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.
The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …
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, continuing with the thoughts of Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Leicester City and Notts County supporters.
Although Forest’s games against Notts County represent the oldest league derby match in the world and their two grounds are separated merely by the width of the River Trent, Forest fans have, for many years, looked instead to the neighbouring city of Derby for their biggest rivalry. Forest fan Steve Wright gives the lowdown.
The City Ground and Pride Park are just 17 miles apart and, as with most football …
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.
Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).
Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.
Only Championship team so far this season …
Back in the summer, a series of posts from a variety of guest writers brought about a predicted Championship table. The final entry in the series was written by Blackpool blogger Chris Walker and you can find the final predicted table below, with each team’s actual current league position in brackets:
- Nottingham Forest (22nd)
- Birmingham City (14th)
- West Ham United (2nd)
- Leicester City (11th)
- Cardiff City (5th)
- Hull City (4th)