Virtual Football League Division 1 – 45 to 68
, 6 min reading time
, 6 min reading time
As we count down the League of all Leagues, we now reach division 1. So, did your football club make it into our Virtual Football League? We have collated the league standings from every year since the start of the English Premier League. Our tables cover the top 4 divisions and the average position for your club determines which league they sit. If your football club is is our division 1 table, it would be interesting to hear your comments. Are they currently under or over achieving in your opinion?
There are 24 clubs in our League Division 1 table and 5 of these have spent time outside of the top 4 divisions since 1992. They are Tranmere Rovers, Luton Town, Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers and Oxford United. Most fans that face their club being relegated into non-league football despair. However, it appears it isn't the end of the road and many clubs actually come back stronger. My own club Oxford United spent 4 years in the National League which has seriously affected their position. In fact it probably the only reason Swindon Town (our local rivals) finished higher than them in our table.
Playing in the English Premiership is the dream of every football fan in the UK. However it can come at great cost and trying to stay there is, for some almost impossible. So, to see your club in our Virtual Football League at div 1 level, suggests your club spent some time overachieving. There are 7 clubs that have played at the highest level since 1992 with only Brighton remaining in the EPL. The others include Swansea City, Hull City, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic. Brentford have been promoted to the EPL via the play-offs so would now make the 8th club.
|Position||Club||Season In Top 4 Divisions||Average League Position||Currently Under or Over Achieving|
|46||Brighton & Hove Albion||29||47.6897||Over-achieving|
To work out if you club is under or over-achieving you need to check their average position in our Virtual Football League. Then compare that with their current position in the live table. If you take Blackpool their average position is 51.8966 however, they finished in 47th place in the 2020/21 season. This gained them promotion via the play-offs and so can be classed as over-achievers. Fans who say them in the Premiership may disagree but, at least they are going back up the table.
|Position||Club||Seasons In The Top 4||Average League Position||Currently Under Or Over Achieving|
Fans of clubs will surely look at their rivals to see how their own club compares. As mentioned Swindon are above Oxford and Bristol Rovers, which should please their fans. Although relegation to live league 2 this season will hurt their position when we review the virtual league next year. Although Swansea City head the table they aren't the highest Welsh club as Cardiff City made it into our virtual Championship table. Look out for that one in our next post. Our previous post looked at those who made it into the Virtual Football League Div 2