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The Npower Championship: An Advertisement For English Football

Monday 19th March 2012
In recent years the Npower Championship has seen its stock rise remarkably. The popularity of the league has grown and the play off final has become the game with the biggest financial benefits in World football.

It's become a great advertisement for English football and this is on the whole down to the teams who have gone from the Championship to then perform so admirably in the Premier League.

You look at Swansea this year. They continue to shock me every week.

At the time of writing they are sitting 8th in the Premier League table after 3 successive wins. They have beaten both Manchester City and Arsenal and have drawn against Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle who are reaping the benefits after a stint in the Championship themselves.

When you think you have finally figured Swansea out as a team who are incredibly hard to beat at home but rather poor on the road they go and beat Fulham 3-0 away from home. They continue to shock every week and the excitement and unpredictability they bring to the Premier League is a tribute to them and the Npower Championship.

You could be mistaken for thinking that it is just Swansea who have come up from the Championship and performed so well but that is not the case.

Norwich have performed above expectations this year as well. Blackpool did it last year for the first half of the season. Burnley, Hull, Stoke, even Reading before them. All these teams have come into the Premier League and gained admiration due to the way they have performed in the top flight.

These teams are a credit to English football. Not only do they bring excitement to the league they also bring fresh impetus, new talent. The Championship also acts as a pre-school for future Premier League players.

Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham, John Ruddy, Grant Holt, Steve Morison are just a few examples from this season alone. They've all had the chance to play consistently at Premier League level and have showed great ability meaning they are likely to not have to play in the Championship again.

Charlie Adam is the finest example of this in recent years. He played for Blackpool in the Championship and the move up to the Premier League with the same club enabled him to showcase his talent at a higher level in turn leading to a move to Liverpool. Andy Carroll is another example getting the chance to play for Newcastle in the Championship before making his name in the Premier League and gaining an international call up.

The Championship provides English football with excitement, new teams in the Premier League, new players, new surprises and new endeavours. These are just a few reasons why it is a crown jewel and a great advertisement for English football.
Alex Anderson
Alex started supporting Arsenal at a young age and witnessed many successful years as a boy, even having the pleasure of supporting 'The Invincibles.' On the other side of this, he has also witnessed the long, painful wait for a trophy and the hurt of seeing his idols leaving the club on a regular basis. His favourite people within football are: Wenger, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fabregas and of course Henry whose signed shirt he has hung up on his wall. Robin van Persie would have been on that list also but we all know the reason for his omission. Alex is currently in his second year at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire where he is studying Sports Journalism and he hopes to get a job within the industry on finishing his degree.

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