LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Wigan Athletic players walk over to greet their fans following the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium on May 14, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

6 English Clubs With the Most Dramatic Falls From Grace in the 21st Century

Since Real Madrid won a record 13th Champions League title, everything has gone wrong.   


New manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked after five months with Real sitting ninth in La Liga – which would be their lowest finish in 75 years if it lasted until May. 


However, that is nothing compared to the hardship faced by some of England’s clubs, ones who used to be up there in the Premier League but now languish in the lower leagues.

1. Charlton Athletic (2007)

Once in the Premier League, Charlton Athletic’s seven year tenure there ended with relegation in 2007.


They finished bottom of the Championship two years later, confining them to third division football for the first time in 29 years. Although they won League One in 2012, they returned back down soon after, where they languish now.


For a team getting mid table Premier League finishes, seeing Charlton in League One is a shame. After reaching the playoffs last season, they currently sit 13th in the league, a long way away from the Premier League.  

2. Portsmouth (2008)

Portsmouth’s fall from grace can be summed up in one sentence: From FA Cup winners to League Two in five years.


After beating Cardiff in the 2008 FA Cup Final, everything went downhill. Fast. Relegation from the Premier League followed in 2010, in the same year they finished as FA Cup runners up. After two seasons in the Championship, back-to-back relegations saw them confined to League Two.


It was a sad decline for Pompey, whose administration in 2010-2013 nearly killed the club. Things are looking up for them now though, after getting back up to League One where they sit top of the table.  

3. Blackpool (2011)

In 2010, Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League for the first time. However, their maiden season saw them relegated, and the downfall started there.


It began a steep drop, and in 2016 after four seasons in the Championship they were relegated to League One and then League Two. After finding themselves at the bottom of the Football League, Blackpool have started their climb back up the football pyramid. 


They now play in League One, where they sit 12th in the table. 

4. Wigan Athletic (2013)

In 2013 Wigan went on a famous FA Cup run, defeating teams from non-league right up to the Premier League. They met Premier League giants Manchester City in the final, pulling off a remarkable upset to win 1-0.


Three days later, a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal relegated them from the Premier League, ending their eight year stay. It was the first time in history that the FA Cup winners had been relegated in the same season.


Five of their last six seasons have ended in promotion, and the Latics have gone back and forth between the Championship and League One. They now sit 16th in the Championship, a long way from their FA Cup glory days.  

5. Sunderland (2017)

Sunderland spent nine consecutive seasons in the Premier League, but were narrowly escaping relegation every season. When they finally went down in 2017, it felt inevitable. 


Sunderland’s fortune was then absolutely rotten, with back-to-back relegations for the first time in their 139-year history. However they weren’t just relegated – they managed to finish bottom of the Premier League and bottom of the Championship.


Now, the Black Cats are second in League One, and look like they could bounce straight back to the Championship. However, whether they will be back in the Premier League anytime soon is a tough question to answer.

6. Reading (2017)

Reading are the only team on the list who didn’t suffer relegation, but that doesn't mean they haven't fallen. 


In 2017, a third place Championship finish saw them reach the playoff final against Huddersfield Town. A tense 0-0 draw saw the game go to penalties, where the Royals were 3-2 up in the shootout before missing their last two penalties. They lost 4-3, and Huddersfield were promoted.


Since then, they finished 20th last season and currently sit 22nd. The fact that Reading were one penalty away from the Premier League and now are battling to survive in the Championship is a fall from grace in its own regard.