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Savile Rogue Scarf Competition Results 22/12/2013

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.

Many thanks to all those who entered our competition to win a Savile Rogue Watford scarf.   The objective was to name a Watford player past or present who had played for each of the clubs in the Premier League and each of the other clubs in the Championship.  Beyond that, the winning entry would be the one whose 43 named players had scored the largest number of Southern League, Football League and Premier League goals for Watford between them.

No player’s name could be used against more than one club, and each player used must have appeared in at least one competitive game both for Watford and for the team in question.

35 entries were received, of which 16 successfully put a name to each of the 43 slots.  Of these, the most prolific entry in terms of Watford goals was received from Anders Flatas whose nominations racked up 1962 goals between them;  Anders wins the scarf… I’ll be in touch, sir. Commiserations to Paul Baxter, an honorable second, and third place Jem Whiteley, last year’s winner, who put in another strong showing.

See below for a link to the full results table. Luther (WBA or Bournemouth), Ross (Palace) and Cliff (Arsenal or Charlton given that Ross takes Palace) should have been straight in, and then it was a matter of rotating Wilko, Danny Graham, Marlon, Heidar, Mooney, Tommy Smith and the others in many different permutations.

After much fiddling around with spreadsheets I didn’t take any pleasure at all in beating Anders’ score by one goal, the composition of which is also detailed below.  However this is only one possible avenue to this score… the insertion of Tommy Jones for Wilf Rostron appears to be the critical non-rotational difference, although Anders could reasonably claim a moral victory by dint of including Wilf in his selection (with due respect to the late Mr.Jones).  Many congrats if you can improve on the optimum claimed… rest assured that I’m past caring.

The subtlest of errors in nominations was the naming of a player who was once signed, or had a trial with the club in question but never made the stipulated competitive appearance.  This invalidates nominations for Nathaniel Chalobah at Chelsea, Len Dunderdale at Sheffield WednesdayAlan Mayes at Q.P.R. and Stewart Scullion at Charlton Athletic.

Other errors can loosely be categorised as either:

  • Putting a player’s name against two clubs (the second of which, arbitrarily, is invalidated)
  • Leaving a team blank
  • In very few cases, putting a player down with no association with the club in question.

Been as generous as I can be re spelling…  happy to discuss or explain any queries, but please be polite… 🙂

So for those with an insatiable appetite for such data, enjoy:

Full Results Table

Club-by-Club Summary

Full Club-by-Club Listing

Player List in order of Most Nominations plus Detail!

Alphabetical player listing (for confirming your score!)

Note that both the Club-by-Club summary and the full Club listing are a little distorted by the occasions on which a player was nominated next to two clubs – since only valid entries are counted, the discarded lower entry in the team list is arbitrarily missing.

You will now be returned to your normal program…


1. paullbaxter - 22/12/2013

Good fun messing about with the permutations. Many thanks for the challenge, Matt.

Having missed Ken Oliver, he is now my least favourite player.

2. Big Al - 23/12/2013

Probably because he is strangely absent from the Watford archive’s list of leading scorers.(watfordfcarchive.com). Never trust t’internet

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