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Who Puts Twenty-Four Clubs In One League, For Pity’s Sake? WFC’s Giant 2011-12 Championship Preview

Four of WFC’s best, brightest and most gullible writers get together to compile a team-by-team look at the 2011-12 Championship season. Continue reading »

Birmingham Step Up To Show Overdue Faith In Chris Hughton

One minute everyone was saying what a wonderful job Chris Hughton was doing and how Mike Ashley had no choice but to give him a big, fat contract extension. The next, no one wanted to hire him. After six months of wondering just what it takes to prove yourself as a manager, Hughton has finally signed with Birmingham. It seems a perfect fit, a loyal coach unwanted by his chairman coupled with a club whose previous boss has donned the colours of their greatest rivals. The question is can Hughton repeat his Newcastle magic and bring Birmingham back up to the Premier League? Continue reading »

The Scouser Report – Liverpool Singe A Mournful Toon

Liverpool have begun to look like a contending side once again. After finally proving they can play up to their level rather than down to their opponents, the Reds must now focus on Fulham and not get caught looking ahead to a match with Spurs that may settle the final English place in Europe. Continue reading »

A Grain Of Salt: Posh & Southampton’s London Road Shootout a 4-4 Magnum

Wow, what a weekend in the Football League! A goal scored in every single game in the Championship and League 1, with a few outstanding games. Unfortunately League 2 let us down this weekend, with two goalless draws, between Northampton and Barnet at Sixfields Stadium, and between Oxford and Gillingham at the home of the … Continue reading »

A Grain Of Salt: Burnley Find A Bargain, Barnet Find The Basement & Walsall Win Big

With this past weekend dominated by the FA Cup 4th round, there were only four games in the Championship.  On Friday, Millwall beat Barnsley 2-0.  As it would turn out, those were the final two Championship goals for January.  Scunthorpe’s match against Preston, which I had highlighted in the Weekend Catch, was postponed, due to … Continue reading »

Small Town Dreams Become A Nightmare On Walsall Street

It’s been a while since my last entry into the diary of my hometown club, Walsall. Basically, I had two reasons for the dithering. First, the club still had the ailing Chris Hutchings at the helm, and having said my piece on that, I didn’t want to become a broken record.  Second, the club had … Continue reading »

Are Mascots’ Rights Covered Under The Geneva Convention?

        Football supporters can be very pro-active about their game.  Fans protest all the time, over matters such as managerial hirings (see Roy Hodgson at Liverpool), managerial firings (see Chris Hughton at Newcastle) and unwanted owners (see the Glazers at Man United).  They can even be very creative, like Swiss fans who … Continue reading »

Championship 2010-11 Mid-Term Report

Last season, the Championship was clear-cut, at least by its own standards. The main contenders quickly became obvious – Chris Hughton miraculously steadied the rocking boat that is Newcastle United, and Roberto Di Matteo surprised many by steering West Bromwich Albion into the promotion spots. There was competition from Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest, but … Continue reading »

La Cosa Nostra Del Man United

Don’t mess with the Family. That’s the message that Sir Alex Ferguson sent to Championship bottom feeders Preston North End after they had the temerity to sack his son Darren. Acting quickly in the wake of Junior’s dismissal, Fergie recalled loanees Ritchie De Laet and Joshua King. He would have also yanked Matty James out … Continue reading »

Small Town Dreams: Poor Man’s Glazers & A New Spiderman?

When last we left my Saddlers, Walsall’s manager Chris Hutchings was in a deep hole. With the club at rock bottom of the League One table (we’re talking Chilean miners here) and struggling to a 1-1 draw against Conference side Fleetwood Town, it seemed as if Hutchings would surely get the sack sooner rather than later. … Continue reading »

Small Town Dreams: Every Silver Lining Has A Dark Cloud

Fleetwood Town 1-1 Walsall FC United of Manchester, Dover Athletic… Fleetwood Town? The non-league side may yet add their name to this year’s list of FA Cup giant-killers, as they more than held their own against a Walsall side (well, they’re giants to me) who, as in Championship days of yore, were kept in the … Continue reading »

Small Town Dreams

As someone raised in the ‘concrete jungle’ of Walsall, people often ask me why I choose to support my local team, instead of the bright lights of a Manchester United, a Chelsea, or even an Aston Villa. This came to the fore a couple of years ago during my year abroad of university, when I … Continue reading »

A Very Deep Hole

If we remember our geography at all, England is part of an island. So, vote on whether Pompey will ‘survive’ the season in the Championship. Continue reading »

The Championship 2010/11: Preview

Tapesh Patel joins WFC and gives everyone an advance peek at the upcoming Championship season. Continue reading »

What Has Newcastle Really Accomplished?

Newcastle have had a dream season in the Championship but the author wonders, with the ownership situation still in limbo, just what Toon’s success has let them in for? Continue reading »

Matchday: Southampton v Exeter City

The Boxing Day fixture between Southampton and Exeter City in Coca-Cola League One (English football’s third tier). Continue reading »

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