The Shanks-Liptrott Trophy

Welcome to the home of the rapidly-becoming-famous Shanks-Liptrott Trophy, an invitation only sporting predictions competition with a lot of hyphens but not a lot of prize money. It was formed in 2013 by Sam Liptrott and Caroline and Alan Shanks with the intention of adding an extra dimension to one of their favourite pastimes of watching sport and offering up insightful and knowledgeable comment at the same time. Who has the most insight and knowledge, we thought. It was also a pretty good way of retaining an interest in the FA Cup after Bolton were knocked out (January latterly, November now).


Events for 2017

Entries close midnight on Friday 20th January 2017. We are a little late starting this year so make sure you have your selections in by then. The Australian tennis, the African Nations Cup and the Masters snooker will already have started but the presumption is that none of the major players will have gone out by the end of the week. No football League Cup, or whatever they are calling it this year, as it is too far gone to be a challenge. It is not an especially busy year for major sporting events so a smaller list than last year. By some coincidence there are a maximum of 100 points on offer.


Mostly three points for a winning selection and one point for second. The exceptions are;

  • Golf Majors - 1 point up to 5th place
  • Super Bowl Winning Score - 1pt. Irrespective of the winning team (Tie-break question).
  • Sports Personality of the Year - 1pt for 2nd or 3rd
  • Horse Racing - 1pt for bookies placing (up to 3rd or 4th depending on the race)


You are allowed one substitution through the course of the year if any of your individual candidates withdraw through injury before the start of the event.


70-20-10% split of the total pot. In the event of a tied score the person with the most correct predictions wins. If they have the same number of correct predictions the tie-break question will be the decider.


Any issues that arise will be settled by a majority decision from Caroline, Sam and Alan.

There is a checklist here and the submission form will be added soon.

Scrolling Issues

The Predictions Table is quite wide and, for an incredibly complicated and technical reason I know nothing of, there appears not to be a horizontal scroll bar at the foot of the browser window on desktops/laptops. I have reduced the font size which has helped a bit (close any side bars if you still can't see it all). However, it's working fine on phones and tablets so swipe and swipe and carry on till you get to Ant.

Nominated By.....

How did you find out about the trophy? This was supposed to make sure that new entries had been properly invited and we didn't spend days trying to find out whose friend Vladimir was - a reason overlooked by some established players which led to some baffled or outraged respones. Such as;

  • Rich - You did!
  • Hannah - I happen to be a Liptrott I'll have you know!
  • Caroline - I'm a founding member and curent champion!
  • Sam - I AM THE F*****G TROPHY!

Let's hope they are as astute with their predictions.