Southend United’s 7-2 mauling at the hands of Doncaster Rovers might not look too bad in context.
Two men down and bottom of the teams that started on level points, the Shrimpers have a huge task ahead of them this season. Sol Campbell recently took over and that’s given them some hope of moving forward, but they’ve got a long, hard road ahead of them.
They’re not the first team to concede seven in League One; they’re not even the first team to concede seven at home in the third tier. Over the last fifteen years, we’ve found at least six other occasions where teams have been humbled by big scores.
Swerving away from our usual up to date content, we bring you six times when a side has managed a huge margin of victory in the third tier, over a fifteen-year period. For those Southend fans looking for some respite, we’re not including your game.
Norwich City 1-7 Colchester
They might be Premier League now and they might not even be looking at a League One and Two site, but back in 2009 they were a part of our setup. It was their first spell outside the top two divisions since 1960 and they were expected to return at the first time of asking.
Bryan Gunn had taken over as manager and his season couldn’t have got off to a worse start. Clive Platt and Kevin Lisbie both hit a brace as Carrow Road began to empty as early as half time.
Colchester manager Paul Lambert took over a little over two weeks later and Norwich ended up winning the division. Not only that, they won their away game at Layer Road 5-0.