England is a country of great sporting talent, and football is one of the sports that tops the chart of its best show. The English national football team is one of the best in the world and has given us some amazing football players. The best of footballers are seen playing in the clubs, as the English clubs are some of the best in the world, and invite the top players not just from England but from around the world. However, the clubs have to work hard to remain popular and hold on to their position as the best. They have to pick the best players, and dole out a lot of money. It often happens that due to financial problems, deterioration of performance, etc., the clubs are relegated. Let’s look at 10 Relegated English Football Clubs.
Relegated English Football Clubs
10. Hereford United FC
Professional English association football club Hereford United F.C. currently plays in the seventh tier of English football the Southern League Premier Division and is based in the city of Hereford. The club bears a motto which states, “Our greatest glory lies not in never having fallen, but in rising when we fall,” and played its home matches at the Edgar Street throughout its history. Hereford United F.C. was originally founded in 1924 with the merger of two local clubs, St Martins and Rotherwas.
The club then earned its promotion to the Football League in 1972. It now holds the tenth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. The club reached the old Second Division football in 1976. The club spent 31 seasons in the Football League. Fans nicknamed the club as ‘The Whites’ or ‘The Lilywhites’ for its distinctive white kit.
9. Barnet FC
Professional English association football club Barnet F.C. participates in the fifth tier of English football the Conference Premier and is based in Barnet, London. Barnet F.C. played its home matches at the Underhill Stadium from 1907 to 2013 and later moved to The Hive Stadium for the 2013–14 season. The club won promotion to Division Two in 1992–93 season. Barnet then faced relegation to the Conference Premier in 2001. The club now holds the ninth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs.
Barnet F.C. along with Watford and Stevenage is the main powers in the annually held oldest County-based football Cup competition Herts Senior Cup. Many Barnet players such as Dougie Freedman, Andy Clarke, Maik Taylor went on to represent Premiership clubs and players Jimmy Greaves, Alan Pardew and Edgar Davids played for Barnet towards the end of their careers.
8. Wimbledon FC
Professional English association football club Wimbledon F.C. elected to the Football League in 1977 and reached the First Division in 1986. The club was based in Wimbledon, south-west London and played just nine seasons in the First Division league. It now holds the eighth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. Wimbledon F.C. defeated then-champions and one of the Premier League winners Liverpool in the FA Cup final with 1–0 in 1988 and became the only third football club to win both the FA Cup and the FA Amateur Cup.
Wimbledon F.C. moved to Crystal Palace from Plough Lane home in 1991 after the publication of the Taylor Report which recommended all top-flight clubs should play in all-seater stadiums. The club moved from its original location in September 2003 and became Milton Keynes Dons in June 2004.
7. Torquay United FC
Professional English association football club Torquay United F.C. was relegated from League Two in the 2013-14 season. The club now participates in the fifth tier of English football the Conference Premier. Based in Torquay, Devon, the club has its home matches at the Plainmoor Stadium. The stadium recently renamed as the Launa Windows Stadium. The club now holds the seventh place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs.
Former footballer Gary Johnson currently manages the Torquay United F.C. The original club was formed under the guidance of Sergeant-Major Edward Romney in 1899. Torquay United F.C. received its first honor while winning the Torquay and District League title in 1909. It participated in the Football League Two from 2009 to 2014. The club resumed at the Conference Premier in the 2014–15 season.
6. Accrington Stanley FC
Based in Accrington, Lancashire, Accrington Stanley F.C. played in the Football League between 1921 and 1962. The club became only the second-ever to resign from the League midseason after its withdrawal in 1962. The club now holds the sixth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. Accrington Stanley F.C. played its home matches at the Peel Park. The club had finally gone into liquidation in 1966.
The club was one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888. But, resigned from the league after just five years. Accrington Stanley F.C. was re-formed after World War I. And, it entered the League in 1921 with the formation of the Third Division North. The club had their best-ever league position while finishing second in the 1954–55 season.
5. Stockport County FC
Professional English association football club Stockport County F.C. now competes at the Conference North. The club is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. And, it holds the fifth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. Stockport County F.C. was originally formed as Heaton Norris Rovers in 1883. The club then became the Stockport County F.C. in 1890 after the creation of the County Borough of Stockport.
Fans nicknamed the club as ‘The Hatters’ after the town’s former hat-making industry. The club played their home matches at Edgeley Park since 1902 in their traditional blue and white uniform. The club first joined the Football League in 1900 and competed in the league throughout from 1905 to 2011. Stockport faced relegation to the Conference North from Football League Two at the end of 2012–13.
4. Grimsby Town FC
Professional English association football club Grimsby Town F.C. participates in the fifth tier of English football the Conference Premier. The club is based in the seaside town of Cleethorpes, in North East Lincolnshire. Grimsby Town F.C. was formed as Grimsby Pelham in 1878 and later became Grimsby Town. The club now holds the fourth place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. The club has its home ground at Blundell Park since 1898.
Grimsby Town F.C. is the only one to play top-flight football in historic Lincolnshire. It is also the only club to reach two FA Cup semi-finals. Grimsby Town F.C. became the fourth club to compete in all top five divisions of English football after its final relegation from the Football League in 2010. Michael Jolley currently manages the club.
3. Lincoln City FC
Professional English association football club Lincoln City F.C. participates in the fifth tier of English football the Conference Premier. The club is based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. It has earned its nickname ‘the Imps’ after the legend of the Lincoln Imp. The club now plays its home matches at Sincil Bank having 10,120-capacity. Lincoln City F.C. reached the 5th position in the English Division 2. They also achieved their highest ever position in the 1901–02 season. The club deserves the third place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs.
The club got its most recent championship win at the Football Conference in the 1987–88 season. Lincoln City F.C. holds the record of the highest number of relegations with its five demotions from the Football League in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011. Bishop Grosseteste University will be their kit sponsor till 2016.
2. Chester City FC
Professional English association football club Chester City F.C. played in a variety of leagues between 1885 and 2010. The club now holds the second place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs. Originally founded as Chester F.C. in 1885, the club joined the Football League in 1931. Chester F.C. the renamed as Chester City in 1983. They originally had their home ground at Sealand Road from 1906 to 1990. But later, they moved to the Deva Stadium in 1992.
Chester City F.C. won its only league title the Conference National in 2004. After facing repeated financial problems during the 2009–10 Conference season, the club received a winding-up order from HM Revenue & Customs in January 2010. After the Chester City F.C. was officially dissolved, the supporters of the club immediately formed a club Chester F.C. in May 2010.
1. Bristol Rovers FC
Professional English association football club Bristol Rovers F.C. started to play at the Football League in 1920. They maintained its league status until its relegation in 2014. Based in Bristol in South West England, the club now competes in the fifth-highest tier of English football the Conference Premier. Bristol Rovers F.C. plays its home matches at Memorial Stadium in Horfield. And, it deserves the top place in our list of 10 Relegated English Football Clubs.
Originally founded as Black Arabs F.C. in 1883, the club later changed its name to Bristol Rovers in 1899. Its main rivals are Bristol City, Cardiff City, and Swindon Town, according to a survey conducted in December 2003. Bristol Rovers F.C. reached the finals of the Football League Trophy twice in 1990 and 2007.
Just like it isn’t an easy task for the players to hold on to their form and be known as the best footballers, the clubs, too, have to do the same. When they are unable to meet the challenges, they lose their position. It has been observed that many of the clubs have relegated, over and over again. At the same time, many clubs have pulled themselves up and re-established themselves.