The Championship goes back to school

Three words that plagued me as a child. You would barely be out of the door for the final time at the start of the summer before those three words would appear in big, bold letters whenever you went anywhere near a shop. Three words that would magically become four when spoken out loud. Back to bloody school.

Alright, fine! I’m coming back, don’t worry! I don’t have much bloody …

Taking the plunge: Championship predictions

Okay, okay. Time to hold the old hands up. There are only twelve names here. A bit of a cop-out, perhaps, but nobody likes to see their team predicted to finish in or around the relegation places before the season kicks off. I’m sure Blackpool fans are already heartily sick of seeing their club’s name in the immediate vicinity of the number 20.

While, sadly, they will probably have no

Write the Future: The Championship 2010/11

Ahead of the big Championship kick-off next weekend, we asked supporters, bloggers and regional newspaper journalists about their thoughts on the forthcoming season.

Here are their predictions of what lies in store over the next few months, preceded by a quick who’s who of those involved:


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Majewski in Pole position to emulate midfield maestros

Without question, the 2009/10 Championship season was the year of the goalscoring midfielder. The top goalscorer in the division was a midfielder, Cardiff’s Peter Whittingham. In fact, six of the top fifteen marksmen were midfielders and the three promoted teams all relied heavily on goals from the middle of the park.

Champions Newcastle United had Kevin Nolan, who struck 17 league goals to match the tally of the Magpies’ chief …

Left-back central to Championship success

When considering which individual position is most important in determining how well a team plays, the left-back berth would probably not be foremost in the minds of many. There are, however, two Championship teams who may have been preparing for the new Premier League campaign instead had their most effective left-backs been available for the entirety of last season.

Both made it to the play-off semi-finals but neither made it …