Friday 5 May 2023

New opponents

None of the three clubs relegated from the Championship (Blackpool, Reading, Wigan) pose much of a threat in financial terms, at least compared with the promoted clubs.  Indeed, Reading and Wigan seem likely to continue to be beset by financial troubles.

The pundits at Charlton didn't think Plymouth would make it, but they turned Home Park into a fortress and the Green Army are some of the most dedicated away fans in the country.   Ipswich have taken on the mantle of the Massives and declared that they are destined for the Premier League. 

The Massives will no doubt feel aggrieved that 93 points did not secure automatic promotion.  The play offs will not be an easy ride for them with other teams gathering momentum as they lose it.

At the other end of the table, the vegan diet failed Forest Green Rovers.  Accrington Stanley with their poxy ground and limited away support look likely to join them.   Morecambe have struggled with ownership problems and limited home support, while Cambridge United are also in danger.

The well-deserved promotion of Leyton Orient means a Blackwell Tunnel derby.  The promotion of Stevenage means seeing charm merchant manager Steve Evans again.   For some reason I do not comprehend, Stevenage's players have been proclaiming their hatred of Charlton.  Charlton are to take disciplinary action against Alex Gilbey, still under contract, for his role in the anti-Charlton song:

Whether nondescript Northampton will join them remains to be seen.  Carlisle is as long a journey as it gets, but it has been the scene of famous promotion winning victories.   However, Stockport County are determined to secure two promotions in a row.

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