How are you feeling Wrexham fans?

With the club sat rock bottom of the National League table and with a relegation battle looming large, it's fair to say the Reds have woefully underperformed this season.

Dwindling attendances at the Racecourse tell their own story, with the recent midweek clash against Fylde attracting fewer than 3,000 fans.

Emotions are currently running high among the Wrexham faithful, with many taking to social media to vent their frustrations at everything from the governance style of the club's board, manager Dean Keates' tactical acumen and some of the below-par performances of individual players.

The early-season optimism of another push for promotion has quickly dissipated amid managerial changes and a poor sequence of results.

A dismal 20-point return from 23 league matches has effectively condemned Wrexham to another year outside of the Football League.

That exile has spanned 12 seasons already and a 13th now appears a certainty.

But Wrexham aren't alone in suffering such a fall from grace over the years, with plenty of other eminent clubs currently finding themselves adrift of the 92.

So how does their plight compare with some of football's other fallen giants?

Not too long ago Luton Town plummeted from the second tier of English football to the fifth in just three years.

Five seasons of Conference football followed before they ultimately clawed their way back after winning the Conference Premier title in 2013-14.

Tranmere Rovers have also set a stellar example in recovering from adversity, successive promotions taking them up to League One after relegation to the National League in 2014/15.

Bristol Rovers are no strangers to non-league either.

A 94-year stay in the Football League came to an end for Rovers in 2014 before recovering with successive promotions in the subsequent two seasons to gain League One status.

The struggle to regain Football League status is real and there are plenty of clubs that have found it tougher to restore their former glories.

Here's a selection of a few that have lost their way.


Fiercest rivals Chester have experienced a challenging road back from oblivion.

The Blues joined the Football League in 1931 and spent most of the ensuing 80 years competing in the old Third and Fourth divisions.

In its previous incarnation as Chester City, the club was hit with a winding up order in 2010 and subsequently relaunched under fan ownership as Chester FC.

While it is 10 years since the club last competed in the Football League, their prospects look bright with managerial duo Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley at the helm.

The former Salford City bosses have assembled a squad capable of challenging for the National League North title and promotion seems a realistic prospect this term.

Notts County

The oldest football club in the world have fallen on hard times.

With their side relegated from the Football League for the first time in its 131-year history last term, County fans have plenty of cause for concern.

Currently 11th in the National League standings, an immediate return is far from assured for Neal Ardley's side.

As Wrexham know to their cost, a proud footballing heritage is no guarantee of success in a notoriously tough division to escape.

Stockport County

Ever present in the Football League between 1905-2011, administration issues sent the Hatters tumbling into the Conference and then the Conference North.

Five seasons in the sixth tier followed, before Stockport gained promotion to the National League as champions last season.

County have made the step up comfortably and Jim Gannon's side currently sit eighth in the division.

Hartlepool United

The north east side were playing in League One as recently as 2013 but their fortunes have steadily waned since those heady days.

Unable to recover from their slip into League Two, United subsequently dropped into the National League in 2016/17 and have remained there since.

A sustained promotion challenge is yet to materialise, with the club currently 12th in the table.

York City

Previously well-established within the Football League structure, the Minstermen have struggled for stability in the last 15 years.

Relegated from League Two in 2016, they are currently challenging for the National League North title along with Chester and King's Lynn Town.

Purportedly the biggest spenders in the division and with a new ground currently under construction, York look well-placed for better things in the years ahead.