At 3pm yesterday afternoon the race began. The mass race for promotion, avoid relegation and a playoff challenge all commenced at various grounds around England. A fantastic weekend of league football, with some great games and goals to boot.
72 teams play in the Football League (92 if you add the Premier League clubs), and this weekends spectacle was as good as ever. In League Two Oxford had an astonishing 4-1 win away to former FA cup winners and League favourites Portsmouth. Newly promoted from the Blue Square League Newport County stunned Accrington Stanley with a 4-1 win on their 1st game back in the league for over 25 years. Elsewhere recently relegated Bury had a poor start losing 2-0 at home to Chesterfield, as their woes continue on and off the pitch from last season.
It was goals galore in League One. Leyton Orient seemed to enjoy the 10 hour round trip over 616 miles by thrashing Carlisle 5-1 away. A 7 goal thriller ensued at Stevenage as they lost 4-3 to Oldham Athletic. Crewe and Rotherham United shared 6 goals in a 3-3 draw with Rotherham scoring twice in the last 4 minutes of the game.Anthony Grant scoring a goal of the season contender for Crewe just 3 minuets in to his debut.
The Championship again lived upto its billing as one of the most exciting leagues in the world. Wins for recently relegated from the Premier League QPR, Reading and Wigan, were not as easy as some might feel. QPR and Reading went 1-0 down and had to come from behind to win 2-1 against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich respectively. Wigan demolished Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell and sit top of the table. Blackpool are in 2nd after a good 3-1 win away to Doncaster, Tom Ince scoring from 47 Yards in the dying moments. Newly promoted Bournemouth got off to a winning start against Charlton, but for me the victory of the weekend belongs to Yeovil Town.
Yeovil Town were once only famous for FA Cup giant killings and a sloping pitch. Now more recently they have maintained a steady progress up the football league pyramid with yesterday being their 1st ever game at Championship level. It was in 2003 they reached the Football League for the 1st time and had a steady start, winning League Two the following year they made steady if not spectacular progress in League One until beating Brentford last season in the play off final. Yesterday no doubt Yeovil fans would have embarked excited but nervous about playing in this division. Away to Millwall, a very hard intimidating place to go and a team who finished last season in good fettle. A tight game ensued until on 87 minutes Ed Upson (pictured) scored a winner for the Green and Whites which sent their fans home delirious. It was an incredible moment, clear favourites for relegation, lowest budget in the league and an away win on day 1 does not get any better. Their manager Gary Johnson praised the work ethic of his team and understands that he needs more days like this to stay up. After seeing the celebrations and hearing the fans afterwards I hope this success story of Yeovil Town continues.
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