Tales from not-the Top Flight

Tales from not-the Top Flight

The Football League season is on the verge of finishing, in fact League One wrapped up this very weekend. So why we were all busy watching Sunderland get relegated and Spurs embarrass Arsenal, here’s what was going on down in the Football League.

League 1

As I already mentioned League One wrapped up this weekend and it was all rather exciting. Sheffield United had long since been declared champions but their 3-2 home win over relegated Chesterfield meant they broke the 100 point barrier and after 6 years will be returning to the 2nd Tier. Incidentally United look set to resign the controversial Ched Evans from Chesterfield which I’m sure will generate a lot of debate among fans.

In other news Bolton secured promotion by defeating Peterborough at home while Millwall sneaked into the play offs ahead of Southend thanks to a dramatic 4-3 win over Bristol Rovers. Down the bottom, Fleetwood Town’s 0-0 draw with Port Vale means that Vale are heading to the fourth tier next season.

League 2

To League Two next where it’s looking grim at the bottom for Hartlepool after they lost to Cheltenham Town. Pools have to win their last game and hope Newport lose to stay up. Leyton Orient are already relegated and saw their match postponed for two hours after fans stormed the pitch protesting against the owner of the club. Orient fans have every right to be angry and are now staring National League Football in the face next season.

At the top of the division already promoted Plymouth, Doncaster and Portsmouth are only separated by two points so the title decider will go down to the final day. The final two play-off spots are very much up for grabs as any team between 6th and 12th could mathematically finish there.

The Championship

The Championship title race will go right down to the wire as Brighton, with 92 points, lost again meaning Newcastle are just a point behind. Leeds drew 3-3 with Norwich which effectively rules them out of a play-off spot as their goal difference is 13 worse than 6th placed Fulham who face 4th placed Sheffield Wednesday on the final day.

In the relegation battle Wigan have been officially relegated but it’s not decided yet who will join the 2013 FA Cup Winners and Rotherham in the third tier next season. Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City got an impressive 2-0 win over play off placed Huddersfield despite being down to 10 for most of the match. They sit on 50 points while a loss for Forest and a win for Blackburn sees them tied on 48 points, with Forest having a superior goal difference. Keep your eyes on these teams on the final day!