Championship 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.

I’ve applied Birmingham’s 9-point deduction from the date it was issued (March 22nd) and the 1-0 win that Brentford were awarded over Bolton from the date it was announced (May 3rd).

The only team not to spend any time in the bottom half of the table all season were Middlesbrough, although Leeds were only there for a day and that was due to them playing their first game two days after the season officially began. From the day of their first match, they were never out of the top five.

Two teams – Reading and Rotherham – never set foot in the top half, with the Royals never getting out of the bottom seven. 13 clubs spent at least one day in the relegation zone and 17 were in the play-off picture at some point.