Not so bad once you’re up? The fortunes of teams promoted to the English top flight

There was once a time when a club could make an impression on the upper reaches of the top flight soon, or even immediately, after being promoted. The below graphic charts the fortunes of teams in their first, second and third seasons after promotion from the English second tier over the last forty years. You … Continue reading

City Six Tee

    Umbro have put the above design of mine on a T-shirt. It recalls Manchester City’s 6-1 win over Manchester United in anticipation for their upcoming meeting in the third round of the FA Cup. It makes up the eleventh entry in the “12 Tees of Christmas” of their excellent Tee Shop, but has tragically sold … Continue reading

Football Faces 1: What is a bubble coat?

I’m very happy to present the first post on On Goals Scored by a guest contributor. This is the work of Kay; a Newcastle United and Júbilo Iwata supporter who likes to draw (among other things) the intriguing faces of those blokes that tell footballers what to do. As an avid but unlearned watcher of … Continue reading

Iberian Oligopolies

The following diagrams represent novelty in the winners of the Spanish and Portuguese leagues dating back to their inceptions. For each champion an arc links the season back to the last time that club won the title. The arcs are all semi-circular so the size of leaps are represented by their width as well as … Continue reading