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Top five: Rise and fall clubs

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Alan Shearer was signed for £3.5million and helped Blackburn to the title. (©GettyImages)
Alan Shearer was signed for £3.5million and helped Blackburn to the title. (©GettyImages).

1. Blackburn


Stealing top-spot on this list is Blackburn for the sheer speed of their rise, how high they climbed, and the scale of the drop-off.

It’s 1991 and lifelong fan Jack Walker has just bought his football club.

Rovers staved off relegation in the old Division Two, and were looking forward to a brighter future under their rich, local hero.

But if anyone said they predicted how fast the Lancashire club would climb they’re a lier.

Within just four seasons Blackburn had won the newly formed Premier League, smashing the British transfer record in the meantime.

A baby-faced Alan Shearer, signed for £3.5million, fired Walker’s Blackburn to the title and the world was their oyster.

Famously Walker turned down Zinedine Zidane because his side already had Tim Sherwood, Blackburn’s stay at the pinnacle of the English game wouldn’t last long.

In fact, their fall would prove just as dramatic as their rise, when four years after sealing the top division crown they were relegated.

The club have since returned - and been relegated from - the top division.

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