The biggest point deductions in football history

The league table doesn’t lie. Or so the saying goes. But the final tallies of wins, draws and losses doesn’t always tell the entire story.

Once the English scholars of the 19th century had the bright idea of forming a national league championship, points deductions for teams stepping out of line were quick to follow. The first recorded incident of a club being stripped of points came in 1890, two years before goals had crossbars or nets.

In the century-plus since, clubs have continued to colour outside the lines, losing more than the two points Wrexham had scrubbed off back in the day. Here…

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