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The Five Most Remarkable Relegation Battles in Premier League History

24/03/2014 17:32 GMT | Updated 24/05/2014 10:59 BST

The battle for the Premier League title will be nothing short of action-packed this season, but cast your eyes a little lower down the table and you will find an equally-as-interesting situation.

With less than ten games to go for most sides, just six points separates last place Fulham and thirteenth place Hull City.

That's about as tight as it gets as we draw ever-closer to the end of an intriguing season of English football and realistically, between eight- 10 teams are at risk of going down at the moment. As such, there's still a lot to play for.

Could this be the most exciting relegation battle we've ever seen? Or have there been even closer fights to avoid the drop?

Read on to find the five most remarkable relegation battles in Premier League history.

5. 2008/09 Season

In January 2009, just six points separated ninth place from last place.

It was a season to forget for Newcastle United, who endured a torrid time in the top tier. Alongside fellow North-Easterners Middlesbrough and West Midlanders West Brom, the Magpies suffered a devastating blow in the form of relegation to the Championship.

The Toon went through an array of managers, Kevin Keegan, Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear, before suffering relegation under legend Alan Shearer to ensure a calamitous bow out of the top flight.

Middlesbrough tumbled from mid-table to a 19th-place finish and West Brom pretty much stayed bottom all season.

The triumphant fall of Newcastle, along with a brilliant revival from Stoke City and Hull, saw a very unexpected end to the season.

4. 1993/94 Season

Everton pulled off a great escape on the final day of the season to survive the relegation battle.

One of the biggest clubs in England were unexpectedly dragged into a beat the drop situation as they faced sixth-place Wimbledon on the last day.

They had to win and pray that Southampton, Ipswich and Sheffield United lost away from home. Fortunately for them, the Toffees won in remarkable fashion.

A 30-yard screamer from Barry Horne levelled the score at 2-2, before Graham Stuart squeezed the winner home after Wimbledon 'keeper Hans Segers's pitiful attempt of a save.

Sheffield United and Oldham joined bottom side Swindon in facing the agony of relegation. Everton lived to fight another day.

3. 2006/07 Season

West Ham had signed superstars Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez during this season, but they still found themselves under threat of relegation.

Somewhat controversially, however, the club surged up the table with some impressive wins and somehow avoided a points deduction for playing ineligible players.

Both became central figures in the battle for survival as the Hammers won seven of their last nine games.

They eventually defeated Manchester United, thanks to a goal from future striker Tevez, on the last day of the season to stay afloat.

This condemned Sheffield United, Charlton and Watford to relegation, making for one of the most controversial and remarkable endings to a Premier League season ever.

2. 1995/96 Season

Before their days of Premier League triumph, Manchester City were a club struggling to perform in English football.

City relied too much on other teams in their relegation dogfight, knowing that if Southampton or Coventry lost, then the Citizens need only draw.

They came back from 2-0 down against Liverpool to make it 2-2 and remarkably, City were told that Wimbledon had scored against Southampton.

This was not actually the case, however. After Steve Lomas held possession to ensure their draw, the information was proved false, prompting City to desperately try to score.

The third goal never came and they were relegated along with Oldham and Sheffield United, making for one of the most obscene and confusing relegation battles ever.

1. 2004/05 Season

The 2004/05 season saw an excruciatingly exciting end to the season as, for the first time in Premier League history, no team was mathematically relegated before the final day.

Norwich, West Brom, Southampton and Crystal Palace all battled on the last day for survival.

The Canaries lost 6-0 to Fulham and were sent down with their tails between their legs. Southampton ended their 27-year-long stint in the top tier after losing 2-1 to Manchester United.

Palace were winning 2-1 away at Charlton before Jonathan Fortune equalised with just eight minutes to go.

West Brom beat Portsmouth 2-0 at home to avoid the drop and became the first team in

Premier League history to be bottom at Christmas, eight points off of safety and survive.

The following pitch invasion ensured a fantastic end to a stunning relegation battle.

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