Fantasy Premier League

Fantasy Premier League is a game of skill and luck (mostly luck).  All you need in order to play is to have a device with Internet access.  Each week you pick your fantasy football team.  Each week the boffins behind the game award points to your players based on their performance. 

Each month we announce the manager of the month and the runner up.  We also name and shame (in a fun way) the manager with the fewest points.

All we ask is that participants make a one-off or regular donation to the Development Fund.

If that interests you and you would like to join, please contact, Keith Bonney – keith.bonney@bpafc.com

Season 2021-22

April 2022

Sean Dyche was shown the door by Burnley this month.  Of the current crop, he was the longest serving Premier League manager.  It is always sad to see a hard-working manager lose his job but, as we all know, football is a results business.

It’s a family affair this month.  In first place scoring a massive 364 points, it’s father and BPA Forum voice of reason Keith Denison with I HATE MOSQUITOES.  Pep.

In second place with 328 points, it’s daughter Lucy Denison with Tikka Mo Salah.  Jurgen.

In last place with 176 points, it’s John Laban with UTA.  Mike Bassett.  Come on John.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

March 2022

Only three gameweeks this month, yet many sides had double gameweeks and blanks.  Our most successful managers were those who prepared well.   Fail to prepare.  Prepare to fail.  A mantra much used in business management and equally applicable to football management.

In first place this month with 254 points, it’s Woody Eckerslike with Olympique Woodyside.  Forewarned.

In second place with 250 points, it’s Matt Ray with Sliced Bread FC.  Forearmed.

In last place with 99 points, it’s David Nettleton with The Reds.  Four candles.  Come on David.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.  Outrageous.

February 2022

We love it when one of our players scores a goal.  As they become more exuberant, goal celebrations become talking points in themselves.  But don’t you just hate it when players rip their shirts off?  Yellow card.  Minus one point.  Aaaagh!!             

In first place this month with 298 points, it’s Keith Bonney with Green llama.  Cartwheel and backward summersault.

In second place with 278 points, it’s Daniel Ambler with Saint-Maximin Effort.  Knee slide.

In last place with 158 points, its John Laban with UTA.  Slippers and a mug of cocoa.  Come on John.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

January 2022

For the first time in nearly 30 years fans were allowed to stand at some Premier League grounds this month.   Each standing fan has a designated space containing a rail and a seat.  Without compromising safety, the hope is the change will enhance the matchday atmosphere.  The trial is called safe standing.

In first place this month with 202 points, it’s Keith Bonney with his team Green llama.  Standing tall.

In second place with 191 points, it’s Lucy Denison with her team Tikka Mo Salah.  Standing proud.

In last place with 84 points, it’s David Nettleton with his team The Reds.  Sitter.  Come on David.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

Half time

Hit by Covid, the first half of the season spluttered to a close at St James Park on 27 December.

The winner of the first half is Matt Ray.  Matt’s team, Sliced Bread FC, amassed 1,152 points.  Congratulations Matt.   No prizes.  Just kudos.

The runner up is Keith Bonney with Green llama.  The llama finished a short neck behind Sliced Bread with a respectable 1,123 points.

Bringing up the rear is Darren Ryan with No Pens No Gain.   No Pens obviously.

Well done to all our managers.

No time to draw breath, the second half of the season got underway on 28 December.  We have re-set the game and all managers start again on nul points.  We welcome newbie, Richard Higginbottom and his team Higgy’s Hotshots.  It’s never too late to get involved.  Contact Keith Bonney if you would like to join the fun.

So far this season our managers have raised £85 for the Development Fund.  Thank you to those who have contributed.  Every £ benefits the football club so if you enjoy the game, please consider making a donation.  

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Good luck for the second half of the season!

December 2021

More disruption this month.  Omicron swept through Premier League squads causing multiple postponements.  The boffins behind FPL threw managers a lifeline by allowing them to make unlimited transfers for one week.  In FPL language it is called a Free Hit.

Taking full advantage, in first place this month, with 348 points, it’s man of mystery, Woody Eckerslike with Olympique Woodyside.  Free hit.

In second place, scoring 345 points, it’s the unswerving Matt Ray with Sliced Bread FC.  Free header.

In last place with 183 points, it’s the normally wizard-like Chris Parker with Merlins Magical 11.  Free Willy.  Come on Chris.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.  Bizarre.

November 2021

Storm Arwen disrupted fixtures during the last weekend of November.  Managers having Burnley and Spurs assets in their squads suffered more than most.  Playing in the foothills of the Pennines is a hazardous business.

In first place this month, with 247 points, it’s Matt Ray with his team Sliced Bread FC.  All won.

In second place with 243 points, it’s Keith Bonney with his team Green llama.  All well. 

In last place with 151 points, it’s Tom Fry with his team Fanta Sea Futbol.   All wind.  Come on Tom.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

October 2021

Mo Salah is having a sensational season.  At the end of October, he has 53 more FPL points than any other player.   No surprise, therefore, the most successful managers this month are those who picked and captained Mo.  If you triple captained him then well done you!

In first place this month, with 235 points, it’s Matt Ray with his team Sliced Bread FC.  Supremo.

In second place with 231 points, it’s Carl Marsden with his team Pending Moderation.  Hang on a mo.

In last place with 127 points, it’s Darren Ryan with his team No Pens No Gain.  Sacked in the mo…..!  Come on Darren.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

September 2021

In first place this month, strong, mature and showing no signs of going off, it’s Jordan Tindall with Melted Cheese FC scoring 181 points.  Real deal.

Cooking on gas right underneath him, with an impressive 180 points, it’s Ashley McNulty with his team Big Mac FC.  Meal deal.

In last place, no doubt distracted by pressing matters in the real football world, it’s Paul Armitage with his team Park Avenue, scraping 103 points.  Bum deal.  It doesn’t matter who you are.  Nobody escapes the ritual taunt.  Come on Paul.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

August 2021

Our 2021-22 season kicked off on 13 August with 22 managers throwing their hats in the ring.   We welcome new managers David Nettleton (Klopp all over) and Carl Marsden (Pending Moderation).   Good luck guys.

With only three gameweeks in August the old quote ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ probably applies.  And to prove the point, the man in form this month is Keith Bonney with his team, Green llama, scoring 229 points.  Barmy.  In second place, showing class is indeed permanent, it’s Jordan Tindall with his team, Melted Cheese FC, scoring 220 points. Tasty.

Our good friend and regular wooden spoonist Joseph Brown didn’t apply for re-election so, in last place this month it’s Darren Ryan with his team, No Pens No Gain, scoring 90 points.   Come on Darren.  You’re better than that!

Nobody won the Eckerslike prize this month.

It’s never too late to join the fun.  Email Keith Bonney for details.

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