Six reasons why this Championship season has been worse than last year

The overall impression from many seasoned Championship watchers is that this has not been a vintage year for the second tier. Reading are worthy champions and their extraordinary run has been something to behold, but the remarkable has been few and far between this term in comparison with the 2010/11 campaign. Here are six reasons why.


Fewer goals

The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …

Reading deserve the glory but forget the £100million goal

Ian Harte’s ball in. Mikele Leigertwood’s side-foot finish. The goal that gave Reading a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest last night. A goal that meant thousands of Royals fans ended up on the pitch carrying Leigertwood off it on their shoulders. That goal meant Reading were promoted to the Premier League. But that’s not enough for some people…


Instead, Leigertwood’s goal was quickly labelled “a £100million goal”, because promotion to …

Visiting the Championship theme park

The large man fiddles with his awkward, tilted claret and blue rosette. As he does so, he mutters to himself and even his whispers boom out like an announcement at a county fair. He cuts a strange figure, his face somehow as big as his head and his constant chattering providing a soundtrack to his every move.


“It wasn’t meant to be this way”, he says with a glance up …

The Big Picture: Reading between the lines at West Ham United

Tomorrow afternoon, West Ham United face Reading at Upton Park in a game they may not have thought would be so hugely important just a few months ago. Whatever the result, however, there is a deeper discussion taking place in east London about the methods of one particular manager.


Sam Allardyce has presented himself as a solutions man, his recent interviews pointing to the failure of “the West Ham way”. …

How many points are needed to reach the Championship play-offs?

It offers you hope. It plunges you into despair. The strength of its grip increases the longer the sun stays in the sky each evening. Until the dreaded mathematical impossibility comes into play. Then it’s all over. It’s PO the PO and it’s an obsession throughout the Football League at this time of year. If your team are currently between seventh and twelfth in their division, you probably know exactly

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