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.


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 …

Revisiting our predicted Championship table

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:

  1. Nottingham Forest (22nd)
  2. Birmingham City (14th)
  3. West Ham United (2nd)
  4. Leicester City (11th)
  5. Cardiff City (5th)
  6. Hull City (4th)

The 25 Best Players in the Championship – as voted for by you: Part 18 of 25

Hull City currently sit proudly in the play-off places thanks to the boost provided by local hero Nick Barmby taking control. Barmby has managed to stop the Tigers looking toothless in attack, but he will still be relying on consistent performances from his back four to maintain Hull’s promotion chances. John Verrall explains why one member of this defence will be itching to get back to Old Trafford wearing black

The 25 Best Players in the Championship – as voted for by you: Part 5 of 25

We are now one-fifth through our look at the 25 best players in the Championship, as voted for by you. The fifth in our list – which, it is worth mentioning again for any new readers, is not in any particular order – is a hero of the lower leagues.


Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool)

Blackpool’s unlikely ascent to the Premier League eighteen months ago carried many lower league journeymen into the …