The most dramatic day of the season lies ahead – let’s get right to it.
The teams are in, and the big news emerges from St. James’ Park, where both Alexander-Arnold and Salah are benched. With Salah a captaincy option for Big Steve, this could throw a massive spanner in the works before the games even kick off. Most of the other big names start, including David Silva, so popular in the transfer discussions this week. Alongside him, Sterling, de Bruyne, Foden and Jesus start, while Mahrez is on the bench. With Pep Roulette having the potential to be critical this week, and with Manchester City assets favoured for captaincy, this is good news for the majority.
Disaster for King Ding! Having been tipped-off by Jez Messing to some early team news, he tried to make some last-ditch transfers on his Free Hit. However, the game locked-down before he had completed his adaptions, and as a result, he has no idea what his team is, who his substitutes are or who is his captain. There’s a strong possibility Heung-Min Son is his last substitute, which could be catastrophic. This is always the danger with waiting for early team news; for King Ding, his title challenge could be over before kick-off. The first whistle hasn’t blown and we already have an FPL Nightmare.
The teams are revealed for our title challengers. David Silva and Pieters for Saint-Maximin and Wan-Bissaka are Big Steve’s transfers. King Ding has Martinez on his bench and Son third sub, but Martinez will play over Peacock-Farrell. Brandon Williams starting over Mason Greenwood is another huge issue – the King needs the FPL Gods to be shining now.
Big Steve: Pope; Alexander-Arnold, Aurier, Pieters; Bruno, de Bruyne, Salah, D.Silva ©; Aubameyang, Greenwood, Jimenez.
Subs: McCarthy; Foden, Basham, Saiss.
King Ding: Peacock-Farrell; Pieters, Digne, B.Williams, Aurier; Sterling, de Bruyne, Bruno, D.Silva; Ings, Aubameyang ©
Subs: Martinez; Greenwood, Johnson, Son.
In other news, Jockin’ Jeeves has taken an eight-point hit to bring in Kane, Son and van Dijk for Jimenez, Salah and Alexander-Arnold. He must also have received the information from Jez Messing, but he now has a nine-point gap to make up to claim the bronze medal. Deadly Daz, Who Horner, The Ox and Ginger Ben have all played their Bench Boosts, while King Ding, All-Star Vogt and Flash have all used their Free Hit.
Dwight Gayle! Newcastle 1-0 against the champions! All those Liverpool clean sheets are gone – unless Alexander-Arnold enters the fray before the 30th minute.
Aubameyang scores a penalty! Big news for King Ding, who has him as captain. The dream lives. Massive news for All-Star Vogt, too, who also has him as captain.
As it stands, the King is top. All-Star Vogt is up to sixth, just four points off the Dazzlers, who have four more players. Willian, however, is on the Chelsea bench, making it more complicated for Deadly Daz.
Onel Hernandez scores for Norwich! Bad news for the several teams with Manchester City defenders, but it should kick-start their attackers, which is what most people are banking on.
Goal overturned by VAR! The Manchester City clean sheet is back on!
Jesus! 1-0 to Manchester City. Will the floodgates open?
Disaster for the King! Bournemouth score through a King penalty, assisted by Wilson. The Digne clean sheet is gone; given his selection crisis, the King really needs him to produce in attack now. And what’s this? Harry Kane has scored, assisted by lo Celso! Good news for the Lords, though All-Star Vogt also has him. Luckily for Deadly Daz, so does he. Promising for Jockin’ Jeeves, too; Kane has repaid his hit – everything else from him is now a bonus.
As it stands, the King and the Butcher are level. However, the King has Martinez to come off his bench, and he has also made far fewer transfers. If it stays like this, he will be the champion.
All those who doubled and trebled-up on Burnley defenders: look away now. Brighton have scored, Yves Bissouma wiping out so many clean sheets with one goal. Still no goals at the King Power stadium – for one of the most hated teams in football, there’s an awful lot of people who will cheer a Manchester United goal right now.
Tierney puts Arsenal 2-0 up, with what could be a pivotal assist from Aubameyang. King Ding pulls slightly away from the Butcher, while All-Star Vogt is closing in on fifth place.
Luuuuuuundstram! The unexpected hero of FPL this season, the £4m defender who has been playing attacking midfield, has done it again. Disaster for Slick Rick, who has him on his bench, as Who Horner has started him and is rejoicing in the goal that takes him into the crucial twelfth position.
AuBOOMeyang! A second goal for the Arsenal assassin, and this is a sensational performance with huge ramifications. For all the King’s selection disaster, he has the armband on the biggest scorer of the Final Day so far. That one decision could give him all the glory. The assist came from the favour-returning Tierney.
As it stands, the King has a thirteen-point advantage. Can the Butcher respond?
A great looping header from van Dijk ties the scores at St. James’ Park. Bit of a sickener for All-Star Vogt, who removed him from his team this week, though it’s great news for Jockin’ Jeeves. In incredible scenes, however, the performance of Aubameyang has seen All-Star Vogt leapfrog Hitman Hodgson and Jockin’ Jeeves into the bronze medal position!
Deeney scores a penalty for Watford. It seems inconsequential in the moment, but the King has Martinez coming off his bench. That lack of a clean sheet could yet be crucial, and it gives the Butcher hope. Had Martinez saved it, they would be etching King Ding into the trophy as we speak. Moise Kean has equalised for Everton, from a Walcott assist, but that has no impact on anyone.
Kevin de Bruyne makes it 2-0 for Manchester City, assisted by Walker. With most people holding de Bruyne, it is hard to see what impact that will have, though Deadly Daz has him as captain. Wood has scored for Burnley, assisted by Pieters. With both the Butcher and the King holding him, it has little effect on the title race.
Carnage in the closing moments of the half, as Chelsea score twice! Mount and Giroud the scorers, with Mount also grabbing an assist. That could yet prove critical for the Masterchef, who has stuck by the Chelsea midfielder for a long time and is now reaping the rewards. With no further goals before the half-time whistles blew, we now have a brief respite before the final 45 minutes of the season.
As it stands:
The King tops the league.
Hitman Hodgson is back in the bronze medal position.
Masterchef is in the final second-seed position for the Gentlemen’s Classic.
Who Horner is in the final qualification position for the Gentlemen’s Classic.
Mahrez replaces Foden at half-time. Foden may be a talented player, but as an FPL asset, he’s still a long way away. Eric Garcia has also been replaced, denying All-Star Vogt his clean sheet points. That could yet prove critical, as could Antonio being subbed off on zero points, a decision which has a big impact on Hitman Hodgson and Big-Time Birkett.
45 minutes remain of the season. Everything still to play for. From a narrative perspective, you couldn’t ask for more.
Jeffrey Schlupp scores for Spurs! Rules out clean sheet points for Aurier owners King Ding, Big Steve and All-Star Vogt.
Southampton equalise … but it’s not Danny Ings! Che Adams prevents the Sheffield United clean sheet – the only points Lundstram will finish with are attacking ones. Burnley have also conceded again, meaning managers who own their defensive assets – and most of the division do – lose a point per player.
Absolute screamer for Origi, with the assist being more relevant to FPL owners … Robertson with the lay-off. In other news, Burnley have equalised, though the players involved have no owners in the League of Gentlemen.
As it stands, King Ding is 14 points clear. The first-ever retention of the League of Gentlemen championship is thirty minutes away, unless the Butcher can respond.
Doherty removed on 59 minutes, a real sickener for Jockin’ Jeeves who misses out on a crucial point by a matter of seconds. The Liverpool big three – Mane, Salah and Firmino – have all entered the fray at St. James’. VAR have also ruled out Burnley’s equaliser.
Salah hits the post with his first touch! The Egyptian is in the mood, which could prove pivotal in the title race. The King’s cushion looks a lot less secure now.
Welbeck scores against his old club! That essentially condemns the King to just one goalkeeper point. The Butcher is still fighting for this title, and he will love it if he beats the King, love it.
Still goalless at the King Power. Manchester United need goals, and they need them fast. Big Andy Carroll has come on for Newcastle, against his old team. How he’d love to score his first of the season today.
Salah misses a one-on-one! Disaster for the Butcher, but there’s still hope. Salah looks very much in the mood.
Southampton score again through Che Adams. In massive news for their many owners, Martial has assisted Bruno for Manchester United! Finally, the Lords have some more points on the board. Can they get back into the battle against Vogt and Deadly Daz? In the race for the bronze medal, the Juggernauts now have the upper hand by just two points.
STERLIIIIIIIING! A crucial goal for so many managers, not least Jockin’ Jeeves, Lord Geord and Big-Time Birkett, who captained him. Assist for Kevin de Bruyne, which punishes anyone daft enough not to own the midfield maestro. Stanislas also scores for Bournemouth, which will leave King Ding relieved Digne has already been subbed-off.
Ings scores! Massive for King Ding, and crucial for Lord Geord and All-Star Vogt too. The title is surely in the bag for the King now. What a comeback. 119 points behind at one stage, to claim it on the final day. Incredible. Mahrez has scored for Manchester City.
Absolute screamer from Sadio Mane. Not owned by any of the teams still fighting for anything, and neither is Firmino, the assister. Big Steve knows that Salah not being involved means the end of his title dream. It really is devastating to see such an incredible season end with ‘just’ a second place. It’s his greatest FPL performance ever, yet it will sicken him more than any of his previous seasons.
Kevin de Bruyne adds a fifth for Manchester City. What a season that lad has had. Incredible that he was only £9.5m at the start of the season. The first full-time whistle has blown, with Spurs finishing their season with a 1-1 draw against Palace. All those who rushed for Kane after last week must be ruing the decision not to get Aubameyang, who is the highest-scoring striker in FPL since his debut in January 2018.
Full-time whistles are blowing all over the country now, and it’s looking like some sensational stories emerging in the final few minutes. We’ll wait until all the games are completed before reviewing properly though.
And that’s it! The final whistle at the Emirates brings an end to the 2019/20 FPL League season. In incredible scenes, Jesse Lingard scored the final goal of the campaign, his only attacking return all season. Jack Grealish’s goal has kept Aston Villa up on the final day, condemning Watford and Bournemouth to relegation, despite Bournemouth’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park.
We are pretty sure King Ding is the League of Gentlemen Champion for the fourth time, becoming the first ever back-to-back champion in the process. For every other situation in the league, however, we are unsure, as the live table website has crashed! With bonus points being able to change up to an hour after the full-time whistle, and with the situation being so close between so many teams, we will have to wait until the middle of the night to find out the final league table.
Just when you think the drama has ended, it increases in intensity. Only FPL can do this, and the League of Gentlemen does it better than anyone.
The results are in. The bonus points are added. The League of Gentlemen table has been updated for the final time this season. We know The King has reclaimed his throne. We can tell you now that two men entered the Hundred Club and ten teams changed position, all in crucial areas of the competition. Let's find out what happened together as, for the final time this season, we see how fortunes changed and stories concluded for the Gentlemen on the Final Day.
Ahead of them, Wooden Spoon Helling will need a new nickname next season after finishing fourth-bottom, with the final place in the Also-Rans being taken by Jie who, despite an excellent 82-point gameweek, was unable to overhaul the team in sixteenth.
Instead, it was Who Horner and The Ox who did battle to secure the final qualification slot in the inaugural Gentlemen's Classic. The Ox lay down the marker with a massive 83-pointer, secured through nine returns and his Bench Boost. The pressure was on for Who Horner, who also had a Bench Boost to play. The White Warriors needed a score of 77 points to take twelfth spot on the Final Day, a total they achieved in some style. Fourteen returns were secured as Who Horner obliterated his competition, ending the campaign with a score of 101 points and entry into the much-vaunted Hundred Club. Incredibly, his huge total was only the second-highest score of the gameweek, but it proved more than enough for Who Horner to achieve his goal. It saw him end the campaign 38 points behind the team in eleventh, which had long been a straight shoot-out between Private Parvesh and Flash. It was Flash that lost out, with his Free Hit gamble on a triple-Burnley defence being destroyed by his non-playing substitute, Connolly, and his captaincy of the one-point Salah over nineteen-point de Bruyne. Had he received the early team news from Jez Messing he could have pipped Private Parvesh, but the season ends in disappointment for Cows Arse Shovel despite seven returns and 62 points.
Above the Masterchef, a grudge match had developed over recent weeks, which lots of barbed comments and passive-aggressive messages being exchanged between All-Star Vogt and Lord Geord. All-Star declared before the Final Day that his only goal this season was to finish above Lord Geord, and he would take it by any means necessary. Starting the gameweek a point behind, All-Star needed his team to produce, and they went into a massive early lead with two goals and an assist from captain Aubameyang, a lead which briefly took them to third in the table. As the afternoon went on, however, the returns started to dry up. Kane secured a goal, as did Ings and Sterling, but Lord Geord had all three of those players and he had the armband on Raheem the Dream, meaning those returns for Boom Xhakalaka had a net effect of drawing the Lords closer to making up the early deficit. With five players failing to secure returns for Vogt, he ended the gameweek with a score of 73 points, enough to put him ahead of the Lord. However, with Sterling’s goal, one from Bruno, an assist from Martial and a goal and assist from de Bruyne, the Lord was closing in, but time was running out. As the full-time whistles started blowing, the Lord was still behind, by two points on the gameweek and by one point overall. He needed something special. He needed a miracle. He needed the FPL Gods to intervene, to help him end the season with a victory in the heated rivalry, to remind Arsene Whinger that, though he’s a good manager, the Lord is better. With just seconds remaining, his prayers were answered. Kevin de Bruyne, the FPL star of the season, stepped up and caressed the ball home, ensuring Last Gasp Lawes struck again, winning the personal duel and finishing the season four points ahead of All-Star Vogt. Heartbroken, Vogt swore he would not return next season, that he couldn’t take the stress of competition, he couldn’t swallow the bitter pill of defeat. Time will tell if he retires from the competition as a failure in his own eyes, or whether he comes back next year to take another crack at the championship. We all hope it’s the latter.
As we already know, the silver medal went to the Butcher, Big Steve. A devastating end to the most memorable title charge that FPL has ever seen, one where he led from Gameweek Four and showed no signs of being caught, to having his title charge halted by a global pandemic and seeing his momentum ebb away each week upon the restart, the Final Day proved just one gameweek too much for the Butcher. His signings of David Silva and Pieters failed to pay off; despite a Pieters assist and the captaincy on David Silva, they produced just nine points combined, the same total achieved by van Dijk alone. Had the Butcher signed van Dijk and Mount, and given the armband to de Bruyne, he would have emerged triumphant, but it’s easy to say these things with hindsight. On another day, his double-Burnley defence pays off, and he receives the early news from Jez Messing and can transfer out the benched Salah and Alexander-Arnold instead of Wan-Bissaka and Saint-Maximin. What must not be lost in the agony of defeat is what a phenomenal season the Butcher has had. A final Overall Ranking of 16,446, the second-highest in League of Gentlemen history, is something to be so proud of. In any other year, he would have won the title at a canter, and he almost did this time out, too. While he has been pipped at the last by the greatest manager in League of Gentlemen history, Big Steve will forever be known as the League of Gentlemen’s Kevin Keegan, the man who came from nowhere to lead his team to the most exciting season in the competition’s history, becoming the man everyone wanted to see succeed and doing it with class and aplomb. It’s far easier to win a competition than it is to capture the hearts and imagination of your rivals. Big Steve may have lost in the title chase, but he has achieved something truly special, and we are all grateful to have been a part of it. Bravo, Big Steve. You may be the runner-up, but you are the People’s Champ.
That round-up concludes this year’s League of Gentlemen, with a stunning gameweek that saw two teams enter the Hundred Club, which saw scores settled and narratives concluded, which saw all of the top nine and two other teams achieve their personal best Overall Ranking, and which saw the conclusion of a truly special title race. Enjoy your summer, Gentlemen, for it shan’t be long until the festivities resume, until the rivalries reignite and the triumphs of this season give way to the torment of next season. The benchmark has been set. We all look forward to seeing if it can be surpassed. When it comes to picking your 2020-21 squad in a few short weeks, may all your signings be successes, may all your players get returns, and may the FPL Gods be in your favour as much as they have been for King Ding this year.
2019-20 Final League Table
2nd – Big Steve ‘The Butcher' Allison; 2343 points.
3rd – Jamie ‘Jockin’ Jeeves’ Ayers; 2243 points.
4th – Darren ‘Deadly Daz’ Lawes; 2234 points.
5th – Ben ‘Hitman’ Hodgson; 2225 points.
6th – Andrew ‘Lord Geord’ Lawes; 2211 points.
7th – Simon ‘All-Star’ Vogt; 2207 points.
8th – Gavin ‘Masterchef’ Bridges; 2182 points.
9th – Adam ‘Big-Time’ Birkett; 2145 points.
10th – ‘Private’ Parvesh Geerish; 2109 points.
11th – Craig ‘Flash’ Whear; 2091 points.
12th – Laurence ‘Who’ Horner; 2053 points.
13th – Daniel ‘The Ox’ Oxley, 2029 points.
14th – ‘Slick’ Rick McLean; 2013 points.
15th – ‘Ginger’ Ben Cuthbertson; 2005 points.
16th – Dale ‘Iceman’ Newton; 1974 points.
17th – Jonathan ‘Jie’ Johnstone; 1929 points.
18th – Andrew ‘Wooden Spoon’ Helling; 1841 points.
19th – Aidan ‘Tits Up’ Thompson; 1697 points.
20th – ‘Mad’ Mikey Paterson; 1695 points.
21st – ‘Metal’ Marc Farquhar, 1654 points.