Most Relegations From the Premier League | Opta Analyst

What goes up, must come down. Well, for most teams, anyway. We run through the clubs to have suffered the most relegations from the Premier League.


Since the Premier League’s formation in 1992, just seven clubs have never suffered relegation. Six of those – Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea – have been constants in the top division over this period. Brighton are a new addition to the list, but that’s because they were promoted to the Premier League in 2017-18 and have not been relegated since.  

But for every Arsenal there is a Norwich City. For every Manchester United, there’s a West Bromwich Albion.

So, which Premier League teams have been relegated from the Premier League the most often? Let’s go through the list.


Clubs With the Most Relegations From the Premier League (Since 1992)

6 – Norwich City

5 – West Bromwich Albion

4 – Burnley, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Sunderland, Watford

3 – Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers

2 – Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Reading, Southampton, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers

1 – Aston Villa, Barnsley, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bradford City, Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke City, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Wimbledon

It’s easy to see why Norwich City have become the definition of a yo-yo club in recent years. With six relegations in total, they’ve been relegated from the Premier League on more occasions than any other club. Logically, they also hold the joint record for the most promotions to the Premier League.

Their most recent relegation came in 2021-22, when they finished bottom in their first season after getting promoted as Championship winners in 2020-21. In fact, on the three most recent occasions they’ve been promoted to the Premier League, they’ve been relegated in their first season back in the top flight.

West Brom come next, having been relegated five times from the Premier League. A period of top-flight permanence between 2010-11 and 2016-17 has been bookended by more chaotic years. Promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 2002-03, West Brom were relegated in their first season, before bouncing up and down again in 2005-05 and 2008-09. Their most recent relegation came in 2020-21 and they’ve been in the Championship ever since, although they do have a chance to get promoted via the EFL play-offs in 2023-24.

With their fate sealed for 2023-24, Burnley and Sheffield United now find themselves at four total Premier League relegations.

Leicester City (4) and Blackburn Rovers (2) are the only teams who’ve been relegated while also winning the Premier League (in different seasons, of course).  

Sheffield United Premier League relegation

Clubs With the Most Relegations From the English Top Flight (All-Time)

12 – Birmingham City, Leicester City

11 – West Bromwich Albion

10 – Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City

9 – Burnley, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland

8 – Derby County

7 – Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers

6 – Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Notts County, Preston North End, West Ham United

5 – Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, Fulham, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, Watford

4 – Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur

3 – Grimsby Town, Hull City, Liverpool, Luton Town, Portsmouth, Southampton

2 – Bradford City, Bristol City, Bury, Darwen, Everton, Oldham Athletic, Reading, Swansea City

1 – Accrington, Arsenal, Barnsley, Bournemouth, Bradford Park Avenue, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Carlisle United, Coventry City, Glossop North End, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Wimbledon

Of course, English football didn’t begin in 1992 with the introduction of the Premier League.

Overall in top-flight history, Birmingham City and Leicester City jointly hold the unwanted record of being relegated most often (12). Birmingham were most recently in the Premier League in 2010-11, but their 13-year spell in the Championship came to an end this season with them suffering relegation to England’s third tier.

It might be a surprise to see Manchester City high up on this list. Despite their recent success, the Citizens have been relegated from the English top flight on 10 occasions.


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