Championship Contenders


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Neil says:

    This year’s FA cup is evidence enough that Championship clubs are more than capable of holding their own against clubs from the Promised land.

    The competitive nature of the Championship means that teams who can string results together go up, regardless of their perceived level of actual ability.

    That said, it’s probably worth noting that the teams that go up and STAY up are 1)those that INVEST in thir team upon promotion and/or the teams that are perceived to be ‘good footballing teams’.

    It’s certainly worth noting that in recent years the promoted teams tat have gone up and stayed up such as Wigan, West Ham, Reading amongst others bucked the accpeted blueprint for promotion from the CCC of Mean Defence, Proven Goalscorer and ‘Battling Midfield’.

  2. Matt says:

    There are times when I despair at how the media ignores football outside the Premier League, when every other level of football is full of intrigue and excitement and with hundreds of stories to be told. And then I read an article like that and I think “actually, no, just go and write another article about how John Terry should/shouldn’t be England captain and leave us to actually enjoy our football, please”.

  3. thegroundhog says:

    Good article.
    I too have been thinking that the reportage of the championship has been shocking this season, with the notable exception of West Brom. The smugness of some journalists has been unbearable as they sneer down on teams who have had amazing seasons, upsetting the £££ spending teams such as Leicester. Football journalists seem only to be interested in money themselves now. They’ve been particularly cruel to Stoke City, who are my ‘second team’. Yes, they utilise tall players and a long thrower in Delap, but so what? They also play great football in the final third – but no-one would no that when the journalist’s script is written before the game’s kicked off!

  4. Georgina Best says:

    I’m a Leicester City fan and agree with all you say about the drama that is the Championship. I share your frustration too about media reporting. It applies to the way the Premiership is reported too. My lover is a keen Reading supporter and we get sick of hearing who is playing Reading rather than them being the focus of the report. It’s almost as if the Prem consists of the teams and then those they play against. It’s very devisive and could result in further splits in the way things are organised in the future

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