Championship season review: Aston Villa, Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackburn

Aston Villa: 13th After sinking from the Premier League without trace in 2015-16, a summer of transition inevitably ensued at Aston Villa as this illustrious club aimed to lift itself off the floor. Taken over by the Chinese businessman Tony Xia, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was appointed the new manager and although a surprisingly high number of the existing squad remained, hefty sums of money were spent on strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia. Expectations were high, but there was clearly a weak mentality within the squad which showed…

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League One Season Review 2015-16

Many clubs in recent seasons have found the going tough upon being relegated from the Premier League, so much so that they slip almost inexorably into the third tier. Wigan Athletic were that team going into 2015-16, just two years after winning the FA Cup under Roberto Martinez and now with a new chairman in 23-year-old David Sharpe. The man tasked with reversing the downward spiral was one of the members of that side that upset the odds against Manchester City on that famous day at Wembley, Gary Caldwell. The…

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Barnsley fans went nuts after winning the Football League Trophy [Video]

Barnsley came from behind to beat Oxford United 3-2 at Wembley Stadium and lift the Football League Trophy, also known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, for the first time in their history. Not surprisingly, the fans of Barnsley went nuts after the win and were chanting “You only sing when you’re rowing” to Oxford fans after the final.

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Championship and League One team ranked among European giants in form table

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If you check the international form table at Transfermarkt, you expect to see European giants like Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and PSG. But Championship team Burnley FC and League One team Barnsley FC? No, those two clubs have been surprisingly strong during their last 15 league matches and are therefore ranked among the big clubs in the form table. The Clarets are sitting in fifth place, gaining a total of 36 points from their last 15 league matches. That’s as many as Ligue 1 champions and current leaders…

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Man United set to announce signing of exciting young defender

Manchester United are about to announce the capture of highly-rated Barnsley defender Mason Holgate, according to reports in the Metro. The 18-year-old has been training with United at their Carrington training complex over the past few days is expected to put the finishing touches on a £1m move to join the Red Devils imminently. Having impressed the United coaching staff, it is believed that he will sign on the dotted line shortly and an official announcement will be made at some point in the next 48 hours. League One side…

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League One season review

A strong finish to the previous campaign suggested that Bristol City would be a force to reckoned with for 2014-15, and high hopes were certainly emanating from Ashton Gate, especially as the loss of top scorer Sam Baldock was softened by the arrival of a host of quality players. Exciting playmaker Luke Freeman, midfield general Korey Smith and defender Luke Ayling were among those who joined, as well as striking duo Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham, the latter as the result of a chance meeting with manager Steve Cotterill in…

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