Our re-election record is ten times, 9 successful, 1 unsuccessful.
Of those 9 successful, 2 came when we finished outside the bottom 2, so under current rules wouldn't have been relegated anyway. And on only two occasions did we finish bottom of the League (the position we'd have had to have finished in for most of the period there has been automatic relegation, in order to be relegated)
Of the remaining 7, 3 came in our first 3 seasons in the Football League (the unsuccessful one came the season after).
Post World War I we've only finished in the bottom 2 of the Football League on four occasions (the most recent leading to our relegation).
And that season we were unsuccessful? We finished outside the bottom two, entered teams in two non-League leagues, won both and were instantly re-elected.
It wasn't every year like some claim.
Nor were we always a rubbish side - like the 70's and 80's.
After an initial struggle in those first 3 or so years to get used to the Football League, we soon became stalwarts of Division Two, and when Div 3 North came about in 1921 (and subsequently the 4th division) for the next 40 years were consistently either at the top end of the lower division or in the higher division. Between 1921-22 and 1961-62 only on four occasions did we finish in the bottom half of the lower-division (and two of those were 12/21 and 13/24 - hardly terrible).
Then we had the Vic Bernard period of success that we can't discount.
Even in the 70's and 80's whilst we didn't get over the half-way point of the Division 4 table, there were a few not so terrible seasons when we finished in comfortable mid-table.
Yes the 1990's and early 00's was our most successful period ever - and yes a lot of what we did - the Championship being top 6 in League 1 was possibly overachieving to various degrees (a lot finishing 8th in the Championship, only very very marginally so being 6th in the 3rd tier). But we can't discount it from our history.
Yes the 70's and 80's were largely terrible. But they aren't the be all and end all of our history, and they shouldn't be considered the prime representation of our history at large.
Sorry to go, but I can't stand the "we've always been a terrible 4th tier club, because we had 15 or so bad years in the 70's and 80's" argument.
That aside, I don't necessarily disagree with your final paragraph.
Although I will add every fanbase has it's expectation/it's level it feels the club belongs at - Aston Villa fans are narked off a bit because they feel they belong in the top flight, Chorley fans are well-chuffed because in all honesty they probably think they belong in the Evostik. County fans are narked off because we generally believe our natural position is somewhere between mid-table/higher mid-table in Tier 4 and mid-table/coat-tails of the playoffs in Tier 3. And I don't think there's anything wrong in expressing dislike, annoyance, disappointment, anger etc.. at your club underachieving. Doing so and still being a fan, continuing to go to matches, support the club and team both financially and vocally, aren't mutually exclusive.
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