Pies gives you the lowdown on football’s Houdinis.
1 West Brom, 2005
With the odds stacked against the Baggies on the final day of the season, they did the only thing they could and beat Portsmouth 2-0. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace drew with Charlton, while Norwich and Southampton both lost. West Brom became the first club to be bottom of the Premier League at Christmas and avoid relegation.
2 Oldham Athletic, 1993
Most teams would be happy to overturn an eight-point deficit in the final seven weeks of the season, but Oldham did it in seven days! Joe Royle’s men won their final three matches of the season against title-contenders Aston Villa, Liverpool and Southampton. Safety was secured on the final day of the season as they defeated the Saints 4-3 in an end-to-end encounter.
3 West Ham, 2007
It all seems so long ago, but it was only last year when Carlos Tevez scored a winning goal against future employers Manchester United to keep West Ham in the Premier League and relegate Sheffield United. The Argentinian striker, whose transfer was the subject of close legal scrutiny, was the Hammers’ talisman in a six-week run to avoid the drop.
4 Eintracht Frankfurt, 1999
It was calculators all round for Frankfurt in 1999. They were four points behind with four games left, but three wins in a row gave them the slimmest of slim chances of survival. On the last day of the season they needed to beat Champions League hopefuls Kaiserslautern and, if results went against them elsewhere, score five goals. With time ticking away in the first-half and the score at 1-1, Frankfurt’s only hope was to score three more goals to pick off Nurnberg who were 2-0 down against Freiburg. They scored three goals in