The Unfortunates of the Second Tier

Posted by on Jun 18, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

2 Comments

  1. Ben
    June 19, 2009

    A literary reference right from the off – good stuff. I can feel the bar being raised already…

    Reply
  2. Columbine Harvester
    June 22, 2009

    Lovely blog. I'll be back…

    Reply

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