A Game of Two Halves - Halfway Through The English Football Season

After the first few games of 2024, we’re over halfway through the football season. With plenty of ups, downs and everything in between, the season's closing months don’t look like they’re going to disappoint. Here’s a round-up of the season and what we might expect as we enter the new year. 

The Premier League As It Stands 

This Premier League season has been one of the most exciting seasons for a while! With 4 teams currently in the title race, Liverpool top the table followed by surprise title contenders Aston Villa just 3 points behind them. Manchester City & Arsenal sit 3rd & 4th on equal points. 

The excitement doesn’t stop as you go lower down the table. Chelsea are sitting in a disappointing mid-table position after spending almost £1 billion in the last couple of seasons — a mere improvement on last season's 12th-place finish. 

United have also seen quite the downfall and currently sit just above mid-table following last season's 3rd place finish. They also crashed out of the Champions League after finishing bottom of their table — a table which United fans expected at least a 2nd place spot. 

The same could be said about Newcastle. After a surprising 4th place in the 2022/23 season, they’re also sitting just above mid-table after being hit by injuries and a poor run of form. Their Champions League return after 20 years wasn’t a fairy tale ending after they finished bottom of the group winning just one game. However, the group, on paper, was much harder than Manchester United’s. 

The fight at the bottom of the table is just as close as the one at the top. Sheffield United sit bottom with Burnley above them and Luton are 18th, just a few points from both 17th & 16th. It truly is anyone’s season at both ends of the table.

How do you think the table will finish? 

The Current Championship

As most expected, Leicester City are leading the race at the top quite comfortably. However, not many expected Ipswich to be doing as well as they are. Currently,  The Blues sit in second, above the likes of Southampton, Leeds United and Sunderland. Middlesbrough who impressed under Carrick’s guidance last season aren’t performing as well as expected and are currently taking up a mid-table spot. 

The bottom three consist of QPR, sandwiched between two Yorkshire clubs — Rotherham in 24th and Sheffield Wednesday in 22nd, only 3 points from Huddersfield in 21st. After a tough first few months, The youngest manager in the EFL, Danny Rohl, has recently led The Owls to back-to-back wins against Preston and Hull.

Some other shocks in the Championship include Blackburn Rovers, sitting 17th after just missing out on playoffs last season because of their goal difference. High-flying Hull are enjoying a better season than expected and are just out of the playoffs. After finishing 19th and then 15th, The Tigers have added some huge names, including signing of the season contender Jaden Philogene. 

Who will take the playoff spots come May?


Vintage Football Shirts For The Rest of The Season

Here at That Vintage Football Shirt, we have a huge range of classic football shirts for you. Whether you’re enjoying the reign of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, Leicester at the top of the Championship or even hoping for Portsmouth’s return to the Championship — we have classic football shirts from up and down the country, From Premier League to the National League. 

Our current classic football shirt range includes the likes of: 

    • Liverpool
    • Manchester United 
    • Chelsea
    • Hull City 
    • Leeds Leicester
    • Portsmouth 
    • Plus many more. 

To see the full range of vintage English football shirts, visit our website. Alternatively, take a look at our classic football shirts from around the world