I’m going to bang on about Gillingham again, so avert your eyes if you’re not interested.
I was discussing the Gills with Mrs Marco, who is still in
permutation-land, working out what will happen if Burton win, or Cheltenham lose or Port Vale draw. I can understand it, but as long as Gillingham are ahead, their only real concern is their own games. Look after those, and the rest will look after itself.
So I thought I’d look at this 2012/13 season for the Shoutingmen in the context of their other seasons, to see how unusual it has been for the men from Kent. There’s a fair few things that you might not necessarily expect.
There’s four games left so there might even be some more shocks around the corner (indeed, if they’re hovering around the best ever season in terms of PPG) and I’ll cross those off when we get to the end of the season.
The real focus of our conversation was the Gills’ away record, which is quite astounding at the moment (11-9-1); with 42 points from 21 games, that’s a whopping 2.00 PPG. Whopping, too, when compared to the Gills’ previous high PPG record for away games (working with 3 points for a win) which was 1.478. To put that into context, the current team would have to lose another eight straight games to get down to that level.
Here’s that list in graph format. Lovely, isn’t it?
You’re looking at a historically good, on the road, Gillingham team. The reason I wanted to do this post, however, is the graph below. Gillingham, if they acquire only one more point on their travels (or drop one at home) are guaranteed to finish with a better away record than their home. Now, I’ve posted elsewhere about how this is become more and more common as tactics change to favour away teams but, if Gillingham were to do so, it would be the first time in their entire Football League history that they’ve done that. The first. In 81 seasons. And if that isn’t worth a special post, I don’t know what is.
The closest they’ve been before? 1969/70 – 7-6-10 v 6-7-10. They finished 20th in Division 3.