F.C. Camena is proud and honored to announce that we’ll be the online home of the world famous Predictorship (TM) for the 2006-2007 season. We’ve long been participants (and even occasionally in the hunt!) in this fantastically entertaining and well-run competition, and we couldn’t be more happy to be able to contribute to the Predictorship (TM) community. Though we won’t have a way to submit scores through the site here (at least not yet), you should expect the weekly updates and the famous Predictorship (TM) Table to show up here on F.C. Camena. We also hope we’ll be able to make some new friends with the folks in the Predictorship community.
Welcome, and enjoy!
Players: 43 out of 47. Points scored: 251. Highest score: 10 (Jill Taylor). Average score: 5.84.
Prediction of the Week: Mazair Sattari (Tottenham 0-2 Everton).
Results:Charlton 2-0 Bolton; Fulham 1-0 Sheff Utd.; Liverpool 2-1 West Ham; Man. City 1-0 Arsenal; Tottenham 0-2 Everton; Watford 1-2 Man. Utd.; Wigan 1-0 Reading; Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle; Blackburn 0-2 Chelsea; Middlesbrough 0-4 Portsmouth.
Jill Taylor (Dartmoor Rovers) is the early leader of the 2006-2007 Predictorship and the only one of this week’s 43 players to make it into double figures. Her perfect 10 includes correct scores for Charlton v Bolton, Aston Villa v Newcastle and Blackburn v Chelsea. For this week at least, a jubilant Jill has all the bragging rights in the footie mad Taylor household, with husband Dave (Chelsea) sitting comfortably in third place on eight points.
Steven Dunlop, the only two-time winner of the Predictorship (2002-2003 and 2004-2005), has enlisted the help of his newborn son as he embarks on another campaign, and early indications suggest he has a little genius in his hands. Steven, who sensationally walked out on Sporting Charleroi in the summer to become the new Benfica boss, gatecrashes the Taylors’ party with nine points.
After a season in administration, it’s a warm welcome back to Bournemouth and manager Della Torra, whose eight points put her just ahead of Christine Butters (Manchester City) on correct scores. Ominously, Christine completes a top five that includes four players who finished the 2005-2006 season in the top 10.
Last season’s champion, Mike Dufficy (Jersey United), has to settle for six points and 23rd place at this early stage, but 2005-2006 runner-up Cathryn Harker (Clapton F.C.) fares a little better on seven points, which puts her 10th (in a tie with 11 other players). Millwall’s John Collins, the winner of the inaugural Predictorship Cup, comes crashing back down to earth with three points (40th). We suspect motivational issues so soon after winning the biggest prize in fantasy football. The hard slog of the league is now a whole new ball game for the Lions.
Of the new faces, Paul Bentley (Living the Dream) is, er, living the dream on seven points (8th), and two more overseas stars, India’s Saleel Sathe (Liverpool Reserves) and Mazair Sattari (Seattle Gooners) will be delighted with their first foray into the Predictorship with seven points apiece (14th and 15th respectively). Mazair also nabs the first Prediction of the Week award for expertly predicting Everton would bury their 20+-year White Hart Lane hoodoo and leave north London with a 2-0 victory under their collective belts.
We also welcome Jodie Kemp (West Bergholt Wanderers, 24th), Haresh Mirani (Bengal Mumbai F.C., 26th), Michael Whitty (Bunch of Losers, 37th) and Mark Davies (Hornets Forever, 38th) to the Predictorship and welcome back Sunderland’s Trevor Morris (45th), who will no doubt be wallowing in the media storm that has greeted Roy Keane’s surprise appointment. Speaking of which …
Rumour has it the former Nottingham Forest and Manchester United legend was contemplating a return to football as manager of the hapless Norman No Mates before turning his attention to Sunderland. Without the midfield maestro, Norman has a disastrous start to the new season and his blushes are spared only by Sanjiv Sachdev, whose surname comes after Norm’s in the alphabet.
What excitement will week 2 bring?