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The Blues' half season statistics


Having played 23 league games, Wycombe are exactly half way through their 2010/11 campaign, which gives me the excuse to play with some stats and look back at how many points they've banked at this stage of every season since joining the football league and how well the second-half of each season compared.

The record for most points in a half-season goes to Peter Taylor's promotion winning class of 2008/09 who banked 46 in their first 23 games.

This season's tally of 40 points after 23 games has only been bettered five times, and if Gary Waddock's team can match that total in the second half of the campaign, they will break the existing record of 78 points currently shared by Martin O'Neill, Paul Lambert and Peter Taylor.

Don't hold your breath though. Wycombe have never collected as many as 40 points in the second half of a season, their best effort being 39 under Paul Lambert in 2007/08.

Lambert was also responsible for Wycombe's biggest ever slump, his 2006/07 side picking up only 21 points in the second half of the season, 20 points less than the 41 they collected in the first half.

If you feel Wycombe usually do better during the first-half of the season, you're right. Their average number of points banked in the first half is 32 and in the second-half 29.

Over the last 10 years it's even worse, with the Blues averaging 33 points in the first half of the season and 27 in the second.

In fact, in 17 completed seasons since joining the football league, the Blues have only done better in the second-half of the campaign on 6 occasions, and in the last 10 seasons only twice.

Looking on the bright side, Gary Waddock's men collected half as many points again in the second half of last season as they did in the first. Do the same this time and we're laughing.


The following table shows how many points Wycombe had on the board after 23 games in every season since they joined the football league, how many they banked in the second half of each season, the total points gained and the difference between first-half and second-half performance.


2008/09 - 46 points + 32 points = 78 points ( -14 ) - Taylor

1994/95 - 45 points + 33 points = 78 points ( -12 ) - O'Neill

2005/06 - 42 points + 29 points = 71 points ( -13 ) - Gorman

1993/94 - 41 points + 29 points = 70 points (N/A) - O'Neill *

2006/07 - 41 points + 21 points = 62 points ( -20 ) - Lambert

2010/11 - 40 points + ?? points = ?? points (???) - Waddock

2007/08 - 39 points + 39 points = 78 points (Even) - Lambert

2001/02 - 38 points + 26 points = 64 points ( -12 ) - Sanchez

1995/96 - 35 points + 25 points = 60 points ( -10 ) - Smith

2004/05 - 34 points + 31 points = 65 points ( -3 ) - Adams/Gorman

2000/01 - 33 points + 26 points = 59 points ( -7 ) - Sanchez

1999/00 - 29 points + 32 points = 61 points ( +3 ) - Sanchez

2002/03 - 27 points + 25 points = 52 points ( -2 ) - Sanchez

1997/98 - 26 points + 34 points = 60 points ( +8 ) - Gregory/Smillie

1996/97 - 20 points + 35 points = 55 points ( +15 ) - Smith/Gregory

1998/99 - 20 points + 31 points = 51 points ( +11 ) - Smillie/Sanchez

2009/10 - 18 points + 27 points = 45 points ( +9 ) - Taylor/Waddock

2003/04 - 16 points + 21 points = 37 points ( +5 ) - Sanchez/Adams

* 1993/94 season consisted of 42 games not 46




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Date:Friday January 14 2011

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