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10 Former EPL Teams That Have Slipped Down the Ladder and Now Play in England's 3rd and 4th Tiers

No fewer than 49 teams have graced the Premier League during since its inception in 1992, that's over half the entire Football League. 


Of those 49 teams, ten are currently competing in the third and fourth tiers of the Football League. 


Here's a look at those ten sides currently plying their trade down in the lower divisions...

1. Wigan Athletic

Since suffering relegation in 2013, the same year as their famous FA Cup triumph, Wigan have become something of a yo-yo club between the Championship and League One.


The Latics have suffered two relegations, sandwiched by a single promotion, in consecutive seasons, and look set to continue that run as they sit four points clear of the playoff places at the top of League One with a game in hand on the chasing pack.

2. Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn's relegation at the end of last season following five years in the Championship marked the first time a former Premier League champion has gone on to drop into the third tier of English football.


Under Tony Mowbray, who very nearly masterminded a great escape in the final stages of last season, Rovers are on a League high run of seventeen league games unbeaten as they chase an instant return to The Championship.

3. Bradford City

Masterminds of one of the Premier League's most unexpected and famous survival stories when finishing seventeenth in the 99/00 season, Bradford were unable to repeat the feat twelve months later and have never returned to the Premier League.


The Yorkshire side dropped as low as the fourth tier, during which time they reached the League Cup final in 2013, but missed out on a place in the Championship with a playoff final defeat last season, and are in League One playoff contention once more this season.

4. Charlton Athletic

A club dogged by off-field troubles in recent years, Charlton's second spell in League One since relegation from the Premier League in 2006 came at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, when they finished 22nd in the Championship.


An underwhelming season followed with the club finishing thirteenth in the league and never looking like pushing for promotion. This season however an upturn in results has seen the club move towards the playoff places as they look for a return to England's second tier.

5. Portsmouth

Portsmouth's relegation from the Premier League was followed by a freefall down the divisions, where administration and points deductions saw the club faced with dropping out of the Football League and even existence for a period.


The Fratton Park side only gained promotion from League Two at the conclusion of the 2016/17 season after four years in the Football League's bottom tier, but are now looking up rather than down once more as they sit just a few points off a playoff place.

6. Wimbledon

A side with one of the most controversial recent histories in English football, Wimbledon's relegation in 2000 after 14 seasons in the Premier League was one from which they never returned.


Just a few years later the club was relocated and rebranded as Milton Keynes Dons, while a new side, AFC Wimbledon, was formed in the club's spiritual home. The 2017/18 sees these two sides meet in league football for the first time, with both currently fighting relegation from League One.

7. Blackpool

Another club with a number of off-field distractions to contend with, Blackpool also dropped all the way through the Football League since their one, memorable Premier League season in 2010/11, The Tangerines secured a return to League One with victory in the League Two playoff final last season.


Following a promising start to the season, a run of bad results has seen Blackpool drop down the table, leaving them just three points clear of the relegation zone as the season approaches its' closing stages.

8. Oldham Athletic

Oldham haven't played in the top flight since relegation in 1994, Oldham suffered relegation from the second tier in 1997 and were unable to regain promotion despite being among the favourites to do so in the late nineties.


Instead a drop into the third tier has seen them become the only side to play in every season in the third tier since its' rebranding to League One in 2004, where the majority of their campaign's have been dominated by fights against relegation to League Two.

9. Coventry City

Relegated from the Premier League in 2001 after 34 years in the top flight, Coventry's story is another one of off-field problems and threats of administration running concurrent with a freefall down the divisions.


The 2016/17 season saw Coventry drop into the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 1959, and though they are pushing for a playoff spot and an instant return to the third tier, concerns remain over the financial state of the club off the pitch.

10. Swindon Town

Promoted to the Premier League a year after its' formation, Swindon suffered an instant relegation from their only ever season in English football's top flight.


The Robins have since gone on to bounce through the Football League's three divisions, and dropped into the fourth tier for a third time at the end of the 2016/17, just two years after reaching the League One playoff final.