Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Alternative World Cup - Second Series - #MyClubYourClub

Following the unprecedented success of last summer's competition and the subsequent rapport with Christmas Island, which led to us being referenced in a book published by Penguin, I'm pleased to confirm a new series.  This edition will involve a slight twist.  But before I get into that, I have pledged my allegiance as an honorary citizen of Christmas Island for another season.  Please join their country league on FPL (instructions here).  Help us to exceed their real life population!

Having watched the best World Cup in living memory over the summer with a rejuvenated England team, something struck a chord.  A considerable number of England's players had an alternative career journey to a lot of their predecessors.  They didn't all come through the youth academies of top tier clubs.  Some even went out on loans to lower divisions to attain relevant experience that led them to where they are today.  In addition, the importance of non-league football in part also proved to be essential.  This shows the importance of grassroots football and the need for it to have even more support.

With the above in mind, I would like to become a 'fan' of a team in a low-level division, be it league or non-league, through out the 2018/19 season.  I wanted to shortlist quirky towns or cool sounding names, interesting back stories, randomness, as well as gauging suggestions from my followers.  For this to work, the clubs must also have Twitter handles.

Here is the competition format:

100% decided by Twitter polls on my timeline

Group 1 - 1st August (top two progress)
Group 2 - 2nd August (top two progress)
Group 3 - 3rd August (top two progress)
Group 4 - 4th August (top two progress)
Quarter Final #1 - 5th August (top two progress)
Quarter Final #2 - 6th August (top two progress)
Semi finals - 7th August (top two progress)
Final - 8th June (one winner)

Here are the 16 shortlisted candidates in no particular order:

Hartlepool United - https://twitter.com/Official_HUFC
Northleigh FC - https://twitter.com/NorthLeigh_FC
Dulwich Hamlet FC - https://twitter.com/DulwichHamletFC
Slough Town FC - https://twitter.com/SloughTownFC
Whitehawk FC - https://twitter.com/HawksFCOfficial
Margate FC - https://twitter.com/Margate_FC
Civil Service Strollers FC - https://twitter.com/CSStrollers
Cobh Ramblers FC - https://twitter.com/CobhRamblersFC
Finn Harps FC - https://twitter.com/FinnHarpsFC
Mold Alexandra FC - https://twitter.com/Mold_AlexFC
Pwllheli FC - https://twitter.com/cpdpwllheli
Salford City FC - https://twitter.com/SalfordCityFC
FC United of Manchester - https://twitter.com/FCUnitedMcr
Hanham Abbotonians FC- https://twitter.com/HAbbotoniansFC
Blyth Spartans FC - https://twitter.com/Blyth_Spartans
AFC Wimbledon - https://twitter.com/AFCWimbledon

Confirmed groups as decided through a random draw generator:





Results:

Group 1: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1024434452502654976
Votes: 271

Group 2: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1024815488445165569
Votes: 151

Group 3: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1025110849982267392
Votes: 536
Group 4: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1025443630553726976
Votes: 386
QF 1: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1025778105804353536
Votes: 459
QF 2: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1026133437059661826
Votes: 370
SF 1: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1026507348892938241
Votes: 432
SF 2: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1026507703131287556
Votes: 333
Final: https://twitter.com/FPLHints/status/1026912146616135681
Votes: 1,691

Total votes: 4,629

After 8 days of back-to-back action, the final arrived and it threw up a massive surprise.  Finn Harps FC and North Leigh FC fought off heavyweight opposition to reach the ultimate Twitter face-off which was packed with drama till the last minute. Polling remained at 50-50 through out the final hour.  Despite a mass influx of votes from both sides they couldn't be split (even with an odd number of votes).  Twitter doesn't give a break down of how many votes each poll option has won and I had no tie breaker! Therefore, I did the most viable thing and adopt both as my football clubs until next summer.

I encourage you all to support Finn Harps FC and North Leigh FC! Start off by following them on Twitter:

Finn Harps FC

North Leigh FC