Nine of English football’s biggest clubs to suffer relegation

first_img 9 9 9 Aston Villa’s European champions are ripped apart culminating in relegation – Five years after beating Bayern in the 1982 European Cup, it all went wrong for Villa and they were relegated. That victorious squad was ripped apart, with Gordon Cowans, Dennis Mortimer and Tony Morley among those to go and after a steady decline, the club went down, returning with Graham Taylor the following season having finished second behind Millwall in Division Two. 9 Leeds’ financial woes lead to Championship football – It has been a circus at Elland Road since Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 and the club could not be further from the side which reached the 2001 Champions League semi-final. Financial problems and comedy chairmen have ensured their return to the big time is some way off. Champions Man City mount terrible title defence – City were enjoying the 30s, as they followed up their 1934 FA Cup win with league glory in 1937. However, the following season they were relegated despite scoring more goals than any other team – 80 – and they only bounced back when football returned following the end of World War II. City were also sent down in 1983, having reached the FA Cup final two years earlier. 9 In the wake of Aston Villa’s relegation from the Premier League, fans have pointed to the club’s proud history.This is a team that won the European Cup, while it was one of the original teams when the Football League was formed in 1888.But no club can be called ‘too big to go down’, as there are numerous examples of big teams suffering relegation as you can see here.Click the arrow above, right, to see nine big clubs who have gone down in the past. Ipswich go down in 1986 – Four years after Bobby Robson left to take over as England manager in 1982 and five after Ipswich won the UEFA Cup, the club were down. They had also won the FA Cup in 1978 and only returned to the top flight when the Premier League was formed in the 1992/93 season. Man United endure lean period in the 70s – click the arrow above, right, for other big-name teams to suffer relegation – No club can be called ‘too big to go down’, but there are examples of big teams suffering relegation such as Man United. Six years before they said goodbye to the top flight at the end of the 1973/74 season, they were European champions, having won the 1967 First Division. They bounced back to the top tier at the first attempt and reached the 1976 FA Cup final where they lost to Southampton. From Premier League to Division One for Blackburn – It all went wrong for Blackburn in 1999 under Brian Kidd. Four years after winning the Premier League, Rovers were down after a 0-0 draw with Kidd’s former side Man United. Graeme Souness guided them back to the top tier in 2001 and their stay in the Premier League ended in 2012. 9 9 Tottenham’s decade of dominance ends with relegation – Spurs bounced back straight away following their relegation in 1977, but it was still tough to take for a team that won the League Cup either side of winning the first ever UEFA Cup final in 1972. Tottenham had also dominated cup competitions in the 1960s, with three FA Cups, a Cup Winners Cup in addition to a First Division title in 1961. 9 9 Cup specialists Forest drop down a division – Forest recorded successive European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980, back-to-back League Cup wins in 1989 and 1990, while they reached the FA Cup final in 1991. But they were relegated in 1993 at the end of the first ever Premier League season, though they were back in the big time under Frank Clark for the 1994/95 campaign, but ended the decade in Division One. Domestic and European big shots Wolves go down in 1976 – Wolves were runners up in the UEFA Cup in 1972, League Cup winners in 1974, while they dominated the league in the 1950s. But in 1976 they suffered relegation in a season which saw Liverpool edge QPR to the title by a point. Wolves bounced back as Division Two champions. last_img read more