2015/6 In Numbers

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Having a whole season’s worth of data to consume in one chunk is at least a more substantial way of getting back into the swing of things. 2015/6 was a severe low point from many fans’ perspectives, but does at least provide some interesting insights that might otherwise be harder to come by in a season of mid-table mediocrity.

Some 47 players appeared in a Boro’ shirt during the League Two, eight more than the previous highest total since joining the Football League (39 in 13/14). Some playing in most games (Fraser Franks – 38), while others were peripheral (Jack Storer – 12 minutes).

In what wasn’t a particularly high-scoring season, there were still some interesting points of note:

  • Boro’ came away scoreless in 17 of their 46 league games, keeping clean sheets in just nine of them. Five of those clean sheets came in the final eight matches.
  • 24 different players got their name on the scoresheet (plus a few own goals), but only two of them racking up more than three in the league – Whelpdale (8) and Gnanduillet (5) the two saving face. Whelpdale scored Boro’s third hat-trick since joining the Football League.
  • Boro’s overall goal difference on the season was -15, and only one player had a personal GD worse than that – Mark Hughes was on the field to see 37 goals shipped while his team only netted 21 times at the other end. However, some six players did come away with a positive goal difference during their time on the field, the most notable of whom being Ben Kennedy (+2) and Dean Wells (+1).

A clutch of milestones and significant events over the course of the season:

  • Boro’ earned 26 points from their 23 home games, equalling the totals from their second and third seasons in League One (2012/3 and 2013/4). These are tied for the lowest hauls from home games since entering the Football League.
  • Ronnie Henry went 2,716 league minutes (equivalent to just over 30 complete games) without receiving a single booking.
  • Steven Schumacher’s six cards in just 1,313 minutes means that he has had the most indisciplined season in a Boro’ shirt, receiving a caution every 219 minutes.
  • Gnanduillet’s goal in the first minute at home to Accrington was the third such since Boro’ joined the Football League. In the previous season Chris Whelpdale also scored in the first minute… also against Accrington.

Both Teddy Sheringham and Darren Sarll opened their managerial accounts during the season, with mixed results, though neither with overall winning habits:

  • Sheringham managed 29 league games (63% of the total), Sarll 17 (37%)
  • Sarll’s win rate was 29% compared with Sheringham’s 21%, but his loss rate down to 31% compared with Sheringham’s 45%
  • 35% of Boro’s points earned from Sheringham’s reign came from drawn matches (10 from 28 points), whereas Sarll only relied on 25% of those points coming from stalemates
  • Boro’ scored half a goal fewer per game under Sarll than under Sheringham (0.8 per game vs 1.3), but concended only half as many (0.9 per game vs 1.8)

Performance By Month
Looking at how the results break down month-to-month, each is effectively a mini-series of five or six league games. It’s apparent that Boro’ were consistently poor during this time with minor exceptions – there were only two months where Boro’ won more games than they lost, being November and April.

Also notable is the fact that, in six consecutive months from August to January, Boro’ conceded more goals each month than games played. Conversely, in the four months from February to May that happened only once (March). Of all the statistics covered in this article, this is probably the most representative of the season as a whole.