A teacher from Manchester has won the 2011/12 Fantasy Premier League topping a league of over 2.8m players.
Sam Pater, a Manchester United fan, survived a tension filled final day of the season with him one of three teams in the running to win the overall prize.
Sam told premierleague.com that he ‘was surprised at how nervous I was actually..There were plenty of ups and downs – like celebrating when my captain Rafael van der Vaart got an assist after two minutes, but then going through agony when he was taken off after 59 minutes!
When the day ended, I was level on points with one of the other chaps, Garry. Bang level. I was trying to work out how the bonus points would go, then I was trying to work out how you work out the bonus points, as I’d never done it before!”
The duo faced a sleepless night as they awaited the calculation on the bonus points which is awarded to the three best performing players in each match based on a Player Performance Index from EA Sports.
In the end it was bonus points for Everton’s Nikica Jelavic and United’s Antonio Valencia that saw him top the league by four points.
Now in its 10th year, the Fantasy Premier League is the most popular Fantasy Football game in the world, having started with 74,000 players in its first year.
Fans log-on from all over the world to play the game at premierleague.com and come as far afield as Mongolia and Brunei while 51% of players from the UK.