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Thanks to our statistical marvel Mark Simmons for a bumper OptaNobs. If you love stats then these based on the past N&R FL season are fantastic.

Sounds about right.
The winner of the N&R Premier League got more than the winner of the Championship who got more than the winner of the Conference.

And bottom of the Premier League got more than the bottom of the Championship who got more than the bottom of the Conference.

The top 2 scores came from the top division and the bottom 3 scores were in the bottom division.

The average points scored for the N&R Premier League was 1329, for the N&R Championship 1272 and for the N&R Conference 1253.

Splitting the leagues like we do and the prize money is not easy, but these stats help with our justification.

Transfers work. Honest.
Everyone in the N&R Premier League did some transfers, 5 in the Championship didn’t do any, and 9 in the Conference didn’t do any.

However everyone who did a transfer in our bottom division increased their scores.

Well, maybe not always.
One manager (Trevor Fairweather) in the Championship after doing all of his 12 transfers actually ended with a lower score! Whoops.

And in our top division, three managers (Ryan Saveall, Paul Long & Huw Thomas) ended with lower scores with Huw getting a spectacular 78 points less by doing just one transfer. How did that happen?

But, really it is the only way to succeed.
The best increase in the Premier League was an extra 443 points. That was Ben Guarino. In the Championship it was winner Matt Pini with 420 points and in the Conference it was Emma Wells with 392. This proves again the more astute transfer dealers were in the top division.

If we banned transfers.
And you had to stick to your XI that you picked in August, then the top three overall would all have come from the bottom division!

1. Joe Harding 1,402 points
2. Mark Dewberry 1,366 points
3. Max King 1,344 points

That Matt Pini. He’s pretty good.
Double league winner Matt Pini could have stopped playing 5 weeks from the end and still would have won the N&R Championship.

If only.
Our N&R FL Champion got 1,574 after doing all his transfers that gained him an extra 414 points. However you could have had the following team from day 1 that would have got 1,867 points being 293 more than our winner with NO transfers, and NO Man U players!

GK Mignolet LIV 3.5m. 135 points
DF Ivanovic CHE 4.9m. 169 points
DF Terry CHE 4.8m 156 points
DF Bertrand SOT 2.7m 144 points
MF Hazard CHE 5.8m 212 points
MF Cazorla ARS 5.2m 170 points
MF Henderson LIV 4.1m 157 points
MF Chadli TOT 3.6m 144 points
ST Aguero MCY 7.5m 219 points
ST Berahino WBA 4.0m 183 points
ST Kane TOT 3.8m 178 points
Total 49.9m, 1,867 points

If money was no object.
The best fantasy XI irrespective of value would have been:

GK Mignolet LIV 3.5m 135 points
DF Ivanovic CHE 4.9m 169 points
DF Terry CHE 4.8m 156 points
DF Bertrand SOT 2.7m 144 points
MF Hazard CHE 5.8m 212 points
MF Cazorla ARS 5.2m 170 points
MF Silva MCY 5.6m 158 points
MF Henderson LIV 4.1m 157 points
ST Aguero MCY 7.5m 219 points
ST Berahino WBA 4.0m 183 points
ST Sanchez ARS 7.0m 212 points
Total 55.1m, 1,915 points

Oh dear.
Next season Nobby & Ready will be like a couple of bookends – one in the N&R Premier League and the other in the N&R Conference.

Best and worst fantasy Premier League team.
Chelsea got the most fantasy points and would have won the league. Arsenal would have come 2nd and City 4rd. Newcastle would have came bottom with Hull and QPR joining them in relegation. See spreadsheet attached to the email for a complete listing. Interesting stuff.

Bribes.
Finally, the total number of points scored by all teams was 111,964 which seems like the number of years Sepp Blatter was in charge of FIFA, and apparently is exactly one millionth of the amount of bribery money passed through the pockets of FIFA officials since Sepp took over!

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