Who Are The Premier League Ever-Present Clubs?
The English Premier League (EPL) was formed in 1992 and is now considered by many as the best and most exciting football league on the planet. Consisting of 20 teams, the top level of English football is home to some of the biggest clubs in the world, and amazingly, six teams have never been relegated from the division.
This article will look at the clubs that have been ever-present in the Premier League, assessing how each club has maintained its position in the top-flight for more than three decades.
Manchester United are the most successful club in the history of the EPL, having won the title a record 13 times. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils dominated the league throughout the nineties and remained one of the top sides well into the 21st century.
Since their legendary manager retired in 2013, United has not finished at the first position. But it’s worth to note that the club has never been close relegation, and the lowest position it has attained is seventh.
The Gunners finished 10th, 4th and 12th in the first three years from the start of the Premier League, but soon became annual title challengers, lifting the trophy on three occasions. Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, qualified for the Champions League for 19 consecutive seasons, and though the last decade has been more testing, the club finished second at the end of last season. Arsenal has never battled relegation in any season of the Premier League.
Though Liverpool has only won one Premier League title, the club has not finished lower than 8th – in fact, going back as far as 1955. The Reds have never had to battle for their place in the top-flight.
The Blues have won the Premier League on five occasions, enjoying huge success under the stewardship of owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea did play in the second division as recently as 1989, but have remained in the top-flight ever since.
During the nineties, the Spurs finished in the bottom half as much as they did the top half. However, over the last 15 years, Tottenham has firmly established itself as European regulars, thanks mainly to the goal-scoring heroics of Harry Kane.
The Toffees are one of the most successful clubs in England. The team had some barren spells in its history up to the time of the formation of the Premier League. Of the Premier League ever-present teams, Everton have come closest to losing that proud status, having faced three relegation battles on the last day of the season in 1994, 2021 and 2022. However, they always find a way.