October 3rd and 4th - Everton were top of the table on Sunday night after maintaining their 100% start to the season. The Toffees have won their first four games for the first time since 1969 following a four-two win at home to Brighton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring with his sixth of the season. James Rodriguez added two with Jerry Mina also on the scoresheet. My Evertonian friends have reminded me that the last time they won their opening four games, they went on to lift the title.

Man City's defensive problems continued as they were held one-all by Leeds at Elland Road. City were ahead at the break thanks to Raheem Sterling's goal but a second half equaliser from Rodrigo was enogh to see the points shared. Pep Guardiola's side have already fallen eight points behind the leaders, albeit with a game in hand.

Newcastle are knocking on the door of the top six following a three-one win at home to Burnley. Callum Wilson, their recent signing from Bournemouth, scored twice in the final quarter to make it four for him for the season. Burnley have now lost their first three games of the season, concdeing eight goals in the process. Saturday's other game saw Chelsea beat Crystal Palace four-nil at Stamford Bridge. Two late penalties from Jorginho gave the scoreline a gloss for Frank Lampard's side w3ho made it seven points from twelve in their first four games.

Leicester's 100% start to the season ended in spectacular fashio with a three-nil defeat at home to West Ham. Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen scored the goals that gave the Hammers their second win of the season. Southampton were another side to pick up their second win from four - they had a two-nil win at home to West Brom with the goals coming from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu.

Arsenal recovered from Monday night's defeat at Anfield with a two-one win at home to Sheffield United. Goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe has the Gunners in cruise control but a late goal from David McGoldrick ensured a nervy finish for Mikel Arteta's side. That's four defeats from four for the Blades - only Fulham lie below them following their one-nil defeat at Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

And then Sunday evening came along and said "hold my beer". I was in great form watching Man United concede six at home to Spurs before karma decided to bite me on the backside and Liverpool conceded SEVEN! If you'd told me the two teams would have conceded thirteen between them then I'd have told you to lie down in a darkened room. For the record, Aston Villa are one of two teams with a 100% record going into the international break. As for me, I'm switching off my phone and social media for a couple of weeks...

As for the early leaderboard for October, Frank McSweeney leads the way on 49 points. He's one clear of Brian Prendergast and John O'Driscoll. The top five so far is completed by Wayne Donovan and Christina Morgan.
 


October 17th and 18th - Everton's 100% start to the season ended but they remain top of the table after a two-all draw in the Merseyside Derby. An incident packed game saw Liverpool ahead inside three minutes through the returning Sadio Mane. The Reds then lost their talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk following a "challenge" from Jordan Pickford. Michael Keane headed the hosts level before Mo Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool before Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header earned a point for the hosts. If you thought that was the end of the drama you were mistaken, there was still time for Richarlison to see red for a challenge on Thiago. Jordan Henderson thought he'd scored an injury time winner for the champions but a little man in a cupboard in Stockley Park decided Sadio Mane's left thumb was offside. How come the rugby and cricket equivalents of VAR don't cause this much bother?

Timo Werner scored his first goals for Chelsea but they had to settle for a point against Southampton in a three-all draw. Jannik Vestergaard swept home a late equaliser for the Saints to leave them comfortably in mid-table. Man City beat Arsenal for the seventh consecutive time in the league. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as the master, Pep Guardiola, taught the pupil, Mikel Arteta a lesson.

Man United bounced back from defeat the last time out to win four-one at Newcastle. Luke Shaw scored an own goal in the first three minutes but goals from Maguire, Fernandes (not a penalty), Wan-Bissaka and Rashford put a gloss on the scoreline for the under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Four games on Sunday saw three draws. Bottom sides Sheffield United and Fulham drew one-all at Bramall Lane. Aleksander Mitrovic missed the chance to earn Fulham their first win of the season - he missed a penalty and then gave one away. It was the same scoreline at Selhurst Park were Alexis McAllister scored an injury-time equaliser for Brighton at Crystal Palace.

Tottenham were on course to score another six when they went three-up after sixteen minutes at home to West Ham. However, Davie Moyes isn't a football genius for nothing as his side scored three times in the last ten minutes to earn an unlikely point. Manuel Lanzini's equaliser in the 94th minute was a collector's item. A 90th minute winner from Ross Barkley at Leicester preserved Aston Villa's 100% record and saw them move a point behind leaders Everton with a game in hand. As John Lennon once said, strange days indeed....

Our updated leaderboard for October sees John O'Driscoll move up to first place on 79 points. He's closely pursued by three people just two points behind - Drew Armstrong, Eamon Fox (yes, he's back...) and Frank McSweeney. Liam Geraghty completes the top five on 75 points. Full details below:
 


October 23rd to 25th - The remaining 100% record in the division went as Aston Villa lost three-nil at home to Leeds United on Friday night. Patrick Bamford was the hero for Marco Bielsa's side, scoring a hat-trick to move Leeds into the top four.

Everton's unbeaten run also ended - they lost two-nil to Southampton on Sunday afternoon. A quick fire double from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams in the first half was enough to earn the points for the Saints. The Toffees remain top of the table despite the defeat - they're level on points with champions Liverpool but ahead on goal difference. The Reds had to come from behind on Saturday night to beat a dogged Sheffield United two-one. The Blades went ahead through a VAR assisted penalty from Sander Berge. Roberto Firmino's first goal of the season has the sides level at the break. Mo Salah had a goal ruled out for offside before Diogo Jota headed home the winner shortly after.

The Manchester clubs remain in the bottom half of the table after both drew this weekend. City had to come from behind to earn a point at West Ham. Michail Antonio's third goal of the season had the hosts ahead but Pep Guardiola's side equalised in the second half through Phil Foden. Man United and Chelsea played out a scoreless draw at Old Trafford. Edison Cavani made his debut in the second half but was unable to inspire his side to victory. Both manager's will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet after poor defensive starts to the season.

A late equaliser from Jacob Murphy earned Newcastle a point at Wolves. If Wolves had held out for a win from Raul Jiminez' opener they would have finished the weekend just a point behind the leaders. Crystal Palace picked up their third victory of the season - they were heading for a two-nil win at Fulham before Tom Crainey scored an injury time consolation for the Cottagers who remain with just one point from their opening six games. Sunday's final game saw Jamie Vardy score for the eleventh time in twelve games against Arsenal - that was the only goal of the game at the Emirates as Leicester moved into the top four with that victory.

An excellent return of 37 points since the last update sees Alan White move into first place in the monthly competition. He's a point clear of Wayne Donovan with John O'Driscoll, last week's winner, now in third place. The top five is completed Drew Armstrong and Liam Geraghty - full details below:
 

October 30th and 31st - Liverpool ended the month at the top of the table. It was another come from behind victory at Anfield against West Ham. David Moyes' side took the lead early on through Pablo Fornals. Mo Salah equalised from the spot just before half time. Just like last week, Diogo Jota came off the bench to score the winner with just five minutes to go. He'd already had one chalked off by VAR before firing home from Xherdan Shaqiri's pass late on. That victory saw the Reds make it 63 home league games unbeaten, matching the record set by the great Bob Paisley sides of 1979 to 1981.

Wolves ended the month in the top four too - they won two-nil at home to Crystal Palace on Friday night to climb to third in the table. First half goals from Rayan Ait Nouri and Daniel Podence were enough to earn the three points.

Chelsea climbed into the top four with a three-nil win at Burnley on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner earned Frank Lampard's side a welcome three points with the added bonus of another clean sheet. Earlier on Saturday, Man City picked up a one-nil win at Sheffield United - Kyle Walker scored the only goal in that one.

Alan White held off the challenge of Wayne Donovan to win the October competition. He had six points to spare in the end. John O'Driscoll was a further point back in third place. The top five for October was completed by Liam Geraghty and Davy Doyle - full details below:
 

Premier League 2020-2021 - October Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
Support the Site:
1
1
0
Alan White
Al White XI
138
101
37






2
2
0
Wayne Donovan
Sixth Senseless
132
100
32
3
3
0
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
131
99
32
4
5
1
Liam Geraghty
Is There Any Hope?
129
97
32
5
15
10
Davy Doyle
FC Twente Benson
124
87
37
6
14
8
Kev Dalton
Show Me De Mane
123
88
35
7
9
2
Gavin Goodwin
Gorey United
122
92
30
8
10
2
Anastas Popov
Strong Saints
121
89
32
9
6
-3
Bobby Hynes
Born To Run
121
94
27
10
17
7
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
120
86
34
11
18
7
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Tallacticos
120
86
34
12
7
-5
Eamon Fox
Goals Very Important In Life
119
92
27
13
13
0
Ciaran Nelson
Nelson Utd
117
88
29
14
11
-3
Gary Fitzpatrick
Timo Werner Is A Hurensohn
116
89
27
15
12
-3
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
116
89
27
16
24
8
Derek Brady
Liverpool
115
80
35
17
8
-9
Frank McSweeney
Poolabu
114
92
22
18
16
-2
Gary McGurk
This Is Our Year
114
87
27
19
19
0
Javier Suarez
Hendo's Boys
111
84
27
20
33
13
Niall Cannon
TAA Very Much
111
77
34
21
20
-1
Robert Hynes
Charlton
111
84
27
22
22
0
Brian Prendergast
Mista Dobalina
110
81
29
23
34
11
David McGinley
Reservoir Dubs
110
76
34
24
28
4
Dean White
Armchair 11
109
79
30
25
25
0
Gareth Pierpoint
Alisson Wonderland
109
80
29
26
26
0
Niall Murray
Book Ake
109
80
29
27
27
0
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
108
79
29
28
23
-5
Craig Calvert
Proper FC
108
81
27
29
21
-8
Kevin Philpott
Phillys Phylers
107
83
24
30
40
10
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
106
74
32
31
29
-2
Joe Turner
#blocklivesmatter
106
79
27
32
30
-2
Paul Prendergast
The Untouchables
106
79
27
33
32
-1
Christina Morgan
Return of the Red Dwarf
105
78
27
34
31
-3
Calvin McGettigan
Average Joe 1.0
102
78
24
35
4
-31
Drew Armstrong
Army's All Stars
102
97
5
36
39
3
Ben Creasey
#1
101
74
27
37
45
8
Brian Haughton
Klopp's Achievers
101
69
32
38
41
3
Darragh Kenny
The Sporting Wing
101
74
27
39
36
-3
Aidan White
Saved By A Goalline Technology Failure
100
75
25
40
37
-3
Gary Donnelly
Audrey's + 1
100
75
25
41
47
6
George McGettigan
Right Up The Jimmy
100
68
32
42
44
2
Kris Stainton
Da Love Be Beek
100
70
30
43
50
7
Brendan Maguire
Cantthinkofone
99
64
35
44
57
13
John Brophy
Carrig United
98
62
36
45
35
-10
Sean O'Mairtin
Creweless
98
76
22
46
49
3
Roisin Joyce
Roisin Joyce
97
65
32
47
38
-9
Andy Dunne
Peter Crouch Rangers
96
74
22
48
46
-2
David Cooney
Frank's Silvalinings
96
69
27
49
51
2
Brian Mullen
Mothers Milk
95
63
32
50
52
2
Callum Dunne
The Keita Success
95
63
32
51
43
-8
Graham Goodwin
2021 Pls
95
70
25
52
64
12
Liam Keohan
Invincibles
95
58
37
53
54
1
Patrick Mifsud
Red & Black Brigade
95
63
32
54
55
1
Ralph Goodwin
Sky Blue Champions
95
63
32
55
61
6
Con McSweeney
Dowtcha_Boys
94
60
34
56
62
6
Philip Jordan
Frankie's Army
94
60
34
57
58
1
Michael Kenaney
Expected Toulouse
92
62
30
58
53
-5
Gerard McCluskey
Breffni Blues
90
63
27
59
42
-17
Gerry Moore
Mikel's Maestros
90
73
17
60
48
-12
Phil Doyle
FC Muertos Errantes
90
68
22
61
66
5
Cathal Thornton
Horse's Heroes
89
57
32
62
69
7
Jonathan Fox
Kilppety Klopp All The Way To The Top
88
56
32
63
60
-3
Niall Carroll
19
86
61
25
64
71
7
Lionel Knott
Red Abbey Reds
85
53
32
65
65
0
Paul Moore
Bobby Dazzler
85
58
27
66
74
8
Robert Manley
Alisson Wonderland
84
50
34
67
68
1
Victoria Reid
Tristan's Titans
84
57
27
68
70
2
Richard Johnston
The Corporation Lads FC
83
56
27
69
56
-13
Joe Behan
MT-09
82
62
20
70
59
-11
Micheal Joyce
Pure Whites
82
62
20
71
63
-8
Caroline Carroll
Prince
80
58
22
72
73
1
Gavin Morgan
Bristol Fashion
80
50
30
73
72
-1
Gerry Draper
Everton10
79
52
27
74
67
-7
Eoghan Farrelly
Last Chance Saloon
74
57
17
75
75
0
Trevor Byrne
Noddy's 11
74
49
25