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Season IV - 1996/97
FINAL TABLE
posteam nameManager£ Final Squad CostWeekly Averagetransfers£ prize moneytotal points
01Butt Kickers IIILawrence Baynes£60.0m9.3710.00371
02Bushall FSCColin Brown£50.3m8.3n/a6.50330
03Magicmen Go FourthMatthew Jermy£44.2m7.4n/a5.00295
04Crockford's Crackers Take TwoPeter Crockford£35.4m7.2n/a3.50288
05COBUTOFNick Jermy£31.4m6.7n/a2.50266
06Jimmy Hill's ChinRoss Peggs£40.4m6.5n/a-259
07Pritchard's Perfect Players ProbablyScott Pritchard£27.9m5.8n/a-233
08Hot Hot HotAaron Fenn£29.6m5.1n/a-202
09The Demented FerretsIan Brown£24.5m4.9n/a-195
10Apples and Pears IIAndrew Prior£27.4m4.8n/a-190
11Orange Squash PurifiedAdam Pritchard£47.0m4.2n/a-168
12Spartak CheeseMichael Lucchesi£35.3m4.0n/a-161
13Wigger's Tranny GodsStuart Wigby£16.8m3.1n/a-124
14Slimmer Than Peter DefinetlyRegan Peggs£19.6m3.0n/a-121
15Alan Hansen's ScarIan Brown£26.2m2.7n/a-107
SEASON HONOURS
SFP CHAMPION
Butt Kickers III
Lawrence Baynes
SFP CHAMPION
WINNINGS
10
SFP CUP
Crockford's Crackers Take II
Peter Crockford
SFP CUP
21:-5
VS
Jimmy Hills Chin
WINNINGS
tbc
FFA CUP
P.P.P.P.
Scott Pritchard
FFA CUP
WINNINGS
N/A
INTER LG SHIELD
Hot Hot Hot
Aaron Fenn
INTER LG SHIELD
5:1
VS
Apache Indians
WINNINGS
6.5
EURO LEAGUE
Magicmen Go Fourth
Matthew Jermy
EURO LEAGUE
3:0
VS
Butt Kickers III
WINNINGS
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SEASON STORY

In 1996 the league grew yet again with the addition of another 3 managers. Scott Pritchard, Aaron Fenn and Craig Hunting joined the previous season's twelve managers for auction four, hosted in the the Jermy Garden in St James.

At the auction, Spartak Cheese manager Michael Lucchesi would set a new SFP record by splashing £8.0m on Gianluca Vialli.

The second defence of Baynes's SFP title didn't start well, with Butt Kickers finding themselves 2nd from bottom on the opening day. Bushall FSC again started well and lead the table until January, although Nick Jermy's COBUTOF top top spot for a single week at Christmas. After a month long fight for top spot, on 25 January Butt Kickers resumed their place at the top of the league and would remain so all the way through to May to claim their third SFP title in a row.

History was made during March 1997 when Butt Kickers set a new record with the purchase of Robbie Fowler for £33.5m, who would go on to score just 10 points.

In the Inter League Cup, Aaron Fenns's Hot Hot Hot represented the SFP in the final against St James Fantasy League opposition. Unbelieveably Fenn took his first honour in his debut season, against much favoured Tom Rycroft's Apache Indians with a 5:1 win.

In the European Super League, which had grown to feature 9 teams from the SFP and St Jame FL, Magicmen would go on to claim the title against Butt Kickers.

For the domestic competitions the SFP Cup would finish in a two legged 21:-5 win for Crockford's Crackers against Jimmy Hills Chin. In the FFA Cup, Scott Pritchard picked up his first honour in his debut season.

SEASON STATS
Number Of Teams
15
Budget
30
Plus Bonus
£5m
Squad Size
15
Auction Venue
Matt and Nick's Garden,
St James
Web Site
No
Entry Fee
2.00
Prize Fund
1st £10, 2nd £6.50, 3rd £5, 4th £3.50, 5th £2.50
Manual By Matt
GK and DEF 4pts clean sheet
GK and DEF -1 for every goal conceeded
All players 2 pts assist
All players 3 pts goal
MOST EXPENSIVE IN SEASON
33.5 Fowler
Lawrence Baynes
Most Points In A Week
33
Most Points In A Week
COBUTOF
Most Consecutive Wks top
17
Most Consecutive Wks top
Butt Kickers III
Most Expensive at Auction
8.0 Vialli
Most Expensive at Auction
Michael Lucchesi
LEAGUE TOP SCORER
Shearer
87 points
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SQUAD STATS
Butt Kickers III
NO.POSPLAYERTEAM£COSTPTS
1MDKeaneMUN0.03
2DFDixonARS1.634
3DFNeville, GMUN2.620
4MDSherwoodBLA2.03
5DFStauntonAVL2.450
6MDMersonARS2.634
7MDStuart, GEVE2.623
8FDFowlerLIV33.510
9FDFerdinandNEW6.270
10GKSchwarzerMID0.00
11FDDublinCOV1.547
12DFBjornabyeLIV0.028
13GKMartin, NLEE0.034
14MDWilcoxBLA0.06
15DFJohnsonCHE0.00
      
      
      
NO.POSPLAYERTEAM£COSTPTS
1MDHydeSFW0.00
2FDBergerLIV2.92
3MDAgnewSUN0.03
4FDArmstrongTOT13.90
5DFMcGrathAVL3.00
6GKHislopNEW1.00
7FDBarmbyMID3.65
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Points from Defence
Most £m Spend
33.5
Fowler
Total Spend
79.4
Points from Midfield
Points from Forwards
Weekly Average
9.3
Transfers
9
TOP SCORER
Ferdinand
70
SEASON FORM
SFP TAPE

After the success on the first edition, the SFP tape return in 1996/97 for a double tape edition.

Same format as last time, managers were interviewed on Chubby Brown's tape recorder and their songs followed on the tape. The highlight has to be Ian Brown's ingterview and subsequent choice of Never Too Late by Kylie.

20 years on, the Chairman does feel the need to apologise for some of the introductory and finale song choices. M People's Search For A Hero and the inclusion of Michael Ball feel very out of place with the rest of the mix ...

FIFTEEN MEN AND A FANTASY

In the 1996/97 season the league was supported by a weekly (when possible) newsletter produced by Ross Peggs. Fifteen Men & A Fantasy would turn up on a Friday night at Scouts updating all managers on the latest league positions, cup information and transfer activity. Ross would also go the extra mile with interviews, stats and facts. To view these newsletters, click on the link above to open a PDF.

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