Tag: Football League

Football League Review: Newcastle Plus One?

There has an air of finality concerning Newcastle United’s ascent to the top of the Football League Championship. A win at Barnsley last midweek was enough to send Rafael Benitez’s team to the top of the table, a position that was further reinforced one minute after three o’clock yesterday afternoon ahen Ayoze Perez scored the fastest goal in the division so far this season to tee up a three-nil demolition of an underwhelming Ipswich Town. Perez added a second goal with seventeen minutes to play, with the third coming from Matt Ritchie. This was Newcastle’s fifth win in a...

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Football League Review: Eleven & Out For Di Matteo

It wasn’t, of course, supposed to be like this. Relegation from the Premier League, new ownership and a new start in the Football League Championship was supposed to be a clean break for Aston Villa, an opportunity to rebuild, to rid the club of the ghosts of the recent past, to actually start enjoying the football again. After eleven matches of the new season, however, things are starting feel troublingly familiar for the club’s supporters. The team has won one of its first eleven matches of the season. It has managed to acquire ten points, so far, and sits...

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Football League Review: Songs of Fire & Ice

An ominous sound was heard across the Football League Championship on Saturday night. Newcastle United’s fourth win in succession, a comfortable win at Derby County, was another fine performance against a team that had been widely predicted to challenge near the top of the table before the start of the season but instead find themselves floundering near the wrong end of the league. This win kept them breathing ominously down the neck of leaders Huddersfield Town, whose one-nil win at Leeds United was one to be filed away under “workmanlike”, but did carry the added bonus of being a...

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The English Football League: A “Whole” “Game” “Solution”, Part 1

So the sealed envelopes are in, supporters groups probably haven’t been consulted with that much, and next spring we’ll find out what they’ve managed to cobble together. Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of anything substantial from the Football Association since their “blue sky thinking” it seems to have fallen upon the Football League to arrange a “Whole Game Solution” for English football. Now, it’s probably reasonable to say that few people are expecting anytime positive for supporters from all of this. Professional football in this country long since crossed the Rubicon of being entirely set up...

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Football League Review: A Fool’s Errands

Trying to predict anything in a league as volatile as the Championship can be a fool’s errand. In the days immediately leading up to the start of the season, the sudden decision of Wolverhampton Wanderers to jettison manager Kenny Jackett and replace him with Walter Zenga, a man with a patchy managerial record and no experience of the peculiar slog that this division requires whatsoever, seemed like a counter-intuitive one. On Saturday afternoon, however, his team jumped to third place in the table after a sparkling second half performance was enough to cruise past Birmingham City after Birmingham had...

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