Fans? What Do They Know! Part 3

Last updated : 21 May 2006 By Andy Beill
Editors of fellow Footymad sites submitted season previews at the start of August. We'll use a points system to rate their predictions. Let's see how they got on!

Brighton - Bob Gear
Going up: "Norwich, Palace, and Leeds through the play-offs"
Although two of them made it to the play-offs, they were not successful, nor were Norwich who languished below. 0 points

Going down: "Cardiff, Watford, Millwall"
Way off with Cardiff and promoted Watford, and managed to overlook your own side, Bob! You got Millwall though. 1 point

Brighton's chances: "We'll be struggling to avoid relegation once again without a doubt."
Struggled, and failed. 1 point

Hull City's chances: "Mid-table"
We didn't manage that, thanks for your optimism though, Bob! 0 points

Final Score: 2/8 - Click here to read Bob Gear's preview in full, and here to visit his Brighton And Hove Albion Weblinks site.

Leeds - Kevin Markey
Going up: "You must consider the teams that went down and any one of 6 other clubs such as Wolves, Ipswich, Sheff Utd, Derby, Hull and ourselves"
By naming 9 teams you covered your bets there, but still only got one - Sheffield United. 1 point

Going down: "Brighton, Crewe and Plymouth"
Plymouth were in no real danger, but absolutely right with the other two. 2 points

Leeds's chances: "Top 6"
Correct - Leeds came 5th and lost in the play-off final . Always nice to remind ourselves of that! 1 point

Hull City's chances: "Top 10 at the very least and perhaps a surprise play-off position"
Some Yorkshire solidarity there! We didn't quite match up though. 0 points

Final Score: 4 /8 - Click here to read Kevin Markey's preview in full, and here to visit his website Leeds United Mad.

Sheffield United - Paul Holland
Going up: "Going automatic I see Wolves and Palace doing the business whilst Sheffield United, Leeds (if they get it right) or Norwich have to be taken seriously."
Reading and Watford also had to be taken seriously, but you did get your own team, Paul. 1 point

Going down: "Millwall are my hot tip for relegation. Also penned in for the drop I would tip Brighton and Watford."
Watford surpassed your expectations, Paul, but right with the other two. 2 points

Sheffield United's chances: "Play-offs! Ideally like every club would be to go up as Champions but even United fans have to be realistic and face the facts that we never do anything the easy way so if we do realise our dream and hit the big time then it will have to be via the back door."
Your side did better than you thought, Paul! 0 points

Hull City's chances: "They should fare best of the three that went up (Hull, Luton and Wednesday). Though they have a good manager, I can not see them pulling up any trees but would be shocked to see them anywhere near bottom come May. A mid-table finish beckons for the Tigers"
In the middle of the trio of promoted teams. We were slightly nearer the bottom than you expected, and mid-table was out of sight. 0 points

Final Score: 3/8 - Click here to read Paul Holland's preview in full, and here to visit his website Blades Mad.

Sheffield Wednesday - Andy Parsons
Going up: "I think Leeds will have a strong season. Norwich haven't lost too many players and will be a force to be reckoned with. My other tip to go up will be either Ipswich or Palace via the play-offs."
Close with Leeds and Palace but not close enough, and neither were Norwich or Ipswich. 0 points

Going down: "I think Luton will find life hard - the step up in class will be difficult. Brighton don't impress me and I think it is time for Crewe's stay in the championship to come to an end."
Luton didn't find life that hard, but Brighton and Crewe did indeed. 2 points

Wednesday's chances: "Just below mid table I think... If we finish about 10 points clear of the relegation zone, I am sure that everyone will be happy with that."
Exactly 10 points clear of 3rd from bottom Crewe! 1 point

Hull City's chances: "A comfortable mid-table finish I think would be good tip."
Not quite. 0 points

Final Score: 3/8 - Click here to read Andy Parsons' preview in full, and here to visit his website Owls Mad.