How Blackpool beat Birmingham City to return to Wembley

For the third year in a row, Stephen Dobbie – long of either Swansea and Blackpool – scored to help one of his two teams to Wembley. But this was no walk in the park. Birmingham City gave it everything and made the Tangerines work hard for their 3-2 aggregate victory. Curtis Davies equalised on the night to give Blues hope but goals from Stephen Dobbie and Matt Phillips proved

Losing My Religion: Cardiff City prepare to cash in and sell out

The battle lines of football are often drawn between red and blue, cities divided between the two colours. Manchester City and Manchester United. Liverpool and Everton. The Steel City derby. But now one club in one city may be forced to cross that divide in pursuit of the Premier League. Cardiff City supporter Joe Harrison shares what the idea means to him.

There have been a number of incidents this …

Macclesfield Town: Down but not deserted

Those of you who have followed the site recently will have read the thoughts of Macclesfield Town supporter Kieran Knowles ahead of D-Day at the foot of League Two. Sadly, Macc didn’t pull through and will kick off next season as a non-league club. Kieran offers his final thoughts on his side’s slide out of The Seventy Two…

On the day that Rickie Lambert helped his Southampton side reach the …

Six reasons why this Championship season has been worse than last year

The overall impression from many seasoned Championship watchers is that this has not been a vintage year for the second tier. Reading are worthy champions and their extraordinary run has been something to behold, but the remarkable has been few and far between this term in comparison with the 2010/11 campaign. Here are six reasons why.

Fewer goals

The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …

What I want from my football club – Part 5: Play-off hopefuls

The Seventy Two has canvassed the opinion of several Football League writers from a variety of different clubs to ask one simple question: what do you want from your football club? Given around 300 words to play with, there were numerous responses so we will be looking at a cross-section every day this week, continuing with the thoughts of supporters of four clubs who will end the 2011/12 season with