Championship table “footprints”, 2020-21

As is traditional, here’s a look at how each club moved around the league table over the course of the season. 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, based on where they finished at the end of the day
  • The season is considered to run from the date of the first match to the date of the last, excluding the play-offs
  • To make it easier to read across a row, I’ve added dividing lines in both directions to indicate the automatic promotion and play-off spots, the division between the top and bottom halves 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 at 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.

Only two clubs – Watford and Bournemouth – finished every day of the season in the top half of the table, although Swansea and Reading each spent just one day in the bottom half.

There were three sides who never ventured into the top half: Nottingham Forest, Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday (which reminds me to mention that I applied the latter’s eventual six-point deduction from the start of the season, rather than the 12 points it was set at before their successful appeal).

Barnsley were the most mobile club this season, occupying 20 out of the possible 24 league positions at the end of a match day.