Home from a loan: the Championship’s best temporary moves

Alistair Hendrie gives his opinion on the five best loan players in the Championship last season.

1. Wayne Routledge (Queen’s Park Rangers, on loan from Newcastle United)

Wayne Routledge, who has played for six different Premier League clubs without ever really finding his feet, was bench warming for Newcastle before Neil Warnock brought him to Loftus Road on loan — a move that saw him return to a former club. …

The Seventy Two’s Football League team of the season


Team of the season

  1. Shwan Jalal (Bournemouth)
  2. Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff City)
  3. Joe Skarz (Bury)
  4. Jose Fonte (Southampton)
  5. Guy Branston (was Torquay United, now Bradford City)
  6. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient)
  7. Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe Wanderers)
  8. Adel Taarabt (Queen’s Park Rangers)
  9. Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)
  10. Ryan Hall (Southend United)
  11. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)

Manager: Paul Lambert (Norwich City)

I decided to do something a bit different for The Seventy Two’s Football League team …

QPR, Alejandro Faurlin and the great unknown

In early March, the FA charged Queen’s Park Rangers with seven alleged breaches of rules concerning undisclosed third-party ownership of Alejandro Faurlin, writes Jon Keen. These charges also include allegations of “using or seeking to pay an Unauthorised Agent” in relation to the player’s registration in July 2009, and of the submission of false information in documents submitted to the FA when Faurlin’s contract was extended in October 2010.…

Portsmouth 0 Norwich City 1: Timing is everything

In football, as in comedy, timing is everything. Norwich City are delivering their punchline with impeccable timing, but that is not to suggest that they have hit any unusually rich vein of form in recent weeks. This has been coming all season. Consistency has been a trademark of Norwich’s first campaign back in the Championship. In August, they will return at last to the Premier League.

The timing that has …

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 …