August 2019 - Liverpool laid down an early statement of intent with four wins from four in August. Man City blinked first in the title race - they drew two-all at home with Tottenham in their first game of the season. Leicester and Wolves were the only other sides unbeaten at the end of August.

Watford, Norwich and Aston Villa occupied the three relegation spots. No such worries for Sheffield United who were happily ensconsed in mid-table at month-end. Man United suffered their first defeat of the season at home to Crystal Palace.

Anastas Popov was our first monthly winner of the season. He scored 173 points, beating Ralph Goodwin by nine points. The top five for August was completed by Sean O'Mairtin, Eamon Fox and Wayne Donovan...
 
     
September 2019 - Man City had dropped five points in their title defence by the end of September. A three-two defeat at Norwich City on September 14th saw them fall five points behind leaders Liverpool by the end of the month. Liverpool's one-nil win at Sheffield United meant the Reds had seven straight victories from the start of the season.

Leicester's good start to the season continued with victories over Tottenham and Newcastle. Arsenal were in the top four after an unbeaten month where they picked up points against Tottenham and Man United.

Watford continued to struggle with just two points from seven games. Aston Villa and Newcastle were also in the bottom three. A bright start for West Ham saw them in fifth place after beating Man United two-nil at the London Stadium.

Gary Fitzpatrick cruised to a twenty-nine point victory in September. Roisin Joyce was the best of the rest in second place with Con McSweeney, Gerard McCluskey and Anastas Popov also finishing in the top five.
 
     
October 2019 - Liverpool's first dropped points of the season came at Old Trafford. They needed a late equaliser from Adam Lallana to remain unbeaten after Marcus Rashford's opener. A shock defeat for Man City at home to Wolves left them six points off the pace. Adama Traore scored both goals in a two-nil win for Nuno Esposito Santos' side.

It was an eventful month for Leicester - their only dropped points came at Anfield where James Milner scored an injury time winner. The Foxes then scored nine without reply at Southampton equalling Man United's long standing record.

Chelsea started to put a good run of form together under Frank Lampard - they recorded wins against Southampton, Newcastle and Burnley to finish the month in the top four.

Gerard McCluskey was our latest monthly winner. He took the October prize with a score of 127 points and had ten to spare over runner-up Javier Suarez. John Brophy finished third with Paul Moore and Jonathan Fox completing the top five.
 
     
November 2019 - Looking back, November was a pivotal month in the title race. Goals from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane in the final three minutes at Villa Park saw Liverpool turn defeat into victory. The following weekend, Man City were blown away in a three-one win for the Reds at Anfield. By month end Liverpool held an eleven point lead at the top of the table.

Leicester were dreaming of a repeat of their 2016 success as they moved level on points with Man City. November saw them record victories over Crystal Palace, Brighton and Arsenal. Chelsea consolidated fourth spot, opening up a six point lead over Tottenham for whom Jose Mourinho took over the managerial reins.

Man United ended the month in the bottom half of the table. They were nine points off the top four but better times were ahead for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. Watford, Norwich and Southampton occupied the bottom three positions on November 30th.

Kris Stainton took first place in the monthly competition - he took the November prize by just three points with myself and Gavin Morgan sharing second place. Richard Johnston was fourth with Damien Martin in fifth place.

 


     
December 2019 - Liverpool have had worse months. December saw them win five league games from five scoring fifteen goals and conceding just two. Sandwiched in between those was a trip to Qatar and victory in the World Club Championship. Their statement performance of the month was a four-nil win at Leicester on St Stephens Night. Man City squandered a two-nil lead at Wolves the following night to fall thirteen points off the pace having played a game more. Reds supporters were really beginning to believe a this stage.

A good month for Man United saw them close the gap on the top four to just four points. They recorded victories over Tottenham, Man City and Newcastle during the month. Bournemouth were getting dragged towards the relegation zone but did manage to pick a victory at Stamford Bridge in December. West Ham and Aston Villa were also in the bottom five as the relegation battle began to take shape.

A bumper December competition saw Callum Dunne win the monthly prize. His score of 250 points (it was a long month!) was just two points better than Damien Martin, Eamon Fox and Graham Goodwin. Caroline Carroll and Mai-Ly Turner shared fifth spot and a mince pie.
 
     
January 2020 - By the time Liverpool beat West Ham two-nil in their game in hand at the end of January, they had stretched their lead over Man City to a massive nineteen points. The key moment in the month was the two-nil win at home to Man United on January 19th. The outpouring of emotion when Mo Salah wrapped up the victory in stoppage time will stay with me for a long time. That was the moment Jurgen had turned even the most hardened doubters into believers. There were also important wins on the road at Tottenham and Wolves with Roberto Firmino scoring the winners in both games.

The top four remained the same with Leicester in third and Chelsea in fourth. Chelsea had a six point advantage over Tottenham in fifth place. The expected bounce under Jose Mourinho never really materialised with Spurs only winning one game from four. Man United and Wolves were also on 34 points at the month end.

At the bottom there didn't look to be any way back for Norwich on 17 points. Above them however, three teams were locked on 23 points - Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham. The title race might have been over but the relegation battle would run on and on.

Callum Dunne was back in the winner's circle after winning his second consecutive monthly competition. He won the February competition by just one point from Paul Prendergast. Trevor Byrne, Graham Goodwin and Wayne Donovan completed the top five for January.
 
     
February 2020 - The highlight of the month for most opposition supporters was Liverpool finally losing a game. Their first defeat of the season came at Watford where they were beaten three-nil on the final day of the month. The defeat didn't have much relevance though as the Reds still had a 22 point lead over Man City (although in fairness, Pep Guardiola's side did have a game in hand). Man City's inconsistent form had cost them dearly - their latest of five defeats by the end of February came at Spurs on February 2nd.

The race for the top four seemed fairly settled too. Leicester were in third place, nine points clear of Man United in fifth with just ten games to go. It had been a good month for United with a big win at Chelsea included in their unbeaten run. The battle for the European spots was getting interesting too with just a point separating Tottenham, Wolves and the season's surprise package Sheffield United.

The battle to stay in the division was getting interesting too - only one point separated four clubs - West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth and Brighton, just ahead of Aston Villa and the seemingly doomed Norwich.

We had joint winners in February with Kevin Philpott and Niall Carroll both scoring 139 points. Craig Calvert, David Cooney and Gavin Morgan also finished in the top five.

 
     
March 2020 - As Covid-19 spread worldwide there was a genuine fear the season might not be completed. As it was, the March competition was truncated into just twelve games. Liverpool rebounded from that defeat at Watford with a nervy two-one win at home to Bournemouth.

The following day, all nerves were settled as United beat City two-nil in the Manchester Derby. Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay scored the goals that left Jurgen Klopp's side twenty-five points clear at the top of the table. It transpired that the 82 points Liverpool had as lockdown commenced would have been enough to clinch the title. That win for Man United cut the gap on fourth placed Chelsea to just three points. The race for a champions league place would also go down to the wire.

However, as the pandemic grew, football was rightly put on the back burner. The final game for over three months saw Leicester put four past Aston Villa on a Monday night to consolidate third place.

Aidan White was the winner of the shortened March competition. His score of 55 points was just enough to see him squeeze past Bobby Hynes and Trevor Byrne who finished a point behind. Jonathan Fox recorded another top five finish, ending up in fourth place with Kris Stainton in fifth.
 
     
June 2020 - Competitive football finally returned behind closed doors on June 17th. It was a cagey enough return with not too many goals to see - one example was the Merseyside Derby which finished goalless as Liverpool edged towards the title. Man City returned with two excellent home wins - three-nil versus Arsenal and five-nil versus Burnley.

However, Liverpool weren't to be denied. They beat Crystal Palace four-nil at Anfield on June 24th and when Man City lost at Chelsea the following evening, thirty long years of hurt and near misses finally came to an end. When Willian fired home a late penalty at Stamford Bridge the title race had come to an end.

Leicester looked odds on to clinch a champions league spot as the league resumed. However, just two points from games against Watford and Brighton had them nervously looking over their shoulders at Man United. Bournemouth were another side in freefall - they returned with defeats against Crystal Palace and Wolves to drop into the bottom three.

Karl Boland won our first ever monthly competition for June with a score of 111 points. He finished five points ahead of Paul Moore. The top five for June saw appearances by Darragh Kenny, Gary Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Fox.
 
     
July 2020 - With the title already decided, the final games of the season decided the Champions League spots and who'd be dropping down a division. The last day of the season saw a winner-take-all clash at the King Power Stadium with a top four finish up for grabs. Man United took the honours thanks to their 412th penalty of the season from Bruno Fernandes and a Jesse Lingard strike. Leicester's woeful finish to the season saw them finish in fifth, a point behind fourth placed Chelsea.

Tottenham finished sixth to earn a Europa League spot - just ahead of the unlucky Wolves on goal difference. Arsenal's victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final means they'll be in Europe next season too.

Watford made the bizarre decision to sack Nigel Pearson with just two games to go. That came back to haunt them as defeat at Arsenal saw them relegated on the final day. Bournemouth will join them in the championship next season despite victory at Everton on the final day. A draw between West Ham and Aston Villa suited both sides who preserved their top flight status.

Liverpool were presented with the title after their 5-3 win at home to Chelsea. They finished the season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle on the last day. A total of 99 points saw them win the title by 18 points from last year's champions Man City.

Victoria Reid won the final monthly competition of the season. She had a seven point margin of victory over Caroline Carroll. The top five for July was completed by Graham Goodwin, Roisin Joyce and Brian Prendergast.
 
     
Overall Competition - Eamon Fox created history by becoming the first person ever to retain the overall title on Block 102. Unlike the real title race, this contest went down to the wire. Kevin de Bruyne's injury time goal in Man City's five-nil win over Norwich was enough to change a five pointer to a ten pointer for Eamon and pip Anastas Popov by just two points, the finest of fine margins. Damien Martin finished in third place with Callum Dunne completing the Champions League qualifiers in fourth.

There were also top ten finishes for Jonathan Fox, Paul Moore, Graham Goodwin, Con McSweeney, Bobby Hynes and Philip Jordan.

We also had a couple of cup competitions this season - Graham Goodwin won the first silverware of the season in our League Cup competition. His road to glory included victories over Gerry Moore, Karl Boland, Frank McSweeney, David Cooney, yours truly and a final victory over Con McSweeney.

FA Cup glory went to Brian Prendergast with victory over Gary McGurk in the final. His road to Wembley included wins over Micheal Joyce, Ciaran O'Hart, Andy Dunne, Gerry Draper and Kevin Philpott.
 


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