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Is there a correlation between amount of players used & league position?

Over 1,000 players were registered to play in the NCEL for both Premier Division and Division One during the 2018/19 season, with nearly 1,700 of them been used throughout the season – our question is, how does the amount of players used correlate to your league position.

Quite a few teams, throughout the season changed managers, meaning new players will have been brought in to bolster their squads but lets look at the correlation.

From the two graphs you can clearly see the corrolation in both divisions between the amount of players used and the final league position.

The three real anomalies in the NCEL Premier Division are Worksop Town, Thackley and Handsworth Parramore.

Worksop built a title winning team using 34 players, 7 more than the least but manager Craig Denton has used a similar team since the start of their 21 game unbeaten run. Thackley have a young manager who has been at the club a while and has his side playing for him and the club – a real local lad. Whilst at the other end Handsworth made a big change in management after a few months of the season and saw a real change in direction.

In the NCEL Division One, Dronfield’s side have had the core of their squad playing together under Chris Millington for a number of years and without a playing budget, but doing well in the league, players will run through brick walls for their side and management team.

NCEL Premier Division

PosTeamNo. Players UsedChanged Managers?
12Bottesford Town27
4Hemsworth Miners Welfare27
2Penistone Church28
9Knaresborough Town29
7Staveley Miners Welfare29
6Maltby Main30
11Barton Town34
1Worksop Town34
15Thackley35
3Bridlington Town36Yes
10Eccleshill United36
5Yorkshire Amateur36
14Garforth Town40
17Athersley Recreation43
19Harrogate Railway Athletic49Yes
16Albion Sports53
20Hall Road Rangers53
8Handsworth Parramore53Yes
13Liversedge64
18Goole AFC70Yes
Total806
Average40.3

NCEL Division One

PosTeamNo. Players Used
6Dronfield Town25
2Campion34
3Hallam35
10Swallownest35
1Grimsby Borough36
16Ollerton Town37
5Nostell Miners Welfare38
4Winterton Rangers38Yes
17Armthorpe Welfare44
13East Yorkshire Carnegie44
12AFC Emley45Yes
15Skegness Town45Yes
7Worsbrough Bridge Athletic45
9Selby Town46
18Shirebrook Town48Yes
11Glasshoughton Welfare50
19FC Bolsover53
14Rossington Main54Yes
8Parkgate55Yes
20Harworth Colliery62Yes
Total869
Average43.45

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