Seasons in the Top-Flight Table

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With Aston Villa’s relegation battle officially on, the context of Villa potentially dropping out of the top-flight can be seen below in a table of which teams have spent the most years in the top tier.

Villa are currently second. A stat that backs up the club’s boast of  having a ‘Proud History’, and suggests that Villa have no place in the championship.

But, at the moment, the most played league fixture in English football history, between Aston Villa and Everton, is under danger of being put on ice for at least a season.


Seasons in the Top-Flight from 1888-89 to end of 2011-12.

From a total of 114 seasons.


109 Everton

 101 Aston Villa

  97 Liverpool

  95 Arsenal

  87 Manchester United

  83 Manchester City

  81 Newcastle United

  81 Sunderland

  77 Tottenham Hotspur

  77 Chelsea

————- top 10 ————-

  74 West Bromwich Albion

  73 Bolton Wanderers

  72 Blackburn Rovers

  66 Sheffield Wednesday

  65 Derby County

  63 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  60 Sheffield United

  60 Middlesbrough

  56 Nottingham Forest

  57 Birmingham City

  56 Stoke City

  52 Burnley

  54 West Ham United

  50 Leeds United

  46 Preston North End

  46 Leicester City

  34 Coventry City

  34 Southampton

  33 Portsmouth

  30 Notts County

  30 Huddersfield Town

  28 Blackpool

  26 Ipswich Town

  26 Charlton Athletic

  22 Bury

  21 Queens Park Rangers

  21 Norwich City

  23 Fulham

  16 Luton Town

  15 Cardiff City

  14 Wimbledon

  13 Crystal Palace

  12 Oldham Athletic

  12 Grimsby Town

  12 Bradford City

   9 Bristol City

   8 Watford

   5 Brentford

   5 Accrington

   4 Brighton & Hove Albion

   3 Oxford United

   3 Bradford Park Avenue

   7 Wigan Athletic

   2 Darwen

   2 Reading

   2 Hull City

   3 Swansea City

   2 Millwall

   1 Swindon Town

   1 Northampton

   1 Leyton Orient

   1 Glossop North End

   1 Carlisle United

   1 Barnsley


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