Telegraph Fantasy Football: How Roy Frost became the 2015/16 Champion

Roy Frost (second from left) became the 2015/16 Telegraph Fantasy Football Champion in Week 42. Pictured here with his son, Adrian, and grandchildren, Alan and Harrison.
Roy Frost (second from left) became the 2015/16 Telegraph Fantasy Football Champion in Week 42. Pictured here with his son, Adrian, and grandchildren, Alan and Harrison.

After 42 weeks of gruelling Premier League and FA Cup action, Roy Frost has emerged victorious - and £55,000 richer - thanks to  36 points in Week 42 from his Manchester United contingent of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford.

83 year-old Roy, who lives in Devon with his wife of 60 years, Val, first started playing Telegraph Fantasy Football when his son Adrian was crowned Champion back in 2010/11. He endured a nail-biting afternoon on FA Cup final day but everything worked out in the end as his team, City Aguero, went on to finish 10 points clear of Andrew Jones in second.

We spoke with Roy yesterday to uncover his tactical genius, find out how he did it and to discover what his plans are for Euro 2016.

How did you do it? What tactics did you use throughout the season?

“My son, Adrian Frost, won the Telegraph Fantasy Football 2010/11 season so I always asked for his advice and we discussed both tactics and transfers very regularly.

The tactic I settled on was to start with a Manchester City block defence that I entered on the Monday night (the first Monday of the season).

I tried to keep transfers for later in the season as there are greater opportunities to gain points. I realised fairly early on that Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were the 'hot' players and my first transfers were these two coming in for Mangala and Navas on September 26.  

Then, I brought in Ozil for Sterling on October 4 (the day before my 83rd birthday). From then on, it was mainly just making sure that the players were fit and being used in starting XIs.

I looked for good players that had a streak of easy games and would switch these in when I thought I could gain more than 10 points using a transfer. This worked very well for a lot of the season and I slowly used up transfers for injured players and suspended players.

The new rule, being able to do a transfer on the same day between matches, gave lots of good opportunities to increase points. Everything worked well until I made a 'big' move on April 3. I used 4 transfers in one day and changed my team so that I had five Everton players (I did this because they had 10, or even 11, games when Tottenham only had six). This backfired on me, with the players I took out scoring lots of points and the Everton players doing nothing!

I thought that left me with no chance of a top 20 finish (which was my goal) but it just goes to show you can make some big errors and still win.

The winning move, in reality, was to switch to three Arsenal defenders and bring in Rooney and Rashford. It was an amazing last day of the Premier League for me where everything just went my way. I had Mata, Rooney and Rashford for the last week and was so lucky that they were the top three players, and that Smalling had such a bad week.

I was so excited about being in the lead after the Tuesday night game between Manchester United and Bournemouth that I didn't sleep for three days!”

How long have you played Telegraph Fantasy Football for?

“Four years as I started it the year after my son Adrian won the 2010/2011 season and it's a great way of us keeping in close contact as he lives in Birmingham.”

Which football team do you support?

“Birmingham City because my grandchildren support them and they have been the mascots in a few games.”

What do you plan to spend the money on?

“A new car and a great holiday with the family.”

Which country do you think will win Euro 2016?

“England can do it this year, for the first time in a long while I actually believe we can do it! We have lots of young players with speed and great energy that can close down the opposition and help us break quickly.”

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How Roy Frost became Champion

Starting XI

(4-5-1)

GK - Hart 
DEF - Kompany
DEF - Sagna
DEF - Kolarov
DEF - Mangala
MID - Toure
MID - Silva
MID - Navas
MID - Ritchie
MID - Sterling
STR - Aguero


Final XI

(3-4-3)

GK - Robles
DEF - Monreal
DEF - Koscielny
DEF - Bellerin
MID - Mata
MID - Barkley
MID - Ozil
MID - Payet
STR - Rooney
STR - Lukaku
STR - Rashford

Total points

2131
 

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