not long now.

As foretold, the poll we’ve been running slipped down the front page and then off it so, although it remained – indeed remains – live, it no-one has visited recently. Before it disappeared from view we’d had over 7,000 votes cast, with well over 1,200 people taking part, from all parts of the UK and beyond.

That’s enough to provide me with a guide as to which clubs we’ll report on as we try to get an idea of who’s heading out of the Championship in the right direction.

As the headline says, Sunderland’s in the mix, probably only because  of the loyalty of diehard fans.

Has that loyalty been strained too much by recent events? Or did they, perhaps, inject a dose of realism? The poll’s still open, perhaps Norwich will make that jump from seventh before the season starts.

And with that season starting in a few hours, here’s how the votes have been cast:

Club Votes % of vote
Middlesbrough 965 13%
Aston Villa 871 12%
Fulham 823 11%
Sheff Wed 711 10%
Leeds 622 9%
Sunderland 543 8%

As you can see, ‘Boro remain strong favourites with Sunderland lagging well behind. Between them are representatives of our two biggest cities and a couple more Yorkshire clubs.

Norwich had 465 votes, Reading 424, which when rounded up gives them both 6% of the votes. I don’t think either of them will overtake Sunderland and make the top six but I might yet add them to spot graphs if the need arises

If you’re amnesiac or new to the series you can revisit some of the earlier posts to see what’s going on and how we’ll track the progress, or lack of progress, of our chosen clubs:

Here’s the first post

the second,

the third

and the fourth


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