How memorable is your football club?

“Accrington Stanley? Who are they?”

Do you remember names quickly when you meet people for the second time? A decent memory is handy in that situation and if you possess one of those – plus a half-decent knowledge of the Football League – you would probably be pretty good at this little quiz:

After you’ve finished, you are presented with a lovely little table showing which clubs are the most memorable and also showing those that people just cannot drag to the forefront of their minds within the ten-minute time limit.

Naturally, it could not just be left there. A quick bit of basic Excel wizardry later and you can now find at the bottom of this post a league table showing how often each club has been remembered so far in relation to their final position among the 72 Football League clubs last season. The number attributed to each club is the difference between their position in the memory table and their position in the actual league.

At the time of information capture, over 78,500 respondents had taken the quiz so this is a fairly scientific study!

Accrington probably benefit from being at the start of the alphabet, but the infamous 1980s advert probably helps too. Quite why Torquay and Bradford spring to mind to so many people is more of a mystery.

As for the least memorable clubs, Blackpool probably suffer from their own success. Many assumed they would finish nearly 20 places lower than they did last season anyway.

Scunthorpe United are, in many ways, a lower-league club struggling to survive at a higher level and their placing in this table may reflect that. Poor old Huddersfield and Walsall, though.

Full table:

Accrington Stanley 35
Torquay United 35
Bradford City 31
Burton Albion 24
Darlington 24
Leeds United 23
Southampton 23
Notts County 20
Bristol Rovers 16
Sheffield Wednesday 15
Norwich City 14
Northampton Town 13
Crewe Alexandra 12
Milton Keynes Dons 12
Bury 10
Charlton Athletic 10
Grimsby Town 10
Bournemouth 9
Tranmere Rovers 8
Hereford United 5
Yeovil Town 5
Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Bristol City 4
Derby County 4
Macclesfield Town 4
Barnet 3
Lincoln City 3
Plymouth Argyle 3
Sheffield United 3
Barnsley 2
Exeter City 2
Ipswich Town 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2
Cheltenham Town 1
West Bromwich Albion 1
Cardiff City 0
Carlisle United 0
Hartlepool United -1
Middlesbrough -1
Newcastle United -1
Crystal Palace -2
Queens Park Rangers -2
Oldham Athletic -3
Rotherham United -3
Gillingham -4
Preston North End -5
Aldershot Town -6
Nottingham Forest -6
Southend United -6
Swansea City -7
Chesterfield -8
Coventry City -8
Reading -8
Colchester United -10
Port Vale -10
Stockport County -10
Shrewsbury Town -11
Millwall -12
Peterborough United -12
Doncaster Rovers -13
Leyton Orient -14
Dagenham & Redbridge -15
Leicester City -16
Rochdale -16
Watford -16
Brentford -18
Blackpool -20
Morecambe -20
Swindon Town -23
Huddersfield Town -27
Walsall -28
Scunthorpe United -30

The Seventy Two
The Seventy Two published an outstanding series of articles about the Football League between 2010-12 and was the brainchild of Leicester City fan, David Bevan. As well as collaborating with The Two Unfortunates on the Football League Blog Network and a mammoth 2011-12 season preview, the site featured a host of leading bloggers and David was rewarded with a nomination in the 2011 Football Supporters’ Federation awards. Latterly, he was joined as co-editor by Joe Harrison and TTU is happy to present this archive of the site’s output.

1 Comment

  1. STFU
    August 4, 2010

    Yeah.. Because Bristol Rovers are More memorable then Bristol City.

    What a poor article.


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