Condolences to Arsenal; their comeback last week against Barca was brilliant, but the mounting casualties must have taken too much out of them.
Congrats to Newcastle United. Promoted straight back to Premiership, courtesy of a Forest v Cardiff draw. Probably a fair result for the 3 & 4 team. Forest's away form has meant their automatic promotion hopes have gone, but they wouldn't have expected a play-off place at the start of the season, and that looks in the bag. A Forest-Cardiff final is still on the cards.
Meanwhile, Notts County could yet win League 2, and look promotion certs. 5-0 against Bury helped the goal difference and their latest win at Shrewsbury leaves them only 5 points away from Rochdale with a game in hand. A different team to the (Sol Campbell featuring) team that got beaten at Morecambe earlier in the season. The Shrimps still have to go to Meadow Lane.
Speaking of the Shrimps, they are getting close to the play-offs for League 1. If they make it, I presume this will mean one more game at Christie Park, which they leave for the new Globe Arena at the end of this season. The last 2 home games are ticket-only and should be busy and lively affairs. A play-off would be a fantastic end for the old place.
Just down the road, Lancaster City head the Unibond Division One North. It may not be quite so exotic as other leagues, but after the trauma of a double relegation and financial difficulties, it's a good sign that they are on the way back. I hope they make it.
Meanwhile I'm off to Anfield on Thursday with Jono to see whether Liverpool can still get some European silverware this season. There's always hope if Torres stays on the field.