Fantasy Football Team??


Well, the football season is underway again and for those of you who support a team like me, our Saturday afternoons (or Sundays, or Monday evenings) are no longer our own. I'm just relieved that my team, Crystal Palace, managed to survive – in fact we officially came out of administration today… hoorah!!!

I've never bothered with a 'Fantasy Football Team' before, preferring the real thing, but when an email came round at work that we had our own 'league' I thought I would join in. I spent time selecting my players, checking their form from last season and choosing players I like and players I thought would do a good job for 'my team' – I was quite optimistic when I had finished!

Sophie, on the other hand, is not really into football and just picked a random bunch of names! How is it then that she is several places above me in 'our league'? My captain, Cesc Fabregas, didn't even play, and I've already had to buy in a new goalkeeper as mine, Mark Schwarzer, is injured!!! Oh well, it's a long season and things change, and at least I didn't buy Craig Bellamy like one of my work colleagues – he's not even playing in the Premiership since his move in midweek to Cardiff!!! 

After the footie tomorrow afternoon I'm going to 'Margaret's Party'. Thankfully QVC were able to give me the evening off, if not I would never have heard the end of it from Simon Wilson!!! Just wondering what ladybird related item I can get for her as a pressie???

It means I will miss the Tiffany Lighting show I was scheduled to present but at least I have lots of them at home to look at!
See you Sunday afternoon with lovely Mally
Much love,
Julia x


  1. Steven August 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Back from hols and was looking for an excuse to speak to you so posting a football blog was a good way to get me back chatting! Hope you are still looking your mormal wonderful self and haven’t missed my replies too much lol
    Bulgaria was really good but it was a little too hot for me if Im honest. Was mid 30’s most days! Not a lot of Brits out there too and a lot of Russians. Food I found was ok but not wondeful. Overall cant complain just a pity I have to go back to work on Monday!
    Who do Palace play at the weekend? I heard they might be getting Davids in – that would be some signing. Rangers have made a couple of signings since I last spoke to you and one in particular has just gone through today and the lad cost 4M. So much for me moaning that we dont spend any money! I am actually looking forward to the season with a bit of confidence now and I attend my first game of the season at Easter Rd back where we clinched the Title last season. I’m looking forward to it and then the Champions League draw is next week – bring on the glamour.
    Look forward to speaking to you
    Take care xx

  2. Rebecca Robinson August 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. My comment isn’t about the football, but i wasn’t sure how else to get in touch. I just wanted to say that having watched the Pilates spacemate presentation the other week for the 30mins you had it on air, it made me convinced i had to try it. What you were saying about how it helped you tone up and sculpt your shape really inspired me to give it a go. I would love a Pilates machine but don’t have the space for it. It took me a while to get to grips with this but now i love it. I have had 3 back operations in the past 10 years and therefore have to be careful what excersise i do but i’m only 35 and i want to be fitter and more toned. This is ideal for me as i am in control all of the time. I can’t do the moves where you are lying on your front as i have rods in my back or the running on the spot, but all the others are fine. In the past i have tried weights and pilates dvd’s but the weights caused too much pain and i eventually got bored with the dvd’s. I know i won’t get bored with this because it feels so nice when i’m using it. It’s relaxing at the same time as giving me a good workout. Already i feel i am getting stronger around my middle and toning my arms and legs. I really want to say thankyou to both you and Marjolein for such a well demonstrated presentation.
    PS. I’ll be watching the Mally makeup programmes. I love my makeup shows.

  3. Angela Murray August 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Have a fab time at Margarets Party I’m sure Simon will be on good form. Have received all my B&W items from the 15th anniversary shows love them all but my favourite is the Skull jacket simply stunning. Hope you post a picture on your blog of the party I’m sure you will look amazing what ever you wear.
    Love Samantha
    P.S. My mum sends her best wishes also

  4. Karen August 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Have been doing Fantasy Football at work for a few years now. Love it, it’s the only topic of conversation on a Monday morning. We usually have 60 – 70 teams in our league and had my best finish (8th) last year. Does mean you do a lot of yelling at referees on MOTD though, as you see your points disappearing by way of bookings/sending off’s etc…

  5. Una August 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you had a great time at the party last night. I wish I was a fly on the wall at that one!!!
    I got my 2 panda pieces on Thursday, they are just amazing. So well made. My Goddaughter is going to be so pleased.
    I hope your mum is feeling a bit better. Please pass on my good wishes to her. She is such a lovely lady.
    Lots of love

  6. Gaynor August 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    For info I have played FF for a few years in work, and it’s great fun. It used to be all we talked about on a Monday morning! Sadly now I’m in a different job, different company and it’s much bigger as regards employees, so it’s not as easy to find out if FF is happening.
    Enjoy it and let us know how you get on. What did you call your team by the way??
    If you have a decent striker or midfielder make him captain, cos if he scores, you double your points…although watch out for those on the injury list!

  7. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Sounds like you had a pretty good holiday even though the weather was a bit hot for your fair Scottish skin – hope you were using a high SPF or you’ll have Alison Young onto you!!!
    Well Davids didn’t play at the weekend ( when we lost ) but did play for most of the cup game last night against Pompey – we lost that one on penalties even though Speroni made a couple of great saves. Hope we don’t lose him in this transfer window, or our season will be over before its begun!! Hope you get a decent draw in the Champions League.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Rebecca
    I am so pleased to hear we have another Pilates convert and that you are finding it is already working well for you. Sounds like you are sensible and listening to your body and know what to do and what not to do – if in doubt check with your doctor. I am just such a huge fan of Pilates cos it doesn’t ‘bulk’ you up too much but really strengthens.
    Mally was on good form wasn’t she? I wonder if you got the TSV – the eye colours were right up my street!
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Samantha ( and Angela )
    We had a really good time at ‘Margaret’s party’ – it was quite a small affair but lovely company. It was the first time Simon had ever met Chris my partner in over 15 years. Chris was roped in to carry the birthday cake which Simon had made with a photo of Margaret as a child on it – she looked so sweet.
    I did take a couple of pictures on my phone so I will post them if I can work out how to transfer them LOL!!!!!!
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen
    I don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of it yet! I picked my team on who I thought were good players, not on who I thought would earn me the most points SO, after the Man City game on Monday, my son Daniel suggested I played a ‘wild card’ and changed my team ………….. it took me the best part of an hour and I’m still not sure if I’m going to amass many points!
    Sophie is well ahead of me – not sure how she has managed to afford Tevez, Drogba and Berbatov???? I am banking on my Spanish duo of Fabregas and Torres to start earning me some points!
    FYI – I shout at refs anyway when I am watching MOTD!!!!!
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Thanks for your good wishes for my mum – unfortunately she is still in a lot of pain. I hadn’t realised just how debilitating shingles is. If anyone has any suggestions on how best to cope ( maybe alternative therapies? ) please share.
    The party was really enjoyable and quite relaxed, and Simon was in great form, as was Margaret – she looks fabulous for 70!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts August 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Gaynor
    Thanks for your tips – I think I am starting to get the hang of it. I have had a poor start cos I have Fabregas as my captain and he didn’t play in the first game and only came on as a sub last weekend BUT it’s a long season so I am going to stick with him!
    I did my team in a hurry so the name is a bit boring – ‘Roberts Rovers’!!!! ………. the kit as you might imagine is red and blue!!!
    Julia x

  13. Una August 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    oh your poor mum. Shingles can be very painful. My Mum had it a few years ago, and at that time, a Chinese friend of ours advised she try lemon balm tea. She basically boiled it up, then when it was cool enough to apply to the skin on a cotton wool pad, she did this 2 or 3 times a day. She also tries red pepper powder, which she mixed up with e45 cream, that eased the pain a little. Mum couldnt take usual drugs as they would have caused adverse affect to her heart meds.
    Im so glad you all had a good time at the party. I can imagine Margaret is lovely.
    Take care Julia
    Love Una x

  14. Christine Jones August 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I just wanting to say how much I enjoy reading the blogs and I remember you doing a blog on decorating!!! I am also decorating and could do with your eye for detail.. Its a minefield out there!! Sooo many colours of beige… Anyway, I want to know WHERE did you get those gorgeous lamps from on a vt you do for Q cut. The one where you are sat on a settee and you have two of them behind you. They have a brown base and they are gorgeous.. Hope I can order them they are perfect for my bedroom with my Northern nights will save me a headache.. PLEASE can you help as one popcorn watch owner to another!!Hope so… Lovely jubbly. Thanks Julia
    Christine xxx

  15. Annette Roberts August 26, 2010 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad to hear that you had a good time at Simon’s birthday party for Margaret. I know what you mean about getting your photos from your mobile phone downloaded… Chris has shown me how to do it that many times, but I still forget!
    So sorry to hear about you Mum’s shingles, my sister had them when I was little. I’ve not had them myself, but can remember having chickenpox at 26! The worst part was having them on my head and not being able to sleep or wash my hair because they were sooo painful! The Dr gave me Piriton tablets and calomine lotion back then, but no doubt things have changed since! Hope you Mum feels better soon.
    Annette x

  16. steve August 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Sorry to hear your mum is not feeling to well! I know shingles can be very painfull, B complex is a good vitamin to take! All B vitamins are essential for nerve function. Vitamin B12 is particularly important in preventing nerve damage, it’s worth a try, hope she feels better soon x
    It’s good to hear feed back that the pilates system is making such a difference, i hope Rebecca continues to use it and goes from strength to strenth, will malcolm be getting in touch any time soon?
    Speak Soon, Steve x

  17. Steven August 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope Speroni stays. We have a battle of Britain in the Champions League. Man U Valencia and Bursaspor(Turkish champs last year) I think we are battling for 3rd with the Turks in all honesty. We were dreadful at home last season so fingers crossed we can only get better as regards that. Who do Palace play at the weekend?
    Love Steven xoxo

  18. Susan August 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Glad the party was a success at the weekend. Can’t wait to see the pics – if they make it to the computer! I’m not a whizz in that department either! I think Steve could be onto something suggesting the B vits for your Mum. You can but try. Miserable condition. Poor Josie. Get well soon. Also this is very nosy so tell me to mind my own, but are you & Chris married? You always say partner though I know many do also. Just that I always thought the lovely Ali K & Colin were married til I read a reply to a comment left on her blog! Every days a school day!
    Take care and enjoy the weekend.

  19. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hello Una
    Thanks for the tips for my Mum – my sister is into homeopathy and naturotherapy so I’m not sure what remedies she has already tried but I will definitely pass this on. The only trouble with her being at my sister’s is that it is so far away so I haven’t been able to see her cos of work.
    Hope you are having a nice weekend
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Hello Christine
    I wish I could help, but that particular promo wasn’t shot at my house! QVC often hire a location house for a day so that they can utilise different ‘bits’ of it for various shoots.
    Sorry I can’t help, but good luck with the decorating anyway – I kind of miss the creativity and therapy now that the house is finished and doesn’t need anything else decorating
    Julia x

  21. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    As you can see on the new blog, I managed to get the photos downloaded ……….. or should I say Sophie did!!!!! Don’t laugh, but I didn’t realise you needed to install software first!!! Anyway, even after installing the software it wouldn’t work until Sophie realised that I needed to turn the bluetooth on my phone off ( I wondered why it had been drinking battery!!! ). So disappointed when I got them onto my computer that there was only 1 of me with Simon, Margaret and Ali ( model ) and I couldn’t post it cos Margaret’s face had some weird red light on it which made her look like the devil!!!!! The one of Jilly, Debbie and me was quite nice though?
    I also had chickenpox as an adult when my children were young ( I think I’ve mentioned it before ) and it was awful but I think from all accounts shingles is worse – poor Mum.
    Thanks for your good wishes for her
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Good shout with the B12 and B Complex – I’ve had my own skin issues this year and have found the B’s and Vitamin E have helped – B is good for stress too isn’t it??
    I’m sorry Malcolm hasn’t been in touch – I forwarded your letter with photos and your email address ages ago, and spoke to him on the phone before the last visit to remind him – I will persevere!
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Oh dear – that wasn’t the kindest draw for Rangers was it? Still, you never know, it’s what happens on the pitch that matters and football is a funny old game!
    We have Scunthorpe today, away. Not sure if Davids will play – I saw a bit of footage from the cup game and honestly he is a different class!! I think it will be very good for the youngsters to have him around to learn from. I think too many young players today think they know it all when there is still plenty of room for improvement!
    Are you back at the gym?
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts August 28, 2010 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Sorry only to post the picture of the cake from ‘Margaret’s Party’ BUT it was a great cake LOL!
    I will definitely suggest the B vits for Mum – don’t know why I didn’t think of of it.
    No, Chris and I are not married. We will have been together for 33 years in January, so there seems little point now – except maybe death duties?!?!?!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  25. Annette Roberts August 31, 2010 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Shame about the photos, it’s always they way… at least the cake looked scrummy!
    I must say that the B vits sound interesting and hope they help in some way. May try them myself especially for stress, which I seem have an abundance of, trying to sell this place!
    Just read your reply to Susan’s question and OMG, had to let you know, there’s another coincidence we have…. Chris and I are not married either and have been together for 15 years and engaged for 14 of those!
    Annette x

  26. Steven August 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Not so good at Scunthorpe was it. Were you there? Did Davids Play? The draw wasnt the kindest to us for the Chnmpions League – I think we’ll be lucky to get 3rd ahead of the Turks. You never know though and I’d rather be in it that not! Looking forward to man Ure at home too. 24th November I think it is. Old Trafford in two weeks is a daunting prospect but at least that gets that game out the road first!
    Davids should be good for Palace in the long run. Tremendous signing I think. Might take time to settle in though. Its the Internationals this week so a little time to get his team mates. Ironically England play Bulgaria! I could have wished them luck when I was across there! lol. only kidding Julia!
    Yes I have been back at the gym. I’d be lying if I said I am back to reaching the levels I did before holiday but I am getting there…. slowly !! Im sure you’ll agree it takes time to get back to that certain level of fitness. Are you still on your weight loss program? I think you look fab at the moment. I saw one of your shows the other day there and you looked great
    Speak soon and thanks again for your reply xxx

  27. julia roberts September 1, 2010 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    To be honest I didn’t actually taste it although I did have a rather yummy orange cup cake! And it has been Chris’s birthday so we have had coffee and walnut cake for a change from the usual chocolate……………… very very YUMMY! Had to compensate by doing over an hour in the gym tonight!
    How funny about you and Chris not being married either – although my Chris and I never even got engaged!
    Do you think you’ll ever get married?
    Good luck selling your house
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts September 1, 2010 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    No not a great result for us at Scunthorpe – Davids has been playing at right back. I haven’t seen a live game with him playing so something to look forward to.
    I HOPE you were JOKING with your little comment about Bulgaria!?!
    Isn’t it incredible how so many players get injuries prior to the International games – a sceptic might think they don’t want to play for their country.
    Gotta share this with you…………. I played a Wild Card in my fantasy team cos they were doing SO badly. Lampard ( my new captain ) misses a penalty, so I get docked points, Yaskelainnen( don’t think you spell it like that?) – my new keeper – got sent off, so I get docked more points, Zamora picks up an injury, Crouch fails to score after his hattrick mid week, and Jack Wilshire gets himself arrested!!!!!!!!!! At least Torres scored. I’ll keep you posted but I think I am probably bottom of our work league at the moment LOL!!!!!!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  29. Susan September 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Hope the B vits work – let us know will you? It can’t hurt anyway. Gosh I didn’t realise you & Chris weren’t married either! You just assume these things and we know what happens then!! I suppose I assumed because of the rings on your wedding finger! Enjoy the rest of your week. Take care,

  30. Steven September 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Of course I was joking about Bulgaria Julia – honest! I’m now a Palace fan so anyone you want to win I can just about stretch to – even if its England lol. I hate when Rangers players go and play for their countries because 9 out of 10 times one of them picks up an injury. Not so bad when the games are qualifiers but international friendlies are a pointless waste of time. Im not ashamed to admit I am very much a club first country 2nd person when it comes to football. You will need to post your team Julia! That was a good attempt at the spelling of your new keeper – think it begins with a J. Will we just stick with Jussi between us 🙂 I’ll give you some tips and we’ll see you shooting up the League. Midway through my 2nd week back time flys. It’ll soon be Christmas at this rate! There have been a few shows on QVC already about Christmas. A guy in my work has a counter down to it! He winds everyone up with that as you can imagine.
    Look forward to your reply Julia
    Take care babe xx

  31. julia roberts September 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thanks for taking such an interest in my Mum – I’ll keep you updated on her progress.
    Chris bought me the diamond and ruby heart ring that I wear as a valentine’s present about 20 years ago and I bought us both the Black Hills Gold band rings about 15 years ago. It’s not intentionally to look like wedding and engagement rings, it’s just quite a convenient finger for a right hander!
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts September 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi steven
    I agree with you on the International ‘friendlies’, particularly when the Manager changes the whole team at half time – what is the purpose of that?? No I can’t post my whole team Steven, everyone will want to copy me!!!!! LOL!!!!!!
    Haven’t made any changes to my team yet – at least the International weekend is useful for something, giving my injured players time to recover!
    Come on England ( are you joining in Steven???)
    Julia x

  33. Steven September 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Scotland have got 6 Rangers or ex players in there team so come on Scotland! England will be fine Julia but you wont get me shouting for them 😀 Have a good weekend xxxxx

  34. julia roberts September 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well England won – not that I saw any of it as I was on air!!! Good result, let’s hope they can repeat it against Switzerland!
    Not a bad result for Scotland either. Are you playing again this week? Hope none of your Rangers boys got injured
    speak soon

  35. Steven September 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia yes we play tonight against Leichtenstein. If we cant beat them we should just give up. Rangers boys played well and so did team in general just couldnt grab that all importnat goal. Tester for England tonight in Switzerland. Fingers crossed. Just back from the gym so away for a shower! I’ll be aching tomorrow! Just boought a bike and cross trainer combined for my room too. Im getting into this fitness!
    Catch up with you later xxx

  36. Steven September 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    What a result for us at Old Trafford Julia and Palace won as well – good night all round for us 🙂 Hope you are doing well and behaving yourself lol
    Speak later xx

  37. julia roberts September 17, 2010 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Sorry didn’t reply to your previous post, I’ve been away for a few days. England got a good result against Switzerland, but I have to say Scotland left it mighty late for their 1 – 0 ‘thrashing’ of Liechtenstein!!!! LOL!!!!
    That was a great result for Rangers on Tuesday – horrible injury for Valencia though. I hear Bobby Zamora has also broken his leg – that will mean another change for my fantasy team! I seem to be jinxing all the players, they’ll be desperate not to be picked by me!
    James Vaughan hat trick!!!! – hope he can repeat it tomorrow against Burnley. I missed Tuesday cos I was away ( typical ) but am going tomorrow before work – hope I’ll be smiling.
    You really have got the fitness bug – isn’t it a great feeling when the results start to show on your body – keep it up
    Julia x

  38. Steven September 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    No probs Julia. Thought you were maybe on ‘another’ holiday lol! Lichtenstein was a little bit of a sweat for the mighty scots I must say! Shows how bad we are. England strolled there 2 games. How often do you guys breeze through qualification and then mess it up at Tournaments. We cant even get to Tournaments nowadays 😀 Oh is that james Vaughan I wondered who that was – just on loan is he? You are not having a lot of luck with your dream team are you?! Hope you arent a curse for Palace too! We play another United! Dundee Utd at Ibrox so Ill be going through to that. Off on Monday too so a nice long weekend. Unfortunately my cross trainer may have to go back. Making a terrible clunking noise when you cycle. It must be over used! Cant keep up! It is great to see the results though. I certainly noticed the results on you!
    Enjoy the game tomorrow and hope Palace win and see you on QVC soon
    Speak soon Julia xx
    PS Calire and Claudia are on facebook now. You’ll need to get yourself a page!

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