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{j For information on when to predict, please see instructions in the panel to the left. You will also find links to the upcoming fixtures there, and a calendar of the full season. Additionally there may be email alerts to remind you. Remember though the onus is on the competitor to get his/her scores in on time. If in doubt any week, just forecast all FA Cup, League Cup, Premier League, Gillingham and UEFA games. There are four cups per season, each one of the seven 'Majors'. Though before the first Cup major, we start each season off with the 'Charity Shield'. j} {pcup-fpa.jpgp}
{ncharityshieldn} {bar{iCharity Shield (CS) - established 1988i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} This always takes place on the first day of the Premier League season, between the FA Cup winner (our oldest cup) and the League winner (JP Standard League, the oldest one), to replicate the 'real' FA Cup winner vs the 'real' Premier League winner (the 'real' match is now called the Community Shield rather than the Charity Shield). {bBackgroundb} The year this began is being checked and will be added here shortly. By having the Charity Shield on the first day of the Premier League, it has always given us a week to sit back and watch a little early form before we begin predicting. Perhaps we should ask for donations each year of the members and do what the name suggests, give some to a charity of our choosing. Though this counts as a minor award and is not one of the majors, it's a nice one to win as everyone watches the season opener and it can often be early 'bragging rights' to the victor, knowing you have beaten another winner. j} {pcup-cs.jpg|w200|h198p} {!cupstanding-s} {!winners-s}
{njplcn} {bar{iJoyce Phillips League Cup (JPLC) - established 1988i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} Predictors are drawn against each other and go head-to-head forecasting English League Cup games. You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 2 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score). If ties are drawn, total results, not maximums, decide the winner. Therefore this cup uses a different way of deciding drawn ties than the other 3 cups. It is a straight knock out competition. Qualification is based on the top 16 JP Standard League placings on the weekend immediately before the First Round. The JPLC usually starts with English League Cup games in late August or early September. All League Cup games involving Premier League and Gillingham FC are predicted. Premier League and Gillingham FC games may be included as there are often not enough League Cup games to predict in the latter stages. Games are normally on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. {bBackgroundb} The cup started as the League Cup in 1988-1989. In 2011 after the passing of first winner and most times winner Joyce Phillips, it was renamed the Joyce Phillips League Cup. The JPLC is the first cup of the season, and one of two cups in the first half of the season. j} {pcup-jplc.jpg|w281|h283p} {!cupstanding-c} {!winners-jplc}
{neuropeancupn} {bar{iEuropean Cup (EC) - established 1995i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} The EC is based on all UEFA European Champions League games and any Europa League games that involve English teams. You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 2 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score). This is the only Cup that has historically been qualification-based where the 8 qualifiers were the winners (or runners-up or next-best placed predictors) from the Majors. From the 2013-2014 season this Cup was opened to all members for the first time; and from 2017-2018, the seedings system was dropped so that it is a truly open cup competition, in line with the other three cups. For 2018-2019 there are 22 entrants. 10 are already qualified based on last season's European Cup performance. The remaining 12 will play off in August and the 6 winners join the 10 already qualified, for the group stage starting in September. Four groups of four results in the best 2 from each group progressing to play the Quarter-final and the competition is a straight knockout from there on. {bBackgroundb} The EC was started in 1995-1996 to add a European predicting interest. It is the second cup of the season, and one of two cups in the first half of the season. j} {pcup-ec.jpg|w165|h243p} {!cupstanding-ec} {bGroup placingsb} {!leaguetable-ec} {!winners-ec}
{nfacupn} {bar{iThe FA Cup (FAC) - established 1981i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} Predictors are drawn against each other and go head-to-head forecasting English FA Cup games. You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 2 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score). If ties are drawn, maximums decide the winner. It is a straight knock out competition. The FAC usually starts with the English FA Cup 3rd Round ties in January. There may be a Play off round over Christmas, often using the Boxing Day fixtures for predictions. For 2018-2019 there are 22 entrants. The top 10 JPSL places on the weekend before the Play off round will automatically qualify for the First Round of 16. The remaining 12 will play off in December and the 6 winners join the 10 already qualified, for the First Round in January. The competition is a straight knockout. All FA Cup games involving Premier League teams and Gillingham FC are predicted. Sometimes Premier League games are used to 'top up' a shortfall in FA Cup games as the rounds progress. These are usually weekend games. {bBackgroundb} The FAC is the original cup competition, starting in 1981-1982 and also known in the past as the Predictor's Cup. It is the first cup of the new year, and one of two cups in the second half of the season. j} {pcup-fa.jpg|w255|h400p} {bRoundsb} {!cupstanding-fac} {!winners-fac}
{ngrouptrophyn} {bar{iThe Dave Boston Group Trophy (DBGT) - established 1990i}bar}
{j{bHow it worksb} The DBGT is based on regular weekend predictions, therefore predictors do not need to submit anything extra as points are derived from those. Until the 2013-2014 season, DBGT games had always used Premier and Gillingham FC matches. When Mark Lawrenson was included in 2013-2014, Gillingham FC games were not used making the cup a pure Premier League competition. However for the 2014-2015 season, the DBGT reverted to an all amateur competition. The DBGT starts off in January as a drawn group competition, and for the 2018-2019 season there are 22 entrants, with 2 groups of 6 and 2 groups of 5. The top 2 from each group progress to play the quarter-final. The competition is a straight knockout from there. You get 1 point for correctly predicting the result, and 2 points for getting the score exact (known as a 'maximum' for maximum score). {bBackgroundb} The Group Trophy was introduced in 1990-1991 as a late season cup to give those already out of the other 3 cups and not in league title contention a chance to pick up a Major. For 2015-2016, the Cup was renamed the Dave Boston Group Trophy or DBGT, in honour of long time member Dave Boston who passed away in December 2014; Dave won the Trophy twice. The DBGT is the last cup of the season. j} {pcup-gt.jpg|w228|h300p} {bGroup placingsb} {!cupstanding-gt} {!leaguetable-gt} {!winners-gt}
{line}{j{bFull Rulesb} {fPredictorRules.pdf|fClick heref} to see the full set of Rules. {line}{bStatus for Past Seasonsb} See RECORDS for {@=records#r{!lastseason}|@past status@} j}
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