Can QPR Cope With The Captain Curse?
Can QPR Cope With The Captain Curse?

Several teams have managed to put together some pretty decent runs in the Championship this season. All of them, though, are susceptible to poor form and bad results. This is partly because this is a tight league with little difference between top and bottom – especially compared with the Premier […]

Hughton’s Appointment Is Great News For Rest Of The Championship
Hughton’s Appointment Is Great News For Rest Of The Championship

It’s difficult to argue too much with Newcastle’s recent decision to appoint Chris Hughton as their permanent manager. After all, Newcastle are two points clear at the top of the table, averaging two points per game and are undefeated at home. Yet if I was a Newcastle fan I would […]

Are The Cracks Showing For Blackwell Once More?
Are The Cracks Showing For Blackwell Once More?

It is probably against all the rules of a blog to direct the reader away in the first paragraph, but I think it’s worth it. Before you read this little ramble, have a listen to the BBC interview with Kevin Blackwell, conducted after Sheffield United’s 3-0 defeat at Blackpool a […]

Will Southgate Last The Season?
Will Southgate Last The Season?

Newcastle and Middlesbrough entered the Championship from the wrong direction yet still boasted two of the most talented squads in the history of the division. With Newcastle’s off-field dramas threatening to do serious damage, many expected Middlesbrough, with their more settled structure, to prosper. Newcastle were always likely to lose […]

Championship Animals: Newcastle Will Fail And Other Predictions
Championship Animals: Newcastle Will Fail And Other Predictions

Less than two weeks to go until the new Championship season. Squads are coming together. Some managers are content, others are panicking. Fans are enjoying a final fortnight of optimism before reality sets in. With this in mind, here are five random predictions for the coming season, hung on a […]

Magilton Leads The Championship Sack Race
Magilton Leads The Championship Sack Race

Of the 24 teams that kicked off the Championship just under a year ago, eleven now have new managers. In the majority of cases, the manager was removed due to perceived failings. Being a Championship manager is like being a duck at a shooting gallery. It’s a question of ‘when’, […]

The No-Big-Four-Allowed EPL Team Of The Season
The No-Big-Four-Allowed EPL Team Of The Season

As we near the end of what has been and still is an exciting season in the EPL, the various gongs and awards are being given out. As usual, they create plenty of controversy, particularly in the case of Ryan Giggs, who was named Footballer of the Year despite only […]

Southampton and Charlton’s Demise Is Nothing New
Southampton and Charlton’s Demise Is Nothing New

Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Manchester City, Wimbledon (aka MK Dons), Leeds, Oldham, Nottingham Forest, Swindon, Leicester, Barnsley, Bradford. Soon to be joined by another two and probably three in Charlton, Southampton and Norwich. All these clubs have tasted the sweet nectar of life in the Premier League only to later sup […]

What On Earth Is Happening At QPR?
What On Earth Is Happening At QPR?

Supporting QPR requires a person to be able to switch emotions between exasperation, anger, incredulity, despair and, on rare occasions, joy on an almost daily basis. 1st September 2007. I stood outside Loftus Road looking in silence at the memorial laid by fans for our young striker Ray Jones who […]

How Should Cardiff Be Punished For Coin-Throwing Incident?
How Should Cardiff Be Punished For Coin-Throwing Incident?

There were some tremendous games at all levels of British football on Sunday. Cardiff and Swansea battled out a thrilling 2-2 draw. Luton gave the Football League a poke in the eye by winning a wonderful Johnstone Paint Trophy Final 3-2 against Scunthorpe. And finally we had the gasp-inducing 3-2 […]

Crazy Keepers: Is Paddy Kenny The Last Of A Dying Breed?
Crazy Keepers: Is Paddy Kenny The Last Of A Dying Breed?

Back in the day, commentators, football writers and outfield players all used to laugh at goalkeepers. They were sometimes described as ‘a breed apart’ but mostly they were bluntly referred to as ‘mad’. Keepers were allowed to have rushes of blood and make silly mistakes, because that is what they […]

McCarthy’s No Genius, So How Come Wolves Are Going Up?
McCarthy’s No Genius, So How Come Wolves Are Going Up?

If I asked 23 fans who individually supported all the teams of the Championship except Wolves whether they would welcome Mick McCarthy with a smile as their new manager, I suspect I could count the number of affirmative answers on my grubby little hand. At the end of last season, […]