I don't know about you, but I'm bored of the Premiership. The same old teams at the top, the massive gulf between the richest clubs and the rest. The very essence of sport is unpredictability, and even after yesterday's surprise defeat for Man Utd at Bolton, the results are simply too easy to call. What a difference to the second tier of English football, the Championship. There, everybody can beat everybody else. I was lucky enough to have been at Loftus Road yesterday to watch QPR play Sheffield Wednesday. Both teams are in the bottom half of the table, yet you wouldn't have thought it by the quality of football on show. Wednesday could have been 3-0 up after the first quarter of an hour, but QPR then took the upper hand and dominated the rest of the half. In the second half, once again Wednesday started brightest, before QPR got into their stride and started to boss the game. The match was a terrific advert for football: two teams committed to attack, playing the game in the right manner with not a dirty foul all afternoon. Brian Laws, the Wednesday manager said it was one of the best 0-0 draws he'd ever seen, I certainly can't think of a game I've been to that has finished goalless and has been so entertaining (or a game in which the woodwork had been hit so many times). Laws also said that it would have been a shame if either side had lost- when do you ever hear a Premiership manager ever say anything as sporting as that?
On yesterday's performance, expect both QPR and Wednesday to finish nearer the top, than the bottom of the league.
As far as I'm concerned, you can stick the Premiership and its overpaid mercenaries and prima donnas and you can stick the over-rated Champions League too. If you want to enjoy football how it used to be played- and how it should be played- check out the Championship. I'll be interested to hear from any more football fans out there who feel the same as I do.