26 years of Super League have been and gone with the 27th coming around the corner, but along the way a number of teams have fluffed their lines and failed to do themselves justice. But, which teams have accrued the lowest points in those 26 years?
5. Leigh Centurions, 2005 (5 points)
Following promotion from the Championship in 2004, Leigh were predicted to struggle. But, perhaps few predicted them to be quite so bad. They won just two games all season – a 24-22 victory over London and a 40-18 thrashing of Wakefield – with one draw against Hull FC. Bizarrely though, the Centurions did reach the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
4. Workington Town, 1996 (5 points)
It was the first season in Super League, but Workington fell so flat that they even finished below Paris St-Germain. Just two wins – against Oldham, 29-27 and against PSG by 14-10 – and an 18-18 draw against Halifax weren’t enough to save their top-flight status. This proved to be the final nail in the Workington coffin and it was something they’ve never recovered from.
3. Huddersfield Giants, 1998 (4 points)
Prior to Huddersfield’s failed merger with Sheffield, the Giants had only just been promoted to Super League in 1998. Their first season, however, ended in disaster too with just two victories. Huddersfield did avoid relegation though as for the 1999 season, two teams were added to the 12-man Super League with no side dropping down.
2. London Broncos, 2014 (2 points)
It was perhaps the worst pre-season of any club in Super League history, with London having just a handful of players in their squad and the club on the brink of administration. In fact, the Broncos had just five players by December 2013 whilst other clubs were preparing for the new season. And, the effects were clearly felt – they won just once all year and had to wait until round 24 to triumph 40-36 over Leeds.
1. Halifax, 2003 (0 points)
The 2003 season couldn’t actually have started any better for Fax with a 26-22 victory over London in round one giving supporters hope for the year. But, a very youthful squad, combined with a two-point deduction, meant Halifax ended the season with zero points – a tally which has never been replicated since and is unlikely to be trumped any time soon.