Introducing The Seventy Two Archive

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Introducing The Seventy Two Archive
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As many of you will be aware, recent weeks have witnessed the closure of The Seventy Two – a blog also devoted to matters football league and a resource that proved to be incredibly popular in the two years of its operation.

Before David Bevan launched the site in 2010, The Two Unfortunates had bumbled along rather – in our first year of existence, we covered the Championship alone but took a very laissez faire attitude towards publicity – aside from our then handful of contributors, my dad was pretty much our only regular reader.

David’s collegiate attitude and ability to get the best out of Twitter as well as the host of other football league blogs really gave us a kickstart and it was a pleasure to collaborate more and more as the months wore on. We swapped guest posts and devised the still burgeoning Football League Blog Network, while a mammoth seasonal preview released in time for the 2011-12 campaign is probably the highlight of our time as Football League bloggers thus far.

Having produced a range of superb articles throughout the subsequent season and called upon the trusty co-editorship of Joe Harrison, David decided to call it a day in June. We are delighted therefore, to be able to preserve in aspic the posts The Seventy Two produced by way of a new feature to be found in the postage stamp corner of our site, The Seventy Two Archive.

There you will find a host of articles from contributors who will be well known to TTU readers such as our 2011-12 club blogger of the year Ian Rands, Glen Wilson, and Danny Brothers as well as familiar football league writers yet to write for TTU such as Gavin Barber and John Verrall. The Seventy Two also pioneered astute series ideas and these included a look at the lower divisions in other European Countries and the fledgling Football League Tactics Bible – a series which featured Bristol City blogger Paul Binning this March.

David was rewarded for his efforts with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation writers awards. Do take the time to look back on the great body of work The Seventy Two brought to us. The blog network will continue and we would very much welcome suggestions for new club blogs to include – if your favourite team doesn’t have one, get writing!

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

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