Does spending Christmas at the bottom usually end up in relegation?

It is a far from Merry Christmas for Rotherham this season as they will spend the festive season rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

They have endured a torrid first half of the campaign and have amassed a meagre 10 points from their opening 22 games, putting relegation firmly on the cards.

But how have other teams who spent Christmas at the foot of the table in the last 15 years gone on to fare in the new year?

Well, the news is not good. Only one team since the 2001-02 campaign have been able to climb out of the bottom three and that was Doncaster in 2008-09, who added an impressive 40 points in the second half of the campaign.

Perhaps more worringly for Rotherham, they are worse off points-wise than Blackpool in 2014-15, when the Seasiders went on to post the lowest total in second-tier history with 26 points.

They are also two points worse off than their 2004-05 Christmas total, where Ronnie Moore’s men had 12 points.

Here is a breakdown of how each team who endured Christmas looking up at everyone ended the season.

2001-02 – Stockport (12pts)

Finished 24th with 26pts

2002-03 – Sheffield Wednesday (14pts)

Finished 22nd with 46pts

2003-04 – Wimbledon (14 pts)

Finished 24th with 29pts

2004-05 – Rotherham (12pts)

Finished 24th with 29pts

2005-06 – Millwall (17pts)

Finished 23rd with 40 pts

2006-07- Southend (16pts)

Finished 22 with 42pts

2007-08 – Colchester (21pts)

Finished 24th with 38 pts

2008-09  – Doncaster (18pts)

Finished 14th with 58pts

2009-10 – Plymouth (15pts)

Finished 23rd with 41 pts

2010-11 – Preston (19pts)

Finished 22nd with 42pts

2011-12 – Coventry (13pts)

Finished 23rd with 40pts

2012-13 – Peterborough (19pts)

Finished 22 with 54pts

2013-14  – Barnsley (16 pts)

Finished 23rd with 39pts

2014-15 – Blackpool (13pts)

Finished 24th 26pts

2015-16 – Bolton (14pts)

Finished 24th with 30pts

 

 

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