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Sky Sports 50 year table shows natural positions – Newcastle United Top 10 and Sunderland relegated

3 years ago

An interesting new table published by Sky Sports.

Their ‘Ultimate League’ looks at a club’s average league position over these past 50 years.

It includes every club that has featured in England’s top four tiers for at least 10 seasons during that period.

So basically, what you are getting, is what on average has been each club’s natural position in the modern era.

At the top, Liverpool are out clear. Their dominance of the 70s and 80s and relatively good/very good seasons since then,ensuring their place at the top with an average league placing of 3.5.

Maybe a surprise though to see Arsenal in second with an average league position of 4.9.

They have been very consistent down these decades and edge out Man Utd who have an average of 5.0.

Of more local interest, Newcastle United average out in ninth highest position, an average league placing of 15.1.

Having spent 12 of the 50 seasons outside the top tier, that is a credible effort.

However, our local ‘rivals’ don’t fare so well, they only just scrape into the top 20 of the last 50 years, in a relegation spot of 20th. The Sunderland average league placing being 23.9, not helped with them having 48 clubs higher placed this (2018/19) season.

The Sky Sports ‘Ultimate’ Top 20:

Drilling down deeper into the Newcastle stats.

In the 12 years of Mike Ashley rule, the average league placing has been 14.3, with league finishes of 12, 18, 21, 12, 5, 16, 10, 15, 18, 21, 10 and 13.

However. in the 14 years before Ashley took over, Newcastle averaged a league placing of 7.6, with league finishes of 3, 6, 2, 2, 13, 13, 11, 11, 4, 3, 5, 14, 7 and 13.


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