How’s It Gonna End? — National League 21/22

The gateway to the Football League is re-opening, and though it’s pretty feckin’ squeaky and doesn’t really like letting folk have the opportunity to pass through it when it’s super feckin’ hard to get through it anyways — it’s back with a feckin’ bang.

Last year, I had a wee CONFERENCE CALL about the league and where all the teams were gonna end up, and this year, there’s no call, but I’m doing the same thing.

I give myself a score based off the difference in my predictions and where the team actually finishes, for example, if I predict Dover to crash and burn in 23rd, but they actually swing all the way up to 15th, that would be a score -8.

These were my results from last year.
I got -130. The worst I could’ve done was -242, so I was right in the average pack there. I actually did half-decent on most of them, but just shit the bed on six or seven in a big way.

23 sides will be predicted, and with relegation put off last year, we have just two fresh ‘uns joining us. Grimsby are back after a few years out, and for the first time in over a century, Southend will be joining us.

Also, it’s gonna be banger seeing the National League North and South back after what feels like an eon away from us.

But for the National League, let’s see how I get on and if I can claw my way down to double digits.

Just how is the 21/22 National League season gonna end?

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ALDERSHOT TOWN

Prediction: 14th

ALTRINCHAM

Prediction: 19th

BARNET

Prediction: 18th

BOREHAM WOOD

Prediction: 11th

BROMLEY

Prediction: 6th

CHESTERFIELD

Prediction: 1st

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Prediction: 8th

DOVER ATHLETIC

Prediction: 20th

EASTLEIGH

Prediction: 13th

GRIMSBY TOWN

Prediction: 2nd

HALIFAX TOWN

Prediction: 17th

KING’S LYNN TOWN

Prediction: 22nd

MAIDENHEAD UNITED

Prediction: 7th

NOTTS COUNTY

Prediction: 4th

SOLIHULL MOORS

Prediction: 12th

SOUTHEND UNITED

Prediction: 10th

STOCKPORT COUNTY

Prediction: 5th

TORQUAY UNITED

Prediction: 9th

WEALDSTONE

Prediction: 21st

WEYMOUTH

Prediction: 23rd

WOKING

Prediction: 16th

WREXHAM

I got nothing, they could easy walk it.
HOWEVER

Prediction: 3rd

YEOVIL TOWN

Prediction: 15th

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Let’s see what I settled on.

1. Chesterfield
2. Grimsby Town
3. Wrexham
4. Notts County
5. Stockport County
6. Bromley
7. Maidenhead United
8. Dagenham & Redbridge
9. Torquay United
10. Southend United
11. Boreham Wood
12. Solihull Moors
13. Eastleigh
14. Aldershot Town
15. Yeovil Town
16. Woking
17. Halifax Town
18. Barnet
19. Altrincham
20. Dover Athletic
21. Wealdstone
22. King’s Lynn Town
23. Weymouth

Solid. I’m down with that.

It’s always a ballache to call. But that’s exactly what makes it a cracker to watch. It’s a game of fine margins at the fifth tier, with a side finishing runners-up in the play-offs one season and being relegation candidates the next — and with Dover’s points deduction, barring a great escape, it opens the window for two ‘promoted’ sides to survive to a third season.
But it’s a balancing act for most of the clubs.

All I can say is I hope that tight rope gets a lot wider for these sides very soon. Fans can help with that, and as a fan, if any side reads this and needs help, you know where I am. I’ve got £43 to my name and I struggle to leave the house, but I’ll do what I can to help out.

I can’t predict whether I’ll have over £50 at the end of the month.

But I can predict how the 21/22 National League is gonna end.

Is this how it’s gonna end?

Keep it streets ahead,

C.L.R.

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