JUST who are Yorkshire’s early risers when it comes to the start a new year and who are the ones found sleeping in their beds, nursing hangovers ...
Well, look no further with The Yorkshire Post having number-crunched and delved into the archives to see which clubs are bright and breezy when it comes to their first game of the new calendar year and which clubs, well, simply are off the pace.
Here’s a brief club-by-club look at the first outings of the new year over the past decade for Yorkshire’s teams.
Check out who are the ones found slumbering and requesting breakfast in bed, against those who are quickest out of the blocks.
Barnsley (first results of the New Year over the past decade). LDLLDLLDLD.
In a word, terrible.
The Reds’ record at the start of the new year has been uniformly awful for the past 10 years - their only success of this Millennium coming on January 3, 2000 when Daniel Barnard’s brace saw them beat West Brom.
Bradford City DLDLWDDWLD.
Not an overwhelming record by any means with away-day victories at the distinctly unglamorous footballing venues of Lincoln and Accrington being highlights of sorts.
Doncaster Rovers DLDWWDWL
Hit by a few postponements which have significantly delayed their first games in several calendar years, but overall, Rovers boast a pretty fair record.
The start of the new year has provided sweet Keepmoat derby memories against Barnsley and Scunthorpe, beaten 2-0 and 3-0 on New Years Day 2012 and 2011 respectively and who can forget the landmark 3-0 win over Huddersfield to make the opening of the new ground on New Year’s Day 2007.
Town fans maybe....
Hull City WLDLLLDDWL
Last year’s 2-0 New Year’s Day home win over Everton thanks to goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic was the shining light of a new year morass over the past decade, aside from Nicky Barmby’s Hillsborough double to see off the Owls 2-1 at the start of 2007.
Pretty moribund elsewhere.
Huddersfield Town LLLDDLDLLD
Absolutely woeful, with the last time Town started a new year with a win being with a 3-1 success over Doncaster in January 2004.
Many fans will still shudder at the 6-1 loss at Leicester to start 2013.
Leeds United LLWWDWLLWW
January 3, 2010 - remember the date. Only when Jermaine Beckford knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup.
As starts to years go, that was picture perfect for Leeds.
Otherwise the story over the past decade is steady, if pretty unspectacular including bore wins over Bolton and Burnley and a home loss to Oldham.
A 3-0 win at Plymouth to start 2006 was pretty well received, mind.
Given that two of Boro’s wins have come in the cup at lower-division Barnsley and against non-league Barrow, it’s not too much to write home about.
A 3-1 top-flight win over Sheffield United at the start of 2007 - thanks to goals from Mark Viduka and Yakubu (2) - is probably about as good as it has got.
Rotherham United LLWWWDWLL
Eventful is the operative word.
A 5-1 home cup loss to Bournemouth to start 2015, but similarly a 5-0 victory against Port Vale to usher in 2011.
Pretty strong by and large though.
Sheffield United WLDLLDDLW
Last year’s 3-0 FA Cup win at QPR to kick off 2015 takes pride of place along with a 3-1 victory at Hull to start 2006.
Not so good? League losses at Walsall and Carlisle to remind the Blades which division they are currently in.
Sheffield Wednesday LWLWLLLWLW
Mixed, with victories invariably coming against north-west opposition in Preston, Blackpool, Tranmere and Crewe.
York City DWWDWLLWWD
The Minstermen are yet to be beaten on the first outing of the new year since returning to the Football League.
Supporters will be desperate for that to continue with a huge game against fellow strugglers Yeovil this weekend.