A general view of the action during the Sky Bet League One match between Rotherham United and Sheffield United at the New York Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Rotherham, England

3 Teams That Achieved Back to Back Promotions From League One to the Premier League

Doncaster, Bournemouth and Yeovil were the three teams that were promoted from League One to the Championship last season. Being the new kids on the block, many question the chances these teams have of being able to stay in the Championship. 


However, these three teams have a chance to create history and join past teams that found themselves in the third tier and over two successive seasons had clawed their way to the top tier of English Football.

1. Southampton

After being relegated to League One in 2009, Southampton were in serious trouble. 
This was the first time in more than 50 years that the club found themselves in the third tier of English Football and Southampton were in such a financial catastrophe after being in administration earlier on that season. However, under a new owner they hoped to turn things around and newly appointed manager Alan Pardew had promotion on his mind. With more funds to help him achieve his goal, Pardew brought many players into the fold. One in particular being Bristol Rovers striker Rickie Lambert.
Despite not achieving promotion in their season under Pardew, they did achieve promotion the next season with new manager Nigel Adkins. When they returned to the Championship the next season, they certainly weren't there just to fill up the numbers!They started their Championship season with a four game winning streak and continued their dominance of the Championship throughout the season. They went undefeated at home until the last game of 2011 when they lost to Bristol City. Despite this, they finished the season in the automatic promotion spot and the Saints returned to the Premier League for the first time in seven years.

2. Norwich City

Starting off the 2009/2010 season being obliterated 7-1 by Colchester, Norwich's first season back in the third tier of English Football didn't have the greatest of beginnings. 


Luckily for Norwich, these huge defeats would not become a regular sight that season. 


In what was an amazing turn around, new manager Paul Lambert was able to lift the Canaries from the bottom of the table at the start of the season and arrive at the top of the table by the end of it. They bounced right back up to the Championship.


And if one promotion wasn't enough, Norwich followed it up with another promotion the next season to be the first team in more than 10 years to achieve back to back promotions from the third tier to the first tier.


Who were that team? 

3. Manchester City

Long before Manchester City were graced with super rich owners and world class players, Manchester City hit the third tier of English football for the first time in their history in 1998. 


They were the first British team that had been European champions to slip down to the Second Division. And under new manager Joe Royle, they knew this wasn't acceptable.


They wasted little time in getting back to the First Division, getting promoted right back up after a play-off final victory over Gillingham. Joe and City followed up this promotion with one more, leading them to the Premier League once again. City had achieved back to back promotions.


However, the jubilation was short-lived as they were relegated back to Division 1 the next season. But after they were promoted one more time the season after that, they've stayed in the Premier League ever since. 

Southampton, Norwich and Man City were teams that weren't satisfied with one promotion and they tried so hard to make it two in a row. Teams that normally get promoted from League One to the Championship are written off a lot of the time, but if these three teams prove anything, it's that as long as you're in the division you have a chance of promotion. 


Whilst the likes of Doncaster, Bournemouth and Yeovil are not near the play-off positions right now, the season is far from over. These three teams still have a chance to write themselves into the history books by joining those who have achieved back to back promotions to the Premier League. As it has been proved time and time again, anything can happen in football.