The second best Championship moment of 2011

This really sums up football. Imagine Lewis McGugan connects with that volley as the ball comes back to him on the edge of the area. Imagine it flies into the net in front of a joyous, disbelieving Nottingham Forest away end. Imagine it doesn’t elude McGugan at the last millisecond and leave him in a crumpled heap as Darren Pratley hares off towards the halfway line. You could even imagine that Robert Earnshaw’s shot earlier in a breakneck second half had gone in off the post rather than rebounding back out of danger.

There are less than ten seconds between McGugan’s attempted strike and the ball crossing the Forest goal-line at the other end of the pitch. Incredible drama and ten seconds that confirmed Swansea City’s place at Wembley. Regardless of the protagonists, it was a goal which summed up the play-offs in those ten seconds. After what seems like an eternity, the season finally comes to an end and entire seasons are defined in the final few moments.


The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

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