U's place assured in the great 92

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You can tell that the season is over on our messageboard and I am finding excuses to avoid gardening.

Thanks to Russ G, I have evidence that shows our place in the Football League and lends credence to the notion that we 'belong' in the 92, but only just - at 92nd.

www.statto.com/football/stats/england/all-time-table

I'll gloss over the fact that someone has calculated if you award 2 points for every win we come out 93rd and if you award 3 points for every win we come out 93rd. We won't be budging from 92nd for a couple of seasons as we're 109 points behind Southport in 91st and 243 ahead of Barrow in 93rd!

Note some of the goal differences. U's a modest -165 but Hartlepool is -1029, the worst in League history.

More interesting to me - I hadn't realised until now how pivotal the season that I became a 2CW was. It was 2000/2001 when the U's finished the season 11 points above my abandoned 1st love, Barrow, moving into 91st place - with Barrow still clinging on at 92nd, 72 points above Wigan. In 2001/2002 I changed jobs, got a proper social life and became a regular at the Abbey.

www.statto.com/football/stats/england/all-time-table/1888-1889/2000-2001

Wigan only pushed Barrow to 93rd in 2003/2004, when they became "proper" non-league. They finished 3rd in the Northern Premier League Premier Division (predecessor to Conference North) and beat Workington in a two-legged final in the UniBond Presidents (League) Cup. The game finished 6–6 on aggregate, Barrow winning on away goals.

The U's only slipped to 92nd in 2005/2006.
 

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Bit meaningless though really i.e. Coventry are way down as having fewer points, but that's because they were always struggling in the top flight. Exeter being above them illustrates this.
 

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Bit meaningless though really i.e. Coventry are way down as having fewer points, but that's because they were always struggling in the top flight. Exeter being above them illustrates this.
Of course its (relatively) pointless - but it is a cold rainy afternoon at the end of April. :sad:

That said, if you play with the start and end dates, it probably gives a flavour of what clubs were fun to follow when and which ones were really hard work - re Shoddy's point.
 

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No it isn't pointless - the top 92 should be the PL & FL. Sod the rest.
 

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No it isn't pointless - the top 92 should be the PL & FL. Sod the rest.
I might have agreed in 2003 (just) but can only accept your proposition now if failed clubs like Darlington, Aldershot and, in particular Hereford United drop out to make room for the nice people at Barrow - who had their dalliance with drug dealer Vaughan and subsequent embarrassment almost unnoticed in the non-league privacy of the pre-televised Conference.
 

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