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Div3North 28-07-2019 13:26

2019/20 Prediction League; Game 1 v Lincoln City (away_
 
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2019/20 Prediction League; Game 1 v Lincoln (away)

At the beginning of our Second Season in the Third Tier, a thought for our missing legend Billy Whizz, to whom this is dedicated; Billy – wherever you are, and whatever you’re going through – please be aware that all our thoughts are with you, and that we hope to have you restored to good health and back among the team you helped to create very soon ............................

So; our 10th season of drivel, more stats than you can shake a stick at, stupid jokes, ridiculous nicknames, and a Tourist Guide To The Places Where They Play Footie in League One, let’s begin with this week’s First Starter for Ten! Which League One manager said, after his two most recent signings were announced: -


“I am sure the fans will be delighted at the addition. Today we have added two talented players to a good squad of men in our dressing room who, in my opinion, are shaping up eloquently”


Pardon? “Eloquently” is an adverb, meaning “something done in an articulate manner, or something that was done with good speaking skills” .............. so how do you “shape up eloquently”?

And amongst others, Mallik Wilks to Barnsley, Tarique Fosu to Oxford, Tom Aldred to the Antipodes (Brisbane Roar), Piero to Boreham Wood, where he played on loan in 2013 (after four months on loan with us he LoanSigned for BW, saying that he “wanted to go back to basics and enjoy playing football again”), Dan Barlaser to Rotherham, Paul Smyth to Wycombe (where his training regime will be to run round You Fat Bastard twice), Liam Gibson to Grimsby, and now Luke Armstrong (for £undisclosed) to Salford MoneyBags .... and I think the award for the most aptly-named player (given the position he plays) transferred during the close season has to go to Brizzle’s new Dutch GK Jordi van Stappershoef (which I originally mis-read as “Stoppershot”), and the player whose name will need to be in the smallest font (about 4) to get it all on the back of her shirt is likely to be West Ham Women’s new Aussie forward Jacynta Galabadaarachchi .................... and we’re already 12 points ahead of Les Trotters de Cochon and Les Puddings Noirs (Bolton and Bury).............. and speaking of Bury, apparently their season-opener will be suspended if they don’t provide proof of their financial viability by tomorrow (29th July) ........ It’s all happening, isn’t it, and we haven’t kicked a ball in anger yet (if you don’t count what Cashy succinctly (not to say eloquently) referred to as “The Frog Match”)

And who saw the piece a few days ago about Inverness Constipational Thistle, who’ve loaned NINE players to Fort William FC - officially the Worst Team in Britain (I thought that was Satanage?) who haven’t won in two seasons, scoring 21 goals and conceding 245, and who finished last season on -7 points, having been deducted 9 points for playing an unregistered player (three times!) ........... the loanee players appear to include Fyffe Robertson, Gavin Hastings, Herbert Morrison and Judith Chalmers, plus Bobby Kennedy and a winger called Gunn (Ross, not Ben); on the basis that goals win games they’ve signed one GK, four defenders, two MFs, a winger and a forward (but no strikers) ............. It’s harsh up that way, to be fair; the pitch at Eriskay FC is unfenced, has “a hill in one corner” (shades of Yeovil in the old days) and over winter the cows and sheep roam, which means that at the start of every season they have to clear a large amount of sh1t before they can even hang the nets out ................. Oh the romance of footie!

The earliest origins of Lincoln – then known as Lindum Colonia (I think I was once on a cruise on board that) - can apparently be traced to an Iron Age settlement from the 1st century BC, built next to a deep pool (Brayford Pool) in the River Witham at the foot of a large hill. On that hill the Normans – not all of them, of course – built a castle and a Gothic Cathedral in the 11th Century, the Cathedral being claimed, for over 200 years, to be the tallest building in the world (although since that would have been in the 13th Century I’m not sure how they knew there wasn’t anything taller anywhere else). The name Lincoln may come from the Iron Age Celts (I saw them play the MEN a few years ago), who named it “Lindon” (which means “The Pool” in AncientSpeak) ................ interestingly, the name “Dublin” seems to come from the Gaelic “Dubh Linn”, or “Black Pool”, thereby conclusively proving that Dublin is on the west coast of Lancashire. So it is. Begorrah. ............... Lincoln’s most interesting claim to fame, though, may well be that the Castle houses one of the only four surviving originals of Magna Carta (owned by the Cathedral), the others being in Salisbury Cathedral, and two in the British Library in London ..................tell you what, isn’t this edificational?

Lincoln City – known as the Limps (well they are now!) – have played at Sincil Bank since moving there from John O’Groats – sorry, John O’Gaunt (the football ground) – in 1895.Their history is a tad shrouded, but there was footie in the area from the 1860s, firstly Lincoln Recreation, then Lincoln Rovers, and when they disbanded in 1884, Lincoln City .............. and from 1945, Lincoln United as well .......... the Blimps helped form the Second Division in 1892/93, and their first game was against the Blades, who sliced through them at will (gerrit? .... Blades? ........sliced through them? Oh suit yourselves!.......), winning 4-2; the first competitive game at Sincil Bank was a half-Desmond against the Gunners

They hung about Div 2 until 1907/08, when they finished last of the 20 competing teams and failed the Re-election Test (a feat they repeated in 1911 and 1920). Stoke also left the League, but they were 10th and that was money issues; Spurs and Bradford PA took their places. They were also Founder Members of the Third Division North in 1921. They were up and down the Leagues like a whore’s drawers over much of their existence; they GreasyPoled into the Bananarama twice, regaining league status in 1987/88 and 2016/17 (when they were also the first non-League side for over 100 years to reach the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup), and they won League Two last season at a bit of a canter.

We met, you’ll remember, in said League Two in 2017/18, losing 2-0 at theirs just before Christmas (our goals scored by .......oh no, hang on ................) but winning 1-0 at ours (Jordan Clark getting the goal on 35); that was part of the post-Christmas run of 17 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats which took us to the title, and the Lincoln home crowd was 4753 – then the biggest crowd ever at the Wham ............ Oh, and we lost 3-2 at SinCity Bank in the 2nd Round of the EFLTroffy as well that year ....... Before that it was 2006/07 to 2010/11 – ten games, lost 6, drew 2 and won two – 1-0 at home in 2009/10 (the goal from defender Darren Kempson – who remembers him?), and 3-0 (also at home) in 2010/11 (one from Sean McC and two from El Tel)............... bit of a bogey team, then ........ and speaking of Sean McC, your second starter for ten; how many times has the aforementioned Sean McC been top scorer for the Stanley, either alone or jointly? AND ............. since 2006/07 we’ve had 11 players who’ve held that title (we had 3 in 2010/11, all with 13)...... Paul Mullin, Jimmy Ryan, Bobby Grant, Lord Sunbeds, El Tel, Podge, Rommy Bocu, Sean McMarmite and Billy Kee ........... plus which other two?

Two left the Wimps over the Transfer Window (so far); MF Tim Akinola joined Huddersfield for compo, and 6’ 4” tall/35 year-old forward Matt Rhead (whose profile picture makes Fatty Parkin look like Twiggy – who says the camera doesn’t lie?) signed for BiliousRicky ............... three have ProperSigned, knowing a good thing when they see one; Huddersfield’s former Band Leader and AMF Jack Payne and the Baggies’ CMF Alex Bradley (20) came in on frees, and goal-scoring sensation of a couple of years ago Jorge Grant was signed from Notts Forest for £MYOB ...... One loan in to date – CMF Joseff Two-Effs John Morrell from Bristol City, who spent last season at Cheltenham ............…

Their best ever finish was 5th in Division Two in 1902; they’ve won the Lincolnshire Senior Cup 38 times and been Runners-Up a further 32; famous ex managers include Chris Sutton, Keith Alexander (twice), Alan Buckley, Sniffer Clark and Man U’s David Herd; their oldest-ever player to play in a League game was – blast from the past – Albert Iremonger (42 years 312 days); record League win was 11-1 against Crewe (who, you might recall, lost 13-2 to Spurs back in the days of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly); and they won the Checkatrade Trophy in 2018, beating Shrewsbury 1-0 .......... and the match report in the Guardian featured this;

• “Their vast centre-forward Matt Rhead was extraordinarily fortunate to stay on the pitch after a fairly brutal challenge on the Shrews keeper Dean Henderson while going for a cross”

See – it’s not just me ............... and speaking of well-built footballers, I’m delighted to see that You Fat Bastard’s still in the Wycombe Squad!

And the man who eloquently can’t speak English proper was That Nice Mr Evans, now of Gillingham; and Sean has been leading scorer twice (2010/11, alongside Lord Sunbeds (we got a lot of penalties that season) and Terry Gornell, and last season); and the two missing from the list are Kal Naismith (10 goals in 2013/14) and Piero Mingoia (8 in 2014/15)

Deadline for entries is, as always, scheduled kick-off time, which is 3.00pm on Saturday 3rd August ............ Second Season Syndrome? No such thing! ...... And this is a season full of promise, as our Good Squad of Men stick the ball in the back of the net with Monotonous Regularity (and no little Eloquence) ................ And We Are The Stanley – and let no b*gger forget it!

Good luck to everyone! .......#seeyousoonbilly ..............Keep the Faith! ...... And thanks for playing!


:theband::theband::theband:

cashman 28-07-2019 14:03

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will be a realgood test this un i think 1-1 for me.

StanleyJosh 28-07-2019 15:25

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3-1 Lincoln for me please, and kudos to you Div3North for this being your 10th season of the Prediction League. Absolutely fantastic

accytom18 28-07-2019 16:01

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Lincoln City 1-1 Accrington Stanley, a tough start for sure, with a guaranteed sell-out. However judging from what I’ve seen this pre-season we should be confident.

Tom D 28-07-2019 16:21

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1 0 win for Stanley please

AccyMad 28-07-2019 16:37

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2 - 1 to Stanley please

Stevie R 28-07-2019 20:17

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2 1 to Lincoln please

mab 28-07-2019 22:48

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:) Lincoln City 1 - 2 Accrington Stanley :) Please for me

andyd 29-07-2019 07:49

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Lincoln City 1-1 Stanley.

choirboy 29-07-2019 07:54

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Lincoln 1- 2 Stanley :alright:

choirboy 29-07-2019 08:08

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Thanks to your opening post Div3North, it has already been a Cracking start to the season.:alright:

smudgie 29-07-2019 18:07

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Lincoln City 0-0 Accrington Stanley

monkey hanger 30-07-2019 09:09

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lincoln 2 stanley 1.

ferret man 30-07-2019 15:24

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All guns blazing 3-1 Accy

Taypot 30-07-2019 16:04

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Lincoln 2 Stanley 0

Tommy McQueen 31-07-2019 17:30

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Lincoln 0 Stanley 1 please

football19 31-07-2019 18:46

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1-1 please

Lord Stiffupperlip 01-08-2019 23:05

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I'm with Megan!
1-1 draw methinks.

Revived Red 01-08-2019 23:13

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I'll go for a 2 - 2 draw please D3N. And thanks for doing this once again.

Kiwi John 02-08-2019 06:00

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1-1 :)

MikeA 02-08-2019 17:56

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1-1 please.

And Fort William's loanees were enough to give them their first win in over 2 years!
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...inally-record/

Chimer 02-08-2019 20:44

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Oh no, we're not doing this again are we? :(;)

OK then, 2-0 Stanley :):rolleyes:

DaveinGermany 02-08-2019 21:18

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2-1 for the Stanley please D3N. :)

Outback Ozzy 02-08-2019 21:27

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3-2 to Stanley please, and thanks for doing this again

Div3North 03-08-2019 00:29

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Chimer (Post 1230043)
Oh no, we're not doing this again are we? :(;)

OK then, 2-0 Stanley :):rolleyes:

Not next Saturday we aren't :alright:

Div3North 03-08-2019 00:31

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Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeA (Post 1230039)
1-1 please.

And Fort William's loanees were enough to give them their first win in over 2 years!
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...inally-record/

5-2 as well! Impressed is not the word!

:hehetable

ossy kid 03-08-2019 01:30

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First log in for a couple of months, great to be back and thanks Div3N. I,m going for a resounding 0-0 draw.

Wynonie Harris 03-08-2019 05:27

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3-1 to the Stanley please.

accybeme 03-08-2019 07:12

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2-0 imps

Leylandii 03-08-2019 07:39

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Lincoln City 1 Accrington Stanley 1

Div3North 03-08-2019 09:06

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Lincoln 2 Stanley 3

:theband::theband::theband:

LongLostSon 03-08-2019 11:07

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Optimistically gonna say 1 - 1 in a tough opener.

Proccy Fan has been on the phone and asked that I submit his (usual) 1 - 2 to Stanley as he is without his 'puter at the mo.

nige b 03-08-2019 11:56

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Aye up chaps good to be back but sadly Lincoln 2 Stanley 1

Div3North 03-08-2019 12:57

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nige b (Post 1230080)
Aye up chaps good to be back but sadly Lincoln 2 Stanley 1

Is Ange playing out this year? :alright:

norwich stanley 03-08-2019 12:58

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1-1 draw please

VALAIRIAN 03-08-2019 12:59

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First things first, very many thanks Gents for running this again this season :)

Secondly - as always - a great factual opening (and some brilliant personal words!!)

Thirdly - and what we are here for - I think that The Imps will be on a high from last season and we have - almost - a new(ish) set of lads....

Imps 3 - Stanley 1


:) :) :)

cashman 03-08-2019 13:06

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Think Jordan needs to improve today chance of point or 3 if he does.

Chimer 05-08-2019 11:46

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Accybeme And Taypot Hit The Ground Running ……

By landing the only two maxis :):), with the accompanying 5 points, on the first day of the new season. Whether this will help them get over the disappointment of the result is obviously a matter of some doubt – hopefully not! ;)

5 other pessimists :rolleyes: profited from the Reds misfortunes, with Monkey Hanger, Nige B and Stevie R scoring 4 with a single bonus point, and Stanley Josh and Valairian just picking up the basic 3 points. And just 5 of the optimists and drawmongers managed a bonus point. So the top of the table looks like this:

Posn..Player...............P.....W......D......L.. ....BP......Pts
1=…..Accybeme...…….1......1......0...….0...….2...… ...5
1= Taypot 1 1 0 0 2 5
3= Monkey Hanger 1 0 1 0 1 4
3= Nige B 1 0 1 0 1 4
3= Stevie R 1 0 1 0 1 4
6= Stanley Josh 1 0 1 0 0 3
6= Valairian 1 0 1 0 0 3
8= Div3North + 4 1 0 0 1 1 1
13= Everybody Else 1 0 0 1 0 0

Oh booger that looks dreadful :o - I'll see if I can improve it by editing after initial posting.

The +4 on 8= being Ossy Kid, Outback Ozzy, Revived Red and Smudgie. Nobody else troubled the scorer.

Maybe after 9 years it’s worth explaining how the scoring works :D. Basically, you get three points :):):) if you forecast the correct result, i.e. Stanley to win, lose or draw regardless of the score, and a bonus point :) for each team score you get right. So Accybeme and Taypot get 3 :):):) for the correct result, 1 :) for “Stanley 0” and 1 :) for “Lincoln 2”, so 5 altogether, which is a “maxi”. This also shows up in the table as a “win”.

Monkey Hanger and his mates, who’d all forecast a 2-1 defeat, get 4 points, that’s 3 for the correct result, plus a single bonus point for “Lincoln 2”. Anyone who’d predicted a 1-0, 3-0, 4-0 etc defeat would also have got 4 points, but no-one did. Stanley Josh and Valairian both went for 3-1 down, so they got 3 for the correct result but no bonuses. And all 5 are shown in the table with a “draw”, which is a correct result without a perfect score.

Div3North and Outback Ozzy went 3-2 Stanley, so despite getting the result wrong got a bonus point for “Lincoln 2”. Ossy Kid and Smudgie went for 0-0 and Revived Red for 2-2, so they all get a bonus point for one side or the other. And these 5, along with everybody else who missed out completely :eek: on the points, are shown in the table as a “loss”.

Anyway roll on ….:confused: erm :confused:…. the Wombles in a fortnight as far as this competition’s concerned. But there’s the minor matter of Sunderland in the League Cup first …. On Stanley On!!

nige b 05-08-2019 14:37

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She says yes but only if you play nicely!

Div3North 05-08-2019 20:32

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nige b (Post 1230150)
She says yes but only if you play nicely!

I can get written references if that helps!

:alright::alright::alright:

nige b 06-08-2019 13:51

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Always useful and a CRB check!

choirboy 06-08-2019 16:06

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Div3North (Post 1230155)
I can get written references if that helps!

:alright::alright::alright:

Can you get them from the EFL?:eek:

Div3North 06-08-2019 19:07

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nige b (Post 1230162)
Always useful and a CRB check!

CRB (actually now DBS) is only proof that you've never been caught!

Did I mention having an NVQ in it too?

:theband::theband::theband:

nige b 07-08-2019 12:56

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Div3North (Post 1230170)
CRB (actually now DBS) is only proof that you've never been caught!

Did I mention having an NVQ in it too?

:theband::theband::theband:

Should have known DBS we have to do them for our workers and some of the shockers we get back. Think the NVQ could tip it over the edge, she'll be back:dancedog:

Div3North 07-08-2019 17:54

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Quote:

Originally Posted by nige b (Post 1230181)
Should have known DBS we have to do them for our workers and some of the shockers we get back. Think the NVQ could tip it over the edge, she'll be back:dancedog:

Brilliant! "Former Champion Returns"

:alright::alright::alright:


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