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The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (7th & 8th August 2021)
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The weekend that was: ten nuggets from this weekend’s EFL action (7th & 8th August 2021)

#1 Emiliano Marcondes scored the final goal of the 2020/21 Championship season at Wembley in May. On Friday night, the new Bournemouth man scored the first goal of the 2021/22 Championship season as the Cherries drew 2-2 with West Brom. #2 A staggering 833 days after their last competitive game in their city, Coventry came...

The Near Post’s 2021/22 1-24 Predictions
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The Near Post’s 2021/22 1-24 Predictions

Happy EFL Day! To celebrate the start of the new season, we’ve made a 1-24 prediction for each league. Remember – the EFL is an unpredictable beast at the best of times, so don’t panic if we’re tipping your team for relegation! After all, who would have thought that Barnsley would reach last season’s Championship...

Five League Two youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond
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Five League Two youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond

For the purpose of this article, a ‘youngster’ is a player aged 21 or under as of August 1st 2021. Archie Collins (Exeter City) After the departures of Ryan Bowman, Randell Williams and Joel Randall, Exeter fans could be forgiven for feeling a bit sorry for themselves. However, a number of talented players remain –...

Five League One youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond
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Five League One youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond

For the purpose of this article, a ‘youngster’ is a player aged 21 or under as of August 1st 2021. Harry Darling (Milton Keynes Dons) Touted as a future England International and the darling of many neutral EFL fans, Harry will be looking to build on an impressive 2020/21 campaign. After joining MK Dons from...

Five Championship youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond
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Five Championship youngsters to keep an eye on in 2021/22 and beyond

For the purpose of this article, a ‘youngster’ is a player aged 21 or under as of August 1st 2021. Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest) After watching him shine in League One last season, Chris Hughton will be hoping that Brennan Johnson can take the Championship by storm this time around. The Wales International is being...

The Championship’s 30-goal men
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The Championship’s 30-goal men

It’s 17 years since ‘Division One’ became the ‘Championship’. In that time, only two men have scored 30 goals (or more) in a single Championship season. Glenn Murray was the first to achieve the feat, as his goals fired Crystal Palace towards promotion in 2012/13. The Cumbrian, who joined Palace from their arch-rivals Brighton in...

How many points do you need to reach ‘the promised land’?
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How many points do you need to reach ‘the promised land’?

Automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. For many EFL fans, the above statement is just a dream but, for the lucky few, it’s a reality. Granted, going up through the play-offs is often seen as the ‘sexy’ way to win promotion, but the play-offs are fraught with danger and, for three in...