It's been a dismal start to the season for Town – but it’s not the worst ever endured.

Taking the number of points (under three for a win) after the first eight games – Town currently have five – there have been six worse campaigns and two the same.

And in only three of those cases, 2000-01, 1987-88 and 1951-52, has relegation been the end result.

The 1997-98 ‘Great Escape’ Division I (now Championship) campaign, and the 1987-88 season, when Town dropped out of the second tier, have to go down as the joint worst starts.

Both times, fans had to wait until the15th match to witness a win.

In 97-98, just four points had been accrued after eight matches, and manager Brian Horton departed after game nine, a 2-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest.

Town lost their first three under Peter Jackson, with victory finally arriving when Stoke City were beaten 3-1 at home.

Jackson, who signed the likes of Wayne Allison, keeper Steve Harper, Barry Horne and Dave Phillips, claimed a final position of 16th.

In 87-88, the first win was 2-1 at home to Saturday’s visitors Millwall.

By that time, Malcolm Macdonald had replaced Steve Smith as manager.

But the former England striker had little impact.

Town ended the campaign second-bottom, with only six wins, the joint worst in their history alongside 1971-72.

Their defeats included the club’s worst-ever, 10-1 at Manchester City.

Town's goalscorer Andy May in action during the Manchester City 10-1 defeat
Town's goalscorer Andy May in action during the Manchester City 10-1 defeat
 

The most recent ‘nightmare start’ was in 2000-01, when the club’s worst sequence of home games without a win, 12 in the league and 13 in all competitions, was established in Division I (now Championship).

Sheffield Wednesday were defeated 3-2 at Hillsborough in the second game, but there wasn’t another three-point haul until the 20th, when Crewe Alexandra were seen off 3-1 at the stadium.

Lou Macari had succeeded Steve Bruce, and while form improved, Town suffered the misery of last-day relegation after losing 2-1 at home to Birmingham City.

In 1992-93, Town had only three points at the eight-game mark, and had lost seven of those matches in Division II (now League I).

Even though their second win didn’t come until the 12th game, the board persisted with manager Ian Ross, who recruited Mick Buxton as his temporary right-hand man towards the end of a season when Town finished 15th.

In 1977-78, when Town were down in Division IV, Tom Johnston found the winning formula, 4-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers, in the first match of his third spell in the hot seat after John Haselden stepped down after eight games had yielded just five points, all from draws.

Johnston’s side went on to finish 11th.

Ten years previously, 1964-65, Scotsman Johnston had started his first spell as manager after a lacklustre start in Division II (Championship) brought the resignation of Eddie Boot just four matches in.

That season, Town’s first win, 3-1 at home to Cardiff City, came under the caretaker managership of Ian Greaves in match 10, after which they had six points under two for a win (seven under the modern system).

When Town went down from the top flight in 1951-52, the first relegation in their history, George Stephenson presided over just one win and a draw in the opening eight fixtures.

Hope was provided by home victories over Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the next two matches, but with Andy Beattie having taken over as boss with nine games to go, the Leeds Road men ended up 21st.

George Stephenson’s brother Clem was the club’s longest-serving manager, with 13 seasons’ service from 1929 (he was also a player for eight years beforehand).

But 1934-35, when there were six losses, one win and draw in the first eight top-flight games, was far from vintage.

Wolves, Town’s hosts next Wednesday, were beaten 4-1 at Leeds Road in match nine, with Stephenson’s charges finally finishing 16th.