The 72 Show - Episode 2.27 (with Richard Foster)
Anthony Kendrick and Nick Davie are joined by Guardian writer and author Richard Foster, which includes analysis of the play-offs and a discussion about ownership of clubs.
We begin the show by discussing Richard's book, The Agony & The Ecstasy a history of Play-Offs, which is out today after 30 years of Play-Offs.
We then move on to discuss the Championship, with Newcastle beating Brighton to the title, winning one punter £60,000 from a £10 bet. The focus was on the bottom of the table, where relegation-threatened Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn all won on the final day. This left Blackburn to go down, with Tony Mowbray retaining the support of Venky's.
In League Two there was also final day-drama at the top with third-placed Portsmouth leapfrogging Plymouth and Doncaster to win the title after a 6-1 win against Cheltenham. Carlisle and Blackpool won their games against Exeter and Leyton Orient to retain their play-off places. At the bottom of the table, both Hartlepool and Newport won their games which meant that Newport stayed up.
We then move on to discuss this season's playoffs. Fulham are the favourites to win after snatching 6th place from Leeds, and playin an exciting style. They are joined by Reading, Sheffield United and Huddersfield. In League One the semi-finals are complete, with Millwall playing Bradford in what is an impossible game to call. League Two sees Luton and Exeter, who had secured their play-off positions, joined by Carlisle and Blackpool after their final-day wins.
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