Championship table “footprints”, 2017/18

As is traditional, here’s an end-of-season look at how many days each club spent in each league position. This graphic works as follows:

  • The clubs are listed down the side, in the order they finished in the final league table
  • Each row shows how many days that club spent in each league position
  • The season is considered to run from the date of the first match to the date of the last and excludes the play-offs
  • I’ve added dividing lines in both directions to indicate the automatic promotion places, the play-off zone, the division between top and bottom half and the relegation zone
  • There are also fainter outlines around each club’s final league position

The idea of this is that you can see the “footprint” that each club left in the table this season. Some stayed up one end, others bounced around a lot more etc. This isn’t supposed to be anything particularly profound, but when I ran it I was surprised to see how much time certain clubs spent quite a long way from their final position and how far most travelled over the course of the season.

Wolves spent a whopping 200 days at the summit, although five other clubs had a turn at leading the division. None of the play-off sides managed it, although Derby spent more time in the top two than anyone besides the two sides who sealed automatic promotion.

Cardiff were the only side who didn’t spent a single day in the bottom half of the table, although Wolves only failed to match this feat because they didn’t play a match on the first day. Overall the top two only spent a combined 10 days outside the top four.

Every single club spent at least one day in the top half of the table, although Bolton, Barnsley and Burton each spent exactly one day there. The Trotters managed to escape relegation on the final day despite spending more time in last place than anyone except Sunderland.

Only four clubs failed to occupy a play-off place at some point during the season. Surprisingly this included Brentford who, despite a strong showing overall, paid the price for a poor start.