A journey through projects of the Football League

“Project” is generally perceived as a dirty word in English football, particularly in the lower leagues. It is usually employed as justification for short-term failure or overly extravagant expenditure. When things go wrong, everyone needs to pull together and believe in the project. When things go right, it’s just called winning…

proj·ect   [n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jekt]

1. something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.

2. a …

Why Richard Lee’s Graduation should be one of 2012’s must-read football books

After departing Watford eighteen months ago, Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee has written a fascinating account of his first season at Griffin Park that may – and indeed should – become one of 2012’s must-read football books. Here’s why.

There has arguably never been a more intense focus within the media on the mental strain suffered by professional sportsmen. The debate continues over the levels of support available within sports, particularly …

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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Brentford boss Rà¶sler’s Norwegian roots

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Brentford, The Seventy Two | 2 Comments

Uwe Rà¶sler’s arrival at Brentford is the latest in a growing trend of foreign managers trying their hand in the English lower leagues, hot on the heels of Paolo di Canio’s appointment at Swindon Town and the success of Brighton manager Gus Poyet. All three played plenty of football on these shores, but Rà¶sler cut his managerial teeth in Norway. Charlie Anderson, the man behind an excellent new Nordic

In Celebration of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

As attention in the national media is increasingly dragged towards the top flight and the Champions League, domestic cup competitions seem to be seen as an afterthought. Already this season, I have felt the need to write a vehement defence of both the FA Cup and the League Cup. Charlie Johnson goes one step further…

Make a list of all the trophies that you can win in English football with …