I thought we had a gentleman's club agreement that no new members would be allowed in without the usual initiation test(s)
BUT Up the Villa normally does that via pms, off group.
Have you not told them, UPV?
Oh, well, here goes then.
The tradition is, quest etc, that newbies treat the incumbents to a long weekend in Hvar at the end of September, at a decent hotel, full board, booze included.
Members pay their own fares there except for the reigning champion - who just happens to be Scottish this year. (Wives, partners etc pay their own way - although since there's two of you joining this year we may have to put this to the board.)
Anna comes on the last night and gives everyone a lecture in Visit Croatia netiquette, and then we all have a sing song.
By already competing in the first weekend's games, you have de facto agreed to this (read the small print), but given the extraordinary exclusiveness associated with membership of the Visit Croatia Football Tipster Competition, we are all confident this will not prove in any way controversial.
I would love to meet you at such an occasion, BUT that is a decade away from being possible, at least
Anyway, on we go...
SAT 25 AUG 2012 - PREMIER LEAGUE Swansea v West Ham - h Aston Villa v Everton - a Man Utd v Fulham - h Norwich v QPR - h Southampton v Wigan - h Sunderland v Reading - h Tottenham v West Brom - h Chelsea v Newcastle - d
SUN 26 AUG 2012 - PREMIER LEAGUE Stoke v Arsenal - d Liverpool v Man City - a
Swansea v West Ham - Home Aston Villa v Everton - Away Man Utd v Fulham - Home Norwich v QPR - Home Southampton v Wigan - Draw Sunderland v Reading - Draw Tottenham v West Brom - Draw Chelsea v Newcastle - Home
SUN. 26 AUG 2012 Stoke v Arsenal - Draw Liverpool v Man City - Away