Ranked! The 10 most depressing teams to support in Britain right now
3. Leyton Orient
It’s astonishing how quickly things can turn. One minute you’re dreaming of moving to a new 66,000-capacity stadium that was purpose-built for the Olympics, the next you’re in the middle of a bitter relegation fight. And no, that isn’t a reference to West Ham. Although the Hammers aren’t exactly a joy to follow these days, their fans have it easy compared to Leyton Orient supporters.
In 2011, the O’s submitted a formal request for tenancy at the London Stadium and a drawn-out saga began. When West Ham were touted as the stadium’s tenants, Orient proposed a groundshare deal which fell on deaf ears, and a subsequent legal challenge failed to convince the powers-that-be to reconsider their stance.
They were playing their football in League One back then but were no doubt hoping that a move to the London Stadium would propel them to bigger and better things. It’s highly debatable whether it would have, but missing out on it seemed to deal them a crippling blow. As recently as 2014 the O’s were in the League One play-off final – and 2-0 up at half-time – but have been relegated twice since then and are now mid-table in the National League. Oh, and they’re almost certain to lose their star player Macauley Bonne to a Football League club this summer.
It might be called the Stadium of Light, but Sunderland’s home ground has experienced only darkness of late following a dismal Championship campaign that's left them on the brink of back-to-back relegations.
The Black Cats have been stuck in a death spiral for much of the season, and that alone is upsetting enough for the fans even before those reports of Newcastle United gloaters planning to purchase tickets for their remaining home games to stage a relegation party.
Manager Chris Coleman has attempted to remain upbeat as the ship slowly sinks into the third tier of English football, and has made it clear he wants to remain at the helm, though it must be difficult for supporters to share his optimism and relish the prospect of an away day at Accrington next season. Unless owner Ellis Short manages to offload the Wearsiders, the brass tacks required for a sorely-needed summer overhaul are unlikely to be forthcoming.
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1. Brechin City
Arsenal supporters think they have it rough, but while they’re begrudgingly cheering on Arsene Wenger and his team in the latter stages of the Europe League, Brechin fans will be trying to figure out how their club has managed to get this far into a season without winning a league game.
Last season was a stark contrast to 2017/18 for The City who, under the guidance of manager Darren Dods, booked a return to the second tier of Scottish football for the first time in 11 years via the Championship play-offs. The current campaign, however, has yielded just four points.
Steven Seagal could have filmed Under Siege 3 in Brechin’s goalmouth at a number of their matches this season, and their goal difference currently stands at a wretched -63. Brechin were put out of their misery last month when a 2-0 defeat to Greenock Morton confirmed their relegation to Scottish League One.