This Cupdate belongs to one man, so let’s start with him, and the Challenge Cup.
He probably doesn’t know he’s beating last season’s FFUK league winner by 57 points, and he probably won’t read this either. In fairness, it would probably be best if no one actually told James Page-Chatton (85th) that he’s beating Nick Johns (35th) by 57 points in the cup with 1 gameweek to go. Still, for today, father of two JPC is ‘Daddy Cool’ (maybe one of his kids might read this?) JPS is actually second highest score for January by the way.
However, I do implore all of you to watch this video. He’s a bloody mentalist and one of the singers even fakes an orgasm over ‘Daddy’. Those were the days.
Sean Galsworthy (31st), like JPC, has a 57 point lead and can basically start planning for February now. Likewise Vivaek Venkat (13th) is 63 ahead in his tie so can sit back and relax during the midweek games.
Not many of the other ties are looking done and dusted, Marcus Blowers (83rd) has a sturdy 37 point lead, Rich Harrison (26th) is ahead by 31, and our own Tim McEwan (30th) is looking good with a 35 point lead. Ben Pycz (42nd) can be confident with a 22 lead, and Allan Tomkins (23rd) is 24 strong. That means exactly half of the 16 Challenge Cup ties are very much in the balance. Good luck for the final gameweek guys!
Challenge Cup Round 3
|1||Matthew Cox||170||v||Chris Norman||192|
|2||Marcus Blowers||197||v||Tom Motley||160|
|3||Mateusz Kaleta||148||v||Joe Pizans||148|
|4||Liam Whelan||168||v||James Macnamara||174|
|5||Darrel Cooper||163||v||Sean Galsworthy||220|
|6||Glenn Murray||168||v||Richard Harrison||199|
|7||Josh Prentice||165||v||Joe Warrington||170|
|8||Vivaek Venkat||193||v||Jamie Shuell||130|
|9||Andrew Fogaty||192||v||Stephen Fielden||172|
|10||Nick Johns||166||v||James Page-Chatton||223|
|11||Ryan White||173||v||Sam Breen||176|
|12||Mark Graham||140||v||Allan Tomkins||164|
|13||Steve Shaw||167||v||Martin Whitlock||171|
|14||Robert Simpson||197||v||Mark Turnbull||192|
|15||Ben Pycz||200||v||Richard Green||178|
|16||Tim McEwan||202||v||Stuart Newton||167|
The FFUK Cup
The FFUK Cup is very dear to my heart. I managed to win it last season, but that is not looking so likely this time round. I currently trail Sean Colohan (4th) by 29 points and knowing the strength of my opposition, fear it is just too much to ask in a single gameweek. My compatriot Chris Galloway (48th) is much tighter with Mike Cowans-Kebby (MCK) (50th), and a current deficit of 7 points. I know Chris is working hard to find the genius move to down MCK at the final hurdle, and this is definitely one to watch this gameweek.
The Right Said Fred Derby, battle of the baldies Jamie Stewart (1st) and Neil Stewart (24th), is leaving Neil feeling Deeply Dippy right now. A 50 point lead for Jamie really shows us who really is too sexy. (Don’t worry Neil it’s just a joke, I actually find you both equally sexy .
3rd place John Harper versus 7th place Mark Leathem is another tie that’s as tight as a wotsit’s wotsit. Just 4 points separates two of the highest scoring players this month. However, Paul Browne (7th), leads Phil Smith (8th) by 20 points, as Phils’s rough month sees the same man overtaken him in the league and the cup! All to play for in both of those ties!
10th placed Sam Blake completes the Top 10’s FFUK Cup action, 30 points v Jordan Davison (57th) looks a confident lead going into the final gameweek of January. Elsewhere, strong leads are held by Paul Austin (22nd), Alexander Thomas (130th), Tom Shepherd (19th), Ally Edwards (58th), Sam Lukes (21st) and, Jonathan Gledhill (34th). Good luck for the final gameweek everyone, expect Coolers – please can you take lots of hits and then captain Tom Carroll! 😉
FFUK Cup Round 2
|John Harper||212||v||Mark Leathem||208|
|Jonathan Gledhill||200||v||Trevor Dennison||176|
|Clifford Fox||133||v||Sam Lukes||180|
|Tom McEwan||133||v||Ally Edwards||189|
|Chris Galloway||170||v||Mike Cowans-Kebby||177|
|Pete Cronin||177||v||Sean Colohan||206|
|Joel Shine||190||v||Reece Richardson||202|
|Greg Ferkin||170||v||Josh Kelly||160|
|Alex Schroffenegger||141||v||Tom Shepherd||186|
|Neil Stewart||162||v||Jamie Stewart||212|
|Mark Tarbox||189||v||Andy Letham||189|
|Alexander Thomas||180||v||Stan Maniak||135|
|Paul Browne||206||v||Phil Smith||186|
|Danny Burgess||159||v||Paul Austin||197|
|James Amar||196||v||Dan McBrearty||198|
|Sam Blake||184||v||Jordan Davison||154|
Final gameweek for the Cups is this gameweek, so polish up your chips if you feel that way inclined. I used my free hit for Spurs double gameweek so will not be using a second chip to try and catch up with Coolers, instead leaving that to fate. Seriously though, best of luck Coolers, and to everyone else, midweek games are always a bit unpredictable, and should be excellent fun!
The next draw will for the FFUK Cup will follow on Thursday or Friday, and we shall endeavour to prepare all fixtures ready for Gameweek 26.
Thanks for reading
Pete Cronin (55th)