Sunderland: The revealing footage that makes you wince

I WAS relatively late to the excellent series, Sunderland ‘Til I Die, largely because I am naturally cynical about carefully-scripted documentaries that supposedly tell the inside story of a club or institution. However, having watched the entire two-series offering, I not only feel I know Sunderland a little better, but the revealing content confirmed conventional […]

When wings start to melt – Wigan Athletic’s sad collapse

WIGAN Athletic tipping into administration is sending shock waves through lower league football at a time when more and more business casualties of the coronavirus are gradually emerging. Wigan, the first domino to collapse due to the virus, may yet be bought and saved from extinction, but nobody in football should be complacent about the […]

Championship survival the short-term objective for Huddersfield Town

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN will restart their 2019-20 Championship campaign behind closed doors on June 20 against Wigan Athletic, hoping they can successfully avoid a second successive relegation. The Terriers are three points from the drop zone and have nine games remaining to save themselves, including that definite “six-pointer” against Wigan, who are one point and two […]

West Brom manage the drop in status well… and wait

WHEN the ball stopped rolling, West Bromwich Albion were sitting in second place in the Championship, one point behind leaders Leeds United and six points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go. Understandably, there will be a sense of injustice among their fans should the “Baggies” not get promoted back to the Premier […]

It’s not just Leeds’ fans that need Premier League football

THE immediate future of Leeds United is uncertain, largely because we don’t yet know if, and when, the 2019-20 football season will be played to conclusion. When the world stopped turning, Leeds were seven points clear of third-placed Fulham in the Championship, and quite naturally, their fans are now hoping the campaign is completed so […]

Football has to queue and be patient

LIVERPOOL and Leeds United are both chasing long-time causes – the Premier League trophy and promotion from the Championship respectively. Finally, in 2019-20, both clubs looked to be on track to achieve their objectives, until a major obstacle recently appeared on the horizon. The Coronavirus lockdown could, ultimately, force the UK government and Football Association […]

Nottingham Forest wage bill underlines Championship problem

NOTTINGHAM Forest may be in the Championship play-off zone this season, but off the pitch, the club is still paying-out too far much money in wages. Although this year’s performances may have justified the big outlay, Forest’s wage-to-income ratio is a very worrying 143%, not the highest the club has run up over the past […]

Six-goals and a Balti – an afternoon at Birmingham City

THERE have been 24 winners of the top division in English football, ranging from the real heavyweights to faded Edwardian giants and one-off shock champions. Most of the country’s biggest clubs have lifted the title, but there are a few sizeable exceptions. Birmingham City are, arguably, one of the largest football clubs never to have […]