2011/12 Champion Folu ends the season on a high. With three correct scores she edges it as the outstanding Predictor of Week 38.
Week 18 was the last time Haydn topped the table. But Haydn is a virtuous man! Week 38 for Haydn was a display of extraordinary almost superhuman accuracy.
andy Gray returns!
Andrew Graham topped a light but closely contested League 3. Andy Halman narrowly missed out whilst Ollie lost the battle in League 3, but most definitely won the war.
Bren's average speaks for itself. A lot of predictors would not maintain an average of over 8 within a period of a month let alone a season. Consistency wins the Predictions and Bren may not be aware but his name is box office in Asia. Punters have been looking for competitive edges with their accumulators and had struck gold when we started selling Bren's predictions slip on the black market. Bren may well take his new found talents and start an independent accumulator advisory firm!
2012/13 Champion Mark Bozward finishes as runner up. Mark's season was a tale of two halves. The first half saw him undertake a succession of relegations. His ability to predict a football match was on par with Gus Poyet's ability to speak clear coherent English. Mark found himself dwelling in League 3 in no time. Mirroring the stark decline of his beloved Man Utd. But credit must be given where credit is due. Whilst other Utd fans couldn't bare the excruciating and enduring pain this season brought. Mark manned up and turned it around. All of a sudden the same Mark who couldn't score in a brothel could leave a monastery with nuns requiring a morning after pill! He made his way back to League 1 which is a feat in itself. Finishing runner up and taking home the Top Scorer title, Mark defended his title with style.
Sabah had an extended stay at the top of the table but her competitiveness was hampered due to lack of participation. Her form in the first half of the season was excellent but she missed many weeks as other predictors rose. It wasn't until week 33 that she lost the top spot, she managed to stay top for so long with excellent form as she had only won 4 times at that point.
Special mention to Matthew who started in League 3 and climbed his way to the top. The American dream has got nothing on Matthew's journey to League 1!
Special mention to Tom Wilson. Our most punctual predictor. If you could take Folu aside for the summer and teach her the ways of doing things in a timely manner we would be eternally grateful.
Stephen's form from the turn of the year has been matched by none. He took the second half of the Predictions by storm and went on a run that saw him promoted to top League 2. Stephens legend was cemented when he turned this run into Predictions History with a 12th win. In some parts they call him 'Pulis'. But we can assure you Stephen does not wear a baseball cap to work.
Gordon Ewing finished runner up, like Stevie his run was similar but his form was less patchy in the first half of the season. Gordon saw himself promoted to second place in League 2, which had been the most ferociously competitive League all season. The fact Stevie and Gordon swooned in and went straight to the top is testament to their level of performance.
Ashley Young would be proud of Calum and Kwame's form as where the must be winners unfortunately there must be losers. Calum mastered promotion but the altitude was too high for the Bird. Whilst Kwame's unfortunately was unable to find any kind of match winning momentum.
0.2 of a point Separated Harri all the way down to Sam, and that is testament to how competitive League 2 has been all season.
Given that League 3 has been hit and miss with participants, there isn't as much we can commentate on but we would like to thank everyone that participated.
Week 30 was the week in which Bungs scored 16. Matthew and Haydn scored 15 and 14 respectively. It was also the weekend Liverpool beat Utd 3-0 to refresh your memories. Not to mention the Suarez/Skrtel celebration at 3-0 which challenged the boundaries of 'team bonding'. Not to take away from Mark Matthew and Haydns efforts. The additional Champions League fixtures did help the predictors but their performances paled in comparison with the 16 Ajani had scored earlier in the season. We didn't see or hear from Ajani again so we put that performance down to fluke.
Week one was all about one man. Rick Hughes. Rick came in hard and fast and set the pace in the Predictions with a then astonishing 14. He hit a 14 score again in Week 8 just remove any doubt about his quality. His performances were fairly average after that but the man had made his point.
Thank you all for participating this year. We will look to improve and grow the predictions as always!