August Monthly Round-up
So the first month of the new footballing season has been and gone and it’s safe to say that no shortage of drama has unfolded. We’ve seen big upsets and absolute thrashings, but most importantly we’ve seen goals, goals and more goals! Here is your monthly round-up of August’s Ultimate Goals.
As with the weekly reviews we will start with our monthly top scorer. A massive well done to Victoria Jones on leading the way as we head into September, with a colossal total of 461 points. Victoria’s ahead of the chasing pack by some distance, an achievement in itself with so many fellow competitors, with Jamie Adams (a member of Club 100 three times already this season!!) the ‘best of the rest’ in second place – some 34 points behind the leader, but nevertheless a very impressive return! In total we’ve had 71 triple digit scores, with 60 of you breaking into the illustrious Club 100. Lee Thacker was August’s highest weekly scorer with an astonishing 156 points, recorded in the bonanza of goal scoring action that was GW 2! A week later we had our highest average score of 56, sharply followed the week after with our lowest at a measly 23. However, on average the weekly score in August was a fairly respectable 40 points and after five gameweeks the average points tally sat at 198, with 37% of you above that mark.
As the month progressed, it quickly became apparent which teams were highest in the popularity stakes. Unsurprisingly, ‘sure-to-score’ Manchester City were the most selected, especially on x2 (the no risk approach!), with Tottenham Hotspur and Premier League leaders Liverpool being picked the most on x3 and x4. However, taking up x5 all the way through to x8 as the highest chosen team was Celtic, whose early season form in front of goal has clearly not gone unnoticed! After scoring no less than 12 goals in the opening two gameweeks, The Bhoys have been backed in even bigger numbers by the TUG faithful, being picked 89 times on x8 alone in August!
On a sorrier note we had an eye-watering 93 minus scores in August, comprised of 77 minus 20s, 10 agonising minus 40s and 6 cruel minus 60s! How long before we see our first -80 i wonder, it’ll happen sooner or later i’m sure! A fair bit of catching up to do for some of you already then, but fear not as there is nearly 9 months to pull it all back by mastering the art of The Ultimate Goals!
– Samuel Wilkinson