Football League bloggers round-up #3 – February 16th 2011

It’s time for The Seventy Two’s third round-up of the best posts (that I have found) on the subject of Football League clubs over the past fortnight. A bit of a bumper selection on this occasion, which will hopefully become the norm. Feel free to post anything excellent that I’ve missed in the Comments section.

The Equaliser1940s Month: Bob Jackson’s Pompey

Swiss RambleA Tale of Bristol

From Bournemouth to Burnley: the emotional exit of Eddie Howe


Eddie Howe’s move from Dorset to Lancashire seems one of a kind in many ways. In the end, as with so many managerial departures, it had the feel of a break-up. And it was always going to be like that, given the depth of feeling involved and his length of service on the south coast.

Bournemouth’s final game under Howe’s leadership involved a Friday night in Essex, one final fling …

A winter break: what’s in it for the Football League?

It comes up every year. Poor weather in the winter months leads to cries for a winter break to mirror the experience of many leagues on the continent. These cries have been especially loud this year, with prolonged snow and sub-zero temperatures already playing havoc with fixture lists. Rich Prew assesses the winter break clamour.

The voices in favour of a break are predominately from the bigger clubs. Google the …

Leicester City 2 Leeds United 2: the making of Max Gradel and Andy King


When Leicester City and Leeds United met at the Walkers Stadium on Boxing Day, it represented the latest event in the burgeoning careers of two young men attempting to realise their huge potential as professional footballers at the highest level. Max Gradel and Andy King each scored for their respective sides. Their celebrations said everything.
“Hey, f**k you man, f**k you”.

Max Gradel was born in Abidjan, the capital of …

Ten for 2010: The best Football League teams of the year

Christmas swiftly approaches. It seems like a fitting time to reflect on the calendar year in the Football League and take a look at the teams that have excelled over the last twelve months. Some of those listed have suffered dips in form at some stage or another, but nearly all have managed notable achievements.


10. Rochdale

Rochdale have struggled to adapt to life in League One following promotion, but …