You may have been wondering why there has been nothing from The Grambler over the past few weeks. The reason for this is that the originator of The Grambler, and lifelong Motherwell supporter, Stewart Smith, died on 29th August. Two years after being diagnosed as having bowel cancer and having come back from the brink on numerous occasions he could fight no more. He was 28 years old. No age at all really. And still 27 years younger than the point the government see as being the age at which screening for bowel cancer is considered important. Stewart always wanted to raise awareness about bowel cancer in younger people. Even teenagers can develop bowel cancer (see www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/never-too-young for further information).
He wanted The Grambler to continue after his death and I am happy to keep it going. Okay, we Gramblers may not win a fortune, but we can continue to tell the world about this horrible, horrible disease called bowel cancer. We can still contribute, and tell all our friends to contribute, to the Bobby Moore Fund(bobbymoorefund.cancerresearchuk.org) which is working hard to promote awareness of bowel cancer in younger people and helps fund research.
Five game accumulator from all leagues
Game – Result – Odds
What can I say about this fixture? Erm… both these teams are lucky to still be in the Premiership. At the end of last season both were struggling away in the lower reaches of the table. They met three times last season – twice in the league and once in the League Cup quarter final. Surprisingly, Aston Villa were the better team overall with two wins and a draw. Since Aston Villa had such a crap season against just about every other team, these performances against Norwich might just have been Aston Villa's manager (and ex Norwich manager) Paul Lambert trying to show the Norwich faithful that he had moved to a better side (yeah, right). Given that they are both struggling again this year (
sitting in 15th place and Aston Villa in
17th) a draw here might be a reasonable bet. Norwich
Incidentally, it seems that Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor obviously doesn’t think much of One Direction (swoon swoon), having put in a seriously nasty challenge on Louis Tomlinson (apparently a member of One Direction who isn’t Harry Stiles) in a recent charity match. He obviously doesn’t think much of people who make pots of money for doing so little and Agbonlahor thinks the same.
Oh, another thing…
have signed a Dutch striker called Ricky van
Wolfswinkel. Yeah. I know.
Cracking name. Fnarr fnarr. Norwich
Motherwell link –
keeper John Ruddy and Aston Villa manager Paul
Lambert are both ex Motherwell players. Norwich
Our second fixture takes us to the Seagulls’ Falmer Stadium – named after a small village between Lewes and
Brighton and definitely not named after the maker of
unfashionable men’s trousers – where they meet the Trotters. Four out of six points from last season’s
meetings between these two clubs went to Bolton. So that would suggest that the Grambler had
the prediction spot on. But wait, Bolton
can’t buy a win so far this season managing only three points from three draws
and after seven games are propping up the table. Brighton have at
least got a couple wins to boast of. So,
for the Grambler’s sake – Come on the Seagulls!
Not very convincing is it?
Our third fixture takes us to
, home of the Pompey faithful – and if there are any
fans left they must be incredibly faithful.
Since 2010 Fratton Park have plummeted from the Premiership down to Division
2 (or Division 4 in reality). Currently
they sit in the bottom half at number 13; surely the Conference League
beckons. Visitors today are Portsmouth no doubt with the Cod Army in tow. Fleetwood have started the season off well
and currently sit at number 3. All of
which suggests that the Grambler has cocked it up again – but hey, this is all
about random gambling so, who knows? Fleetwood Town
Our number four game takes us over the border – way, way over the border to the Dons’ Pittodrie in the north east of
. Until Scotland joined Caley in the top flight last season this was
as close to a local derby match that the Invernusians managed, even though the
two places are 83 miles apart. Ex
Motherwell management team of Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas have got Caley
riding high at the top of the league – ahead of even Motherwell and some other
outfit. Oh yes, Celtic. They remain unbeaten, only dropping two
points with a draw at Ross County . Celtic Park are doing okay as well, sitting at number 4. The last two meetings between the teams went
the way of the home team on both occasions; perhaps the Grambler is not so far
wrong with the prediction of a draw. Aberdeen
Motherwell link – As well as Tel and Mo, ex Motherwell players are in both squads.
playmaker and goal-machine Richie Foran and have defender Mark Reynolds. Aberdeen
Queen’s Park vs
– Away –
The final game of our quintet takes us to the home of Scottish football – Hampden. Well, Lesser Hampden which is where the Spiders play out of. Visitors today are
who have the rather dull nickname of the Black and
Whites. I wonder what gave them the idea
for that one. Both teams have got off to
a shaky (crap) start. Elgin City sit in second bottom place with 5 points and the poor
old Spiders are in bottom spot with (whisper it) no points. The Grambler reckons
they will still be on ‘null points’ after this encounter. I don’t think I disagree. Elgin
If the Grambler has got everything spot on and the 5 game accumulator pays out the odds are – fanfare – 386/1. Woo hoo!
Okay, I don’t think it will happen so I have done a cowardly thing and also put 10 doubles on the same games. Yeah, what a copout. Still it might bring some pennies for the Bobby Moore Fund. And isn’t that what it’s all about.