I sometimes like looking at old league tables. It can be useful to put current league tables in some kind historical perspective: how remarkable is what we’re seeing now, compared to what we saw in the past? The thing I usually want to see isn’t just how the table finished at the end of the season – it’s how it was at some particular point along the way. This team who has 18 points after 25 games – how remarkable is that?
My go-to place for that was a website called statto.com. It looked a bit like this:
I have to post that as an image, as Statto may or may not be there if you click that link – it has been known to go missing for months, or even years at a time.
To fill the gap, I have knocked together a little website that shows league tables for old football seasons. You can find it at oldleaguetables.com.
It’s worth noting that every possible expense has been spared in the deployment of this little site, since I’ve no idea if anyone cares about any of this stuff apart from me. It’s running on a free Heroku plan against a free cloud Postgres database, so if you do pay a visit, and find anything less than a stellar user experience, well, that’s why.