No Pain, No Gain for Millwall

No Pain, No Gain for Millwall

The optimism with which the season began didn’t take long to evaporate. Perhaps they were just another dispiriting example of modern football’s culture of instant gratification, but the boos that greeted the half-time whistle in our opening match at home to Blackpool were loud and clear.

In what some might refer to as a quirk of the fixture list, this opening match was a repeat of that which ended …

The Championship Play-off Final: What, when, where, why and who?

As the Championship comes to a close with a gripping play-off final between West Ham United and Blackpool, Joe Harrison explains all the action from Wembley Stadium.


1. West Ham won the Final 2-1 gaining the third promotion place from the Championship, meaning that they will play in the Premier League next season.

2. Blackpool’s defeat makes them the 71st team confirmed as playing in the Football League …

How Blackpool beat Birmingham City to return to Wembley

For the third year in a row, Stephen Dobbie – long of either Swansea and Blackpool – scored to help one of his two teams to Wembley. But this was no walk in the park. Birmingham City gave it everything and made the Tangerines work hard for their 3-2 aggregate victory. Curtis Davies equalised on the night to give Blues hope but goals from Stephen Dobbie and Matt Phillips proved

Six reasons why this Championship season has been worse than last year

The overall impression from many seasoned Championship watchers is that this has not been a vintage year for the second tier. Reading are worthy champions and their extraordinary run has been something to behold, but the remarkable has been few and far between this term in comparison with the 2010/11 campaign. Here are six reasons why.

Fewer goals

The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …

What I want from my football club – Part 1: Supporter interaction

The Seventy Two has canvassed the opinion of several Football League writers from a variety of different clubs to ask one simple question: what do you want from your football club? Given around 300 words to play with, there were numerous responses so we will be looking at a cross-section every day this week, beginning with the thoughts of Burnley, Blackpool and Sheffield United supporters.

Burnley by Adam Haworth

“I’ve …