Gameweek 38 results

May 13, 2014

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 41 2,356
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 2,327
3 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 2,323
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 2,277
5 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 2,263
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 82 2,256
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 52 2,205
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 49 2,202
9 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 57 2,193
10 Ciderheads Darren Pope 49 2,177
11 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 49 2,160
12 Have a little dink Ian Williams 49 2,149
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 49 2,136
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 47 2,110
15 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 39 2,094
16 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 65 2,081
17 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 59 2,061
18 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 48 2,053
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 50 2,045
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 64 2,040
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 2,017
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 40 2,007
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 43 1,998
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 55 1,988
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 65 1,922
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 25 1,774

 

It’s all over for another season.

Our champs are Romeo’s Honda-Van. Romeo’s took the lead in week 23 and haven’t relinquished it since. They won seven manager of the week awards – a record for a season – and the January Manager of the Month. They finished with a bit of whimper. They were in the running for the May manager award, but only 41 points amassed in the last week didn’t mount any kind of challenge. Romeo’s finished on 2356 points – which is the highest ever final winning score.

Panza Grande XI finish second. It’s their third consecutive top five finish having finished fifth and fourth in the last two years. They closed the gap to Romeo’s ever so slightly in the last week, but not enough to catch the champions.

It was Panza themselves who were nearly caught. Neil Madrid left their challenge for the title a little too late, but were still able to finish third, just four points off second, and in doing so won the February, April and May manager of the month awards. The first team to win three manager of the months in one season. I am the greatest. Here’s the May table…

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 183
2 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 159
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 64 153
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 152
5 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 55 152

 

The battle for fourth was between The Magico and Shakin’ Stephens. The Magico’s 63 point total this week kept them ahead of last years champions who will have to make do with a £10 prize for the season’s highest weekly total. The 165 points amassed in gameweek 31 will take some beating. That was the biggest bumper double gameweek in living memory. The highest score across the whole game for gameweek 31 was 205 points. Ordinarily, that’s a decent monthly score.

Unlucky Sporting posted the highest weekly score with an impressive 82 points. A little more attention paid in gameweek 37 may have seen them get the monthly award and a top four place.

Full list of winners on the Roll of Honour page and prize money breakdown appears on the prize money page. I’ll be in touch if you’re a winner. If you’re not –  better luck next year. Some stupid stats will follow in the next post.

The gameweek finished fairly predictably as far as the Premier League was concerned. The top six all won. The next two drew with each other and most of the rest lost. Swansea and Stoke moved up a place and were the only two teams to improve their league position. City and Arsenal reliably strode to expected 2-0 victories with regular scorers Yaya, Nasri, Ramsey and Giroud adding to their totals. Liverpool and Chelsea didn’t keep their side of the bargain, conceding sloppy goals, then limping to victory. Gerrard and Sturridge would have added to many managers scores. Carl Jenkinson was one of many second stringers to get a run out and ended up with the highest score of the week. Dwight Gayle was another, and followed his two goals against Liverpool last week with another two against Fulham in this.

It was City and Liverpool’s fantasy year. Their free scoring antics were the main contributors to the big points totals. They managed 14 player of the week awards between them. Luis Suarez won it five times between weeks 9 and 17. During this spell it was almost too easy to pick your captain. There were other bandwagons of form stopping and starting through the season for people to jump on. Arsenal spent more time at the top of the league than any other team. During the first half Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey were regularly among the points. The wheels coming off Arsenal’s challenge coincided with Ramsey’s injury. Injuries to Wilshere, Walcott and Ozil followed. And the baton passed to Liverpool who started on their 16 match unbeaten run, book-ended by two defeats to Chelsea. City steadily picked up points throughout the season with Yaya Toure the most consistent and reliable captain choice. Injuries to Sergio Aguero may have prevented City wrapping the title up much earlier than they did. Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo stepped up to the plate to fill in during Aguero’s injury spells. No defence excelled particularly. Laurent Koscielny kept 17 clean sheets, and stayed reasonably priced all the way through the game. Probably because of Arsenals propensity for losing it in the big matches and conceding fives and sixes. Chelsea, perhaps, went on the best run, keeping 12 in 18 from December through to April, but their bus parking wasn’t matched by their goalscoring. Demba, Eto’o and Torres managed 19 between them. As is usually the case with the keepers, it was those in the lower price bracket that gave the most points satisfaction. The likes of Julian Speroni and Vito Mannone had trillions of shots to save and as they plotted their great escapes, started chipping in with the odd clean sheet too. Honourable mentions to Everton’s Seamus Coleman, the game’s best defender and the eighth best player overall. His six goals helped his value increase by £1.8 million over the season. Suarez’s value increased the most. Aaron Ramsey’s value increase could have topped £3 million had he stayed fit. Southampton offered up the best batch of bargain players. Jose Fonte ended the season on £5.4 million from £4.5 million. Adam Lallana topped £8.3 million and makes our team of the year, only being beaten by Eden Hazard, Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure in the midfielder charts. And Ricky Lambert and Jay Rodriguez both finished in the top ten strikers. Assorted donkeys of the year are Younes Kaboul with his two sendings off and one own goal in the space of a month, Martin Skrtel with his three own goals (two in a week in December), Steven Taylor who sat on -4 points until January and Erik Lamela, who ended up having to pay you to be in your team.

Player of the week – Carl Jenkinson – 15 points. Limited appearances but managed seven bonus marks across the season.

Bargain of the week – Dwight Gayle – 13 points. One to watch next year?

Donkey of the week – Paul Dummett – -2 points. On for five minutes before tripping over Suarez’s teeth

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. What might have been…

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