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Football Cartophilic Info Exchange

How often do you see something new that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up instantly?

How often are you so suddenly taken aback that you forget to breath? 

No, its not a Tango ad! 

I stumbled across this blog by chance:

Ding! The hairs shot to attention ready for something dramatic. I had no idea what that dramatic something might be though! I also had no idea what Cartophilic meant or why this blog might be an exchange. I was left stunned and confused.

(Just in case you are as ignorant as me: cartophily is the hobby of collecting cigarette cards)

What I did see was this stunning image:

 95 Scrumpy Jacks Old Hazy Cider Hazy Recollections

Was it the colours that struck me? The cider? The fact it was old? Or the pure joy that can be felt seeing these gents from 116 years ago doing what I and you do, playing football. The truth is I still have no idea.

What I can tell you is that I went straight to the exchange link and saw that I could buy Top Trumps. A Price Check followed on Ebay and I was just about to become the new owner of 10's of Top Trump packs when for some reason, I hesitated.

I'm not normally known for hesitating.

Not that I won't buy them all still, but I am confused about my interest. I need to spend time on this site. I need to indulge. I think ebay put me off as I'm not interested in buying junk. I think I'm interested in the history, not only of football, but how us fans, and myslef in particular, are so strangely in love with the game.

Yes I use to play Top Trumps in the 70's and 80's. Yes I use to buy the sticker books and collect the cards when I was 8 or so. And no, I don't still have them. Sadly.

What strikes me now is the wonder of why,as a child, I spent my time being consumed by football? My dad liked sport as much Clinton likes Trump. My brother showed as much interest as a dead rat in a tampon factory. Yet I would spend hours on my own happily sticking stickers into books and analysing cards mutiple times to find each & every Top Trump's weakness.

But I digress, this is all for me to explore later, on my own. What I want to impress upon you is how absolutely fabulous our sport is and has been and how it can be enjoyed in so many ways.

Who would have thought football card from cigarette packets from yonks ago could excite a tired old middle aged man so much! Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :-) 

If you know of any other long lost strange love of football, or any sport for that matter, please let me know. I would love you to share your own confused excitement! I don't want to be the only one!

Thank you Cartophilic Info Exch  for surprising me. It doesn't happen often anymore so it is especially appreciated!





We have added a new league to our already large collection we predict on. And it's a massive start with the first weekend getting every sinle one of the Top Tips correct! Ok, there were only 2 of them, but we think it's still impressive, and we're excited to see if we can continue it's success next weekend. Of course we will!!!!


Argentine Prime League Prediction showing initial predictions as winnings results


Of notable interest here is the odds at 2.7 which is at the upper end of high returns and normall suggests high risk. So to get both of these predictinos correct and at these odds is worthy of a good loud shout from the top of quite a high mountain.

Nothnig better than scaring the odd mountain goat or two.

Click Argentine Primera Predictions to check out all tips & predictions!



A picture of a goat shouting about out best tips and predictions from the top of a mountani


Working out when one competition is going to start and when another is going to end proved to be more difficult than you'd imagine. So we started a list.

Football (Soccer)

Football Summer Leagues Start & Finish Dates
CompetitionStart DateBreak StartBreak EndRegular Season End DatePlay-Off FinalTips
League of Ireland February     October   Tips
Brazillian Serie A May     December   Tips
Chinese Super League February     December   Tips
US Major League March     October December Tips
Columbian Primera A January May July November December  
S Korean K League Classic March     November    
Swedish Allsvenskan March     October November Tips
Finnish Veikkausliiga March     October November Tips

Football Winter Leagues Start & Finish Dates
CompetitionStart DateBreak StartBreak EndRegular Season End DatePlay OffsTips
Premier League August     May   Tips
EFL Championship August     May May Tips
EFL League 1 August     April May Tips
EFL League 2 August     May May Tips
National August     May   Tips
North Conference August     May   Tips
South Conference August     May   Tips
La Liga August     May   Tips
La liga 2 August     June   Tips
Bundesliga August December January May   Tips
2 Bundesliga August December January May May Tips
A League October     April May Tips
Irish Premeiship August     April   Tips
Serie A August     May   Tips
Scottish Premeiship August     May   Tips
Scottish Championship August     May   Tips
Welship Premeiship August     April   Tips
French Ligue 1 August     May   Tips
French Ligue 2 July     May   Tips
Russian Premiership July December March May May Tips
Greek Superleague September     June   Tips
Primeira Liga August December January May   Tips
Eredivisie August     May May Tips
Danish Superliga July December February May June  
Turkish Super Lig August December January June   Tips
Argentine Primera División August     June   Tips
Mexican Primera División July December January May    


Basketball Winter Leagues Start & Finish Dates
CompetitionStart DateBreak StartBreak EndRegular Season End DatePlay-Off FinalTips
NBA October February February April April Tips

This list contains league competitions for various professional sports such football, afl, soccer & basketball and includes their start date and end date. This allows us to foresee how long we have left to place bets on various teams in their league competitions.

Also, FiC generally only starts proving tips after 3 or 4 weeks of a season starting. This is because the patterns aren't always good enough if their are long periods of times between games. It just so happens that teams change in the breaks so they behave differently afterwards

We will be adding as many leagues as possible to this list regardless of whether we tip them or not. So if there's one missing you'd like us to add, then let us know. In time we will tip all leagues listed here.