Who are the most important players in the Championship promotion race?

With the Championship promotion race moving into the final two months of the season, let’s take a look at the key players for each of the teams currently sitting in the top six. Rather than blandly regurgitating tired tales of Rickie Lambert’s goalscoring prowess or Peter Whittingham’s range of passing, perhaps it would be more useful to delve into some statistics to see how effective some of the best players …

Birmingham City’s five-point plan to threaten the top six

Birmingham City have had a lot to contend with this season, making their current position just outside the play-off places a hugely impressive showing so far. Blues fan Chris Quinn presents the recipe for the club’s present success.

Take a look down the Championship table, and even as low as League Two, and you will find clubs that were relegated from the Premier League and still not yet recovered. It’s …

Desperate Scouse Jibes: Poor Public Relations at Portman Road

There have been so many articles on these pages featuring Ipswich Town recently that their supporters may as well have set up camp out in the woodlands of the estate and waited patiently for the next big story at Portman Road to come along. Paul Jewell, who today celebrates his first anniversary as manager of the club, duly obliged this week with his criticism of female official Amy Fearn following

The Championship: some not-so-vital statistics

The Seventy Two deals primarily with opinions rather than facts. So here’s one statistic or record for each current Championship club. If you know of any better ones, leave them in the comments.


Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).


Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.


Only Championship team so far this season …

Revisiting our predicted Championship table

Back in the summer,  a series of posts from a variety of guest writers brought about a predicted Championship table. The final entry in the series was written by Blackpool blogger Chris Walker and you can find the final predicted table below, with each team’s actual current league position in brackets:

  1. Nottingham Forest (22nd)
  2. Birmingham City (14th)
  3. West Ham United (2nd)
  4. Leicester City (11th)
  5. Cardiff City (5th)
  6. Hull City (4th)