Portsmouth FC: Back from the brink

Tweet In the 132-year history of the English Football League, 34 different clubs have entered administration. Of these clubs, just six have done so on more than one occasion while playing in England’s top four divisions. Portsmouth, alone, entered administration three times in less than 15 years between 1998 and 2012.  And their financially inflicted struggles are not limited to this period. Founded in 1898, Portsmouth were admitted to the Football League in 1920 when they joined the newly formed Third Division as Southern League champions. However, by the 1970s,…

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Are Ipswich Town as good as the League One table suggests?

Tweet Ipswich Town have enjoyed a brilliant start to their first third-tier campaign since 1957. After eleven matches they sit at the top of League One with a game in hand over second-placed Wycombe Wanderers and their unbeaten record still intact. They are one of two teams in England’s top four divisions yet to be defeated in the league – current European champions Liverpool their company. A key factor behind this is the strength of the Blues’ defence. Paul Lambert learned from his side’s weekly defensive calamities during last season’s…

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Entering The Football League: Does Spending Big Guarantee Success?

Tweet Promotion to the Premier League brings about a considerable increase in spending to avoid relegation, but is it a similar story for those promoted into the bottom tier of the Football League from the National League. 2019 National League Play-Off champions Salford City have reached the Football League with considerable financial backing and are expected to spend again in order to continue their rise up the football pyramid in 2019-20, but does spending big on transfers guarantee a successful adjustment to league football? Since 2010, only Forest Green and…

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