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 …

Neil Warnock and Ipswich Town: Will it happen three years on?

Following Neil Warnock’s sacking from Queen’s Park Rangers on Sunday evening, talk quickly turned to the reigning Championship title-winning manager’s next move. That promotion was the seventh of Warnock’s career and the second time he has helped a team climb to the top flight, having reached the Premier League with his beloved Sheffield United in 2006. Like him or loathe him, he is clearly one of the hottest managerial properties

The Football League in 2011 – A review of the 72: Part 2 of 2

Happy New Year’s Eve – here’s part two of The Seventy Two’s review of the Football League in 2011 through further reading. A bit like those episodes of Friends or The Simpsons which were just clips of previous shows, essentially. But then by the time you read this I’ll be in north Wales taking a hard-earned break and you might be bored and in need of something to read. Have

The Football League in 2011 – A review of the 72: Part 1 of 2

2011 is The Seventy Two’s first full year of existence, having been started in late June last year. To tell you it’s been a busy twelve months in the Football League would be meaningless nonsense, but suffice to say: some stuff has happened. Here’s part one of a digest reminiscing about how 2011 went for The Seventy Two.


The year began in slightly odd fashion with an official calendar …

The best Championship moment of 2011

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in QPR, Season 2010/11, The Seventy Two | No Comments

No competition here. And fitting that it was provided by a Queen’s Park Rangers player given that they were this year’s champions in the Football League’s highest division. Fitting that it was provided by the best player in the Championship last season.

You know when someone scores a good goal or does a little trick and supporters of whoever they play for say “oh, if Messi did that then everyone …