Promotion/Relegation Watch

Promotion Diaries – Aston Villa

After losing at Wembley Stadium in the promotion playoffs last season, Aston Villa had high hopes for the season, only to find inconsistent play nearly derailing their season… until a late season winning streak secured their place in the playoffs for the second straight season. Once there, they won their first semifinal game against West …

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Promotion Diaries – Charlton Athletic

The top three playoff positions in League One were all but clinched with a month remaining in the season. Charlton Athletic couldn’t quite catch Barnsley for second, but they knew that they’d be fighting for promotion through the playoff. That didn’t stop them from impressing down the stretch, and scoring much needed goals to improve on their finishing …

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Promotion Diaries – Tranmere Rovers

After falling in the playoffs in their two previous attempts to return to the Football League, the Tranmere Rovers succeeded last season, winning the National League playoff after the 2017-18 season to find themselves back in League Two. The club, four years removed from their last season in League One, were picked as a potential surprise, but …

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Promotion Diaries – Salford City

For the second consecutive season, Salford City has reset the bar for reaching their highest level of English football. The squad, partially owned by members of the 1992 Manchester United squad, are well on the ownership’s stated goal of reaching the Championship by 2030, earning promotion from the National League through the playoff after a third-place …

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Relegation Diaries – Cardiff City

Like “there always must be a Stark in Winterfell,” there has been at least one Welsh club in the English Premier League since 2012, when Swansea City joined the league for the first time in 2011-12. There was even one season – 2013-14 – that featured two Welsh clubs, when Cardiff City joined the party for a brief one season …

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