There is nothing fair about the Championship playoffs. Fulham have played some of the best football in England’s second tier this season and had a chance of claiming an automatic promotion place on the final day of the regular season and yet they just fell short and now face the prospect of all that work being for nothing.
Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have been preparing for the playoffs for a while now. Both clubs knew some months ago that they weren’t going to earn an automatic promotion spot and have been drawing up their plans for the playoffs ever since confirming their top six place.
There is nothing quite like the Players Championship. Played at TPC Sawgrass (home of the PGA Tour’s headquarters) the prestige of the tournament is summed up by the fact that it is known as golf’s fifth major by both players and fans alike.
Football can be a horribly cruel game at times. Just ask Mark Hughes. Hughes has already been sacked once this season after the frankly awful form of his Stoke team. He wasn’t out of work for long though as Southampton turned to him to get themselves out of the relegation mix.
Liverpool confounded all the pre-tournament odds to book their place in the Champions League final courtesy of a 6-7 aggregate win over Roma.