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Mike Gascoigne regains Toy World Fantasy Football League title

Published on: 28th July 2020

Wilton Bradley national account manager Mike previously won the competition in 2018.

Mike Gascoigne

Mike Gascoigne

Mike Gascoigne once again emerged triumphant in this year’s Toy World Fantasy Football League, topping the table after the fantasy game mirrored real-life events, starting up again last month after a long mid-season hiatus. Mike finished with a relatively comfortable winning margin of 69 points, which represented another successful campaign for the former winner, who last topped the Toy World League two years ago. To put Mike’s performance in context, the game has almost 7.5m players worldwide and Mike finished in 3455th place overall – a major achievement by any standard. Mike led the Toy World league for much of the season, and although the chasing pack closed the gap slightly in the final weeks of the campaign, his lead had realistically been unassailable for some while.

Flying the flag for Australia, Matt Nielsen came in second place, while last year’s winner, Creative Toys’ Hugh Evans, put in a post-restart burst to claim third spot. Toy World’s John Baulch finished in the final Champions’ League spot, overtaking another former winner, ex-Winning Moves executive Peter Griffin, on the final day. WWE’s Carl Lawrence joined Peter in the Europa League positions, so expect them to have Thursday night trips to Minsk or Vilnius to look forward to next season. Clementoni’s Jordan Kay narrowly missed out on a Europa spot in 7th place, while Winning Moves’ Kieran McNamara, Topps’ Simon Wright and Brad Fettes all finished inside the top 10.

With this year’s Premier League having finished extremely late, it will only be a matter of weeks before next year’s Fantasy League competition opens – if you’re interested in joining next year’s Toy World Fantasy Football League, drop john@toyworldmag.co.uk an email to register your interest. With ‘Dirty Leeds’ now back in the big time, I am anticipating an influx of Yorkshire-based interest in next year’s competition – and another keenly-fought competition beckons.

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