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The Census Explained

Each respondent was invited to predict their team's final placing. These have been summarised according to whether the prediction was for automatic promotion (1st-2nd), a play-off spot (3rd-6th), a top-half finish (7th-11th), mid-table (12th-16th), bottom half (17th-21st) or relegation (22nd-24th). The reported mean prediction is a straight average of these predictions, rounded to the nearest integer on the individual team pages. Where appropriate, the corresponding prediction in last year's census is listed for comparison purposes.

The Perfect Table
Each respondent was asked which three teams they would choose to be relegated from Division One and which two teams they would want to accompany their side in promotion. The "perfect table" on each team's page summarises responses; the points which define a team's position consist of the number of nominations for promotion minus the number of votes for relegation from supporters of the club in question. Teams tied on points are separated by number of votes for promotion (in a positive "goals scored" kinda way). We allowed implausible nominations for local rivals being relegated three times (for example) on the basis that if someone feels this strongly, who are we to argue ? Again, where appropriate, the preferred position that each side occupied in the corresponding table after last year's census is listed.

Choice Signing/Weakest Link
Each respondent was invited to choose one Division One player that their club should ideally sign, plus their club's weakest link. The most popular nomination(s) in each category are listed. More than any other categories these are sensitive to the timing of the survey. Last season's choices are also listed where possible.

The Worst-Ever Eleven
Each respondent was invited to pick their side's starting eleven for the opening game of the season on August 9th. This involved specifying both player names and the position in which the player should be fielded, thus allowing flexibility in terms of formations.

The first stage, club-by-club, was to establish the most frequently specified formation. The positions in this selected formation were then filled by selecting the player(s) with the most individual votes for that position. In the rare event of ties, nominations for alternative positions were taken into account. Where a player was the most popular nominee in more than one position, he was placed in the position that enabled the most popular alternative to be selected.

In several instances, due to timing, nominated players have either departed the club concerned, or not been recruited as hoped. In these instances, most popular deputies are also named.

As ever, timing of polling plays a part here hence, presumably, the absence of Paul Merson from Walsall's starting eleven (for example).

The A-Team
Respondents were invited to pick their favourite member of "The A-Team". We decided that the token female reporter didn't count as a genuine A-Team member.

Spelling Test
Four alternative spellings of the word ACCOMMODATION were presented, with respondents asked to identify the correct version. They were further asked to specify whether they had cheated in completing the Spelling Test. It was noted that several respondents suggested completely different possible spellings as the "right answer" in their Comments at the foot of the form.

Varieties of Heinz
Respondents were asked to specify how many varieties of Heinz they had tried in the previous twelve months. After considering responses, BSaD recognises that this was a rubbish question, and as such results are not reported.