Golden Boot Game Web Log

Week 33 - J1 Win the Second Golden Boot Cup Final

Published: 11 May 2017


Thank you to everyone who pointed out that the selection Week did not change when the deadline for Week 33 passed. When we change the selection deadline from the default Saturday morning to Friday night we need to make two changes. So, for Week 33 we needed to change the selection deadline for that Week, which we did; then we needed to change the start of selection for Week 34 to Friday, which we forgot. So at 19:00 last Friday selection for Week 33 ended but selection for Week 34 did not start. We can’t tell if anyone tried to change their Week 33 team after the deadline but we know from the activity log that nobody succeeded. All team changes are logged and this includes date, time, before and after selections and all write-in strikers. If any team has been changed after the deadline (due to a web site problem) our rules dictate that we must remove this inadvertent advantage before calculating the team’s score. So we would use the log data to set the team back to how it looked at the deadline and the team’s score would be calculated accordingly. We have the power and, should circumstances arise, we would use it. In fact, in Week 33, no such action was required – it just looked wrong and that is exactly the sort of thing we want you to point out. So thank you again.


Congratulations to the Coach of J1 on their victory over Cheshire Town making them Cup Winners for the 2016 – 2017 season. For a long time it looked as though the Cup Final was destined to end in a draw. After nine of the eleven Premier League matches were completed the Final was still nil - nil. In the penultimate match Costa scored to make it 7 – 7, then Sanchez’s goal in the final match made it 15 – 15. There was late drama still to come though, with Giroud’s goal giving Cheshire Town one point but giving four points to J1. In total contrast to last season’s final it was not how you started that mattered but how you finished and J1 had just got that bit extra from their third goal of the Week. For Cheshire Town this was their first ever Cup defeat after ten straight victories, a record that already looks hard to beat. If there was an actual physical trophy, J1 would now be able to hold it aloft in celebration, but sadly this will remain one of the fantasies of fantasy football and they will have to console themselves with the modest prize instead.


Although Costa and Sanchez were responsible for more than 75 per cent of all points scored in Week 33, over a third of our teams managed more than two goals and the average score was just in double figures. The Week’s top scorers, M1 and Spartak Gringley, had three goals from their top three strikers for 21 points, which was more surprising for Spartak Gringley as their goals all came from Arsenal strikers. The only other teams with Costa and Sanchez in the top two positions were the Cup Finalists and their Giroud goal was enough to see both get in the top five scores of the Week. Pointes High School Marksmen were the only team with four scoring strikers but, apart from Costa, they were not so well positioned , only returning 17 points and proving once again that quality trumps quantity in this game.

In the overall standings there were no positional changes in the top seven but Cheshire Town gained another two points on Magic Eight Balls to make the gap just three points. There is now a nine point gap to third placed donnyvegas who continue to struggle with the pace set by the top two. J1 in fourth are now 44 points behind the second prize position and, even with extra matches coming up, will need a miracle to get back into it. Cheshire Town now need just eight more goals to equal the record for a season with 25 matches to be played. Perhaps now that they can concentrate on the league they will be able to get there. Magic Eight Balls are some 74 points short of the record for a season and it looks like that might be just too big a gap to close even with those extra matches to be played.


The Week’s best score from Spartak Gringley has closed the gap on MANILA BLUES and they take over the lead on goals scored. Cheshire Town, having just missed out on the treble are still on course for an end of season double, just four points behind the leading pair. With just two Weeks to go there is still plenty of time for teams to seize the initiative and make a big impact on the game. The maths tells me that over thirty teams are still in with a chance but some will have to make greater strides than others. Week 34, with its extra matches, looks like it could prove crucial. As the golfers don’t say, ‘this is moving Week’.


Week 34 is by far the most complicated Week we have ever had to deal with in Golden Boot game history. There is at least one match scheduled every day starting with two matches on Friday night, with the last match scheduled for the following Thursday night. In addition, the selection deadline will be our earliest ever at 18:00 (6 pm) on Friday 12th May. This is one hour earlier than our usual Friday night deadline so make sure you get your selections in early. There are fifteen Premier League fixtures spread over the seven days of Week 34; Man City are the only club with two home matches while Man Utd and Watford both have two away matches. That leaves seven clubs with one home and one away match; Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Southampton, Sunderland, Spurs and West Brom. The other ten clubs have the usual one match each. The last match, on Thursday 18th, is at Leicester and we shall get the web sites up to date shortly after the final whistle, as usual. The next web log will be published on Friday 19th May. In it we will look forward to the final Week of the season and make a final prediction of the winners in both the Golden Boot game and the Final Five game.

Player Comments on the Blog

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 18:47 on 12 May 2017


From: Partysanne Gringley

at: 18:47 on 12 May 2017


From: Bury Wanderer

at: 10:27 on 13 May 2017

Why the oops?

From: M1

at: 10:36 on 13 May 2017

Oooops poor Gringley has missed the deadline selection! ooooops indeed..

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 13:55 on 15 May 2017

He may have missed the deadline but it as worked out well for him so far. Hope Wednesday win in the playoffs and at Wembley in the final game. Good luck for that Mr gringley. YNWA

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 17:38 on 15 May 2017

Oops indeed!!

From: Magic Eight Balls

at: 19:05 on 15 May 2017

Cheshire and me dusting off the old Chuckle Brothers routine for 1st place this week - "to me, to you, to me....."

From: Cheshire Town

at: 19:26 on 15 May 2017

I fear that you have the advantage of Kane and Augereo in your team. Brilliant pick of augereo by the way. still think donnyvegas can surprise us. YWNA

From: Cheshire Town

at: 19:31 on 15 May 2017

YNWA not ywna

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 8:04 on 16 May 2017

Nip and plucking tuck at the top. The solid mid group selections of Kane and Aguero for Magic look likely to be a deciding combination. Has the Cheshire finally crumbled..........

Will the Arsenal trio put me on the brink of greatness in the final spot prize game......

Oh, and did I mention, Sheffield Wednesday, we're on our way back!!!!

From: Cheshire Town

at: 12:38 on 16 May 2017

I agree with your comments regarding Kane and aguereo and think it will be a contest tonight between aguereo and bruyne and Kane and giroud otherwise I might end up in a pie with the onions. Hope magic does not make me disapear
best of luck to him also to Sheffield Wednesday tonight

From: Cheshire Town

at: 22:29 on 17 May 2017

Bad luck Mr gringley

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 8:06 on 18 May 2017


From: Cheshire Town

at: 10:02 on 18 May 2017

Best of luck for weekend to everyone just waiting for the ambulance so looks like I will not be able to make last minute alterations. Enjoyed the anterior this season and thanks to the controllers for all their hard work in running the golden boot game YNWA

From: Cheshire Town

at: 10:03 on 18 May 2017

Should read banter

From: PJ Auxerre

at: 10:53 on 18 May 2017

Can I remind players that you can correct/amend your most recent comment at any time. Or even just add something on the end that you had forgotten. Just click the edit link at the bottom of the comments, after the add new link.

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 17:11 on 18 May 2017

Why is Cheshire waiting for the banter. Hasn't there been enough this season already? Sounds like he has a good relationship with his ligaments though.....

From: M1

at: 22:45 on 18 May 2017

What a week! Congrats to Cheshire Town hitting 170 goals this seasons and looks to finish with most goals. Congrats Donnyvagas for having the perfect order of high to low goals scored so far 30,27,22,18,15,9,8. One more congrats is to the Gringley for not changing his selection in time and that's quite a massive Ooooopppps that went better than expected!!!! Just shows us all what Kane happen in the Golden Boot Fantasy Football...

From: Spartak Gringley

at: 8:27 on 19 May 2017

Thanks Rain man........

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