To help commemorate the Club's 30th season in Maccabi football, the Club introduced a new Fantasy League competition which ran throughout the 2005/06 season, via the fantasy.premierleague.com website.
The competition is run under the banner of THE FORTUNE NEWS (TFN) the official newsletter of the Temple Fortune Football Club which celebrated its 30th season of existence in its own right during season 2005/06. The TFN Fantasy League is open to Club Members or other invited individuals who appear on the official Club email directory each season.
STEVE FEIGER won the Club's inaugural Fantasy League after a tense struggle all season with Nigel Kyte and his wife Lynne providing the main challenge. But a very late sprint up the table by MARTIN COLLINS pipped Nigel to the runners-up spot on the final day of the season. Said Steve: "I am elated to have won a really close championship. It went down to the wire after being closely contested all season. It's been hugely enjoyable and I urge everybody to take part next season! Thanks to Nigel for setting it up it's been a fantastic competition this season!" On the final day of the season, only Steve's inclusion of Thierry Henry won him the title, the Arsenal star netting a hat-trick against Wigan and earning Feig's double points as captain! "Yes, I pulled off a good move there nice to know that an Arsenal player was good for something for once at least!" joked Steve.
In May 2006, the Club introduced a World Cup Fantasy League which ran throughout the 2006 World Cup competition. It was won by PETER KYTE with ROBERT JAY finishing second.
A healthy 19 participants entered the second Premiership Fantasy League competition which was won by MARIE KELLY of Belfast at the end of the 2006/07 season. With the appropriately named 'Kelly's Heroes' team, she managed to hold off the close challenge of reigning champion STEVE FEIGER to take the title by 23 points. The Club's General Secretary Lynne Kyte took third place, one position higher than her previous season's 4th. Martin Collins, runner-up in 2005/06, finished half-way. Well done to Stephanie Kyte, who along with Lynne and Marie, won two Manager of the Month 'awards' during the season, showing that 'Girl Power' thrives in the footballing world! "Northern Ireland did it again! We beat you in the World Cup and now it's taken a Belfast girl to show the English how to win at football yet again!" joked Marie. "I'm delighted to have pipped Steve who has been bragging all season how he would 'piss' this with his superior knowledge of football! Well, he IS a Spurs fan afterall so I rest my case!"
Twenty people entered the third Fantasy League which was evenly contested throughout the 2007/08 season. For the second season in succession, a woman won the competition. LYNNE KYTE captured the championship after a season-long battle with brother-in-law Peter, daughter Stephanie and towards the end, STEPHANIE FEIGER, Steve's wife, who finished a very creditable runners-up at her first attempt. Marie Kelly, the previous season's champion, could only manage eighth place this time around. Infact, the female gender dominated the season's Fantasy League, filling the first 4 places. Below Lynne and the two Stephanies, Sophie Kyte, Peter's youngest , finished an amazing fourth. The highest ranking male was former Fantasy League winner Steve Feiger in fifth place, whilst the early pacesetter, Peter, fell to sixth. "Surely this tells you something... what the f*** do men know about football?" jubiliantly smirked Lynne. "Sweet FA I reckon! I wonder if my trophy will be my favourite perfume! I think I deserve it!" Sadly not, Mrs Gen Sec... a nice engraved plaque will have to suffice!
In June 2008, a second international football Fantasy League was run for the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland. PETER KYTE , who won the World Cup version two years earlier, again came out triumphantly by defeating the rest of the field, including STEVE FEIGER who just fell short by a point or two in second place.
The fourth Fantasy League drew 24 competitors and again went to the wire. The top few places were dominated by the Kyte family, taking five of the top six places! Peter contested the championship with his daughter, wife and one of his sons for much of the season, together with Ben Glekin who for a time was top. But it was PETER KYTE who finally topped the lot by taking the title, pipping runner-up SOPHIE by just 12 points. Defending champion, sister-in-law Lynne, came a disappointing 20th whilst former winners Marie Kelly and Steven Feiger took 11th and 12th respectively. Taking bottom place was the First Team's Watford-supporting Lee Fegan!
The fifth TFN Fantasy League commencing in August 2009 atttracted a new record of 33 participants and was won by First Team defender MICHAEL MAXWELL who led for most of the season. He finished top of large field, comfortably ahead of runner-up DANIEL WOOLFE (First Team). The previous season's Fantasy League champion Peter Kyte finished in a surprisingly poor 23rd position.
The third international Fantasy League was for the 2010 World Cup. BRYAN SILVER, the Temple Fortune Old Boys player who had been with the Club since 1987, won by topping the table with 88 points. Runner-up was MARTIN COLLINS, a former TFFC player, on 86 points. The previous champion of this competition, Peter Kyte, came third this time around with 85 points, the same number as his brother in fourth-placed. Incidently, Nigel was the only person who predicted Spain to beat The Netherlands in the Final.
Former First Team midfielder BEN GLEKIN became champion for season 2010/11, taking the crown from the previous year's winner MICHAEL MAXWELL by 17 points in a competition which attracted a record number of 37 entries. The 2011/12 competition also had a good number of participants (27) and was won by First Team striker ROB BENSON with MICHAEL MAXWELL in second place for the second season running. Benson won by 37 points.
The fourth international Fantasy League was held during the summer of 2012 which saw the Euro Championships taking place in Poland and Ukraine. Goalkeeper ADAM GLEKIN won the competition in a small field of eight participants, by a large margin of 78 points ahead of Old Boys Team midfielder JAMES RYAN. Jonathan Dubiner (Old Boys Team) and former runner-up Martin Collins came third and fourth respectively.
MICHAEL MAXWELL completed the eighth Fantasy League competition for season 2012/13 by reclaiming the title for the second time after his fourth top two finish in consecutive seasons. With 20 people participating, Michael saw off the reigning Euro Fantasy League champ ADAM GLEKIN by 25 points. Ex-Fortune defender Maxwell now had two wins and two seconds to his name. The previous season's winner, Rob Benson, finished sixth, one place lower than former FL champion Ben Glekin.
The ninth 'TFN' Fantasy League attracted 21 participants and provided the most thrilling of endings, with certainly the closest finale of all the previous competitions. BEN GLEKIN and MICHAEL MAXWELL actually tied on 2,350 points after 38 weeks of the FA Premier League season! The Fantasy Premier League final table showed Ben top of the table with Michael in second place, but with no criteria available to separate the pair, 'TFN' FL administrator Nigel Kyte could not award the title to one and not the other. He said: "I can only presume that Ben was first alphabetically on the website since there is no other determining factor I can see that would decide the outcome. Therefore, for the sake of fairness I am pleased to declare them both joint winners." Rob Jay finished third over 100 points behind whilst former winner Rob Benson was fourth. Martin Collins was in fifth place with Gideon Wetrin in sixth. Thanks to everyone who took part.
The intended fifth international Fantasy League had to be changed to a Predictions Competition for the 2014 World Cup after technical problems with the McDonalds Fantasy League website in conjunction with FIFA. The website would not allow access and therefore could not be used so the predictions format had to be rushed in belatedly to replace the Fantasy League. Nevertheless, the competition attracted 11 participants who had to predict scores in the 48 group stage fixtures and then qualifiers for the last 16, quarter-final, semi-final, final and the eventual winners, being allocated points for correct predictions. STEVE FEIGER, fresh from winning the Inter-Club Quiz earlier in the year, made it a double by winning the competition with 93 points. Organiser NIGEL KYTE came second with 84 points, Jonathan Cohen third on 82 points and James Ryan fourth on 81 points.
The 'TFN' Fantasy League celebrated its tenth season with 23 participants. Runner-up in 2012/13, ADAM GLEKIN achieved what his brother Ben had done by winning his first main Fantasy League title. Adam pipped the 2011/12 winner ROB BENSON by 32 points, with JOSH TIANO finishing third. TF's highest placed Club Member, ROB JAY, came in fourth position, 70 points off the leader. Ben Glekin could only manage a ninth place finish. Holding up the whole pile and taking the proverbial 'wooden spoon' was Gavin Levy!
The eleventh 'TFN' Fantasy League attracted 29 participants. Previous winner (in season 2011/12) ROB BENSON went one better on the previous season by topping the table with 2,178 points, just six point ahead of runner-up and 2010/11 winner BEN GLEKIN. The highest ranked current Temple Fortune member was NICKY STONE in sixth position.
A second Predictions Competition was run for the 2016 Euro Championships, attracting 10 participants. ROB JAY won it with 81 points, with NICKY STONE seond (78 points) and Alan Harounoff third (76 points). Rob won a trophy for his endeavours. The best prediction had to be Bryan Silver's correct call on the Italy v Republic of Ireland match, which was 10 to the Irish! Bryan finished fourth.
Congratulations to JONATHAN COHEN who became the TFN Fantasy League champion for season 2016/17 with a last gasp victory on Sunday 21st May 2017. The points tallies by players in yesterday's final Premier League programme enabled JC to leap-frog former winner Adam Glekin to top the pile of 34 participants. GAB STONE finished second whilst Simon Linden, who had been leading the table earlier this season, ended in 11th. In the end, JC (2194 points) won the title by 12 points and was 14 ahead of Glekin who won the league in 2014/15. Twice former champion Rob Benson finished fifth. Many thanks to everyone who participated over the course of the season