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  1. Disclaimer.
  2. What Is It ?
  3. How To Enter.
  4. Point Scoring.
  5. Administrivia.
  6. Previous Winners.
  7. Current Table.
  8. Predictions for Next Game.


This competition is run for fans of Leeds United by a fan of Leeds United. It is not endorsed by or connected with Leeds United Association Football Club in any way.

What Is It?

As its name suggests, the Leeds United Predictions League is a competition to see who can most accurately predict the fortunes of Leeds United. It is run in association with the Unofficial Leeds United mailing list and the results are posted to that list.

The Predictions League serves 2 purposes - it's an interesting diversion that enables us to see just who the real pessimists and optimists are (the optimists did quite well last season), and it serves to keep 'prediction-only' mail away from the list and thus helps reduce the load on the main mailing list.

The winner of the Predictions League receives the Statto Shield, a suitably magnificent trophy donated by me and gets to keep, love and cherish it for 6 months or so, before they must then post it on to the next winner.

How To Enter

There will be two seasons of the Predictions League in the course of a normal football season. The first PL season runs from the start of the season in August through to the the end of December. The second PL season runs from the first game in the New Year through to the end of the season in May.

You don't have to be in at the start to enter (although that will obviously increase your chances of winning) - feel free to join the league at any time in the season.

To join the Predictions League, point your forms-capable WWW browser at /pl/JoinPL.html and fill in the relevant information there.

You can submit an entry for the Predictions League by: pointing your WWW browser at /pl/MakePrediction.html and fill in the relevant fields anytime before kick-off (I do check the mail path, so no sneaky late postings ;-). The results appear sometime after the final whistle: how long depends on how long it takes me to get back/whether I'm staying overnight in Leeds for a beer/whether I'm going to work in the morning etc..

You should receive an automated acknowledgement of your prediction some time after you post it (how long it takes depends on many things, but will rarely be more than 24 hours). If it indicates a problem with your prediction - or if you wish to change your prediction, just resend your entry.

If you've forgotten your password, want to change your name or email address, or just want to reconfirm what your predictions were, look at /pl/Account.html.

Point Scoring

Points are scored as follows:

You Predict Points
Correct score 10
Correct result (W/D/L) 5
Correct goal difference +2
One team's score correct +2

So, if Leeds won a game 2-1, here are some predictions and what they would score:

Result Score Why
Leeds 2 - 1 Them 10 points correct score
Leeds 3 - 0 Them 5 points correct result
Leeds 3 - 2 Them 7 points correct result + goal difference
Leeds 2 - 0 Them 7 points correct result + one team's score
Leeds 0 - 1 Them (boo!) 2 points one team's score
Leeds 0 - 0 Them 0 points total cock-up

and for the crowd:

Your crowd guess Points
Exact 5 points
+/-1% 4 points
+/-2.5% 3 points
+/-5% 2 points
+/-7.5% 1 point

Here is a list of the average & highest gates (as at 14/10/2001):

Team Capacity Average
Leeds United 40204  
Brighton 6960  
Burnley 22546  
Cardiff 19000  
Coventry 23633  
Crewe 10046  
Derby 33597  
Gillingham 10952  
Ipswich 30300  
Leicester 32500  
Milwall 20146  
Forest 30602  
Plymouth 20134  
Preston 21412  
QPR 19148  
Reading 24200  
Rotherham 11514  
Sheffield United 30936  
Stoke 28384  
Sunderland 48300  
Watford 22000  
West Ham 35500  
Wigan 25000  
Wolves 28525  

In the event of a tie, the winner will be the person with the most fully correct score predictions. Failing that, the average score will be used to separate the two, then "result" points rather than "crowd" points (although if they finish on the same points, and neither missed a prediction I'll have to think of yet another way of doing it).


If you fail to enter for four successive games, your name will disappear from the results list, but you will retain the points you were awarded, so if you enter again, you'll get your original points back.

All PL-related posts to the list (mainly by me, but others may wish to raise the odd point) should have a Subject: line that starts "LUPL:" to make it easier for those who aren't interested to skip.

Any enquiries about the PL should be mailed to - try to keep them off the Leeds list and out of the normal predictions inbox.

Previous Winners

Season 1 (October 1994 - May 1995): Vic Apelian
Season 2 (August 1995 - January 1996): Joo Tan
Season 3 (January 1996 - May 1996): Steve Raywood
Season 4 (August 1996 - January 1997): Jon Abbott
Season 5 (January 1997 - May 1997): Jon Abbott
Season 6 (August 1997 - January 1998): Martin Conway
Season 7 (January 1998 - May 1998): Chris Haynes
Season 8 (August 1998 - January 1999): Vic Apelian
Season 9 (January 1999 - May 1999): Per Larsen
Season 10 (August 1999 - January 2000): John Owen
Season 11 (January 2000 - May 2000): Pete Jeffreys
Season 12 (August 2000 - January 2001): David Partridge
Season 13 (January 2001 - May 2001): Olivia Haynes
Season 14 (August 2001 - January 2002): Nigel Sykes
Season 15 (January 2002 - May 2002): Adrian Dingle
Season 16 (August 2002 - January 2003): Julian Ravilious
Season 17 (January 2003 - May 2003): Arif Samnani
Season 18 (August 2003 - January 2004): Chris Haynes
Season 19 (January 2004 - May 2004): David Keddie
Season 20 (August 2004 - January 2005): Phill Shields
Season 21 (January 2005 - May 2005): Mandy Haynes
Season 22 (August 2005 - January 2006): Colin Kenny
Season 23 (January 2006 - May 2006): David Keddie
Season 24 (August 2006 - January 2007): Steve Loker
Season 25 (January 2007 - May 2007): It could be you!

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