Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Vintage FPL: Leicester 3-3 Arsenal (Guest Post)

As a 35 year old man I have seen a lot of goals in my ‘career’ as a football fan/FPL manager. The best three hat-tricks I have ever seen in the flesh are:
1). Sam Smart for Earls Barton Saxons Under 13s Vs Oakley Lodge Under 13s at The Pioneer, in 1993. This hat trick genuinely included a 35 yard header and Sam was a centre half!!
2). Neil (Larry) Grayson for Northampton Town away at Preston North End in 1996– The bald, stocky, pacey Cobblers forward bustled his way to a ‘hattie’ away at top of the league Preston, to help turn them over in their own back yard, “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to see the Cobblers win away!”
3). Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal, away to Leicester City, earlier this season (did I mention I went to the game?!) – made all the better as I had him in my FPL team and my brother in-law had just taken him out of his (who I had gone to the game with).
Maybe it’s a coincidence but it just so happens that this edition of ‘Vintage Values’ has one of the most iconic hat tricks in Premier League history. Oh, and did I mention that it also just so happens to have been in a Leicester City v Arsenal match? Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities end as I was not in attendance!
On Wednesday 27th August 1997, Champions elect, Arsenal, made the 99.2 mile trip up the M1 to Filbert Street. Billed as Martin O’Neil Vs Arsene Wenger; you couldn’t get a more varied contrast in styles. The hat-trick scored by Bergkamp needs to be re-seen to be believed, the 3rd goal especially – ( 90th minute, pulled back to 2-2), the composure he showed is pretty unbelievable if you ask me, sit back, relax and enjoy another Vintage Premier League classic, there’s even some AFC handbags thrown after the final whistle!
2-1 down with 7 minutes to play and 3 goals after the 90th minute; has there ever been a better finale to a Premier league game than that?
What’s the best hat-trick you’ve ever witnessed?  
Were you at the game? What memories do you have of it?
Who was better value for money? Bergkamp or Overmars?
How did a squad including Christopher Wreh, Gilles Grimandi and Remi Garde go on to win the Premier League?
Once again, any suggestions for my next article would be greatly appreciated. Get involved all.  
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VPL FF points:
Name
Minutes
GC
Assists
Goals
YC
RC
BAPS
Total Points
Bergkamp
90
0
0
3
1
0
3
16
Walsh
90
3
1
1
0
0
2
12
Heskey
90
0
0
1
0
0
1
7
Elliott
90
3
1
0
1
0
0
6
Overmars
82
0
1
0
0
0
0
5
Viera
90
0
1
0
0
0
0
5
Parker
17
0
1
0
0
0
0
4
Platt
8
0
1
0
0
0
0
4
Prior
90
3
1
0
1
0
0
3

FPL Vintage Values:


 
LCFC
VFPL Value

AFC
VFPL Value
Kasey Keller
5.0M

David Seaman
6M
Spencer Prior
5M

Lee Dixon
5.5M
Matt Elliott
5M

Steve Bould
5.5M
Steve Walsh
5M

Gilles Grimandi
5M
Pontus Kaamark
4.5M

Nigel Winterburn
5.5M
Robbie Savage
5.5M

Ray Parlour
7M
Steve Guppy
6.5M

Marc Overmars
11M
Muzzy Izzet
6M

Emmanuel Petit
6.5M
Neil Lennon
6M

Patrick Viera
10M
Steve Claridge
5.5M

Dennis Bergkamp
11M
Emile Heskey
7M

Ian Wright
9M
Graham Fenton
4.5M

Nicolas Anelka
8.5M
Tony Cottee
4.5M

David Platt
6.5M
Garry Parker
4.5M

Stephen Hughes
5M