THE 2021-22 RISE FROM BOTTOM TO THE PLAYOFFS

In the 2021-22 season we went from being bottom of the Championship after 8 games to the playoffs by the end of the season. So, is this a record? Well it kind of depends on how you look it, but of course it is.

Championship Revivals
If we just look at the Championship then the highest any team has finished after being bottom after 7 games was:
Season Division Pos After 7 Games Club Final Position
2021-22Championship24Nottingham Forest4
2007-08Championship24Queens Park Rangers14
2013-14Championship24Bolton Wanderers14
2019-20Championship24Stoke City15
2007-08Championship24Sheffield Wednesday16
2010-11Championship24Portsmouth16

The highest any team has finished after being bottom after 8 games was:
Season Division Pos After 8 Games Club Final Position
2021-22Championship24Nottingham Forest4
2010-11Championship24Leicester City10
2016-17Championship24Cardiff City12
2007-08Championship24Queens Park Rangers14
2013-14Championship24Bolton Wanderers14


OTHER DIVISIONS
Looking at things from a slightly different angle, I pulled a list of teams who got promoted each season and looked at when they were last in the bottom place and you can see that Barnsley easily beat Forest hands down. They were bottom of the third division after a whopping 20 games, but still managed to finish 6th and get promoted!
Season Division Club Final Position Promoted? Num Games Played
When Last Bottom
2015-163Barnsley6Y20
1956-573SIpswich Town1Y7
2000-014Chesterfield3Y5
2006-073Scunthorpe United1Y5
1995-964Plymouth Argyle4Y5
1909-102Oldham Athletic2Y5
2006-073Bristol City2Y4
2006-072Sunderland1Y4
1926-272Middlesbrough1Y4
1965-664Darlington2Y4
2011-124Crewe Alexandra7Y4
1977-783Cambridge United2Y3
2006-073Blackpool3Y3
1967-683Bury2Y3
1993-944Shrewsbury Town1Y3
1906-072Nottingham Forest1Y3
1928-293SCharlton Athletic1Y3
2012-132Crystal Palace5Y3