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HE’S ONLY GONE AND DONE IT AGAIN!

So the Our IT Department Fantasy Football season is finally over and I have to say that it’s been one of the most competitive seasons we’ve ever had, with the winner being decided on the last day of the season. We were convinced that a new name was going to be etched on the trophy this year, but we were all badly mistaken.

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A SEASON IN REVIEW.

Up to March 2016, there appeared to be only one winner and that was Business Development Manager Dean Barnes. Deans team plastered penguins was top of the league for most of the season, right up to the end of March. He also won the manager of the month award no fewer than 5 TIMES! That’s never been achieved by anyone in our company league before, so fair play to Dean for being so consistent throughout the season, until it mattered!

From March onwards, Remote Support Engineer Matthew Applegate and his team Don’t Come Last went on a terrific run of form. Matt achieved a consistently high score every week and by early-April he was breathing down Dean’s neck in 2nd place.

It appeared to be a two horse race between Dean and Matt. Then all of a sudden, everything changed in Gameweek 34.

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A STROKE OF GENIUS FROM THE CHAMP.

Up to May, current champion Dave Morton and his team 5 titles and 1 world cup hadn’t come anywhere near winning a manager of the month award, let alone winning the league! Dave’s team stayed under the radar, moving between 3rd and 4th place for most of the campaign.

But unbeknown to the rest of us, Dave spend six weeks preparing his squad for double Gameweek 34 in order to ensure that almost the entire squad played twice, in addition playing his bench boost in the same week! Dave scored a massive 158 points in Gameweek 34, which changed the course of the season.

But it wasn’t just Gameweek 34 Dave planned for, he also ensured that he had 11 players in the team that would play in Gameweek 35, a week where only 14 teams played because of FA cup commitments.

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IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT.

At the beginning of March Dave’s team was 75 points behind Deans plastered penguins. By the 23rd April he was over 20 points clear at the top of the league. Even Matthews’s team that had been in great form up to that point couldn’t catch him.

By the end of the season five titles became six, with Dave winning the league comfortably by 52 points. Dave is always telling everyone in the office that it’s a marathon, not a sprint and he was absolutely right!

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CONGRATULATIONS DAVE.

So congratulations must go to Dave Morton and his team 5 titles 1 world cup after winning the league title for a 6th time. Dave finished on 2030 points and was the only player to break the 2000 point mark in our league this season.

Dave receives £150.00 prize money (again) and the trophy (again). Maybe he should take a sabbatical next seasons to give someone else a chance?

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THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Thanks to everyone that’s kept up to date with our fantasy league blog posts over the past 12 months. We hope you enjoyed reading as much as we enjoyed playing, and we look forward to Dave winning the league again next season 🙂

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