Now, before I give this week’s results, I will explain a few things for those of you who aren’t really into gambling, but still want to help the cause by donating to The Grambler’s ‘Kick Cancer’s Arse’ Fund.
Firstly, let me explain my own way of putting money into it. I have a bet on The Grambler’s predictions each week. Each week’s bet costs a mere £2.20. If it wins more than £2.20 all the money (including the stake) goes to the fund. If the winnings are zero or (as in this week’s case) less than £2.20, I still put £2.20 into the fund. Basically, I put the stake money in no matter what. The Bobby Moore Fund wins even when I lose, if you like (even if you don’t like – it’s no skin off my nose). That seems quite simple to me. And if I can understand it, it must be simple.
Okay, what if you can’t be bothered with all that betting and stuff and just want to help kick cancer’s arse – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t – well the simplest way is to go to http://www.justgiving.com/Geraldine-Smith3 and select donate and... well… donate. By the way, it looks a bit confusing lately because Geraldine’s pal and her family are currently adding sums of money to the fund so you might think you are giving to the wrong justgiving page. You’re not though, there is Stewart in his
top looking pensive (Stewart, not the Scotland top). Scotland
Right. Clear? Good. Let’s find out what happened to The Grambler’s predictions on Saturday.
Huddersfield vs Watford which The Grambler predicted would be a home win for Huddersfield. I, in my
notes, suggested that this was… mmm… unlikely.
However, after what Aston Villa did to last week (and West Ham did to Spurs today – Wow!) I
went along with the bet (despite thinking The Grambler was bonkers in the
nut). As it turned out The Grambler got
it wrong. Although, it looked promising –
Man City Huddersfield took the lead after 17 minutes (Ward) and hung on to
it for oooh… almost a minute when Watford’s Forestieri
equalised. Watford took the lead just before half time when they were awarded a free
kick. That was dealt with by goalkeeper
Smithies who parried the ball straight to Pudil who simply lobbed it back over
his head. Watford manager Zola Budd said he ‘wassa pleaseda weetha the teamsa performancea’. Incidentally, so far this season Watford have 22 goals (the best in the Championship) scored by 10 different
Next up The Grambler picked Port Vale vs
as an away win.
In my notes I suggested that The Grambler had bollocksed it up again;
and so it proved to be. No, I am being
unfair because until the 90th minute it looked as if The Grambler had called it
right. The Robins took the lead in the
55th minute when Wagtail..sorry Wagstaff..I’ve got birds on the
brain… hit the top corner from 15 yards.
However, they were denied all three points (and The Grambler denied a ‘hit’)
when Hughes picked up a slack back pass and easily rounded the keeper to tap
in. Do you realise what you have
done? Yes you, Lee Hughes. By your selfish greed you have denied the
Bobby Moore Fund a decent pay-back this week!
Well, I hope you are pleased with yourself! What the hell are you doing playing football
at your age, anyway? You’re 37 for
goodness sake! You should be taking the wife to Ikea on a Saturday afternoon
instead of spoiling the dreams of hundreds (well 7) Grambler followers by
kicking footballs about! Shame on you,
you, you…old person! Bristol City
Ahem. Sorry about that. Next we headed to
for a Devon derby in which beat Plymouth
Argyle as predicted by The Grambler.
The Grecians took the lead on 56 minutes when Davies slotted in from an
Alan Gow (Yay!) pass. Argyle equalised
on 69 from a Luke Young free kick. It
looked to be heading for a draw until the 83rd minute when Alan Gow (Yay!) put
the Grecian 2000s ahead. ‘Alan’ Bennett
sealed the win on 90 minutes with a third goal for the home side. Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was very proud of his players
and very pleased with the win telling the BBC, ‘I’m very proud of my players
and very pleased with the win,’ before heading home for some scones with
clotted cream and jam. Exeter
The fourth match chosen by The Grambler was
vs Portsmouth Rochdale. For
this game The Grambler predicted that – you know, the club that is dropping down the league
faster than I don’t know what – were going to beat Portsmouth Rochdale. You know, sitting at 17th in the table to beat Portsmouth Rochdale sitting 5th. You know, Rochdale who had won their previous four games.
To be beaten by who could only boast two wins out of nine
played. Honestly! How ridiculous! There is absolutely no way a team like Portsmouth is going to beat a team like Roch…Oh they did? Well I never.
Three nil too? Good heavens. What’s that you say? A police helicopter flew over the
ground? So pigs do fly after all. Portsmouth
And finally Esther Stenhousemuir vs
East Fife was The Grambler’s fifth prediction. And what was the prediction? That East Fife, who are a bit…well…crap, would beat the mighty Stenhousemuir. Ha ha ha!
When was the last time East
Fife so much as took a point
off Stenny? Oh. So they drew, did they? Yep. I thought The Grambler had called it totally
wrong. To be fair he/she/it did, but it
wasn’t the complete opposite that I imagined it would be. Stenny nearly took the lead within 4 minutes
when Darren Smith (Yay!) hit the post (Boo!).
They did indeed take the lead on 23 minutes when Darren Smith (Yay!) was
brought down in the box by goalkeeper Greg Paterson (Boo!) [This is turning
into a bloody pantomime – Ed] and John Gemmell scored from the spot. However,
just before half time East
Fife’s Craig Johnstone
netted from a Pat Clarke cross to earn that point. So, before the game East Fife were sitting in
seventh in the league; where has that point taken them? Sadly, down to tenth (ie. bottom!). Unfortunately for East Fife, Stranraer, Airdrieonians and Forfar – the three teams previously
below them – all won their games and swiftly overtook them. Ahh.
So, as I mentioned earlier, The Grambler was right with only two of the five predictions. Not a good week’s predicting , but I am sure you will agree, ‘we was robbed’ – two of the other results could so easily have gone The Grambler’s way. I am still confident that one day, The Grambler will get it spot on and when that happens, I will be kicking myself that I have only put 20 pence on for the accumulator!