Blues above Hammers in footy pools table!

Well, we're in the top third!

A study looking at the achievements of Football League clubs since the launch of the Premier League claims Doncaster Rovers, promoted to the Championship via the League One play-off last season, were listed as the biggest over-achievers in England, followed by Portsmouth and Reading.

Sheffield Wednesday were listed as the poorest performing side since 1992, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest just above.

Not too sure how seriously anyone should take this but it's always nice to be above the Borient in anything, the Farmers in 14th must be their 2 seasons in the Championship against empty stadiums.

What they said about the Blues though:

There were no promotions to celebrate at Roots Hall between 1991 and 2004. There were, however, a couple of relegations.

At the end of the 1998-99 season, Southend were just six points away from dropping out of the league altogether, and between 1996 and 2004 they finished in the top half of the table only once.
But in recent seasons Southend have been transformed, and they can now be classed as over-achievers. Despite severe debts and employing six managers in seven years, they managed to achieve promotions in 2005 and 2006, and got over the disappointment of relegation in 2007 to reach the League One play-offs last term. Is this is a Premier League club in the making? We'd say No, but we'd have said the same thing about Hull City.


Full list:
1. Doncaster Rovers
2. Portsmouth
3. Reading
4. Hull City
5. Wigan Athletic
6. Cheltenham Town
7. Aldershot
8. Carlisle United
9. Scunthorpe United
10. Accrington Stanley
11. Morecambe Town
12. Bolton Wanderers
13. Yeovil Town
14. Colchester United
15. Sunderland
16. Hereford United
17. Swansea City
18. West Bromwich Albion
19. Northampton Town
20. Stoke City
21. Dagenham & Redbridge
22. Plymouth Argyle
23. Preston North End
24. Walsall
25. Rochdale
26. Macclesfield Town
27. Arsenal
28. Watford
29. Manchester United
30. Southend United
31. Blackburn
32. West Ham United
33. Chelsea
34. Wycombe Wanderers
35. Burnley
36. Barnet
37. Chesterfield
38. Everton
39. Blackpool
40. Rotherham United
41. Newcastle United
42. Crewe Alexandra
43. Gillingham
44. Bristol City
45. Liverpool
46. Barnsley
47. Leyton Orient
48. Hartlepool United
49. Port Vale
50. Lincoln City
51. Stockport County
52. Aston Villa
53. Birmingham City
54. Charlton Athletic
55. Peterborough United
56. Bury
57. Huddersfield Town
58. Fulham
59. Ipswich Town
60. Brighton & Hove Albion
61. Middlesbrough
62. Tottenham Hotspur
63. Derby County
64. Swindon Town
65. Crystal Palace
66. Darlington
67. Queens Park Rangers
68. Bristol Rovers
69. Chester City
70. Bradford City
71. Millwall
72. Tranmere Rovers
73. Oldham Athletic
74. Bournemouth
75. Grimsby Town
76. Sheffield United
77. Southampton
78. Norwich City
79. Leeds Utd
80. Exeter City
81. Cardiff City
82. MK Dons
83. Shrewsbury Town
84. Brentford
85. Leicester City
86. Luton Town
87. Notts County
88. Manchester City
89. Coventry City
90. Nottingham Forest
91. Wolverhampton Wanderers
92. Sheffield Wednesday