We've recently seen the likes of Cardiff, Burnley and Watford in the Premier League but do you know that there have been a total of 46 clubs that have played in the Premier League since it's first season in 1992-93 ? That sound like exactly half of the total league clubs in English football but it's a little more complicated than that. Here are seven clubs that the youngsters amongst you might not believe were ever in the Premier league...
1 - Barnsley - Yorkshire was once a real footballing hot bed at the top level with Leeds United winning the last ever top flight league before the Premier League and both Sheffield clubs challenging but did you know that Barnsley were in the top flight in season 1997-98 ? They finished 19th and were promptly relegated !
2 - Blackpool - Once a footballing giant, Blackpool briefly flirted with the Premier League in season 2010-2011. They started really well too but their post christmas form was terrible and they too finished 19th and relegated.
3 - Bradford City - Back to Yorkshire and slightly better luck for Bradford who survived season 1999-2000 only to be relegated the following year.
4 - Coventry City - Never a giant but Coventry were promoted to the top league in 1967 and stayed there for 34 years including the first nine Premier League seasons.
5 - Oldham Athletic - Oldham were founder members of the Premier League under Joe Royle and survived the first two seasons before relegation in 1995.
6 - Swindon Town - Swindon gained releagtion to the Premier league at the first time of asking but finished bottom of the pile in their one and only season 1993-1994.
7 - Wimbledon - Strictly speaking, Wimbledon are the only Premier league club who no longer exist. Milton Keynes Dons are in effect what was once Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon are a totally different club. Back in the day though Wimbledon were a force to be reckoned with, finishing as high as 6th in the Premier league in their seven year spell.
Everyone of them deserved their place in the big league but time flies doesn't it ?
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