National League permutations: 24 Sep 2016

As I mentioned back in August, someone took the frankly horrifying decision to reduce the level of official data coverage for the National League this season, which dramatically limits what I can produce.

However one thing that requires pretty basic information – and therefore still gets to exist at National League level – is the permutations graphic, dusted off from last season now that enough games have been played for it not to look ridiculous.

Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each National League club can occupy after this weekend’s fixtures. I’ve drawn lines under the last play-off spot, mid-table and the last spot above the relegation zone on both “axes” for ease of reference.

The graphical template has also undergone a few tweaks to make it more legible on smaller screens and more understandable generally.


Any of the three clubs immediately beneath them can depose Dag & Red from top spot on Saturday, although both they and second-placed Forest Green are guaranteed to remain in the top five for now.

Everyone down to Boreham Wood in 11th could find themselves in the play-off zone with the right combination of results, although with Barrow and Tranmere both playing bottom half sides at home it would require a few upsets.

Southport and Guiseley will remain mired in the relegation zone regardless of what transpires this weekend, although both Braintree and North Ferriby can escape at the expense of any of the five clubs currently sitting above them.