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 …

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 …

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

Who are the most important players in the Championship promotion race?

With the Championship promotion race moving into the final two months of the season, let’s take a look at the key players for each of the teams currently sitting in the top six. Rather than blandly regurgitating tired tales of Rickie Lambert’s goalscoring prowess or Peter Whittingham’s range of passing, perhaps it would be more useful to delve into some statistics to see how effective some of the best players …

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 …

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