Saints, Hammers, Bluebirds and Boro: The closest promotion battle since 1992?

Southampton and West Ham United are level at the top of the Championship on 47 points, while Cardiff City and Middlesbrough both lie just two points further back on 45 apiece. In a division which is more accustomed to runaway winners, this is the closest gap between first and fourth on January 3rd since 1992.

Back then, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town each had 44 points although the latter had …

The Championship: some not-so-vital statistics

The Seventy Two deals primarily with opinions rather than facts. So here’s one statistic or record for each current Championship club. If you know of any better ones, leave them in the comments.


Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).


Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.


Only Championship team so far this season …

The best player in the Championship – as voted for by you

When a public vote was opened up on Twitter to decide the best player in the Championship, one name quickly dominated the votes. In fact, he ended up getting twice as many votes as anyone else. He plays for Southampton and Sam Dobson is here to tell you all about him, with a short introduction from a familiar face…

Simon Thomas, Sky Sports

“As Southampton’s and the Championship’s top scorer …

Revisiting our predicted Championship table

Back in the summer,  a series of posts from a variety of guest writers brought about a predicted Championship table. The final entry in the series was written by Blackpool blogger Chris Walker and you can find the final predicted table below, with each team’s actual current league position in brackets:

  1. Nottingham Forest (22nd)
  2. Birmingham City (14th)
  3. West Ham United (2nd)
  4. Leicester City (11th)
  5. Cardiff City (5th)
  6. Hull City (4th)

Portsmouth 1 Southampton 1: El Clasicoast ends all square

Southampton’s trip to Fratton Park was one of the most eagerly-awaited contests of the Championship season so far. So how did both sides fare in El Clasicoast? Perhaps you were watching Sky’s three-game Super Sunday Premier League extravaganza? Maybe you’re a Portsmouth or Southampton fan interested in a neutral perspective on the clash? Either way, here’s how it went as Saints aimed to go three points clear of West Ham