The Domestic football season ended yesterday as Nick Powell’s wonder goal was enough to see Crewe on the way to beating Cheltenham. The 2-0 win that his first half strike helped achieve also saw The Alex claim the last remaining promotion spot in the Football League.
We all know how thrilling the end of the regular season was and how many twists and turns there were along the way, and only a fool would have tipped some of the things that happened. I mean, as bad as the league one play off was – imagine the odds you would have got on Steve Simonsen – the Blades keeper – missing the crucial spot kick.
Well, back on January 4
we polished our crystal balls on the Leisure Leagues blog and tried to see who would win what in 2012.
I know doing this in January wasn’t great and the time for a preview, really, is before the season starts and this will be rectified in time for next season, but it is now time to review what we put, and see what we got right, and - perhaps more fun – what was wrong.
Here, to refresh your memory is what we predicted. Premier League:
Winners: Man City
Second: Man Utd
Relegated: Wolves, Wigan, Bolton
Winners. West Ham
Playoffs: Southampton, Middlesborough, Reading and Birmingham
Relegated: Coventry, Doncaster, Millwall
Promoted: Sheff Wed
Play-offs: Sheff United, Huddersfield, Carlisle, MK Dons
Relegated: Chesterfield, Rochdale, Yeovil, Wycombe
Promoted: Shrewsbury, Swindon, Cheltenham
Play-offs: Southend, Cheltenham, Gillingham, Oxford
Relegated: Hereford, Dagenham and Redbridge
And to be fair – even if we say it ourselves, its not too bad.
We successfully predicted two of the four champions, and the other two we said would win their leagues still went up. Two of the three relegated teams in the Premier League (and lets be honest, no one would have predicted Wigan’s astonishing late run!)
We also correctly decided two of the three sides who dropped for the Championship (sorry Coventry fans in the office!), three of the four that went down from League One and one of the two that find themselves in the Blue Square next time around.
Regarding the play-offs in all the divisions, we did ok. We were some way off with the Championship, but I think we can be proud of our calls in League One with three of the four teams and the team that came seventh, As well as securing a 50% record in League two.
And ok, we let ourselves down with the third and fourth in the Premier League, but you cant get them all right! Similarly our shout for Cardiff to finish second in the Championship wasn’t too great either.
Still, not a bad set of predictions we hope you agree.
And come August this year we will be making plenty more!