John McCormick, associate editor, writes: things have quietened down with our ‘who to follow’ poll, as we might expect. Portsmouth, Sunderland and Ipswich are clear leaders, with not much between them, after which we have Rotherham and Peterborough. Then comes Coventry, followed at a distance by Donny, Lincoln and Burton.
That’s interesting because on Wednesday over at Roker Report, Nick Barnes, who knows more about football than I ever will, identified Lincoln and Burton as teams that could mount a challenge to Sunderland, along with Ipswich, Portsmouth, Peterborough and Coventry. He didn’t mention Rotherham.
I could extend our watch list to eight clubs, even nine on the grounds that Donny are ahead of Lincoln and Burton in our poll, and I have added clubs during the season – Luton last season being the most recent – but it makes graphics difficult to follow. So I’m going to stick with six.
The poll will remain open until the season starts but as it disappears down our home page we get fewer and fewer votes cast and teams tend not to move up or down. A concerted effort, however, can move clubs, especially as numbers this season are low.
I must say that any skulduggery – such as that from the Coventry Ninjas last season – will be discounted and we’ll go with what we had before it took place. In respect of that, I do intend to make live results visible some time before the season kicks off. For now, though, you’ll have to wait for the next post to see if there have been changes.
|[polldaddy poll=10356962]||If you haven’t already done so there’s still time to let us know who you think will make the playoffs or better. Just choose your six (or fewer) choices from the list on the left.
If you want to get an idea of what’s going on you can visit the first post in the current series or some from the previous season:
There are other posts in the series as I revisited it at times throughout the season – most often when there was downtime in the fixtures. To find them all you can follow the generic dodgy numbers link:
That link will also take you to my most recent close-season rambles, which take a look at the finances and situations of our League One rivals and which ended at Bury, where things are still up in the air.