General manager of the toy division of Creative Toys wins the mini-league for the first time.
A record 37 toy industry players took part in this year’s competition, with Hugh Evans eventually triumphing to become the fourth different winner of the Toy World Masters Cup in four seasons. Hugh played consistently well throughout the season, and his final position in the overall game of 2,523 (out of a grand total of 3,734, 001 players) represents a formidable performance in anyone’s language. Hugh modestly told Toy World: “After a very average start I got quite lucky and ended up annoying a lot of people in the office, particularly Andrew Welch. Our main brand – Soccerstarz – being football related does give me a hand, because we spend a lot of time talking about it in the office.” (NB Toy World’s brand is by no means football-related, but that doesn’t stop us talking about it a lot in the office as well).
2012/13 winner, Toy World publisher John Baulch, was this year’s runner-up, pipping Wilton Bradley’s Mike Gasgoigne, the 2013/14 winner, who came third. Last year’s winner Peter Griffin did what can only be described as a ‘Chelsea’ and posted a mid-table finish just outside the top ten, illustrating just how fierce competition was this year (like Chelsea though, he is expected to challenge at the top again next season). Hasbro’s Gareth Lobo occupied the final Champions League place in 4th, while Golden Bear’s Phil Hancox and Winning Moves’ Dan Taylor took the UEFA slots in 5th and 6th.
As there is no relegation from the Toy World league, Click’s Lewi Hillier gets a chance to redeem himself next year, something I’m sure he hopes his beloved Aston Villa can achieve as well. Now it’s time to take a break over the early part of the summer, before next year’s Fantasy Premier League game re-opens in July. Can Hugh become the first manager to successfully defend his title next year? We’ll post details of how to join next season’s league when it opens, and if you’d like to join in and pit your wits against the toy trade’s finest football statisticians / gamblers, you’ll be very welcome. It certainly gives competitors plenty to talk about when they see each other during the season.