As the new football season dawns we are all full of anticipation.
This Sunday the Community Shield ( ex Charity Shield ) kicks off between Man City and Arsenal.
All football fans will be facing the season with an increased frenzy.
Crazy really as only a handful of clubs can finish the season as winners but that seems to matter little to the fans of the 72 clubs in the Championship, League 1 or League 2.
Of course promotion is a goal and the ultimate rise into The Premiership is the utopian dream all owners, Managers and players yearn for.
So who is going to win and who are the favourites ?
Well let us start at the bottom ;
Champions – Southend United
Promoted – Burton Albion
Champions – Sheffield United
Promoted – Leyton Orient
This I maintain is the most difficult of the divisions to forecast.
It is incredivbly competitive, probably because their are ex Premiership sides competing.
& Norwich City
Each of these sides have bought players in ands sold important players who had relagation clauses in their contracts.
Fulham have signed Ross McCormack but have lost Sudwell to Stoke and Richardson to Villa.
cardiff have lost Jordan Mutch and Steven Caulker with Gary Medal to follow. Although the arrival of Adam Le Fondre and Macheda who hjas arrive d from Manchester United.
Norwich have lost Snodgrass to Hull and will miss his goals but maybe Gary Hooper who may well continue to score in this league.
This leaves the Top League, the Premier League where I believe Chelsea will be too strong for Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal ansd Manchester United who may, hopefully improve on 7th place with the arrival of the miracle man Loius Van Gaal.
So let battle commence.
All those with more than one boot good luck.
Grange United, Warley Nalgo, Wolverhampton analog, Broomfield