It's tight at the top but could it beat 1972?

What a great season this is turning out to be with us nearly in December and just 2 points separating our top 4 clubs and Spurs and Liverpool lurking around in 5th and 6th spots. Could we end up like the 1971-72 season in the old top flight, the First Division?

That season, Derby County won it with 58 points (you only got 2 points for a win then) and there was just goal average (before goal difference came in) separating Leeds, Liverpool and City who all finished on 57 points.





























































City had been 4 points clear in mid-March (the equivalent of 6 points today) but had thrown it away by playing an unfit Rodney Marsh.

Leeds finished runners up for the 3rd season in a row and didn’t lose a home game all season. The climax was as dramatic as it could be. Leeds beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final and then had to play their final game of the season on the Monday after the final (no tiredness then eh!) away against Wolves. They only needed a draw to win the league unless Liverpool beat Arsenal at Highbury 11-0. If Leeds lost and Liverpool won, Liverpool would be champions.

Brian Clough thought that the chance of both Leeds and Liverpool mucking it up was zero and he sent his Derby team away to Majorca. Derby had played all of their games by then.

He couldn’t believe his luck when Wolves won and Liverpool drew to leave Derby as the Football League Champions for the very first time.

A single point separating the top 4 clubs. It could never happen again, could it?

In our league, Consol Partners’ Luis Cruz has held on to the top spot with an uninspiring 58 points and Gary Smith has dropped from 2nd to 6th with an even more uninspiring 49 points. Harry’s single point against Chelsea was the cause of most managers’ heartaches this week. Paul Cellini continues his meteoric rise to the top and is now in 3rd place. Watch out Luis!

The Top 10 are as follows:

Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners

Alan Furley

Paul Cellini

Adam Grainger

Bartley Hilliam

Gary Smith

Jon Pheasant

Wes Farrington, KPI Recruiting

Natasha Wilcox, FuturaRec2Rec

Phil Dancey

Manager of the Week

James MacKinnon

In 44th place with a very respectable score of 85 points we find James MacKinnon. When we looked at James’ team we couldn’t quite work it out. He’d played his All Out Attack chip but had set up as 3-4-3. As you will all know, the idea of AOA is to go to two at the back and fill the midfield and striker positions. Unfortunately for James, Coutinho didn’t play and his chip was well and truly eaten.

You had a great week anyway James.

Page 2 Pacesetter

With no less than 103 points in 55th place, we find Tom Garratt. Bournemouth fan, Tom must have been dancing a jig after Saturday’s result and he must have been dancing more jigs this morning when he saw his score for the week. He’s beat the ton without even playing a chip. Tom’s team looks absolutely excellent and we do wonder what he’s doing on Page 2 in the first place.

Onwards and upwards Tom.

The Best of the Rest

With 79 points in 126th place we find Non Stop Recruitments Andrew Dixon. Andrew’s had a great week especially with Barkley as his captain bringing in 28 points. Manchester United fan Andrew has a strong team let down by his only United player, Martial who has not scored in the last 8 games and has a measly 2 assists in the same period. One for the taxi we think!

How about some United defenders Andrew – that’s where the strength is mate!

Taxi for...........

Jose Fonte......

This ex-Benfica player has played for Southampton since they were in League 1 and he’s never looked overwhelmed in the Premiership either. For the last two seasons he was every manager’s go to defender with 15 clean sheets to his name in each of them. This year, it ain’t so good though with only one clean sheet in the past 9 games and that was against pre-Sam Sunderland. With players like Danny Rose at £5.2m and various Stoke and Sunderland defenders for a whole lot less, all of which have nothing like Fonte’s 13% ownership, it’s time to move him on.

Get him binned! 

One to watch..........

Gerrard Deulofeu......

This 21-year-old Catalan made his first team La Liga debut for Barca when he was just 17 replacing non other than Cesc Fabregas. Returning to Everton as a permanent fixture after an underwhelming season on loan to Seville, he’s started to turn heads again. He’s only played a full 90 minutes twice all season but he’s delivered 7 assists in that time, 5 of which have come in the last 5 games. He’s got the 5th best form ranking for FPL midfielders putting him on par with Ozil. Added to this, Everton have a very benign set of fixtures coming up. At £6.3m, he’s a bit dear but he only has a 3% ownership.

No Brainer!

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