Season 4 Game 39 (17-20 Feb)

THE Dookie in the pool at the Lego House HEAD-IN-HANDS LEAGUE

So named in honour of Billie Joe Armstrong (45; he’s got a girl’s name), Rebecca Adlington (28; also has a girl’s name) and Ed Sheeran (26; looks like Prince Harry), who were all born on my birthday. Strange really, it’s usually Julia McKenzie, Patricia Routledge and Denise Richards that get a mention.

THE CATEGORIES

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Barney suppressed them in a manner that would make the Chinese government very proud. Or there weren’t any.

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Michael Cheek (Braintree Town), Marc-Antoine Fortune (Southend United) and Jason Cummings (Hibernian) were all out to defy the Supernatural force. Only Cummings succeeded, but he will learn…

DON'T CALL ME SHIRLEYDon’t Call Me Shirley
The best one noted by Barney was Sam Stanton of Hibernian. However, this was also marked with a question mark, and to be honest, I agree 100%. Further research notes several Jordans (Kirkpatrick of Alloa Athletic, Cook of Luton Town, Botaka of Charlton Athletic, and Preston of Guiseley) with Nicky Cadden of Livingston, to offer as alternatives.

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A blank for this rarely-fulfilled category.

And stay out!…And Stay Out!
Aristote “Toto” Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) went from Accrington Stanley to Vietnam’s Dong Thap FC to Southport and more recently from Hartlepool United to Shrewsbury Town, but may be less of a winner due to extended stays in various parts of Merseyside.

Carl Tremarco’s career path, however, took him from Tranmere Rovers to Wrexham to Darlington to Macclesfield Town to Floriana (Malta) and currently, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. I hope he’s saving his air miles… Oh Air Miles, come on, you must remember them…?

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Another mention for that busy man Aristote Nsiala (DR Congo), and Cheltenham Town’s Tin Plavotic (Austria).

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“They played well, were well-organised and resolute. We were nowhere near our best, not diligent. They always believed they were going to score. Credit to them. The result is very painful, they were more physical and we didn’t produce enough quality. I feel for the fans”. One half of this rant was from the generally-calm Gianfranco Zola, and one half from Satan himself, Sean Dyche. Maybe after this the Birmingham first team will either be sleeping wi’ di fishes or roasting nicely in Hell…

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It would appear that Tony was not called upon this week. But he still remained in readiness, like a panther, a panther with a microphone…

Miscellany

A few what might have beens here, had they been chosen as categories, Firstly, Solihull Moors’ Daniel Udoh debuts on 77 mins, and is sent off on 83mins after a second yellow card. Pretty good going for 6 minutes. His mum would have been so proud…

Next, Neil Warnock saved Rotherham United from relegation to League One last year, but this year he’s at Cardiff City. Did he take it easy on his former side? Er…well, Cardiff won 5-0 so umm…no. It Did Not Mean Nuthin’.

SPOILER ALERT:
Scroll quickly past if you do not want to see who won before the end of this post!

Another to Make Ya Ma Proud (possibly) was Robert “Bob” Harris, ex of Sheffield United. It would appear that the game this week was his first of the season for Bristol Rovers. Own goal. As an ex-Blade, this goal won the Head In Hands League for Mr Luff. Good work Bob.

Finally, Wigan 0-0 Preston. 28 shots in total…but only 4 on target. That must have been worth the entry fee. Somewhere Paul Robinson is keeping his eyes open with the aid of matchsticks…

The Results

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ThreeBarry Corr (Cambridge United)
Chris Maguire (Oxford United)
Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers)


SixConor Washington (Queen’s Park Rangers)
Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) – counting double against old club
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale)
Reuben Reid (Exeter City)
Scott Rendell (Aldershot Town)

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FourAswad Thomas (Dover Athletic)
Jay McEveley (Ross County) o.g.
Joe Pigott (Maidstone United on loan from Cambridge United)
Jordan Cook (Luton Town)

Arsenal
OneHenri Lansbury (Aston Villa) o.g.


SevenBob Harris (Bristol Rovers) o.g.
Chris Porter (Colchester United)
Jay McEveley (Ross County) o.g.
John-Joe O’Toole (Northampton Town)
Jon Stead (Notts County) x2
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale)

OVERALL RESULT: AS REVEALED EARLIER (OOPS!) – A WIN FOR MR. LUFF!