Visiting the Championship theme park

The large man fiddles with his awkward, tilted claret and blue rosette. As he does so, he mutters to himself and even his whispers boom out like an announcement at a county fair. He cuts a strange figure, his face somehow as big as his head and his constant chattering providing a soundtrack to his every move.

“It wasn’t meant to be this way”, he says with a glance up …

Halfway Through The 92: The amazing work done by Free Kicks

Some people turn football into a positive thing for those who need it most. Steve Thorpe, the co-founder of the Free Kicks Foundation, has been kind enough to take the time to explain the work done by the charity and the difference it has made so far.

At Free Kicks Foundation we raise money to give deserving children (and sometimes adults) days out at football. In 2012, we will …

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)

The 25 Best Players in the Championship – as voted for by you: Part 13 of 25

From Peterborough United to Nottingham Forest and back again, this former Stevenage winger was yet to prove himself at Championship level until this season. Now, John Verrall says, George Boyd is proving himself at the perfect time for the Posh.

George Boyd (Peterborough United)

When George Boyd, Aaron McLean and Craig Mackail-Smith arrived on the scene at Peterborough United, they came as non-league gambles – the flag-bearers of the new …