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 …

What I want from my football club – Part 2: The East Midlands

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.


Nottingham

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 …

Relegation Week: Can Nottingham Forest avoid the chop?

A recent upturn in fortunes has seen Nottingham Forest rise up the Championship table at just the right time. Coinciding with Portsmouth’s ten-point deduction, Forest have taken ten points from their last six games to give themselves the upper hand in their fight against the drop. So can Pat Riddell see his team getting over the line? Joe Harrison finds out.


With the appointment of Steve McClaren in the summer,

A journey through projects of the Football League

“Project” is generally perceived as a dirty word in English football, particularly in the lower leagues. It is usually employed as justification for short-term failure or overly extravagant expenditure. When things go wrong, everyone needs to pull together and believe in the project. When things go right, it’s just called winning…


proj·ect   [n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jekt]

noun
1. something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.

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