The Hard Yards

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The Hard Yards

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On the final day of the 2019-20 season, only four clubs in the Championship had nothing to play for. It’s stats like this that give the division its reputation as the most exciting league in football.

In The Hard Yards, Nige Tassell tells the Championship’s hidden stories, taking the reader on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the 2020-21 season, one like no other. From Bournemouth up to Middlesbrough, Swansea across to Norwich, and all points in between, he interviews players, managers, chairmen, backroom staff, fans and broadcasters to reveal exactly what life is like one step below the Premier League.

The groundsman in charge of keeping the pitch in shape, the TV reporter covering several matches every week, the veteran player who lives and breathes the league, the long-suffering supporter – they all have tales about what makes this tier so hard, so gripping, so unpredictable. 

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320 pages, hardback

Product code2895

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