Some once-proud clubs have dropped out of the Football League over the years, some of these bouncing straight back up but others heading in a downward spiral. The likes of York City, Stockport County, Halifax and Chester (in their current incarnation) have spent many years in the non-league circuit while Carlisle United, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City have all found their way back within a couple of seasons.
Leyton Orient famously suffered relegation from League Two at the end of last season but as things stand, the East Londoners sit in pole position in the National League table and are favourites with the bookmakers to bounce straight back from whence they came. Looking in the opposite direction, Notts County are in very real danger of losing their status as the oldest league club in the world, the Magpies sitting at the foot of the division with 33 points collected from their 38 league outings. They aren’t alone at the bottom of the table with Macclesfield Town sitting on the same number of points, however the Silkmen enjoy a game-in-hand and the bookmakers have Notts County chalked-in as firm favourites to finish bottom of the pile. Indeed Neal Ardley’s men are 4/11 favourites with William Hill to drop into the National League, ahead of 2/5 shots Macclesfield Town.
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Third-from-bottom side Yeovil Town sit three points clear of the bottom two in the table with the Glovers priced at 8/11 for relegation out of the Football League. Indeed this would appear to be a three-horse race with the next club on the relegation betting market being Cambridge United, way out at 16/1.
League Two Relegation: William Hill Odds
4/11 – Notts County
2/5 – Macclesfield Town
8/11 – Yeovil Town
16/1 – Cambridge United
20/1 – Port Vale
20/1 – Morecambe
22/1 – Crawley Town