Remembering Chesterfield’s 15 minutes of fame – 15 years on

Remembering Chesterfield’s 15 minutes of fame – 15 years on

It’s bitterly ironic, writes Rob Doolan, that Chesterfield could find themselves relegated back to the basement of English football on FA Cup semi final weekend, almost 15 years to the day that the club enjoyed its finest hour in that epic tussle with a star-studded Middlesbrough team. Those proud memories however, remain tainted for many Spireites fans by the shocking refereeing decision that robbed them of a place in

How many points are needed to reach the Championship play-offs?

It offers you hope. It plunges you into despair. The strength of its grip increases the longer the sun stays in the sky each evening. Until the dreaded mathematical impossibility comes into play. Then it’s all over. It’s PO the PO and it’s an obsession throughout the Football League at this time of year. If your team are currently between seventh and twelfth in their division, you probably know exactly

Saints, Hammers, Bluebirds and Boro: The closest promotion battle since 1992?

Southampton and West Ham United are level at the top of the Championship on 47 points, while Cardiff City and Middlesbrough both lie just two points further back on 45 apiece. In a division which is more accustomed to runaway winners, this is the closest gap between first and fourth on January 3rd since 1992.

Back then, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town each had 44 points although the latter had …

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)