Many clubs have climbed the heights of pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion then fallen hard. The sto­ries of Gretna, Black­pool, Sh­effield United. Black­burn and Parma are a cau­tion­ary tale for A-League clubs that have as­pi­ra­tions to climb to the top of the Aus­tralian

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Gretna were one of the most ex­cit­ing sto­ries in Scot­tish foot­ball his­tory. In 2002, they re­placed Air­drie in the Scot­tish Foot­ball League and went from the fourth tier to the Scot­tish Premier League in three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons and made the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal in 2006. Find­ing suc­cess by sign­ing play­ers who had pros­pered in a divi­sion or two above, they were led by “Dr Goals” – Kenny Deuchar a qual­i­fied rheuma­tol­ogy doc­tor. It was real Roy of the Rovers stuff but un­for­tu­nately when they did reach the SPL, the step up would prove too much. Their tiny ground in Gretna – most fa­mous for run­away wed­dings – did not meet SPL cri­te­ria so they had to share Mother­well’s ground, more than an hour’s drive away. And when mav­er­ick owner Brooks Mile­son fell ill with with chronic fa­tigue syn­drome, the team soon went into ad­min­is­tra­tion, dropped out of the league... and out of ex­is­tence.

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