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 …
It is only a few weeks since Portsmouth were scooting along quite happily in lower mid-table. Then administration struck – again – and the club now fights for survival on two fronts. Oli Igoe from Pompey blog When Sol Went Up speaks to Joe Harrison about the task ahead.
At times in recent weeks, matches seem to have been the least of Portsmouth’s problems. However, even without the 10 point …
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)
Southampton’s trip to Fratton Park was one of the most eagerly-awaited contests of the Championship season so far. So how did both sides fare in El Clasicoast? Perhaps you were watching Sky’s three-game Super Sunday Premier League extravaganza? Maybe you’re a Portsmouth or Southampton fan interested in a neutral perspective on the clash? Either way, here’s how it went as Saints aimed to go three points clear of West Ham …