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Who are you? Who are you? Fantasy manager profiles Part 8

Who are you? Who are you? Fantasy manager profiles Part 8

Here at FF247 towers we’ve often wondered what driving forces hide behind a comment or a rate my team reply, do we really know the mindset and the persona of the people we are conversing with?! To find the answers to these questions we have lured some regulars from out of their caves and got them to endure a simple Q&A session.
Hopefully this will help us to uncover whether each member can be viewed as a ‘fellow sports enthusiast’, ‘colleague’, ‘fantasy friend’, ‘internet troll’ or indeed ‘sociopath’! Let’s take a look inside the minds of our latest two ‘victims’ then and see whether, hiding behind the cute monkey gravatars, lurks a sadistic, megalomaniacal, psychotic keyboard warrior. Or just a normal guy or gal who likes to play fantasy football…
We will add a disclaimer here – we have resolved to not edit what is sent in at all. What you see is what you (we) get. And no Bench, we aren’t just saying that because it’s your turn 😉
Next up to the examination table are gpriley22 and Ruben.

Photo 11-11-2014 12 54 22THE BASICS
Hi My Members name is gpriley22, my team name is we love Manchester.

My real name is Graham Riley

My occupation is a Storeman for a hire company

I am 42 and live in Manchester

Why ‘we love Manchester’, well I live and work in Manchester and love the way it has developed into one of the most vibrant cities in Europe.

My favorite team is Liverpool, unusual for a Manchester resident but I grew up on the council estates of Skelmersdale with its large scouse community and its in my blood. my blood is liverpool red not man u red.

Best finish in the BPL 21705
This year I planned to finish in 5 figures, approaching my best season but at the moment I’d settle for anything under 100,000.

I am married living in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Love football, ice hockey and speedway. I love play snooker in the local on a Sunday afternoon with my family whilst watching the match on the big screen.

My favorite food is madras curry

My favorite drink is whisky, favorite whisky being glenmorangie

My favorite music is heavy metal, guns and roses, ac dc and the likes

Favorite tv programme at the moment probably salvage hunters, apart from the footie. My favorite author is Stephen King

The favorite place I’ve visited is the French alps. The scenery and cruising on lake geneva was great. The mountain biking was particularly rewarding as were the views.

The place I’d really like to go is New York, its always been a place I’d like to see. I’d love to stand in the statue of libertys torch enjoying the views.

My favorite sporting celebrity, well as most kop fans would understand is King Kenny, Kenny Dalglish.

Favorite sporting moment on tv has to be Istanbul in 2005, dead and buried at half time and won, priceless.

Favorite sporting moment I witnessed live, has to be watching rugby in the snow drinking whisky to keep warm with Leeds fans at Headingley, as an away fan it was something you had to experience to appreciate lol.

The sporting venue I’d most like to visit would be the Bernabeu stadium.

6 celebrities mmm, Kenny Dalglish, Bob Monkhouse, Bill Shankley, Billy Connolly, Saul Hudson (slash) and Morgan Freeman

If I won £100,000 I’d have a long holiday in either the Bahamas or Carribean and buy a winnibago or caravanette to travel the counrty on my days and weeks off.


Members name: Ruben
Real name: Ruben
Occupation: Student & part-time employee at Carlings (clothing store)
Age: 21
Country of residence: Norway
Best finish in The Barclays Premier League Fantasy Football game: None
Current position for the season: 3 million something 😉
Planned finish (at the start of the season)for the BPL FF game in 2014/2015: GW6 was the start of my season, planned around 500k.
Expected finish for the BPL FF game in 2014/2015: Just below 1 million.
Tell us about yourself in less than 50 words: I’m just a normal guy from Norway who’s trying to play FPL, which is hard when Raz is distracting me with his monkey pictures. I’m a football fanatic, or sports fanatic if you will. The gym is my second home, I love my dog and my friends and family are what keeps me alive.

Food: American style pizza
Drink: Beer and Gatorade, not mixed, no.
Band/Type of music: 30 Seconds To Mars, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown.
TV Programme: Big Brother, Game of Thrones, Prison Break, The Walking Dead.
Films: Lord of the Rings, Inception, 21, Shawshank Redemtion.
Book/Author: All of the Harry Potter books.
Joke: My BPL FF position.
Country visited (and state why!): The US. I experienced the big city of New York, the sunny beaches of Key West, Universal Studios in Orlando and the amazing cruise ship The Liberty of The Seas all in one trip.
Country would most like to visit (and state why!) Australia. The scenery and kangaroos, of course.

Sport: Football and American Football
Sporting Team: Liverpool FC and Denver Broncos
Sporting Personality: Raheem Sterling.
Sporting moment on TV: 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, easily.
Sporting moment witnessed live: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal, my first and only visit at Anfield to date.
Sporting venue you’d most like to visit: Mile High Stadium
Do you have any personal sporting achievements you’d like to boast about: When I was 17 I scored from the corner flag twice, in one season. Yes, I was the one taking the corner kick.

Your celebrity look-alike is/are: Madonna. No I’m just kidding, nobody as far as I know.
Which 6 celebrities dead or alive would u have at a dinner party: Ariana Grande, Michael Jackson, Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Peyton Manning, Elvis Presley.
Which 3 items would u take to a desert island (no humans allowed!): My phone, my dog Bella and a cardboard cutout of Ariana Grande.
If you won £100 000 what would u do with it: Put it all on black.
The perfect afternoon would be spent: With the cardboard cutout of Ariana Grande, on the desert island.


Many thanks to both gpriley22 and Ruben for being so candid! We hope you know your two fellow ‘fantasy friends’ a little better now.
If you feel that you would like to expose your inner self then please feel free to mail us at and we shall have peakydave interrogate you! If you have already submitted one, which many have, we are publishing them in the order received and hopefully yours will be along soon.

Thanks for reading Who are you? Who are you? Fantasy manager profiles Part 8- Fantasy Premier League 2014-15. This article was written by peakydave

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  1. 7
    Ruben says:

    Graham is exactly double my age, it’s only right that he went first in the article. Cheers for the article Dave!

  2. 8
    Bench@BanterburyLeagues says:

    good luck to all at ff247 tomorrow at the fba’s i hope you bring back the trophy, and please if you see SZ give him my love

  3. 9
    Saint Steve-O says:

    Will there be a podcast made this week?

  4. 10
    duthers says:

    Evening lads. Thought I’d pop on to ask, what do we plan on doing with Saints players after Villa- they play City, Arsenal and United?

    • 10.1
      Ruben says:

      Hi mate! I think Pelle is the only Saints player worth keeping through that hell-ish period.

    • 10.2
      gkw says:

      Easy. If they’re goalkeepers or defenders, bench them.

      If they’re midfielders or forwards, captain them smile

      • gkw says:

        As things are a bit slow, let’s go through those tricky Soton fixtures one by one:

        Man C (h) : City have kept two CSs on their travels, at Newcastle and Villa. But south of the Watford Gap they’ve done less well, shipping 2 each at Arsenal, W.Ham and QPR. So Soton should keep up their record of scoring at least once at home, so no need to rest the midfield or Pelle. Not much chance of a CS though, as City have blanked only once and that was at home to Stoke, so bench the defence.

        Arsenal (a) : Soton have a dismal record in north London this season, as they’re the only team apart from Spurs (oh yeah, and QPR) to have lost at White Hart Lane. Arsenal have a good goal-scoring record at home, so bench the defence. It may still be worth playing the midfield and/or Pelle, though. In Arsenal’s last four matches their defence has been consistently good for the first hour, but has been known to ship the odd goal or several thereafter.

        Man U (h) : Man U haven’t lost at home since GW1 and have been moving up the table since then. Sadly for them, they haven’t yet managed to win away and this match is at St Mary’s where Soton have scored 17 times and conceded just once. Man U’s only CS away so far has been against Burnley, who aren’t quite as free-scoring as Soton. So as before, play Pelle and whichever Soton midfielder(s) you’ve got. As for defence, it depends on how you look at Man U’s record. They’ve scored only six away, and half of those were in the defeat at Leicester. That said, they have got about £200m worth of talent in midfield and attack. So I think wait and see how the Soton defence holds up (and whether Man U are starting to gel up front) in the meantime before deciding whether to play or bench them for this one.

        Finally, whichever Soton players you’ve got you’ll want them later in the season and will probably also have profits tax to pay if you sell any them at this point. So, barring injuries, I’ll keep all of mine and continue to play at least Pelle and Tadic. Whether to go the whole hog and captain one of them as well is another story, but there’s still plenty of time to decide about that.

        • neelbasus says:

          My thoughts exactly. Was considering selling Pelle for Aguero but ultimately decided to sell Di Maria and keep Pelle , Costa and Aguero. For a few GW’s definitely. Considering to keep these three throughtout December ! Of course my midfield will become considerably weaker but I can fix that over the next GW’s by getting cheaper defenders.

        • Thanks for that GKW. I think it’s worth looking further than just the next 3 fixtures to get a fuller picture. After the fixtures you mentioned, they’ve got Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal (again) and Man U (again) up until 11 Jan, with only a couple of easy fixtures along the way. After the next game against Villa I’m getting rid of Pelle. Of course he’ll still score the odd goal, but places up front are so competitive for our FPL teams I’m sure there’ll be several better options, if only because of fixtures.

          I don’t agree with holding onto players just because of value. Value doesn’t get you points and whatever points you redeem by having them when they resume easier fixtures, you’ll surely lose by holding on to them in the meantime.

          Also regarding their previous fixtures, they’ve only played Spurs and Liverpool from last year’s top 6 so far. Both of which they failed to keep a clean sheet. Both of which they lost.
          I’m not saying the Saints will completely collapse, but I see more attractive alternatives between now and Jan 11th.

        • Mito21 @FantasyFooty247 says:

          Bry you got room for one more on your ship? I think a torpedo filled of bad fixtures is ready to strike the S.S. GKW and I can’t swim.

        • Thing is, there’s only one of you who can use the raft. I’ve seen the end of Titanic.
          Ready? Rock scissors paper, one two, three….

        • Mito21 @FantasyFooty247 says:

          I am putting down rock and if by chance you put down paper, well let’s just say I can use the rock for something else. 😉

        • I meant between you and GKW. I’m already in the helicopter! I should probably come back seeing as there’s 4 spare seats.

        • Mito21 @FantasyFooty247 says:

          I see. Obviously I get a seat riding shotgun. Do you have one of them basket thingys we can throw out there for GKW? Let him ride in that?

        • gkw

          I would like to point out that Saints already turned Arsenal over at the Emirates in the League Cup. Tadic (penalty) and Clyne the scorers. Just another point of note.

  5. 11
    TomW13 says:

    Is duff the right player to get in for clyne for around 4k.

  6. 12
    Bench@BanterburyLeagues says:

    Just to update you guys updated tables/results and fixtures with be up tomorrow night, but until then check out confirmed Banterbury Cup and Champions League Dates for the rest of 2014/15

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