Possible Target?

March 11, 2017

IS SEVENTY-FIVE POINTS ACHIEVABLE?

FINISHING in 6th place in Division ONE

SEVENTY-FIVE POINTS IS THE TARGET

League One was introduced in the 2004/2005 season.

In the 12 seasons since then a side achieving 75 points would be in the EFL DIVISION ONE play-offs.

The required number of points to finish in SIXTH place in each of these seasons has been:

(1). In 2015/16 Barnsley with 74 points.

(2). In 2014/15 Chesterfield with 69 points.

(3). In 2013/14 Peterborough United with 74 points.

(4). In 2012/13 Swindon Town with 73 points.

(5). In 2011/12 Stevenage with 74 points.

(6). In 2010/11 AFC Bournemouth with 71 points.

(7). In 2009/10 Huddersfield Town with 80 points.

(8). In 2008/09 Scunthorpe United with 76 points.

(9). In 2007/08 Southend United  with 76 points.

(10). In 2006/07 Oldham Athletic  with 75 points.

(11). In 2005/06 Swansea City with 71 points.

(12). In 2004/05 Hartlepool United  with 71 points.

No side in the last 12 seasons has finished 6th with more than 80 points or fewer than 69 points.

In 10 of the last 12 seasons, the teams who finished in 6th place had between 71 and 76 points.

The two exceptions were:

(1). In 2009/2010 when Huddersfield had 80 points, 7 more than 7th placed Southampton.

(2). In 2014/2015 when Chesterfield needed only 69 points to make the play-offs.

So the target for Bristol Rovers this season is 75 points.

That is a challenging objective and would require a storming end to the 2016/17 season.

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