The Foot­ball League Pa­per says... What a great sea­son – but not for all...

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

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.

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