Starting the climb back up the table

It is a sad fact for the supporters of the football teams concernedthat the team which occupies the bottom position in the EnglishPremiership on January 1 has never managed to avoid relegation in thatseason.

That's not to say that the players and supporters involved are notdetermined to be the first team to achieve the feat, but secretly everyfan feels an inner resignation when they see their team handed thefootball equivalent of the Black Spot.

You may well ask, though, what this sporting

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