The Championship Play-off Final: What, when, where, why and who?

As the Championship comes to a close with a gripping play-off final between West Ham United and Blackpool, Joe Harrison explains all the action from Wembley Stadium.


What?

1. West Ham won the Final 2-1 gaining the third promotion place from the Championship, meaning that they will play in the Premier League next season.

2. Blackpool’s defeat makes them the 71st team confirmed as playing in the Football League …

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 …

What I want from my football club – Part 5: Play-off hopefuls

The Seventy Two has canvassed the opinion of several Football League writers from a variety of different clubs to ask one simple question: what do you want from your football club? Given around 300 words to play with, there were numerous responses so we will be looking at a cross-section every day this week, continuing with the thoughts of supporters of four clubs who will end the 2011/12 season with

Boleyn brief: Never mind the bollocks, here’s West Ham United

With the Championship promotion race heating up as we enter the final five games of the season, West Ham fan Stuart Fuller reflects on his side’s comprehensive victory at Oakwell.


Oh, Sam Allardyce. You should really sometimes just stop talking and concentrate on getting West Ham back to the land of milk and honey. In the run up to a vital away game with Barnsley he suggested that the fans, …

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 …

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