Several clubs in the Premier League have stayed in the top flight for a long time. Their tenure in English football extends well beyond his 1992 start of the Premier League.
For example, six of the Premier League’s 22 charter members are still out of competition. They are Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. Others will join the Premier League in Modern Season for the first time. Brighton, Brentford, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers are still in the single digits in terms of number of Premier League seasons.
Yet the history of English football is much older than 1992. Aston Villa has his 7 wins and ranks his 6th on the top flight overall winners chart. However, six of his seven wins in league play came before World War I.
However, when it comes to actual tenure in the league, certain Premier League clubs might surprise you with the longest tenure in the top flight.
Longest tenure in the top flight for a Premier League club.
Perhaps surprisingly, Everton hold the record for most seasons played in the top league, at least based on their current form. The 2022/23 season will be his 124th official season in league football for England. Everton participated in 120 of them. Four seasons away from the top flight were two spells. One lasted just one season in 1930/31. Everton then sat out for his three consecutive seasons from his 1951/52 to his 1953/54.
Everton’s tenure in the last 69 seasons in the top league is second only to Arsenal, who are approaching top league football for the 100th consecutive season. Arsenal’s England first division and Premier League his 97 his season in the league is a longstanding record and should continue to grow.
However, Aston Villa are second only to Everton in terms of the number of seasons in the top league. The seven-time champions only have one more season than Liverpool and three more than Arsenal. Villa put the status to the test in the late 2010s when he was relegated for three seasons.
Manchester United round out the top five in 98 seasons before Manchester City, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur make the list.
Sunderland are the only non-Premier League clubs in the top 10. A former staple of the Premier League and top flight, Sunderland’s downfall is now back in the championship, sinking in League One just two years after he fought in the top flight.
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