Thursday, 3 August 2017

The President Decides

Greetings, everyone.  My hopping season begins a little later than some because last weekend’s sporting action was in a paternal role at the British Firefighter Challenge in Leicester, watching a Hertfordshire team including a certain Matthew Yapp picking up a bronze medal in the relay event.  Well done to them, and maybe a blogpost to come from next year’s event in Suffolk.

Meanwhile, I have 102 FA Cup ties at unvisited grounds on Saturday.  I just love the early rounds of this competition.  The HOME teams are shown in the table below.  President Trump’s Tweets will generate a shortlist according to the following rules.  It’s about time he made a decent decision.  I will decide how he will select from the shortlist once I know how the how short the shortlist is.  It might be very short, or it could still be quite long for a shortlist, even though I won’t change the name.  You still here?  OK, then, here’s how it works.

    1)      If his first tweet following this post contains any words that are part of a team name, then those team(s) go straight on to the shortlist and rule 2 does not apply.  If it turns out to be a shortlist of one, then that is that, job done, I’m going there.  If the tweet does NOT contain any words that fit this rule, go to rule 2 and count letters.
    2)      Take the 10th letter of the tweet.  Look for teams whose names begin with that letter.  If there is one or more, we have a shortlist and the process ends.  If there are none, go to the 20th letter.  If necessary, repeat with 30th, 40th … go back to 9th,19th …. etc etc until one or more teams have been pseudorandomly selected.  Then stand by.

The last tweet was at about 2.00pm Thursday UK time and began, “Our relationship with Russia…”.  So now we wait for the next one.

102 Unvisited Home Teams for 5 August 2017

Abbey Rangers
AFC Mansfield
Kimberley MW
AFC St Austell
Kirby Muxloe
Amesbury Town
Kirkley & Pakefield
Athersley Recreation
Litherland Remyca
Barnoldswick Town
Little Common
Billingham Town
Birstall United
Lydney Town
Boston Town
Maine Road
Bottesford Town
Bradford Town
Newmarket Town
Bridlington Town
Newport (IW)
Brimscombe & Thrupp
Newton Aycliffe
Oadby Town
Bromsgrove Sporting
Buckland Athletic
Penrith AFC
Camberley Town
Plymouth Parkway
Cammell Laird 1907
Pontefract Collieries
Charnock Richard
Rainworth MW
Ringwood Town
Chessington & Hook United
Rochester United
Chipping Sodbury Town
Royal Wootton Bassett Town
Runcorn Linnets
Clevedon Town
Runcorn Town
Sevenoaks Town
Coleshill Town
Congleton Town
Sheppey United
Consett AFC
Shepton Mallet AFC
Coventry Sphinx
Squires Gate
Coventry United
Sunderland RCA
East Preston
Swaffham Town
Eastbourne Town
Team Northumbria
Fairford Town
Team Solent
Fakenham Town
Farnham Town
Thatcham Town
Felixstowe & Walton United
Walsall Wood
Framlingham Town
Wellingborough Whitworths
Guisborough Town
Wellington AFC
Hailsham Town
Wells City
Hamworthy United
Hanley Town
Whitchurch United
Harrowby United
Whitstable Town
Wolverhampton Casuals
Horley Town
Wolverhampton SC
Woodley United
Hullbridge Sports
Worthing United


We have a result!

Applying rule 1 gets us nothing as far as the words "See", "you", "tonight" and "Huntington" are concerned but then "West" causes the search box to light up uniquely at Westfields!  No second stage required because the shortlist is as short as it can be while still being a list.

So on Saturday I will be heading back to Herefordshire, the ancestral county of this branch of the Yapp family, for the FA Cup tie between Westfields and Bewdley Town.  Thanks, Mr President, you made a clear decision.  Great! 

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