Stepping Up: Contrasting fortunes for Pratley and Eagles at Bolton Wanderers

Covering the Football League – and the Championship in particular – rather than the Premier League or a specific club, it is impossible to escape comments questioning the quality of players making the step up from the second tier to the top flight. “Championship player”, they say dismissively. So can Darren Pratley and Chris Eagles dodge this label?

Owen Coyle’s summer transfer dealings at Bolton Wanderers represented something of a …

Why Nottingham Forest fans are cautious about Cotterill

Last night’s news that Frank Clark is to take over as chairman of Nottingham Forest with immediate effect was understandably greeted with concurrent waves of excitement, relief and optimism from supporters of the club. After the often fumbling stewardship of Nigel Doughty, here was a dyed-in-the-wool Forest man ready to take on the challenge of restoring the Reds to, if not their former European glories, then at least a well-run,

Paying the “pelanty”: Waddle’s nightmare year at Burnley

When we think of Chris Waddle, writes Rob Doolan, we tend to think of sausage factories, mullets, Diamond Lights, and a man so traumatised by the events of Italia ’90 that he can no longer even pronounce the word “penalty”. We also remember one of the most spellbinding wingers of recent times, a player whose talent was somehow languid and dazzling at the same time, a master of jinking

Who will be the Football League’s big winners on Deadline Day?

Transfer deadline day is a strange phenomenon. Driven forward remorselessly by Sky Sports News, the hyperbole reaches a crescendo on the 31st days of both January and August – but the focus always seems to remain firmly on the clubs towards the top of the Premier League and there is very little coverage afforded to events further down the divisions.

This year, admittedly, we have the unusual scenario of Arsene …

The Seventy Two Unfortunates Football League season preview

The Seventy Two has joined forces with fellow Football League blog The Two Unfortunates, not to mention fans of all 72 clubs in the Football League, to bring you a full 108-page season preview.

Click on the image below to read online or click here to download the PDF.

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