[This piece was updated on Tuesday 02 May to include a section exploring what the EFL decision to suspend ticket sales to Orient fans tells us about the future of the league.]
Yesterday Leyton Orient fans called the league’s bluff. But it turned out the league wasn’t bluffing, it really does only care about one thing.
One of sports’ greatest owners, Dan Rooney, has died while one of its worst, Francesco Becchetti, is killing his club.
The numbers are in: Shaun Harvey and his Checkatrade Trophy have failed. Both must be scrapped.
With just the final left to play, we can begin to measure the success or otherwise of this season’s changes to the Checkatrade Trophy. By bringing in young players from top academies, did it – as promised – revitalise a struggling competition? Did it inject new excitement for fans, new money for clubs and new hope for the future of the England national team?
Perform two miracles and the Catholic Church may make you a saint. Perform just one and Leicester City may make you unemployed.
A betting firm enticing a player into a bit of light-hearted spot-fixing to help sell papers is being given the pantomime treatment. But it’s a genuine scandal – and a signal to the FA that gambling firms are already far too deeply embedded in the game.
After thirty years, I’m going to see my team. For the first time…