The Football League Paper says... What a great season – but not for all...
AS WE prepare for our summer break, it’s the perfect time to look back on this season – and it’s been pretty good, hasn’t it? In the Championship, we had Newcastle and Brighton battling it out for the title and it wasn’t until the closing moments of the campaign that the Toon Army came out on top.
Before the season started many people thought Aston Villa would win the title. They did… for Newcastle, thanks to Jack Grealish’s late goal against Brighton last week.
At the other end of the table, former Premier League winners Blackburn were relegated to League One on a day of high drama.
Harry Redknapp saved Birmingham after one of the most bizarre decisions of the season – the Blues sacking Gary Rowett and replacing him with Gianfranco Zola.
In League One, Chris Wilder added to his growing reputation by guiding boyhood club Sheffield United to the League One crown with 100 points.
Bolton fought their way back to the Championship at the first attempt, while Millwall will face Bradford City for the final promotion place at Wembley next Saturday.
Sadly, Coventry City were among the clubs to be relegated to League Two, though they did have the consolation of winning the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley in front of more than 40,000 of their fans.
In League Two, Portsmouth snuck up on the rails to pip Plymouth and Doncaster to the title, while Newport staged a great escape to save their EFL status.
Leyton Orient dropped out of the League after a disastrous season, while Hartlepool joined them after their decision to bring in Dave Jones as manager spectacularly backfired.
There has been drama, controversy, joy, pain and heartbreak throughout the last nine months. We hope you’ve enjoyed it just as much as we have – see you again in August.