points in their battle for Championship survival, as they score with their only 3 shots on target. Well done to MattFlat for being the only one to get this spot-on, and a further 18 had the outcome.

FLEETWOOD 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
Fleetwood's fifth straight victory helped them leapfrog Pompey in the table and back into the League One play-off places. A magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and another 2 got the outcome.

NEWPORT 2 BRADFORD CITY 1
Newport came from behind to dent City's hopes of achieving a League Two play-off berth. Bradford have now only won once in their last 11 league games. 4 got this spot-on, with 8 more having the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 2 EXETER 0
Northampton stopped their four-game losing run as they moved back into the play-off places. Nobody had this spot-on, but 8 did get the outcome.

Six games that looked tight beforehand produced five home wins and a routine win for Man City, with the total 127 points achieved giving us the third best six game week of the season so far. That total included 22 spot-ons, with six members getting two each. Incredibly five had the 1-0 wins for Palace and Fleetwood, with the best being noah4x4 and basher2010 who both had the other four outcomes as well to give them a brilliant 10 points and a share of the weeks top score honour. The other three were mfb_cufc, who got an excellent 9 points, ghughes11 a very decent 8 points, and Daniel to give him a decent 7 points. The other member to have two 3 pointers was blueeagle who had the wins for Man City and Newport, on his way to a decent 7 points. Best of those to have one 3 pointer was thrillseeker, the 2-1 win for Newport, to also give him a decent 7 points.

In the Premier The incredible season for noah4x4 gets even better as he gets a double-figure score for the second week running, and the sixth one overall this season. He is now almost certain to break all records of most points, most 3 pointers, and the biggest winning margin in a season. That margin now stands at 41 points. The fight for the other Charity Shield spots couldn't be any closer with Sector4 clinging onto second spot, but only on the most 3 pointer rule, as mfb_cufc moves up four places into third. Just a point further back is thrillseeker, who moves up a couple of places this week. With last weeks third sevebalo now within two points of that spot. At the bottom a welcome 3 pointer for TheHappyGooner, but they have a lot to do to avoid being relegated after two seasons in the top flight.

In Division One Just the three outcomes for leader Blue4U2 means the 13 point lead he had two weeks ago has now been reduced to just 4 as basher2010 gets a brilliant double-figure score for the second week running, and a fourth one for the season. Having two 3 pointers for the second week running has enhanced the play-off chances for Daniel, and kept him well in contention for an automatic spot. The play-off spots remain the same as last week, with the only change being blueeagle moving up a couple of places. Another moving up two places is ghughes1, to become the closest challenger for those play-off places. Another five outcomes for unitedwhites means only Daniel has more of them than him over the two leagues, but he still has less 3 pointers than anybody after now going 38 games without one.

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





Week 30 Fixtures

WEST HAM UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON
BLACKBURN ROVERS v SWANSEA CITY
MILLWALL v BRISTOL CITY
BOLTON WANDERERS v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
DONCASTER ROVERS v WYCOMBE WANDERERS
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v LEYTON ORIENT MATCH POSTPONED - Waterlogged pitch

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2019/20 Week 29 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 22nd February 15.00
at 22:29 15 Feb 2020

Week 28 Results

SOUTHAMPTON 1 BURNLEY 2

Burnley are now unbeaten in their past seven Premier League meetings with Southampton. Nobody got this spot-on, and just mfb_cufc had the outcome. 23 predicted a win for Southampton.

WBA 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2
Forest get a 91st minute equaliser to stop West Brom from going 9 points clear at the top of the Championship. That was good news for the 2 who had this spot-on, and the 3 who got the outcome. Not such good news for the 12 who had West Brom to win 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

CARDIFF 2 WIGAN 2
Cardiff closed the gap on the Championship play-off places despite being held to a draw. No points for anybody from this game with 27 predicting a win for Cardiff.

MIDDLESBROUGH 0 LUTON 1
Luton made it back-to-back wins in the Championship and ended a run of 12 away defeats in a row with the only shot on target in the game. Nobody got this spot-on, and only 2 had the outcome. 25 predicted a win for Middlesbrough.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 READING 3
10-man Wednesday have now gone six league matches without a win. Nobody got this spot-on, and just TheHappyGooner had the outcome. 20 predicted a win for Wednesday.

BRISTOL ROVERS 2 BLACKPOOL 1
Rovers ended their 14-match winless run as they came from behind to beat 10-man Blackpool. A magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and another 5 got the outcome.

IPSWICH 4 BURTON 1
A first win in five matches for Ipswich as Burton take their winless run to six. Nobody got this spot-on, but 21 did have the outcome.

OXFORD UNITED 0 SUNDERLAND 1
Sunderland secured their seventh victory in nine games. It was also their seventh clean sheet in their last eight matches. A magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and a further 11 got the outcome.

PLYMOUTH 2 CREWE 1
Plymouth were another team to come from behind to win as they ended the four-match winning streak of promotion rivals Crewe. A massive 11 got this spot-on, and 7 more had the outcome.

STEVENAGE 0 SALFORD 1
Stevenage remained seven points from safety following this latest defeat. A great 8 had this spot-on, and a further 11 got the outcome.

Storm Dennis made sure all today's games were played with strong winds and heavy rain affecting them. At least all our 10 games survived the conditions, but they produced a mixed bag of results. Five games had some shock results and only produced 13 points between them, but that was more than made up with the other five games going very much to form, and we ended with a decent return of 35 spot-ons in total. Considering there was only five games producing a 3 pointer it was a great effort from basher2010 to get four of them, the wins for Bristol Rovers, Sunderland, Plymouth and Salford, and with two outcomes he is this weeks top scorer with a brilliant Gerryesque 14 points. Three members also did well to have three 3 pointers, they were mfb_cufc and thrillseeker who both had the wins for Bristol Rovers, Sunderland and Plymouth, with the former getting a superb 12 points, and the latter an excellent 10 points. The third being noah4x4 who got the wins for Bristol Rovers, Sunderland and Salford to also give him an excellent 10 points. Best of the seven members to get two 3 pointers was BFG who had the 1-0 wins for Sunderland and Salford, and three outcomes to give him a very decent 9 points.

Champions League The competition starts on 18th February, and just Daniel and Blue4U2 are to post their predictions before the Tuesday 20.00 deadline.

In the Premier Another excellent week for noah4x4 extends his lead to 33 points, and is now very long odds on to be the first member to win back-to-back Premier titles, and at the same time create a new record for 3 pointers in a season currently standing at 38. Having the Salford 1-0 spot-on made sure Sector4 held onto second spot, and getting the wins for Bristol Rovers and Salford spot-on has sevebalo returning to the final Charity Shield spot after one week away. A third double-figure score for the season keeps thrillseeker well in contention for a top three finish. "Is the bubble about to burst" said gerry_us. Well after a solid 6 points I would say not quite yet. A seasons best score for mfb_cufc moved him a couple of places. Having the 2-1 wins for Bristol Rovers and Plymouth spot-on helped to move eagledares out of the bottom three.

In Division One Having the Salford 1-0 spot-on maintained a healthy lead for Blue4U2, but there is now a new member in the other automatic spot as the brilliant top scoring effort from basher2010 moves him up four places into there. After getting the 1-0 wins for Sunderland and Salford spot-on Daniel has to settle for a close third this week. Two more 3 pointers, the West Brom 2-2 and the Bristol Rovers 2-1 keeps Lewis_1 well in contention for a first season promotion. As does GOSBTS, who had the Plymouth 2-1 spot-on to remain in the play-off places, along with blueeagle who also benefited from having the Plymouth 2-1 spot-on. Further down the league the very decent week for BFG raised his hopes of making the play-offs. Two 3 pointers for gsy163 and durham_exile will give them hope as well. In the latter's case it is for the second week running, and the decent 8 points were needed to raise his spirits after earlier events at Vale Park. A decent 8 points also for burnsieespana, as he keeps his good recent run going.

THE TABLES (204 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)





Week 29 Fixtures

CRYSTAL PALACE v NEWCASTLE UNITED
LEICESTER CITY v MANCHESTER CITY (17.30)
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v LUTON TOWN
FLEETWOOD TOWN v PORTSMOUTH
NEWPORT COUNTY v BRADFORD CITY
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v EXETER CITY

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Happy League 2019/20 Week 28 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15th February 12.30
at 22:10 8 Feb 2020

Week 27 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 2 QPR 0

Huddersfield moved six points clear of the Championship relegation zone as they condemned QPR to a third straight loss. Well done to TheFatGooner for being the only to get this spot, and a further 19 had the outcome.

LUTON 0 CARDIFF 1
Lee Tomlin's third goal in four games keeps Luton rooted to the bottom as Cardiff moved to within four points of the Championship play-off places. 3 had this spot-on, and another 12 got the outcome.

AFC WIMBLEDON 1 FLEETWOOD 2
Paddy Madden's late winner saw Fleetwood make it back-to-back League One victories for the first time since September. A sublime 9 got this spot-on, and a further 7 had the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 1 MK DONS 1
Ex-U's loanee Rhys Healey gets the equaliser for MK Dons. Only 2 had this spot-on, and nobody got the outcome.

LEYTON ORIENT 1 MACCLESFIELD 1
Jacob Blyth salvaged a point for Macclesfield with a 91st minute equaliser. That late goal was good news for the 3 who got this spot-on, and 1 more had the outcome.

MORECAMBE 1 MANSFIELD 1
An 86th minute goal from Alex Kenyon earned Morecambe a valuable point. That late goal means a magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and again 1 more got the outcome.

The Wimbledon game was the only to have goals in the first-half, and although the other five games had goals in the second-half, it was late ones that made a big difference to the final scores this week. In the end we had three 1-1 draws, as the good run for that score continued, making it 12 of them in the last 5 weeks. Someone who has taken full advantage of this particular score recently is gerry_us, and he cashed in again this week by having all three. By also getting the Fleetwood 2-1 spot-on, and outcomes on the other two games, he gets a top scoring absolutely brilliant 14 points, in what must be a record for a six game week. Beating the 13 achieved by RSCOSWORTH in Week 24 this season. Another member to have benefited from the 1-1 recently is Colukev, and he had the ones at Shrewsbury and Orient this week to give him a decent 7 points. Best of the other four members to get two 3 pointers was GOSBTS, who had the Fleetwood 2-1 and the Orient 1-1 spot-on to give him a superb 8 points. The other three members all got a decent 7 points, they were Blue4U2 and durham_exile, who both had the Fleetwood 2-1 and the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on, and TheFatGooner who got the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on to go with his good Huddersfield 2-0 pick.

Happy Cup The fixtures for the semi-finals are now ready for predicting. Plenty of time though as the deadline is 2nd March. All details on the separate Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier Having the Cardiff 1-0 spot-on enabled noah4x4 to increase his lead to an impressive 28 points over Sector4. With less than 100 games left to the season I think the bookies would probably pay out now on him winning the title. But you never though after the run this weeks star performer gerry_us has put together lately. After Week 20 he was bottom with 64 points and looked almost certain to be relegated being 22 points from safety, and without a 3 pointer for 66 games. But in the seven weeks since then he has accumulated 55 points, that includes 14 spot-ons, in what must be the biggest turnaround of form ever seen in the Happy League. In the same period noah4x4 has managed 26 points. More of the same could see gerry-us as his main challenger for the title. In the meantime he is up three places this week, and within 3 points of a Charity Shield spot. That final place is occupied now by TheFatGooner after his decent week moved him up the highest position he has ever been. At the other end of the scale only 3 points in the last four weeks has mfb_cufc suddenly finding he is involved in a relegation scrap. But with only 18 points separating 2nd to 2nd from bottom, nobody can feel safe at the moment.

In Division One A decent week for Blue4U2 has seen his lead increase to an impressive 13 points. Just outcomes for Daniel again, but he remains in the other automatic spot. He is coming under pressure now though as the superb week for GOSBTS moved him up to a seasons best third, and within a point of the top two. A spot-on each for Lewis_1 and basher2010 maintains their play-off places along with blueeagle. Another one to benefit from having the Fleetwood 2-1 spot-on was wessex_exile, and he moves up a place and within a point of the play-offs. Further down the league a decent score for durham_exile completes a good day for him after his beloved U's impressive victory. The league is suddenly split in half, with a 7 point gap from the top half to the bottom. But after the recent exploits of gerry_us it will give hope to everyone that the play-offs could still be possible if they can put a good run together as well.

THE TABLES (194 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)





Week 28 Fixtures 10 games picked by this weeks guest unitedwhites

SOUTHAMPTON v BURNLEY (12.30)
WEST BROMICH ALBION v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (12.30)
CARDIFF CITY v WIGAN ATHLETIC
MIDDLESBROUGH v LUTON TOWN
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v READING
BRISTOL ROVERS v BLACKPOOL
IPSWICH TOWN v BURTON ALBION
OXFORD UNITED v SUNDERLAND
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v CREWE ALEXANDRA
STEVENAGE v SALFORD CITY

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Happy League 2019/20 Week 27 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 8th February 15.00
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Week 26 Results

NEWCASTLE 0 NORWICH 0

Newcastle are now unbeaten in their last four League games after this bore draw. Norwich have now failed to score in eight different Premier League away games this season. Nobody got this spot-on, but 5 did have the outcome. 23 predicted a win for Newcastle with 12 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

WEST HAM 3 BRIGHTON 3
West Ham let slip a two-goal lead to draw with their fellow Premier League strugglers. West Ham have beaten 46 of the 48 opponents they have faced in the Premier League, with Brighton and Swindon being the only exceptions. Again nobody had this spot-on, though 6 did get the outcome.

BIRMINGHAM 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1
Birmingham had only got 2 points from their previous 7 home games, but they came from behind to end Forest's seven match unbeaten run. Well done to burnsieespana for being the only one to get this spot-on, and only 2 more had the outcome. 22 predicted a win for Forest.

PRESTON 1 SWANSEA 1
A point each that doesn't help either teams play-off chances. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and another 1 got the outcome. 22 predicted a Preston victory.

QPR 0 BRISTOL CITY 1
Famara Diedhiou's diving header was enough for Bristol City to win their fourth game in a row. 5 got this spot-on, and a further 7 had the outcome.

IPSWICH 1 PETERBOROUGH 4
Sammie Szmodics hit a brace as Peterborough leapfrogged Ipswich into third place in League One following this comfortable win. Excellent from MattFlat in having this spot-on, in what is the top prediction of the season so far. There were 9 who got the outcome.

OXFORD UNITED 2 BLACKPOOL 1
Oxford came from behind to win and give their League One promotion hopes a boost. 6 got this spot-on, and a further 16 had the outcome.

SOUTHEND 2 LINCOLN 1
Southend get a 96th minute winner to give them their first home win this season. Only 2 had this spot-on, and 2 also got the outcome.

OLDHAM 3 BRADFORD CITY 0
Superb Oldham swept aside a poor Bradford City side as the Bantams dropped out of the League Two play-off places. Nobody got this spot-on, but 6 did have the outcome.

PORT VALE 1 SALFORD 1
Tom Elliott scored his first league goal for Salford as they held Vale to a draw. 6 had this spot-on, and 1 more got the outcome. 19 predicted a win for Vale.

The 10 game weeks are obviously the ones where the big scores to make a difference are made. But after a number of unpredictable results - not for the first time this season - this one turned out to be a disappointing one overall, and the total of 124 points gave us the worst 10 game week of the season so far. Even though it was a famine week for a number of members, with the Oxford 2-1 saving them from from firing a blank, two members did get three 3 pointers to have them feasting at the top table. They were Colukev who had that Oxford 2-1 and the 1-1 draws at Preston and Port Vale spot-on, and two outcomes made him the weeks top scorer with a brilliant 11 points. Just missing out on that honour was burnsieespana who made a good decision to go 2-1 all games to give an excellent 10 points. Four members did well to get two 3 pointers. They were wessex_exile and Stupid_Gooner who both had the Bristol City 1-0 and the Port Vale 1-1, Lewis_1 who got the wins for Bristol City and Southend, and finally gerry_us who had the 1-1 draws at Preston and Port Vale.

In the Premier At the top having the Bristol City 1-0 spot-on helped noah4x4 to increase his lead by another point. Sector4 and sevebalo both got the Oxford 2-1 spot-on to remain in the other Charity Shield spots. Up three places is thrillseeker, as he takes advantage of the three directly above him all relying on the Oxford 2-1 to give them an outcome to save them from firing blanks. The real activity in this division has been happening at the bottom recently, and that continued in a big way this week, with gerry_us not only clearing the 16 point deficit to safety that was there only four weeks ago, but has gone a step further by getting out of the relegation zone. Colukev has also given himself a big chance of escaping as his top scoring effort was his second double-figure score in the last three weeks. That is the sort of good form he regularly showed when he was in Division One. With those two doing so well recently the whole division bar noah4x4 are suddenly at the risk of being relegated. in fact Sector4 in second is nearer to being relegated than winning the title.

In Division One Just outcomes for the top two, but Blue4U2 still holds a healthy 8 point lead over Daniel despite it being reduced by a point. Blueeagle was another to benefit this week from having the Oxford 2-1 spot-on, and he got 2 points nearer to the automatic spots. The play-off places remain the same but Lewis_1 swaps places with basher2010 after his decent week. A decent week for wessex_exile moves him up a place, and within 2 points of the play-offs. Further down the league burnsieespana finally showed the sort of form that had finishing as runner-up in the Premier only three seasons ago, and kept him with a squeak of making the play-offs. Last season unitedwhites had a storming second-half that took into the play-offs. His six outcomes this week means only Daniel has more of them than him in both divisions, but his 3 pointer total is lower than anybody, and that it what is holding him back from a repeat performance this season.

THE TABLES (188 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)





Week 27 Fixtures Lets go to town with these games.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v QUEENS PARK RANGERS
LUTON TOWN v CARDIFF CITY
AFC WIMBLEDON v FLEETWOOD TOWN
SHREWSBURY TOWN v MILTON KEYNES DONS
LEYTON ORIENT v MACCLESFIELD TOWN
MORECAMBE v MANSFIELD TOWN

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Happy Cup 2019/20 Semi-finals - Deadline Monday 2nd March 19.45
at 22:24 25 Jan 2020

Quarter-final Results

BRENTFORD 0 LEICESTER 1
BURNLEY 1 NORWICH 2
COVENTRY 0 BIRMINGHAM 0
MILLWALL 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 2
NEWCASTLE 0 OXFORD UNITED 0
PORTSMOUTH 4 BARNSLEY 2
READING 1 CARDIFF 1
SOUTHAMPTON 1 TOTTENHAM 1
WEST HAM 0 WBA 1
HULL 1 CHELSEA 2

Quarter-final scores


Daniel 7 (1) gsy163 12 (3)
Superb win for gsy163 thanks to having the wins for Leicester and Sheff Utd with the Southampton 1-1 spot-on. Daniel had to settle for just getting the Reading 1-1 spot-on.

noah4x4 6 (1) mfb_cufc 4
Having the Sheff Utd 2-0 spot-on is the deciding factor to put noah4x4 into the semi-finals.

durham_exile 4 Sector4 3
In a game decided by outcomes it is durham_exile who edges through to the semi-finals.

burnsieespana 6 (1) blueeagle 14 (4)
Considering they were not a great set of results for predicting it was a brilliant performance from blueeagle in having the wins for Sheff Utd, WBA and Chelsea together with the Southampton 1-1 spot-on. Having the Chelsea 2-1 spot-on was no more than a consolation for burnsieespana.

The draw for the Semi-finals is:-

gsy163 v blueeagle

noah4x4 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. All 10 games to be predicted at the same time please.

Semi-final Fixtures These are the FA Cup 5th Round games played over four evenings, plus the league games at Ipswich and Exeter. The FA Cup games are being played in the evening to alleviate fixture congestion in what is a notoriously busy time of year. There are no replays for the FA Cup 5th Round so these games will be settled on the 90 minute result.

PORTSMOUTH v ARSENAL (19.45 Mon)
CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL (19.45 Tues)
READING v SHEFFIELD UNITED (20.00 Tues)
WEST BROMICH ALBION v NEWCASTLE UNITED (20.00 Tues)
LEICESTER CITY v BIRMINGHAM CITY (19.45 Wed)
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v MANCHESTER CITY (19.45 Wed)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v NORWICH CITY (19.45 Wed)
DERBY COUNTY v MANCHESTER UNITED (19.45 Thur)
IPSWICH TOWN v FLEETWOOD TOWN (19.45 Tues)
EXETER CITY v CREWE ALEXANDRA (19.45 Tues)

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Happy League 2019/20 Week 26 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 1st February 15.00
at 21:23 25 Jan 2020

Week 25 Results

STOKE 2 SWANSEA 0

Swansea are now winless in nine away Championship games, as Stoke eased their relegation worries. Nobody got this spot-on, but the 8 who had them to win 1-0 were denied by Stoke's second goal in the 91st minute. So they have to settle for 1 point along with other 3 who had the outcome.

PETERBOROUGH 2 ROTHERHAM 1
Ex U's Sammie Szmodics scored Peterborough's second goal as Rotherham were knocked off top spot in League One as their five-match winning run ended. A magnificent 7 had this spot-on, and another 3 got the outcome. 9 predicted Rotherham to win 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

ROCHDALE 2 GILLINGHAM 2
Rochdale edged a further point clear of the League One relegation zone after this draw, with Ex U's Ian Henderson scoring for them again. Nobody got this spot-on, but 8 did have the outcome.

LEYTON ORIENT 2 NEWPORT 1
Orient ended a six game winless run as two late goals secured victory. Only 2 had this spot-on, and 2 also got the outcome.

MANSFIELD 3 BRADFORD CITY 0
Mansfield recorded only their third home League Two win of the season - and their first since 12 October - with a comfortable victory. Another game this week with no 3 pointer, though 7 did have the outcome.

MORECAMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1
This point takes Morecambe off the bottom again, as Cambridge are still without a win in 2020. 5 had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

Some more hard to predict fixtures did actually produce four home wins, but with none of them being that obvious, this turned out to be another low scoring week. In the end we had a total of 14 spot-ons, with half of them coming from Peterborough's 2-1, but only 34 outcomes. Those 3 pointers were shared out with 14 members getting one each. The honour of being the weeks top scorer was a four-way tie for those who managed two outcomes to go with their 3 pointer, to give them a good 5 points. They were noah4x4, eagledares and ghughes11 who all had the Peterborough 2-1 spot-on, and durham_exile who got the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on.

In the Premier After firing a blank last week any thoughts that noah4x4 may be faltering were dispelled this week, as by having the Peterborough 2-1 spot-on, he has increased his lead to a seasons best 25 points. This was helped by the next seven places only managing 8 points between them. That included mfb_cufc firing a blank after going 64 weeks without one. At the bottom gerry_us and Colukev both used the 1-1 to good effect again by having the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on. The top scoring effort from eagledares has moved him a point nearer to safety, but more importantly for the bottom three they have moved closer to the rest of the division. Only 3 weeks ago there was a 16 point gap to the fourth from bottom. Now only 17 points separate the Charity Shield places to the relegation spots. With two 10 game weeks out of the next three coming up that gap could continue to close.

In Division One By getting the Morecambe 1-1 spot-on Blue4U2 increased his lead by a point, as Daniel had to settle for only having the Peterborough 2-1 spot-on, but he did enhance his automatic position by those 3 points as nearest challenger basher2010 fired a blank. Up two places replacing him in third is blueeagle after getting the Orient 2-1 spot-on. Also moving up a couple of places is GOSBTS, who was another to benefit from having the Peterborough 2-1 spot-on, and take him back into the play-off spots for the first time since Week 9. Clinging onto the final pay-off spot is Lewis_1, but only on the most 3 pointer rule, as a blank week has concordman dropping out of the top six. A 3 pointer each for ghughes11, gsy163 and BFG improved their chances of making the play-offs.

THE TABLES (178 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)





Week 26 Fixtures 10 games picked by this weeks guest blueeagle

NEWCASTLE UNITED v NORWICH CITY
WEST HAM UNITED v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
BIRMINGHAM CITY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
PRESTON NORTH END v SWANSEA CITY
QUEENS PARK RANGERS v BRISTOL CITY
IPSWICH TOWN v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
OXFORD UNITED v BLACKPOOL
SOUTHEND UNITED v LINCOLN CITY
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v BRADFORD CITY
PORT VALE v SALFORD CITY

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