Watford: Happy with Malky

There were some Watford fans that felt worried before the start of this season. As we head into the last five games of the campaign, however, the Hornets sit snugly in the top half of the Championship table. Mike Parkin tells the tale of the man responsible for one of the division’s most exciting teams.

It is now almost 15 years since he etched his name into Celtic folklore by …

Wales 0 England 2: In Defence of the Championship

Anticipation. Excitement. Demoralising disappointment. Eventually, resigned acceptance. Not just the emotions of Welsh football supporters on a thoroughly miserable afternoon at the Millennium Stadium, but the feelings of one supporter of a Championship club upon watching events unfold in the principality. Premier League fans queued up to pour scorn on the Wales performance and Championship players were widely criticised.

The Welsh lineup read much like a Championship representative side, with …

The Championship run-in: a very brief overview

At this stage of the Championship season, most teams have stabilised at a position that reflects their overall quality. There are some anomalies, of course, with Portsmouth perhaps the most pressing of these – Pompey have won their last five – but, generally speaking, you can measure the task ahead by a team’s league position.

So let’s do precisely that. Listed below is the current Championship table including the average …

Five Stars: Watford’s best players in the 21st century

Two down, seventy to go. In the second of the Five Stars series, Tom Bodell picks out Watford’s best players since the turn of the century. He has selected three local lads, including one current England international, and two Nordic Hornets. Interestingly, two of his picks currently top the Championship table with Queen’s Park Rangers.

Tommy Smith

Local lad Tommy Smith is an obvious choice and probably the one player …

The best that the Championship has to offer

It should go without saying but it seems worth re-enforcing that it would be difficult for any casual viewer to see every Football League team in action over the course of a season. Of the three divisions, the Championship certainly receives the most coverage but even this can be a devil to keep track of.

Things are made even trickier these days given the revolving door of short-term loan signings …