5. Rushden and Diamonds

Fifth on the list due to the fact that the heights they scaled were - well - not particularly high.

However, the incredible story of Rushden and Diamonds represents perhaps the most dramatic rise and fall on the list.

The club, formed in 1992, managed to squeeze in promotion through the tiers of English football (from the Southern League Midland Division to English Division Two), a dramatic slide back through the divisions, a relegation back to the Conference and beyond, and the end of the club in just 19 years.

Rushden and Diamonds competed in Division Two (now the Championship) in the 2003-2004 season, and less than ten years later were being rejected by the Southern Football League - less than 15 years after joining the Football League in the first place.

A remarkable story of a club's formation and eventual depletion and a warning to small fish everywhere that not all stories have a happy ending.

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