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  1. The results:

    Blackpool 1-2 Middlesbrough
    Coventry City 0-1 Millwall
    Burton Albion P-P Bolton Wanderers
    Ipswich Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
    Morecambe 1-2 Crewe Alexandra
    Barrow 0-0 Oldham Athletic
    Crawley Town P-P Bristol Rovers
    Harrogate Town P-P Mansfield Town

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    With only five games actually going ahead, there once again weren't many points up for grabs. The biggest hitters this round were @Dripsey3 and @super_ram, who were both spot on with their jokers!

    @Dripsey3, @super_ram - 6
    @magpiejue, @ARLukomski, @Megan_Elizax, @barnet11uk - 4
    @Dan, @jimbob - 3
    @DangerousSausage - 1
    @gtownjohnno, @4everapie, @nottsnutter, @GrannyPie - 0

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    @Dripsey3 has now drawn level with @Dan at the top of the standings, @ARLukomski and @Megan_Elizax gain another position and @super_ram is just three points off the top three...

    Dripsey3 - 148
    Dan - 148
    gtownjohnno - 124
    super_ram - 121
    4everapie - 114
    magpiejue - 113
    DangerousSausage - 108
    jimbob - 107
    ARLukomski - 101
    nottsnutter - 99
    Chris - 95
    Megan_Elizax - 94
    GrannyPie - 93
    barnet11uk - 77
    KB1862 - 52
    liampie - 45
    Joshua - 34
    Feral Fox - 29
    allardyces tash - 21
    TheSkipper - 16
    CliftonMagpie - 10
    Alex - 7
    Canadian - 4

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    The next round is on New Year's Day and the fixtures are here! Thanks for playing and see you there!

  2. With the news that several Notts players and staff have COVID-19, the first question is whether we'll play this one at all, or even if it's advisable. If we field a decimated first 11, we're putting ourselves at a needless disadvantage against a promotion rival. Hopefully that won't be the case.

    Wrexham have won their last three, are now third and are just a point off the top; however, they have also played two or three games more than most teams around them, so the table is heavily distorted. We might be more rested (this will be our first league game in three weeks if it goes ahead), but Wrexham will feel they have the wind under their sails and momentum counts for a lot.

  3. Hi again, on New Year's Day we once again have a full fixture list in the Proper Leagues. All of these fixtures are going ahead as I write - I'll check for postponements every now and then, but it's best to check which matches are going ahead before you predict. As ever, you have one joker each and the matches below all kick off at 3pm on New Year's Day. I'll get my abacus out and count your scores from the last round later on today ;)

     

    Blackpool v Hull City

    Burton Albion v Crewe Alexandra

    Charlton Athletic v Wycombe Wanderers

    Oxford United v Cheltenham Town

    Harrogate Town P-P Port Vale

    Scunthorpe United v Carlisle United

    Sutton United v Exeter City

    Swindon Town v Northampton Town

  4. 2 hours ago, Fozzy said:

    I would say that if it is detrimental to the first XI strength, then call the game off, like all the other promotion contenders have. No point playing the game for the sake of it with a weakened side if it could mean throwing away points.

    The only reason I can see this going ahead would be for the gate receipt money.

    If we have to field a severely weakened side, we're putting ourselves at a disadvantage to the other teams who have had their games called off. So I'm assuming this isn't (yet) the case - IB's first eleven are all available to play and the absences don't weaken us. He can hardly say that in public though.

    Either way, hope everyone concerned is feeling better soon. 

  5. The matches at Burton and Harrogate have been called off, but none of you chose them for your jokers anyway. Hope not too many others are postponed.

    Here are mine:

     

    Blackpool 2-1 Middlesbrough

    Coventry City 0-2 Millwall

    Burton Albion P-P Bolton Wanderers

    Ipswich Town 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

    Morecambe 0-0 Crewe Alexandra

    Barrow 2-0 Oldham Athletic (joker)

    Crawley Town 3-1 Bristol Rovers

    Harrogate Town P-P Mansfield Town

  6. The results:

    Huddersfield Town 3-2 Blackpool
    Middlesbrough 2-0 Nottingham Florest
    Cheltenham Town 0-2 Plymouth Argyle
    Fleetwood Town 0-3 Shrewsbury Town
    Mansfield Town 3-2 Hartlepool United
    Oldham Athletic 1-3 Scunthorpe United
    Aldershot 1-1 Woking
    Wrexham P-P Solihull Moors

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    This was probably the most comprehensive prediction league round ever, as it comprised two thirds (6 out of 9) of all Football League fixtures that actually went ahead! In terms of points it was all rather Scrooge-like, but this round's winner is @GrannyPie with five!

    @GrannyPie - 5
    @Dan, @Dripsey3, @magpiejue, @ARLukomski, @Megan_Elizax - 4
    @gtownjohnno, @super_ram, @DangerousSausage, @jimbob - 3
    @4everapie - 1

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    As we hit the half-way stage, we're comfortably on track to surpass last season's winning total of 233 points. @Dan holds a slender lead, and @super_ram and @ARLukomski both gain a position.

    Dan - 145
    Dripsey3 - 142
    gtownjohnno - 124
    super_ram - 115
    4everapie - 114
    magpiejue - 109
    DangerousSausage - 107
    jimbob - 104
    nottsnutter - 99
    ARLukomski - 97
    Chris - 95
    GrannyPie - 93
    Megan_Elizax - 90
    barnet11uk - 73
    KB1862 - 52
    liampie - 45
    Joshua - 34
    Feral Fox - 29
    allardyces tash - 21
    TheSkipper - 16
    CliftonMagpie - 10
    Alex - 7
    Canadian - 4

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    The next prediction league fixtures kick off on Wednesday at 7.45pm, and are already online. Get yourselves down there!

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  7. To kick off the second half of the season, we march on with the Christmas schedule, with the Proper Leagues playing on Wednesday. Like last time, all of these games are going ahead as of now, but to be on the safe side it's best to check for postponements before predicting. Kick off is 7.45pm on Wednesday, so get your predictions in by then!

    The results of the last round will be posted some time tomorrow :)

     

    Blackpool v Middlesbrough

    Coventry City v Millwall

    Burton Albion P-P Bolton Wanderers

    Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers

    Morecambe v Crewe Alexandra

    Barrow v Oldham Athletic

    Crawley Town P-P Bristol Rovers

    Harrogate Town P-P Mansfield Town

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  8. Once all the presents have been opened and the disappointing TV specials watched, Boxing Day is all about turkey and stuffing sandwiches and football. Or is it? As I write this on Thursday night, more than half the games have already been postponed due to The Situation, so I feel like a hostage to fortune. But I'll try to squeeze a round out regardless - all of the fixtures below are going ahead at the time of writing, but it'd be a good idea to double-check them to see if the matches are actually going ahead before making your predictions. If your joker match is postponed, you're welcome to change it provided it's before kick-off time. The deadline for predictions (and changes) is 3pm on Boxing Day, and don't forget those jokers!

     

    Huddersfield Town v Blackpool

    Middlesbrough v Nottingham Florest

    Cheltenham Town v Plymouth Argyle

    Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

    Mansfield Town v Hartlepool United

    Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United

    Aldershot v Woking

    Wrexham P-P Solihull Moors

  9. Thanks for sharing @Piethagoram. It's worth clicking on the link as there's more, and it's quite informative.

    The owners are basically financing the club through loans, as the Trews did. This seems to be the done thing now. And this season they simply lent an extra 2 million to cover the losses. Their dad is apparently seriously minted, and that's probably where it's coming from.

    Irrespective of Covid, this league is awful for the finances. We're competing for a single automatic promotion spot with several big-spending clubs, yet at the same time the loss of the Sky money has ripped a big hole in our budget. 

  10. That's huge. Over a normal season we'd probably have gate receipts of around 1.5 million, which would have covered that in part. On the other hand, the club has made money from streaming and has received financial help from the league, although this hasn't plugged the gap.

    We're clearly not financially sustainable right now and should be grateful that the brothers are there to bail out the losses and keep the club running in the way we're accustomed to. 

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  11. The results:

    Bristol City 2-3 Huddersfield Town
    Coventry City P-P Stoke City
    Morecambe 0-0 Fleetwood Town
    Oxford United 2-3 Wigan Athletic
    Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Charlton Athletic
    Port Vale P-P Exeter City
    Sutton United 1-0 Harrogate Town
    Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Leyton Orient

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    This week's winner is @super_ram - congrats!

    @super_ram - 6
    @4everapie, @DangerousSausage, @GrannyPie - 5
    @Dripsey3 - 4
    @Dan, @jimbob - 3
    @gtownjohnno, @magpiejue, @Chris - 2
    @ARLukomski, @Megan_Elizax - 1

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    And so these are the standings after 22 rounds. Just one or two changes:

    Dan - 141
    Dripsey3 - 138
    gtownjohnno - 121
    4everapie - 113
    super_ram - 112
    magpiejue - 105
    DangerousSausage - 104
    jimbob - 101
    nottsnutter - 99
    Chris - 95
    ARLukomski - 93
    GrannyPie - 88
    Megan_Elizax - 86
    barnet11uk - 73
    KB1862 - 52
    liampie - 45
    Joshua - 34
    Feral Fox - 29
    allardyces tash - 21
    TheSkipper - 16
    CliftonMagpie - 10
    Alex - 7
    Canadian - 4

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    And that's how it stands this Christmas. The next round of fixtures is on Boxing Day (Sunday), so keep an eye out for the next prediction league fixtures here from Thursday onwards. Just in case I don't get a chance to say it again, have a great Christmas!

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  12. In another thread, @Chris mentioned that he'd like our next Wembley appearance to be in the play-off final, and it sent a shiver down my spine. The play-offs are our most likely route back to League Two, but I hate them. I joined the party too late for Neil Warnock's triumphs, but in time to see us get our bellies tickled by Bradford in 1996. On top of that, I follow a team in Germany with a pretty catastrophic play-off record themselves.

    1995-96 - Bradford 2-0 Notts, League One play-off final. There were three times as many Bradford fans there, and they knew they were going to win. We were pants.

    2015-16 - SV Waldhof Mannheim win the Regionalliga Südwest (fourth level), but miss out on promotion to the third division after losing the home leg 0-2 against a superior Sportfreunde Lotte side. I was there. The joy.

    2016-17 - Waldhof had a promotion play-off again, this time against SV Meppen. After two 0-0 draws, Meppen won on penalties.

    2017-18 - A double header! Notts were well beaten by Coventry (with a bit of help from the ref) and Waldhof made it a hat-trick of play-off defeats by losing at home to Uerdingen (the match was abandoned 10 minutes from the end with the score 3-1 to Uerdingen after home fans starting firing fireworks onto the pitch).

    2019-20 - Notts reached a first Wembley final since 1996 and I couldn't go because of The Situation. We lost.

    2020-21 - Torquay v Notts. We lost.

    It could be eighth time lucky, I know. And it's by no means certain that we'll make the play-offs at all. But if we're in the top seven, please let us be first!

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  13. Since Tuesday's match is off, I can definitely see the logic behind naming a stronger team to keep them in the flow. I wouldn't mind us naming a weaker team for the next round though - this could bring the added benefit of allowing some from the second string to push for a place in the first team.

    I don't mind the FA Trophy at all - it's certainly a more serious competition than whatever the Checkatrade Trophy is called nowadays. But the novelty has worn off for me. That's partly due to the fact that we're still in the running for the automatic promotion spot, whereas that ship had already sailed in both of the last two seasons.

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