Monday, May 3, 2010

The Championship's regular season came to a close yesterday afternoon with the two sides battling for their survival, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace, serving up an exciting end to proceedings.

It wasn't the most skillful football that you'll ever see, but the passion, commitment and tension, both on and off the pitch, was a joy to behold. Obviously not enjoyable too much when it's your own team taking part, as Fife fans will attest to from this weekend.

The game was rivetting stuff and when Wednesday tied things up a two apiece with just three minutes remaining, the last few minutes saw a siege on the Palace goal, although the Londoners had the best chance themselves to tie things up.

As a neutral it was a great spectactle, especially the closing moments, and just what you want from a last day of the season encounter.

It's a shame that the crowd trouble at the end will take away from the onfield match action, but as soon as you saw both sets of fans on the pitch, you just knew it was inevitable that something was going to kick off.

At the other end of the table, it was great to see Blackpool make the playoffs. Sorry it was at Swansea's expense, but I think the Tangerines will have most neutrals rooting for them in the promotion playoffs. I know we'll be cheering them on.

There is a few Blackpool connections with East Fife after all (Allan Brown and pre season friendlies to name just two).

As regular readers will know, we hate the playoffs in Scotland. We love them in England though. I guess it's to do with the better size of the Leagues down there where they actually make sense, but the excitement they generate every single year helps as well! This year's promotion playoffs look no different, with some cracking games likely to be in store.

As we said at this very time last year, it's been a great Championship season and I've enjoyed following it all so far. Just more proof of where the most excitement can be found in English football these days, although the runs ins in League One and Two are also pretty darn exicting this season.

Real football, real fans. Long may it continue.

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