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Ups And Downs: Part 2

17 June 2014

Clubs Joining The Championship

In less than 24 hours Blackpool will know their fixtures for the new Sky Bet Championship campaign. 

Coming up from League One are Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brentford and Rotherham United, and they will be added to the fixture list. 

Wolves spent just one season away from The Championship, but Rotherham were last at this level nine years ago, while Brentford have been away for 21 years.

The trio complete the Championship line-up, with Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City dropping from the Premier League. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers

A points total of 103 was an all-time third-tier record in English football, and ensured Wolves returned to The Championship at the first time of asking. 

Kenny Jackett was taken from Millwall a year ago and oversaw just five league defeats all season. 

Former-Blackpool loanee Nouha Dicko played a crucial role in their promotion, scoring 12 times after joining in January.

During the close-season Jackett has drafted in Tommy Rowe from Peterborough United and Rajiv van La Parra from Heerenveen. 

Blackpool’s last clash with Wolves ended in a victory, with Thomas Ince’s brace sealing a 2-1 win at Molineux in 2013.

From Bloomfield Road to Molineux: 114 miles

Brentford

After the heartbreak from a season earlier, Brentford stormed back and secured automatic promotion ahead of third-placed Leyton Orient by eight points.

Despite losing Uwe Rosler as manager, Mark Warburton took over the reins and The Bees finished on 94 points.

Clayton Donaldson’s 18 league goals proved the catalyst, while the loan signing of Alan Judge from Blackburn proved timely for the run-in.

Judge has since made his move permanent, but Aaron Pierre and Shaluem Logan have moved elsewhere.

Brentford last travelled to Bloomfield Road in a 2007 League One clash which the visitors won 3-1.

From Bloomfield Road to Griffin Park: 244 miles

Rotherham United

Back-to-back promotions have put Rotherham in The Championship for the first time since 2005.

Steve Evans guided The Millers to automatic promotion from League Two in 2013, before taking the club up through the League One play-offs in May, when they beat Leyton Orient on penalties.

Kieran Agard’s 24 league goals played a crucial role in United’s promotion, as did Alex Revell’s brace at Wembley, which saw the Yorkshiremen come from two goals down.

Evans has already brought four new faces to Rotherham, with Matt Derbyshire, Scott Loach and Jordan Bowery joining ex-Pool defender Kirk Broadfoot in signing.

United’s last meeting with Pool came in 2007, with Chris O’Grady’s strike sinking promotion-chasing Blackpool.

From Bloomfield Road to the New York Stadium: 112 miles

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