Easy street ends on the A420: Oxford United 2 Swindon Town 0

The A420 is a quaint yet fairly uninspiring stretch of road, writes Andrew Cherrie. From west to east, it takes you through the glorious Cotswolds, up over the ancient limestone ridges and eventually drops you amongst Oxford’s harmonious dreaming spires which clog up many a Japanese tourist’s holiday snaps.

Yet as far as mediocre passages of British motoring go, the A420 is up there with the most forgettable. For …

Paolo di Canio waits for the spotlight to fade at Swindon Town

With Swindon Town sitting just inside the play-off positions after 18 games, Matt Thompson gives an update on Paolo di Canio’s adjustment to life in League Two.

“He’s an exhibitionist, but a good lad…” – what a charming sentiment; no doubt delivered with a wink and ruffling of the young offender’s hair, perhaps a bout of playful faux-sparring? Of course, when you discover that it was Silvio Berlusconi passing endorsement …

Delving deeper: Attempting to analyse League Two

Deeper down in the Football League, writes Aaron Smith from The Washbag, there are no Opta stats or endless TV analysis of every minutiae covering completed passes, interceptions, animated shot graphics and tactical analysis to name but a few. Unless a full 90 minute video of all games was available to analyse, and even then the time to waste, we’ve only really got our eyes and the Press Association

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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Majority rules as Paolo di Canio sweeps into Swindon

Imagine misery of the people. A destroyed pride. Thousands unhappy with the direction of the entity that binds them together. Now imagine the delight of hope. It doesn’t matter where it comes from. Any little indiscretion or character flaw on behalf of the redeemer can be forgiven. The main thing is the common good. Apathy slowly dissolves amid a flush of optimism.

The new man speaks to his people, appeals …