Roll of Honour
A masssive congratulations to Colin Rigby for sealing a very one sided competition in 07/08, our 14th season. Colin's name is now the 10th new name on the trophy. Now lets see if he can defend his title, nobody has managed yet as champion normally basks in the glory until December and then realises it is too late!
Top Scorer (all £10)
|August||Rob Bushell (£50)||Ryan Moody (£20)||Rob Bushell 15 goals (1st place)|
|September||Rob Bushell (£45)||Colin Rigby (£15)||Rob Bushell 11 goals (1st place)|
|October||Colin Rigby (£45)||Paul Gerrard (£15)||Paul Gerrard 13 goals (2nd place)|
|November||R Moody/Col Rigby (£32.50 each)||
Royce Franklin/Mark Davies 12 goals (13th and 10th)
|December||Ryan Moody (£50)||Shaun Moody (£20)||Ryan Moody 21 goals (1st place)|
|January||Russ Farnham (£60)||Colin Rigby (£25)||Royce Franklin 20 goals (4th place)|
|February||Dan Owen (£55)||Paul O'Brien (£20)||Rhys Jones/Alan Keech 14 goals (14th and 30th)|
|March||Austin Kershaw (£45)||Rob Bushell (£15)||Paul Gerrard 13 goals (23rd place)|
|April/May||Dan Owen (£55)||Colin Rigby (£20)||Dan Owen 22 goals (1st place)|
|League Cup||Tim Owen (£45)||Emma McFarlane (£20)|
|FA Cup||Austin Kershaw (£45)||Royce Franklin (£20)|
Did you make a profit?
The table below will tell you how much money you won and your total profit/loss for the season.
|NAME||LEAGUE POS||MONTHLY||CUP1||CUP2||TOP SCORER||FINAL POS||TOTAL||PROFIT||LC||FAC|
|KEN TRAINER/SARAH BELL||32||£0.00||-£45.00||2||1|
Of the 39 competitors, 11 of you made a profit or broke even. As you would expect those winning the monthly prizes were up near the top but Paul O'Brien in 31st was runner up in February, Austin Kershaw in 24th won in March and a cup. Paul Gerrard in 18th also had a monthly runner up and Russ Farnham won a month. Top scorer prizes went to Alan Keech (shared) (overall 35th), Mark Davies (shared) (27th) and Rhys Jones (shared)(25th).
Champion Colin Rigby had the best monthly record with 2 monthly wins and two 2nds, totalling £137.50 closely followed by Rob Bushell with 2 monthly wins and 2 monthly top scorers (£115). Ryan Moody and Dan Owen both had 2 monthly wins and 1 monthly top scorer netting £112.50 and £120 respectively.
15 finished out of the prizes altogether, highest placed being Alex Hampson in 20th. Alan Keech and Ian Cowburn had a very brief flirtation with the cup competitions, both going out in the preliminary round. Austin Kershaw was the lowest placed competitor in 24th to make a profit on the season.
Keech the Bookie - Just how did he do ??
|Predicted Finish||Name||Actual Finish||Out by|
|1st||Graham Highton||16th||15 places|
|2nd||Rhys Jones||25th||23 places|
|3rd||Dan Owen||3rd||Spot on|
|4th||Paul Keech||22nd||18 places|
|5th||Rob Bushell||4th||1 place|
|6th||Tim Owen||6th||Spot on|
|7th||Patrick Williams||26th||19 places|
|8th||Paul O'Brien||31st||24 places|
|9th||Simon Baldwin||17th||8 places|
|10th||Colin Rigby||1st||9 places|
|11th||Russ Farnham||14th||3 places|
|12th||Paul Leech||11th||1 place|
|13th||Stu Jones||7th||6 places|
|14th||Deb/David Long||19th||5 places|
|15th||Austin Kershaw||24th||9 places|
|16th||Shaun Moody||10th||6 places|
|17th||John/Phil Kelly||29th||12 places|
|18th||Craig Frost||37th||19 places|
|19th||Ian Cowburn||12th||7 places|
|20th||Matt Hall||15th||5 places|
|21st||Royce Franklin||8th||13 places|
|22nd||Ryan Moody||2nd||20 places|
|23rd||Hazel/Nat Farnham||21st||2 places|
|24th||Paul Gerrard||18th||6 places|
|25th||Dan Swain||39th||14 places|
|26th||Ken Trainer/Sarah B||32nd||6 places|
|27th||Simon Waller||28th||1 place|
|28th||Mark Davies||27th||1 place|
|29th||Wayne Moody||5th||24 places|
|30th||Stevie G||13th||17 places|
|31st||Alex Hampson||20th||11 places|
|32nd||Emma McFarlane||30th||2 places|
|33rd||Alan Keech||35th||2 places|
|34th||Peter/Chris Gerrard||36th||2 places|
|35th||Pete Grundy||9th||26 places|
|36th||Adam Powsney||34th||2 places|
|37th||Jeff Miller||23rd||14 places|
|38th||Gavin Kelly||33rd||5 places|
|39th||Tunde Olajide||38th||1 place|
Certainly not as good as last season. Clearly I know the Owen's very well as I predicted them both spot on but that was it.
I was just one out for 5 competitors. Rob Bushell is always there or thereabouts, similarly I always expect Paul Leech to be in the top half. Simon Waller's defensive tactics usually mean a bottom half finish and Mark Davies returning (with a poor previous record) similarly positioned. Tunde would have been another spot on but I helped him out with some late transfers which moved him up 1 place after he occupied the final spot for much of the season.
Just 2 out for a further 5 competitors - Hazel and Natalie had an excellent 2nd half of the season after a disastrous start, Emma Mc has had a baby and has every excuse in the world, Alan Keech underperformed as usual and young Gerrards suspect initial selection proved correct.
Graham Highton and Rhys Jones were predicted to come 1 and 2 and both disappointed me with their transfers as their initial teams looked top notch. The weight of expectation from Keech the Bookie clearly proved too much. My personal prediction of 4th was far to lofty and ambitious after a poor start and too many wayward early transfers cost me dear. Patrick Willams convinced me of his potential and I fell into it hook, line and sinker as yet again he used his transfers up far too quickly and I clearly over estimated on the newcomer Paul O'Brien.
Other disasters include John/Phil Kelly but his poor performance can be explained with his house renovation taking over his life. if all work is complete before August I expect much better next season and Craig Frost has just had a nightmare in anything Fantasy League in 07/08. Dan Swain did not get involved which I did not expect. Wayne Moody on the other hand was pulled along on Moody glory trail and finished much higher than i anticipated. Stevie G (Union Tavern) had an excellent first campaign much better than I thought he would. Pete Grundy's position would have been pretty spot on only for him to drop out early doors and myself and Mr Frost providing some respectability in the takeover (his only success this year). I did underestimate Jeff Miller but some wise buys pushed up to a higher position than anticipated.
All others were in the right region of the table.
Check out the initial preview on the website. The comments make very interesting reading now.
The individual summary will return next season with hopefully a positional plot of everyones season available throughout and at the end of the campaign.
Finally……………………….. Stats Corner
|Top Scorer||Tim Owen (108 goals - 2.77 per week) - 6th place|
|Worst Scorer||Simon Waller (27 goals - 0.69 per week) - 28th place|
|Best Defence||Simon Waller (59 goals - 1.5 per week) - 28th place|
|Worst Defence||Tunde Olajide (119 goals - 3.05 per week) - 38th place|
|Best Goal Difference||Colin Rigby (+41) - 1st place|
|Worst Goal Difference||Dan Swain (-58) - 39th place|
|Most Bonus Points won||Colin Rigby (14)|
|Least Bonus Points won||Dan Swain (1)|
|Most Bonus Points conceded||Ian Cowburn, Paul Gerrard, Mark Davies, Alan Keech and young Gerrards (6)|
|Highest Ave No of Goals per game||Tim Owen (5.15)|
|Lowest Ave No of Goals per game||Ian Cowburn (2.21)|
|Middlesbrough award (boring team)||Simon Waller (by far), not the first time he has won it !|
|Best Strikers (goals that counted)||Ronaldo (31 - 0.78 per match), Adebayor (25 - 0.62 per match)|
|Worst Strikers||Carl Cort (selected all season - 0 goals)|
|Best Defences||Chelsea and Man U (24 - 0.6 goals per match), Liverpool and Everton (33 - 0.83)|
|Worst Defence||Derby (89 - 2.2 goals per match)|
|Best Win||Ryan Moody (10-3)|
|Worst Defeat||Ian Cowburn (0-8) and Paul Gerrard (2-10)|
|Most Goals in a Game||Ryan Moody (13)|
|Best Winning run||6 - Colin Rigby and Dan Owen|
|Worst Run without a win||18 - Jeff Miller|
|Least Transfers Used||Dan Swain (1), yet again another who finishes bottom!|
|Quickest Transfer||Simon Baldwin (13/8)|
|Quickest Loan||Paul Keech (13/8)|
|Most Rejected Transfers||Shaun Moody (7 individual ones)|
|Most Enterprising Manager||Keech/Frost(for taking on a 2nd team part way through)|
|Best Newcomer||Wayne Moody (5th place)|
|Worst Newcomer||Dan Swain (39th)|
|Happiest Manager||Colin Rigby (Champion), Dan Owen (finished above the old man)|
|Best Team Name||No Thong and Dance (Austin Kershaw)|
|Worst Team Name||Remember John Beresford United (Dan Swain) Mmmmm|
|Least appropriate name||Real Hopeful (Alan Keech)|
|Least understood name||PEAS FC (Patrick Williams) -initilas of the family members apparently|
|MLW most appropriate name||Got a baaaad feeling about this (Craig Frost) - well predicted|
|Strangest Team Name||Would you like me to lap dance for you? (Alex Hampson)|
|Most Disappointing Performance||Craig Frost (again)|
|Least Competitive Player||Dan Swain (just 1 transfer)|
|Biggest Slide down the League||No major slide but Patrick Williams did drop away from a decent position|
|Best Recovery from a slow start||Hazel/Natalie Farnham, Alex Hampson|
See you all next season.
MLW Fantasy League Chairman