Gameweek 28 results and February Manager of the Month

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
54 1750
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1748
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
78 1738
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1699
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 1681
6  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 1647
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
58 1641
8  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 1639
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1600
10  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1600
11  down King raggg
Steven Darling
37 1590
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
41 1588
13  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
50 1588
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 1579
15  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
39 1560
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
63 1557
17  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
49 1552
18  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
46 1551
19  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 1549
20  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
47 1541
21  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
43 1538
22  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1524
23  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
57 1523
24  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1510
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
79 1503
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1496
27  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
46 1489
28  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
60 1479
29  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 1470
30  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 1470
31  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 1470
32  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
53 1469
33  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
52 1468
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1462
35  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
70 1460
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
84 1456
37  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
44 1456
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
43 1454
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1445
40  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
35 1440
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
37 1429
42  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
58 1423
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
38 1419
44  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
58 1405
45  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
67 1397
46  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1394
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
69 1383
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
53 1327
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
51 1295
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
62 1241

 

Top of the league – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1750 points

Da Pitch still hold the lead, but it’s only a slender two points over the surging Craggy Islanders who are on the hunt for the second title. Perfidious sit third and only ten points further back after a resurgent week, and although not completely out of touch and out of contention for the title, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing will need near perfect run-ins to catch those sides ahead of them. And we probably shouldn’t rule out the possibility of INIT, FTM or Shoelace sneaking into fourth place. We’re entering silly season, as the blank and double gameweeks begin to form and chip tactics come into play. We’re faced with only five fixtures in GW31 and the likelihood of a similar figure in GW33, depending on the outcome of the next round of the FA Cup. Already Manchester United have had two of their fixtures rearranged and moved to the middle of gameweeks 32 and 35. Expect the other successful cup teams to see their fixtures moved to the same midweek slots. Of the leading contenders, The Craggy Islanders, Perfidious Albion, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing have all of their chips and their wildcard remaining. Da Pitch just have their chips to play. FTM Have their wildcard but bench-boosted in GW10, whereas INIT have no wildcards or triple captain and Shoelace have no wildcards or free hit. Negotiating the next few weeks could be tricky without at least one of the wildcard or free hit still in the bag. And it shouldn’t all be about the leaders, as a perfectly played strategy of wildcards and chips could hand any team anywhere in the league any of the next three manager of the month awards. It might also be something the semi-finalists of the Buckets Cup want to consider…

Buckets Cup quarter finals

Although maybe not in the case of The Craggy Islanders or Neil Madrid who probably have their eyes on a bigger prize. And that may play into the hands of Fake Madrid and Kebab Eaters who are the other two teams to progress to the last four. The Islanders beat Da Pitch as Madrid saw off FTM in the two top ten clashes. The Islanders will play Fake Madrid, who beat El Loco No Joko, who inexplicably kept Virgil Van Dyk and Sergio Aguero on the bench?!?!?!? Kebab Eaters edged past Mour Salt and Pep to face Neil Madrid. It could be a Madrid derby final.

February manager of the month – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 309 points

Thanks to their top 2,000 in the world weekly score of GW27 and consolidating with a steady 50 pointer this week, Chappers pinch the February prize. I’m not sure they were really in it at all before hitting the dizzy heights at the weekend. They have Gerard Deulefeu to thank and did so by benching him for their hammering at the hands of Liverpool last night.

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 84 points

A week for defenders this week and QOTN lined up two of the big scorers – Schar and Robertson – in their team. They amassed 43 points from those two and their other defender, Ashley Young, who chipped in with a goal, and their keeper, Allison. They wouldn’t be picking up this award however had it not been for a Marko Arnautovic no-show. Although quite what Sadio Mane was doing warming the bench is anyone’s guess given his present run of form of six goals in six games.

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dyk – Liverpool – 20 points

It would have been 51 points had Van Dyk been lined alongside them in a triple up Liverpool defence. It’s not a ludicrous idea given that they’re three of the six highest scoring defenders in the game and that Liverpool have more clean sheets than anyone else so far this season. They could surpass 20 which would be a great achievement. It bodes well for the weeks ahead in which Liverpool play every week. They have no doubles, but they also have no blanks.

Bargain of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 15 points

There aren’t many players with two weekly player awards so far this season. Fabian Schar is probably the most unexpected recipient. A clean sheet and a wondergoal always equals top bonus. Newcastle will play the blank gameweek in 31, and have other potential clean sheet matches between now and then.

Twat of the week – Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur – -1 points

A wonderful own goal that totally wrong footed Hugo Lloris, a World Cup winning captain no less. Tottenham’s meltdown might have started a few weeks earlier this season.

Goal of the week – Fabian Schar.

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Gameweek 28 and February Manager of the Month

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.

Gameweek 28 results

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 28 preview

Bournemouth 15:00 West Ham
Everton 15:00 West Brom
Hull 15:00 Swansea
Liverpool 16:00 Burnley

Before the sudden addition of last week’s extra fixture, most managers seemed to be carefully tailoring their teams towards this vastly reduced gameweek. Slowly bringing in Everton players with a smattering of Swansea as their form improved, and then eventually, thanks to Lincoln City knocking Burnley out of the cup, introducing Liverpool into the mix.

Well done if you get an eleven on the pitch. In truth there’s not a lot to choose from. We are dealing with five bottom half teams, three of whom should consider themselves in relegation danger. Of the others, West Brom follow this with an awful run of fixtures. Liverpool’s form has been shaky and Everton are somewhere in the middle.

The biggest dilemma you face is what kind of state your squad might be left in for next week’s fixtures. The last thing you want is three Bournemouth players stinking up your defence. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone thinks it’s worth playing the wildcard for this week. Surely there’s no value in that?

The four remaining cup teams have a varying number of active players in their current squads. I wonder if any of them go for the wildcard option to guarantee progress to the final. Three of them have only the cup to play for. Aquamar may need to be wary of that.

Gameweek 28 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 50 1,557
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 50 1,538
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 36 1,496
4 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 24 1,492
5 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 30 1,489
6 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 44 1,485
7 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 39 1,482
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 27 1,471
9 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 44 1,465
10 SS3 FC Paul Murray 37 1,459
11 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 48 1,456
12 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 29 1,453
13 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 40 1,452
14 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 36 1,451
15 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 40 1,451
16 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 43 1,450
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 42 1,449
18 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 46 1,444
19 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 62 1,444
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 53 1,429
21 Below Par Paul Bentz 41 1,428
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 34 1,427
23 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 37 1,426
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 34 1,420
25 Howayman Mark Bromham 34 1,418
26 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 43 1,404
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 35 1,388
28 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 49 1,384
29 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 41 1,380
30 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 30 1,376
31 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 35 1,365
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,359
33 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 35 1,349
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 37 1,340
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 23 1,311
36 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 36 1,287
37 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 35 1,272
38 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 40 1,257
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 1,253
40 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 39 1,250
41 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 32 1,222
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 34 1,163
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 35 1,088
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 26 1,065

 

I give up.

Walking With Memphis score the most points this gameweek. It could have been so many more had they bench boosted – or picked Ashley Williams and Roberto Firmino ahead of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. WWM would have accumulated 17 more points, and that would have placed them in the top 10.

It was largely a low scoring week. Tuesday’s games offered very little, so much so that most teams struggled to get out of the teens and twenties. Wednesday’s games promised so much more, but Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City all lost, conceding six between them and scoring only two. And what looked like it could be a bad week for Leicester actually turned into a very good week. Despite drawing their game 2-2, anyone who saw their performance will know they should have won the game, scoring a hatful more, and still look the team most likely to go on and win the league. I think even Manchester United and West Ham came into contention. Certainly for the Champions League.

The preliminary round of the Cup saw no great shocks. The highest ranked team to tumble were Game of Throw Ins in 8th who lost out in a low scoring encounter to 23rd placed Edgbaston. Unluckiest team of the week has to be Panza Grande. They managed the 5th highest score of the gameweek with 49 points, but that was no match for Memphis’s week winning 62.

 

Player of the week – Steve Cook – 15 points. Possibly the most boringly named player in the league….

Bargain of the week – Andy King – 14 points. …on second thoughts.

Donkey of the week – Ryan Bennett – -1 points. Norwich take the lead in the donkey count.

Goal of the week – Fabio Borini. Stupid celebration though.