The top flight team that put faith in the Football League

You’ll need Premier League experience, they said. You’ll get slaughtered with those players, they said. Holt will be useless against Premier League defenders, they said. Lambert scoffed, finished off his Carlsberg Special Brew and got to work. I’m almost sure that’s exactly how it happened, says Norwich City fan Matt Wallace.


More or less.

But those kind of statements, those broad generalisations were and still are part of the …

County Championship – Parallels between the second tier and Test cricket

James Knight was sat minding his own business one day when an email arrived in his inbox asking whether he would like to try to draw some parallels between the world of Test cricket he writes about for 51 All Out and English football’s second tier. So he wrote some words, clicked ‘Reply’ and now you can read them for yourself…


The Championship is a league of fine margins. Rarely …

The third best Championship moment of 2011

This was clearly a special moment for Norwich City fans, but it was also a great goal. David Fox puts in a fantastic deep cross to the back post, Simeon Jackson peels off his marker and finishes superbly. Norwich scored better goals in the second half of last season without doubt. However, to score an excellent goal like this at such a crucial moment in their season said everything about

Stepping Up: Norwich City schemer Wes Hoolahan adapts to survive

It’s dog eat dog in the Premier League. Adapt to survive. Wes Hoolahan is doing a mighty fine job of making the step up from the Championship to the top flight with Norwich City – and he’s having to master a new role in the process, as Canaries fan Matt Wallace, who runs the Norwich blog Holtamania, explains.


Wesley ‘Wessi’ Hoolahan has had a rollercoaster of a career …

Media Week: What the Premier League really thinks of QPR, Norwich and Swansea

When they are ready, we let them go. So what is in store for those lucky enough to leave the Football League behind for sunnier, or at least richer, climes? Media Week continues with Andrew Thomas – the man behind Twisted Blood – taking a look at the Premier League’s attitude towards newly-promoted clubs.


The dearly-departed Garry Cook mused to the Times a few years ago that the Premier League …

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