Flashback: Six memorable relegation “Great Escapes”

Ollie Irish

22nd, May 2009


British football’s greatest Houdini acts
1. West Bromwich Albion (2005)
With the odds stacked massively 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. Even more miraculous, the escape was managed by Bryan Robson (pictured).

2. Oldham Athletic (1993)
Athletic overturned an eight-point deficit in seven days. Against all odds, 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 when they defeated Saints 4-3 in a memorable encounter.

3. Carlisle (1999)
Carlisle kicked off their final match of the 1998/99 season bottom of the Football League, one point behind Scarborough. Fast-forward into injury time, and Carlisle are drawing 1-1 against Plymouth Argyle. Step up on-loan keeper Jimmy Glass, who scored an invaluable 95th-minute winner. Without Glass’s goal, Carlisle would

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