Every Father & Son Duo to Have Played in the Premier League – Ranked

Jamie Spencer
Sep 23, 2020, 3:30 PM GMT+1
Peter & Kasper Schmeichel have both played in the Premier League
Peter & Kasper Schmeichel have both played in the Premier League | Getty Images/Getty Images
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Rory Delap could soon become the latest former Premier League player to have a son also make his debut in the division, with 17-year-old son Liam on the fringes of the Manchester City first-team.

Rory played for Derby, Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke during his own career and amassed an impressive 359 Premier League appearances. Liam is highly rated at City and is tipped to make a major impact of his own over the coming years.

Plenty of father and son duos have come before in the Premier League, yet it is rare that both the father and son have made a success of themselves.

Here's all 14 father-son Premier League star duos ranked...

14. Alvin & David Martin

Alvin Martin was a West Ham veteran in the early 1990s
Alvin Martin was a West Ham veteran in the early 1990s | Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Former West Ham defender Alvin Martin played most of his football in the 1980s and was a veteran by the time of the Premier League era, but did feature in 1993/94, 1994/95 and 1995/96.

His son David was in the youth ranks at West Ham, yet his senior break came at Wimbledon, who then became MK Dons. A transfer to Liverpool followed without any first-team games.

David might have been forgiven for thinking his chance to play Premier League football had gone when he spent seven years at MK Dons. But West Ham took him back to London in 2019, where he was afforded a surprise run in the team.

David Martin re-signed for West Ham in 2019
David Martin re-signed for West Ham in 2019 | Naomi Baker/Getty Images

13. Steve & Dan Potts

Steve Potts was a West Ham player from 1985 until 2002
Steve Potts was a West Ham player from 1985 until 2002 | Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Steve Potts played over 500 total games for West Ham during a 17-year spell with the club. He became a regular in the late 1980s and was a virtual ever-present into the mid-1990s.

Fellow defender Dan joined the Hammers’ youth ranks around the time his father left, going on to make his senior debut for the club in 2011 aged just 17.

Dan’s Premier League involvement was limited to just two games in the 2012/13 season and he has instead built a career helping Luton rise back up the EFL ladder.

Dan Potts played a few first-team games for West Ham
Dan Potts played a few first-team games for West Ham | Steve Bardens/Getty Images

12. Paul & Darnell Furlong

Paul Furlong was once Chelsea's record signing
Paul Furlong was once Chelsea's record signing | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Despite Chelsea spending a club record £2.3m on Paul Furlong in 1994, the forward was only briefly a Premier League player during his career and enjoyed most of his success in the second tier.

Almost 20 years after his father’s last game for Chelsea, Darnell emerged from the youth ranks at QPR and played three Premier League games in the 2014/15 season.

Furlong Jr. continued his development with QPR after relegation, but has now made his return to the Premier League after helping West Brom secure promotion in 2019/20.

Darnell Furlong is back in the Premier League with West Brom
Darnell Furlong is back in the Premier League with West Brom | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

11. Gordon & Gavin Strachan

Gordon Strchan was still playing in the Premier League era
Gordon Strchan was still playing in the Premier League era | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Part of Alex Ferguson’s successful Aberdeen side and a league title winner with Leeds in 1991/92, Gordon Strachan’s best years were behind him by the time of the Premier League era.

He was still a regular for Leeds to begin with, before joining Coventry to become a player-coach and eventually take over as player-manager in 1996.

Son Gavin played for his father at Coventry, yet his chances were largely limited and he left the club soon after Gordon did, embarking on a journeyman career in the lower leagues.

Gavin Strachan had a short Premier League career
Gavin Strachan had a short Premier League career | Graham Chadwick/Getty Images

10. David & George Hirst

David Hirst is a Sheffield Wednesday legend of the 1990s
David Hirst is a Sheffield Wednesday legend of the 1990s | Anton Want/Getty Images

Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst was famously a major transfer target for Manchester United in the early 1990s before attention eventually turned to Eric Cantona.

He is considered to have been a top quality all-round striker, whose peak saw the Owls enjoy relative success in the early Premier League years.

George Hirst is a 21-year-old forward on the books at Leicester. Although currently on loan to Rotherham, he made his debut for the Foxes at the end of the 2019/20 season.

George Hirst has played in the Premier League for Leicester
George Hirst has played in the Premier League for Leicester | Lewis Storey/Getty Images

9. Gustavo & Diego Poyet

Gus Poyet became a Chelsea and Tottenham cult hero
Gus Poyet became a Chelsea and Tottenham cult hero | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Gus Poyet enjoyed seven successful years in the Premier League with Chelsea and then Tottenham, part of the first real explosion of foreign talent to move into English football.

The Uruguayan’s son, Diego, is Spanish-born from his father’s time at Real Zaragoza, but grew up in England and represented the Three Lions at junior international level.

Diego started his career at Charlton and got a Premier League move to West Ham in 2014, playing only a handful of games. He last played in Cyprus in 2018 and is thought to have retired.

Diego Poyet played in the Premier League for West Ham
Diego Poyet played in the Premier League for West Ham | VI-Images/Getty Images

8. Rob & Elliot Lee

Rob Lee was a Newcastle star of the mid-1990s
Rob Lee was a Newcastle star of the mid-1990s | Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Rob Lee made his name as a Premier League player as part of the Newcastle team that exploded into the top flight in 1993 and secured back-to-back second place finishes soon afterwards.

Son Elliot was born in the north east but started his career at West Ham when the family moved back to London. He played only twice in the top flight but is enjoying a respectable lower league career.

Another Lee son, Olly, is also a professional footballer. Unlike, Rob or Elliot, however, he has never played in the Premier League to date, despite also starting out at West Ham.

Elliot Lee was on the books at West Ham early in his career
Elliot Lee was on the books at West Ham early in his career | Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

7. Kevin & Tyrese Campbell

Kevin Campbell scored 83 Premier League goals
Kevin Campbell scored 83 Premier League goals | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Kevin Campbell had important spells as a Premier League player with Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Everton in the 1990s and early 2000s, having also played briefly in Turkey.

He scored 83 Premier League goals in total during his career and even collected a First Division medal with Arsenal before the modern era kicked off after 1992.

Tyrese Campbell is yet to make his impact in the Premier League, although at just 20 years of age, time is on his side. He made his top flight debut for Stoke aged 18 in February 2018.

Tyrese Campbell is at Stoke but only 20 years of age
Tyrese Campbell is at Stoke but only 20 years of age | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

6. Alan & Jack Cork

Alan Cork played in the Premier League for Sheffield United
Alan Cork played in the Premier League for Sheffield United | Getty Images/Getty Images

Ex-Sheffield United forward Alan Cork became something of a Premier League cult hero in the early years, having earlier been part of Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ in the pre-1992 era.

Jack Cork is more famous than his father these days. He failed to make the breakthrough at first club Chelsea, but has consistently been a Premier League player since 2012.

Jack helped Southampton earned promotion back to the top flight and now has over 250 top flight appearances under his belt with the Saints, Swansea and Burnley.

Jack Cork has spent most of his career in the Premier League
Jack Cork has spent most of his career in the Premier League | Visionhaus/Getty Images

5. Bryan & Angus Gunn

Bryan Gunn helped Norwich to impressive Premier League finishes
Bryan Gunn helped Norwich to impressive Premier League finishes | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Bryan Gunn was an early Premier League star, playing over 400 games for Norwich in all competitions, and part of the Canaries side that finished third in 1992/93.

He went on to play in the UEFA Cup against Bayern Munich and, all told, spent 12 years at Carrow Road, having originally played under Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen.

Angus is now a goalkeeper like his father. He spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Norwich in the Championship, leading to a £13.5m transfer from Manchester City to Southampton.

Angus Gunn cost Southampton £13.5m in 2018
Angus Gunn cost Southampton £13.5m in 2018 | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

4. Steve & Alex Bruce

Steve Bruce won three Premier League titles with Man Utd
Steve Bruce won three Premier League titles with Man Utd | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Long before he was on the Premier League managerial merry-go-round, Steve Bruce was the captain who lifted three titles with Manchester United in the early and mid-1990s.

Despite a patchy coaching career in the 24 years since, Steve was legitimately one of the best centre-backs the Premier League has seen. His son Alex tried to follow in those big footsteps.

Alex has played just shy of 50 Premier League games in his career for Birmingham and Hull, but spent most of his time in the Championship with the likes of Ipswich and Leeds.

Alex Bruce played for Birmingham & Hull in the Premier League
Alex Bruce played for Birmingham & Hull in the Premier League | Mark Thompson/Getty Images

3. Paul & Tom Ince

Paul Ince won two early Premier League titles with Man Utd
Paul Ince won two early Premier League titles with Man Utd | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Paul Ince was a two-time Premier League champion as part of Manchester United’s dominant side in the early 1990s, later playing for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolves.

Son Tom started out in the academy ranks at Liverpool, although he never played for the club in the Premier League. His top flight debut actually came with Crystal Palace on loan from Blackpool.

Unlike his father, Ince Jr. has never made the same impact in the game. He briefly played a handful of games for Hull and got his third and most recent go at the Premier League with Huddersfield.

Tom Ince last played in the Premier League for Huddersfield
Tom Ince last played in the Premier League for Huddersfield | Tony Marshall/Getty Images

2. Ian Wright & Shaun/Bradley Wright-Phillips

Ian Wright is Arsenal's second all-time leading scorer
Ian Wright is Arsenal's second all-time leading scorer | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has seen two sons go on to play in the Premier League, with both Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips each making their professional bow with Manchester City.

Ian’s title with Arsenal in 1997/98 and Shaun’s subsequent triumph with Chelsea in 2005/06 made them the first father-son duo to have won the Premier League.

Bradley’s Premier League career was only brief. He played 32 league games for City between 2004 and 2006, before dropping down divisions and eventually becoming a leading MLS player.

Shaun Wright-Phillips became a Premier League champion with Chelsea
Shaun Wright-Phillips became a Premier League champion with Chelsea | Ben Radford/Getty Images
Bradley Wright-Phillips played in the Premier League for Man City
Bradley Wright-Phillips played in the Premier League for Man City | Paul Gilham/Getty Images

1. Peter & Kasper Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the world in the 1990s
Peter Schmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the world in the 1990s | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Peter Schmeichel was the best goalkeeper in the world during his Premier League career with Manchester United, while son Kasper has been among the league’s top stoppers since 2014.

Peter helped redefine the art of modern goalkeeping in the 1990s. Kasper grew up watching his father at Old Trafford, although his own professional debut came at Manchester City.

After then starting from the bottom with Notts County in League Two, Kasper spent several years in the Championship, before being an ever-present for Leicester in their 2015/16 fairytale triumph.

Kasper Schmeichel was a Premier League champion with Leicester
Kasper Schmeichel was a Premier League champion with Leicester | Michael Regan/Getty Images

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