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League Two Points Targets


As newly relegated Wycombe Wanderers embark on what they hope will be a flying-visit back to League Two, let's take a look at how many points they're likely to need to become champions, gain automatic promotion, make the play-offs, or, for the dedicated pessimist, avoid the dreaded drop to the Conference.


Here are some divisional stats from the last eight seasons:

Points gained by the League Champions

2002/03: Rushden & D's.....87 points (2 points clear of 2nd)
2003/04: Doncaster...........92 points (4 points clear)
2004/05: Yeovil.................83 points (3 points clear)
2005/06: Carlisle...............86 points (3 points clear)
2006/07: Walsall................89 points (1 point clear)
2007/08: Franchise............97 points (5 points clear)
2008/09: Brentford............85 points (6 points clear)
2009/10: Notts County.......93 points (10 points clear)

Average of Champions:.....89 points

Average of Runners up:....84.8 points

The highest number of points Wycombe have ever managed to accumulate in a Football League season is 78, so it looks like they'll have to enter uncharted territory if we're to be treated to the sight of Gareth Ainsworth holding the trophy aloft nine months from now.


Points gained by teams finishing 3rd (Last automatic promotion place)

2002/03: Wrexham..........84 points (10 points clear of 4th)
2003/04: Torquay............81 points (Level on points with 4th)
2004/05: Swansea ..........80 points (2 points clear)
2005/06: Orient...............81 points (3 points clear)
2006/07: Swindon ...........85 points (1 point clear)
2007/08: Hereford...........88 points (6 points clear)
2008/09: Wycombe..........78 points (Level with 4th)
2009/10: Rochdale...........82 points (9 points clear)

Average of teams finishing 3rd:....82.4 points

Average of teams finishing 4th:....78.5 points

Wycombe's only automatic promotion since joining the Football League was achieved under Peter Taylor in 2009 with just 78 points. It was the lowest total since Lincoln City managed it with 75 in 1998 and the stats suggest that Gary Waddock's side will probably need to take their total into the eighties if they hope to repeat the trick this season.


Points gained by teams finishing 7th (Last play-off place)

2002/03: Bury................70 points (1 point clear of 8th)
2003/04: Lincoln City......74 points (Level on points with 8th)
2004/05: Northampton....72 points (Level with 8th)
2005/06: Lincoln City......66 points (3 points clear)
2006/07: Shrewsbury......71 points (Level with 8th)
2007/08: Wycombe.........78 points (9 points clear)
2008/09: Shrewsbury......69 points (1 point clear)
2009/10: Dagenham.......72 points (2 points clear)

Average of teams finishing 7th:....71.5 points

Average of teams finishing 8th:....69.5 points

Wycombe have made the League Two play-offs on three previous occasions.

Under Martin O'Neill in 1994 they finished 4th with 70 points from only 42 games before beating Carlisle United 4-1 on aggregate in the semi-final and clinching promotion with a 4-2 win over Preston North End at Wembley.

The ill-fated 2005/06 season saw John Gorman's Wycombe finish 6th with 71 points from 46 games before losing 2-1 on aggregate to Cheltenham Town in the semi-finals.

Paul Lambert's Wycombe side finished 7th with 78 points in 2008 before again losing their semi-final 2-1 on aggregate, this time at the hands of Stockport County.


Points gained by teams finishing 23rd (Final relegation place)

2002/03: Exeter City......... 48 points (1 point below safety)
2003/04: Carlisle United.....45 points (4 points below)
2004/05: Kidderminster......38 points (6 points below)
2005/06: Oxford Utd...........49 points (3 points below)
2006/07: Boston Utd ..........36 points (12 points below)
2007/08: Mansfield Town.....42 points (5 points below)
2008/09: Chester City.........37 points (4 points below)
2009/10: Grimsby Town......44 points (4 points below)

Average of teams relegated in 23rd place:......42.4 points

Average of teams surviving in 22nd place:.....47.3 points

The relegation stats are arguably skewed due to points deductions. Hopefully Wycombe won't be too concerned with this end of the table, but just in case, 50 points would seem to virtually guarantee survival.


The Chairboys will attempt to put their first points on the board when they face Morecambe at Adams Park this Saturday.




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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 2 2010

Time: 4:10PM

 

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