Author Archives: Kristian Downer

Championship Transfer Window Summary

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We have spent the last week or so looking at the players that have already signed for a club in the Championship. Whilst some such as Derby have already signed a gaggle of players others have yet to get going … Continue reading

Championship Transfer Window Update — Reading to West Ham United

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   The series looking at the completed deals thus far in the Championship is concluded in a rather quiet fashion with few of the alphabetically challenged teams that active in the transfer market thus far with more players going out … Continue reading

Kevin Phillips Shuns Retirement To Sign For Blackpool

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Last week saw the announcement that Kevin Phillips would not be retiring as many had expected following his release from relegated Birmingham City. The 37 year old  striker has instead joined Blackpool on a one year contract continuing a career … Continue reading

Football The Saviour Of The Socially Awkward

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The chance to write about football is great as I get to talk about something that I have a true passion about to people that share this with me.  Sadly between watching and writing about football I am obligated to … Continue reading

Championship Transfer Window Update — Millwall to Portsmouth

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We continue our round up of the transfers that have been agreed in the Championship so far, whilst not exhaustive these are done deals and feel free to comment if you think I have missed any important transfers. Cham­pi­onshipTalk is … Continue reading

Championship Transfer Window Update — Hull to Middlesbrough

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Our summary of confirmed deals rather than speculation continues today covering Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester and Middlesbrough. Remember these are confirmed purchases rather than a rumour I heard from my mate Paul who claims to be best friends with Alex … Continue reading

Championship Transfer Window Update — Cardiff to Doncaster

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As part of our summary of some of the deals that have been made in the Championship so far here are some of the players that have bought in the Championship from Cardiff to Doncaster. Cardiff City Don Cowie (Watford) … Continue reading

Championship Transfer Window Update – Barnsley to Bristol City

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A this time of year the tabloids morph into a machine of unadulterated speculation with very little footing in reality, churning out transfer speculation in the hope of shifting a few extra copies. Suddenly every journalist has inside sources that they just … Continue reading

Football League Clubs Maintain Pre-Season Friendly Traditions

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This week marks the start of pre-season training at clubs across England as the wind up to the first game of the season which is now just one month away. Whilst in the Premiership this increasingly means far flung tours … Continue reading

Congratulations or Commiserations to the 2011/2012 Championship Newcomers

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The old season is now well and truly behind us and as we start looking forward to the new it is time to welcome the six teams that will be playing in the Championship next season following promotion from League … Continue reading

Birmingham City Right To Play Hard Ball Over Aston Villa Approach For McLeish

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The last few days have seen a power struggle at St Andrews with Alex McLeish resigning only for the Birmingham board to reject his resignation in the wake of interest from Aston Villa. Speaking about the approach from Aston Villa … Continue reading

Why Steve McClaren Is The Right Man To Power Forest Forward

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Nottingham Forest have punished Billy Davies for failing to get the team promoted or toeing the line with Chairman Nigel Doughty by sacking him with immediate effect. Davies had always had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s board and it … Continue reading

Football League Adoption of UEFA Financial Fair Play Is Step In The Right Direction

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The Football League has voted in principal to follow the UEFA financial fair play rules during the League’s annual general meeting in Cyprus. This signals an acceptance those that owners of Football League clubs that the era of gambling with … Continue reading

An Open Letter — Farewell To Norwich, QPR and Swansea

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Like parents watching their children grow up and leave the house for the first time it is with great pride, joy and a tinge of sadness that ChampionshipTalk must we say goodbye to the promoted sides from the Championship.

It is time to say farewell to Norwich, QPR and Swansea, as these teams can now proudly call themselves residents of the Premier League.

We would like to leave you with our best wishes and some friendly advice on what to expect in the next 12 months to help make sure you do not return with your pockets empty and tail between your legs. Continue reading

Fan Focus Series: NPower Championship Season Ticket Prices

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This week as part of the ‘Football and the Fans’ series we will be looking at the cost of watching football for fans of club’s in the Npower Championship next season. If you are a new season ticket holder willing … Continue reading

Play-Off Final Review – Reading Fan Reflection On Defeat (Interview)

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The parties in Swansea may have ended but the smiles on the faces of their fans are probably still as broad as they were the moment Scott Sinclair sealed his hat-trick on Monday. The pain of defeat however can take … Continue reading

Download The ChampionshipTalk Toolbar For Latest Football Transfer News

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The transfer silly season is upon us and no matter who you support your club is involved With all of the different news, blog, and sport sites available on the internet, sifting through the pile for worthwhile material can be … Continue reading

Commiserations To Reading Who Can Take Pride In Final Defeat

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There is no greater feeling as a fan than when your club wins a big game and the play-off final is one of the biggest and Swansea fans will be celebrating heavily tonight. Losing however is painful and haunting and … Continue reading