With no Premier League football taking place last weekend due to the international break, it seems like the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the goings on in the Football League. They’re celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and it has been as exciting as ever so far.
Burnley are on top after 11 games in the second tier of English football. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes have been on fire, both are in double figures in all competitions already. Relegated QPR are sitting in second but they have a game in hand over the Lancashire side. Leicester, Nottingham Forrest, Watford and Blackpool currently occupy the four play-off places with Reading and Bournemouth just outside. At the other end, Barnsley remain rooted to the bottom but Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday are not too far ahead of them, making up the numbers in the bottom three.
Leyton Orient are still leading the way in League 1. In the whole of English football only they and QPR have their unbeaten record still intact. Peterborough and Wolves are hot on Orient’s heels but as of yet no one has been able to steal top spot. Bradford have had a fantastic season, after winning the League 2 play-offs last year, they now sit comfortably in fourth place. Sheffield United have started badly in last place with Bristol City just above them who are winless so far this season. Coventry, who started with minus ten points, are now on positive ten after a strong start to life playing in Northampton and would be in fifth without the deduction.
The fourth tier has been by far the closest so far with the top seven teams separated by just four points. Chesterfield are in first with 23 points but their nearest challengers are Fleetwood who are only one point behind them. Newly promoted Mansfield have surprised everyone and sit in the final play-off place after eleven games. Winless Accrington are bottom of the entire Football League, they have only picked up three points so far. Last year’s play-off finalists Northampton are in 23rd and Torquay and Bury are just outside the relegation zone.
The Football League has been thrilling so far this year and we aren’t even half way through yet! BBC’s ‘The Football League Show’ is definitely worth a watch every Saturday. I think that more people should watch the lower leagues of English football because it can provide so much excitement and tension every week.
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