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  Motherwell v Hibs, Wed 23 January, KO 7.45pm
Posted by: 0762 - 22-01-2019, 01:50 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (1)

This is hopefully a good time to play the "Steelmen" after their demoralising Scot Cup exit to Ross County. I reckon Neil will play what he reckons is currently his strongest side that will inflict another defeat on Motherwell and push on positively into the second half of the season. C'mon Hibs!

GGTTH

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  Prediction League Results/Tables Week 21 - Beefy's Bonanza
Posted by: bomberbrown1968 - 21-01-2019, 21:33 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (18)

   

Well I suppose it had to happen at some point, after all it gets promised every week and the law of averages states he would finally strike lucky!!!!  And this week was that week!!

Top of the table this week with a season high PL score of 27 is the one and only blubber master himself Beefy!!!  He managed to pick up points on 8 of the ten games, including a max on the BB and a CR on the Gamball!!  I offer my congratulations to him for setting the new season high, but as we know any true competitor is capable of continuing this in the coming weeks and we all know that he is probably a one hit wonder, but for now we will let him have his day in the sun!!!!!

A gap down to SCO in 2nd place on 15 points, a score that should see him consolidate a spot near the top of the table.  Surprisingly I scored no CS but did manage 6 CR and was the only one along with Beefy to pick up points on the Gamball.  In joint third place on 14 points was the 3rd committee member Zinman and the league leader BBB.  Zinman didn’t play his Gamball again and this week it cost him 4 points as he got a CS on that game!!  BBB continues to be consistent and as the winner this week was lowly Beefy, his top spot won’t be challenged just yet!!

Joint 5th place on 8 points goes to Derby and Worldclass, both lost points on the Gamball but both managed a CR on the Bonus Ball to boost their scores a bit.  Just a point behind them came Sanjay and Amelia, both of whom scored good points on multiple games but both completely missed their balls to lose heavily there.  Sanjay will likely lose ground on the leaders and unfortunately for Amelia her closest rival for the dreaded drop was Beefy and by now we all know what happened to him this week!!

Snooty finished in 9th with just a single point, a torrid week with zero ball points for him and his likelihood of relegation is going the same way as his beloved Terriers!!  Unfortunately Matt failed to get any predictions in and as per the rules scores one less than the bottom player so ended the week on zero points and a likely drop down the table to boot!!!

I look forward to seeing the comments from our magnanimous and humble winner this week, who in case you missed it was Beefy himself!!!  I won’t hold my breath on the humbleness!!!  Of course it is also worth reminding our fabulous scorer that Beefy was given one point too many last week so will in fact only see his score rise 26 points this week!!

Cheers
SCO

   

BBB managed to extend his lead despite not outscoring any of his nearest challengers to 11 points as St Charles moved into 2nd and passed the double century mark into the bargain.

Zinman was another to achieve membership to the “200” club and sits just 3 points away climbing a place into 3rd, as Matt chose the wrong week to miss to drop 2 places but more importantly losing valuable ground on those above him and in the race for the title.

Sanjay is only another 3 points away in 5th despite a less than spectacular week as his lead over Worldclass in joint 6th was cut to just a solitary point where he was joined by Beefy who finally lived up to his promises after 20 clueless weeks to post a season high and to actually only sit 12 points adrift of 2nd and unbelievably just 23 off the top, whether he can back it up with another week like this remains to be seen, but he swaps places with Derby who drops a place into 8th and the relegation play-off place.

Amelia lost ground this week and is now looking at a near 40 point deficit to escape any involvement in the relegation scrap, though Snooty is heading into needing a miracle territory adding just a single point to his tally this week to be 70 points away from safety.

Bomber


   

I can confirm that this week's scores have been subject to independent verification following allegations of impropriety. I suspect that one of our players has been looking over the fence at other predictions and while not against the rules, this is considered to be against the spirit of the competition.

Well that's about the only explanation I can give for this week's results. Top of the table is Joker....yes, the same Joker who is usually grateful for achieving a positive score. Even more impressive when you consider that he achieved his 24 points from just 9 matches having missed the Friday night match. A full set of balls, including an 8 point gamball - by my reckoning he's now almost caught up with Turkeydinner (who admittedly hasn't actually played for 10 weeks!). 20 points would normally be enough to secure the top spot but Twerton has to be content with 2nd, again scoring with all his balls and getting a perfect gamball.

Four more players got into double figures in what was an unusually high scoring week. Baggie_One claims 3rd place, helped by the gamball. Bomber actually equalled Joker's 6 correct result predictions but lost out on the gamball and Quantum kept his consistent run of scores going, once again making the right decision not to gamble. Themaclad was the only player not to predict a correct score but still managed 12 points thanks to a full set of balls.

The 2 stragglers are Stairs, with 8 points, and 4eva who continued his miserable recent run to sit at the bottom of this week's table.

Zin  

   

Themaclad had his lead clipped by just a point this week and is still sitting pretty, 20 clear at the top from Quantum who kept up his hopes for automatic promotion with another consistent week.

Bomber inched a point closer to him to sit in 3rd only 4 points away and then the springer out of the pack was Twerton with a seasons best to move him up 2 places and into 4th to carry on his recent climb up the table.

BaggieOne stayed in 5th just 4 points back, while 4eva continued his recent struggles and slipped down 2 places in the table to a season low 6th, though he did jinx Leeds with his notorious Bonus Ball.

Stairs had an average week to remain 7th, while it’s hats off to Joker with a seasons best that pushed him over the 100 mark though it’s going to take another couple or more of those if he’s got any hopes of moving off the bottom.

Bomber

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Exclamation Chesterfield Predication League 2018/2019 Matchday 32
Posted by: spireitematt - 21-01-2019, 19:09 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (1)

If you do your predictions after these specified times, they will not be accepted.

Weekend games 12 pm
Midweek games 7:30 pm

Just a reminder that you can use your Laugh on any fixture, but its not compulsory!! Get it right and you will score double points but getting it wrong will result in -2 points, so the reward and risk are there for all!!

League Table after Matchday 31

Dancing = 436
St Charles = 411
Devon = 400
SaltergateBorn = 396
Amelia = 390  
Spireitematt = 378
Lord Snoots = 366

Bromley 0-2 Eastleigh
Chesterfield 2-2 Barrow
Dagenham & Redbridge 3-0 Aldershot
FC Halifax 1-2 Salford City
Gateshead 3-0 Boreham Wood Laugh
Hartlepool United 2-0 Braintree Town
Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 Dover Athletic
Leyton Orient 3-0 Maidstone United
Solihull Moors 4-2 AFC Fylde
Sutton United 2-0 Ebbsfleet United
Wrexham 3-1 Maidenhead United

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  JAN SIEWERT NAMED HEAD COACH
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 21-01-2019, 18:07 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (12)

https://www.htafc.com/news/2019/january/...ield-town/

Not Martin from Wakefield!  Whistle


36-year-old joins Club from Borussia Dortmund

- Huddersfield Town names Jan Siewert as its new Head Coach
- 36-year-old joins from Borussia Dortmund II
- Thorough explanation on the appointment from Chairman Dean Hoyle


Huddersfield Town is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Siewert as its new Head Coach.

The 36-year-old joins The Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of Head Coach, signing a contract running until the summer of 2021.

Following a playing career in Germany with TuS Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and TuS Montabaur, Jan moved into coaching and has gained experience as a coach in Germany’s international youth sides as well as senior management roles at VfL Bochum, Rot-Weiss Essen and his role as Borussia Dortmund II Head Coach.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle explained the process behind Jan’s appointment to htafc.com:

“I’d like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. I’m tremendously excited about working with him as our new Head Coach.

“Let me start by addressing the obvious. We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous Head Coach, David Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new Head Coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.

“However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that.

Planning for the future

“Like any good football club – or successful business outside football – we have succession plans in place for our key roles. A major one here is the role of Head Coach.

“Given David’s success at Huddersfield Town, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn’t refuse. David was fully aware that we were undertaking this work; you must prepare for the future.

“Jan’s name came to our attention in his previous role as Assistant Manager and Under-19 Coach at VfL Bochum. We first spoke with him over two years’ ago and we’ve kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.

“His reputation in the game is very good; he’s known as a coach who is ambitious, has many qualities and who has strong philosophies. As such, it came as no surprise to us when he moved to one of the world’s biggest clubs; Borussia Dortmund.”

Adding to the ‘Terriers Identity’

“My remit to David Wagner was to give Huddersfield Town an identity and over the last three-and-a-half years, we’ve established just that. We’ve now setup our Club to play in a certain way, from the Academy through to the First Team.

“When David let us know he intended to step aside at the end of the season, we quickly moved to meet Jan; his name was still at the top of our list of possible successors. There was an immediate connection; you could see why he was so highly thought-of. He is articulate, passionate and he has a huge ambition to be a success.

“Many of his core philosophies and beliefs about how he wants his teams to play match our own. He likes high-effort, high-intensity, high-pressing football that is good to watch.

“However, it is again too lazy to suggest that there will be no change here. He also made it very clear that he has his own beliefs and level of detail that will be a change for this Club.

“That’s exactly what I wanted to hear; that Jan feels he can build on what has been achieved here and add to it. We’re not ripping up what we’ve built here; we’re trying to add to it and take it to the next level.

“Importantly, Jan also has a proven track record in working with and developing young, talented players through his work with Germany’s younger age groups, at Bochum and at Borussia Dortmund. Everyone knows our preference is to recruit and develop young, hungry players and, again, this fits with Jan’s beliefs perfectly.”

Ambition

“What was also very clear was that Jan believes in this Club and what can be achieved here. He has turned down several approaches to leave Borussia Dortmund in the past, but he jumped at the opportunity to join us. He believes in our ethos and likes what he knows about Huddersfield Town, which made me very proud.

“In the short-term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League. We’re not giving up on that.

“We will also plan for the medium and long-term, whatever the outcome. Jan is committed to us and is excited to take on the challenges we have ahead, whatever they look like.

“I’m so excited about this appointment. Our last three-and-a-half years have been unbelievable, but now we look to the future under a new Head Coach desperate to be a success at our Club.”

Dean’s message to Town fans

“Please get behind Jan fully, as I’m confident you will.

“Treat Jan as his own man and give him time to develop in the role. This is a challenging time for our Club, make no mistake, but we have an exciting Head Coach on our hands, I’m sure. He will give his all for this Club and your support can make this a perfect environment to thrive.”

Jan will be introduced as Huddersfield Town Head Coach at a Press Conference on Tuesday, which will be broadcast LIVE for FREE on #HTTV, in association with Proper Sport.

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/108...9230594049

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  Winning's great but .......
Posted by: Devongone - 21-01-2019, 14:46 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (5)

what happened to the two new players Sheridan was planning pre-Aldershot?

Is Amantchi really less of a threat to the opposition than the players we had on the bench?

As I don't look at Bob's anymore I wonder what all those who used to describe Will Evans as a big lump and question whether he was worth his place like the taste of humble pie. The guy obviously has weaknesses but 5-10 goals a season is a great contribution.

BUT it really is nice to look at the stats for an away game and see we had more efforts on goal than the home team.

If we could beat Barrow, maybe we could start looking up instead of down, do you think?

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  HTAFC Prediction League 2018/19 Matchday 26
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 21-01-2019, 00:35 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (3)

2 points for a correct result
4 points for a correct score
2 points for each correct scorer
Correct joker doubles your score   Laugh     
Wrong joker result gives you minus 2
Correct Random Badger gives you 2 points Badger

The random badger Badger is used for any random prediction used once in each matchday sequence. For instance, a scorer at a particular match, the number of red cards in the matches or yellow cards or own goals or owt you want really within reason, I do need to be able to check whether it's correct or not. Please don't put stuff like....."Commentator says...."  Rolleyes
The joker  Laugh is played for one match in each sequence and if correct you get double points. So if you've predicted 1-0 and it finishes 2-0, you get 4 pts, but if you've predicted 2-0, that's 8 pts. But if you get it wrong, it's minus 2.
Jokers and badgers are optional. You don't have to play one if you don't want.


Cup games:
In the event of a draw, it's half the points if you've predicted a draw when it gets to 90 mins and the full points if it's still a draw after extra time. Half the points will be awarded for correctly predicting the winner of the match if it goes to penalties.

Random score generator: I will be using the random score generator again for those who miss predicting, so we shouldn't get some people too far behind that after missing a couple of weeks they lose all interest, because I know it's not easy getting on here every week.
To be fair to everybody, this is going to be like, say if three people in one week miss their predictions, the first one in the table will be given all 0-0, the second one down the line will get 1-0 and the third will get 0-1 and so on, like if there's four missing the 4th will get 1-1, then 5th 2-1, 6th 1-2. and if there are so many missing, might as well pack in. Wink
And if you miss two weeks on the trot, I'll stop until you come back on again. Not doing it for half a season like I did last year.  Rolleyes


FA Cup 4th round:
Friday 25th January:

Arsenal v Manchester United

Saturday 26th January:
Accrington Stanley v Derby County (12:30)
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion
Shrewsbury Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Millwall v Everton (17:30)
AFC Wimbledon v West Ham United (19:45)

Sunday 27th January:
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur (16:00)
Chelsea v Sheffield Wed (18:00)

Monday 28th January:
Barnet v Brentford

Premier League:
Tuesday 29th January:

Town v Everton
Town scorers:
Everton scorers:

Arsenal v Cardiff City
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United
Manchester United v Burnley
Newcastle United v Manchester City

Wednesday 30th January:
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford

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  Great Expectations
Posted by: Amelia Chaffinch - 20-01-2019, 20:19 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (7)

Time for a little rant. The atmosphere is becoming increasingly morose. What went wrong? Well, when David first came in, we survived. Then he made some signings and took them all away to the summer camp. They looked like a real team, playing for each other and for us, and started winning. Let the good times roll. We made it to the play-offs and we got to the final ... without scoring a goal! We only went and won it ... without scoring a goal! The majority of us couldn't believe it and majority of that majority decided to enjoy the ride. The team looked impressive, despite being up against superior opposition most of the time, and we had fun. We sang whether we were winning or losing, we were gathering a reputation for being the best fans in the premier league. If we were losing, we sang "don't worry about a thing...". All was well. We avoided relegation despite just about all the so-called experts tipping us for it week after week after week. THEN, some of our fans expected Deano to spend, spend, spend like he'd never done before. Why would he do that? He promised a long time ago that he would never put us at risk. As well as that, it sounds like he's been ill and possibly not in a position to do what some moaners expected him to do. But, whatever the reason, I can see that it would be out of character for him to splash silly money about. I agree that our strikers haven't stepped up but I can also see brilliant effort time and again from the likes of Schindler, Mooy, Hogg, Kongolo, Zanka amongst others. The players continue to respect the fans except for one occasion against Bristol City, Even then, the stalwarts went over. I still think that DW became disillusioned by reffing decisions. I do think that refs are influenced by big clubs and players. Pundits continually condone "top" players whilst not criticising us for the equivalent. There is an unfairness to the premier league. I really believe that. BUT, despite all the disappointments, I think the greatest damage has been done to the atmosphere by ourselves. Expectation has been the enemy. As DW said, we shouldn't expect the extraordinary to be the ordinary or the unusual to be usual... or words to that effect.

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  Scottish Cup draw - it's Raith Rovers in the 5th round!
Posted by: 0762 - 20-01-2019, 18:46 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (3)

A decent draw for Hibs v non Premiership opponents and it is a home cup tie that Neil Lennon would've preferred in front of a big Hibs support. Bring it on!!

GGTTH

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  Scot Cup 5th round draw - it's Saint Johnstone!
Posted by: 0762 - 20-01-2019, 18:41 - Forum: Celtic - No Replies

A home draw will be what Rodgers preferred and the Hoops have another reasonable draw v Scot Premiership opponents.

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Thumbs Up Paul Scholes
Posted by: themaclad - 20-01-2019, 17:20 - Forum: Oldham Athletic - Replies (2)

Now favourite for the job

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