Just as we commence the 2012-13 season, we needed to clear up one loose end concerning the 2011-12 season. Our prediction results for last season haven't yet been published, and so it's time to have a little look back at what happened last year.
The final 2011-12 season League One table saw Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday run out in the automatic promotion positions, whilst Huddersfield Town got promotion via the play-offs. At the other end, we said farewell to Wycombe Wanderers, Chesterfield, Exeter City and Rochdale.
So how close were people in general terms? As far as promotion was concerned, 61% of voters actually expected Huddersfield to go up in an automatic position, whilst only 10% thought they'd need the play-offs. But overall, that trio were fairly well predicted, although not necessarily in the right order.
At the other end Exeter City (11%), Chesterfield (17%), Rochdale (18%) and Wycombe Wanderers (55%) were all well predicted so at least we didn't have any of the curveballs that we've had in recent seasons, such as when Swindon Town went a play-off position to relegation inside one season that caught almost everyone out.
Perhaps in terms of Yeovil Town's own League position, a decent number were caught out - only 12 voters predicted a 17th place finish. The most popular votes came for the Glovers to finish between 10th and 13th last year, taking up 43 percent of the vote, giving a clear indication that far too many of you were a bit too optimistic.
The people to correctly predict Yeovil Town's 17th place position were as follows: Vyse, John Baker, Chris Hodge, Alex Duell, Merlin, Antmania, Ben Pollock, R Morris, M Cousins, Barry Hemsley, Paul Brenton and Roy Clarke. Well done to all there!
As far as the promotion positions were concerned, no-one got all three correct in entirely the right order. However, Robert Will Howes deserves a shout-out for getting both Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday both spot on in terms of their automatic promotion positions - he was the only person to achieve this. As mentioned earlier, most people got caught out by Huddersfield failing to go up automatically.
For the relegation slots, it seems that although a number of you thought Exeter and Rochdale might drop, very few people thought they'd occupy the bottom two positions, probably due to both having had excellent finishes during the 2010-11 season. However, Nick Burton, Peter Hemborough and Roy Clarke deserve credit for getting two out of the four positions spot on.
Looking at all of the possible predictions on their merits, across promotion, relegation and Yeovil Town's own position, two supporters managed to get three positions correct. They were Roy Clarke and Brian Bonner. In addition to getting Yeovil's finishing spot on the nail for last season, Roy also did exactly the same for the 2009-10 season, so if you know him, find out what he's entering for the 2012-13 predictions and nip down the bookies.
Talking of which, you have until 3.00p.m. on Saturday afternoon to get in your predictions for this season - so you need to hurry to cram in your entry. Follow the link below, and hopefully we'll be shouting out a few names during the summer of 2013.
Link: 2012-13 Supporters League One Prediction Survey.
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