Perennial relegation contenders Morecambe have never actually been relegated in the 102-year history of the club. Even throughout the lower leagues, the Shrimps have never felt the heartache of dropping down a division.
However, despite this remarkable history, they are almost always the favourites to go down with the bookmakers. They survived last year by two points with them finishing 19th in the league for their first-ever season in the third division.
The man tasked with masterminding this year's escape is a man fondly known as ‘The King’. Derek Adams returned to the hot seat after it seemed the stars had aligned perfectly for him to be welcomed back to the Mazuma with open arms after Stephen Robinson departed St Mirren.
The Reds have done some early business with goalkeeper Connor Ripley joining from Preston North End alongside Donald Love and Farrend Rawson joining from League Two clubs, Mansfield Town and Salford City. They’ve said the loan market effectively too to bring in Southampton youngster, Caleb Watts.
Adams has clearly set his sights on improving the sides' defence with them conceding the most goals last season with 88 being leaked. Despite some impressive transfer business, this is going to be a backs-against-the-wall job for the Lancashire-based outfit.