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    County League Gazette: 1st July 2010

    The English County League was finally declared official today after nearly three years of planning. The idea was suggested back in 2007, when it was suggested that the teams of England were losing geographical allegiances. The idea was seized upon in 2009 by the Welsh FA, who were tired of running a sub-par league that was compared to the likes of England's semi-professional leagues. After a year of wrangling with UEFA, the Welsh FA were allowed to run the County Leagues, but the teams had to agree to not entering any other competitions besides those designed for them, and, later on, the UEFA contests. This was met by dismay among TNS and the Welsh 'elite', but they were promised that their league would still run, ableit without the chance to get thrashed 6-0 by the champions of Lithuania or Belarus.

    The Association of British Counties were asked to create a roster of teams, and selected the 39 traditional counties of England, in addition to a Welsh side, would form two 20 team divisions, with promotion and relegation between them but no relegation out of the second division. 2 teams were to be relegated a year automatically, with the team finishing 18th in the upper division facing a playoff with the team in 3rd in the lower division.

    The two divisions were called the English County First and Second Division - the league executives didn't see the point of a Premier Division. Investment quickly came from many sources, including the league's first sponsor, Carlsberg.

    Three cups were established. The main cup was the County Cup, a cup that would start with 8 groups of five teams. Two would get through from each group and play two legged ties until the final, which would be held at the Millennium Stadium. The reason this cup was given this format is because the Welsh FA felt that a team should have to work hard for the Europa League place a victory in the cup would bring.

    The second cup was the Challenge Cup, a straight knockout cup, though a replay would be held in event of a draw. This cup demanded 5 under-21s be picked for the first XI, with a total of 10 being required in the 16man matchday squad.

    The final cup, which wouldn't make an appearence until the second season, was the Super Cup. This cup was simply a match between the Division One champions and the Cup winners, with the Division One runners up filling in in the case of a double.

    All competitions had recieved permission from the EU to restrict the amount of foreigners, so long as it was possible for at least nine foreigners to get the chance to take part in the match day. As a result, the maximum in the starting XI was 6 foreigners, with up to 9 permitted in the match day squad.

    With everything set, the draw for the league was held. Fourty teams were placed into the hat, with the first 20 out being assigned to Division One. These teams were, in order of drawing:

    Devon
    Durham
    Staffordshire
    Somerset
    Derbyshire
    Suffolk
    Kent
    Cumberland
    Middlesex
    Northumberland
    Northamptonshire
    Buckinghamshire
    Yorkshire
    Herefordshire
    Berkshire
    Norfolk
    Cambridgeshire
    Westmorland
    Leicestershire
    Nottinghamshire

    Once this draw was made, there was no time for the lucky teams to celebrate as the balls were placed back into the machine, and mixed once again, this time to draw the groups for the County Cup. They were as follows:

    Group A:
    Devon (D1)
    Hampshire (D2)
    Hertfordshire (D2)
    Rutland (D2)
    Staffordshire (D1)

    Group B:
    Cambridgeshire (D1)
    Cumberland (D1)
    Gloucestershire (D2)
    Northamptonshire (D1)
    Welsh Counties (D2)

    Group C:
    Lincolnshire (D2)
    Norfolk (D1)
    Oxfordshire (D2)
    Somerset (D1)
    Yorkshire (D1)

    Group D:
    Bedfordshire (D2)
    Cornwall (D2)
    Durham (D1)
    Shropshire (D2)
    Suffolk (D1)

    Group E:
    Essex (D2)
    Kent (D1)
    Leicestershire (D1)
    Middlesex (D1)
    Surrey (D2)

    Group F:
    Huntingdonshire (D2)
    Northumberland (D1)
    Nottinghamshire (D1)
    Warwickshire (D2)
    Worcestershire (D2)

    Group G:
    Berkshire (D1)
    Cheshire (D2)
    Dorset (D2)
    Westmorland (D1)
    Wiltshire (D2)

    Group H:
    Buckinghamshire (D1)
    Derbyshire (D1)
    Herefordshire (D1)
    Lancashire (D2)
    Sussex (D2)
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    Nice clean format, and a good read so far

    D1 for Somerset can't complain. Is the County Cup seeded? Because that's a very suspiciously even spread of teams otherwise :P

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    Looking good Chief Durham D1 thatl do me

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    Cup draw isn't seeded, that is pure luck of the draw. In FM10 we had four seasons of cup draws with even groups like that.

    First update will be coming tomorrow, hopefully.

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    Division 1- all Cambridgeshire could ask for really. Looking forward to doing over Norfolk and Suffolk.

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    Good start so far.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this thread progress.

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    Good read so far

    Well second division for Huntingdonshire, although I'm sure that will change at the end of the season.

    Three teams in D1 in the cup draw, we'll see who deserves to be there.

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    It says D1 for Worcestershire in the Cup Draw but I can't see us in the main league? I may just be being dim. Looking forward to this one starting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihsaan View Post
    It says D1 for Worcestershire in the Cup Draw but I can't see us in the main league? I may just be being dim. Looking forward to this one starting
    He's probably meant to put D2 cause 21 teams in the cup have D1 beside them and only 19 have D2

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    D2 looks fine...

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    Got a team in both leagues - Lets hope for success in leagues and cups

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    How dissapointing, ending up in the second division. Good to finally be started though!

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    County League Gazette: 11th August 2010: Challenge Cup Draw!
    The draw for the first English County Single Match Challenge Cup, known simply as the Challenge Cup, was made today. In the first round, only the twenty second division sides are entered; four are given byes and will join the first division sides in the second round by default.

    The matches are as follows:
    Beds. v Gloucs.
    Worcs. v Lincs.
    Essex v Lancs.
    Welsh Counties v Herts
    Dorset v Cheshire
    Sussex v Hunts.
    Hants v Surrey
    Cornwall v Oxon

    The first cup match will be played on the 19th, between Bedfordshire and Gloucestershire. The rules state that at least 5 of the first XI and 10 of the 16-man match squad must be under 21. A draw will bring about a replay, with extra time and penalties only appearing if the replay is also tied.

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    County League Gazette: 1st September 2010: August review
    All three of the County competitions have begun. The league is in full swing, teams having played their first 3 games, while both cups have also seen action. So far, there is no team really standing out, although Lincolnshire and Wiltshire have provided a fantastic high scoring affair, Lincolnshire taking an excellent 9-3 victory in a Division Two game at the Stonehenge Stadium. Lancashire have had an awful August, losing every game and conceding 16 in the first 3 league games. Dorset, on the other hand, have scored 16 in their first 3, including 7 against Lancashire, 5 against Sussex and 4 in a 5-4 defeat to Bedfordshire.

    In the Challenge Cup, two ties have been settled. Bedfordshire beat Gloucestershire 2-1, while Cornwall first drew 1-1 with Oxfordshire, before winning 4-0 in the replay. Due to frequent clashes with the league and County Cup, the remainder of the ties will be played on or near the 5th of September. The draw for the second round is as follows:

    Essex or Lancs. (both D2) v Salop. (D2)
    Cornwall (D2) v Northants (D1)
    Herefordshire (D1) v Durham (D1)
    Worcs. or Lincs. (both D2) v Berks. (D1)
    Bucks (D1) v. Berks (D1)
    Westmorland (D1) v Rutland (D2)
    WCFC or Herts. (both D2) v Kent (D1)
    Somerset (D1) v Devon (D1)
    Norfolk (D1) v Yorkshire (D1)
    Northumberland (D1) v Cumberland (D1)
    Wilts. (D2) v Beds. (D2)
    Middlesex (D1) v Staffs. (D1)
    Derbys. (D1) v Cambs. (D1)
    Dorset or Cheshire v Sussex or Hunts. (All D2)
    Suffolk (D1) v Leics. (D1)
    Hants or Surrey (D2) v Warwickshire (D2)

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cumberland, Cambs. (behind on GD), Middlesex (-2)
    Bottom 3: Durham (behind Northumberland on GD), Kent (-1), Suffolk (behind on GD)
    Player of the month: Nathan Delfouneso (Derbyshire)
    Young player of of the month: Leigh Griffiths (Berkshire)
    Manager of the month: Gian Piero Gasperini (Cumberland)
    Goal of the month: Ishmael Miller (Staffs. (v Derbys.))

    Division Two summary
    Top 3: Herts, Welsh Counties (behind on GD), Cheshire (behind on GD)
    Bottom 3: Oxfordshire (behind Hampshire on GD), Wiltshire (behind on GD), Lancashire (behind on GD)
    Player of the month: Robin van Persie (Herts)
    Young player of the month: Mario Balotelli (Surrey)
    Manager of the month: Sam Milne (Herts)
    Goal of the month: Matt Thornhill (Rutland (v Gloucs.)

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    Sounds like a fairly even start, hopefully I'm not too far off the pace!

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    Seeing Middlesex in the Top 3 has made me so glad I picked them in addition to Hampshire!

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    At least winning a 12 goal thriller has given the fans something to enjoy.

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    As with previous, I will gladly do screenshots of things and match videos if requested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    As with previous, I will gladly do screenshots of things and match videos if requested.
    Can you post a screenshot of the Sussex squad please, like to see what sort of players I have

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    As with previous, I will gladly do screenshots of things and match videos if requested.
    Can you provide screenshots of Middlesex and Hampshire squads.

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    Very good so far

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    County League Gazette: 1st October 2010: September review

    Cambridgeshire have so far proven to be the team to watch in the First Division, winning their first seven league games, a run that was only ended at Derbyshire's Thornton Park. Derbyshire also defeated Cambridgeshire in the Challenge Cup. Division Two's 'big boys' are currently Lincolnshire, the Ploughmen also boasting a record of played 8, won 7, drawn 1, their draw having been at home to Cornwall back as the season opener. At the bottom of Division One, Suffolk continue to struggle, though they have managed a win, beating Devon 1-0 in Ipswich. Lancashire have improved a little, managing two victories to take them away from the bottom slot in the Second Division.

    In the County Cup, Warwickshire were totally decimated by neighbours Worcestershire, being defeated 10-0 at their own ground. Two weeks later they made up for this a little, beating Northumberland 5-0 at the Tyneside Stadium. Overall the group stage has been fairly ordinary in terms of action, with only Lincolnshire able to win four out of four, though others have played and won three. Just as in the league, Suffolk are struggling and have failed to get a single point as yet.

    The Challenge Cup continues in earnest, with Cornwall, Lincolnshire and the Welsh Counties defeating higher division opposition in the form of Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Kent respectively. The draw for the third round has been made:

    Lincs. (D2) v Herefordshire (D1)
    Middlesex (D1) v Derbys. (D1)
    Beds. (D2) v Cheshire (D2)
    Hants. (D2) v Yorks (D1)
    WCFC (D2) v Leics. (D1)
    Westmorland (D1) v Cornwall (D2)
    Cumberland (D1) v Salop (D2)
    Somerset (D1) v Berks. (D1)

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire (-5), Buckinghamshire (-1)
    Bottom 3: Herefordshire (-2 on Leicestershire), Westmorland (-1), Suffolk (behind on GD)
    Player of the month: Richard Stearman (Derbyshire)
    Young player of the month: Jordan Spence (Durham)
    Manager of the month: Johnny Hollywood (Cambridgeshire)
    Goal of the month: Richard Stearman (v Westmorland)

    Division Two summary
    Top 3: Lincolnshire, Cheshire (-1), Welsh Counties (-1)
    Bottom 3: Lancashire (behind Wiltshire on GD), Rutland (-1), Warwickshire (-1)
    Player of the month: David Wheater (Lincolnshire)
    Young player of the month: Mario Balotelli (Surrey)
    Manager of the month: Jacob Fox (Lincolnshire)
    Goal of the month: Carl Baker (Lancashire (v Rutland))

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    Unbeaten and top of the league...check
    Knocking out higher division clubs in the cup...check
    Manager of the Month award...check

    I know the capricious God of football is getting ready to kick me in the pants.

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    Lenzar, could you give me an indication of Cambridgeshire's first XI, as we're doing so well and all. Also, has Oxlade-Chamberlain had any impact as yet?

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    Lenzar looking great man kutgw. Oh could i get a sxreenshot of durhams squad

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    Is there any chance we could have a screenshot of the Division 2 Table? And maybe the Worcestershire squad? Thanks

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    Go on the Derbyshire!

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    Woo top and manager of the month for the 1st update! if its possible could you do league table screenshots and the cups with the knockout tree view? Would make it easier to track the people who aren't top or bottom 3.

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    Mario Balotelli rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldkohmew View Post
    Mario Balotelli rules
    At what? Throwing darts at youth teamers? Zing!

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    Well no news on Huntingdonshire yet, I'm sure we're just biding our time outside the promotion places waiting for the early runners to fade away.

    Shame we got knocked out the cup to the team bottom of D1, but we can concentrate on promotion ...

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    Oxlade-Chamberlain has so far made only 2 league starts, coming on once as a sub. He has however started ll of Cambridgeshire's cup games, scoring one goal. His average ratings are around 6.7 in both league and cup, so nothing fantastic yet.

    Division One table
    Division Two table
    Cambridgeshire First XI
    Hampshire
    Durham
    Middlesex
    Worcestershire

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffieldtim View Post
    Unbeaten and top of the league...check
    Knocking out higher division clubs in the cup...check
    Manager of the Month award...check

    I know the capricious God of football is getting ready to kick me in the pants.
    As I started to simulate October, sure enough, I noticed 'Shropshire 2 Lincolnshire 1' flash up on the processing panel. ;)

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    Mid-table mediocraty for Sussex any chance of a team screen for them please Lenzar?

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    Cheers for the screenshots oh great two best players get Bans yaayy

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    Solid defense for Chesire. It's keeping me in D2 title contention

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaritoneTrouble View Post
    At what? Throwing darts at youth teamers? Zing!
    At least he's performing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaritoneTrouble View Post
    At what? Throwing darts at youth teamers? Zing!
    Yeah hes keeping his target practice up and his eye Co-ordination at a top level

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    County League Gazette: 1st November 2010: October review

    Cambridgeshire have yet again proven to be the team to watch, winning every league game in October. Only a cup defeat, 2-0 at home to the Welsh Counties side prevented a perfect month. Manager Johnny Hollywood has shown himself to be something of a genius, though many believe that the board takeover in August is the real reason behind the success story.

    Meanwhile, Suffolk continue to struggle, although their record for October was much improved, winning one, drawing one and losing two, though the month was ended with a terrible 5-0 thrashing in Hereford - Herefordshire are only 18th and manager David Moyes is said to be furious at the performance there.

    The Second Division remains a lot tighter, especially after Lincolnshire's loss to Shropshire. Whilst by now it is clear that Lincolnshire are still favourites, a poor run could let either Cheshire or the Welsh Counties into the top spot.

    Warwickshire are still bottom, managing only one draw in the league, but they did manage to defeat high flyers Nottinghamshire in the County Cup, a result which may save van Basten's neck for another month. Pundits, however, believe the end is near and the Dutchman is currently 6-4 favourite to be the first County League manager to be sacked.

    The Challenge Cup has reached the Quarter Final stage, with a number of Second Division teams having upset the odds on several occasions now:

    WCFC (D2) v Cornwall (D2)
    Berks. (D1) v Hants (D2)
    Herefordshire (D1) v Salop (D2)
    Derbys. (D1) v Cheshire (D2)

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire (-10), Cumberland (-2)
    Bottom 3: Herefordshire (-2 on Westmorland), Leicesteshire (-1), Suffolk (behind on GD)
    Manager of the month: Johnny Hollywood (Cambridgeshire)
    Player of the month: John Terry (Staffordshire)
    Young player of the month: Ciaran Clark (Durham)
    Goal of the month: Luke Woods (Cumberland (v Yorkshire)) - REGEN!

    Division Two summary
    Top 3: Lincolnshire, Cheshire (-3), Welsh Counties (-2)
    Bottom 3: Lancashire (-1 on Essex), Rutland (-3), Warwickshire (-1)
    Player of the month: Michael Woods (Oxfordshire)
    Young player of the month: Jack Rodwell (Dorset)
    Manager of the month: Laszlo Boloni (Oxfordshire)
    Goal of the month: Michael Woods (v Rutland)

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    Looking like it could be Derbyshire's year in the cup

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    The title is ours! What do you mean, only October?

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    Mark my words, Huntingdonshire (always laugh when typing that name) are biding their time outside the top few of league 2 waiting for that late promotion push. Has Andy Carroll been banging them in?

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    no news means good news.

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    Steady mid-table for Somerset, I guess. Better than fighting to stay clear of relegation, I guess

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    Durham outside of the Relegation battle ill take then onwards and upwards

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    J.T. player of the month, wouldn't mind a look at the staffs squad if you get a chance.

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    County League Gazette: 1st December 2010: November review

    Cambridgeshire have begun to show signs that the pressure is getting to them. November has been their poorest month, with only two wins out of five league games. Two draws and a loss in Hereford has given Somerset, who had an excellent November, a chance to close the gap on the leaders.

    At the bottom of the First Division, meanwhile, Suffolk and Leicestershire continue to flounder, despite Leicestershire managing to pull off an amazing 5-0 win in Exeter. Both sides also managed victories in cup games, possibly sparing their beleagured managers at least until December.

    Division Two is less interesting for those who are hoping for a close league. Lincolnshire yet again won all their games, allowing them to maintain a strong lead over second placed Welsh Counties. Hertfordshire lay even further back, but are under pressure from Worcestershire and Dorset. Who will occupy the playoff berth at the end of the season?

    At the bottom, Rutland have been extremely disappointing, failing to win a single game all month. Warwickshire have managed to do fairly well, amassing three wins and taking themselves off the bottom of the table.

    In the County Challenge Cup, three Division Two sides are still in with a shout, with only one First Division side able to make it through to the semis:
    Hants v Salop (both D2)
    Cornwall (D2) v Derbys. (D1)

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cambridgeshire, Somerset (-5), Derbyshire (-4)
    Bottom 3: Northumberland (-1 on Middlesex), Leicestershire (-5), Suffolk (behind on GD)
    Player of the month: Nemanja Vidic (Kent)
    Young player of the month: Hal Robson-Kanu (Somerset)
    Manager of the month: Jens Konig (Somerset)
    Goal of the month: Wilfred Zaha (Somerset (v Leicestershire))

    Division Two summary
    Top 3: Lincolnshire, Welsh Counties (-9), Hertfordshire (-8)
    Bottom 3: Sussex (-1 on Lancashire), Warwickshire (behind on GD), Rutland (-6)
    Player of the month: Stephen Pearson (Wiltshire)
    Young player of the month: Sotiris Ninis (Essex)
    Manager of the month: Jacob Fox (Lincolnshire)
    Goal of the month: Nathan Tyson (Worcestershire (v Cheshire))

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    Cambridgeshire have begun to show signs that the pressure is getting to them.
    No we haven't!! Shut up!

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    I'm telling you all now, Derbyshire for the cup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by as260191 View Post
    I'm telling you all now, Derbyshire for the cup!
    It just goes to show that Divison 2 is much harder than Division 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimpos View Post
    It just goes to show that Divison 2 is much harder than Division 1.
    Not from where I'm sitting (the managers office in Lincoln).

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    Sounds like I'm in with a chance of the Playoff position, just need to push for the home stretch!

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    Keep on slipping Cambs, Somerset are coming for you
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    hoping for a surprise =)

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    Not a lot to say about Nottinghamshire, maybe that's a good thing! LOL

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    you should make the database for all of us, i would love to play this

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    County League Gazette: 1st January 2011 - December review

    Five points remains to be the gap at the top of Division One, despite Cambridgeshire's humiliating loss to Suffolk. Somerset lost to Staffordshire in Taunton as they failed to capitalise. At the bottom, Suffolk and Leicestershire are within touching distance of safety, only 3 points behind Middlesex and Devon. With a couple of good results, things may all change for the bottom two.

    In Division Two, Lincolnshire are still well clear, with the Welsh Counties a further ten points from third placed Cheshire. Rutland remain bottom, managing only one point in December.

    The big talking point, however, has been the group stage results, which were as follows:

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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team          |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Hampshire     |       | 8     | 6     | 1     | 1     | 14    | 8     | +6    | 19    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Hertfordshire |       | 8     | 3     | 4     | 1     | 13    | 9     | +4    | 13    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Staffordshire |       | 8     | 2     | 2     | 4     | 15    | 11    | +4    | 8     | 
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    | 4th   |       | Rutland       |       | 8     | 2     | 2     | 4     | 8     | 13    | -5    | 8     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   |       | Devon         |       | 8     | 2     | 1     | 5     | 9     | 18    | -9    | 7     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team             |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Welsh Counties   |       | 8     | 6     | 2     | 0     | 14    | 2     | +12   | 20    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Cambridgeshire   |       | 8     | 3     | 3     | 2     | 11    | 7     | +4    | 12    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Gloucestershire  |       | 8     | 3     | 2     | 3     | 10    | 10    | 0     | 11    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Cumberland       |       | 8     | 3     | 1     | 4     | 9     | 12    | -3    | 10    | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   |       | Northamptonshire |       | 8     | 0     | 2     | 6     | 6     | 19    | -13   | 2     | 
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    |       |       |                  |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team         |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Lincolnshire |       | 8     | 7     | 0     | 1     | 19    | 5     | +14   | 21    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Somerset     |       | 8     | 5     | 1     | 2     | 18    | 8     | +10   | 16    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Norfolk      |       | 8     | 3     | 2     | 3     | 7     | 8     | -1    | 11    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Yorkshire    |       | 8     | 1     | 2     | 5     | 7     | 17    | -10   | 5     | 
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    | 5th   |       | Oxfordshire  |       | 8     | 0     | 3     | 5     | 3     | 16    | -13   | 3     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team         |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Cornwall     |       | 8     | 4     | 2     | 2     | 11    | 6     | +5    | 14    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Shropshire   |       | 8     | 4     | 2     | 2     | 11    | 7     | +4    | 14    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Durham       |       | 8     | 2     | 4     | 2     | 8     | 9     | -1    | 10    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Suffolk      |       | 8     | 2     | 2     | 4     | 7     | 14    | -7    | 8     | 
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    | 5th   |       | Bedfordshire |       | 8     | 1     | 4     | 3     | 9     | 10    | -1    | 7     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team           |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Surrey         |       | 8     | 5     | 1     | 2     | 16    | 12    | +4    | 16    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Kent           |       | 8     | 4     | 3     | 1     | 19    | 11    | +8    | 15    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Essex          |       | 8     | 3     | 2     | 3     | 11    | 9     | +2    | 11    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Leicestershire |       | 8     | 3     | 1     | 4     | 7     | 11    | -4    | 10    | 
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    | 5th   |       | Middlesex      |       | 8     | 1     | 1     | 6     | 9     | 19    | -10   | 4     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team            |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Nottinghamshire |       | 8     | 6     | 0     | 2     | 17    | 7     | +10   | 18    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Huntingdonshire |       | 8     | 4     | 3     | 1     | 11    | 6     | +5    | 15    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Warwickshire    |       | 8     | 3     | 1     | 4     | 12    | 17    | -5    | 10    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Worcestershire  |       | 8     | 2     | 3     | 3     | 14    | 8     | +6    | 9     | 
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    | 5th   |       | Northumberland  |       | 8     | 1     | 1     | 6     | 2     | 18    | -16   | 4     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team        |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Cheshire    |       | 8     | 5     | 2     | 1     | 18    | 7     | +11   | 17    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Berkshire   |       | 8     | 4     | 2     | 2     | 18    | 13    | +5    | 14    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Dorset      |       | 8     | 4     | 1     | 3     | 12    | 12    | 0     | 13    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Westmorland |       | 8     | 2     | 1     | 5     | 14    | 24    | -10   | 7     | 
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    | 5th   |       | Wiltshire   |       | 8     | 1     | 2     | 5     | 14    | 20    | -6    | 5     | 
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team            |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
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    | 1st   | Q     | Derbyshire      |       | 8     | 5     | 1     | 2     | 19    | 18    | +1    | 16    | 
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    | 2nd   | Q     | Herefordshire   |       | 8     | 5     | 0     | 3     | 22    | 15    | +7    | 15    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Buckinghamshire |       | 8     | 3     | 3     | 2     | 9     | 7     | +2    | 12    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Sussex          |       | 8     | 3     | 2     | 3     | 10    | 11    | -1    | 11    | 
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    | 5th   |       | Lancashire      |       | 8     | 1     | 0     | 7     | 7     | 16    | -9    | 3     | 
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    |       |       |                 |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |       | 
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    The draw for the last 16 has been made, with Welsh Counties now being considered to be hot favourites after their excellent performance in the group stage.

    Hants. (D2) v Herts. (D2)
    WCFC (D1) v Notts. (D2)
    Kent (D1) v Cornwall (D2)
    Cheshire (D2) v Surrey (D2)
    Somerset (D1) v Derbys. (D1)
    Lincs. (D2) v Berks. (D1)
    Herefordshire (D1) v Huntingdonshire (D2)
    Cambs. (D1) v Salop (D2).

    Finally, the Challenge Cup final will be held between Cornwall, who beat Derbyshire 3-0, while Hampshire will face them having defeated Shropshire 2-0. We will know on the 9th which county will be the first to win silverware, though there is no European place for winning the Challenge Cup.

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cambridgeshire, Somerset (-5), Derbyshire (-2)
    Bottom 3: Middlesex (behind Devon on GD), Leicestershire (-3), Suffolk (behind on GD)
    Player of the month: Steven Gerrard (Staffordshire)
    Young player of the month: Hal Robson-Kanu (Somerset)
    Manager of the month: Jim Alex (Staffordshire)
    Goal of the month: John Fleck (Cambridgeshire (v Northamptonshire)

    Division Two summary
    Top 3: Lincolnshire, Welsh Counties (-9), Cheshire (-10)
    Bottom 3: Lancashire (-1 on Warwickshire), Sussex (-2), Rutland (-5)
    Player of the month: Carlos Tevez (Lincolnshire)
    Young player of the month: Henri Lansbury (Cheshire)
    Manager of the month: Jacob Fox (Lincolnshire)
    Goal of the month: Henri Lansbury (v Gloucestershire)
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    A poor record in the group stages really, ah well.

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    I just have to hope Lincolnshire don't blow up in the run-in.

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    nice going through

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    County League Gazette: 1st February 2011 - January review

    Cambridgeshire's lead at the top of the table has again shrunk, thanks to a loss against Northumberland and a draw in Berkshire. Durham, now hot on their heels won all their league games, fresher due to not being in the cup. At the bottom of the table, Suffolk and Middlesex continue to struggle.

    In the Second Division, Lincolnshire continue to dominate, with the Welsh Counties also safely in their second place. Rutland continue to show little ambition or drive, still only having recorded one win all season as the crowds start to diminish - Rutland is the smallest county in the league and has always struggled to attract interest.

    In the Cup, the First Round was completed without too many surprises, though Lincolnshire destroyed Berkshire 10-2 on aggregate. The Quarter Final draw is as follows:

    Kent (D1) v Cheshire (D2)
    Herts. (D2) v Derbys. (D1)
    Cambs. (D1) v Welsh Counties (D2)
    Hunts. (D2) v Lincs. (D2)

    Finally, in the Challenge Cup, the two sides produced a five-goal thriller. The champions, the first county to lift any silverwear were...Cornwall! The boys from the South-West lifting the trophy after a fine 3-2 victory.

    Division One summary
    Top 3: Cambridgeshire, Durham (-3), Derbyshire (-5)
    Bottom 3: Northamptonshire (-1 on Northumberland), Middlesex (-4), Suffolk (-3)
    Player of the month: Lionel Messi (Herefordshire)
    Young player of the month: Bojan (Notts)
    Manager of the month: Arron Balmer (Durham)
    Goal of the month: Febian Brandy (Cumberland (v Westmorland))

    Second Division summary
    Top 3: Lincolnshire, Welsh Counties (-10), Cheshire (-9)
    Bottom 3: Warwickshire (-1 on Lancashire), Sussex (-1), Rutland (-10)
    Player of the month: Toni Kroos (Dorset)
    Young player of the month: Ryan Bennett (Welsh Counties)
    Manager of the month: Francois Le Tissier (Hants)
    Goal of the month: Danny Coid (Warwickshire (v Rutland))

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    not in hunt ...

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    Nice to see, this sign-up is continuing after the forum maintenance thingy...

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    Forgot about this one! Hopefully I'll make a dash for promotion...

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    Hopefully Kent can make a run at this Europa league place and Essex can stave of relegation

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    woohoo come on Durham!!!

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