Derby Dead Pool

The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big-Iain back in 1996, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, but from 2010 onwards it's the turn of The Man in Black to run the DDP.

Latest Stiffs: 29th July 2013

Boggs' down the toilet

Former US congresswoman for Louisiana, Lindy Boggs has died. Boggs succeeded her husband in congress in 1973 after his death in a plane crash. She served until 1991. In 1997, Boggs was appointed the Ambassador to the Holy See at the Vatican by President Clinton, a position she served until 2001. She was 97 and a unique hit for You Could Have Waited, I've Just Put The Kettle On!

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Cale fails to make it after midnight

Blues singer-songwriter JJ Cale has died. Not to be confused with his near namesake John Cale of Velvet Underground fame, Cale was known for the laid back "Tulsa Sound" and whose material was covered by the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cale was 74 and a unique hit for Obsure0's

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 10pts

Santos sent off

Brazilian footballer Djalma Santos has died aged 84. Santos was considered one of the finest right-backs of his generation and was a member of Brazil's 1958 and 1962 World Cup winning sides.
Two teams pick up the points...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts
Not the Latest Stiffs: 20th July 2013
[Picture of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones]

Alas Smith and bones

Comedian, actor and director Mel Smith has died of a heart attack. Smith was part of the team which made the hugely popular 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' sketch show, which featured Griff Rhys Jones, Rowan Atkinson and Pamela Stephenson. The show only ran from 1979-1982 but became a phenomenon with huge sales of related albums and books and presaged the "alternative comedy" scene of the 1980s. It was Smiths' insistance on a less mannered, naturalistic delivery, even in the most absurd sketches which was a key element in the show's success. Smith then formed a spin-off partnership with Jones. They formed the production company Talkback, repsonsible for many later TV comedy hits, as well their own sketch series 'Alas Smith and Jones'. Smith later branched into film, directing 'Bean' starring Atkinson in 1997. He also acted on stage, film and TV, including children's educational series 'Smith and Goody'. He even dabbled in pop, releasing the charity Christmas single 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' with Kim Wilde in 1987. A magnificently varied career has been sadly cut short at the age of just 60. A unique hit for You Might Be A King Or A Little Street Sweeper, quite apt for a unique talent in British entertainment. Just don't mention 'Morons From Outer Space'...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 11pts

Helen of the press corpse

Pioneering political journalist Helen Thomas has filed her last report. Thomas, who was 92, reported on the activities of 10 US Presidents and had the reputation of asking difficult questions during the various press conferences over the decades in the Washington political jungle. She was the first woman to hold various positions in American journalism, such as the presidency of the White House Correspondents Association. Thomas retired in 2010. 6 teams score political points...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (6 teams) = 5pts

Trautmann gets it in the neck

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, has died in Spain. A prisoner of war in England during World War II, Trautmann signed for the Citizens in 1949 and became a legend for the club, making over 500 appearances and famously continued in goal for City during their FA Cup win over Birmingham City in 1956 despite breaking a bone in his neck earlier in the match. Trautmann was 89. The Dead And Dusted twin teams are among the 5 to profit, the former doubling up.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (5 teams) = 5pts [Joker] (1 team) = 10pts

Final breakdown for the T-Model Ford

Blues guitarist T-Model Ford has died. Born James Carter, Ford took up the blues late in life and was largely unnoticed until the 1990s. He then released a series of blues albums on the Fat Possum label. The Ford died aged 89 although it was thought to be in his nineties. Golden Slumbers claims a unique hit.
Talking of ages, it seems Alan Whicker was telling porkies about his age and he was in fact 91, rather than 87. Rules are the rules and one point is taken away from the teams that picked him. Such is death...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Wham Pran, thank you mam!

Veteran Bollywood star Pran Sikand, has died after a long illness. Pran was known for playing a succession of villains and won many acting awards in India. He was 93. A unique hit for DDP big-hitter David Quantick's Showbiz Pals. 10th hit of the year for them...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Foglesong is unsung

Country music producer Jim Foglesong has died. Foglesong started off at Columbia records before moving to Nashville, the "home" of country music in the 1970s. His most notable discovery was Garth Brooks, who was one of the most succcessful artists of any genre in the 1990s. Foglesong was 90. Theme team Grand Ole Opry XX pick up the points.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Theo the boss pick

Theo Bos died way back on February 28th aged 47. Bos was a Dutch footballer and manager, spending his whole playing career at Vitesse Arnhem, later managing the team. An obit obit seemed unlikely until former host Octopus of Odstock spotted this reference to his demise on the Sky Sports website, which was posted in April. Still, better late than never...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 10pts [Joker] (2 teams) = 20pts
Latest Stiffs: 12th July 2013
[Picture of several Alan Whickers]

Whicker's slipping to the floor

Broadcaster Alan Whicker has made his last trip. Whicker's journalism career was forged in the Second World War as part of the British Army film unit. He joined the BBC in 1957 and presented his famous TV show, 'Whicker's World' from 1959-1988. The show was marked by his languid style and globetrotting, interviewing the great and the good. Famously spoofed by Monty Python, Whicker retired from TV in 1998, settling in Jersey, where he died aged 87. British Airways will be devastated...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (8 teams) = 6pts

Old Lou leaves Anna Wing and a prayer

Veteran actress Anna Wing has died. Wing had a long career on stage and TV before belatedly becoming a household name in 1985 as the matriarchal Lou Beale in the popular soap 'EastEnders'. She also appeared in 'Doctor Who' (as a figment of Tegan Jovanka's imagination) and continued to act until her 90s after leaving Albert Square in 1988. She died aged 98. A popular pick, Wing was another hit for the Drop Forty, the ninth...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (59 teams) = 5pts [Joker] (3 teams) = 10pts

Yoshida: the pick to Geiger count on...

Masao Yoshida, the last man standing at the Fukushima nuclear plant during it's meltdown in 2011 has died. Yoshida was the manager of the plant hit by a tsunami following an earthquake. He ignored orders to stop cooling the stricken reactor with sea water and remained there until the plant was shut down. Despite dying of cancer aged 58, it is not considered linked to any exposure to radiation during the crisis. Hmmm...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (17 teams) = 9 points

Hickson's Mersey Derby Dead Pool

Footballer Dave Hickson has died. Hickson has the rare distinction of playing for all three Merseyside league clubs as a striker, first and most effectively with Everton before a shock move to rivals Liverpool in 1959, just weeks beofore the legendary Bill Shankly joined the Reds as manager. He finished his playing career with Tranmere Rovers. Hickson died aged 83 and was a unique hit for Stairway to Heaven.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
Latest Stiffs: 5th July 2013

Nolan's in the morgue for dancing

Actress and singer Bernadette Nolan has died after a long battle with breast cancer. Nolan was the lead singer of Irish sibling band The Nolans, whose biggest hit was the disco-tinged 'I'm in the Mood for Dancing', a top 3 hit early in 1980. Nolan later had a successful acting career, with regular roles in 'Brookside' and 'The Bill', as well as showing a flair for comedy in the children's show 'On the Waterfront'. Nolan died aged 52 and was another of the Drop Forty to go. Could be a potentially decisive hit in the championship perhaps, as debutant Thomas Jefferson Survives (on Independence Day too) overhauls Octopus of Odstock to lead with a tantalising 99 points...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (73 teams) = 9pts [Joker] (18 teams) = 18pts

One last night at McColl's

Scottish actor Iain McColl has died. McColl was a familiar face on Scottish television in series such as 'Rab C Nesbitt' and the acclaimed 'City Lights', with the late Gerard Kelly. He had been suffering from cancer for some time. He died aged 59.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 9pts

Doug deleted with one click

Douglas Englebart, inventor of the computer mouse, has died. Englebart developed this vital tool in the internet age in the late 1960s. Although patented, Englebart didn't really profit from his invention as the patent ran out before its widespread use. Englebart was 88 and a unique hit for theme team The Bedsoring '20s. Now scroll down for the points.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts

Shirin shit streak

Fawzia Shirin was the first wife of the last Shah of Iran. Daughter of the Sultan of Egypt, Fawzia Fuad married Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1939, but the marriage lasted less than a decade. She subsequenty lost her royal titles when the Egyptian royal family were overthrown in 1952. She died aged 91, just as another regime in Egypt was being toppled. Some things never change...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts

Habeas Corpus of lawman Campbell

Baron Alan Campbell of Alloway, has died. Baron Campbell was the oldest member of the House of Lords at the time of his passing on 30th June. A former Colditz inmate in World War Two, Campbell was created a life peer in 1981. Campell was 96. Two debutants profit.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts

Hack to death

Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack has passed away. Known as the "lady of the stars", Hack was the first woman to head an astronomical observatory in Italy. She was also a keen left-wing activist and noted atheist in that most catholic of countries.
Hack was 91 and a unique hit for Mercarte.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

In like Flynn

Thriller writer Vince Flynn died on 19th June aged 47. Flynn's novels centred on the character of Mitch Rapp, a sort of proto-Jack Bauer, regularly kicking Islamic terrorist ass for the CIA. Like some undercover spy, it seemed as if his death slipped under the radar but Reuters saved the day. A well-deserved unique hit for DDP veteran Noz4news...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 12pts
List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Simon Pimenta

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Jack Crompton, Philip Caldwell, George Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey, Rona Anderson, Tony Gaze

Player of the Month - June

I Shall Need To Get The Black Out - 27 points

Latest News

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Further Information
Derby Dead Pool is hosted by The Man In Black with contributions from Big-Iain, Rude Kid, Siegfried Baboon, Octopus of Odstock, WEP 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded and The Grey Horde

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