League 1 table “footprints”, 2018/19

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.

Barnsley only spent two weeks outside the top six all season and were one of five clubs in the top seven who never dropped into the bottom half of the table. Only two teams failed to occupy a top half spot at any point and neither were relegated: Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury.

Portsmouth spent more time in the top two places than anyone else – a total of 161 days – but now have to contest the play-offs. Meanwhile Scunthorpe went down despite eight other clubs spending more time in the relegation zone than their 27 days. One of those teams was Wimbledon, who were in the bottom four for longer than anyone except Bradford but survived on goal difference.

Oxford had very strange season: they finished in the top half despite spending 151 of their 274 days were spent in the bottom four.