Why do Crystal Palace and Watford disagree on EPPP?

Debate over the decision of the 72 Football League clubs to vote in favour of introducing the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) rumbles on. Last night, representatives of three Championship clubs renowned for the success of their youth setups discussed EPPP as part of a special report broadcast on Sky Sports News.

Georgie Thompson posed the questions to Nick Cox (Head of Youth at Watford), Tony Carr MBE (Director of …

Greatly different expectations for Hammers and Hornets

Watford fan Tom Bodell and West Ham United supporter Stuart Fuller offer their thoughts ahead of the big kick-off this weekend.


Watford – by Tom Bodell

With Sean Dyche now at the helm at Vicarage Road, Watford have continuity despite Malky Mackay’s defection to Cardiff City. Dyche took a similar route to Mackay to the hotseat and has worked for the club since retiring in 2007. Having operated under Mackay, …

The Seventy Two Unfortunates Football League season preview

The Seventy Two has joined forces with fellow Football League blog The Two Unfortunates, not to mention fans of all 72 clubs in the Football League, to bring you a full 108-page season preview.

Click on the image below to read online or click here to download the PDF.

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Championship league ladder: Birmingham City up, Watford down

The Seventy Two’s Championship league ladder continues with the thoughts of Tom Leftley.

In brief, the idea will be that the table begins in the order that the Championship finished at the end of the 2010/11 season and a series of bloggers and journalists will each re-position one team further up and one team further down based on their thoughts over the summer. By the end, we will have

Championship league ladder: Southampton up, Watford down

The Seventy Two’s Championship league ladder continues with the thoughts of Joe Harrison.

In brief, the idea will be that the table begins in the order that the Championship finished at the end of the 2010/11 season and a series of bloggers and journalists will each re-position one team further up and one team further down based on their thoughts over the summer. By the end, we will have

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