The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WANT to know a mea­sure of how far the game has come? Then look no fur­ther than the bot­tom of WSL1.

With three games left, just two points sep­a­rate the two who could drop… and what a pair!

Bristol Academy, who beat Barcelona to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League in 2015, prop up the ta­ble.

Birm­ing­ham, who could have won the league last sea­son, are just above them. I can’t de­cide whether this is great for the game or shows how Euro­pean ad­ven­tures can dec­i­mate a squad. What is sure is that avoid­ing the drop could mean ev­ery­thing for the fu­ture.

Birm­ing­ham City boss David Parker said: “Get­ting rel­e­gated from WSL 1 is a dooms­day sce­nario – it is fund­ing, play­ers, ev­ery­thing.

“You see the way Ever­ton went down, los­ing a cou­ple of play­ers, and now you can see how hard it is to get out.”

While all eyes were on the top last sea­son, this year it’s all about the bot­tom.

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