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 eight '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 versus 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. It also counts as a genuine head-to-head match in the all time head-to-head records, though there are no rating points for it going towards the cup and overall rating/ranking.



14 Aug 2021
F.Grunwell (JPSL winner) 8/1-6/1 T.Bammeke (F.A.Cup winner)

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
2001M.GRUNWELL
2002M.GRUNWELL
2003F.GRUNWELL
2004M.WILLING
2005M.GRUNWELL
2006J.PHILLIPS
2007J.GRUNWELL
2008J.PHILLIPS
2009J.PHILLIPS
2010M.PHILLIPS
2011G.GRUNWELL
2012
2013G.GRUNWELL
2014F.GRUNWELL
2015E.GRUNWELL
2016G.GRUNWELL
2017M.PHILLIPS
2018M.GRUNWELL
2019M.GRUNWELL
2020A.FOSTER
2021F.GRUNWELL
2022M.KONFEKTOV

 
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.

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.

Qualification: Cup rating - the top 16 ranked members based on their cup performance over all four cups in the previous season. Before 2021-2022, the top 16 JPSL placings were used prior to the JPLC First Round. But because the EFL League Cup begins so early we often only had one-two weeks to go on, where members were often in the same league place. It also needed a Play-off Round that had to be squeezed into a very congested early-season fixture list. Finally, it makes more sense for qualification to a cup to be based on cup performance, not on league performance.

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 35th Joyce Phillips League Cup

Qualifyng 21-23 Aug
Top 16 places of the JPSL

First Round 24-Aug
D Grunwell 10/1-8/0 M Konfektov
W Hughes 8/0-12/2 G Grunwell
M Crossley 9/0-7/0 F Grunwell
M Grunwell 10/1-3/0* E Grunwell
J Blackford 12/2-8/0 S Almudaris
W Rajan dnp-9/1 M Phillips
M Starling 7/0-3/0* A Foster
M Willing 7/0-8/0 K Mowad
*reduced games

Quarter-Final 21-22 Sep
D Grunwell 9/2-8/1 M Crossley
J Blackford 8/1-8/1, 6/0-3/0* M Phillips
G Grunwell 9/1-8/1 M Grunwell
K Mowad 9/2-7/0 M Starling
*replay 16 Oct

Semi-Final 26-28 Oct
K Mowad 6/2-5/1 J Blackford
G Grunwell 5/1-6/2 D Grunwell

Final 21-23 Dec
K.Mowad 5/2-4/1 D.Grunwell


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
2020K.MOWAD
2021A.FOSTER
2022K.MOWAD

 
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 was historically 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 became a fully open cup competition, in line with the other three cups. However for problems described below (see Qualification), numbers have to be restricted to 16 for the groups. So this cup does have a qualifying system again, though a less elite system.

For the group stage, rour groups of four results in the best two from each group progressing to play the Quarter-final, and the competition is a straight knockout from there on.

Qualification: since there are not enough UEFA games, games with minor/unknown teams, and not enough time before the EC starts (creating fixture congestion), a Play-off round became impractical. From 2022-2023 the top 16 ESL places will qualify. If placings are tied, performance in the previous season's EC will be the next deciding factor, followed by cup rating.

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. It was first won by Arron Springate.



The 27th European Cup

Play-off Round 17-19 Aug
Draw made July
G.Grunwell 9/1-8/1 M.Lewis
I.Milligan 10/2-10/1 M.Starling
M.Konfektov 12/2-7/0 R.Salter
T.Bammeke 12/1-11/1 J.Knight
J.Blackford 10/2-5/0 W.Rajan
W.Hughes 11/1-10/3 A.Foster

Group Stage
Draw made 7 Sep 2021
G1 14-16 Sep
G2 28-30 Sep
G3 19-21 Oct

Quarter-Finals: 2-4 Nov
D.Grunwell 8/1-11/2 M.Crossley
E.Grunwell 8/0-10/3 G.Grunwell
M.Grunwell 7/0-9/1 W.Hughes
M.Phillips 11/2-9/1 T.Bammeke

Semi-Finals: 23-25 Nov
M.Crossley 13/3-12/2 G.Grunwell
W.Hughes 8/0-9/0 M.Phillips

Final: 7-9 Dec
M.Crossley 7/1-7/1 M.Phillips
1st replay Feb 22-24 2022:
M.Crossley 8/3-8/2 M.Phillips
2nd replay 8-10 March 2022
M.Crossley 6/2-4/0 M.Phillips

Group placings
European Cup
Group AGWDLFAPDiff
1 D.Grunwell330032269+6
2 T.Bammeke320134276+7
3 K.Mowad310225293-4
4 J.Blackford300324320-8
Group BGWDLFAPDiff
1 E.Grunwell330025129+13
2 W.Hughes320126186+8
3 M.Willing310227203+7
4 I.Milligan30030280-28
Group CGWDLFAPDiff
1 M.Grunwell330027249+3
2 G.Grunwell320124236+1
3 S.Almudaris301226281-2
4 F.Grunwell301222241-2
Group DGWDLFAPDiff
1 M.Phillips321027177+10
2 M.Crossley320128186+10
3 M.Konfektov311132204+12
4 K.Aldhamen30030320-32

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
2020F.GRUNWELL
2021K.MOWAD
2022M.CROSSLEY

 
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.

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.

Qualification: The top 10 JPSL places on the weekend before the Play off round will automatically qualify for the First Round of 16 (usually this is close to Christmas). 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.

Background
The FAC is the original and therefore oldest cup competition, starting in 1981-1982 and was also known in the early years as the Predictor's Cup. It was was first won by Brian Shrubsole. It is the first cup of the new year, and one of two cups in the second half of the season.

There were no FPA competitions between 1983 and 1987, so the winners board jumps from 1982 to 1988.


Rounds
The 36th F.A.Cup
Holder: T.Bammeke

First Round Qualification 18-19 Dec 2021
Top 10 from JPSL

Play-Off Round 28-30 Dec 2021
A.Foster 4/0-6/1 G.Grunwell
W.Rajan 4/0-3/0 M.Phillips
R.Salter 3/0-5/1 I.Milligan
K.Aldhamen 5/1-4/0 J.Knight
E.Grunwell 3/0-3/1 T.Bammeke
S.Almudaris 5/1-4/0 M.Lewis


First Round 8-10 Jan 2022
M.Grunwell 14/1-12/0 W.Hughes
T.Bammeke 3/0-5/0 K.Aldhamen
I.Milligan 9/1-14/1 S.Almudaris
M.Starling 7/0-13/1 W.Rajan
F.Grunwell 14/2-14/3 M.Konfektov
G.Grunwell 11/0-13/0 K.Mowad
M.Willing 15/2-14/1 D.Grunwell
J.Blackford 13/1-14/1 M.Crossley


Quarter-final 5-6 Feb 2022
K.Aldhamen* 8/1-8/0 S.Almudaris
K.Mowad 8/0-8/1 M.Willing*
M.Grunwell 8/0-7/0 W.Rajan
M.Konfektov 10/2-9/1 M.Crossley
*won on maximums


Semi-final 1-3 Mar 2022
M.Konfektov 8/2-6/0 K.Aldhamen
M.Grunwell 7/1-6/1 M.Willing


Final 16-20 Mar 2022
M.Konfektov 8/2-6/0 M.Grunwell

F A CUP
WINNERS BOARD
1982B.SHRUBSOLE
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
2020M.WILLING
2021T.BAMMEKE
2022M.KONFEKTOV

 
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 February as a drawn group competition, and for the 2021-2022 season there were 22 entrants, with two groups of six, and two groups of five. The top two from each group progress to play the Quarter-final. It is then 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)

Qualification: All members entered

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. The first winner was Mark Oliver. From 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 31st Group Trophy

Group Stage:
Drawn 13 Jan 2022, KSA

Game 1: 15-16 Jan 2022
Game 2: 22-23 Jan 2022
Game 3: 12-13 Feb 2022
Game 4: 19-20 Feb 2022
Game 5: 26-27 Feb 2022

Quarter-finals: 5-6 Mar 2022
J.Knight 9/1-7/1 M.Lewis
M.Phillips 10/1-9/1 M.Willing
K.Aldhamen 6/1-8/1 M.Grunwell
K.Mowad 8/1-8/0 E.Grunwell

Semi-finals: 2-3 Apr 2022
J.Knight 8/2-7/1 M.Phillips
M.Grunwell 7/2-9/2 K.Mowad

Final: 23-25 Apr 2022
J.Knight 6/0-6/1 K.Mowad
Replay 30 Apr-2 May
J.Knight 11/3-9/1 K.Mowad

Dave Boston Group Trophy
Group AGWDLFAPDiff
1 J.Knight5401312212+9
2 E.Grunwell530228249+4
3 A.Foster521224217+3
4 W.Rajan521222257-3
5 M.Konfektov512225285-3
6 I.Milligan502318282-10
Group BGWDLFAPDiff
1 M.Phillips5311282210+6
2 M.Grunwell522127268+1
3 G.Grunwell521222247-2
4 M.Starling520329306-1
5 F.Grunwell520327286-1
6 R.Salter512228315-3
Group CGWDLFAPDiff
1 K.Aldhamen4310191410+5
2 M.Willing421123167+7
3 W.Hughes412120215-1
4 J.Blackford402219222-3
5 S.Almudaris402216242-8
Group DGWDLFAPDiff
1 K.Mowad430124199+5
2 M.Lewis421116157+1
3 M.Crossley411220184+2
4 T.Bammeke411217204-3
5 D.Grunwell411221264-5

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
2020M.CROSSLEY
2021M.LEWIS
2022J.KNIGHT


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