Golden Boot Game Web Log

Week 32 - MANILA BLUES Consolidate Final Five Lead

Published: 3 May 2017


Last Week’s rather tight deadline for the blog meant that I didn’t get chance to include the news that we have reached (in fact exceeded) our target of £50 raised for our official charity, Cancer Research UK. A second generous donation from the Coach of Magic Eight Balls saw us past our target shortly after his third Hot Spot game victory of the season. It is gratifying that we have achieved our charity target every season despite not having a budget for it in recent years. Thank you to all who have contributed both this season and in previous years.


Cup finalists Cheshire Town and J1 have both been in the Golden Boot game from the very start of the season. Since then Cheshire Town have outscored J1 in 18 game Weeks and been outscored in 12 leaving two where their scores were equal. Both teams have had a run of three Weeks outscoring their opponents, though Cheshire Town are currently on their second such run. In fact J1 have not outscored their rivals since they qualified for the Cup Final in Week 26. Round 1 of the Cup, in Week 5, saw Cheshire Town post their season’s best score of 45 and they have two other scores over 40 points. J1 have just two scores in the forties but posted 49 points in Week 14 to give them their biggest margin over Cheshire Town, 12 points. Cheshire Town themselves have exceeded this margin on three occasions with Week 31’s 16 point margin being their biggest. Week 3 was the only time Cheshire Town failed to score this season while J1 drew a blank in Week 9 and again in Week 21. As far as Cup Weeks go Cheshire Town have outscored J1 in four of the five Weeks allocated to Cup rounds but the position is exactly reversed for the replay Weeks. Well, these are the stats and you can make what you will of them. What I make of them is that Cheshire Town will win the Cup final in Week 33 but if it goes to a replay J1 will come out on top.


With the two most popular selections scoring, the top teams were once again looking at how many of the other seven contributing scorers they had in their team. All three teams who scored 20 points had four scorers with Eight Wizards and Partysanne Gringley having identical records slightly better than that of Spartak Gringley. With even these top scorers only managing four goals, scoring was always going to be very close making it hard to pick out an outstanding performance this Week.

Having lost their lead last Week, another below par performance saw donnyvegas give up second place to Cheshire Town who gained a point on the leaders Magic Eight Balls leaving themselves now five points adrift. For donnyvegas the gap to the leaders is now seven points and, given that they lead J1 in fourth by 45 points, they are still very much one of three teams chasing two prizes. The Happy Saturdays can feel happy that they have now matched last season’s best total for 8-point goals with still three Weeks (and some extra matches) to add to their total. I think it is now pretty safe to say that this season’s scoring has been better than last season even if it looks like it will be touch and go whether any overall records are broken.


Despite posting a score that was only slightly above the Week 32 average, MANILA BLUES increased their lead to seven points as last Week’s chasers fell back. Emerging from the pack in second place come sillstars while Cheshire Town are equal on points and firmly in contention for the treble. The gap at the top, while less than one goal, is the largest gap in the entire table, so there is plenty of scope for teams to change their position (and their fortunes) over the next three Weeks, especially with those extra matches to be included over the next two game Weeks.


The most important thing about Week 33 is that there is a match scheduled for Friday night so the selection deadline is at 19:00 (7 pm) on Friday. There are eleven Premier League fixtures scheduled for Week 33 with Arsenal and Southampton playing both home and away matches while the other clubs have just the one match each. The last match in Week 33 is scheduled for Wednesday night, so we should have the web sites updated shortly after the final whistle at Southampton. The result of the Cup Final will be known late on Wednesday and, barring a replay, the winner can expect to be contacted early on Thursday about their prize. The next web log will be published on what looks like a very busy Thursday 11th May. In it we will review how the Golden Boot Cup Final went and look at the prospects for the final two Weeks of the Golden Boot game and the Final Five game.

Player Comments on the Blog

From: Cheshire Town

at: 23:09 on 3 May 2017

Great article (as usual) full of interesting stats.
Best of luck to J1's manager for the cup final. May the force be with you

From: M1

at: 20:53 on 4 May 2017

Ditto the above..... Best of luck to both teams in what should be a very exciting cup final....

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 19:33 on 5 May 2017

Query regarding cut off time 1900 ,5/5 did it happen because at 1930 still showing changes allowed

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 19:37 on 5 May 2017

Looks like we will have to call this season a draw due to technical faults. well done eveyone.

From: Magic Eight Balls

at: 20:52 on 5 May 2017

So I guess we are now relying on the honesty of people not to change their team based on what happens/doesn't happen in tonight's match. If Ben Davies scores and I see him in someone's team tomorrow the cynic in me is gonna question it.

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 20:54 on 5 May 2017

Any updates from controllers?

From: Cheshire Town

at: 21:00 on 5 May 2017

Let us hope for a 0 0 score

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 22:00 on 5 May 2017

Okay who had lancini?


at: 12:09 on 6 May 2017

The reason you didn't hear from the Controllers is because there was no issue. This is like both sides stopping and appealing for something while the referee waves play on. I realise it was confusing and we're sorry for that. I will explain all in the next blog.

From: Cheshire Town

at: 14:29 on 6 May 2017

Great confidence in you

From: M1

at: 15:44 on 6 May 2017

The Cup Final has kicked off with a clash of similar selections from both managers... The big names of Lukaku for J1 and Hazard for Cheshire Town are the main threats for an instance win!!! The selection of Hull's Niasse would beat J1's Deeney if they both scored equal goals. J1 has Giroud in a higher position and that may well prove a key last minute winner... These four players are the only players that will influence a result unless the final score leaves both teams a replay... Very tense indeed!!!!

From: J1

at: 16:39 on 6 May 2017

Best of luck Cheshire Town and thanks for the concise write up Dad. I think the Costa/hazard selections will be crucial. Looks like I missed lanzini-gate, what happened??

From: M1

at: 16:53 on 6 May 2017

Just got back from Slovenia a couple of hours ago and not sure myself on the Lanzini-gate saga, but great to see you in a good position in the Cup Final... Looks like the threat from Hull has now gone..

From: M1

at: 20:16 on 6 May 2017

Lukaku flops and that puts the ball back with Cheshire Town... If Hazard and Giroud both fail to score then we get a 0-0 Cup Final. Not quite what was expected from both such high flying teams. Could there be an unexpected twist in the wings?

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 22:08 on 6 May 2017

As anybody managed to get any points? Should be interesting if their is a replay next week with games every day starting on Friday to thursday

From: M1

at: 19:45 on 7 May 2017

Still 0-0 in the Cup Final.... Could the twist be a 0-0 and a repay???? One fact is sure thou, and that is the winner will be either the cup holders Chesire Town retaining the cup for the first time by any team, or J1 taking the cup outside Great Britain for the first time to Canada.... As for the league this week 10 points might be a top score!!!

From: M1

at: 20:53 on 8 May 2017

Costa has saved at least 95% of our teams scoring Zero this week!!! Meanwhile both the teams in the Cup Final are off the mark at 6 points each! Chelsea are putting Middlesbrough to the sword... Not a good season for the North East of England that's for sure, unless you are a magpie!!! So back to the Cup Final and if Hazard scores a single goal tonight then J1 will need two goals from off the bench Giroud just to bring the Cup Final back to a draw!

From: M1

at: 7:54 on 9 May 2017

Another twist as Hazard is taken off and that means J1 will just need one goal from super sub Giroud to lift the cup.... It's not all over for Cheshire Town as the Cup Final is still all square at 7-7..... A replay may just be around the corner!!!!

From: J1

at: 19:34 on 10 May 2017

If there was one person to be left relying on scoring, it wouldn't be Giroud...

Oh well, in the debately wise words of M1 '95% of the time a striker comes off the bench they score'.

So I should be sorted!

From: M1

at: 19:54 on 10 May 2017

Yes wise words from M1.... Maybe J1 & Cheshire Town could offer to forfeit the replay if tonight's game ends all square, and donate the prize money to charity thus sharing the cup!!! Now that would be a clever twist and save the controller a sleepless night...

From: J1

at: 20:13 on 10 May 2017

This is your birthday present if I win dad, so you might want to think twice before suggesting that!!

From: M1

at: 20:54 on 10 May 2017

What the hell!!!.. Lets call it the Charity Shield... The half time score of 0-0 is perfect for the super subs of Walcott and Giroud to find the net..

From: M1

at: 21:35 on 10 May 2017

95% of super subs... Say no more... The cup has left Cheshire and is winging it's way over to Vancouver!! A hard thought final from Cheshire Town, but congrats to J1....

From: J1

at: 21:39 on 10 May 2017

Great game cheshire - it went down to the wire.

At least there is no nail biting wait for a replay. Best of luck with the rest of the season, it looks like 1 winner from the top 3, as I think I'm officially cut adrift.

95% of supersubs indeed!

From: Cheshire Town

at: 21:41 on 10 May 2017

Congratulations to J1 well done. Can I bring the cup over to Canada? Regards cheshire

From: M1

at: 21:53 on 10 May 2017

Funny you said that Cheshire Town.. J1's sister is flying over to see him on the 19th May...!!! Not sure there is room in her luggage!!!!!!!

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