Mama, we made it!! FPL Season 2020/21 was quite frankly, bonkers. Postponed matches all over the place. Games on, and then games off. Teams having 2 or 3 games in hand and FPL managers trying to figure out in advance which gameweeks the extra games would be squeezed into. Double gameweeks and eventually a triple gameweek. Players fit and ready when the gameweek starts, suddenly unavailable due to negative covid tests. Goals going in and then getting disallowed. VAR giveth, VAR taketh. Celebrate your FPL points too early at your own peril. Best laid plans getting ruffled up and tossed out the bedroom window. It was tough, it was rough but we made it through and we now all see each other because we’ve gotten there, Coolio style 🙂
Before announcing the overall winners, we’ll first salute our PFLEF managers who got there quicker than anyone in the months of March, April and May.
Manager of the Month for March – Hari Patel in League 2B grabbed a total of 211 points in this month. Nothing abnormal about his ‘Normal Ones’ as he marched with them through March to reach the summit. I believe his fellow Normal One, Jurgen Klopp was greatly impressed by Hari’s managerial acumen in March. He truly never walked alone.
Manager of the Month for April – Dayo Ade, also from League 2B smashed past every other PFLEF manager in this month. He had warned them earlier, going by his team name ‘I 8-2 be you’. With 312 points, Dayo crushed his adversaries with ruthless efficiency, German Machine style. This wasn’t surprising because he is a Bayern Munich fan.
Manager of the Month for May – League 1’s Ovy Anwuri made all other PFLEF managers pay with dismay in May. His Ikwerre Gooners took no prisoners and gunned their way to the monthly prize by scoring 308 points. Ovy definitely finished the season strongly just like his beloved Arsenal team.
Each of the three managers named above win a guest pass for The Athletic. Congrats to them !!
It is now time to crown our PFLEF Classic League Champion of the season. Step forward, Jeevan Machavaram. He displayed incredible consistency and was dogged in his chase for the top prize. There was no runaway winner in this race this season. It was a great battle between Jeevan and Christopher Hayes’ Chat Chit Get BAMfrd team. At the end, Hale End Fc won it by 3 points on the final day of the season. Jeevan’s purchase of Mane for the final gameweek was a masterstroke. I bet Arsenal won’t mind having a manager like him in charge. Congrats Jeevan. Your prize is $50 and a guest pass for The Athletic.
The race for the $1000 top prize in our PFLEF Champions League was even tighter, Justice Akuchie managed to prevail by 2 pts, holding off a late surge from Chuchu Zik’s Matrixxx. Unlike Neo, Chuchu failed to save the day and he would forever need to deal with the injustice of losing $1000 to Justice.
PFLEF Head to Head Champion is Samson Ayoola. ‘DJ Eddy’ successfully scratched and mixed his way to the final and triumphed over Dayo Ade, 68-58. It was a convincing win and worthy of some celebratory music. Samson also receives a free guest pass for The Athletic.
PFLEF Draft League Champion is Dr Saikat. He was a convincing winner of the top prize, dishing out hugs and killing his rivals softly with his ‘Huggers and Kloppers’ Team. The good Doc certainly enjoyed a good finish to the season, like his beloved Liverpool.
Champions for PFLEF Leagues 2A and League 2B were Alystere Watson and Dayo Ade. We are already familiar with Dayo Ade for being the Manager of the Month for April. Like Hans Flick, Dayo successfully performed a flick from cruise to turbo speed, winning League 2B quite comfortably in the end. For Alystere, this season was no nightmare. His team, ”It’s all a bad dream” won League 2A with more than 100 points!! Congrats to them both. Their guest passes are also on the way.
So there we have it. Some of our PFLEF managers are celebrating the prizes they won. However, some are also celebrating finishing in the prestigious Top 10 of League 1. Some others are celebrating promotion from Leagues 2A and 2B. While others are celebrating escaping relegation from League 1. At the end of the day, this unusual season taking place in a pandemic has showed us that there is always something to be grateful for. And one thing we guarantee you is that we won’t be having a breakaway PFLEF Super League. Ha!! Relegations and promotions would always be our thing. And as far as I know, there isn’t any other FPL franchise out there which does it like ours. Look forward to seeing you in season 2021/22. I’ll definitely see you when you get there 🙂
Compiled and written by Oladimeji Sapoloso