Relegation Week: Portsmouth fight for two kinds of survival

It is only a few weeks since Portsmouth were scooting along quite happily in lower mid-table. Then administration struck – again – and the club now fights for survival on two fronts. Oli Igoe from Pompey blog When Sol Went Up speaks to Joe Harrison about the task ahead.

At times in recent weeks, matches seem to have been the least of Portsmouth’s problems. However, even without the 10 point

Relegation Week: Can Nottingham Forest avoid the chop?

A recent upturn in fortunes has seen Nottingham Forest rise up the Championship table at just the right time. Coinciding with Portsmouth’s ten-point deduction, Forest have taken ten points from their last six games to give themselves the upper hand in their fight against the drop. So can Pat Riddell see his team getting over the line? Joe Harrison finds out.

With the appointment of Steve McClaren in the summer,

A journey through projects of the Football League

“Project” is generally perceived as a dirty word in English football, particularly in the lower leagues. It is usually employed as justification for short-term failure or overly extravagant expenditure. When things go wrong, everyone needs to pull together and believe in the project. When things go right, it’s just called winning…

proj·ect   [n. proj-ekt, -ikt; v. pruh-jekt]

1. something that is contemplated, devised, or planned; plan; scheme.

2. a …

BHA: A four-part play

It’s crunch time for Brighton and Hove Albion as a play-off place appears increasingly possible. But as Sam Swaffield from their magnificent fanzine The Seagull Love Review contends, there has already been plenty to celebrate this season. Whatever happens now, they can be proud of their return to the second tier.

Perhaps I’m odd as a football fan when I say “Oh, actually, I don’t like doing the whole prediction …

How many points are needed to reach the Championship play-offs?

It offers you hope. It plunges you into despair. The strength of its grip increases the longer the sun stays in the sky each evening. Until the dreaded mathematical impossibility comes into play. Then it’s all over. It’s PO the PO and it’s an obsession throughout the Football League at this time of year. If your team are currently between seventh and twelfth in their division, you probably know exactly