John McCormick,  writes: our ‘who to follow’ poll remained quiet, although the trickle of votes that came in over the last week did result in some changes. Sunderland and Portsmouth are clear leaders, with not much between them, after which we have Ipswich, Rotherham and Peterborough. Then come Doncaster, who edged ahead of Coventry, followed at a distance by Lincoln and Burton.

I did expect Blackpool to do better but our site appears to have attracted few of their fans. Their season tickets had reached 4,818, when I last checked, so there’s obviously life returning to this once-troubled club. That’s about twice the number sold by Coventry, whose own troubles are nowhere being resolved and who slipped out of our top six after Doncaster Rovers gained a few votes. A third troubled club, Bolton Wanderers, who might or might not be sold by the time this post goes live, also didn’t do too badly and finished in the top half of the table. I don’t know how they’ll do that with only 7 first team players but what do I know about football?

The poll will remain visible and live until this post disappears off the bottom of our home page but I’ve more or less completed my spreadsheet and although you can continue to vote I don’t expect to be changing that top six.

So 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. 

Having made results visible the poll will probably accept repeat voting. It will be interesting to see if places change between now and the season kicking off but, as I said above, I probably won’t make changes and will use the results below, in respect of which I apologise for the use of abbreviations; space limitations affected the original graph

If you are new to this site and 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:

The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

Luton then Barnsley, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Charlton and Doncaster? Who knows?

Those should be enough but there are other posts where we’ve tracked our chosen clubs. To find them all you can follow the generic dodgy numbers link:

McCormick’s Dodgy Numbers

That link will also take you to my most recent close-season rambles, which took a look at the finances and situations of our League One rivals and which ended at Bury, where things are going from bad to worse. I might yet have to go back and do an epilogue for them, and maybe for Bolton too.


McCormick’s Dodgy Numbers. The arithmetic’s correct, it’s just the rest could be a bit wonky

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