After 38 gameweeks in the BHAFC Fantasy League - a feature in the matchday programme - a winner was crowned on the final day of the season, as Peter Brackley’s ‘Brack Of The Net’ came from behind to snatch the title.
The Brighton & Hove Albion supporter and well-known football commentator strung together six consecutive victories in the final weeks of the season to leapfrog Robyn Schonhofer’s ‘One Kick Wonders’ into first place.
Schonhofer, a former TalkSport newsreader and avid Albion fan, was leading the race for a number of weeks, but defeat to Sussex cricketer Luke Wright on the final day of the season allowed Brackley to move level on points.
Although the pair were tied on 75 points, Brackley’s overall score of 2278 was the best in the league, which allowed ‘Brack Of The Net’ to claim the 2017/18 BHAFC Fantasy League title.
Brackley commented on his last-gasp victory, saying, “Freedom of the city, a promenade tour in an open-top Reliant Robin and M23 street parties beckon now surely to celebrate my success as player-owner-manager of ‘Brack Of The net’.
“It's totally changed my life. Instead of sitting around all day doing nothing in particular, I can now focus lovingly on the fantasy table while sitting around all day doing nothing in particular.
“Commiserations to the likes of ex-players Kerry Mayo, Johnny Byrne, Gary Hart, Gordon Smith, Gary O'Reilly and Warren Aspinall, who I presume will form a managers' guard of honour while shouting "he's one of our own” as I mount the victory rostrum by an Amex programme seller's stall.
“At this point, though, I should confirm some credit for my achievement [alright - ALL of it] must go to my son-in-law assistant manager Nic Bauer, who fastidiously planned our matchday strategy with the tactical precision of Motty, Guardiola and Napoleon Bonaparte rolled into one.
“I know it's unfashionable to reward managers for doing what you recruited them to do, but I am seriously considering perhaps retaining him next season.”
A mention must also go to sixth-placed Jules Breach - ‘Breach For The Stars’ - for her Gameweek 12 total of 113 points, which was not only the highest score in the league throughout the season, but also saw the Albion supporter achieve the 15th-best female score IN THE WORLD for that gameweek.
Beneath are the final standings of the BHAFC Fantasy League: