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 4: Basement boys

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 supporters of four clubs who have spent 2011/12 towards the bottom

Relegation Week: Will the big Doncaster Rovers U-turn pay off?

Doncaster Rovers began the season with Sean O’Driscoll and will end it with Dean Saunders. They changed their entire footballing philosophy early in the campaign. So will this transformation pay off? Glen Wilson, editor of Doncaster’s Popular Stand fanzine, speaks to Joe Harrison about the big Donny U-turn.

It has been a tumultuous season at Donny, with changes at all levels of the club. Ignoring the Willie McKay in

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]

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

2. a …

Sean O’Driscoll on board at the City Ground: What all Nottingham Forest fans need to read

The news that Sean O’Driscoll is joining Steve Cotterill’s coaching staff at Nottingham Forest has come out of the blue. Something had to change, it seemed. It’s just that this wasn’t envisaged by many. We covered Forest’s woes in a fair bit of detail early this morning so there’s not much more to be said on that front.

Instead, let’s focus on O’Driscoll. There are a couple of things that …