Every Premier League Club Ranked By Length of Their Current Spell in the Top Flight

Memories are short in modern football.


Increasingly fewer social media era fans can remember a time when Manchester City were relegated to the third tier, while only those of a certain age will remember the last time Manchester United or Liverpool weren't at English football's top table.



Here are all 20 Premier League clubs ranked by the length of their current unbroken spell in the top flight (in other words since their last promotion)...

20. Hull City - 1st Season

​Last Promoted: 2016


Hull failed to avoid an immediate return to the Championship on their last foray into the Premier League and look set for a similar fate again this season unless something unexpected happens over the second half of the campaign.


Not since the days of Phil Brown have the Tigers survived in the top flight.

19. Middlesbrough - 1st Season

​Last Promoted: 2016


Middlesbrough returned to the Premier League at the end of last season after a seven-year absence from the top table of English football.


Boro's relegation came just three years after contesting the UEFA Cup final against Sevilla in 2006. Their return would have been 12 months earlier but for losing the 2015 playoff final.

18. Burnley - 1st Season

​Last Promoted: 2016


Having previously been a founder member of the Football League in 1888 and a mainstay of the top flight in the 1950s and 1960s, Burnley are giving it their all in a third attempt at life in the Premier League after winning the Championship in 2015/16.

17. Bournemouth - 2nd Season

​Last Promoted: 2015


Having romped to Championship glory in the 2014/15 campaign, Bournemouth defied expectations to largely avoid the pressure of real a relegation battle in their first ever attempt at top flight football last season.


The Cherries also look well on course to improve on that 16th place finish this season and extend their stay in the Premier League into a third season as well.

16. Watford - 2nd Season

​Last Promoted: 2015


As was the case with Bournemouth, Watford punched above their weight last season, but even higher as ex-manager Quique Sanchez Flores oversaw a comfortable 13th place finish.


This season has had its ups and downs already, but comfortable survival is likely once more.

15. Leicester City - 3rd Season

​Last Promoted: 2014


Incredibly, Leicester lifted the Premier League trophy in just their second season back in the top flight after a whole decade away. It was the kind of achievement people thought had been left behind in the 1970s with the likes of Brian Clough's Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

14. Crystal Palace - 4th Season

​Last Promoted: 2013


Prior to earning promotion via the playoffs and surviving in the Premier League in 2013/14, Crystal Palace had never suffered anything other than immediate relegation in four previous attempts in the post-1992 era.


Their top flight status was in doubt under the management of Alan Pardew, but Sam Allardyce's appointment is expected to make all the difference over the next few months.

13. Southampton - 5th Season

​Last Promoted: 2012


After relegation in 2005 for the first time since 1978, Southampton dropped all the way down to the third tier and stared financial oblivion in the face before finally returning to the promised land five years ago.


The Saints flirted with the drop in 2012/13, but have been a top half team ever since.

12. West Ham United - 5th Season

​Last Promoted: 2012


In 2012, West Ham were promoted to the Premier League for the third time since English football was revamped 20 years earlier and have remained in the top flight.


Former manager Sam Allardyce was responsible for that promotion and then for consolidating, before ex-player Slaven Bilic was handed the reins to take things on further.

11. Swansea City - 6th Season

​Last Promoted: 2011


Swansea are in serious danger of seeing their spell in the Premier League come to an end after six seasons if things don't improve at the Liberty Stadium soon.


The club has already burned through two managers halfway through the campaign.

10. West Bromwich Albion - 7th Season

Last Promoted: 2010


Seemingly gone are the days when West Brom were bouncing between the Premier League and the second tier, not good enough for one but too good for the other.


The Baggies have now remained a top flight club for seven straight years and are currently battling to finish in the top half of the division for only the second time since 1981.

9. Stoke City - 9th Season

​Last Promoted: 2008


Just 10 years before reaching the Premier League, Stoke were relegated to the third tier of English football along with Manchester City.


The Potters only returned to the second tier in 2002, but have quickly become part of the furniture in the Premier League over the last eight-and-a-half seasons.

8. Sunderland - 10th Season

Last Promoted: 2007


It was Roy Keane, during his brief club management career, who guided Sunderland to their last promotion to the Premier League in 2007 after an earlier yo-yo existence.


Somehow, the club has stayed put until now after near miraculous escapes from relegation in each of the last four seasons, and the Black Cats are once again in trouble in 2016/17.

7. Manchester City - 15th Season

​Last Promoted: 2002


Manchester City have come an awful long way in a relatively short space of time, all with the help of significant financial aid after Sheikh Mansour's takeover in the summer of 2008.


The club spent the latter half of the 1990s yo-yo-ing between the second and third tiers of English football and were relegated from the Premier League as recently as 2001.

6. Chelsea - 28th Season

​Last Promoted: 1989


Chelsea had just about started to bridge the gap to the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table prior to the Roman Abramovich era, but it took the Russian billionaire's cheque book to make the final leap.


Before then, Chelsea were a struggling side and spent a total of eight seasons in the Second Division during the 1970s and 1980s, most recently in 1988/89.

5. Tottenham Hotspur - 39th Season

​Last Promoted: 1978


League and FA Cup double winners in 1960/61, Tottenham's time in the top flight has only been broken with a single season in the second tier of English football since 1950.


That came after a surprise relegation during the 1976/77 campaign, but one that was followed by immediate promotion just a year later.

4. Manchester United - 42nd Season

​Last Promoted: 1975


It was just six short years after being crowned European champions that Manchester United were last relegated from England's top flight.


The Red Devils returned to Division One within a year, but it wasn't until the 1990s when Alex Ferguson had finally built some momentum at Old Trafford that they were back on top.

3. Liverpool - 55th Season

​Last Promoted: 1962


It was legendary manager Bill Shankly who oversaw Liverpool's last promotion, all the way back in 1962.


The Reds had actually spent the latter half of the 1950s in the second tier, but Shankly was appointed boss in 1959 and had delivered a First Division title at Anfield within two seasons of returning to the top flight.

2. Everton - 63rd Season

​Last Promoted: 1954


Liverpool's run of 55 continuous top flight seasons is actually bettered by Merseyside rivals Everton, with the Toffees a feature of England's elite division ever since their last promotion more than 60 years ago.


In fact, since being one of the Football League's founding members in 1888, Everton have only ever spent four of 129 seasons out of the first tier - in 1930/31 and from 1951 to 1954.

1. Arsenal - 98th Season

​Last Promoted: 1919


For all that Arsenal supporters increasingly complain about their club's apparent lack of ambition when it comes to really chasing the Premier League, they should perhaps be grateful that theirs is the club with by far the longest continuous run in the top flight.


Promoted to the newly enlarged First Division by a Football League vote in 1919, and at the expense of new north London neighbours Tottenham, the Gunners will celebrate a full century of top flight seasons in 2018/19.

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