Football League Review – Championship

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Coca Cola leagues

The first of a series of blogs looking at the goings on in the Coca Cola leagues…if you’re not into that sort of thing, do join us anyway…it’s a magical land of goalmouth scrambles and ageing old footballers looking for a last pay packet. I’ll buy you a Toffee Crisp if you come along for the ride…good, thanks for joining me. You look very nice today.


It’s all going on in the Championship as Colin “Tinkerman” Calderwood plays a genius master stroke. Gone from The City Ground are the likes of the pacy Junior Agogo along with bullish front man Grant Holt. Rob Earnshaw could provide a few goals but Cole’s signing stinks of a desperation move. He could prove me wrong but with the influential Kris Commons gone from the squad we could learn a lot about Calderwood as a manager this season as he takes charge of a side that isn’t going to walk a league that easily.

Cole gamble?
Down south, Southampton are set to get a big windfall from any possible sale of Peter Crouch from Liverpool to rivals Portsmouth. They could get a figure as high as £500,000 to make Crouch’s move more bearable for Saints fans. In a time of rebuilding under new boss Jan Poortvliet it’s all change. Letting go of Inigo Idiakez will alert several Championship sides.

Crystal Palace have netted what could be one of the free transfers of the summer in signing Daryl Flahavan from Southend. The goalkeepers helped the Shrimpers into the playoffs and is a rock solid stopper with a good few years in him yet at the age of 29.

Everyone likes the return of an old head to start their weeks with and Ipswich have added the legend of Panini sticker albums Chris Kiwomya to their backroom staff as a reserve team development coach. It’s good to see old boys returning to their roots and at least Kiwomya doesn’t want to play again. Yet.

QPR are fast becoming this season’s Manchester City as they sign unknowns from around the globe for their new revolution. Argentines and Italians have arrived already with more expected. The influx of new faces worked for Sven last season right away but there will be question marks from R’s fans as to whether it’s going to work for them.

Wolves have been in the news (well the BBC website news anyway, if you look close enough) as they’ve dropped their reserve team for next season. It seems a bit of a silly move to deny a lot of players the chance to play football but it could well open the floodgates in loan requests for their talented reserves. Daniel Jones and Mark Little were on loan with Northampton last season and they did enough to prove to us at least that they can be lethal weapons at League One level.

The new boys in the Championship are trying to mould their sides to be able to compete next term. Doncaster are most people’s tips for relegation straight back down with Forest and League One champions Swansea City likely to try and “do a Bristol City” and compete in the top six. There’s plenty of good quality coming down from the top flight this time around though and the usual suspects should be about to show the new sides what the Championship is all about.

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  • JazzyG

    nice to see a blog on the Coca Cola leagues.

    I’ve always found the Championship cracking entertainment, there’s usually 5 or 6 teams that are fighting for the title, then a further 12 for the play offs.

    This year will be no different with at least 8 sides that could win it, Brum, Charlton, Palace, Derby, Reading, Wolves, Sheff United and the mighty R’s!

  • Danny Brothers

    Last season’s Championship was one of the best for many a year as Stoke, Bristol City and Hull shocked the usual contenders, meaning that even the title went down to the wire…something that hasn’t happened in that league for ages.

    QPR will be a force to be reckoned with if they gel early while the relegated sides are very strong.

  • Darren

    I like watching the smaller teams living out their dream, why shouldn’t Hull or Stoke be in the Premier league, it makes it more interesting. Although I’m really really a fan of championship football but there’s no denying it’s always exciting.

    Look at my old local team Palace, finished the season with a tremendous run, only to go to Bristol City, who were brilliant in both legs, there was even time for a Neil Warnock template moan, twat but good for the game never the less.

    I have a soft spot QPR, can’t explain why, maybe it has something to with the ground, it’s compact and small but the atmosphere is always electric, especially as Arsenal used to get more in there then they did.

    I do think Birmingham will yoyo straight back up. Forrest will there and there abouts too, as will Ipswich, they’ve been threatning for a few years now.

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