Sporting fanatics will know there is no shortage of sporting action this weekend. The next 12 hours or so will see if Paddy can hold off the advancing Tiger, while England look set to throw away their one-game advantage in the Ashes; Mayo look favourites to claim a spot against Kerry in the last Four of the All-Ireland Football Championship as The Cats prepare to take one more step to Five in a Row glory in the Hurling.
[To the sound of a drum roll] But, naturally, the main sporting focus on Slugger will be the launch of the fourth season of the Slugger Fantasy Footy League. The Premier League in England kicks off next weekend so I’m posting the code to enter Slugger’s Fantasy Footy League a week early to allow prospective players to take the requisite time to get their team selections ready. If a week is a long time in politics, then two months without top notch football can be an eternity. In that time, the Blue side of Manchester has finally flexed its financial muscle and surely must now be in a strong position to break up the cosy cartel at the top of the table, whilst the Red Devils enter the season minus Ronaldo and Tevez. Chelsea have a new boss at the helm, whilst Birmingham’s street cred as a football city has been bolstered by the return of Wolves and Birmingham City to the Big Boys League.Code to join the league: 871743-179216
Here is the home page for the FAs Fantasy Football League.
Fourteen Premiership clubs are listed with Irish players available for selection. Obviously, the list is not exhaustive of Irish players at Premier League clubs- for instance, Corey Evans is not available for selection at Manchester United, nor is Craig Cathcart, though either may feature at some stage of the season (and thereafter become available for selection.)
Altogether, thirty-nine Irish players are listed (on my count anyway- let me know if Ive missed any), twenty-nine from the Republic of Ireland panel and ten from the Northern Ireland team. Out of interest, eleven of those listed play for the three recently promoted teams- Burnley, Birmingham City and Wolves, indicating just how beneficial the promotion of those teams may end up being for both international sides.
Of course, serious Fantasy players would not dream of allowing National preferences/ prejudices to get in the way of their team selections….
Birmingham City: Maik Taylor, Stephen Carr, Lee Carsley, Damian Johnson
Blackburn Rovers: Keith Andrews, Stephen Reid, Aaron Doran
Bolton: Andy OBrien, Joey OBrien
Burnley: Martin Paterson, Michael Duff, Chris McCann
Fulham: Stephen Kelly, Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird
Hull City: Kevin Kilbane, Caleb Folan
Manchester City: Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland
Manchester United: John OShea, Johnny Evans, Darron Gibson
Portsmouth: Steve Finnan, Marc Wilson
Stoke City: Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan, Liam Lawrence
Sunderland: David Healy, Daryl Murphy, Paul McShane, George McCartney, Andy Reid
Tottenham: Robbie Keane
Wigan Athletic: James McCarthy
Wolves: Kevin Foley, Stephen Ward, Andy Keogh, Kevin Doyle