Prediction League

It is that time of the year when everybody is eagerly bandying about their predictions for the coming season. Some, like Gary Lineker, are paid huge amounts for our views whilst others look forward to telling friends and family that “this is going to be OUR season.” The fact that they lost more than they won at the end of the previous season or that they have lost their three best players and had a wretched pre-season with a string of embarrassing results against opposition that could not fill the bench, is a complete irrelevance. It’s what we do every year.

Neil Richardson decided to turn the hot air into something positive. I caught up with him earlier to learn what he and his friends have done. He said, “I am once again running the prediction league for the up and coming season. Same format as before with the money being split 50% to the winner and 50% shared between Demelza and Evelina. Every pundit can put his/her money where his/her mouth is and predict the outcome of the 2021-2022 season.

A group of my friends started raising money a few years back and the first year we raised something like £300. This money was used on buying a load of toys from Argos and taking them up to Great Ormond Street childrens hospital. As the years passed more money was raised and we decided to run a charity night. Millwall Football Club kindly allowed us to use their facilities free of charge and a benefit night that consisted of raffles/auctions etc raised us over £10,000 in 2019. This money was split between Evelina and Demelza , two children charities close to many of our hearts at Millwall.

With Covid arriving we unfortunately couldn’t host an event in 2020, so a few of us decided to try different ways to make money and this was my input. Started last season and it raised £280 for the charities with £280 going to the winner who on this occasion was split £140 between two people who tied on the same number of points, their names were Don Bone and Phil Roberts.”

I was delighted to put my predictions in writing. Some are easy – Arsenal to finish bottom of the Premier League, Gillingham to top League One and Arteta to be the first manager to go. Others needed a bit more thought but my list is in and I hope every football fan around the world will join in. It’s just £10 a go and you have a chance to win hundreds of pounds and HUGE bragging rights among friends and family. Much more important is that two fantastic charities will gain much-needed funds.

To get in touch with Neil and request your prediction form, click here.

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