Nobody covers a football club quite like the local newspaper. The highs and the lows, the frustrations and the delights (with the sports desk normally being blamed for the former by readers, but rarely thanked for the latter). So it’s no surprise that when the not-quite-life-and-death matters of promotion and relegation are dealt with, the football normally passes from the back page to the front page.
With the last play off in the bag (well done Crewe), here’s a round-up of how regional papers covered the success, or otherwise, of their teams
Champions: Manchester City
Title: Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
18th place (relegated): Bolton
Title: Bolton News
Praying for a miracle before the game … The Bolton News
… and after relegation was confirmed
19th place (relegated): Blackburn
Title: Lancashire Telegraph
The Lancashire Telegraph
20th place (relegated): Wolves
Titles: Birmingham Mail and the Wolverhampton Express and Star
The Black Country edition of the Birmingham Mail
And the Express and Star
1. Anti-social behaviour in the library
There was a time when it was the contents of some books which caused most offence in libraries. Apparently that’s not the case now in Lincolnshire, when indecent exposure, public urination
2. Dog attacks
The Southport Visiter reports on the number of dog attacks in Southport – based on figures it got from the local hospital for the last three years. 1000 dog-related injuries in three years seems a worrying trend for an area like Southport.
3. Botched operations
Did you know FOI could be used to find out some details about botched operations? It seems it can – and this story from the Ipswich Star appears to be proof of that. It oroved a story about a testicle operation resulting in a man becoming infertile using FOI. An open door to finding out how many operations go wrong?