Month: August 2016

GSC 16/17: how to get notifications on your phone

One of the most common questions I get asked is whether I’m going to build a GSC app. The main attraction of an app would be to get push notifications so people don’t miss any weeks. The answer to that question is that I would love to buildĀ an app, but can’t really justify the outlay when I don’t make any money from the game. But, good news! I’ve figured out a way of getting notifications to your phone.

Below are the steps you need to take to add the GSC calendar to your iphone. I assume most smartphones will have a similar set of steps, but if you need those you’ll have to google them I’m afraid.

– Settings
– Mail, Contacts, Calendars
– Add Account
– Other
– Add Subscribed Calendar

Then paste in the ICS link:

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GoalScorer Challenge: Hints and Tips

Last season we did full previews for each team, with predicted line-ups, set-piece takers and some GSC tips. I won’t ask those guys to go through all that again, so instead here are some more general GoalScorer Challenge hints and tips. Hopefully new players in particular will find these useful but there should be something for everyone. Let me know if you’ve got any others and I’ll update this.


1. Have your own strategy
GoalScorer Challenge is a simple game. No need to worry about rotating goalkeepers or the order of your subs bench. Just pick one player each week and hope he scores. This inherent simplicity means that there’s something in it for everyone; you can pick week-to-week and do well with a bit of luck, or you can meticulously plan out 10 weeks in advance and see your players sent off, miss penalties and break legs.

So it’s entirely up to you how you want to play the game. Decided one team is terrible? Pick their opponent’s striker each week. Or go for someone who scored twice last week, or look for the obscure picks that no-one else has thought of to go for the one-pick title.

Alternatively, you might want to go for the most obvious pick each week. It’s entirely up to you!


2. Placeholders!
There’s not much worse than forgetting to pick. Mitigate against this possibility by putting a placeholder in for next week when you pick for this week.

The dilemma here is often that when it comes to the next gameweek, you don’t want to change. If you switch and your original player scores, you’re going to feel like a bit of a tit. My solution to this is to put a placeholder in that you wouldn’t normally pick as one of your 46 picks. Someone like, oh I don’t know, let’s say Mark Noble. If you leave him as your placeholder, he’s got a chance of a goal, but you won’t feel too bad about switching away from him.

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