A day of drama in the Championship and Newcastle United can still win the title!

After the matches on Monday 17 April, Brighton were on 92 points and Newcastle on 85 points, both clubs having only three games remaining.

Pulling back a lead of seven points with only nine to play for looked a hopeless cause.

However, Brighton then lost at Norwich and Newcastle followed that up with wins over Preston and Cardiff, meaning Saturday started with Newcastle on 91 points and Brighton 92, before they played at home to Bristol City.Championship Table

Live on Sky TV at 5.30pm, Brighton have lost at home to Bristol City thanks to a Josh Brownhill goal just before half-time.

This leaves the TV bosses with a dilemma.

They now have to decide which matches to screen live next Sunday, all matches kicking off at 12 noon.

They usually show a maximum of 3 games on the various channels in the end of season extravaganza and look to have two choices now.

The promotion issue has been taken out of the equation: Leeds could only draw 3-3 at home to Norwich today, whilst Fulham had a draw 1-1 at home to Brentford. Fulham are in the last play-off spot three points above Leeds going into their last games but the Cottagers have a 13 goal advantage in terms of goal difference so the TV bosses won’t be covering that.

However, at the bottom it is a different story, as whilst Rotherham and Wigan are now down, the third relegation spot sees Blackburn, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest separated by only two ponts, meaning any of the three could go down.

So, it appears to be a case of covering all three relegation candidates or which of Newcastle and Brighton end up as champions/runners-up.

They really should show the relegation outcome live but I am guessing that showing the Newcastle and Brighton fight to be champions would guarantee bigger viewing figures.

We await the TV bosses…

Championship fixtures Sunday 7 May – All 12 noon kick-offs

Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion

Brentford v Blackburn Rovers

Bristol City v Birmingham City

Burton Albion v Reading

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City

Newcastle United v Barnsley

Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town

Rotherham United v Derby County

Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

Wigan Athletic v Leeds United

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End

  • superalansuddick

    Time for that Geordie legend Steve Bruce to work his magic.

    • Alex

      Always liked Stevie Bruce. ;-)

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i love the man

        • HappyToons

          Bruce has the looks of a cinematic super star, even if it is Popeye.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Always rated him higher than Sir Alex personally ;)

    • Leicester Mag

      Never doubt Mrs Doubtfire

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Sky aren`t daft they`ll show both the Newcastle & Brighton matches
    Brucie may have played for thr Mancs but he`s a Geordie he`ll go for it

    • Jimblag23

      Cmon brucey boy! Haha
      After the disgrace of managing sunlun you’ve got a chance to redeem yourself to your grandfather! 😂

  • GlasgowMag

    well well all the bollocks about rafa being a failure from certain ex players/press for not winning the league might come back to haunt them bring it on!!!in rafa we trust

  • Albert Stubbins

    I make us favourites now- doom mongers get back in your boxes!!

    • Jimblag23

      You’ve just put the jinx on us!

      • Albert Stubbins

        so if we win you’ll be giving me the credit then? lol

  • custurd

    It would be sweet if Aston Villa helped Newcastle win the title, given that they’ve helped us towards relegation (twice) in recent years :-)
    And yeah; lovely man that Steve Bruce!

    • Whickhamrobbie

      always loved peaky blinders .

  • Polarboy

    Well, that makes the final day interesting, or at least the lead up to it. Brighton do seem to be bottling it a bit, not that we haven’t had a major wobble, but I don’t think I’ll be counting on Villa any time soon.

    • Jimblag23

      If only we’d beat Ipswich……

      • GlasgowMag

        if only we didn’t have mister bean reffing the forest game lol!!!

        • Malcolm Fisher

          If only we hadn’t been sloppy against Leeds

      • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

        Where the hell the officials got 6 minutes of added time for the Leeds game!

      • Polarboy

        We’ve been pretty shocking the last couple of months, but if the standard of reffing hadn’t been so sh*te this season I think we’d already be up. Then again maybe Brighton have had some shocking decisions as well, but I don’t remember any off the top of my head, whereas we’ve had more than a few.

      • Jezza

        Or if the Leeds game had finished one minute earlier we’d have the title in our own hands.

        • HappyToons

          But you’d be bored by now, especially the last game. Now at least there’s some, dare I say, ‘excitement’. Does it mean we are bigger than a lot of clubs who haven’t won anything for a while, as we could have a real trophy in the Cabinet. More than ‘mighty’ Villa have won in 20 years!

  • Kev-82

    Just as well us Newcastle fans have always loved Villa! I’m sure they’ll want to help us out!!

    • Porciestreet

      What we need next week is a “Brucie Bonus” Just hold them to a draw and we’ll beat Barnsley for the title. if next weekend doesn’t gee the lads up sufficiently, nowt ever will…Howaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay the Lads .

      • Kev-82

        I’m just gutted I’m going to miss it as my lad is playing a cup final. Will be impossible to record it and avoid result as somebody is bound to let it slip.

        • Jezza

          Ha ha reminds me of that old episode of the Likely Lads when Bob and Terry spend the whole day desperately trying to avoid finding out the result of a football match before watching the highlights on telly at night.

  • SH.ER

    Please please can someone explain?
    I checked on BeIn sport, there is no coverage so far to date at least
    But i know if sky show a live TV game, BeIn sport will immediately cover it too
    How do you know sky will show live TV games in the last day?
    did they do it last season??

    • LA Toon

      Check tomorrow as only listing up to next Friday. Won’t affect me even if shown on beinsports 1 as no pub here is open at 7am in Florida

      • Allan Kidd

        watch it on beIN Connect off the internet…that’s what I did today to watch the Brighton game.,( as well as the Toon match on Friday which beIN Sports did not show live on TV).

    • Wor Lass

      Haven`t you read the article?

  • Leazes Ender

    Regretting picking that fight with Villa fans now?

    • Toon Wolf

      It’s a good job that they’ll be playing the football team and not the fans then.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Well that `s me watching the title cruncher in a bar in Majorca, i could think of worse places to be

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    To the wire…..we win or draw & Brighton lose next week title is ours. However, they’re playing Villa so I expect Brucie’s boys to capitulate & Brighton to win the title?! Let’s hope I’m wrong on this & Rafa walking in the summer. Happy Saturday

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      They won`t throw in the towel at Villa Park, no way

      • HappyToons

        They’ll just throw out the bed sheets …

        They forget Bruce sleeps with an ‘Ant and Dec Duvet’

        Must be irritating for them to hear that Geordie voice on a regular basis, a bit like Jasper Carrot marrying your daughter.

      • Wor Lass

        I TOLD you we had a chance! (but I wasn`t too convinced myself, mind!!)

  • Grahame Johnson

    Cardiff and Barnsley should have been the 2 games I could relax and enjoy alas this mad mad mad championship continues so glad the lads beat Cardiff, the last months results in all championship games has made me realise how good of a season we have had

  • Mal

    As we’ve seen throughout the season it’s easier to be the hunter rather than the hunted. I think Brighton thought they were home and dry for the title and have taken their foot off the pedal. Hopefully Villa are going to play a lot better than they played today – looked as if they were on the beach already. The last game is an unexpected bonus as we are definitely up but still have something to play for. Looking forward to it. Should be a great atmosphere. HTL

  • Toonbadger

    Sky live games next weekend
    I’m hearing early indications are from Sky that they are going to televise the relegation games next Sunday – not the title matches.
    These will be the two live games: Forest v Ipswich; Brentford v Blackburn.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    There will be the obligatory split screens and highlights of the goals going in and mock tables of how it now stands etc etc etc
    Sky Sports will milk it for all it’s worth and yesterdays result was music to their ears.
    Another day of manipulated coverage along with their non event transfer window nonsense so they can stick their yellow ties up their jacksies !

  • Albert Stubbins

    Brighton have been on the beach since they got promoted- I’m confident we’ll do the business- it’ll shut up that Jason Cundy on talksport as well which will be a massive bonus!! NUFC