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Fouls & discipline in the Football League

Fouls & discipline in the Football League

Another spin-off from a work project for you today, although this one is also evolving something I looked at almost exactly two years ago. Following the tedious controversy around the refereeing performance in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley I wanted to see which clubs are doing the most fouling, but also which are getting punished the most heavily. For each … Continue reading

League 2 update: 21st February 2015

League 2 update: 21st February 2015

I thought it was about time for another update to the attack and defence graphics for the four divisions below the Premier League, focusing here on League 2. For each division there are three graphics – the first shows overall dominance, the second attacking performance and the third defensive performance. All are based on shot data … Continue reading

Friday fun: players who haven’t…

Friday fun: players who haven’t…

While researching some match previews at work yesterday I dug out the interesting nugget that Jack Cork has played 12 times in the Premier League this season without his side conceding a goal when he’s been on the pitch. This looks to be down to a combination of his injury problems leading to a spate … Continue reading

Minute-by-minute: Football League tables

Minute-by-minute: Football League tables

Following on from yesterday’s successful test (read: no significantly hurtful abuse received), I’ve built animated GIF versions of minute-by-minute tables for all 3 Football League divisions. The way these work is as follows: Each graphic cycles through every club in a division in descending order of their current league position (on an infinite loop with … Continue reading

An experiment: minute-by-minute league table

An experiment: minute-by-minute league table

A few seasons ago I tried to explore how league tables would look if matches finished earlier, and ended up putting together an animated league table which cycled through each scenario from a 1st minute to 90th minute finish. The problem was that having 90 frames of animation made it quite a ponderous experience and there was … Continue reading

League 2 update: 17 Jan 2015

League 2 update: 17 Jan 2015

Following Saturday’s matches I’ve updated my scatter graphics to see how each of the four divisions below the Premier League are looking. For each division there are three graphics – the first shows overall dominance, the second attacking performance and the third defensive performance. All are based on shot data and give a high-level view … Continue reading

Club-by-club review: League 2

Club-by-club review: League 2

Enough of the season has passed to justify taking a look at how each side in the Football League has been performing so far, looking here at League 2. I’ll use my scatter plot template to break out the attacking and defensive performances of each club, then canter through a few notable stats on each side. … Continue reading

Club survey

For a long time I’ve been curious about how fans feel about clubs other than their own. Aside from established rivalries, how do “neutrals” view each team, and which have built up the most positive and negative sentiment? I’ve thrown together a quick survey in which you can rate your feelings about each of the 116 clubs from the … Continue reading

An early look at attacking and defensive performance

An early look at attacking and defensive performance

It’s still a few weeks before we can justify creating new versions of our interactive attack and defence scatter plots, so I’ve impatiently dug out the old “low tech” versions to see what’s been going on so far in the Football League and Conference Premier. If you’ve not seen these before, check out the explanations … Continue reading

2014/15 Fixture “Molecules”

2014/15 Fixture “Molecules”

Whenever the fixture lists are released, there are always a few tedious comments along the lines of “everyone plays each other twice – quelle surprise”, which completely ignores the main reason that fixtures are interesting (to me at least). While the organisers will do their best to spread matches out as evenly as possible, there … Continue reading