LARS Communications FPL Competition
28 July 2020
The Longest Season in Premier League History
It’s almost exactly a year to the day since we launched the LARS Communications FPL competition. Among our predictions were that Liverpool and Manchester City would occupy the top two spots in the Premier League. We also suggested that Norwich City would be heading for a swift return to the Championship. And we highlighted Wolves and Leicester as two clubs that might have their eyes on a top six finish.
For the most part, we were pretty spot-on with our predictions. But who could have foreseen the way this unforgettable season would unfold?
Following Leicester’s 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on 9 March, domestic football was halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At that stage, many feared the season would not be able to be completed. But on 17 June it did restart, albeit in empty stadia with zoom walls of fans, fake crowd noise, refreshment breaks and up to five substitutions per team.
The Title Race and the Race for Europe
When Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 on 10 November, the Reds went eight points clear at the top of the league. And there they remained, eventually being crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years after Manchester City lost to Chelsea on 25 June.
Elsewhere, Manchester City chalked up over 100 goals (again), finishing in second place, while Manchester United and Chelsea secured Champions League football, at the expense of Leicester City who had been in the top four for 312 consecutive days, dropping to fifth place on 22 July.
Other notable achievements include Jamie Vardy, who won the Golden Boot with his twenty-three goals, one ahead of Aubameyang and Ings; Kevin de Bruyne equalled Thierry Henry’s record of twenty assists in one season; and Manchester City’s Ederson took home the Golden Glove with sixteen clean sheets, one ahead of Nick Pope of Burnley.
The Wrong End of the Table
Norwich City’s relegation was confirmed on 11 July, when the Canaries lost 4-0 at home to West Ham United (courtesy of a four-goal haul from Michail Antonio). The win also relieved the pressure on the Hammers.
Going into the final day of the season, two from Bournemouth, Watford and Aston Villa would join Norwich in what was a very tight relegation fight. There were various permutations, but the only side in control of their destiny was Aston Villa – a draw away at West Ham would secure the top-flight survival. And that man Jack Grealish stepped up again, hammering in an 84th minute strike to take the lead. West Ham levelled, but Aston Villa held on. So, Bournemouth and Watford, both of whom were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, will play Championship football next season.
LARS Communications FPL
While Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title, the LARS Communications FPL competition was a little closer. Tony Stewart’s ‘The Telegooners’, top the table on the final day with 2295 points, seventeen points clear of Steven King’s ‘Daisycutters’ in second place, with Mark Lightfoot’s ‘EmmAlison United’ a further nineteen points back.
Our congratulations go to Tony. His team has performed consistently all season, including a manager of the month award in June, when the Premier League returned. What’s more, he was top of the league when we did our mid-season round-up in February (click here for details). In fact, Steven was second and Mark had a great run in, leaping from ninth place to third overall.
Tony receives a £100 One4all gift card. There are also £50 and £25 gift cards available for Steven and Mark respectively.
Although we can now have a few weeks away from football, the Premier League is due to restart on 12 September, so keep an eye out for details on how to enter next season’s competition.
Finally, well done to everyone who took part. We hope you enjoyed it and look forward to more nail-biting excitement next season.
You can watch the season’s final review on YouTube by clicking here. Alternatively you can watch it below.