This weekend sees the return of one of the most bitterly contested football rivalries when Millwall entertain West Ham United in the eagerly awaited Saturday lunch-time kick off in the Championship. The rivalry between both clubs is one of the longest standing and most bitter in English football with both sets of supporters considering the other club as their main rival. Both clubs were originally East London sides with links to the Royal docks, with Millwall the first to be formed in 1885. Thames Ironworks, later to become West Ham, were founded ten years later by another group of dockers and so began the rivalry with both clubs soon becoming vicious enemies. . In the early years, matches between the two sides were a frequent affair, but in recent years, with both sides operating in different tiers of the English leagues, meetings have been few and far between. This only adds to the match atmosphere when they eventually meet. Part […]

The leaders march on, Boro remain unbeaten, a thriller at Upton Park and two of the strugglers finally get off the mark. These and more are featured in TheHardTackle’s Top 6 highlights from Round 6 of the Championship: ——————– Brighton and Southampton march on Early season pacesetters Brighton and Southampton both continued their impressive starts to the season with victories at the weekend. Gus Poyet’s men ground out a 1-0 win with Ashley Barnes’ fourth goal of the season proving decisive. Bristol City’s former England goalkeeper David James performed heroics to keep the league leaders at bay, saving superbly from Craig Noone and Craig Mackail-Smith. But, with ten minutes to go, he was finally beaten when Barnes netted from close range. With ex-Spain international Vicente still to come into the Seagulls’ team, Gus Poyet’s men have made a splendid start to the season. Southampton added to Steve McClaren’s woes as a Rickie Lambert hat-trick gave the Saints a 3-2 win […]

With each club playing 46 league games, the NPower Championship is a long season. In order to fit the games in, there are several rounds of fixtures scheduled for midweek, with this week being the first. With games split over Tuesday and Wednesday night, three teams continued their perfect start, Nottingham Forest finally realised what that white thing is at the end of the pitch and the likes of Doncaster and Coventry continued to struggle. These and more are featured in TheHardTackle’s Top 6 highlights from Round 3 of the Championship:- ——————– 1. Then there were Three.. For a trio of sides, the first three games have resulted in three wins. Southampton, Brighton and Derby all won impressively away from home again to maintain their perfect starts. On Tuesday night, newly-promoted Saints kept up their 100% record intact with a brilliant 5-2 away win at Ipswich Town. Star striker Rickie Lambert got off the Championship mark with a brace of […]