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Poll: Are QPR the worst Premier League side of all time?

| 11.05.2015

As QPR took to the field against Manchester City at the weekend, their Premier League lives on the line, you’d have thought that an almighty tussle was about to ensue.

But instead, Rangers simply rolled over and let the Citizens run wild in a 6-0 demolition, that could well have been eight or nine.

Consigning them to the relegation we had anticipated for some time, club captain Joey Barton spoke out of some ‘bad eggs’ at the club.

It’s unclear who they are, but one thing is for certain is that this Rs side is a poor one.

Where then, does it rank in the all-time worst Premier League outfits? Have your say in today’s poll, with these five our chosen candidates for the unwanted accolade.

QPR 2014-15

A habit of splashing the cash on over-the-hill veterans looks to have left the west London side in financial peril with a big Financial Fair Play fine hanging over them, as well as lacking that extra gear on the pitch.

Conceding 67 goals this season will go a big way to explaining their top-flight demise, and one can only wonder how much worse it could have been had they not had the goals of Charlie Austin to fall back on.

Derby 2007-08

Derby’s campaign of seven years ago saw the Rams the not-so-proud recipients of a number of Premier League records.

A run of 32 league games without a win (gaining just one all season), the lowest points tally (11) since the introduction of three points for a win, and the achievement of becoming the first Premier League side to be relegated in March all adds to their bulging rap sheet.

Sunderland 2005-06

A side is always going to struggle when their top scorers for the campaign are tied on a paltry three goals.

And that was after the club had spent upwards of £1m each on Jonathan Stead and Andy Gray, the pair contributing just one goal each.

Their 15 point ‘haul’ saw them set the benchmark for Derby to break two years later.

Watford 1999-00

Beating Chelsea and Liverpool, two sides who subsequently qualified for the Uefa Cup, may have spelled bright things for Graham Taylor’s side, but they were probably the only two bright sparks in an otherwise terrible campaign.

A 5-0 defeat to fellow relegated side Wimbledon and an away record that saw the Hornets register just one victory, meant the Hertfordshire outfit finished the campaign rooted to the bottom of the league, 12 points from safety.

Swindon 1993-94

As the Wiltshire outfit plan an assault on the League One play-offs thoughts of their turbulent season in the Premier League may well come rushing back.

John Gorman’s philosophy of attack being the first form of defence may sound novel, but in fact it wasn’t, the Robins conceding 100 goals in a season that saw them ship four or more on nine occasions.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.