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Top five: Football's unlucky few

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Theo Walcott's career has been blighted by injury (©GettyImages)
Theo Walcott's career has been blighted by injury (©GettyImages).

Some footballers have all the luck; others are severely lacking in the fortune department. Spurs used to play a Welsh left-back dubbed ‘Bad Luck Bale’ due to their appalling record when he played. He, of course, managed to turn things around. Can these others do the same?

5 – Roger Johnson

Johnson has been relegated in each of the last three seasons, firstly with Birmingham and then twice in successive seasons with Wolves. To turn that streak around, he has swapped Molineux for a loan stint at West Ham – who in case you were wondering, sit 19th in the Premier League and three points off safety.

4 – Gary Megson

Megson has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield Wednesday in 2012, but during his managerial days, he was relegated with Norwich City and West Brom. He also endured survival scraps with Bolton and Nottingham Forest but managed to steer those clubs to safety by the skin of his teeth. As a player, he signed for the Reds but was ignored by Brian Clough, failing to make an appearance in a five month stay.

3 – Theo Walcott

Walcott will no doubt be unfazed after his latest brush with death (more commonly referred to as his anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup). After being landed with a six-month recovery programme, Walcott will miss England’s presumably short stay in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, but this isn’t the first time the diminutive forward has missed out.

Former Three Lions manager Fabio Capello controversially overlooked the Arsenal man when picking his squad for 2010. Owen Hargreaves was another contender for the role of the classic victim, spending more time off the field than on it at a series of top clubs.

2 – Marine FC

Even the unluckiest of footballers can at least rely on their teammates for support. Not so with Marine FC, however, who were so unlucky they had to resort to divine intervention, asking a local priest to bless the cursed pitch that saw three of their star players suffer serious injury.

The Merseyside minnows then had victory snatched away from them when the floodlights failed with the game at 2-1. Unlucky lads.

1 – Iain Dowie

Relegation as a player with Crystal Palace was a sign of things to come, as he then managed their ill-fated season of 2003/2004. The same fate was to follow the Northern Irishman at Hull City, and also as he worked alongside coach Alan Shearer as a technical director at Newcastle. Thankfully, Dowie’s talents are now confined to a relatively successful career as a TV pundit.

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