FOOTBALL: HISTORY LESSON

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Anyone needing a reminder of what a difference a year can make should look at the Second Division table as it was after the Boxing Day programme 12 months ago.

The leaders were Brentford, who were one point ahead of Luton, who themselves were five points clear of third-placed Bury. Yet neither of the top two won promotion and 12 months later they are both languishing around the relegation zone. Burnley, who had high play-off hopes a year ago, are also struggling to get away from the foot of the table.

Bury went on to win promotion, with Stockport (fifth after Boxing Day) taking the other automatic promotion place. Crewe, in 11th place a year ago, beat Brentford in the play-off final.

Watford and Bristol City beware.

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