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 …

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 …

In defence of the League Cup

One of the many, many solutions mooted as part of the master plan to revive English football in the aftermath of Fabio Capello’s failure to bring home the World Cup this summer was, not for the first time, the abolition of the League Cup. What a terrible shame that would be.

It is tempting to stick the knife into the England squad. We could quote salaries. We could quote results. …

Class of 2010 ready for League One challenge

Last year’s automatic promotion places in League Two looked sewn up for the majority of the season.

Notts County began the season with Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sol Campbell in situ, ended with neither but won the title. Rochdale finally exited the division after an overly length spell. Bournemouth admirably fought their way to promotion despite well-documented constraints.

All three will face the music in League One this season and optimism …