Sadly, Sunderland have just missed out on setting a new Premier League record.

In his excellent Sky Sports column, Martin Tyler has revealed how.

Tyler was asked (by a Sunderland fan):

‘Has a team ever spent more time inside the relegation zone than Sunderland have this season?’

Martin Tyler:

“When the season ends on Sunday 21 May, Sunderland will have completed 261 days inside the relegation zone.

“During this 282 day season, they have only spent 21 days out of the bottom three.

“That’s the joint-fifth longest run of any team in Premier League history, along with West Ham (2010/11) and Swindon (1993/94).

“Four sides have spent longer in the bottom three during a Premier League season. Portsmouth (2009/10) were there for 264 days, Derby County (2007/08) were there for 268 days and QPR (2012/13) went down after 274 days in the drop zone.

“However, the unwanted record belongs to the Sheffield Wednesday side of 1999/00 who went down after 278 days in the bottom three. They finished 19th that season on 31 points after picking up just one point in their first nine matches! There were only two days in that entire campaign where they weren’t in the drop zone! Maybe their long wait for a return will end this year?”

Teams to have spent more than 260 days in the relegation zone in one season:

278 days Sheffield Wednesday 1999/00

274 days QPR 2012/13

268 days Derby 2007/08

264 days Portsmouth 2009/10 

261 days Sunderland 2016/17

261 days Swindon 1993/94

261 days West Ham 2010/11

No wonder the Mackems are so depressed!

So if Sunderland had been in the bottom three for just 18 more days this season, they would be the all time champions of being truly rubbish.

There really is nothing worse than being at the bottom all season and being without a flicker of hope.

Not sure how much their spirits will have been raised by David Moyes declaring this week that they will be the ‘biggest club in the Championship’ next season.

Looking above at the other clubs that have suffered similarly to Sunderland in previous seasons.

That Sheffield Wednesday record was achieved the year that Sir Bobby Robson took over at Newcastle and beat them 8-0 in his first home match, with five for Alan Shearer.

As for the 2007/08 Derby County team, that was the year when they finished with only 11 points.

One club provided their only win of the season and with a draw in the reverse game, it meant four of their 11 points came from just one team.

Yes, Newcastle United lost 1-0 at Derby and drew 2-2 at St James Park, this was under the management of Sam Allardyce when allegedly he was badly done to when sacked, I don’t think so.

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  • HappyToons

    That’s a trophy you wouldn’t want to win, a long with the pinkest seats in the premiership.

  • Terry R Fox

    Does anyone really care?

  • DC1964

    Who’s laughing now Sunderland?!!! HA HA!

  • TheFatController

    The only thing that hearing about Sunderland, or the play offs, does is to aid my enjoyment and relief that we are up, never mind whose replacing us in the championship.

    Although things were muted until Villa’s goal Sunday, reality is champions or not, we don’t have to compete with Villa, derby, norwich and the three play off losers/ three relegated sides next season, let alone contemplate if Rafa would stay on. By now Brighton will be well over not winning the title, particularly when we see the faces of play off losers, or in mid June when fixtures are out,

    Plus we’ll avoid the referees!

    The main Sunderland link now should be signing Defoe to allow us to play a more similar style whether it’s Gayle or Defoe. I’m presuming we’re not getting an Aguerro so can’t see a better option than Defoe for a consolidation season. No banner flying could match their annoyance if Defoe signed – surely a massive sign to the football world of who’s up and who’s down?

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Have to admit that that the smb’s were a strong side…they had to be to hold up the other 19 teams on the league for so long…. He he he…. Bye bye