Official: Blackpool’s relegation the biggest fall from grace

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Talk about kicking someone when they are down, but following their relegation from the second tier of English football, Blackpool have another unwanted accolade to their name.

Having gone from doing the double in the Premier League over Liverpool, to preparing for a season in League One in the space of four years, the Tangerines’ plight has been voted the biggest fall from grace in football.

Lee Clark’s side saw off competition from a team that were effectively liquidated as well as a club that went from Champions League to the third tier in English football in six seasons.

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The recently doomed Championship outfit picked up 33 per cent of Ladbrokes latest poll, in a contest that was tighter than many of their league fixtures this season.

Back in second were Rangers who picked up 25 per cent of the shouts.

The Scottish behemoths are on the road to recovery after they were nearly extinguished from existence, though they have work to do to make it back into the Scottish Premiership at the first attempt.

Taking the final place on the podium were 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth who, like Rangers, fell foul to financial ruin, dropping through the divisions into League Two.

While they may not have responded, en route to extending their stay to three years, Blackpool could give their fans something to cheer about with a victory over Reading on Tuesday.

The seaside club are 10/3 to pick up three points against the FA semi-finalists, but a win will be but a mere side note on a disastrous campaign.

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Ben Stones

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