Strachan must raise game to elevate Boro

Just over a year ago, Middlesbrough began their league campaign having just been relegated from the Premier League alongside Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion. They had the best player in the division, Adam Johnson, to help lift them back to the top flight and managed to keep hold of promising defender David Wheater despite rumoured interest from bigger clubs.

Fast forward to this weekend and Newcastle, West Brom and …

The Championship goes back to school

Three words that plagued me as a child. You would barely be out of the door for the final time at the start of the summer before those three words would appear in big, bold letters whenever you went anywhere near a shop. Three words that would magically become four when spoken out loud. Back to bloody school.

Alright, fine! I’m coming back, don’t worry! I don’t have much bloody …

Taking the plunge: Championship predictions

Okay, okay. Time to hold the old hands up. There are only twelve names here. A bit of a cop-out, perhaps, but nobody likes to see their team predicted to finish in or around the relegation places before the season kicks off. I’m sure Blackpool fans are already heartily sick of seeing their club’s name in the immediate vicinity of the number 20.

While, sadly, they will probably have no

Write the Future: The Championship 2010/11

Ahead of the big Championship kick-off next weekend, we asked supporters, bloggers and regional newspaper journalists about their thoughts on the forthcoming season.

Here are their predictions of what lies in store over the next few months, preceded by a quick who’s who of those involved:

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The three best Championship signings so far this summer

To date, it has been a relatively quiet summer in terms of Championship transfer news. Perhaps managers are too busy watching the World Cup to care about such insignificant matters at the moment and the chequebooks will come out next week. In the majority of cases, the more obvious explanation would be that the chairman has conveniently mislaid all means of payment in these troubling economic times.

We have watched …

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