The Football Fairground Periodic Table



For no other reason than it's Christmas and few of us working very hard right now, we present the Football Fairground Periodic Table - an opportunity for you to while away the hours with a football-related piece of whimsy.

The premise is simple: we simply want to fill the table shown below with the names of football players whose initials match the letters in each of the cells. So for instance, element 105 - Dubnium - has the letters 'Db', so in our world that element gets renamed 'David Beckham'.

The thing is, despite our undoubted intelligence, we couldn't possibly fill in the whole table on our own, so we'd like you to help us out. If you can think of a name to go in one of the spaces on our periodic table, leave us a comment below or contact us on Twitter by sending a message to @FutblFairground using the hashtag #ffpt. The first name suggested for each element will earn the contributor a mention in our 'Contributors' section below.

As you can see, we've already filled in some of the spaces to give you an idea of what to do. The footballer names can be from anywhere in the world and from any era, but ideally they should be someone we've actually heard of so please curb your temptation to send us the name of a Venezuelan non-league reserve goalkeeper unless you really have to.

One thing to accept right from the start is that we won't be able to fill all the cells as some contain triple-letters like 'Uut' and 'Uup'. Given that there can only be so many football players with the first name Ulysees - let alone a middle name beginning with the same letter - we've decided to grey those out. As for all the other tricky ones, we'll just have to leave those unnamed for the ages.

*** UPDATE *** UPDATE ***
It's all over - our Periodic Table is complete! A huge thanks to all of you for your contributions - we couldn't have done it without you!!!




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Contributors:
6, 19, 33, 42, 47, 82, 87, 89, 91, 105: @coakleyftbl
9, 12, 18, 24, 43, 116: @_pjt
5, 15, 21, 35, 98, 106: @micrich3
16: @terryduffelen
37, 56, 84, 86: @Dockx_1
7, 77: @UFJamesT
70, 94: @mirkobolesan
92, 104: @footysphere
1, 90: @365DaysFootball
45: @aidenmccartney
59, 61, 64, 74, 80, 109: @unitedite
8: @amcgarrie
28, 29, 49, 53, 63, 67, 97, 101: @AGibneyftbl
11, 14, 31, 34, 38, 51, 55, 57, 58, 65, 76, 81, 95, 103, 111: @andrewcharding
3, 4, 10, 13, 20, 22, 23, 27, 30, 46, 48, 50, 54, 66, 69, 73, 83, 88, 93, 99, 112: @mattrowson
102: @jwking 
17, 25, 36, 52, 78, 96, 107, 110, 114: @theexiledrobin
62, 100: @jon_hartley
75: @2ndyellow
26, 32, 41, 46, 60: @abujaandy321
108: @davidrbiggs
39, 44, 79: @grahamsibley
2: @scamp27
68, 72: @theiron
71: @jamiecutteridge

...also an honorary mention for @MiguelitoG1979 who came up with Uns Uwe Seeler for 117! Many thanks to all of you that have suggested names for our Periodic Table - give yourselves a gold star!

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