Category: Statistical Analysis

Hull City 2-3 Blackpool – Match Report Word Cloud

For those who are unfamiliar with how this works, the following is a word cloud based on match reports from the BBC and Blackpool’s official website, displaying words in different sizes according to their frequency. The word cloud has been created using wordle.net.

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Cardiff City 3-0 Blackpool – Match Report Word Cloud

For those who are unfamiliar with how this works, the following is a word cloud based on match reports from the BBC and Blackpool’s official website, displaying words in different sizes according to their frequency. The word cloud has been created using wordle.net.

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Millwall 0-2 Blackpool – Match Report Word Cloud

Taking inspiration from the wonderful Spirit Of Mirko website, which has created a series of posts using word clouds including one for Championship sides in 2011/12, I’ve decided to present data in this way for each match this season – or as often as possible, anyway. Spirit Of Mirko constructed word clouds for each club using the text from BBC match reports. For those unfamiliar with word clouds, it is a method of presenting words from a passage of text based on the frequency.

In addition to using BBC match reports, I’ve also opted to include the report from Blackpool’s official website in order to provide a little more ‘Pool weighting. In terms of its usefulness, one way in which the word clouds can be used is to spot which players were in the thick of the action, and who amongst them failed to catch the eye. Another reason for using word clouds is that I think they look pretty damn cool. OK, the main reason for using words clouds is that I think they look pretty damn cool…

Below is the word cloud from yesterday’s match at The Den. It has been created using wordle.net.
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Unsurprisingly the name Ince jumps out for his match-winning two-goal performance. Phillips is also prominent, with Kevin having led the line, while his namesake Matt was the subject of transfer talk. Of the other Blackpool players, Isiah Osbourne’s name received a fair few mentions on an excellent debut.

2012/13 Season Preview: Getting Off To A Flier

Days away from the start of the season, teams up and down the country will be eager to kick off the campaign in the best possible fashion. Blackpool are no different, and given the relatively small turnover of players, should be well positioned to make a strong start. However, one wonders just how key early points on the board are. Does a flying start equate to success?

With that in mind, I’ve carried out some research from the last five seasons into how teams winning automatic promotion – Blackpool’s lofty target – have begun the Championship season. For the purposes of this exercise, I have read ‘start of the season’ to mean the opening 10 fixtures. Here are the findings:
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