Gameweek 19 results

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 71 1,095
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 75 1,082
3 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 68 1,066
4 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 71 1,058
5 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 57 1,033
6 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 79 1,028
7 Howayman Mark Bromham 72 1,026
8 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 1,025
9 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 75 1,025
10 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 93 1,024
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 61 1,023
12 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 75 1,022
13 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 60 1,021
14 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 50 1,016
15 SS3 FC Paul Murray 55 1,009
16 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 83 1,007
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 73 1,006
18 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 49 1,004
19 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 64 999
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 67 994
21 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 73 989
22 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 61 987
23 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 64 983
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 74 976
25 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 64 974
26 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 60 971
27 Below Par Paul Bentz 46 971
28 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 65 964
29 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 78 964
30 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 57 962
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 68 956
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 72 945
33 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 54 921
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 61 897
35 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 79 889
36 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 57 888
37 Ciderheads Darren Pope 70 878
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 53 849
39 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 45 847
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 43 846
41 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 44 846
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 53 795
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 45 728
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 59 697

 

There’s still no internet at Buckets HQ, so I’ve come in to work to write this. I don’t want to spend a minute more than I have to in this place on New Years Eve, so again, this is going to be brief.

Gaalacticos score 93 points to win week 19. Mesut Ozil was the right captain choice, scoring 14 points, doubled to 28. They gained a respectable 14 extra points playing their bench boost, with most of those points being earned by Marko Arnautovic. It’s a total which sees them climb nine places from 19th to 10th in the league. Golden Boys and Your Ad Here had made it past the 1000 point barrier after gameweek 18. A whole host of teams, Gaalacticos included, passed that milestone this week.

Your Ad Here are the December winners…

1 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 75 348
2 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 64 342
3 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 83 338
4 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 68 333
5 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 57 331
6 Howayman Mark Bromham 72 331
7 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 60 330

 

Neil Madrid lead the way before the Monday evening kick offs. Mesut Ozil’s performance guaranteed YAH the prize, outscoring Harry Kane, whom Madrid had chosen as their skipper. Both teams had identical Leicester and Man City players so Madrid had no chance of overtaking.

 

Player of the week – Mesut Ozil – 14 points. Now on 16 assists – twice as many as anyone else.

Bargain of the week – Gabriel – 14 points. Arsenal’s other scorer.

Donkey of the week – Nathan Ake – -2 points. Bargain of the week a fortnight ago.

Goal of the week – Xherdan Shaqiri. He says he meant it.

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Gameweek 30 results

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 91 1,689
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 96 1,644
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 90 1,624
4 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 67 1,623
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 82 1,622
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 41 1,610
7 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 83 1,608
8 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 84 1,605
8 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 100 1,605
10 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 87 1,601
11 Ciderheads Darren Pope 63 1,580
12 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 51 1,547
13 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 84 1,540
14 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 83 1,534
15 Van Damme United P Hawkins 64 1,533
16 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 73 1,529
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 48 1,525
18 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 60 1,523
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 80 1,489
20 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 82 1,488
21 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 79 1,476
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 78 1,458
23 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 83 1,437
24 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 76 1,408
25 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 31 1,399
26 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 69 1,376
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 60 1,363
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 73 1,284
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 31 1,088

A plethora of high sores this week, thanks to some big points from the game’s in form and most owned players. Harry Kane top scored again. Kane’s stats are becoming more and more Last-seasons-Luis-Suarez-like with each passing week. Bear in mind he didn’t start being picked regularly until gameweek 11, so most other players have had a third of a season head start. Only Eden Hazard can really compete with his numbers. This weekend Kane’s 17 points were his seventh double figure score of the season. Hazard equals that. Kane also picked up three bonus points for the eight time. Hazard can better that by one week. But – that’s having played 698 minutes more – the equivalent of nearly eight full matches. There are 17 points difference in the two players scores. In recent weeks Kane has caught and overtaken the totals of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa. He’s equalled Alexis Sanchez this week. It’s only a matter of time before he starts to challenge Hazard for player of the season at his current scoring rate.

NaboombuDirtyYellows don’t have Harry Kane in their team – and it shows. Only 41 points posted this week – that’s less than half the totals of most of the rest of the top 10. Having been a permanent fixture in the top two since gameweek 16, NDY’s now find themselves in 6th. Neil Madrid remain top, now with a 45 point lead over their closest challengers, Hedgehog Corpse. Hedgegog’s 96 points was the second highest total of the week. Uriah’s also notched 90+ and edge into third. Gaalacticos added 100 points to their total to move into eighth and win the manager of the week. Shoelace held on to win the March monthly award by a single point. They’re the only team to win two monthly awards so far this season.

1 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 82 227
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 90 226
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 96 222
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 91 217
5 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 100 216
6 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 84 215
7 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 84 214
8 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 83 209
9 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 83 208
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 79 205

Shoelace’s 82 points wasn’t enough to keep them in the Bucket’s Cup. Who R U edged them out by a single point and will meet Accrington Rudyard in the semi finals. That’s 13th against 14th. In the other semi final tie Neil Madrid and Hedgehog Corpse will battle it out, having overcome the challenges of *YourAd Here* and No Recognised Plan in their quarter final matches. That’s 1st against 2nd.

A double gameweek has been sprung upon us in gameweek 31. We’ve got a fortnight to sweat over which Aston Villa and/or QPR players to bring into our teams, before finally realising that it’s not really worth it on either count, as we have an international break to contend with.

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points. See above stat attack.

Bargain of the week – Fernando – 14 points. Scoring the points Aguero should be scoring.

Donkey of the week – Steven Gerrard – -2 points. I’m over ruling the fact that Gareth MacAuley has -3 points for a red card he should never have received. It’ll be rescinded. This chump, however, deserved everything he got.

Goal of the week – Juan Mata. Has barely featured of late – you’ve got to wonder why?!

Gameweek 19 results

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 35 1,038
2 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 41 1,022
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 50 1,014
4 Ciderheads Darren Pope 47 1,011
5 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 59 1,001
6 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 58 1,001
7 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 40 1,000
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 995
9 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 37 980
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 55 963
11 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 36 962
12 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 24 944
13 Van Damme United P Hawkins 44 938
14 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 51 932
15 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 50 929
16 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 35 922
17 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 31 909
18 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 41 906
19 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 35 894
20 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 49 892
21 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 37 885
22 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 40 881
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 45 865
24 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 16 861
25 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 36 848
26 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 38 839
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 31 835
28 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 27 824
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 30 686

 

Congratulations to PSG, who after a worrying mini-slump, have managed to climb the table back into the top five, and win the manager of the week award. Their 59 points was some achievement in a week in which the average was only 37. Gameweek 18 seemed to pass without too many unexpected team rotations and all of our most popular players bang in form. I can only guess that this Boxing Day binge left them a bit bloated – none of them turned up for gameweek 19.

PSG were one of the few teams that didn’t have to rely on their bench. David Silva was a canny choice as captain. He and Eden Hazard posted double figure scores, but their most surprising contribution, and the total that arguably handed them the weekly prize was that of Robert Green, who kept a rare clean sheet and in doing so was awarded with top bonus marks.

Substitute benches were called into action with unexpected no shows for the likes of Yaya Toure, Nathaniel Clyne, Oscar and Gael Clichy. Of the most owned strikers in the game, only Danny Welbeck scored a goal. Costa, Austin, Pelle, Rooney, Kane, Bony, Van Persie and Falcao all ended the week with just two point (or less) totals. And Alexis Sanchez completed a rare contribution-less week with a booking, guaranteeing a measly two points to the many that had plumped for him as their captain.

Gaalacticos inevitable romp to the December manager of the month prize was wrapped up this week. They didn’t have the best of weeks, although still posted a higher than average score of 40. Their nearest challengers, Van Damme United, ended up needing an 80+ score to catch them – and that was never going to happen in this low scoring, low key gameweek.

1 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 41 403
2 Van Damme United P Hawkins 44 365
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 58 365
4 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 40 353
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 35 351
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 47 350

 

So that’s the last gameweek of the year, and the half way point of the season. Gameweek 20 comes on New Years Day and teams will play their first return fixture – the same fixture as in gameweek 14. There’s then a break for the FA Cup third round, with gameweek 21 taking place on the weekend of the 10th and 11th January. Gameweek 21 is the first weekend in which you can use your January wildcard. It’s there for you to pick up January transfer widow purchases – although this year it may be put to better use sweeping up the mess left by the exodus to the African and Asian Cups of Nations. Off go the Toures, the Cisses, the Sakhos, the Dioufs (except the ones with French passports). Mile Jedinak’s already gone and Bolasie will follow him out of Palace, leaving them further up shit creek. Sadio Mane, Wilfried Bony, Riyad Mahrez, Cheik Tiote, Jeffrey Schlupp and Ki Sung-Yeung are other notable ship-jumpers.

Happy New Year.

 

Player of the week – Adam Lallana – 15 points. A good week for Liverpool?!?!?!

Bargain of the week – Mame Biram Diouf – 13 points. A second consecutive win for Stoke?!!?!!?!!

Donkey of the week – Fabian Delph – -2points. Another Villa sending off.

Goal of the week – Fernandinho. It was so nearly Ashley Barnes for second time in three weeks.

Gameweek 18 results

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 94 1,003
2 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 89 981
3 Ciderheads Darren Pope 84 964
4 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 80 964
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 964
6 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 68 948
7 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 100 943
8 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 77 943
9 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 56 942
10 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 52 934
11 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 60 920
12 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 51 912
13 Van Damme United P Hawkins 76 894
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 83 887
15 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 91 881
16 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 79 879
17 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 69 878
18 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 77 865
19 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 69 859
20 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 85 848
21 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 57 847
22 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 73 845
23 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 65 841
24 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 61 820
25 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 51 812
26 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 64 804
27 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 64 801
28 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 42 797
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 40 656

 

It’s been a gameweek of some significant landmarks. Firstly, Pescara have posted out first 100+ score of the season, and in doing so win the manager of the week award. The previous highest weekly score came back in gameweek four, when Rip Roaring Reds reached 93 points. Peecara’s ton elevated them five places in the league up to seventh. It was one of those almost perfect weeks where eight of Pescara’s eleven players scored extra points, with 32 of them coming from their captain, and player of the week, Wayne Rooney.

NaboombuDirtyYellows became the first team to pass the 1000 point barrier, doing so with an imprsssive 94 point haul – the second highest total of the week. Had NDYs opted for Charlie Austin instead of Diafra Sakho, they too would have hit the century mark, but nevertheless, their total stretches their lead at the top of the table to 22 points.

However, neither of these scores have put either team in with a better chance of clinching the December manager of the month award. This still looks destined to go to Gaalacticos, who with 89 points – the fourth highest of the week – are 41 points ahead of their nearest challenger with one gameweek remaining. Gaalacticos could post the highest ever monthly score (since records began). This record is held by NDYs who managed 428 points last December. Given that Gaalacticos have notched 70+ scores in four of the last five weeks, the 67 points they need to beat this total looks very achievable.

Enjoy your Christmas break managers. See you in two days time.

 

Player of the week – Wayne Rooney – 16 points. Coming on strong on Christmas just like the old United.

Bargain of the week – Gaston Ramirez – 13 points. Making up for his donkey award from a few weeks back.

Donkey of the week – Olivier Giroud – -2 points. A footballer’s headbutt, and it’s the New Year off. Good plan.

Goal of the week – Ryan Bertrand. Time to buy back your Southampton defenders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV78bVU2mp8 – 40seconds

Gameweek 17 results

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 53 909
2 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 67 901
3 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 83 892
4 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 40 886
5 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 31 884
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 42 882
7 Ciderheads Darren Pope 67 880
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 67 880
9 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 55 866
10 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 44 864
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 60 861
12 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 54 843
13 Van Damme United P Hawkins 71 818
14 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 38 809
15 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 51 804
16 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 51 800
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 33 792
18 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 44 790
19 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 64 790
20 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 74 790
21 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 63 776
22 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 55 772
23 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 49 763
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 61 761
25 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 39 759
26 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 37 755
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 74 740
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 44 737
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 51 616

 

The league’s big movers this week are Gaalacticos. Their 83 points has moved them from 10th into third place, and only 16 points off the top spot. Neil Madrid have jumped into second with Naboombus holding onto first place. PSG, who find themselves in fourth, had dropped as far as tenth after Sunday’s games. Their Chelsea contingent came good last night picking up an extra 30 points and making sure they didn’t drop too far off the pace. The top eight are now only separated by 29 points.

Gaalactico’s were 17th at the end of November. Their turnaround has come courtesy of three 70+ scores in the last four gameweeks. This predictably sees them top of the monthly league, and by some distance. 

1 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 83 273
2 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 63 248
3 Van Damme United P Hawkins 71 245
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 55 229
5 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 42 226
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 67 225
7 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 53 222

 

They look as if they have the team to see them through the next two gameweeks and to the December manager of the month prize. Four players scored in double figures for them this week – player of the week, Charlie Austin, top assister, Cesc Fabregas, top bonus scorer, Stewart Downing (how did that happen?), and the newest member of the 100 point club, Eden Hazard.

Their lead may not be completely unassailable if some unexpected rotations are employed over the Christmas fixtures. Gael Clichy and Wilfried Bony were two of the most transferred in players before gameweek 17, only to be given a rest and left out of their starting XIs. This may guarantee their return next week, but it proves that no-one is safe from the chop.

We’ve three gameweeks between now and New Years Day. There’ll be score updates in between stuffing myself with mince pies. Good luck, and have a nice Christmas managers.

 

Player of the week – Charlie Austin – 17 points. Into double figures for goals.

Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 15 points. A convincing return to clean sheets for Southampton.

Donkey of the week – Fabio Borini – -2 points. Lasted 18 minutes and kicked Cazorla in the tits.

Goal of the week – Ashley Barnes. Lamela’s was good – this was just better.