Third and fourth tiers provide play-off finals to savour

A quick straw poll on Twitter this evening suggested that Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United’s all-Yorkshire clash at Wembley next Saturday is the play-off final that neutrals are most keenly anticipating by some distance. While the sample size was fairly small, it was an expected result. The League One play-off final is a mouthwatering prospect, with two of English football’s grand old names contesting a vital match. But the division

What I want from my football club – Part 1: Supporter interaction

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, beginning with the thoughts of Burnley, Blackpool and Sheffield United supporters.

Burnley by Adam Haworth

“I’ve …

The 25 Best Players in the Championship – as voted for by you: Part 17 of 25

These are turbulent times at Doncaster Rovers as the whole club continues to become accustomed to a new approach that could be described as innovative at best and hazardous at worst. Through the shift from Sean O’Driscoll to Dean Saunders and regardless of a sudden influx of high-profile players on short-term contracts, one man just keeps on scoring goals. Paul Binning pays tribute to one of the most clinical finishers

A full inquiry into “football’s finger yobs” – the so-called shame of Sheffield

It was almost beyond parody. Almost. The Sun’s shocking revelation that a couple of supporters at the recent Sheffield derby stuck two fingers up at opposition fans – entitled, lest we forget, “What hope is there for football?” is, however, worth a small investigation.

Those who believe we shouldn’t expect any better from The Sun and that anything published in it is beyond contempt have a strong argument, but if …

From the Ritz to the Rubble: Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

It’s that time again – this weekend, Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip across the city to face Sheffield United. How long ago it seems now that these two teams travelled down to Wembley together. This is now a meeting between two third-tier clubs, both desperate to return to the Championship.

With both the Blades and the Owls in a similar position, the outcome of Sunday’s clash at Bramall Lane …