Category: Football League

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Paul Lambert & A Clash Of Cultures

Expectations weren’t especially high before a ball was kicked last August, but even despite this last season was a distinctly underwhelming one for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tentative optimism at the arrival of new Chinese owners in the Black Country was tempered by their counter-intuitive decision to hire Walter Zenga as head coach last summer, and those who held reservation over the former Italian national team goalkeeper’s suitability for the position likely felt vindicated when Zenga was removed from his position at the club at the end of October, with his team sitting in eighteenth place in the Championship table, having...

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Blackpool vs Leyton Orient: The EFL Does It Again

It wouldn’t have taken a genius, this time last year, to have predicted that possibly the most combustible game of the following League Two season would be the match at Bloomfield Road between Blackpool and Leyton Orient. Both clubs are in a state of something approaching civil war between supporters and owners, and even on-the-pitch matters – Orient finished last season only one place below the play-off positions whilst Blackpool go into the final day of the season with an excellent chance of going one step further than the Os could manage last season – have only partially told...

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Leyton Orient: The Final Lies & Indignity

The final home Football League match at Brisbane Road was always going to be an emotional affair. After one hundred and twelve years, the curtain was brought down for Leyton Orient in a manner in which the club’s supporters have become wearyingly familiar over the course of the last nine months or so, with reasonably a comprehensive home defeat against a Colchester United team that still harbours outside hopes of snatching a play-off place come the very end of the season. It seems difficult to believe that the Os were a penalty shoot-out away from Championship football less than...

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The Denuding Of Leyton Orient

At around ten to five on Saturday afternoon, the full-time whistle blew at Gresty Road, confirming something that Leyton Orient supporters had seen aware was likely to happen for some considerable time. After one hundred and twelve years of continuous presence, the Os would no longer be members of the Football League from the start of next season. Relegation came in the form of a three-nil defeat against Crewe Alexandra, a result so mundane that it didn’t particularly stick out from any of the other twenty-seven league defeats that the hapless team has managed on the pitch so far...

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Brighton & Hove Albion: Twenty From Twenty

Brighton and Hove Albion have just been promoted to the Premier League! Hooray! The Seagulls haven’t been in the top division of English football for 34 years, a statistic which would be remarkable enough without the fact that their promotion came just 20 years, almost to the day, that they almost slipped out of the Football League and, most likely, of existence. Here are twenty people who made the unlikely, the inevitable. STEVE GRITT A Charlton Athletic legend, Gritt had spent twelve years as a player at The Valley and between 1991 and 1995 served as the club’s co-manager...

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