League 2 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.

Champions Lincoln only spent a week outside the top two all season, and that was only on goal difference after the first round of games. Only two other clubs – Exeter and Forest Green – remained inside the top half for the entire campaign.

Five teams – Cheltenham, Morecambe, Cambridge, Macclesfield and Notts County – spent the whole season in the bottom half, with the Silkmen avoiding the drop despite only spending 33 days outside the bottom two.

Poor Yeovil finished bottom despite spending the same amount of time in the play-offs as in the relegation zone: 26 days apiece.