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All-Time Top-Flight Table


The following all-time table charts the history of top-flight English football, detailing the full record of the old First Division and current Premiership since the formation of the Football League in 1888.

This Uniform Table is based entirely on a basis of 2 points for a win and is therefore a more accurate reflection of the Top Flight's history and stays true to clubs that did well under the old system, e.g. Huddersfield Town in the 1920's, Arsenal in the 1930's and Wolves in the 1950's. The table includes the preceding legal entities of today's clubs e.g. Manchester United used to be Newton Heath which was dissolved when the club went bankrupt and then reformed; Arsenal was first Woolwich Arsenal and then Royal Arsenal, each of which have been separate legal entities.

What does the table tell us?

The all-time top flight table is a banner under which Evertonians can stand in the face of accusations that the club is not one of the Big 5 because Everton are second in the uniform table and used to lead it until very recently. Liverpool displaced them at the top around the 2007/08 season because of Everton's poor record in comparison since the end of their 1980s golden years.

Nevertheless, Everton remain the top flight English team, having spent more seasons in the top flight than any other club, played more matches as well as scored more than any other team in history.  As of 2001-02, Liverpool had won more top flight games than any other in England.  In the 2002-03 season, Everton became the first club to play 100 seasons in the top division.

Everton have been the most consistent club in history based on points scored against maximum top division matches available.

The Blues fall down when it comes to the percentage of games where a point-scoring result has been attained against actual matches played.  Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are better by some distance in this respect.

Uniform Table

Calculated at 2 points for each win; 1 point for a draw correct to May 2014

                                Yrs     G     W     D     L     F      A     P
  1. Liverpool                   99  3944  1829   982  1133  6502 - 4802  4640
  2. Everton                    111  4328  1769  1081  1478  6760 - 6002  4619
  3. Arsenal                     97  3944  1781  1018  1145  6505 - 4973  4580
  4. Manchester United           89  3588  1709   879  1000  6214 - 4621  4297
  5. Aston Villa                103  3994  1630   952  1412  6550 - 5944  4212
  6. Manchester City             85  3430  1322   842  1266  5256 - 5049  3486
  7. Newcastle United            83  3312  1294   804  1214  5039 - 4786  3392
  8. Chelsea                     79  3208  1276   834  1098  4867 - 4561  3386
  9. Tottenham Hotspur           79  3204  1300   782  1122  5005 - 4558  3382
 10. Sunderland                  83  3226  1238   745  1243  5035 - 4937  3221
 11. West Bromwich Albion        76  2956  1061   719  1176  4463 - 4714  2841
 12. Blackburn Rovers            72  2720  1017   651  1052  4306 - 4348  2685
 13. Bolton Wanderers            73  2802  1017   641  1144  4156 - 4467  2675
 14. Sheffield Wednesday         66  2582   980   612   990  3976 - 4020  2572
 15. Wolverhampton Wanderers     63  2422   943   546   933  4030 - 3952  2432
 16. Derby County                65  2468   906   585   977  3764 - 3910  2397
 17. Sheffield United            60  2356   871   560   925  3531 - 3762  2302
 18. Middlesbrough               60  2400   813   601   986  3399 - 3713  2227
 19. Leeds United                50  2060   846   523   691  3079 - 2784  2215
 20. Nottingham Forest           56  2178   800   549   829  3069 - 3171  2149
 21. West Ham United             56  2282   774   563   945  3235 - 3598  2111
 22. Burnley                     52  2020   792   453   775  3205 - 3239  2037
 23. Birmingham City             57  2306   724   583   999  3049 - 3656  2031
 24. Stoke City                  58  2220   731   542   947  2890 - 3435  2004
 25. Preston North End           46  1720   671   390   659  2701 - 2569  1732
 26. Leicester City              46  1900   603   500   797  2796 - 3247  1706
 27. Southampton                 37  1492   488   416   588  1971 - 2186  1392
 28. Portsmouth                  33  1356   484   322   550  2021 - 2208  1290
 29. Huddersfield Town           30  1260   480   317   463  1874 - 1854  1277
 30. Coventry City               34  1390   430   396   564  1604 - 1954  1256
 31. Blackpool                   28  1172   415   282   475  1788 - 1941  1112
 32. Ipswich Town                26  1084   402   265   417  1442 - 1500  1069
 33. Charlton Athletic           26  1050   355   253   442  1424 - 1651   963
 34. Notts County                30  1068   341   253   474  1403 - 1712   935
 35. Norwich City                24   978   294   297   387  1133 - 1440   885
 36. Fulham                      25   998   298   258   442  1294 - 1625   854
 37. Queens Park Rangers         22   898   291   243   364  1101 - 1237   825
 38. Bury                        22   804   279   180   345  1176 - 1340   738
 39. Cardiff City                16   668   231   163   274   897 - 1067   625
 40. Luton Town                  16   658   213   168   277   864 - 1011   594
 41. Wimbledon                   14   554   186   171   197   702 -  754   543
 42. Crystal Palace              14   568   150   162   256   579 -  840   462
 43. Oldham Athletic             12   484   159   129   196   604 -  713   447
 44. Grimsby Town                12   488   167    97   224   756 -  940   431
 45. Bradford City               12   468   152   126   190   584 -  671   430
 46. Bristol City                 9   358   114    94   150   428 -  510   322
 47. Watford                      8   326   104    77   145   450 -  508   285
 48. Wigan Athletic               8   304    85    76   143   316 -  482   246
 49. Brentford                    5   210    76    46    88   330 -  359   198
 50. Swansea City                 5   198    65    50    83   254 -  276   180
 51. Brighton & Hove Albion       4   168    47    48    73   182 -  244   142
 52. Bradford Park Avenue         3   122    40    27    55   172 -  204   107
 53. Accrington                   5   122    35    33    54   226 -  313   103
 54. Oxford United                3   124    27    38    59   150 -  229    92
 55. Reading                      3   114    32    23    59   136 -  186    87
 56. Hull City                    3   114    24    30    60   111 -  192    78
 57. Millwall                     2    76    19    22    35    86 -  117    60
 58. Northampton Town             1    42    10    13    19    55 -   92    33
 59. Darwen                       2    56    11     8    37    75 -  195    30
 60. Carlisle United              1    42    12     5    25    43 -   59    29
 61. Barnsley                     1    38    10     5    23    37 -   82    25
 62. Swindon Town                 1    42     5    15    22    47 -  100    25
 63. Leyton Orient                1    42     6     9    27    37 -   81    21
 64. Glossop North End            1    34     4    10    20    31 -   74    18

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