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: 30th November 2013

Just Kent get enough

With the entry period for DDP 2014 imminent, the Reaper has upped their game in the last week. The latest to be crossed off someone's list for next year is the actress Jean Kent. Kent was one of the regular stars of the Gainsborough studios, making over 40 films and acting with the likes of Lawrence Olivier and Michael Redgrave. Kent also appeared on television, from the earliest days in the 1930s to the 1990s. Kent died aged 92 as a direct result of a fall at her home, so this also qualifies as an unnatural death bonus for the two teams that picked her.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unnatural] (2 teams) = 8pts

Reg brings up the DDP double century

Former international cricketer Reg Simpson has died. Simpson served with the RAF during WWII amd had the experience to face off aggressive bowling from the Aussies (how the current England side needs his pluck these days). His finest hour came with a match winning 156 at Melbourne in 1951, to ensure England's first post-war test win over Australia. Simpson died aged 93. Gawn. . .dead. . .planted pick up unique points.
As indicated in the headline, Simpson is the 200th hit of 2013. Putting that into perspective, it took from 1996-2004 to reach that mark in total...

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

One Nilton to the Grim

Former international footballer Nilton Santos has become the third member of Brazil's legendary 1958 World Cup winning team to pass away in 2013. Santos was the classic bombing full back, also winning a World Cup winners medal in 1962. Santos was well regarded, with his teammate Pele nominating him as one of the 125 best footballers of all time in 2004. Santos was 88 and a hit for a front pair of teams...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 6pts

Dead shot Kean

Jane Kean was a prolific actress on US TV, but was best known as playing Trixie Norton in the 1960s/70s revivial of the blue collar sitcom 'The Honeymooners', which starred the legendary Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. Kean died aged 90 and like the other JK, in this update, from the result of a fall. So what's good for the goose is good for the gander and so another unnatural death bonus is awarded, this time to US TV theme team Turn Off That Telly and Go to Bed!

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

Stan Stennett's stuttering stop

Entertainer Stan Stennett has died. Stennett was a singer, comedian and actor, appearing as Hilda Ogden's brother in 'Coronation St'. He also played host to Eric Morecambe's last public appearance in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, before the comedy great had a fatal heart attack in 1984.
Stennett was 88, with Welsh theme team Pobol Y Fedd getting their first hit of the year.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
Latest Stiffs: 25th November 2013

For Foulkes sake

Former "Busby Babe" Bill Foulkes has died after a long illness. Foulkes played for Manchester United at centre-back for nearly twenty years and was a survivor of the tragic Munich Disaster of 1958, the plane crash which killed much of United's talented team. 10 years later, Busby's team rose from the ashes and became the first English side to win the coveted European Cup, Foulkes playing a vital role with a priceless "winner" against Real Madrid in the semi-final. Foulkes was 81 Several teams, including theme teams The Jean-Jacques Misse Misse XI and Boddies... Manchester's Finest share the spoils, the latter picking up joker points.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (7 teams) = 6pts [Joker] (1 team) = 12pts

Weiner nixed an' all

Baseball executive Michael Weiner has died. Weiner was executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association but was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. He was 51. Weiner is the 1500th hit in DDP history. Yahoo, who brought home the bacon for Jack Pardee, performs the same function to two more teams needing a boost...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 9pts

Don't look back in, Sanger

Double Nobel Prize winner Frederick Sanger has died. Sanger won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1958 and 1980, for his work on the structure of proteins in insulin and for DNA sequencing respectively. For all that he was fairly modest about his achievements, suggesting that was just messing about in labs! Sanger was 95 and a his for a trio of teams, including the diligent, unoffical DDP researcher Wep 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts

Doris's passing a Lessing in disguise

Another Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing has died. Lessing was regarded as a pioneering feminist writer, although she herself rejected that label, she remained a socialist. Lessing was known for her works 'The Grass Is Singing', published in 1950, set in Southern Africa, and 'The Good Terrorist' (1985). Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007. Lessing died aged 94 and was a hit for several theme teams among others, including The British (D)i(e)sles, despite Lessing being born in Iran, brought up in Southern Rhodesia, married to an Austrian and only settling in Britain when she was 30!

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (10 teams) = 5pts [Joker] (2 teams) = 10pts
Latest Stiffs: 16th November 2013

Death gets Clerides. Isn't there a cream for that?

Politician Glafcos Clerides has died. Clerides dominated Cypriot politics for 50 years, serving as President on two occasions, briefly in 1974, followed by a decade long stint in 1993. Clerides most telling contibution was to help bring the island into the EU. Whether it was a good idea or not is open to debate...
Clerides was 94 and a hit for two teams.

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

Jones leaves with good Grace

Britain's oldest person, Grace Adelaide Jones has died. Jones was as high as sixth among the World's oldest people and was one of the last Britons born in the 19th Century, the last from the 1800s. Jones died aged 113. The British (D)i(e)sles nudges towards a first Theme Team title on the back of that hit...

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] (12 teams) = 3pts

Marion not so strong now

Actress Shirley Mitchell has died aged 94. Mitchell was the last female survivor of the popular 1950s US sitcom 'I Love Lucy'. Mitchell appeared in other sitcoms, such as 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. Two teams grab the points...

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

Gone Prescott

Former Rugby League star Steve Prescott has died aged 39. Prescott played internationally for for both Great Britain and Ireland, before retiring in 2004. Two years later, he was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer and was given months to live. But Prescott did not lie down, he raised over half a million pounds for charity and fought off the inevitable for seven years.
Prescott was a hit for 7 teams, one getting 20 points for the joker.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (7 teams) = 10pts, [Joker] (1 team) = 20pts
Latest Stiffs: 8th November 2013


Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, has been killed in a drone attack. Hakimullah had taken over from the deceased Baitullah Mehsud (no relation) in 2009, and has now followed his predecessor as a victim of the long-running US "War on Terror". Curiously, in recent weeks there were signs from Mehsud of compromise, leading to speculation of possible talks between the US and the Taliban.
Then he goes and gets killed. Hmmmm...
Mehsud was 34 (we think) and a points bonanza for two teams, Died In The Wool and Hide & Go Die. He is also a record-breaker as that was the 188th hit of 2013, over-taking last year's record.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unnatural] (2 teams) = 13pts

Graham faces the stark reality of death

Comic actor Graham Stark has died following a stroke. Stark was one of those actors who you would recognise from all sorts of films and tv programmes, but he was probably best remembered for his roles in Peter Sellers' successful 'Pink Panther' film franchise in the 1960s and 70s. Stark was 91 and a hit for 5 teams.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 7pts

Nigel follows Howard's way to the grave

Actor Nigel Davenport has died. Davenport, whose son is 'Pirates of the Carribean' star Jack Davenport, had a pretty useful career himself, in films such as 'A Man for All Seasons' and 'Chariots of Fire', as well as the oh-so-80s TV drama 'Howard's Way', which oddly enough, his ex-wife Maria Aitken had a hand in spoofing on 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' a few years later! Davenport also appeared in a curious 1968 live TV drama called 'The News-Benders', with Donald Pleasance, as a producer being asked help to "create" the news in the future to manipulate the masses. Worth checking out, that...
Davenport was 85. Funeral Holmes grabs a unique hit.

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

Ovadia cannot evade the inevitable

Influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has died. Yosef has leader of the Sephardic Jews in Israel from 1972-1983 and was an authority on Jewish law. He also made strides in Israeli politics, with his ultra-conservative Shas party often in the role of kingmaker in the Knesset. Yosef was 93 and a well-deserved unique hit for Wep 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Horst Rippert, Luang Phu Supha, Kathleen McManners, Stein Grieg Halvorsen, Domenico Bartolucci

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Ace Parker, John Cole, John Tavener, Al Ruscio, Robin Leigh-Pemberton, Maurice Vachon

Player of the Month - October

I Shall Need To Get The Black Out and The Grey Horde - 18 points (from 2 hits)

Latest News

Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins pleads guilty to series of horrible sex crimes. Actress Angela Lansbury will return to the West End stage at 88. Comic icons Monty Python annouce a reunion. Nostalgia? Or is John Cleese brassic again after another divorce?
The Theme Team League page has been updated for November as has the Stats & Facts page...

Message to all current competitors: There will be no more regular emails except in certain circumstances, such as rules and invitation to next year's competition.

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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