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THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2020/21

THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2020/21

THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2020/21

Irn Bru

Deep Fried Mars Bars

Shortbread

The Loch Ness Monster

The Proclaimers

Whisky spelt without the ‘e’

…… and a professional football league which is awful and in all honesty could be won at a canter by a team of middle-aged, beer-bellied Englishmen pulled out the pub a couple of hours before the start of the season.
Sound about right?

The Scottish Premiership returns on 1st August and a new and improved fantasy game comes with it and we at FF247 (by which I mean me) invite you to join our (by which I mean my) FF247 fantasy league for a little harmless ‘bit on the side’.

I don’t expect you to follow religiously every team in the SPFL and dedicate endless hours to this as it will eventually run alongside the main FPL game once the 2020/21 season of it starts, but we hope you find it a bit of fun to compete much as we did not so long ago with our Bundesliga Fantasy game.

The Outstanding Issues

Covid

As things stand we begin on Saturday despite there being a couple of issues surrounding recent testing of players and staff in Scotland. Ross County arrived in Edinburgh to play Hibs last weekend and had to turn back as Hibs were told by the lab that their results couldn’t be prioritised and wouldn’t arrive until the next day.

Rangers and Motherwell played last Wednesday at 8pm despite the game being scheduled for 6pm due to the late arrival of test results.

St Mirren isolated 7 members of staff (non-playing) last week but it was later confirmed that their results were ‘false positives’.

It’s one thing to be aware of.

The Registration

Search for the Fantasy Football Scotland App in your app store
The App is very user friendly and vibrant and has had no bugs or issues in the entire time I’ve been using it. I’m sure you’ll find it simple enough to get used to.

The Joining

Join our FF247 league using this code:
GLGRc

The Stats

Here is a link to some of previous season’s statistics:

Footy stats.org

The Squad

You need to pick 15 players:
2 Goalkeepers
5 Defenders
5 Midfielders
3 Forwards

You have £60mln to spend and as FPL, you are limited to a maximum of three players from any one club.

The Scoring

The scoring is the same as FPL apart from the following, applied to individual player scores

A hat-trick bonus: 2 points
A penalty won (regardless of outcome): 2 points
A penalty conceded: -2 points
2+ goals conceded by a midfielder: -1 point

All awards are given by Opta and there is no bonus points system.

The Captain/Vice-captain

Each week your captain will score double points as in FPL.

However, your vice-captain will ALSO COUNT DOUBLE for the goals they score (if they are a midfielder or forward) or the clean sheet they keep (if they are a goalkeeper or defender). Example: You could have two players score hat-tricks in a gameweek and get double points for every goal they score.

The Chips

Like FPL we have two wildcards – one to be used at any time and the other only available after the Premiership ‘Split’*.

*The Scottish Premiership splits after every team has played 33 matches into a Top 6 and a Bottom 6 where they then play a further five matches against the teams in their side of the split.

You also have your Triple Captain and Bench Boost chips as you are used to however there is no Free Hit chip in this game.

The Transfers

You will have one free transfer a week and each additional transfer you make will incur a 4 point penalty. Your transfer will NOT roll over if you don’t use it.

The Substitutions

Auto substitutions will be updated at the end of the gameweek HOWEVER, the game will add your highest scoring bench player regardless of bench order if it still falls within the remit of an allowed formation.

The Prize

The inaugural winner of the FF247 Scottish FPL will be awarded their very own FF247 branded T shirt (so long as I speak nicely to admin).

The Teams

Aberdeen
Celtic
Dundee United
Hamilton Academical
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Livingston
Motherwell
Rangers
Ross County
St. Johnstone
St. Mirren

The Gameweek 1 Fixtures

Saturday 1st August

Aberdeen v Rangers (1230)
Dundee United v St Johnstone (1500)
Hibernian v Kilmarnock (1500)
St. Mirren v Livingston (1500)

Sunday 2nd August

Celtic v Hamilton Academical (1630)

Monday 3rd August

Ross County v Motherwell (1945)

The Gameweek 1 Deadline

The initial deadline is Saturday 1st August 2020 at 11.30am.

The Plan

That this article will be in the background of FF247 and I will add the latest injury news/signings etc. as well as deadline reminders and other useful information. There won’t be a regular article but I’ll continue to tag all news to this so you can return here for anything you need. I’ll be vigilant to comments and answer everything I possibly can.

The ‘Comparison’

There’s no doubt that the Scottish Premiership isn’t as strong a league as the English but speaking as someone who has watched both most of his life, it’s a different kind of difficult in Scotland. There is good football played, but you have to really earn the right to play it. There’s nowhere near the money and as a consequence, the quality, but it’s honest and hard. The constant comparison to the EPL is tiresome and irrelevant – it’s like comparing apples and …… super-charged, TV-inflated, FFP-flaunting super apples from space!

The Fun Stuff

Leave them laughing they say so here’s some stuff which might be QI

*Senior football in Scotland is the most attended in Europe per capita.

*Sam Leitch the English BBC Sports reporter gaffed after one Raith Rovers win that “They’ll be dancing in the streets of Raith tonight”. There’s no such place. The club play in Kirkcaldy.

*On the exact same day when Arbroath set the world record for the largest victory in a professional football match when they beat Bon Accord 36-0 in the Scottish Cup First Round, only 18 miles away Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 in the same competition.

*Crafted in 1874, the Scottish Cup Trophy is the oldest football trophy still in active use.

*Aberdeen are the only team to have an undefeated record in professional matches against Real Madrid. Similarly, Dundee United have played Barcelona four times and won all four.

*Rangers and Dumbarton shared the first Scottish First Division title DESPITE playing a play-off. There was no goal difference at that time (Dumbarton would have won it if so) so they played a 2-2 play-off and at the end decided just to share the title.

*From brick to brick, Dundee’s Dens Park and Dundee United’s Tannadice Park are just 299 metres apart on Tannadice Street in Dundee.

*When ex-Partick Thistle manager John Lambie was told at the touchline by his physio that his striker Colin McGlashan had probable concussion and didn’t know who he was, remarked:

“That’s great! Get him back on and tell him he’s Pele.


Good luck to absolutely everyone for Gameweek 1 from all at FF247! Well, mostly just me.

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  1. 13
    Jamie Mc says:

    Hi GP,

    Congratulations on your promotion to the ff247 Board of Directors. Hope you negotiated a decent salary and bonuses package for yourself.

    Congratulations and apologies to Rosco. I and the ff247 community thought that Carolyn would win the Regulars League. A brilliant last game week for you resulted in your league win. Well done mate.

    Apologies and congratulations to Carolyn. I and the ff247 community all thought you would win the Regulars League. Unlucky that you were pipped at the post by Rosco. A brilliant effort by you and a more than decent overall ranking.

    I managed to get to the top of my main mini league by seven points at game week 37. A -4 to bring in Antonio for a zero pointer and captain Dilva doing nothing ended in a second place finish by 9 points. If I had done no transfers in game week 38 and captained my vice captain; Jesus, would have been good enough to win my mini league.

    Enjoy the close season and see you all next season.

    Jamie

    • 13.1

      Jamie,

      How are you mate?

      You got your team in for the Fantasy Football Scotland? Don’t tell them just how good Joe Aribo has been looking in pre-season (that’s just our little secret… damn!).

      Thanks for that – we have a deal where they pay me what I’m worth.

      …….” Ten pence for a cup of tea pal……?”

  2. 14

    Sorry about your promotion GP. I should have probably warned you to turn it down, but misery loves company. hippo

  3. 15
    lamderek says:

    really like this penalty points ideas in the scottish game. should implement that into the fpl game

  4. 16
    AJW says:

    Hey GP – got a squad done (hastily!) – is there anyway of changing it round (transferring out and getting others in, like before GW 1 in FPL)??? I’m afraid I might have irreversibly saved my final team. Dear Agony Aunt, what do I do? He told me he loved me and he sounded sincere – I didn’t realise I could get pregnant???? smile

    • 16.1
      AJW says:

      Bejeezus I am a nong! Just had to go backwards and press on Transfer button!
      First time playing solely on a smart phone! Sorry dudes for wasting your time! May some young player gain some knowledge from NY errors! smile

      • You sorted now?

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        • AJW says:

          Yup! Any idea on how accurate teams are in publishing their teamlists, and what the best sources are for these? Don’t know the likelihood of some of the minor players playing. So am probably gunna bug with dumb questions (but I will try not to!) smile See yah!

        • AJW

          I honestly don’t know myself who will definitely play for each side but I will post (tomorrow probably) each team’s final pre-season line-up for reference.

          Only Rangers’ one am I confident in naming.

        • AJW says:

          I guess Rangers and Celtics are the most predictable lineups as people are more inclined to have 3 very good players from each of these 2 teams. I’ll try one of these podcasts on the RHS of page on BBC Scottish Football section. Sounds like fun anyway GP. smile

  5. 17
    Terminator says:

    I will have a look at setting up a account and joining tomorrow.

    It is a bit of a early start to the season though isn’t it?

  6. 18
    OddDane says:

    Is it app only or is there a browser version too?



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