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Pre-amble for any new posters/readers 

Most of you will be up to speed on the famous Alan Harper Award, but just for any new readers, here's a quick explanation. 

Points are awarded for misdemeanours throughout the season and the player with the most points at the end of the season takes the prestigious award. Points are awarded as follows, 

Yellow card - 1 point 
Penalty conceeded - 2 points 
Penalty missed - 2 points 
Red card - 3 points 
Own goal - 3 points 

Alan Harper was a squad member of the excellent Everton side of the 80s, who always seemed to have a stormer against us - in fact he scored the first goal against us in the 1985-86 F.A. Cup semi final. So when Wednesday signed him for £275,000 in June 1988 it's fair to say that most Wednesdayites were pretty pleased with the signing. Predictably, he then turned out to be absolute garbage for us. It is not his lack of form that sees this competition named after him though, but his antics in a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, in which he conceeded a penalty, scored an own goal and got booked, an impressive 6 points all in one game. 

The Alan Harper Award was a mainstay of Cheat fanzine between 1989 and 1996, made a return in War of the Monster Turcks in the 00s, and has been resident on Owlsonline since 2006. 

The Owlsonline winners of the Alan Harper Award are; 

2006-07. Tommy Spurr 
2007-08. Jermaine Johnson 
2008-09. Mark Beevers 
2009-10. Lewis Buxton 
2010-11. Giles Coke 
2011-12. Reda Johnson 
2012-13. Miguel Llera 
2013-14. Sam Hutchinson 
2014-15. Glen Loovens 
2015-16. Sam Hutchinson 
2016-17. Sam Hutchinson 
2017-18. Daniel Pudil 
2018-19. Barry Bannan 
2019-20. Moses Odubajo 
2020-21. Barry Bannan
2021-22. Barry Bannan

So. A great start to this year’s competition. Gregory leads the way with his two yellow card red, with Windass, Byers, Ihiekwe and Stockdale getting yellows.

Gregory 3

Byers 1

Ihiekwe 1

Stockdale 1

Windass 1

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Another four yellows from the trip to MK with Ihiekwe, Bannan, Paterson and Dele-Bashiru all going into the ref’s notebook.

It’s shaping up to be a high scoring competition this season

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 2

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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We calmed down a little in the cup tie v Sunderland. Just the one point as Bakinson opens his AHA account.


Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 2

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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Just a yellow for Sow v Charlton.

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 2

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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1 hour ago, Germanbird said:

Could we stop this competition please? Our players seem to take it to seriously 🙄

Sorry Germanbird, it’s here to stay. 
 

See if as a bit of a consolation after a disappointing result - “well at least it makes the Alan Harper Award a bit more interesting”

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After a couple of low scoring games we’re back with a decent points haul from the trip to Peterborough. In addition to James’ red card, there were yellows for Vauks and Ihiekwe.
 

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 3

Reece James 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Will Vauks 1

Josh Windass 1

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33 minutes ago, cheat said:

 

After a couple of low scoring games we’re back with a decent points haul from the trip to Peterborough. In addition to James’ red card, there were yellows for Vauks and Ihiekwe.
 

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 3

Reece James 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Will Vauks 1

Josh Windass 1

Why can't any of you fuckers spell Vaulks correctly.

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Just the one yellow card from the visit to Bolton with Adeniran going into the ref’s book in injury time.
 

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 3

Reece James 3

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Will Vaulks 1

Josh Windass 1

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v Rochdale 

An Alan Harper Award point on his debut for Jay Glover - well done young man. Both Sky and BBC are showing that Vaulks was booked for that altercation near the end, but at the game it looked like only their player was shown the card. I’ll add it on for now.

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 3

Reece James 3

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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It was another single pointer v Forest Green Rovers, with Johnson picking up his first AHA point of the season.

Lee Gregory 3

Michael Ihiekwe 3

Reece James 3

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Calum Paterson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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Yellows for Ihiekwe and Smith v Barnsley. It puts Ihiekwe top.
 

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Lee Gregory 3

Reece James 3

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Calum Paterson 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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Which reminds me of the one refereeing decision I fell out with today. The one when Smith and an opponent got yellows.

The Dingle's got to be booked for the pull-back on Smith that halts our breakaway attack. That's always a booking: every time. After that, if Smith gets booked for the handbags afterwards, the other bloke gets one for that, too. Which obviously equals a red. If the ref. didn't (obviously) agree, I'd like to hear his explanation why. (Obviously I'm not going to but that just makes it more annoying.)  

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just a single point onto the table front the visit to Morecambe. A yellow card for McGuinness gives him his first AHA point.

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Lee Gregory 3

Reece James 3

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

Barry Bannan 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Calum Paterson 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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Iorfa opens up his 22-23 campaign with an own goal v Ipswich to put him just a point shy of the leaders. A yellow for James puts him level top with Ihiekwe. Bannan also found his way into the incompetent ref’s notebook.

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Lee Gregory 3

Dominic Iorfa 3

Barry Bannan 2

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Tyreeq Bakinson 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Calum Paterson 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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Iorfa followed up his weekend own goal with a conceded penalty v Burton in the Papa Johns, and now leads the table. There was also a yellow card for Bakinson.


Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Lee Gregory 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Calum Paterson 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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As mentioned, last week was a rare zero pointer. And this week v Port Vale there was just a single point, with Paterson getting a yellow card.
 

Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Lee Gregory 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

Calum Paterson 2

Will Vaulks 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Josh Windass 1

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A yellow card for Windass at Plymouth.

Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Lee Gregory 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

Calum Paterson 2

Will Vaulks 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Michael Smith 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

 

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It was a blank week v Cheltenham, but there were three yellow cards from the visit to Cambridge. Smith, Gregory and Vaulks were the recipients.

 

Dominic Iorfa 5

Lee Gregory 4

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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Jack Hunt joins the fray with a conceded penalty v Leicester U21s in the Papa Johns.
 

Dominic Iorfa 5

Lee Gregory 4

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

Jack Hunt 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

George Byers 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Mark McGuinness 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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Yellows for McGuinness and Byers at Lincoln.
 

Dominic Iorfa 5

Lee Gregory 4

Michael Ihiekwe 4

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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Ihiekwe got the yellow card we’d all been dreading v Bristol Rovers to earn himself a suspension, and go level with Iorfa at the top of the table.

Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 5

Lee Gregory 4

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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The missed penalty v Burton sees Lee Gregory the surprise leader.


Lee Gregory 6

Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 5

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Marvin Johnson 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

 

 
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A yellow for Johnson in the cup win v Morecambe.

Lee Gregory 6

Dominic Iorfa 5

Michael Ihiekwe 5

Reece James 4

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Marvin Johnson 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Calum Paterson 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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A few points added to the table from the League Cup trip to Southampton, and a change at the top.

Iorfa’s missing spot kick in the shoot out puts him a point ahead of Gregory. Johnson’s conceded penalty at the end of the first half moves him onto four points, with Paterson’s booking putting him onto three.

Dominic Iorfa 7

Lee Gregory 6

Michael Ihiekwe 5

Reece James 4

Marvin Johnson 4

Calum Paterson 3

Will Vaulks 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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Yellows for Ihiekwe, James and Vaulks at Accrington.

Dominic Iorfa 7

Lee Gregory 6

Michael Ihiekwe 6

Reece James 5

Marvin Johnson 4

Will Vaulks 4

Calum Paterson 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

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Just a single yellow from the home win v Shrewsbury, and it came right at the end as Wilkes got himself involved in a time wasting tussle.

Dominic Iorfa 7

Lee Gregory 6

Michael Ihiekwe 6

Reece James 5

Marvin Johnson 4

Will Vaulks 4

Calum Paterson 3

Tyreeq Bakinson 2

Barry Bannan 2

George Byers 2

Jack Hunt 2

Mark McGuinness 2

Michael Smith 2

Josh Windass 2

Dennis Adeniran 1

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru 1

Jay Glover 1

Sylla Sow 1

David Stockdale 1

Mallik Wilkes 1

 

 
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