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Based on below, it would appear that whichever Sheffield team finishes 3rd they are unlikely to get promotion - 3rd only promoted twice in 7 years!

2005 - Sheffield Wednesday finished 5th - PROMOTED

2006 - Barnsley finished 5th - PROMOTED

2007 -Blackpool finished 3rd - PROMOTED

2008 - Doncaster finished 3rd - PROMOTED

2009 - Scunthorpe finished 6th - PROMOTED

2010 - Milwall finished 5th - PROMOTED

2011 - Peterborough finished - 4th PROMOTED

2005 - Sheffield Wednesday finished 5th - PROMOTED

2006 - Barnsley finished 5th - PROMOTED

2007 -Blackpool finished 3rd - PROMOTED

2008 - Doncaster finished 3rd - PROMOTED

2009 - Scunthorpe finished 6th - PROMOTED

2010 - Milwall finished 5th - PROMOTED

2011 - Peterborough finished - 4th PROMOTED

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2001 - Reading - finished 3rd - LOST IN FINAL

2002 - Brentford - finished 3rd - LOST IN FINAL

2004 - Bristol City - finished 3rd - LOST IN FINAL

Would want Huddersfield up as it would be handy for me to get to next season.

Edit: Just seen Olly's got there first!

Huddersfield are out of form and will bottle it once again, no once likes the play offs especially sides that have been in the automatic race all season.

Only sides that like the play offs are the sides that have been mid table all season and then nick 6th place! This could be Notts County, Carlisle or Brentford, but for me I don't think they'll have the quality to win it.

So for me, MK Dons to win it, play some nice stuff, if they can put a little unbeaten run together from now on, they'll really fancy it.

just 1 of last 4), compared to 7/10 for Hudderfield .... the burden of expectation can weigh heavily.That said you'd put money on a Sheffield club this year if one of them finishes third.

Sponsored links:I reckon it'll be a team sneaking into them to win it, Hudders and UTD/WED will be too annoyed at letting 2nd place slip.

but i think we will be at preston ! therefore SUFC playoff winners

3rd 8 times (34.78%)

4th 6 times (26.09%)

5th 2 times (8.70%)

6th 7 times (30.43%)

Thus in nearly two thirds of the seasons the team that finished third failed to be promoted. The other interesting fact was that in nearly two thirds of the seasons the team promoted was in the 3rd vs 6th Semi. Suggesting that if you can't finish 3rd then you are better off finishing 6th.

Clearly this has little bearing on one individual season (this one included), and a sample of just 23 seasons is clearly not enough, but it does demonstrate that it is something of a lottery - which I guess we all knew anyway.

Sponsored links:Second Division (23 seasons)

3rd 8 times (34.78%)

4th 3 times (13.04%)

5th 6 times (26.09%)

6th 6 times (26.09%)

Third Division (23 seasons)

3rd 8 times (34.78%)

4th 6 times (26.09%)

5th 2 times (8.70%)

6th 7 times (30.43%)

Forth Division (23 seasons)

3rd 13 times (56.52%)

4th 3 times (13.04%)

5th 5 times (21.74%)

6th 2 times (8.70%)

All three divisions together (69 seasons)

3rd 29 times (42.03%)

4th 12 times (17.39%)

5th 13 times (18.84%)

6th 15 times (21.74%)

The total of the three divisions over the 23 seasons gives us a better sample, but it's still not enough. Interestingly it is still close to two thirds of the time that the winner plays in the3rd vs 6th Semi. It's still a little random but the greater number of seasons in the sample the greater proportion of the teams finishing 3rd go up - as you'd expect on the basis that the 3rd team is better than those that finished below it.

I think I should get on with some work now.

4th is the least successful place in the 2nd division, but that's where we finished in 1998 of course!

5th in Div 3 is strangely unsuccessful, so hard luck MK Franchise.

Curiously 3rd in div 4 is far more successful that in the other 2 divisions, though a minor correction is that the playoff places for div 4 are actually 4th to 7th (though that would confuse the divisional comparisons)...