A short history of Carlisle United’s most wanted

Carlisle United’s Gary Madine is amongst the top scorers in League One. Watched every week by a throng of Premier League and Championship scouts, Madine is finally beginning to fulfil the reputation earmarked for him by the Cumbrians’ hierarchy.

But this time last year the outlook wasn’t so great — Madine was out of form, out of favour and constantly in trouble with the police. This culminated in an arrest …

Marlon King and the true prisoners of football

Marlon King waltzes back into football, lauded by his new manager as a “first class professional” who has been “working very hard” recently in order to win a contract with his new club.

The Championship as a whole will not be as forgiving as Aidy Boothroyd and the Coventry City board, meaning King will undoubtedly receive widespread abuse this season from opposing supporters.

Spare a thought for a section of …

Freddy Eastwood: officially as good as Maradona

Last week, The Seventy Two used the medium of Twitter to ask you who are the best five players you have seen in the flesh.

The results were, inevitably, skewed by lunacy, sarcasm and a couple of rogue Southend United fanatics.

Nevertheless, the list below still sums up the wide kaleidoscope of footballing talent that dominates our weekends so devilishly. Or something like that.

Future England stars of the Football League

During England’s European Championship qualifier with Switzerland last week, The Seventy Two asked Football League fans whether there were any players currently at their club who may play for England one day.

It is rarely that simple, of course. And it was a slightly hypocritical question given the opinion piece published on this very site on the subject of Connor Wickham a couple of months ago.

Nevertheless, here are the …

The price isn’t right — recession and the Football League

The start of a new season. Optimism across the Football League is high, at least for a few games, for any club. Crowds flock back after the summer break and pack stadiums out… don’t they?

Coventry City appear on our television screens last Saturday facing Derby County. Both teams have enjoyed decent starts to the league campaign and it should appeal. It should do.

The Ricoh Arena is, literally, half-empty. …