Posted by Imposter on 10/11/2019, 1:34 pm, in reply to "Re: Takeover "
We finished 8th in our first season but were quite a way from the playoffs in points terms. I think we were 8 or 9 points adrift of 6th. There was the top 7, then us. We were the best of the rest. |
We challenged at points to break into the playoffs but pretty much dropped off after the New Year after Jones, Todd, Marsden, Armstrong were all sold, Bennett got a broken leg, we were promoting the likes of Wilbraham from the youth team, and at times couldn't name a full subs bench.
The following season we were still relatively comfortable in the division. It wasn't pretty, it was lower mid-table, but I don't recall great concern about relegation. We finished 16th.
Our 3rd season was very strange. The first half of the season was probably our best half-season in the Championship, and December in particular probably our best ever month of football, with wins at Bolton, City, and over Wolves. We were 6th and in the playoffs after beating Wolves on Boxing Day.
We then didn't win until again until beating Swindon in our antepenultimate game of the season, 20 games later.
Because we'd got so many points in the first half of the season there wasn't huge worry about going down. But we did slip closer and closer and had we not beaten Swindon I think there would have been concern in our last two games. As it was we liked beating Swindon so much, we went and won at Huddeersfield the following Saturday.
The following season was more of a struggle. We had to rely one or two month long unbeaten runs late on to pull away from relegation.
Then our final season was simply a season of acquiescence. It was clear very early on we were going down, clear not much later we were going to finish bottom. No fight no struggle, we just went down.
That period did start to see a change in the make-up of the 2nd tier. When we first got in, for the first few seasons, it wasn't uncommon to see clubs of similar size, support, ground size etc...as us in the division and doing well, holding their own etc. The likes of Crewe, Bury, Vale, Swindon, Tranmere, Grimsby, Walsall, Gillingham, Oxford, Reading (pre-Madjeski), Rotherham etc....
By the time we left teams and clubs of that size are really starting to struggle. They might get up there but probably only for a season or so of struggle. It's become the case that you need to be a club of stature where your ground holds 15-20o, and crowds at least 10-12k to more than struggle. See the experience of Barnsley and Peterborough as an example.
We will not run,
And we will not hide,
No we will not give up,
We will survive!