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Rainbow Prediction Week 4 !!!
Posted by: Beefy 1965 - Today, 01:23 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (3)

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Smartass  Bonus Ball
Tongue  Score Ball, Free to use Ball , play it on a game that you think both teams will score in !
Doh  Gamball,

New Scoring System

Incorrect Result =  0 point
Incorrect Result (Bonus Ball) = -3 * Changed from -2
Incorrect Result (Gamball) = -3
Score Ball = 1 added Point if both teams score.  !

Correct Result = +2 points
Correct Result (Bonus Ball) = +3
Correct Result (Gamball) = +5  * Changed from +4
Correct Score = + 4 points
Correct Score (Bonus Ball) = +6  
Correct Score (Gamball) = +10   * Changed from +8

As you can see the incorrect scoring has not really changed apart from a wrong Bonus this will be now scored at -3 instead of -2 the reason for this are the gains on the new Gamball scoring you will make (see below) in the hope this encourages you to use it most if not all of the time.

So to the Gamball, the use of the Gamball was tactically not used in some cases last season as the gains we not considered to great compared to the losses, it's for this reason we have decided to change the scoring, The loss will stay the same at -3 but the reward will be a correct result will go up by one from 4 to 5 points and the correct score will go up by 2 from 8 to 10 points !!!
Just a reminder you DO NOT have to play the Gamball if you dont want too, the score will then be marked normal.  Thumb up

Again the third from bottom of the premiership will play off against the third in the table from the Championship to keep even more excitement going, they will have to predict through all the Playoffs and the winner obviously takes their place in the Premier League the following season   Thumb up

Beefy, Bomber, Zinman & SCO   Thumb up

If you do not predict,...........
If in your league everyone scores above zero you will receive Zero points,
However if in your league the person with the lowest score is below Zero (eg -4) you will score -5 and receive your first strike, Remember 3 strikes and you're out.

All scores must be in before MIDDAY SATURDAY,(For The Early Kick Off If Applicable) If the early kick off is missed the rest of your predictions must reach us by 2.45pm or none will be counted.


1/ Zinman
2/ ST Charles Owl
3/ Derby                            
4/ Bomber
5/ Sanjay
6/ Beefy                                                      
7/ AAA
8/ BBB 
9/ MattWBA
10/ MacLad                  

1/ Joker
2/ Stairs
3/ MightyBrom
4/ Baggieone
5/ 4eva
6/ Amelia                          
7/ Twerton
8/ Snoots
9/ Lady Jane

I'm almost 100% sure Myself & the Scorers get the scores added up correctly, From time to time over the season we may get now and again get this wrong, SO IN THE EVENT OF ANY POINTS DISCREPANCIES can i ask all you guys to check your predictions and if you feel they are incorrect in anyway contact me Via PM within a week of the TABLES & SCORES being presented and they will be corrected the following week.
Anything later unless it is a Major error will NOT be corrected. It is as much your responsibility to check your scores as much as it is ours to try and score them correctly.
Beefy  Thumb up

Saturday 24th August

1/ Norwich V Chelsea
2/ Brighton V Southampton
3/ Sheff Utd V Leicester
4/** Derby V WBA Doh
5/ Huddersfield V Reading
6/ Preston V Sheff Wed
7/ Stoke V Leeds
8/ Plymouth V Walsall

Sunday 25th August

9/ Swansea V Birmingham
10/ Wolves V Burnley

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Posted by: Devongone - Yesterday, 16:39 - Forum: Boreham Wood - No Replies

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter says he may reduce his investment in the club after a "laughable" crowd of 407 saw their defeat by Sutton on Saturday.

The National League side have averaged 655 fans over three home games so far.

Taking away season-ticket holders and travelling fans, Hunter said there were only 46 paying adult Boreham Wood supporters at Saturday's match.

"I've got to reassess what more I can do, as the town clearly doesn't want to consciously support its club," he said.

"Saturday's abysmal crowd just makes me feel sad, as so much hard work goes into making this club over achieve every year and we just want a bit more support for those efforts."

'Laughable' attendance

Boreham Wood reached the 2017-18 National League play-off final, but fall well below the average divisional attendance of around 2,300 so far this season.

The Hertfordshire club - promoted four times since 2005-06 - introduced a £99 adult season ticket this summer in a bid to increase crowds, but Hunter said it had not improved matters.

"I suppose if you want an excuse, the lower than normal crowd could be put down to 300 adult and OAP £99 season ticket holders, who took up our offer but never bothered to turn up and support us," Hunter told the club website.

"I'm probably just feeling a bit sorry for myself, but 407 as a gate attendance at our level is laughable."

Hunter says he has put £500,000 into the club since February, with a total spend of £1.2m over the summer to build a new stand and upgrade facilities.

"It might simply be the right time to re-evaluate my own ambitions and consider downsizing my year on year investment here and get rid of a few of the white elephants in the room," he added.

Boreham Wood, who sit 16th in the National League after five games, are away to Bromley on Saturday, 24 August, with their next home game - against Ebbsfleet - on Monday, 26 August.

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  The Owls v Luton SBC Match Thread
Posted by: Owlkev71 - Yesterday, 11:45 - Forum: Sheffield Wednesday - Replies (7)



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Our first defeat of the season with only ourselves to blame as we couldn't break down the 10 men of Millwall. It was a quiet first half until they scored with there first attempt as Westwood went wandering when he didn't have to and Smith headed home. We then got a helping hand from the ref who sent Wallace off, harsh imo. We went onto dominate the 2nd half but we didn't have our shooting boots on as Millwall defended well and we weren't clinical enough in front of goal. A disappointing way to lose our first game of the season but it is only 3 games.


Our first midweek game of the season sees us host another of the promoted team as Luton make the trip north. Luton started with a 3-3 draw with Middlesboro but have lost to Cardiff and West Brom since, a tough start by anyone's standard. We played these in Cup last season, drawing 0-0 at Hillsborough before we won 1-0 at Kenilworth Road. Hard to know what there level is as they have played 3 good team so far, but it is a chance for us to get back to winning ways after the weekend defeat.


OWLS               -            Angry  Big Grin  Big Grin    

LUTON              -            Angry  Angry  Confused  


Assistants: Jonathan Hunt and Philip Dermott
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington


Think Bannan will start and Odubajo will probably come in for Iorfa as we are at home. Will Fessi make a re-appearance in the squad?

My starting line-up:
Odubajo Lees Borner Reach
Lee Luongo Bannan
Murphy Fletcher Harris


2-1 Reach




Stateside 2
Southey 2
Owlkev 2


Birmingham City v Barnsley
Derby County v Bristol City
Hull City v Blackburn Rovers
Middlesbrough v Wigan Athletic
Bolton v Doncaster



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One for Washington Big Grin

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  HTAFC Prediction League 2019/20 Matchday 4
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 18-08-2019, 22:12 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (2)

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 t'other year.  Rolleyes

Saturday 24th August:
Town v Reading
Town scorers:
Reading scorers:

Derby County v West Bromwich Albion (12:30)
Barnsley v Luton Town
Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City
Charlton Athletic v Brentford
Fulham v Nottingham Forest
Hull City v Bristol City
Middlesbrough v Millwall
Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday
Queens Park Rangers v Wigan Athletic
Stoke City v Leeds United

Sunday 25th August:
Swansea City v Birmingham City (12:00)

EFL Cup:
Tuesday 27th August:

Burton Albion v Morecambe
Grimsby Town v Macclesfield Town
Rochdale v Carlisle United
Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons

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  Town at Cardiff - match thread
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 18-08-2019, 22:05 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (10)

Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
The Sky Bet Championship
Wednesday 21st August - 19:45 ko
at the Cardiff City Stadium

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Huddersfield Town travel to Cardiff and the imaginatively named Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday night. We are on the brink of a new era follwing the sacking on Friday night of Head Coach Jan Siewert after our 1-2 defeat at home to Fulham and Cardiff have just been well and truly stuffed by Reading this Sunday lunchtime, 0-3.

But this match is all about old friends reunited. Of course Cardiff are managed by our old friend Neil Warnock and Town, possibly for this one match only, are managed by the man who captained Cardiff to promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Championship in 2013, Mark Hudson.

He also skippered us to promotion as well of course, was a non playing sub in the Play Off Final, but still got to lift the trophy. This will be his second match as caretaker at Town, having done it for one match following the parting of ways with David Wagner, after the 0-0 draw down at Cardiff in January. That one game he had in charge was a 0-3 defeat at home to Man City.

Cardiff also have a few of our ex players in their squad. Lee Peltier, Danny Ward, Alex Smithies, Jazz Richards and the skipper Sean Morrison. And the coaching team are also full of our old friends. Warnock in charge, with Ronnie Jepson, Kevin Blackwell and Andy Dibble.

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A brief history of Cardiff City: Formed in 1899, they didn't enter the Football League until 1920. But once in there, they made a rapid rise. They won promotion to Division One in their first season and then reached their highest league position ever in 1924 when they finished runners up to Huddersfield Town by the narrowest margin ever. We won it on goal average, which was the ruling back then, however if it had been today's ruling they would have taken the title on goals scored. Unlucky!

We went on to win the title three times in a row, they went to the FA Cup Final, losing 0-1 against Sheffield United. But they did win it in 1927 when Hughie Ferguson scored the only goal of the game at Wembley to beat Arsenal, thus becoming the only Welsh team to lift the famous trophy.

The good times didn't last though and successive relegations at the end of the decade saw them start the 1930s in Division 3 South. And there they stayed until the first season after the war when they won the Div 3S title. They were back in Division 1 in 1952, but back to Div 2 in 1957. A couple of seasons back up in the 60s and then a long spell in Div 2 before getting relegated to Div 3 in 1976. All the way down to Div 4 for one season in 1986/87, then up and down again before 1996 saw them finish 22nd out of 24 clubs in Div 4, their lowest ever league finish.

Back up again in the 3rd tier, they won the 2003 Play Offs against QPR, with Andy Campbell scoring the only goal of the Final. In 2008 they made it once more to the FA Cup Final, losing again, this time to Portsmouth. Back to Wembley again in 2012 for their first ever League Cup Final. This was against the mighty Liverpool. Joe Mason had given them an early lead before Liverpool equalised to take the match to extra time. The Reds took the lead, only for Ben Turner to level things up two minutes from time. So to penalties and Liverpool won it 3-2 with sub Anthony Gerrard missing the crucial one after his cousin Steve had earlier missed one for the Reds. Anthony's punishment for his misdemeanour was a transfer to Huddersfield Town.

They followed that the next season by winning the Championship and therefore a return to the top flight for the first time in 52 years. They came straight back down though. Not to worry, they were back up again in 2018. But of course, came straight back down yet again.

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Head to Head

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Town lead the head to head with 29 wins to Cardiff's 24 with 22 draws.

We first met in 1921/22. It was goalless at Leeds Road and then 1-0 to Cardiff at Ninian Park. A couple of odd results later that decade. We beat them at home 8-2 in 1927/28, then went and lost 0-4 down at theirs.

We beat them 4-0 at home in 1982/83 with Mark Lillis scoring all four goals. And repeated the scoreline the following season, this time centre back Paul Jones scored a hat trick (2 of them penalties). Another lad to score four goals in a match for us was Craig Maskell in 1989/90. That was in a 5-1 win down at Ninian Park. And in 1994/95 we beat them at the MacAlpine by 5-1. That was the match where their manager Terry Yorath kicked them out of the dressing room for being 4-0 down at half time and they all had to spend the interval kicking a ball about with the subs. They were on a big downer then.

We didn't play them again until they got promoted back in 2001 and we won 2-1 down at their ground. Then we parted ways again, Cardiff going up, us down, but we did meet up for a League Cup match in 2011. This was at their new ground and after being 0-2 down at half time, our brave lads fought back with goals from Jordan Rhodes, Danny Ward and then an 88th minute "winner" from Rhodes taking us through, only for Don Cowie to equalise deep into injury time. The Bluebirds then won it 5-3 in extra time.

Our first game back in the Championship in 2012 after winning the Play Offs was a Friday night Sky Sports match down there and the newcomers to the division did really well to earn a point, only for Cardiff to snatch it away from us, once again in injury time. And who was it who got that only goal of the game? That man again, Mark Hudson.

Last season we played each other in the top flight for the first time since 1956. Both games ended 0-0, the one down there controversially after we had had a penalty given and then denied by referee Lee Mason after he had consulted his liner, who reminded him of the Premier League directive that Huddersfield Town were not allowed penalties unless they were already three goals up. Unfortunately for our legendary Head Coach, David Wagner, this was the straw that broke the camel's back and he resigned the following day.

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So what's happening down at the Cardiff City Stadium? Managed nowadays by Neil Warnock, the former Town boss. He's been there since 2016 and took them up to the Premier League in 2018. That was his eighth promotion as a Football League manager, and that's the record. His other promotions have been with Scarborough, Notts County (twice), the mighty Terriers of 1994/95, Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Utd and QPR.

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So who have they got in their squad? Well there's those five players mentioned in the introduction, though most of them weren't in the squad for the Reading game. Neil Etheridge is the regular keeper, playing in all of last season's Premier League matches, but he is injured and so Alex Smithies will almost certainly be in for this one. He of course, was our penalty spot kick hero at Wembley in 2012 and on Sunday he once again saved one. They were already three down by then though.

Sean Morrison is the skipper and he also scored a penalty in that famous shoot out against Sheffield Utd. His defensive partner is ex Bristol City centre back Aden Flint who signed from Middlesbrough in the summer. He has a knack of popping up with a few goals each season.

Another Town connection in their side is Leandro Bacuna, who's brother played for us in the Premier League, but has since gone missing (can we get that player back please?). Leandro signed in January from Reading for £3m. Midfielder Joe Ralls has been there since 2011, but went on loan to Yeovil when they got promoted in 2013.

Another name to send shivers down our backs is midfielder Lee Tomlin, who always plays well against us, including a certain match for a certain Posh club in 2011 at Old Trafford. He also scored for Bristol City against us and another ex City man is Marlon Pack, but he went off injured at Reading, so may not be available for this one.

There's an ex Leeds man in the squad, Sol Bamba. He played for Warnock at Bellend Road and was his first signing when he got the job at Cardiff. Wasn't in the squad at Reading though.

Recent form: Town are 22nd in the Championship with 1 point and Cardiff are 19th with 3 points.

Results so far this season:

Town 1-2 Derby
QPR 1-1 Town
Town 0-1 Lincoln (Carabooboo Cup)
Town 1-2 Fulham

Wigan 3-2 Cardiff
Cardiff 2-1 Luton
Reading 3-0 Cardiff

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  VAR and the rule of "hand ball"!!?
Posted by: 0762 - 18-08-2019, 21:20 - Forum: Manchester City - Replies (1)

Did anybody watch that last secs winning goal by City v Spurs that was eventually disallowed by this controversial rule of any hand ball, deliberate or otherwise, that was exposed during the women's World Cup in France??? It was a ridiculous decision and it is gonna ruin footie as a true spectacle and source of entertainment! I suspect that this rule will be "kicked into touch" sooner rather than later as a matter of course!! Referees should be allowed to judge whether the old rule of hand ball applies or not and not this ill thought out garbage!

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  Betfred Cup QF draw - it's Killie at Rugby Park!
Posted by: 0762 - 18-08-2019, 18:39 - Forum: Hibernian - No Replies

Not the worst draw TBH but it is a pity that Hibs don't have home advantage. Killie currently seem to be in the same "flat" situation under a different manager. So it will be an interesting confrontation when the quarter-final tie is played sometime at the end of September.

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  Betfred Cup QF draw - it is Partick Thistle!!!
Posted by: 0762 - 18-08-2019, 18:32 - Forum: Celtic - No Replies

Another home draw for The Hoops and what a good draw that is with Celtic definitely hot favourites to reach another semi-final and remain unbeaten in domestic cup ties for over 3 years!!

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  Sam Johnstone
Posted by: BaggieMan - 18-08-2019, 18:05 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (7)

I’m concerned at the quality and consistency of Sam Johnstone who certainly isn’t anywhere near the standard of Ben Foster. Yes, he has some decent stops but all too often he lets in a goal that he should have stopped.

At Forest any keeper worth their salt would have saved that near post shot but it squirmed under him and yesterday he should have at least known a cross was coming in and been prepared for a possible header on goal but he stands still like a statue making zero effort to save the goal.

If Bond isn’t good enough yet, I think we should be looking for a new Championship experienced keeper in the January window. Johnstone could be the difference between getting promotion or mid-table finish come next May.

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  The Rich Get Richer
Posted by: Arcane Astral Aeons - 18-08-2019, 14:58 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

i know it`s nothing to do with West Brom(or is it)
as you may be aware Bury FC could well be kicked out of the league come Friday
Big deal you may say
but to lose a football league club when the greed league is getting richer aint fair
would it be too much to ask for the premier league rich sides to maybe donate some of their riches to keep this club in business
i`m sure they can afford it

doubt it will happen though

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