Premier League Aristocrats Table
3. Dowager Countess (up 1)
4. Lady Grantham (down 1)
5. Isobel (up 2)
6. Lord Grantham (up 2)
7. Branson (down 1)
8. Sybil (down 3)
Bullish on the defense of his ideals, Matthew has nevertheless pledged to overhaul Downton Abbey from the ground up. He should be a contender for some time to come after he finishes revamping the training ground and youth facilities. Hopefully his stingy devotion to the wage budget doesn’t prevent him from bringing in the odd big-time signing from Brazil or thereabouts.
Edith’s stunning collapse at the altar gave Mary a decisive victory in the wedding derby. She continues to find joy with her attacking sensibilities, and should find herself playing continental football next season.
With Mrs. Levinson gone, Lady Violet should now be able to play more expressive football. Her clean challenge on Sir Anthony at the altar is a testament to her defensive capabilities and proves she is the anchor woman of the show.
This season’s campaign has been marked by a spirited approach for Cora. Her team talk to Edith after the would-be wedding may have been clichéd, but maybe it’s only important that she herself believes what she’s saying. It’s just that sometimes Cora appears to lack top-of-the-table ambition.
Others around the league may criticize her management style, but Isobel believes there’s a certain way to play the game and holds firm to these standards. Mid-to-low table finish likely.
On the verge of falling into administration, Robert received a last second cash injection from Matthew. He’ll need to take his fate into his own hands from here on out, though, and stop concerning himself with the results of others around the league. With his level of prestige, a mid-table finish would be unacceptable to his supporters.
Playing aimless football at the moment. Her best years are still in front of her, but she needs to shift her focus from making children to making goals.
Rampant nationalism is not unheard of in football, but hypocrisy has no place. If he’s to go on all day about the merits of the Irish League, he needs to just pack it in and move back there. It’s unfortunate that this season’s campaign is so full of hot air – and not much else.
She watched a disastrous howler slip into the back of her net as Lord Anthony spurned her at the altar. Can it get much worse for Edith? She may be the middle child, but she’s playing decidedly younger football than her years indicate and is now staring down the barrel of relegation. Moaning about her life to the servant Anna won’t help her position in the table either.
League One Servants Table
1. Thomas (up 3)
3. Bates (up 2)
4. Mrs. Patmore (down 3)
5. O’Brien (down 2)
6. Mrs. Hughes (up 4)
7. Daisy (up 2)
8. Anna (down 1)
9. Alfred (down 3)
10. Ethel (up 1)
11. Molesley (down 3)
There’s a quiet dignity to her style of play, even if her sex life is gourmet food for the tabloids.
While in prison, he’s begun to mold himself in the image of a Vinny Jones-esque hard man. He beat a clever offside trap set by his cellmate to frame him, and deserved his goal.
Snubbed at one point by the lowly Alfred, then embarrassed publicly by Thomas’ misinformation, Molesley’s supporters once again find themselves burying their heads in their hands. Will it get any better, or will they be loath to see what happens next?
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, and after falling into Mary’s favor while netting a goal in the process, no one can testify to the veracity of this truism better than Daisy.
He’s reserved in his approach and stubbornly committed to bore draws and 1-0 matches. But Carson plays well within his limitations. Could promotion be a real possibility?
Mrs. Patmore allowed too many questions to be asked of her defense as she recklessly revealed Mrs. Hughes’ secret. A true flair for the dramatic works as much for her as it does against her.
Goal of the week goes to Thomas, as he unleashed a screamer of an insult on O’Brien. No, no one has ever asked for her hand in marriage, but Thomas may begin to draw comparisons to that other hand, the one of God, if he continues this form.
He’s starting to play with a bit more confidence, and he’ll need to if he is to avoid the comparisons to Peter Crouch.
A model of composure, Mrs. Hughes has handled her run of bad luck well. Now that cancer is no longer in the cards, she can concentrate on getting her fitness back for the second half of the season.
Her war of words in the media with Thomas guarantees this to be the rivalry of the season. Will have to do well to not come undone by his mind games, which can only be compared to those of Alex Ferguson.
Still taking a conservative approach to clearing Bates’ name, valuing possession over long shots. Whether or not it will pay off with the big goal she needs, however, remains to be seen.