Change at the top opens the contest out

25 January, 2008

It's been a long time since our last report, and a lot of things have happened in the topsy turvy world of the Premiership. A frantic Christmas period saw Arsenal and Manchester United emerge as title contenders, with Liverpool dropping away from the front pack and Chelsea, minus a large number of their squad, doing their best to keep in touch. Derby already seem doomed, and in the fight for the European places a host of teams have the potential now to challenge for fifth and sixth spot. In the FFL competition James Gillespie from Touchstone Wines has had a fantastic Christmas and now leads the standing with 322 points. Will the January transfer window benefit both him and you?

Manager of the Month

Uday Lal, of Lal's Off-licence in Wakefield, is December's Manager of the Month

with a cracking team performance of 115 points. Uday is in direct competition with his brother Ashvin and both have left the day-to-day running of their teams to their young sons. Uday's should be in line for a late Christmas present for winning his

dad a crate of Carlsberg. In the football-crazy north east, Kevin "The Messiah" Keegan returns to manage Newcastle - so is this the time to bring on board some of those goal-shy Geordie strikers?

Top 50 managers for December

1 Uday Lal Kaka's XI 115

2 Jack Hibberd Matchstick Men 107

3 Ben Rea Optimus Primate


4 Thomas Holt Schminky Pinky

Bang Bang 101

5 Marc Fearns Liverpoo FC 100

6 Fred Walsh British Bulldogs 99

7 Sharon Laker Shaz's Superstars 98

8 David Stokes Moscow Kopites 97

9 Kieren Hawken Wine Rack Wanderers 95


Veronica Wall Vera's Legends! 95

11 Clive Hobbs Gangsters-r-us-utd 95

12 Paul Stephens Yeovil Yokles 94

13 Glen Erdis Blackdragon23 94

14 Matt Johnston The Arse 94

15 Aldo Palmieri Bins United 93

16 Chaiya Namasa Made In Thailand 07 93

17 Tim Evans Boys of 87 92

18 Ashvin Lal D's United 92

19 Nick Hedges Hybrid Heroes FC 91

20 Rushil-Jaimin

Patel Amba All Stars 90

21 Alex Roberts The Local

Journeyman FC 89

22 James Raffoul The Broadfoot Beaters 89

23 Carl Taylor * Mega Stars * 88

24 Andrew Sadd Peatlings Plodders 86

25 Scott Ashton Hungry Hungry Hippos 86

26 Paul Unsworth Wine Cellar 11 86

27 David Lunn Ronny7 85

28 Mathew Evans Half Time Bovril 85

29 Adrian Gillen Ade's Army 85

30 Russell Dymond Rudd Town FC 84

31 Julie Abercromby Noddy's Got a Bell

on His Hat; What a ....! 84

32 Steve Collins The Local Copnor 84

33 David Kenyon Red Devils 83

34 Daniel Taylor Third Party Manager 83

35 M McCoulough Chateau Fulham 78 83

36 David Mason Herne Bayzil 83

37 Joanna Dent Jokky Athletic2 82

38 James Gillespie Drumburn United 82

39 Simon Atkinson Atkinson Stanley 81

40 Sean Phillips Yakeshmish 81

41 Aiden Schwarzer Schwarzer's Enforcers 81

42 Russell Thurbon Mid Table Season Again 81

43 Paul Sheehan Oneteaminbristol FC 81

44 Patrick Wiseman Topnotcheleven 81

45 Martyn Haxell Haxell's Allstars 80

46 Martin Platts Vinmouth City 80

47 Stu Taylor Arsenal 80

48 Simon Dugdale Dougie Dugdale 80

49 Samantha Briney Briney's Bunch 80

50 Darren Atkinson D4TKY 80

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