0 Have your say No team outside the Premier League totalled more goals than Pompey last season. Once top-flight returns are also taken into account, just Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal exceeded the Blues’ tally of 109. Effectively, Kenny Jackett’s side were only outgunned by the treble winners, the champions of Europe and the two Europa League finalists.Oli Hawkins clearly has his detractors, while Pompey’s boss has endured criticism for not handing Brett Pitman sufficient first-team outings. Nonetheless, 109 goals from 62 matches is a prolific outcome by anyone’s standards.Certainly when compared to the other 91 clubs’ goal hauls in all competitions during the 2018-19 season.The irony of Pompey perishing in the play-offs having failed to score in both semi-final legs won’t be lost on many.Jackett’s free-scoring side, as the statistics testify, failed to find the net in just eight … [Read more...] about The Football League’s most prolific attack
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Luton chief Graeme Jones thinks his players should feel ‘privileged’ at the opportunity of kicking off the English Football League season, when they take on Middlesbrough in August. With the game brought forward to Friday night at 7.45pm for the Sky TV cameras, it means that the fixture will be the first of the new campaign.Jones said: “I think it’s a great fixture for the club.“We need to feel privileged that we are kicking off the English Football League season, in the Championship.“There’ll be a lot of scrutiny on the game, but we need to embrace that. “I know I certainly am. I think it’s a great opening day fixture.”Jones did think there were certain benefits to the game being played earlier than the rest of the division, as he can run the rule over Town’s next two opponents, Cardiff and West Bromwich Albion.He continued: They are all tough. “I don’t really project or look ahead and say ‘oh, if we … [Read more...] about Jones: It’s a privilege to kick off the Football League season
The countdown to the new season in the Football League is well underway and excitement will rise further on Thursday with the release of the fixtures for the forthcoming season. All 72 clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two will find out their calendar for the 2019/20 season. Significant changes are being introduced into the domestic game for the new season though, including the introduction of a two-week winter break in the Premier League - which has been constructed to split the fixtures over two weekends. It sees English football, for the first time, follow a trend from the continent - but will the EFL be affected? Here is everything you need to know. Will the EFL have a winter break? No. The Premier League is the only division in English football that will have a winter break, with the Championship, League One and League Two continuing as usual during this period. Why won’t the EFL have a winter break? The main reason for the absence of a winter break is due to … [Read more...] about Why the Football League does not have a winter break in 2019/20
The countdown to the new season in the English Football League is well underway and excitement will raise once again after the release of the fixtures for the 2019/20 season on Thursday. Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League puts them back in the EFL for next season, while Salford City and Leyton Orient also have their eyes cast towards the fixture release after their promotion from the National League. One major talking point for the 2019/20 season is the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the Premier League, which will be used at every match and every stadium during the course of the campaign. The technology, although still controversial, will be a significant change for the teams involved in those matches - but will VAR be used in other competitions like the EFL? Here’s everything you need to know. Will the EFL use VAR in 2019/20? No. The Premier League will be the only division in English football next season … [Read more...] about Is there VAR in the Football League in 2019/20 season?
The NI Football League and uhlsport UK are delighted to announce an extension of the existing partnership as official match ball supplier for another three seasons. Uhlsport have been the official ball supplier of the NI Football League since May 2016 and have become a synonymous brand as part of the fabric of football in Northern Ireland during the past three seasons.Paul Sherratt, uhlsport Country Manager for UK and Ireland said; “The renewal of the NIFL partnership, alongside the individual club and goalkeeper partnerships we have in the league, continues to enable us to make strong market share gains in Northern Ireland and is the cornerstone of our development strategy.”Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of the NI Football League said; “We’re delighted to be extending such an important partnership with uhlsport for another three seasons. As our league has grown, the uhlsport match ball has become one of the most recognisable features of our game.“We … [Read more...] about NI Football League and uhlsport sign three-year extension