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This 71-year-old grandma is better at fantasy football than you will ever be

Maggie Searle is firmly in the race to collect £750,000 prize pot after her dedicated online dealing in the transfer market shoots her into top 20 in the UK... beating millions of other players

A 71-year-old grandma is putting kids to shame by becoming one of the country’s top fantasy football players.

Maggie Searle, from Gosport, would rather spend her retirement making crucial transfer decisions than putting her feet up.

Who wouldn’t?

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Maggie Earle, 71, is putting youngsters to shame by in The Suns Dream Team

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Maggie Earle, 71, is putting youngsters to shame in The Sun’s Dream Team

And the Portsmouth supporter’s hard work has produced an unlikely reward as she currently ranks among the top 20 in the UK on The Sun’s Dream Team, ahead of millions of other players.

Maggie is firmly in contention for the £750,000 prize pot if she continues this fine form.

She told Solent News: “My whole family plays it, and I thought if I don’t get involved I’d get left out. But I think I’ve been the most successful out of all of us.

“I watch all the games that are on television – I haven’t got any choice.

Although she wont reveal her team, maybe stars such as Romelu Lukaku are behind her success

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Although she won’t reveal her team, maybe stars such as Romelu Lukaku are behind her success

Earle is a massive fan of Portsmouth and often attends Fratton Park

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Earle is a massive fan of Portsmouth and often attends Fratton Park

“I haven’t really got a secret to success. I listen to the boys going on about it and pick up bits of information from them.

“I’ll talk to them about who I should leave in or take out, but I’m my own person when it comes to making the final decision.

“I’ll look at the matches each week, see if there are any injuries and what players I can get cheaply.”

While discussing the key to her success she remains firmly tight-lipped on which players are in her line-up.

But she made no secret of how competitive she is getting: “My family have pulled my leg a lot in the past, they like to rub it in.

“I get very excited about it. Not many women of my age play it but I feel good about it.

“I’ve been texting my sons each week as my position in the leader board changed.”

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