The Unfortunates of the Second Tier
BS Johnson’s The Unfortunates features a football reporter visiting the City Ground in Nottingham. The title of the book could almost be reinterpreted as a comment on the way Championship sides like Forest are viewed by the media at large: forgotten giants destined to last out their days in the Purgatory of sub-Premier League football.
But there is another side to the story: in truth, the Championship is perhaps Europe’s most exciting league: a modern hybrid that provides the traditional appeal of English domestic football without some of the distasteful baggage of its bigger brother. This is a space for pertinent and intelligent opinion on this most intense of competitions.