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 …

Visiting the Championship theme park

The large man fiddles with his awkward, tilted claret and blue rosette. As he does so, he mutters to himself and even his whispers boom out like an announcement at a county fair. He cuts a strange figure, his face somehow as big as his head and his constant chattering providing a soundtrack to his every move.


“It wasn’t meant to be this way”, he says with a glance up …

BHA: A four-part play

It’s crunch time for Brighton and Hove Albion as a play-off place appears increasingly possible. But as Sam Swaffield from their magnificent fanzine The Seagull Love Review contends, there has already been plenty to celebrate this season. Whatever happens now, they can be proud of their return to the second tier.


Perhaps I’m odd as a football fan when I say “Oh, actually, I don’t like doing the whole prediction …

How many points are needed to reach the Championship play-offs?

It offers you hope. It plunges you into despair. The strength of its grip increases the longer the sun stays in the sky each evening. Until the dreaded mathematical impossibility comes into play. Then it’s all over. It’s PO the PO and it’s an obsession throughout the Football League at this time of year. If your team are currently between seventh and twelfth in their division, you probably know exactly

The Championship: some not-so-vital statistics

The Seventy Two deals primarily with opinions rather than facts. So here’s one statistic or record for each current Championship club. If you know of any better ones, leave them in the comments.


BARNSLEY

Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).

BIRMINGHAM CITY

Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.

BLACKPOOL

Only Championship team so far this season …

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