1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
58 1926
2  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
63 1888
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1870
4  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
54 1867
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
66 1861
6  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
64 1858
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
59 1840
8  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1832
9  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1828
10  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
49 1814
11  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
62 1811
12  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
44 1807
13  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
35 1804
14  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
68 1803
15  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
51 1803
16  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
61 1802
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
67 1799
18  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 1799
19  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
53 1778
20  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
41 1777
21  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
50 1769
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1755
23  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1752
24  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1739
25  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 1729
26  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
49 1726
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
59 1725
28  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
48 1724
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
47 1723
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
68 1720
31  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
53 1719
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1718
33  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
60 1703
34  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
50 1697
35  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
59 1696
36  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
62 1688
37  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
42 1678
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
68 1672
39  down blakes11
Steven Darling
45 1644
40  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
62 1625
41  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
55 1618
42  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1614
43  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1604
44  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
57 1603
45  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
45 1559
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
34 1559
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 1531
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
44 1481
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
46 1443
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
44 1335

 

March Manager of the Month – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 304 points

There wasn’t really anyone else in it. During March The Vinegar Pissers have risen to the top of our league, climbed 100,000 places in the overall game into the top 20,000 and posted the highest weekly gameweek score of our season so far. They’ve no wildcard but all three chips remaining, meaning it looks like they’re in good shape to cope with gameweeks 34, 35 and 37. They’re our likely new favourites for the title and it’ll be a second time success for their manager. Beware of last year’s champs and runners up who are sat in 3rd and 5th respectively and on the climb.

Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 68 points (7 goals)

Three teams picked up 68 points this week. Queen Of The North and FTM both scored four goals in reaching that total, but it’s Pure Buffoonery! with seven goals that take their place on the honours board. Seven goals is an impressive haul for a gameweek. They were scored by five different players with both Arnautovic and Aubameyang contributing a brace. Clearly they missed when placing the captain’s armband. Surely it was meant to land on Mo Salah, but instead ended up around Pascal Gross’ arm. Which would have been wonderful had it paid off, but it didn’t. But when your side bangs in seven goals, what does it matter?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points

There haven’t been many double players of the week. Arnautovic becomes the fourth following Aguero, Son and Kane. He appears to be leading the line again following a spell relying on Javier Hernandez, which didn’t work out all that well. West Ham have a double gameweek upcoming – probably in GW37 – and they also play GW35. Arnautovic, who has scored his nine goals in 13 games, could be well worth keeping hold of if you’ve got him. Although, they won’t be playing Southampton every week.

Bargain of the week – Ben Chilwell – 11 points

Chilwell is winning the battle with Christian Fuchs for the Leicester left back role at the moment and at £4.3 with two double gameweeks on the horizon is a tempting prospect. He has two assists in his last two games, so there’s attacking potential there. This week he added a clean sheet. Leicester’s double gamewek opponents are Burnley, Southampton, West Ham and Arsenal. At least two, possibly even three of those four games could easily end up with more clean sheet points on the board.

Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – 0 points

It’s looking pretty dire for Southampton. They too have two double gameweeks to negotiate, but their run in is frightening. Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Swansea make up their 34 and 37 opponents, which is bad enough. Add to that Arsenal next week and Manchester City last game of the season and even those that can’t resist filling the teams with double gameweekers are probably going to be steering well clear of Southampton players.

Goal of the week – Ashley Barnes. 

Was close to winning it a few weeks back. Definitely wins it this week. From the start.

 

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Gameweek 26 results

February 27, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
52 1461
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 1444
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1442
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 1422
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 1416
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 1405
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
36 1399
down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
43 1396
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 1389
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 1385
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 1382
12  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
77 1376
13  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 1375
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 1369
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 1368
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 1361
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
48 1355
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 1351
19  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1351
20  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 1350
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1346
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
60 1344
23  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
49 1337
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1318
25  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 1315
26  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
76 1312
27  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
32 1311
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
81 1311
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 1308
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
72 1302
31  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
68 1302
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
69 1282
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
76 1268
34  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
79 1265
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1264
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
55 1261
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1245
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
65 1224
39  down jetty city
scott mcgow
47 1223
40  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 1208
41  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
43 1207
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
61 1195
43  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 1194
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 1185
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
37 1181
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
37 1169
47  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
92 1143
48  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 1143
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1100
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1063
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
38 1053
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
8 1030
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1022

 

It looked like an even split of managers hoping for either a Harry Kane week or a Romelu Lukaku week. Everton welcomed Sunderland, while Spurs had Stoke to contend with. The odds may have been slightly with Lukaku, but it was Kane who provided the bigger points haul – 20 in total – 40 if you had him as captain. Lukaku’s goal came as welcome relief to those who went with the Everton striker, but come mid-afternoon Sunday, that would have been no consolation has a whole host of teams came sailing past carrying the Spurs forward and their 70+ scores.

Our weekly winner, monthly winner and most of the teams that advanced to the Buckets Cup quarter finals all had Kane, and most had him with the armband.

No-one could top Bermie United, whose unwavering faith in Leicester City finally paid off with a mindbending final total of 92 points. And all achieved whilst the manager is biking round ‘Nam for charity. Maybe Claudio is with him. Last season’s holy trinity of Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater contributed 23 points on top of the 40 from Kane. They made one transfer in gameweek four, and only managed to put out nine players for the weekend. Classic ghostship.

Uriah’s deserve a mention. Playing the game properly, they amassed 88 points. As well as captain Kane, they benefited from Christian Eriksen’s assists and another goal scoring performance from Gareth McAuley. He’s West Brom’s second top scorer, the league’s top scoring defender and moves into sixth place on the defender charts.

The manager of the month changed hands dramatically at the final reckoning. Both Lukaku and Kane had carried RG XV to the top of the monthly table before Monday’s game – they were 9th after last week’s fixtures. RG also had McAuley – and Seamus Coleman, who contributed anther double figure total with a seventh consecutive scoring week. Yet it wasn’t enough to hold off Rico United who pipped them by a point and have Matt Phillips to thank – for not playing. Rico utilised the bench boost expertly. Captain Phillips defaulted to vice captain Alli, and the extra eight points carried them past RG to the prize. They’re our first double month winner.

up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 208
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 207
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 198
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 197
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 197
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 197
same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 196

 

Our cup quarter finalists have been decided. FC Caligula will not defend their trophy, falling to Release The Hounds, who will take on Jarvis FC in the next round. Rico’s month winning total was enough to see them through to play Upper Bullens. Bakerlona are the lowest ranked team left in, creeping through in a battle of the ghost teams. They face league leaders Aquamar, who only just squeezed through themselves with the second lowest cup score of the week. Joey Bosa and Shoelace Untied make up the draw. Aquamar are the only top 10 team left in the competition and there are more bottom half than top half teams remaining.

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 20 points. Another hat trick. Time for a few weeks off now, eh Harry.

Bargain of the week – Idrissa Gueye – 10 points. Everton’s Kante. The scoring will stop here.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -1 points. Another cheapo striker’s honeymoon period is over.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. They won’t get relegated.

 

Gameweek 19 results

January 1, 2017

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
40 1063
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
52 1061
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
41 1045
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
51 1018
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
43 1018
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
66 1017
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
57 1016
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 1011
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
49 1009
10  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
65 1008
11  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
51 1007
12  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
59 1007
13  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
42 1004
14  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
44 995
15  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
26 994
16  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
57 990
17  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
50 975
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 973
19  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 967
20  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
67 966
21  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
55 957
22  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
36 956
23  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
45 956
24  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
49 954
25  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 947
26  same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
51 943
27  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
54 933
28  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
69 924
29  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
57 924
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
39 923
31  same Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
51 915
32  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
47 911
33  same FTM
Stu Smith
61 905
34  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
58 901
35  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 896
36  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
63 885
37  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
41 880
38  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 876
39  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
32 872
40  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
35 866
41  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
39 857
42  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 841
43  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
36 832
44  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
50 826
45  down jetty city
scott mcgow
38 824
46  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
58 797
47  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
30 791
48  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
33 785
49  same Dj daz
darren frankland
51 780
50  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
44 775
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
43 772
52  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
31 740
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
29 734

 

Very brief this week due to the quick turnaround between gameweeks. Ciderheads are the weekly winners. Retaining Kane the key and a good performance from Charlie Daniels against hapless Swansea. It’s always worth looking at who they’re playing for some guaranteed goal points. The Islanders remain top, but again allowed teams below to claw back a few points. They were involved in a very close run thing for the manager of the month prize. That final table looks like this…

same Cooksters
Peter Cook
42 368
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 367
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
52 367
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
40 365
up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
65 365
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
41 362
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 361

 

Congratulations to Cooksters who pipped INIT and Yeboah’s to top spot by one point.

 

Player of the week – Andre Gray – 17 points. Hat trick.

Bargain of the week – Ashley Banes – 11 points. The other goal.

Donkey of the week – Virgil Van Dijk – -2 points. Rounding off a bad Chrimbo for Southampton.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. 

 

Gameweek 33 results

April 20, 2015

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 61 1,873
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 1,840
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 47 1,836
4 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 1,803
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 1,800
6 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 60 1,780
7 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 52 1,774
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 63 1,768
9 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,766
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 58 1,753
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 47 1,735
12 Ciderheads Darren Pope 49 1,718
13 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 1,714
14 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 57 1,687
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 50 1,686
16 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 51 1,675
17 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 54 1,671
18 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 44 1,661
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 56 1,639
20 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 31 1,638
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 1,612
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 47 1,592
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 56 1,547
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 24 1,540
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 33 1,538
26 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 29 1,517
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 46 1,493
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 43 1,449
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 23 1,178

 

Scores were much more tightly packed this week. Uriah’s narrowly picked up another manager of the week award with 63 points. It’s their second of the season, but after a lax few weeks it’s not going to be enough to put them in contention for the monthly award which will be decided next week. Pescara sit top of the monthly table off the back of their 119 point score of a fortnight ago, with RayCrawfordsCrackers and Van Damme United also in contention.

 

1 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 47 213
2 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 210
3 Van Damme United P Hawkins 47 202
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 196
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 190
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 61 184

 

Hedgehog, NDYs and Neil Madrid complete a top six with realistic chances of nicking the prize – that’s all of the overall top five in with a chance.

No Buckets teams seem to suffer at the hands of the blank gameweek too much. Most teams managed to turn out at least ten players, and most scored above the weekly average of 33 points. Three other team managed 60+ scores – most tellingly, RCCs, who moved above NDYs into fourth place.

No player dominated the scoring this week. The highest individual score was eleven points, and this was achieved by seven different players. There were more points to be had towards the back of the starting XI than the front, which is a rarity. Five defences kept clean sheets, yet only five attackers scored more than their appearance points. This might explain why so many Buckets managers had similar scores. The majority of us did well in the circumstances to get into the high 40’s, 50’s and above.

 

Player of the week – Andy King – 11 points. Team of the week were arguably Leicester City.

Bargain of the week – Boaz Myhill – 8 points. Not easy to determine who should win this award this week. It’s Andy King’s fault.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -2 points. Easily the cheapest set of weekly winners in the history of Buckets.

Goal of the week. Craig Gardner. Thank goodness there was one to pick. 44s in.

 

Gameweek 21 preview

January 9, 2015

10 Jan 12:45 Sunderland v Liverpool
10 Jan 15:00 Burnley v QPR
10 Jan 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle
10 Jan 15:00 Everton v Man City
10 Jan 15:00 Leicester v Aston Villa
10 Jan 15:00 Swansea v West Ham
10 Jan 15:00 West Brom v Hull
10 Jan 17:30 Crystal Palace v Spurs
11 Jan 13:30 Arsenal v Stoke
11 Jan 16:00 Man Utd v Southampton

 

Wildcards are live and there are no Africans. And a few Asians have disappeared too. Does this complicate matters? Not really. If anything it makes the use of the wildcard a little easier. Other than Yaya, Bony and Diafra Sakho, many of the absent players had very low ownership to begin with. Freeing up the £10.9 million that it would cost you to purchase the better Toure brother leaves the door open for any number of options. Only Sanchez, Van Persie, Aguero, Daniel Sturridge (still?) and Costa are valued higher.

Replacing Wilfried Bony and/or Diafra Sakho calls for a little more consideration. It may be worth looking at the likes of Santi Cazorla, Christian Eriksen or the returning Olivier Giroud as pound for pound replacements for Bony. There are plenty of cheaper options more in line with Sakho’s price tag. Harry Kane, Charlie Austin and Nacer Chadli all stand out. More off the radar are Ashley Barnes who has come to the fore as the strike partner of choice for Danny Ings – himself a tempting choice. Or maybe you could throw caution comepletely to the wind and take a punt on the player most likely to benefit from Bony’s absence – Bafetimbi Gomis. Gomis has been playing second fiddle to Bony all season, starting only four league games and scoring one goal. He managed to find the net twice last week, albeit against Tranmere in the cup. It’s his opportunity to stake a claim – particularly as Bony may not even be returning to the Liberty Stadium if his transfer to City goes through.

Away from worrying about wildcarding there are some potential banker options amongst this weekend’s fixtures. Chelsea have been beaten twice in the league this season – by Spurs, heavily, last time out, and by Newcastle, their opponents on Saturday. Newcastle will probably face a team eager to consign both defeats to the dustbin of history – whatever that means.

Will West Brom be Pulisified? Palace hadn’t kept a clean sheet before Pulis took over last season at the end of November. By the end of that season, they’d kept twelve in total – almost one every other game. The foundations are already there for a decent West Brom defence having so far kept six clean sheets – and all of their regulars come in at under £5 million. For those that set a budget for their defence, West Brom could be the team to turn to in the second half of the season.

And Villa play Leicester. It’s got a 0-0 written all over it.

 

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