Going up, going down: The end of the of the football season in newspaper front pages

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

Premier League

Champions: Manchester City

Title: Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Premier League

18th place (relegated): Bolton

Title: Bolton News

Praying for a miracle before the game ... The Bolton News

Praying for a miracle before the game … The Bolton News

and after…

... and after relegation was confirmed

… and after relegation was confirmed

Premier League

19th place (relegated): Blackburn

Title: Lancashire Telegraph

The Lancashire Telegraph

The Lancashire Telegraph

Premier League

20th place (relegated): Wolves

Titles: Birmingham Mail and the Wolverhampton Express and Star

The Black Country edition of the Birmingham Mail

The Black Country edition of the Birmingham Mail

 

And the Express and Star

And the Express and Star

Championship

Champions: Reading

Titles: Reading Post/ Get Reading / Reading Chronicle

Reading secure promotion

Reading secure promotion…

 

... and then went up as Champions

… and then went up as Champions

 

... and there was a bit of a party too

… and there was a bit of a party too

And from the Reading Chronicle:

Reading Chronicle

Reading Chronicle

Championship

Runners up: Southampton

Title: Southern Daily Echo

Southern Daily Echo

Southern Daily Echo

Championship

Play-off winners: West Ham

Title: Newham Recorder

Newham Recorder

Newham Recorder

Championship

Play off Final losers: Blackpool

Titles: Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

Championship

22nd (relegated): Portsmouth

Title: The News, Portsmouth

A case of just too much bad news in recent years to justify the whole front page?

Portsmouth News

Championship

23rd (relegated): Coventry

Titles: Sunday Mercury/ Coventry Telegraph

Sunday Mercury

Sunday Mercury

 

Coventry Telegraph

Championship

24th (relegated): Doncaster

Titles: The Star

Doncaster Star

 

League One

Champions: Charlton

Titles: Mercury/South London Press

Confined to the back page in the Mercury and….

 

also in the South London Press

League One

Runners up: Sheffield Wednesday

Title: Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star

 

League One

Play off Winners: Huddersfield Town

Title: Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield Examiner

League One

Play off Losers: Sheffield United

Title: Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star

League One

Relegated: Wycombe, Chesterfield, Exeter, Rochdale

League Two

Champions: Swindon

Title: Swindon Advertiser

Swindon Advertiser

Swindon Advertiser

League Two

Runners Up: Shrewsbury

Title: Shrewsbury Chronicle/ Shropshire Star

Shrewsbury Chronicle

 

Shropshire Star

 

League Two

Runners Up: Crawley

Title: Crawley Observer

Crawley Observer

League Two

Play off Winners: Crewe

Title: Crewe Chronicle

Crewe Chronicle

 

League Two

Play off Losers: Cheltenham

Title: Gloucestershire Echo

League Two

Relegated: Macclesfield; Hereford

Title: Macclesfield Express

Macclesfield Express

Conference

Champions: Fleetwood

Title: Fleetwood Weekly News

Fleetwood Weekly News

 

League One

Play off Winners: York City

Title: York Press

York Press

 

6 comments

  1. I liked the papers that used pics of fans, especially on the front pages, and that also devoted the whole of the page to pics. I guess the Lancashire papers had lots of practice at this.

  2. “Nobody covers a football club quite like the local newspaper.”

    The back-page-only coverage from the Mercury and SLP of Charlton’s success is a graphic example of how that part of London barely has a functioning local press.

    1. Hi Darryl, thanks for the comment. I don’t know the local press in that part of London that well, and I may have missed a paper which did cover it in more depth?
      Certainly, there were a few papers – especially those covering relegation from the lower leagues – which opted not to do much on the front page, but I suppose in those cases football draws a small crowd so is more of a niche interest.
      I expected more for a club Charlton’s size though

      1. Nope, there really isn’t. There’s no paid-for paper in the borough of Greenwich, the Mercury’s an ailing freesheet which has been starved of investment by Ray Tindle and used as a loss-leader for the SLP (whose editorial area doesn’t actually cover Greenwich borough, which includes Charlton).

        The other paper in Greenwich borough is the News Shopper, another freesheet, which has never done sport in any meaningful way. CAFC do get covered by other papers stretching out into Kent, and Canary Wharf freebie The Wharf, but I can’t get those at my local newsagent here in Charlton.

        A free monthly which is part-aimed at the tourist market, The Greenwich Visitor, did try to fill the gap by rushing out a £1 souvenir special with PA pix and month-by-month reports.

        But on the whole, we do have a massive problem with a lack of meaningful local media in this part of SE London – the lack of CAFC promotion coverage reflects this rather than anything to do with the club.

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