League 2 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.

Champions Accrington were one of only three clubs – the others being Exeter and Coventry – who remained inside the top half of the table for the entire season. An honourable mention should go to Luton, who only spent three days in the bottom half of the table compared to just under half the season in top spot.

Chesterfield were the only team not to venture into the top half of the table all season – they spent the entirety of their campaign sat in one of the bottom six spots and a whopping 213 days in the relegation zone. They were also one of only five teams – the others being Crawley, Cheltenham, Yeovil and Forest Green – not to have spent at least some time in the top seven.