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 …
Andy Thorn’s Coventry City are still yet to reach double figures in terms of goals scored away from the Ricoh Arena this season, so their 2-2 draw at Cardiff in midweek must have felt like a victory. Wins remain elusive, but safety is well within reach. Neil Allison speaks to Joe Harrison about his club’s chances of staying up.
So far, the Sky Blues have spent just six weeks of …
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)
Middlesbrough’s victory over Cardiff City at the weekend didn’t just take Boro three points clear of the Welsh side in the current Championship table. It also took them to the head of 2011’s alternative league standings.
After all, promotion and relegation are for losers. Especially if you support Cardiff, who persist with their constant flirting with getting out of the Championship without actually doing it. Maybe this year is their …