League 1 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.
Rotherham spent twice as long as Wigan at the top of the table but weren’t able to finish the season there, while MK Dons claimed third despite being the only team in the final top eight never to have ended a day in top spot.
Sunderland and Wycombe were the only two clubs not to spend a single day in the bottom half of the table, while there were five clubs – Shrewsbury, Fleetwood, Gillingham, Doncaster and Crewe – who failed to reach the top half at any point.
Adding to their misery, Doncaster and Crewe each only spent a single week outside the relegation zone all season.