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by Neil Graham
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 19 In football, the worst things are excuses. Excuses mean you cannot grow or move forward. Pep Guardiola Manchester City fall seven points behind Liverpool. In fantasy football goal fests for Spurs, Liverpool and Everton mean it was a high scoring week - apart for those of us with Manchester ...
by Neil Graham
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 18 The Premier League is one of the most difficult in the world. There's five, six, or seven clubs that can be the champions. Only one can win, and all the others are disappointed and live in the middle of disaster. Jurgen Klopp Liverpool players scored massively at the start of Week 18; then ...
by Neil Graham
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Up for the Cup I'll do a complete rundown in future weeks but I'm still seething over my k.o. after drawing 45-45 in the Opening Round. On Saturday I was leading by 36-12 and with Robertson, Alonso, van Dijk, Torreira and Salah to play on Sunday I was confident of victory. Anyway that miserable bun...
by Neil Graham
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: MCCU
Topic: Counties Championship 2018-19
Replies: 9
Views: 1052

Counties Championship 2018-19

After a draw in their opening match, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire affirmed their position with wins over Warwickshire and Worcestershire. http://www.mccu.org.uk/cm18-19/minor/minor_lincs_notts6oct18.htm http://www.mccu.org.uk/cm18-19/minor/minor_worcs_lincs1dec18.htm http://www.mccu.org.uk/cm18-...
by Neil Graham
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 17 “Everyone starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform, and we’ll give them the chance. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After the sacking of the not-so-special one Jose Mourinho, the new temporary manager gives his views above. Another newcomer is Alex Sheerin who moves straight into Posi...
by Neil Graham
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 5253

Re: How many casual players?

It is a long long time ago, and I have been caught out recently by failing memory, but I have a recollection of a big survey (NRS maybe?) in the early 80s that was showing 7 to 9% of the more-or-less-adult population playing, albeit casually, at least once a year. PB My memory of this is that as Ge...
by Neil Graham
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1371

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

Clearly the author of this thread hasn't read Page 387 of the agreed Brexit statement. Brexit arrangements - Section XXVI - transitional agreements relating to Chess Subsection (1) 4NCL - players in the Four Nations Chess League will from Season 2019-20 only qualify if they are registered with FIDE ...
by Neil Graham
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 16 “I thought it was going to be difficult, but I’ve felt so at home and loved every minute for being around you all, Harry Redknapp - clearly not talking about his time as Southampton Manager. After 15 weeks - most of them in first position - we've lost Richard Beach from the top five in the ...
by Neil Graham
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

League Leader Mark Leonard reaches 1,000 points and has now moved up to 47th place overall but still trailing the leader Toni Haapanen of Finland who has 1112 points by over 70. Is 47th the highest anyone in our league has ever been? I can't ever recall anyone reaching these dizzy heights before (b...
by Neil Graham
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 15 "It is my goal to get my name known here in the Premier League." Ralph Hasenhuttl. For those of you who don't recognize the above name, Ralph is the new manager of Southampton replacing Sparky Hughes who, no doubt, will be reappearing elsewhere shortly (Reading for example). League Leader M...
by Neil Graham
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 14 Rather later than planned (Week 15 has already taken place and will be reviewed before Week 16 I hope) here is a brief summary in the week when Mark Hughes was dismissed as predicted in Week 13. Whilst Sparky was an obvious choice for the golden boot "out of the door" , the next candidate i...
by Neil Graham
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 13 The pressure will build until we get positive results in Premier League games.” Mark Hughes We've managed to get through November with just one managerial casualty. Surely Sparky Hughes must be next? Alan Pardew is waiting in the wings and Harry Redknapp in the Jungle. Meanwhile the Premier...
by Neil Graham
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 12 November 9th Slavisa Jokanovic. "Right now, where we are in bottom of the Premier League, this speculation is normal. But I don't have time to gossip." November 14th Fulham manager Jokanovic sacked. Paul Spiller's Happy Days with a flag waving top score of 70 points whilst Tom Thorpe's Ches...
by Neil Graham
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Biggest winning margin
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: Biggest winning margin

I'm a squad member of one of the teams impacted by defaults at the weekend, though not involved this weekend. Personally if I were involved in the team organisation I would have been pretty hacked off by the lateness of the notification of defaults. The evening before isn't timely. It is a nuisance...
by Neil Graham
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19
Replies: 54
Views: 3680

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2018-19

Week 11 Well better late than never............... just the top five places. Paul Spiller and Robert Ashworth move into positions 4 & 5. 1 Pokémon Trainer Mark Leonard 89 779 2 It's Raining Mendy Gareth Yeo 66 746 3 The Beach Boys Richard Beach 63 739 4 Sane Mane Happy Days Paul Spiller 88 706 5 Pi...