football predictions since 1979
A Primer

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'.

 
Charity Shield (CS) - established 1988

How it works
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).

Background
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.




10-11 Aug 2019
M.Grunwell 6-5 D.Grunwell

CHARITY SHIELD
WINNERS BOARD
1990M.GRUNWELL
1991B.R-JONES
1992M.GRUNWELL
1993M.GRUNWELL
1994M.GRUNWELL
1995THE SUN
1996M.GRUNWELL
1997M.PHILLIPS
1998
1999G.GRUNWELL
2000M.WALLBANK
2001
2002M.GRUNWELL
2003F.GRUNWELL
2004M.WILLING
2005M.GRUNWELL
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007J.GRUNWELL
2008J.PHILLIPS
2009J.PHILLIPS
2010J.PHILLIPS
2011
2012
2013G.GRUNWELL
2014F.GRUNWELL
2015E.GRUNWELL
2016G.GRUNWELL
2017M.PHILLIPS
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.GRUNWELL

 
Joyce Phillips League Cup (JPLC) - established 1988

How it works
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.

Background
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.



The 32nd Joyce Phillips League Cup
First Round 27-28 August, draw made 26 August, Toronto, Canada:
A.Foster 7-9 K.Mowad
S.Almudaris 9-5 M.Starling
M.Crossley 8-12 M.Phillips
D.Thompson 8-9 E.Grunwell
W.Hughes 7-4 K.Aldhamen
D.Grunwell 9-8 M.Grunwell
M.Willing 9-9* M.Lewis
F.Grunwell 10-5 G.Grunwell
*M.Lewis wins on results 8-7

Quarter-Final 24-25 Sept
draw made 10 September, Dhahran, KSA:
F.Grunwell 10-8 E.Grunwell
W.Hughes 9-5 W.Hughes
D.Grunwell 11-9 S.Almudaris
K.Mowad 9-8 M.Phillips

Semi-Final 29-30 Oct
draw made 4 October, Crowborough, UK:
Daniel Grunwell vs Will Hughes
Khalid Mowad vs Fiona Grunwell

Final 17-18 Dec


JOYCE PHILLIPS LEAGUE CUP
WINNERS BOARD
1989J.PHILLIPS
1990M.PHILLIPS
1991A.SPRINGATE
1992A.SPRINGATE
1993P.SLATER
1994D.SHERMAN
1995G.GRUNWELL
1996D.SPRINGATE
1997B.ROBERTS-JONES
1998J.PHILLIPS
1999J.PHILLIPS
2000M.GRUNWELL
2001M.WILLING
2002J.PHILLIPS
2003G.GRUNWELL
2004M.GRUNWELL
2005J.PHILLIPS
2006M.PHILLIPS
2007F.GRUNWELL
2008M.GRUNWELL
2009F.GRUNWELL
2010E.GRUNWELL
2011M.GRUNWELL
2012F.GRUNWELL
2013D.SPRINGATE
2014D.GRUNWELL
2015D.THOMPSON
2016F.GRUNWELL
2017F.GRUNWELL
2018S.ALMUDARIS
2019S.ALMUDARIS

 
European Cup (EC) - established 1995

How it works
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.

Background
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.



The 25th European Cup

Group Stage, drawn 5 Aug 2019, Crowborough UK:

Group A
A.Foster
M.Phillips
R.Salter
M.Crossley

Group B
D.Thompson
M.Starling
F.Khalid
E.Grunwell

Group C
K.Aldhamen
S.Almudaris
M.Willing
M.Hayas

Group D
M.Grunwell
K.Mowad
G.Grunwell
F.Grunwell

Quarter-Finals: 5-7 Nov

Semi-Finals: 26-28 Nov

Final: 10-12 Dec



Group placings
European Cup
Group AGWDLFAPDiff
1 M.Phillips 211015144+1
2 A.Foster 211013124+1
3 M.Crossley 2101161630
4 R.Salter 200213150-2
Group BGWDLFAPDiff
1 D.Thompson 220014126+2
2 F.Khalid 210115123+3
3 M.Starling 2101151530
4 E.Grunwell 200213180-5
Group CGWDLFAPDiff
1 M.Willing 220017106+7
2 S.Almudaris 211017154+2
3 M.Hayas 201114151-1
4 K.Aldhamen 200211190-8
Group DGWDLFAPDiff
1 F.Grunwell 220016136+3
2 M.Grunwell 211019184+1
2 K.Mowad 201114161-2
4 G.Grunwell 200217190-2

EUROPEAN CUP
WINNERS BOARD
1996A.SPRINGATE
1997M.GRUNWELL
1998M.PHILLIPS
1999M.GRUNWELL
2000M.GRUNWELL
2001E.GRUNWELL
2002F.GRUNWELL
2003M.WILLING
2004G.GRUNWELL
2005M.PHILLIPS
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007J.PHILLIPS
2008M.PHILLIPS
2009M.GRUNWELL
2010F.GRUNWELL
2011F.GRUNWELL
2012M.GRUNWELL
2013F.GRUNWELL
2014E.GRUNWELL
2015J.BLACKFORD
2016M.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.WILLING

 
The FA Cup (FAC) - established 1981

How it works
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.

Background
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.


Rounds

The 34th F.A.Cup

First Round 4-5 Jan 2020

Quarter-final 25-26 Jan 2020

Semi-final 3-4 Mar 2020

Final 21-22 Mar 2020


F A CUP
WINNERS BOARD
1982B.SHRUBSOLE
1983NO FPA
1984NO FPA
1985NO FPA
1986NO FPA
1987NO FPA
1988M.PHILLIPS
1989A.SPRINGATE
1990G.GRUNWELL
1991M.PHILLIPS
1992M.OLIVER
1993B.ROBERTS-JONES
1994D.SPRINGATE
1995M.PHILLIPS
1996M.GRUNWELL
1997M.GRUNWELL
1998M.GRUNWELL
1999M.WALLBANK
2000M.WALLBANK
2001M.GRUNWELL
2002E.GRUNWELL
2003F.GRUNWELL
2004J.PHILLIPS
2005M.GRUNWELL
2006J.GRUNWELL
2007G.GRUNWELL
2008M.GRUNWELL
2009F.GRUNWELL
2010M.PHILLIPS
2011G.GRUNWELL
2012M.WILLING
2013G.GRUNWELL
2014F.GRUNWELL
2015J.BLACKFORD
2016F.GRUNWELL
2017M.GRUNWELL
2018K.MOWAD
2019D.GRUNWELL

 
The Dave Boston Group Trophy (DBGT) - established 1990

How it works
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).

Background
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.



Group placings

The 30th Group Trophy

Group Stage Game 1: 18 Jan 2020
Group Stage Game 2: 1 Feb 2020
Group Stage Game 3: 22 Feb 2020
Group Stage Game 4: 29 Feb 2020
Group Stage Game 5: 7 Mar 2020

Quarter-finals: 4 Apr 2020

Semi-finals: 18 Apr 2020

Final: 2 May 2020


Dave Boston Group Trophy
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2 A.Name0000000+0
3 A.Name0000000+0
4 A.Name0000000+0
5 A.Name0000000+0
6 A.Name0000000+0
Group BGWDLFAPDiff
1 A.Name0000000+0
2 A.Name0000000+0
3 A.Name0000000+0
4 A.Name0000000+0
5 A.Name0000000+0
6 A.Name0000000+0
Group CGWDLFAPDiff
1 A.Name0000000+0
2 A.Name0000000+0
3 A.Name0000000+0
4 A.Name0000000+0
5 A.Name0000000+0
6 A.Name0000000+0
Group DGWDLFAPDiff
1 A.Name0000000+0
2 A.Name0000000+0
3 A.Name0000000+0
4 A.Name0000000+0
5 A.Name0000000+0
6 A.Name0000000+0

DAVE BOSTON GROUP TROPHY
WINNERS BOARD
1991M.OLIVER
1992M.GRUNWELL
1993P.BURCH
1994T.WILLIAMS
1995D.BOSTON
1996R.WELLINGS
1997M.PHILLIPS
1998M.PHILLIPS
1999M.GRUNWELL
2000D.BOSTON
2001G.GRUNWELL
2002M.WILLING
2003F.GRUNWELL
2004M.WILLING
2005J.GRUNWELL
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007M.GRUNWELL
2008F.GRUNWELL
2009M.WILLING
2010M.GRUNWELL
2011F.GRUNWELL
2012M.PHILLIPS
2013D.GRUNWELL
2014M.PHILLIPS
2015I.MILLIGAN
2016M.GRUNWELL
2017E.GRUNWELL
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019S.ALMUDARIS


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