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Football..... It's A Funny Old Game

God what a stressful afternoon.

For those that don't know today was the last day in the Football League calendar for Leagues 1 and 2. Barnet, my local club, was one of seven teams in League 2 that could have been relegated down to the Conference this afternoon. Rusden & Diamonds had already been relegated and were Barnets competition today - but it didn't mean they'd be a pushover and although Barnet could still survive if they lost depending on other teams results things could have been tricky.

Luckily Barnet won 2-1 in the end but it was a nail biting few hours watching the results change. Especially in the Oxford United game (there result affected everyone else because if they lost or drew they were relegated and everyone else was safe regardless of results). Oxford went 1-0 up, then 1-1, then 2-1, then 2-2 to finally loose 2-3 in the last minute of their game. Goodbye Oxford.

In a strange quirk of fate Oxford United were promoted into the Football League 44 years ago because a team called Accrington Stanley went bankcrupt. This year as Oxford are relegated out of the Football League into the Conference a certain team called Accrington Stanley have won the Conference and are re-entering the Football League again for the first time in 44 years. How weird is that!

Anyway, Barnet are safe. Now to prepare for next season and hope for some better results throughout the course of the season...


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May. 6th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Football is a funny old game indeed. We (Hammers) are playing tomorrow along with the rest of the Premier League games, as you know, but I followed the results today too - and funnily enough, the team that contributed to the downfall of Oxford Utd is what *technically* is my local team - Leyton Orient (I live about 10/15 mins walk from the ground), who got promoted to League 1 thanks to their last minute win. Well done to the Os I say, I suppose the gulf between them and the Hammers is still wide enough for them not to be classified as local rivals and me to be allowed to support them (a bit) ;-)

Well done to Barnet too, btw, I tend to support London sides in the lower leagues, apart from certain notable exceptions. And on that note....
Well done Scumwall, er I mean millwall for getting relegated from the Championship into League 1, byyyeeee ;-)
May. 6th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I may be fairly ignorant when it comes to football but...isn't seven teams alot to be threatened with relegation?
May. 6th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry, there were two relegations places. One was already filled by Rushden & Diamonds who had no hope of getting enough points to survive.

Then the next seven teams were all within 3 points of each other so any of them could have been relegated on the final day of the season. Anyone who lost was in danger, depending on whether those below them won, drew or also lost.

It was very tight at the bottom of League 2 this year. Almost half the teams were in the 'relegation zone' at one point or another and there wweren't really all that many points between the bottom clubs and those fighting for play-off places to try and get promoted.
May. 6th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Right, a bit like the six nations this year which was good because of everyone being quite close. I can see why it'd be a bit stressful :)
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