Although the greatest drama occurred at the top of the table on the final day of the season, there was a lot of tension for QPR and Bolton supporters before the London club prevailed, ensuring that none of the promoted clubs were immediately relegated
As always, this is likely to be the end of Premier league football for many of the oldest players on relegated teams. Three of the players who suffered the drop figure in the all-time top 40 appearances in the Premiership
Kevin Davies, a target man rather than out and out striker, is also 31st on the all-time Premier League goalscorers
One of the most accomplished players to suffer relegation is Paul Robinson, Blackburns captain-goalkeeper and 41 times capped for England. In fact, this is the fourth relegation of his career a category he is nearly tops.
Signing Nathan Blake proved to be a bit of a bad omen as there has only been one season (Blackburn in 2001/2 when he only played three games before being transferred) when he did not have to plan a Championship season for the forthcoming year
Four players have suffered relegation in all three seasons of their Premiership career: Dougie Freedman, Alan Rogers, Jimmy Phillips,and Gavin Ward. The latter two were teammates in Bolton’s 1995/6 and 1997/8 relegation years
There have been the odd occasion when a player has played for more than one relegated club in a season. The first was Mark Robins, who featured equally for Norwich and Leicester in 1994/5. David Nugent – one of the few players to record a scoring-as-substitute effort in his only game for England – was one of many players leaving in Portsmouth’s 2009/10 fire sale but he went to the frying pan that was Burnley. Steven Kabba has the unfortunate distinction of playing for two relegated sides in his only year at the top; after seven substitute apps for the 2006/7 Sheffield United side relegated on goal difference he moved to a Watford team that ended 10 points worse off.