After one of the craziest Gameweeks in memory, Gameweek 14 of season 20/21, it felt remiss of me not to follow it with a cupdate. What’s even more remiss is that I haven’t put virtual pen to WordPress paper since October! My bad ….
As always, the latest in the cups can be followed on the separate cup pages of this site FFUK.me, for the FFUK Cup click here and for the Milk Plate click here. These have both been updated more regularly, or on the Google sheets for each competition, which for the FFUK Cup is available here, and for the Milk Plate is available here.
After Gameweek 14 we are now four weeks into the December Gamemonth. Most other Gamemonths would be over by now, but this December is a monster with as many as six Gameweeks contested – a marathon not a sprint this one. The FFUK Cup is in and around it’s third round now, so let’s take a look at how things stand:
|Michael Moors||282||vs||sean colohan||266||Michael Moors|
|John Willson||281||vs||John Barry||260||John Willson|
|Daniel Green||273||vs||Jack Mosley||260||Daniel Green|
|Liam Green||268||vs||Jez Penn||287||Jez Penn|
|Shane Newton||234||vs||Mark Harrison||296||Mark Harrison|
|John Parkinson||241||vs||Clayton Deakin||261||Clayton Deakin|
|Andy Jackson||277||vs||Tom Ryan||226||Andy Jackson|
|Alan Flack||241||vs||Daron Russell||300||Daron Russell|
|Andy Caulfield||230||vs||Marcus Blowers||234||Marcus Blowers|
|Chris Webb||277||vs||Marc Phillips||228||Chris Webb|
|Harrison Drake||216||vs||Stuart Allen||305||Stuart Allen|
|Dean Cummings||263||vs||Toby Glicher||219||Dean Cummings|
|Liz Colman||236||vs||Vladimirs Voronkovs||247||Vladimirs Voronkovs|
|Andrew Tracey||226||vs||Tom Galloway||225||Andrew Tracey|
|Ben Wright||204||vs||Joe Warrington||275||Joe Warrington|
|Tina Whitehouse||242||vs||John Gleeson||262||John Gleeson|
|Kevin Ryan||262||vs||Steve Cronin||263||Steve Cronin|
|Nick Hardie||220||vs||Kevin Trotter||254||Kevin Trotter|
|grant lawrie||247||vs||Andrew Fogaty||259||Andrew Fogaty|
|chris galloway||284||vs||Philip Redgrave||252||chris galloway|
|Ashley Read||234||vs||mark leathem||241||mark leathem|
|Sam Parker||245||vs||James Downie||256||James Downie|
|Jim Wheat||271||vs||Peter Hayes||262||Jim Wheat|
|Stan Packham||254||vs||Sam Blake||288||Sam Blake|
|Dave Windsor||257||vs||Nick Johns||246||Dave Windsor|
|Ameet Shah||278||vs||Kevin O’ Reilly||299||Kevin O’ Reilly|
|Matt Packham||240||vs||jon bryant||232||Matt Packham|
|Vince .Siracusa||258||vs||Sam Clegg||272||Sam Clegg|
|Neil Gordon||268||vs||Richard Green||235||Neil Gordon|
|Jordan Davison||225||vs||Malek Mansour||245||Malek Mansour|
|Mike Cowans-Kebby||218||vs||Alex Sadlier||247||Alex Sadlier|
|Danny Burgess||251||vs||Chris Lovegrove||205||Danny Burgess|
Stu Allen currently leads the December Gamemonth in FFUK with 305 points, so pity his poor cup opponent Harrison Drake. Harrison has managed just 216 points and trails Stu by 89. Stick a fork in this one – it’s done! Other big deficits abound: Joe Warrington leads Ben Wright by 71, Mark Harrison leads Shane Newton by 62 and Daron “Dazzer” Russell leads Alan Flack by 59. Difficult to see a way back for me, Clive for those trailing any of these fixtures.
Some fixtures are seriously toight though! Both Andrew Tracey and Steve “Statto” Cronin lead their fixtures by a solitary point from Tom Galloway and Kevin Ryan respectively. The average deficit though is 27.25 points, so in most cases there’s plenty of work to do for those in arrears as we head into the Christmas period.
The Milk Plate is currently into it’s second round. After four of six Gameweeks in December there are some really interesting ties being played out:
|Round 2 (in progress)||Round 3 (as it stands)|
|vs||Justin Mc Carthy|
|Justin Mc Carthy||283|
First of all, check out the two ties that are currently level. Not only are these two ties next to each other in the draw, the scores their managers are level on ARE THE SAME! That’s four managers, all on 239 points, in consecutive places in the draw. What are the chances! (I’ve checked and it’s kosher). There are two more Gameweeks to separate the Damien O’Neill vs Matthew Shaw and Sean Griffin vs Kaine Sinclair ties otherwise we’ll go back to their scores in the November Gamemonth to separate them.
I’ll tell you who the luckiest manager in the Milk Plate is at present. Craig Sharman. Craig has 180 points in the December Gamemonth. That’s pretty shoddy by anyone’s reckoning. It places him 236th out of 245 in the league. He’s still winning his tie though, by dint of his opponent doing even worse! For shame Matthew Page-Chatton, and your 171 points, for shame! If the winner of this wants to progress against your Oliver Gordons or your Brendan Ryans they’re going to have to do a whole lot better than that!
Top scoring in the Milk Plate so far this round is Chris Smith with 301. That’s better! Alex Kassner trails him by 35, so this one isn’t quite done yet. The Iain Sanderson vs Scott Volker tie is though. Iain leads Scott by whopping 103 points. Ain’t no phoenix rising from those ashes! Most ties could best be described as one-way traffic, frankly, although aside from the draws another one is especially toight: John Harper leading Chris Norman by just a single point.
Time, I feel, for an FFUK Champions League update as well.
I’ve already described in a previous post how the competition works (although I’ll run through this again as we get closer to it’s start point in Gameweek 26) which you can find here, together with details of how to qualify. There are a total of 79 places up for grabs and 40 of these have already been taken:
|1||Grant Lawrie||Top 20|
|2||Paul Baker||Top 20|
|3||Jamie Stewart||Top 20|
|4||John Parkinson||Top 20|
|5||Tim McEwan||Top 20|
|6||Justin Mc Carthy||Top 20|
|7||Pete Cronin||Top 20|
|8||Damien O’Neill||Top 20|
|9||Jamie Stephens||Top 20|
|10||Nick Johns||Top 20|
|11||Ben Carter||Top 20|
|12||Jordan Davison||Top 20|
|13||Samuel Breen||Top 20|
|14||Chris Webb||Top 20|
|15||Steve Coffen||Top 20|
|16||Dean Cummings||Top 20|
|17||Richard Green||Top 20|
|18||David Harrison||Top 20|
|19||Peter Hayes||Top 20|
|20||Stan Packham||Top 20|
|21||John Willson||Cup winner|
|22||James Downie||Cup winner|
|23||Theo Allen||Junior Champion|
Note that both Joseph Mulhern and James Simpson qualified with their joint league-high score of 105 points in Gameweek 14. Managers who tie for each qualification place (e.g. highest Gameweek score or Manager of the Month) all qualify – there’s no tie-breaker. It’s also worth re-iterating that you can only qualify once. If you qualify via an additional and subsequent route (as three managers have done so far: Grant Lawrie, James Downie and Tom Ryan, that place DOES NOT pass to the next highest-scoring manager. You must qualify by right not by being the next cab off the rank!
The exception to this rule is Gameweek 24. This week represents last opportunity to qualify for the FFUK Champions League before it kicks off in Gameweek 26 (giving us a bit of breathing space to do the draw). There will likely be 15-20 places left in the competition by this week and those places will go to the managers with the highest scores in that Gameweek – so mark your diaries, and if you’re not in by then get those chips at the ready!
Other ways to qualify include being the highest scorer in a Gameweek or a Gamemonth or getting to round 6 of the FPL Cup (this kicks off in Gameweek 16).
Stay tuned for more updates. If you’re still in one of the cups, good luck and keep an eye on the google sheets and cup pages.
This is the way.