1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
61 1670
2  same Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 1650
3  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
49 1638
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 1633
5  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
46 1630
6  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
61 1622
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
52 1616
8  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
61 1608
9  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
51 1603
10  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
65 1592
11  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 1580
12  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 1579
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
45 1561
14  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
60 1558
15  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
50 1556
15  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
56 1556
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1555
18  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 1551
19  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
55 1539
20  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
60 1537
21  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
55 1537
22  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 1533
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 1524
24  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
51 1522
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
40 1518
26  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1514
27  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1510
28  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 1509
29  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
48 1507
30  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
57 1501
31  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
52 1500
32  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
52 1491
33  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
67 1489
34  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
53 1481
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 1481
36  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1479
37  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
71 1471
38  down blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1465
39  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
53 1413
40  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
48 1404
41  same FTM
Stu Smith
48 1401
42  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
51 1396
43  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
50 1393
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
58 1386
45  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
42 1373
46  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
50 1361
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
45 1343
48  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 1305
49  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
39 1295
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
41 1161

 

Buckets Cup Round Two

All of our cup ties were very closely contested this week with Game Of Throw Ins’ 16 point victory over Gotta Light the most convincing victory. The other seven teams to progress did so with margins of no more than six points. Hornets triumphed in our battle of the top two and Aquamar become the lowest team left in the competition.

February Manager of the Month – Alan Hardy – To Elland Back – 211 points

Only four teams posted lower scores than To Elland Back in GW26 who started the month with a miserable 36 point return. The highest score this week coupled with a century busting  second highest in the last gameweek has helped them clinch the February prize. Placing the armband on Sergio Aguero in GW27 ahead of Mohamed Salah and shrewdly transferring Raheem Sterling out for Willian ahead of GW28 are two key decisons that paid off.

Manager of the week – Alan Hardy – To Elland Back – 71 points

There was very little to separate Buckets teams this week. To Elland Back were the only ones to top the 70 point mark. Most of us beat the average of 49 points – only 12 teams scored below that. Scores in the 50’s and 60’s almost swept the board hence the closeness of the cup ties and the minimal amount of movement in the league table.

Rank Team & Manager GWRound Score TOTTotal Points
1  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
71 211
2  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
61 205
3  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
65 203
4  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 199
5  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 198
6  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
60 196
7  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 196

Player of the week – Ederson Moraes – 15 points

It’s not often we get a keeper as player of the week and it’s usually off the back of a clean sheet with a penalty save – which automatically guarantees full bonus marks. City have struggled for clean sheets of late and their run of upcoming fixtures looks tough with Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea coming up within their next five games. Although the other seven fixtures could quite easily produce seven blanks and more points for Ederson.

Bargain of the week – Emre Can – 13 points

Liverpool’s best player in their latest steamrollering is now a regular in their midfield and costing only £4.9 million. So if you can’t afford or fit in the front three, Can, who bagged his second double figure score in four gameweeks, could be a tempting Liverpool route into your team.

Twat of the week – James Collins – -1 points

The ignominy this week goes, as it does in may weeks, to the worst performing defender in the latest steamrollering dished out by Liverpool or Manchester City. Collins was the only one of the West Ham back line to also pick up a booking as well as concede four goals at the hands of Emre Can and his team mates.

Goal of the week – Bernardo Silva. 

Includes Sane’s dribbling run to assist from 16s in.

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Gameweek 35 results

May 2, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2040
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 1990
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
75 1987
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 1955
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
69 1937
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
53 1928
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
80 1905
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
48 1885
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
44 1884
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
49 1883
11  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
71 1880
12  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
60 1860
13  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
56 1858
14  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
72 1857
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1856
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1853
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
42 1853
18  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
61 1852
19  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
35 1841
20  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
38 1828
21  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
46 1824
22  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1824
23  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 1823
24  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 1817
25  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1809
26  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
75 1803
27  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
64 1790
28  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
50 1784
29  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 1779
30  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
31 1768
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
48 1764
32  same jetty city
scott mcgow
60 1744
33  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
66 1741
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
46 1713
35  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
82 1712
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
52 1709
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 1706
38  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
49 1676
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
62 1672
40  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
49 1663
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
35 1631
42  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1630
43  up Dj daz
darren frankland
57 1616
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
35 1596
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
31 1587
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
33 1567
47  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 1535
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1531
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
43 1526
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1525
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
69 1469
52  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
45 1443
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
46 1440

 

Quite a few managers played their all out attack chips this weekend. Well, you’ve got to get rid of it sometime I suppose. This was on the Saturday in which seven of the ten teams to play kept a clean sheet, and the player of the week was the game’s lowest priced first team regular, penalty saving goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.

Maybe Aquamar thinks the league is won. They’re taking hits for fun at the moment. Another three this week for eight more points, although all worked out ridiclously well. Aguero, Stephens and Hazard returned 37 points – and all are set up nicely for the upcoming double gameweeks. The gap has closed up at the top again – now at 50 points. And there continues to be a lot of jostling for position behind. Kebab Eaters, second two weeks ago, are now down to sixth. Rico United climb into prize money contention with the highest score of the week, and down in seventh, Biscuitmen posted an 80 point score to keep themselves in the hunt.

Rico’s week winning 86 points wasn’t quite enough to pinch the manager of the month prize. They fell short of Hucking Fell who also held off challenges from The Craggy Islanders and Shoelace to pocket the £60.

same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 414
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 400
down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 396
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 391

 

Player of the week – Eldin Jakupovic – 14 points. I don’t know where I’m meant to go with the bargain award

Bargain of the week award – Jack Stephens – 8 points. The other regular £4.1 million man.

Donkey of the week award – Nacho Monreal – 0 points. They’re not convincing ahead of their double double gameweeks

Goal of the week – Emre Can. 

Gameweek 28 results

March 13, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 1586
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
32 1540
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
40 1536
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
29 1530
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
34 1522
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 1499
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
59 1493
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
34 1482
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
35 1480
10  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
28 1479
11  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1477
12  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
24 1471
13  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
46 1470
14  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
23 1468
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
32 1468
16  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
45 1457
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
25 1456
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
41 1455
19  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
36 1453
20  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 1450
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
31 1449
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
38 1447
23  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
20 1442
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
50 1411
25  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
40 1408
26  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
39 1398
27  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
27 1397
28  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
22 1394
29  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
25 1393
30  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
11 1388
31  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
19 1377
32  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
39 1374
33  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
11 1372
34  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
24 1370
35  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
47 1360
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
3 1350
37  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
27 1337
38  up jetty city
scott mcgow
37 1325
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 1313
40  down FTM
Stu Smith
24 1312
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
29 1300
42  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
12 1287
43  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
1 1256
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
9 1252
45  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
31 1251
46  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
7 1251
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
2 1215
48  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
3 1201
49  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
45 1187
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
29 1158
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
14 1119
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
8 1091
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
14 1071

 

It was a gameweek, in all honesty, we could probably have done without. One we’re glad to see the back off. The last thing you want when you’ve taken hits over the approaching weeks to get a team ready for a reduced gameweek is a load of injuries, rotation and non-entities picking up the big scores.

Romelu Lukaku was the most captained player and that worked. The Everton striker picked up a goal and an assist and helped a lot of teams to a good starting total of 24 points with the armband. Sadio Mane was the most transferred in player. His two points left those opting for him as their captain with enough to cover a hit. Only half the regular Everton defence made it through 90 minutes and Fernando Lllorente, another popular transfer-in and captain choice didn’t even last a half.

Josh King was the player we all needed. And a few of us had the foresight to opt for the Bournemouth man. His 18 points helped two of our three highest scoring teams to their finishing total. Go Buffoons Go, FC Caligula and Aquamar all reached 63 points. GBG and Caligula enlisted King into their midfield. GBG scored five goals and take the weekly recognition.

Aquamar probably won’t care about that – they reached the cup final where they will play Shoeleace Untied. Both have a guaranteed prize. It’s our first year of offering the losing finalists a cash prize, so congratulations to both teams.

Player of the week – Josh King – 18 points. Could have been more had he not missed a penalty.

Bargain of the week – Oumar Niasse – 12 points. Who?

Donkey of the week – Craig Dawson – 0 points. West Brom the failing team of the week.

Goal of the week – Emre Can. Can he?

Gameweek 14 preview

December 1, 2016

Man City v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Spurs v Swansea
Stoke v Burnley
Sunderland v Leicester
West Brom v Watford
West Ham v Arsenal
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Everton v Man Utd
Middlesbrough v Hull

December is upon us. A six week slog culminating in the festive fixtures. You get £60 if you finish as manager of the month. Eyes down.

Whereas Chelsea’s lack of European action seems to be working out just fine – an unchanged first XI for seven consecutive games is a fantasy manager’s dream – the same can’t be said for Liverpool, who despite also being free from foreign travel, are seeing their much vaunted attacking options dropping like flies.

Biggest headache of the week is dealing with the Coutinho injury. The most popular player in the game before last Saturday’s fixture against Sunderland – his value has plummeted by £0.3 million in the space of a few days. Managers were so quick to get rid of him even before the length of the lay-off was announced. Those waiting till the end of the week to make their change might not be able to bring in their desired replacements as a result of the drastic price drop.

As well as the injury to Coutinho, Roberto Firmino also picked up a knock. Daniel Sturridge is out again and there’s no sign of a return for Adam Lallana, although both he and Firmino are tentatively pencilled in for the Bournemouth match. Klopp might have to play some actual defenders and attackers. Divock Origi is in with a shout having scored in both the victory over Sunderland and the League Cup win in midweek. And Emre Can offers a dirt cheap way into the midfield at £4.8 million. He’s started the last six league matches anyway and scored two goals in that period.

Chelsea conceded their first goal in seven against Spurs last weekend and now they come up against a Manchester City side who have only failed to score once this season. Chelsea will undoubtedly name that same trusted starting XI, but Guardiola has been teasing us with some unpredictable line ups of late. Last week Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva started on the bench – Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones didn’t even make it that far. For arguably their toughest game of the season to date, he’s got to name his strongest XI. Shame no-one seems to know what that is.

Away from the top three, who in truth don’t offer much captain material this weekend, Spurs’ home tie against Swansea is definitely worth looking at. There are plenty of armband options and potential Coutinho replacements. With a bit of tinkering, Harry Kane leads the list. His post injury form isn’t bettered by many and Swansea’s defence are the cheapest for a very good reason. If Palace can score four aganst this lot…

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