Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Fist Full of Famous Fight Backs from the Brink of the Drop; THE BIG PICTURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH M.C

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Fist Full of Famous Fight Backs from the Brink of the Drop; THE BIG PICTURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH M.C

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Byline: ANTHONY VICHERS

OLDHAM

Premier League

1992-93

JOE Royle's plastic pitch battlers were eight points adrift of safety with three games to go.

They needed three victories and were praying that either Crystal Palace and Sheffield United would not get more than one point in their final fixtures.

Impossible? You would have to be certifiable to put money on any prospect of escape. Yet Oldham pulled it off.

When they beat title chasing Aston Villa 1-0 even their own fans thought it was a too little, too late consolation.

They then beat Liverpool 3-2 only to find the trapdoor creak open wider as the Blades won to scramble clear and Palace drew at Manchester City.

It all came down to the final day and in a pulsating match Oldham twice came from behind to beat Southampton 4-3 while Palace capitulated 3-0 at Arsenal and went down.

BRADFORD CITY

Premier League

1999-2000

PAUL Jewell's side were always in trouble. They spent most of the season in the bottom three and only occasionally defied gravity to haul themselves out of the drop spots, mainly by a point for a week before being dragged back down.

Meanwhile a gap was gradually opening above them and by the middle of April they were six points short of safety and Derby and Wimbledon with five games to go. But they ground out a string of draws then at the end of April they got a massive boost as they beat Wimbledon 3-0 at home to draw level on points.

And on a dramatic last day they WEST BROM

Premier League

2004-05

THE BAGGIES looked doomed at Christmas, rock bottom and with one win and 10 points from the first 19 games.

With former Boro boss Bryan Robson replacing Gary Megson Albion tightened up and a string of draws started to eat at the chasm above them. In early March they finally climbed over Norwich and off the bottom but at that point with nine games to go they were still six points adrift.

A collapse by Southampton and Fulham just above the trapdoor helped them close the gap to safety but they suffered set-backs - Boro beat them 4-0 in April - and could not get out of the hot spots. …

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