The Progress Report is based on an idea by @SimonGleave that is effectively a seasonal points differential that compares the results of each team to comparable fixtures from last season, including swapping out relegated teams for their promoted counterparts.
The premise is to show if a team is improving against the same opponents and it may show a better reflection of league standing as it ignores the impact of fixture scheduling. For example a team could be top of the league after being scheduled to play the promoted sides and sides who finished in the bottom half last season but actually have fewer points compared to the previous season.
Newly promoted teams are excluded.
A look at the league table when ranking by goal difference, an obvious indicator of performance. Where teams are tied, the team with the highest points total is shown first.
|15||Man City (8)|
|-3||Notts County (8)|
The Cann table aims to give you some idea of the actual points gap between the teams in the league by listing them next to their current points total. Where teams are tied on points, teams are then ranked by goal difference from left to right and games played are shown in brackets.
|20||Man City (8)|
|8||Notts County (8)|
From January 1998 up until her tragic death before the end of the 2002-2003 season, Jenny Cann published the ‘Visual League Table’ rather than simply producing a list of names and numbers. This later became known as The Cann Table.