Stepping Up: Shane Long defends from the front for West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion have long had a reputation for playing attractive, passing football, writes Adam Bate from Ghost Goal.

It’s a tradition the club is proud of and in recent times managers such as Tony Mowbray and Roberto di Matteo have enjoyed success playing an expansive game. But this wasn’t the reason Roy Hodgson committed to paying as much as £6.5million for Shane Long in the summer – Long …

The Seventy Two Unfortunates Football League season preview

The Seventy Two has joined forces with fellow Football League blog The Two Unfortunates, not to mention fans of all 72 clubs in the Football League, to bring you a full 108-page season preview.

Click on the image below to read online or click here to download the PDF.

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Championship league ladder: Hull City up, Reading down

The Seventy Two’s Championship league ladder continues with the thoughts of Swedish football enthusiast and Football League blogger Peter Linhem.

In brief, the idea will be that the table begins in the order that the Championship finished at the end of the 2010/11 season and a series of bloggers and journalists will each re-position one team further up and one team further down based on their thoughts over the

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. …

Swansea City 4 Reading 2: The Swans fly out of the Football League

There were two themes prevalent in Swansea City’s play-off semi-final success over Nottingham Forest. Firstly, that Swansea are an excellent side and play some truly admirable football – essentially, that they deserved to win the tie. Secondly, that the margin of their victory was still narrow despite the two-goal advantage at the final whistle after their opponents hit the post when seeking a second half equaliser. At Wembley, these themes