Originally posted by Fleabitten
I was taking some time to glance at the league tables and happened to notice that three former premier league teams (Charlton, Southampton, and Norwich) are in danger of relegation from the Championship to League One. I know former top level teams have fallen that far in the past (i.e. Leeds). But has there ever been a season in which three teams that w ...[text shortened]... op flight were dropped to the third tier? I did a bit of checking, but couldn't find anything.
A quick look would suggest that the most recent time this has happened was the 2002/03 season.
On that occasion Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion and Grimsby Town were all relegated.
It's certainly not unique. A quick look reveals:
1998/99 (Bury, Oxford United, Bristol City)
1995/96 (Millwall, Watford, Luton Town)
1994/95 (Swindon Town, Burnley, Bristol City, Notts County)
1986/87 (Sunderland, Grimsby Town, Brighton & Hove Albion)
The bunch in 1996 would have all played top flight football within a decade of their relegation down to the third tier.