Day: February 22, 2007

Championship Managers

Now that all of the hullabaloo surrounding this week’s Champions League matches has died down (and aren’t the months of January, with just the league and FA Cup to distract us, bliss, might I add?), it’s time to take one of my periodic looks down the football food chain at one of the other divisions. Tonight, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, I’m turning my attention to the Championship. Now, to many of our foreign readers (and I do still have a couple, in spite of my somewhat insular outlook on things), the Championship season might as well be one match – the season-closing play-off final in Cardiff, during which the commentator usually comes across as more of an economist than a sports journalist, due to mentioning repeatedly how much the match will be worth to the winners. Will it be £10m, £30m or £50m this season? The figure seems to double every year. However this season there is an intriguing battle for promotion going on, and with a dozen or so matches left to play, there are still eight clubs in with a realistic chance of making it into the Premiership, with just seven points separating the leaders Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers, down in eight place. Things are equally tight at the bottom of the table, where just eight points separate Burnley,...

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The Daily Match (Part 4)

It’s the opening day of the 1983/84 season, and “Match Of The Day” is kicking off with a Midlands derby from Villa Park between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion. For those of you from abroad that have always wondered what he sounds like, the commentator is John Motson and, yes, that is the Tottenham manager Martin Jol laying on a pass for Albion’s first...

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