Ranked: The worst statistical seasons by clubs in A-League Men history

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Whilst there have been some incredible A-League Men teams, there have also been some very unsuccessful sides.

Uncompetitive and rooted to the bottom of the ladder, these seasons soon became lost causes for fans with their eyes instead moving quickly to the prospect of their next campaign.

Fortunately this season there doesn’t seem to be one team who is downright worse than the rest, with seven points splitting last and fifth.

So instead of looking at the incredibly competitive competition that is forming in front of our very eyes at the time of writing, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and rank the worst statistical seasons by clubs in A-League Men’s history.

#5 – North Queensland Fury 2010/11

Sneaking onto the list in fifth place is a side that only managed two seasons in the competition – North Queensland Fury.

Coming off a seventh place finish in their inaugural season, things were not looking bad for the expansion side, until they let 18 of their players from that campaign go and went into their second season with an unrecognisable roster.

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Just four wins from 30 games is all that you need to know to understand their inclusion on this list, with the Queensland team averaging just 0.63 points per game.

Goalscoring was a serious issue for the team as they averaged under a goal a game with their top scorer David Williams finishing the season with just five to his name.

To go with this, the side also struggled to keep teams out, conceding on average exactly two goals per 90 minutes.

Their biggest loss came as a part of their eight-game losing streak to end the season, an 8-1 defeat away to Adelaide United.

It may not have been a season to remember for the disbanded club, however, they did take seven of a possible nine points against Sydney FC that year, a fairly decent achievement.

#4 – Newcastle Jets 2014/15

Exactly like the Fury, Newcastle was coming off a seventh-place finish in their previous campaign, and similarly things certainly didn’t go to plan in season 2014/15 for the Jets.

After letting go of 20 players from their previous campaign, Newcastle found themselves finishing at the bottom of the ladder, collecting just 17 points from their 27 matches.

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Their three wins and eight draws saw them finish with a points per game rate of 0.63, whilst the side scored under a goal a match and conceded more than two.

Yet again, just like the Fury it was Adelaide who handed Newcastle their biggest loss of the season, as they fell to the South Australians 7-0.

One of the only highlights of their year was a 1-0 win away to eventual champions Melbourne Victory in their third last game, a brilliant achievement in an otherwise totally disappointing season.

#3 – Central Coast Mariners 2015/16

If you were wondering when you were going to see the Mariners on this list you needn’t wait any longer, with the 2015/16 Central Coast outfit slipping firmly into third place.

After watching their F3 rivals have a historically bad campaign the season before, the Mariners were not to be out done, ending the year with just 13 points after 27 games.

Three wins, four draws and a remarkable 20 losses saw them comfortably finish in last, some 12 points behind next worst Wellington Phoenix.

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The team could score goals, averaging 1.22 per game, however the 70 they conceded at over 2.5 per game left them struggling for results.

Two 4-0 losses to both Brisbane and Perth as well as a 5-1 defeat to Melbourne City were just a few of the disappointing results they received.

If it wasn’t for the seven points they collected from their three matches against Wellington, they would have found themselves even further down this list.

#2 – Central Coast Mariners 2018/19

Unfortunately for the Central Coast they also feature in second place, somehow topping their 2015/16 effort with an even worse 2018/19.

For many a Mariners fan it must have felt like déjà vu, with the team finishing practically identical in almost every key metric compared to their previous entry.

With 13 points across 27 games, three wins, four draws and 20 losses may ring a bell as it is the exact same as in 2015/16.

Remarkably, they even conceded the same amount of goals across their fixtures, racking up 70 in the against column by the end of the season.

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There were however a few differences that saw this side take the award for worst Mariners season in history.

Two less goals over the campaign saw them end with just 31 from 27 matches, however it was their biggest loss of the season that is the major factor behind this decision.

Their 8-2 loss to Wellington was one of the toughest days in the club’s history, finding themselves 7-0 down before Jack Clisby scored in the 61st minute.

There was, however, a few moments throughout the season that brought the home fans some delight, their 3-2 win over bitter rivals Newcastle being one of them.

#1 – New Zealand Knights 2005/06

When discussing the worst A-League Men seasons by a club there is no need to look much further than the inaugural edition of the competition, specifically at the New Zealand Knights’ campaign.

Whilst the season was admittedly shorter than current editions, the team from over the ditch could only manage six points from their 21 matches, with their 2-0 win over Central Coast being their only victory of the season.

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Whilst the side were not on the receiving end of numerous blow out scorelines, a 4-0 loss to Newcastle being their biggest, their 0.73 goals scored per game saw them be held to nil in just under half of their games.

They also conceded 2.2 goals per match, keeping only one clean sheet throughout their campaign.

The side’s wins per game rating of 0.04 is nearly three times worse than any other club in an individual season, and is one of the main reasons that the Knights have received first place on this list.

They did go on to improve in their second season, collecting an extra 13 points, however, they could still only manage last place before exiting the competition to be replaced by Wellington Phoenix.

Feature Image Credit: Stephen Lane

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Current Intern covering Canberra United. Sports Media student at University of Canberra who lives and breathes Football

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