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 2018–19 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 2018–19 season, 49 teams have played in the Premier League. Preston North End are the only former top-flight First Division champions that have never played in the Premier League,[1] and are among sixteen clubs who have played in the old First Division but not in the Premier League. 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.

Nine of the twenty-two founder members of the Premier League are competing in the 2018–19 season. Six (Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur) have contested every season of the Premier League. Three (Crystal Palace, Manchester City, and Southampton) were also founder members, though each team has been relegated at least once in the past.

As of the 2018-19 season, three clubs, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town, are not founding members of the Premier League, but have never been relegated since their debut in the Premier League.

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

Table[edit]

Club Location Total
seasons
Total
spells
Longest
spell
Most recent
promotion
Most recent
relegation
Total
seasons
absent
Seasons Most recent
finish
Highest
finish
Top scorer
Arsenal London (Highbury) 27 1 27 1914–15[2] Never
relegated
0 1992– 6th 1st Thierry Henry (175)
Aston Villa Birmingham (Aston) 24 1 24 1987–88 2015–16 3 1992–2016 Championship
4th
2nd Gabby Agbonlahor (73)
Barnsley Barnsley 1 1 1 1996–97 1997–98 26 1997–1998 Championship
22nd (relegated)
19th
(relegated)
Neil Redfearn (10)
Birmingham City Birmingham (Bordesley) 7 3 4 2008–09 2010–11 20 2002–2006
2007–2008
2009–2011
Championship
19th
9th Mikael Forssell (29)
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn 18 2 11 2000–01 2011–12 9 1992–1999
2001–2012
League One
2nd (promoted)
1st Alan Shearer (112)
Blackpool Blackpool 1 1 1 2009–10 2010–11 26 2010–2011 League One
12th
19th
(relegated)
DJ Campbell (13)
Bolton Wanderers Bolton (Horwich) 13 3 11 2000–01 2011–12 14 1995–1996
1997–1998
2001–2012
Championship
21st
6th Kevin Davies (68)
Bournemouth Bournemouth (Boscombe) 4 1 4 2014–15 Never
relegated
23 2015– 12th 9th Joshua King (30)
Bradford City Bradford 2 1 2 1998–99 2000–01 25 1999–2001 League One
11th
17th Dean Windass (13)
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton (Falmer) 2 1 2 2016–17 Never
relegated
25 2017– 15th 15th Glenn Murray (12)
Burnley Burnley 5 3 3 2015–16 2014–15 22 2009–2010
2014–2015
2016–
7th 7th Ashley Barnes (20)
Cardiff City Cardiff 2 2 1 2017–18 2013–14 25 2013–2014
2018–
Championship
2nd (promoted)
20th
(relegated)
Jordon Mutch (7)
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) 8 2 7 1999–2000 2006–07 19 1998–1999
2000–2007
League One
6th
7th Jason Euell (34)
Chelsea London (Fulham) 27 1 27 1988–89 Never
relegated
0 1992– 5th 1st Frank Lampard (147)
Coventry City Coventry 9 1 9 1966–67 2000–01 18 1992–2001 League Two
6th (promoted)
11th Dion Dublin (61)
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) 10 5 6 2012–13 2004–05 17 1992–1993
1994–1995
1997–1998
2004–2005
2013–
11th 10th Wilfried Zaha (24)
Derby County Derby 7 2 6 2006–07 2007–08 20 1996–2002
2007–2008
Championship
6th
8th Dean Sturridge (32)
Everton Liverpool (Walton) 27 1 27 1953–54 Never
relegated
0 1992– 8th 4th Romelu Lukaku (68)
Fulham London (Fulham) 14 2 13 2017–18 2013–14 13 2001–2014
2018–
Championship
3rd (promoted)
7th Clint Dempsey (50)
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield 2 1 2 2016–17 Never
relegated
25 2017– 16th 16th Steve Mounie (7)
Hull City Kingston upon Hull 5 3 2 2015–16 2016–17 22 2008–2010
2013–2015
2016–2017
Championship
18th
16th Nikica Jelavić (12)
Ipswich Town Ipswich 5 2 3 1999–2000 2001–02 22 1992–1995
2000–2002
Championship
12th
5th Marcus Stewart (25)
Leeds United Leeds 12 1 12 1989–90 2003–04 15 1992–2004 Championship
13th
3rd Mark Viduka (59)
Leicester City Leicester 13 4 6 2013–14 2003–04 14 1994–1995
1996–2002
2003–2004
2014–
9th 1st Jamie Vardy (62)
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) 27 1 27 1961–62 Never
relegated
0 1992– 4th 2nd Robbie Fowler (128)
Manchester City Manchester 22 3 16 2001–02 2000–01 5 1992–1996
2000–2001
2002–
1st 1st Sergio Agüero (143)
Manchester United Stretford 27 1 27 1974–75 Never
relegated
0 1992– 2nd 1st Wayne Rooney (183)
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough 15 4 11 2015–16 2016–17 12 1992–1993
1995–1997
1998–2009
2016–2017
Championship
5th
7th Hamilton Ricard (31)
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne 24 3 16 2016–17 2015–16 3 1993–2009
2010–2016
2017–
10th 2nd Alan Shearer (148)
Norwich City Norwich 8 4 3 2014–15 2015–16 19 1992–1995
2004–2005
2011–2014
2015–2016
Championship
14th
3rd Chris Sutton (33)
Nottingham Forest Nottingham (West Bridgford) 5 3 3 1997–98 1998–99 22 1992–1993
1994–1997
1998–1999
Championship
17th
3rd Bryan Roy (24)
Oldham Athletic Oldham 2 1 2 1990–91 1993–94 25 1992–1994 League One
21st (relegated)
19th Graeme Sharp (16)
Portsmouth Portsmouth 7 1 7 2002–03 2009–10 20 2003–2010 League One
8th
8th Yakubu (28)
Queens Park
Rangers
London (Shepherd's Bush) 7 3 4 2013–14 2014–15 20 1992–1996
2011–2013
2014–2015
Championship
16th
5th Les Ferdinand (60)
Reading Reading 3 2 2 2011–12 2012–13 24 2006–2008
2012–2013
Championship
20th
8th Kevin Doyle (19)
Sheffield United Sheffield (Highfield) 3 2 2 2005–06 2006–07 24 1992–1994
2006–2007
Championship
10th
14th Brian Deane (15)
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield (Owlerton) 8 1 8 1990–91 1999–2000 19 1992–2000 Championship
15th
7th Mark Bright (48)
Southampton Southampton 20 2 13 2011–12 2004–05 7 1992–2005
2012–
17th 6th Matt Le Tissier (100)
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent (Stoke) 10 1 10 2007–08 2017–18 17 2008–2018 19th
(relegated)
9th Peter Crouch (45)
Sunderland Sunderland 16 4 10 2006–07 2016–17 11 1996–1997
1999–2003
2005–2006
2007–2017
Championship
24th (relegated)
7th Kevin Phillips (61)
Swansea City Swansea 7 1 7 2010–11 2017–18 20 2011–2018 18th
(relegated)
8th Gylfi Sigurðsson (34)
Swindon Town Swindon 1 1 1 1992–93 1993–94 26 1993–1994 League Two
9th
22nd
(relegated)
Jan Åge Fjørtoft (12)
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) 27 1 27 1977–78 Never
relegated
0 1992– 3rd 2nd Harry Kane (108)
Watford Watford 6 3 4 2014–15 2006–07 21 1999–2000
2006–2007
2015–
14th 13th Troy Deeney (28)
West Bromwich
Albion
West Bromwich 12 4 8 2009–10 2017–18 15 2002–2003
2004–2006
2008–2009
2010–2018
20th
(relegated)
8th Peter Odemwingie (30)
West Ham United London (Stratford) 23 3 10 2011–12 2010–11 4 1993–2003
2005–2011
2012–
13th 5th Paolo Di Canio (47)
Wigan Athletic Wigan 8 1 8 2004–05 2012–13 19 2005–2013 League One
1st (promoted)
10th Hugo Rodallega (24)
Wimbledon[3] London (Wimbledon[4]) 8 1 8 1985–86 1999–2000 19 1992–2000 Defunct
(2003–04)
6th Dean Holdsworth (58)
Wolverhampton
Wanderers
Wolverhampton 5 3 3 2017–18 2011–12 22 2003–2004
2009–2012
2018–
Championship
1st (promoted)
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 Football League Two and their promotion back to Football League One at the end of that season. Since then, other former Premier League clubs relegated to League Two have included Bradford City, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Coventry City and Oldham Athletic. To date no former Premier League club has been relegated to the National League.

Crystal Palace have had the most separate spells in the Premier League, with five; all but the latest lasted a single 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 play-offs for the third time at the end of the 2012–13 season, and for the first time managed to avoid relegation the following season.

Both Luton Town and Notts County were in the top flight in 1991–92, and so 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. However, both clubs were relegated that season and have not returned to the top flight since, with Luton even dropping to the National League. The third top-flight club relegated that season was West Ham United, who subsequently won promotion into the Premier League the following season.

Chart[edit]

Huddersfield Town A.F.C.Brighton %26 Hove Albion F.C.A.F.C. BournemouthCardiff 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.

Location of all clubs who have competed in the Premier League[edit]

Where a club has played at multiple locations, the current location is shown (if they are a current Premier League member), or the location they playing at during the last Premier League season they competed in (if they are currently in the lower divisions). Tottenham currently play their home games at Wembley Stadium, this is not displayed.

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

Club Town or city First Division
titles
Total seasons Last
relegation
Current status
(2018–19)
Level in
pyramid
Accrington[5] Accrington 5 1892–93 Defunct
Bradford Park Avenue[6] Bradford (Horton Park) 3 1920–21 National League North 6
Brentford London (Brentford) 5 1946–47 Championship 2
Bristol City Bristol (Ashton Gate) 9 1979–80 Championship 2
Bury Bury 22 1928–29 League Two 4
Carlisle United Carlisle 1 1974–75 League Two 4
Darwen[7] Darwen 2 1893–94 North West Counties Football League
Division One North
10
Glossop North End Glossop 1 1899–1900 Northern Premier League
Division One North
8
Grimsby Town Cleethorpes 12 1947–48 League Two 4
Leyton Orient London (Leyton) 1 1962–63 National League 5
Luton Town Luton 16 1991–92 League One 3
Millwall London (New Cross) 2 1989–90 Championship 2
Northampton Town Northampton 1 1965–66 League Two 4
Notts County Nottingham 30 1991–92 League Two 4
Oxford United Oxford 3 1987–88 League One 3
Preston North End Preston 2 46 1960–61 Championship 2

References[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 the First World War. 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. ^ Wimbledon relocated from London to Milton Keynes in 2003, and renamed themselves Milton Keynes Dons a year later.
  4. ^ Throughout their time in the Premier League, Wimbledon played their home games at Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace.
  5. ^ The Accrington Stanley club competing today in League One, as well as its 1891 predecessor, are unrelated to the original Accrington club.
  6. ^ The original Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. went into liquidation in May 1974 and reformed as a Sunday league club. The club was refounded in 1988.
  7. ^ The original Darwen F.C. was wound up in May 2009. A.F.C. Darwen was formed as a phoenix club the same month.