Championship table “footprints”, 2021-22

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.

Bournemouth were the only team who didn’t finish a single day in the bottom half of the table this season, while Peterborough were alone in failing to set foot in the top half.

Nottingham Forest reached the play-offs but actually spent more time in the relegation zone this season (46 days) than the top six (35 days).

Sheffield United ended the season in the highest position they reached (fifth), while Birmingham never dropped lower than their finishing position of 20th.

Derby and Reading‘s points deductions have been applied on the dates that they were confirmed: Sep 22 (-12) and Nov 16 (-9) for Derby, Nov 17 (-6) for Reading.