Promotion Tales: The Rise of ‘Unfashionable’ Blackburn Rovers

Promotion Tales: The Rise of ‘Unfashionable’ Blackburn Rovers

A supplementary treat this morning. Regular contributor Phil Lloyd enjoyed our Promotion Tales series so much that he decided to come up with this own version charting Blackburn Rovers’ re-emergence as a force in English football over two decades ago now. Best wishes to all TTU readers for 2015.

Once, it seemed that Blackburn Rovers existed mainly to exemplify the word “unfashionable”. As with the TV advert that featured …

Promotion Tales: Bradford’s City’s Top-Flight ‘Fairy Tale’

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Promotion Tales | No Comments
Promotion Tales: Bradford’s City’s Top-Flight ‘Fairy Tale’

Continuing this series of posts on clubs promoted to the top-flight of English football after a considerable gap or, in some cases, the first time ever, Michael Wood turns the clock back to the year 2000. The location? Bradford.

Preamble

Frances Griffiths knew about fairy tales.

In 1917, when she was nine years old, she went to the bottom of the garden at a house in Cottingley, Bradford, and …

Promotion Tales: Reading FC and Disillusionment

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Promotion Tales | 2 Comments
Promotion Tales: Reading FC and Disillusionment

Compared to the first occasion in 2006, it was with considerably less enthusiasm that I anticipated Reading Football Club’s second ever promotion to the top flight in the summer of 2012.

The feeling is never quite as good second time round of course – but there was also the sense that the club had blagged its way into the Premier League. Unforgettable victories at West Ham and Southampton in …

Promotion Tales: Leicester City Lose Their Fearlessness

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Promotion Tales | No Comments
Promotion Tales: Leicester City Lose Their Fearlessness

There is a real treat for students of football blogging today as we are pleased to announce a comeback for David Bevan, head honcho of legendary football league website The Seventy Two. Despite stepping back from the scene, David has retained his season ticket to Leicester City and has conjured up this assessment of the Foxes’ progress as they near Christmas on their return to the Premier League, a …

Promotion Tales: Blackpool in the Premier League? Yeah, right!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Promotion Tales | 2 Comments
Promotion Tales: Blackpool in the Premier League? Yeah, right!

For the second in our narratives exploring fans differing attitudes to promotion to the Premier League, we are pleased to welcome back Chris Walker, @OneDaveBamber on twitter and the maestro behind the Measured Progress blog. As a fan of Blackpool FC, Chris looks back to a season we ourselves chronicled in the first year of this blog’s life.

“Blackpool in the Premier League? Yeah, right!”

For a …

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