List of Premier League clubs

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The following is a list of clubs who have played in the Premier League since its formation in 1992 to the current season. All statistics here refer to time in the Premier League only, with the exception of 'Most Recent Finish' (which refers to all levels of play) and 'Last Promotion' (which refers to the club's last promotion from the second tier of English football). For the 'Top Scorer' column, those in bold still play in the Premier League for the club shown. Premier League teams playing in the 2015–16 season are indicated in bold, while founding members of the Premier League are shown in italics. If the longest spell is the current spell, this is shown in bold, and if the highest finish is that of the most recent season, then this is also shown in bold.

As of the 2015–16 season, a total of 47 teams have played in the Premier League. Preston North End and Huddersfield Town are the only former top-flight First Division champions that have never played in the Premier League,[1] and are among a total of 18 (as of the 2015–16 season) extant clubs who have played in the old First Division but not in the Premier League.[citation needed] By contrast, Barnsley, Bournemouth, Hull City, Reading, Swindon Town and Wigan Athletic never played in the old First Division before being promoted to the Premier League.

Two clubs, Cardiff City and Swansea City, are actually located in Wales but play in the English football league system for practical and historical reasons.

Table[edit]

Club Town or City Total
Seasons
Total
Spells
Longest
Spell
Last
Promotion
Last
Relegation
Total
Seasons
Absent
Seasons Most Recent
Finish
Highest
Finish
Top Scorer
Arsenal London Borough of
Islington
24 1 24 1914–15[2] Never
Relegated
0 1992– 3rd 1st Thierry Henry (175)[3]
Aston Villa Aston, Birmingham 24 1 24 1987–88 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 17th 2nd Gabriel Agbonlahor (73)[4]
Barnsley Barnsley 1 1 1 1996–97 1997–98 23 1997–1998 League One
11th
19th
(relegated)
Neil Redfearn (10)
Birmingham City Birmingham 7 3 4 2008–09 2010–11 17 2002–2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
Championship
10th
9th Mikael Forssell (29)
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn 18 2 11 2000–01 2011–12 6 1992–1999
2001–2012
Championship
9th
1st Alan Shearer (112)
Blackpool Blackpool 1 1 1 2009–10 2010–11 23 2010–2011 Championship
24th (relegated)
19th
(relegated)
DJ Campbell (13)
Bolton Wanderers Horwich, Bolton 13 3 11 2000–01 2011–12 11 1995–1996
1997–1998
2001–2012
Championship
18th
6th Kevin Davies (68)
Bournemouth Boscombe, Bournemouth 1 1 1 2014-15 Never
Relegated
23 2015– Championship
1st (promoted)
- Callum Wilson (3)
Bradford City Bradford 2 1 2 1998–99 2000–01 22 1999–2001 League One
7th
17th Dean Windass (10)
Burnley Burnley 2 2 1 2013–14 2014–15 22 2009–2010
2014–2015
19th
(relegated)
18th
(relegated)
Danny Ings (9)
Cardiff City Cardiff, Wales 1 1 1 2012–13 2013–14 23 2013–2014 Championship
11th
20th
(relegated)
Jordon Mutch (7)
Charlton Athletic London Borough of
Greenwich
8 2 7 1999–2000 2006–07 16 1998–1999
2000–2007
Championship
12th
7th Jason Euell (34)
Chelsea London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
24 1 24 1988–89 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 1st 1st Frank Lampard (147)
Coventry City Coventry 9 1 9 1966–67 2000–01 15 1992–2001 League One
17th
11th Dion Dublin (61)
Crystal Palace London Borough of Croydon 7 5 3 2012–13 2004–05 17 1992–1993
1994–1995
1997–1998
2004–2005
2013–
10th 10th Chris Armstrong (23)
Derby County Derby 7 2 6 2006–07 2007–08 17 1996–2002
2007–2008
Championship
8th
8th Dean Sturridge (32)
Everton Liverpool 24 1 24 1953–54 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 11th 4th Duncan Ferguson (60)
Fulham London Borough of
Hammersmith and Fulham
13 1 13 2000–01 2013–14 11 2001–2014 Championship
17th
7th Clint Dempsey (50)
Hull City Kingston upon Hull 4 2 2 2012–13 2014–15 20 2008–2010
2013–2015
18th
(relegated)
16th Nikica Jelavic (12)
Ipswich Town Ipswich 5 2 3 1999–2000 2001–02 19 1992–1995
2000–2002
Championship
6th
5th Marcus Stewart (25)
Leeds United Leeds 12 1 12 1989–90 2003–04 12 1992–2004 Championship
15th
3rd Mark Viduka (59)
Leicester City Leicester 10 4 6 2013–14 2003–04 15 1994–1995
1996–2002
2003–2004
2014–
14th 8th Emile Heskey (33)
Muzzy Izzet (33)
Liverpool Liverpool 24 1 24 1961–62 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 6th 2nd Robbie Fowler (128)
Manchester City Manchester 19 3 14 2001–02 2000–01 5 1992–1996
2000–2001
2002–
2nd 1st Sergio Agüero (78)
Manchester United Trafford, Greater Manchester 24 1 24 1974–75 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 4th 1st Wayne Rooney (170)
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough 14 3 11 1997–98 2008–09 10 1992–1993
1995–1997
1998–2009
Championship
4th
7th Hamilton Ricard (31)
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne 22 2 16 2009–10 2008–09 2 1993–2009
2010–
15th 2nd Alan Shearer (148)
Norwich City Norwich 8 4 3 2014–15 2013–14 16 1992–1995
2004–2005
2011–2014
2015–
Championship
3rd (promoted)
3rd Chris Sutton (33)
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford 5 3 3 1997–98 1998–99 19 1992–1993
1994–1997
1998–1999
Championship
14th
3rd Bryan Roy (24)
Oldham Athletic Oldham 2 1 2 1990–91 1993–94 22 1992–1994 League One
15th
19th Graeme Sharp (16)
Portsmouth Portsmouth 7 1 7 2002–03 2009–10 17 2003–2010 League Two
16th
8th Yakubu (28)
Queens Park
Rangers
London Borough of
Hammersmith & Fulham
7 3 4 2013–14 2014–15 17 1992–1996
2011–2013
2014–2015
20th
(relegated)
5th Les Ferdinand (60)
Reading Reading 3 2 2 2011–12 2012–13 21 2006–2008
2012–2013
Championship
19th
8th Kevin Doyle (19)
Sheffield United Sheffield 3 2 2 2005–06 2006–07 21 1992–1994
2006–2007
League One
5th
14th Brian Deane (14)
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield 8 1 8 1990–91 1999–00 16 1992–2000 Championship
13th
7th Mark Bright (48)
Southampton Southampton 17 2 13 2011–12 2004–05 7 1992–2005
2012–
7th 7th Matt Le Tissier (101)
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent 8 1 8 2007–08 Never
Relegated
16 2008– 9th 9th Jonathan Walters (34)
Sunderland Sunderland 15 4 9 2006–07 2005–06 9 1996–1997
1999–2003
2005–2006
2007–
16th 7th Kevin Phillips (61)
Swansea City Swansea, Wales 5 1 5 2010–11 Never
Relegated
19 2011– 8th 8th Wilfried Bony (25)
Swindon Town Swindon 1 1 1 1992–93 1993–94 23 1993–1994 League One
4th
22nd
(relegated)
Jan Åge Fjørtoft (12)
Tottenham Hotspur London Borough of
Haringey
24 1 24 1977–78 Never
Relegated
0 1992– 5th 4th Teddy Sheringham (98)
Watford Watford 3 3 1 2014-15 2006–07 21 1999–2000
2006–2007
2015–
Championship
2nd (promoted)
20th
(relegated)
Heiðar Helguson (6)
West Bromwich
Albion
West Bromwich 10 4 6 2009–10 2008–09 14 2002–2003
2004–2006
2008–2009
2010–
13th 8th Peter Odemwingie (30)
West Ham United London Borough of
Newham
20 3 10 2011–12 2010–11 4 1993–2003
2005–2011
2012–
12th 5th Paolo Di Canio (48)
Wigan Athletic Wigan 8 1 8 2004–05 2012–13 16 2005–2013 Championship
23rd (relegated)
10th Hugo Rodallega (24)
Wimbledon[5] London Borough of
Merton
8 1 8 1985–86 1999–00 16 1992–2000 Defunct
(2003–04)
6th Dean Holdsworth (58)
Wolverhampton
Wanderers
Wolverhampton 4 2 3 2008–09 2011–12 20 2003–2004
2009–2012
Championship
7th
15th Steven Fletcher (22)

As of the 2006–07 season, former Premier League members were in all three divisions of the Football League for the first time following the relegation of Swindon Town to League Two and their promotion back to League One at the end of that season. At the end of the 2012–13 season, Portsmouth were also relegated to Football League Two, whilst Bradford City were also promoted back to Football League One.

Crystal Palace had never had a spell last more than one season, until the 2013-14 season, when they managed to secure safety after beating West Ham 1-0 to leave them on 43 points and to guarantee Premier League football for the 2014-15 season. The club were relegated at the end of the inaugural 1992–93 season, but after winning the First Division Championship the following season, they returned to the Premier League for 1994–95 campaign. This was the only season when the Premier League had four relegation places, and Palace finished fourth from bottom to be relegated back to the First Division. At the end of the 1996–97 season, Palace once again gained promotion to the top flight (this time through the play-offs), only to be relegated the following season after finishing bottom. After winning the play–offs again in 2003–04, Palace were once again relegated back to the Championship the following season. They won the First Division/Championship play-offs for the third time at the end of the 2012–13 season, and are currently in their fifth spell in the Premier League.

Both Luton Town and Notts County took part in the original negotiations in 1991 that led to the formation of the Premier League, and both resigned their membership of The Football League along with the other 20 clubs in the top flight during the 1991–92 season. However, both clubs were relegated that season and have not returned to the top flight since.

Chart[edit]

A.F.C. Bournemouth Cardiff City F.C. Swansea City A.F.C. Blackpool F.C. Burnley F.C. Stoke City F.C. Hull City A.F.C. Reading F.C. Wigan Athletic F.C. Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Portsmouth F.C. West Bromwich Albion F.C. Birmingham City F.C. Fulham F.C. Watford F.C. Bradford City A.F.C. Charlton Athletic F.C. Barnsley F.C. Sunderland A.F.C. Derby County F.C. Bolton Wanderers F.C. Leicester City F.C. West Ham United F.C. Swindon Town F.C. Newcastle United F.C. Wimbledon F.C. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Southampton F.C. Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Sheffield United F.C. Queens Park Rangers F.C. Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Nottingham Forest F.C. Norwich City F.C. Middlesbrough F.C. Manchester United F.C. Manchester City F.C. Liverpool F.C. Leeds United A.F.C. Ipswich Town F.C. Everton F.C. Crystal Palace F.C. Coventry City F.C. Chelsea F.C. Blackburn Rovers F.C. Aston Villa F.C. Arsenal F.C.

Clubs who have competed in the top flight First Division, but not the Premier League[edit]

Club First Division
Titles
FA Cups
Won
League Cups
Won
Total Seasons Last
Relegation
Current Status
(2015–16)
Levels in
Pyramid
Accrington 5 1892–93 Defunct
Bradford Park Avenue 3 1920–21 Conference North 6
Brentford 5 1946–47 Championship 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 4 1982–83 Championship 2
Bristol City 9 1979–80 Championship 2
Bury 2 22 1928–29 League One 3
Carlisle United 1 1974–75 League Two 4
Darwen 2 1893–94 Defunct
Glossop North End 1 1899–1900 Northern Premier League Division One North 8
Grimsby Town 12 1947–48 Conference Premier 5
Huddersfield Town 3 1 30 1971–72 Championship 2
Leyton Orient 1 1962–63 League Two 4
Luton Town 1 16 1991–92 League Two 4
Millwall 2 1989–90 League One 3
Northampton Town 1 1965–66 League Two 4
Notts County 1 30 1991–92 League Two 4
Oxford United 1 3 1987–88 League Two 4
Preston North End 2 2 46 1960–61 Championship 2

The Accrington Stanley club competing today in League Two, as well as its 1891 predecessor, are unrelated to the original Accrington club.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Football Trivia Question of the Day January 2012 Archive". My Football Facts & Stats. January 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Arsenal finished 5th in Division Two in the 1914–15 season, but the Football League was then suspended until 1919–20 due to WW1, After the War, Division One was expanded from 20 to 22 clubs and Arsenal was elected to the First Division for the 1919–20 season.
  3. ^ "Goalscoring Records". Arsenal F.C. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". Aston Villa F.C. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Wimbledon relocated from London to Milton Keynes in 2003, and renamed themselves MK Dons a year later. Throughout their time in the Premier League, Wimbledon played their home games at Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace.