TTU Awards: Team of the Season
It’s probably fair to say that this website has a natural inclination towards the underdog, and the winners of our inaugural TTU awards reflect that: among the victorious have been Reading, Peterborough and Derby, but the top two, Newcastle and West Brom, have barely been mentioned. To take it one step further, cynics might argue that in picking Blackpool as our Team of the Season we’re sentimentally flaunting our self-satisfied prejudice against the bigger fish but, the way we see it, their vicariously satisfying elevation to the EPL is just streets ahead of the competition.
The Tangerines finished 32 points behind the Magpies (just two points less than Peterborough’s final haul), but their achievement blows any other out of the water given their shortfall in resources. Indeed, the £12.5m parachute payment that the Magpies and the Baggies received at the beginning of the year would have alone exceeded Blackpool’s average turnover. The Seasiders were duly labelled as our pre-season relegation favouries; how wrong we were. Congratulations Blackpool and good luck.
An honourable mention to Newcastle, who are the Oleg Salenko to Blackpool’s Roger Milla. From disaster, despair and disunity to triumph, togetherness and the title in the space of a year has been no mean feat.