Season in Top flight football

Seasons Spent in the Top Flight of English Football by Clubs from 1888-89 to 2021-22

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Table showing the Total Number of Seasons spent by Clubs in the Top Flight of English football from 1888-89 to 2021-22.
Includes a table of Consecutive number of seasons in the Top Flight Football for the 20 current Premier League clubs.
The Clubs that spent the longest time in the English Top Flight are Everton – 119, Aston Villa – 108, Liverpool – 107 and Arsenal – 105.
The longest serving teams in the Premier League are Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
These teams are in the Premier League since its first season in 1992-93.

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Seasons in Top Flight

Consecutive Seasons in Top Flight

 

Seasons in English Top Flight 1888-89 to 2021-22 (123 Seasons)

No. Club Badge Seasons
1 EVERTON

Everton Results

119
2 ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa Results

108
3 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool Results

107
4 ARSENAL

Arsenal Results

105
5 MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United Results

97
6 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City Results

93
7 NEWCASTLE UNITED

New Castle United Football Results

90
8 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tottenham Hotspur 20-21

87
9 CHELSEA

Chelsea Results

87
10 SUNDERLAND

Sunderland Results

86
11 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

WBA Results

82
12 BOLTON WANDERERS

Bolton Wanderers Results

73
13 BLACKBURN ROVERS

Blackburn Rovers Results

72
14 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Wolverhampton Results

67
15 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Sheffield Wednesday

66
16 DERBY COUNTY

Derby

65
17 WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham United Results

64
18 SHEFFIELD UNITED

English Football

62
19 STOKE CITY

Stoke City Results

62
20 MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesborough Results

61
21 BURNLEY

Burnley Football Results

59
22 BIRMINGHAM CITY

Birmingham Football Results

57
23 NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Nottingham Forest Results

56
24 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester

55
25 LEEDS UNITED

Leeds United 20-21

52
26 PRESTON NORTH END

English Football

46
27 SOUTHAMPTON

Southhampton Results

43
28 COVENTRY CITY

English Football

34
29 PORTSMOUTH

Potsmuth Results

33
30 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Huddersfield

32
31 NOTTS COUNTY

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30
32 BLACKPOOL

Blsckpool Results

28
33 NORWICH CITY

Norwich City Results

27
34 IPSWICH TOWN

Ipswich Football

27
35 CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Charlton Athletic

26
36 FULHAM

Fulham Results

26
37 QUEENS PARK RANGERS

QPR Results

23
38 BURY

English Fooball

22
39 CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace Results

22
40 CARDIFF CITY

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17
41 LUTON TOWN

English Football

16
42 WATFORD

Watford Results

14
43 WIMBLEDON

WIMBLEDON Football Results

14
44 OLDHAM ATHLETIC

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12
45 BRADFORD CITY

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12
46 GRIMSBY TOWN

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12
47 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Brighton and Hove

9
48 BRISTOL CITY

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9
49 SWANSEA CITY

Swansea Results

9
50 WIGAN ATHLETIC

Wigan Results

8
51 BRENTFORD

New Brentford

6
52 ACCRINGTON (Th' Owd Reds)

Football League

5
53 AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Bournmouth Results

5
54 HULL CITY

Hull City Results

5
55 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

football results

3
56 OXFORD UNITED

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3
57 READING

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3
58 DARWEN

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2
59 MILLWALL

Milwall

2
60 GLOSSOP

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1
61 CARLISLE UNITED

English Football

1
62 SWINDON TOWN

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1
63 NORTHAMPTON TOWN

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1
64 LEYTON ORIENT

English Football

1
65 BARNSLEY

Barnley

1

Consecutive Seasons in Top Flight for Current Season’s Premier League Clubs 

No. Club Badge Dates Seasons
1 ARSENAL*

Arsenal Results

1919-20 96
2 EVERTON

Everton Results

1954-55 68
3 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool Results

1962-63 60
4 MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United Results

1975-76 47
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Tottenham Results

1978-79 44
6 CHELSEA

Chelsea Results

1989-90 33
7 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City Results

2002-03 20
8 SOUTHAMPTON

Southhampton Results

2012-13 10
9 WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham United Results

2012-13 10
10 CRYSTAL PALACE

Crystal Palace Results

2013-14 9
11 LEICESTER CITY

Leicester

2014-15 8
12 BURNLEY

Burnley Football Results

2016-17 6
13 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Brighton and Hove

2017-18 5
14 NEWCASTLE UNITED

New Castle United Football Results

2017-18 5
15 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Wolverhampton Results

2018-19 4
16 ASTON VILLA

Aston Villa Results

2019-20 3
17 LEEDS UNITED

Leeds Football

2020-21 2
18 NORWICH CITY

Norwich City Results

2021-22 1
19 WATFORD

Watford Results

2021-22 1
20 BRENTFORD

New Brentford

2021-22 1

*Arsenal were “elected” to the Top Flight in season 1919-20. They remain the only club since the formation of the Football League in 1888-89 who never earned their place on merit.

BOLD = Premier League club season 2020-21

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