Talking point: Will the magic of the FA Cup affect promotion hopefuls?

For Championship promotion candidates, is this the worst season to remain in the FA Cup? QPR, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Leeds United are all out of the competition but the likes of Watford, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest remain. Given how competitive the division is this year, will that prove a help or hindrance?

On one hand, you could argue that momentum is the most important factor of all …

Talking point: Premier League rocking the boat at QPR and Cardiff

In a typically tight division, Queen’s Park Rangers and Cardiff City have been the front-runners so far. QPR led from the front, their unbeaten run stretching deep into the season before Watford stole all three points from Loftus Road, whereas Cardiff have struggled in recent weeks. But now their goal, the Premier League, has interfered.

Both clubs may have to cope without their most effective centre-forwards for the rest of …

Rest in peace, Dale Roberts

Rushden and Diamonds and England C goalkeeper Dale Roberts has passed away at the age of 24. Rushden and Diamonds may not be a league club but, quite frankly, who cares? I felt the need to write something and this is where I’m putting it. My thoughts are with Dale’s family, friends, colleagues and team mates.

I can’t offer an exhaustive obituary. The main reason I am writing this is …

The 72 interviews: Sky Sports presenter David Jones

When you turn on your television and tune in for some live Football League coverage, the chances are that you will see Sky Sports presenter David Jones beaming back at you. David was kind enough to devote some time to talk, both about his career and the Football League in general, with The Seventy Two…

One of the reasons I set up this site is that I get the sense

Are loan players distorting the Championship?

This season, more than any other, high profile loan signings from the Premier League are a huge feature of the Championship.

Only one club in the current top ten Championship sides, Coventry City, has taken to the field in the last month without a Premier League loan signing in its starting eleven. Rich Prew investigates.

Why the expansion in loan signings in 2010?

Part of the reason is the ever-increasing …