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5 of the worst seasons in football history

Derby County racked up a pitiful total of 11 points in 2007/08
Derby County racked up a pitiful total of 11 points in 2007/08
Jonny Keen
Modified 15 Jul 2019, 20:20 IST
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For some of the world's bigger teams, failing to win a league or cup can be considered a disaster. High standards mean clubs at the top of the game would regard a relatively average season as an utter failure.

But dig a bit deeper and you'll find teams that failed spectacularly, with squads so outrageously bad they could barely pick up a point.

The reasons behind these failures can be interesting too, ranging from financial problems to lack of a home stadium. Whatever the story, it can be morbidly fascinating to watch a team absolutely incapable of earning themselves a win, or even a draw in some cases.

From across the world, here are five clubs who endured some of the worst seasons in football history.

#5 Derby County 2007-08

Derby County endured the worst Premier League season of all time
Derby County endured the worst Premier League season of all time

Derby County won promotion to the Premier League for the 2007-08 season after a six-year spell outside the top flight. Whilst there were some concerns that the club was not investing heavily enough into the playing squad, summer signings included legendary former Celtic striker Kenny Miller and prolific Norwich forward Claude Davis.

Few would have expected the terrible season Derby were in for. In November, manager Billy Davies departed the club, having amassed only six points from 14 games, and replacement Paul Jewell failed to turn things around.

Derby were officially relegated in March with six games of the season remaining and ended the season with a pitiful total of 11 points, having won only once all season. The record still stands as the worst Premier League points tally of all time.

#4 Brechin City 2017-18

Part-time outfit Brechin City couldn
Part-time outfit Brechin City couldn't compete with professional opposition

Brechin City were a victim of their own success in 2017-18. Having earned promotion to the Scottish Championship via a surprise playoff win, Brechin were one of only two part-time clubs in a full-time league.

Unable to compete with their more illustrious opponents, Brechin tallied a measly four points in the entirety of the season, finishing 26 points behind fellow part-timers Dumbarton. From 36 games, Brechin scored 20 goals and conceded 90 and gained the dubious distinction of becoming the first club in 126 years to fail to register a win over an entire season.

Unfortunately for Brechin, the nightmare wasn't over. They suffered a second consecutive relegation the following season, finishing bottom of Scottish League One, although they did at least manage nine wins.

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Published 15 Jul 2019, 20:17 IST
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