Five years after Premier League promotion, Blackpool is relegated to League One


May 22, 2010 — Blackpool promoted to the Premier League

May 22, 2011 — Blackpool relegated to the Championship

April 6, 2015 — Blackpool relegated to League One

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A season of much controversy on and off the field met its nadir on Monday as the Blackpool Tangerines had their fate at the bottom of England’s second division sealed despite not playing, just five years after earning promotion to the Premier League.

The writing was on the wall well before the season, as Blackpool had to cancel its preseason tour of Spain due to having only eight players available for the trip. It’s been all downhill since Ian Holloway left the club in 2011, finishing fifth in a bid to gain re-promotion to the Premier League.

The Tangerines host Reading on Tuesday, but have an impossible 19-point climb with six matches to go after Rotherham beat Brighton 1-0 on Monday. The three points to Rotherham also put a dent in the survival hopes of Wigan Athletic and Millwall, who are 7 and 8 points shy of both Fulham and Rotherham.

Blackpool’s goal differential finishes at a whopping minus-48. Their last season in League One was in 2006-07.