Episode 127 – The great escape?

The Great Escape

It all comes down to this. The final week of the season has arrived, with twelve Football League clubs still scrapping for their lives and hoping to avoid the dreaded drop. Four will go down, but the question is – which four? We analyse the state of play at the bottom of all three divisions with some special guests.

Birmingham City slipped into the Championship relegation zone following a 3-1 loss to Leeds at St Andrews on Saturday. The Blues now need at least a point from their remaining two games against Wigan and Bolton, or they will be playing in the third tier next season for the first time since 94/95. We discuss their disastrous home form and the string of problems facing Lee Clark with Daniel Ivery, author of Birmingham City blog ‘Often Partisan‘ and a new book called ‘Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson Yeung‘.

In League One, Notts County have won six of their last eight games and now need just a point against Oldham at Boundary Park on Saturday to confirm their survival. We get the verdict on Shaun Derry and their incredible turnaround from Stuart Brothers, editor of Notts County’s ‘Black and White Fanzine‘.

Bristol Rovers also need just a point to survive at the weekend. The Pirates go into their game against Mansfield in League Two off the back of a crucial 2-1 win at Adams Park against increasingly beleaguered Wycombe. Stephen Collins, Bristol Rovers season ticket holder for over twenty years, discusses Darrell Clarke, the club’s future and the critical importance of staying in the Football League this Saturday.

Elsewhere, we congratulate Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Rochdale on promotion – although DC has some issues with Keith Hill’s colourful attire, whilst it’s the end of the road for Barnsley, Shrewsbury and Torquay, all of whom were relegated on Saturday. There’s also the career of super Kevin Phillips and the PFA Teams Of The Year to discuss, plus we ask – who will clinch those final two Championship play-off spots? All that plus Jack Critchley tells us more about his club Blackpool…

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