Why Nottingham Forest fans are cautious about Cotterill

Last night’s news that Frank Clark is to take over as chairman of Nottingham Forest with immediate effect was understandably greeted with concurrent waves of excitement, relief and optimism from supporters of the club. After the often fumbling stewardship of Nigel Doughty, here was a dyed-in-the-wool Forest man ready to take on the challenge of restoring the Reds to, if not their former European glories, then at least a well-run,

Middlesbrough 2 Portsmouth 2: For the love of the Boro

As the Football League season returns into our lives, Maxwell Helyer is reminded of just why he has learned to love life outside of the Premier League.


In a fixture that was a Premier League clash just a couple of years ago, Pompey travelled up to the North East to enjoy some football underneath an atrocious thunderstorm, and watch a collection of eager 8 year old ball boys develop hypothermia.…

The Seventy Two Unfortunates Football League season preview

The Seventy Two has joined forces with fellow Football League blog The Two Unfortunates, not to mention fans of all 72 clubs in the Football League, to bring you a full 108-page season preview.

Click on the image below to read online or click here to download the PDF.

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How will David Nugent fit into Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City?

David Nugent has signed for Leicester City on a free transfer, penning a three-year deal after the expiry of his contract with Portsmouth. But where will he fit into Sven-Goran Eriksson’s masterplan and how effective will he be at his new club?


From 30th January 2010 onwards, Leicester have consistently fielded a 4-3-3 formation with only sporadic variations. This setup began with a league clash against Newcastle United under Nigel …

Massive Monday as Cardiff and Norwich take centre stage

The script was already pretty good. The perennial promotion contenders tasked with seeing off the newly-promoted upstarts. The spiky Scouser against the precocious Paisleyite. West versus East. Blue and yellow. A tale of two Cities. Bellamy and Bothroyd face Holt and Hoolahan. Now it’s even better. This evening, a remarkable double-header takes place.


First up, Cardiff City host Middlesbrough in a banana skin of gigantic proportions. Tony Mowbray’s side recently …

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