On the Premier League's 25th birthday, where YOUR club sits in the all-time table

A total of 49 teams have now competed in the Premier League. When we tot up the points, which clubs sit where?

First up, we all understand that top-flight football existed before 1992/93. Manchester United fans weren’t going wild in 2010/11 because they built up that all-important 12-3 cushion over Arsenal and Chelsea in Premier League titles won.

Manchester United fans weren’t going wild in 2010/11 because they built up that all-important 12-3 cushion over Arsenal and Chelsea in Premier Leagues

No, it was because they’d edged ahead of rivals Liverpool 19-18 in the all-time league championship stakes. We’re not trying to erase history - honest. But the start of the Premier League - 25 years ago today - did change things a bit. More cash, more foreign stars, a weirder trophy, far weirder kick-off times.

Secondly, we also get that every league season is its own, self-contained thing. The seasons of the Premier League don’t all add up to one big story arc like on Game of Thrones (although if they did, Liverpool would be the Starks, right? And the Lannisters would be… OK, let’s not go there).

John Arne Riise

You know nothing, John Arne Riise

Still, it’s fun to look back on who’ve been the successes, surprises and flops of the ‘Premier League era’. So we’re going to count down the top 20 Premier League clubs by points to see who truly are the quantifiable elite English teams of the last 25 (or so) years. Then we’ll take a quick look at the other 29 who didn’t quite make it.

So who’s the 20th best team of the Premier League era? Well, we’re glad you asked…

(Note: a big thanks to statbunker.com, who did lots of these sums so we didn’t have to. You should check out their snazzy, stat-filled site)

20. Stoke City

Points: 424 (from 343 games), 
Seasons: 10, 
Goal difference: -95

Premier League stat

  • Jonathan Walters is Stoke’s leading scorer with 43, with team-mate Peter Crouch close behind on 40

Plum last, but that isn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. The Potters are a club on the rise having first gained promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and never finishing lower than 14th in the nine completed seasons since.

Further proof: no other team in the all-time Premier League top 20 has played fewer than 400 games - and here are Stoke with just 343! Most impressive. That said, their haul of 363 goals in those 343 games – while conceding a still relatively miserly 458 – tells you that the Potters haven’t exactly been Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle in the entertainment stakes.

19. West Brom

Points: 436 (from 419 games), 
Seasons: 12, 
Goal difference: -195

Premier League stat

  • Chris Brunt has the record for West Brom Premier League appearances (243). The midfielder was also the club’s top scorer in 2008/09 with nine goals

Boing-boing indeed. The Baggies bounced up and down with gusto after they were first promoted to the Premier League in 2002, with three relegations and three promotions in the following eight seasons. Since 2011 they’ve finally sat still – next season will mark their seventh consecutive one as a top-flight team.

The stats aren’t all pretty. Of all the 49 clubs to have appeared in the Prem, only one has a worse goal difference than West Brom’s -195 (and we’ll get to them shortly).

Some perspective, however: when the Premier League was christened in 1992, West Brom were in the third tier – not so much a sleeping giant as one in a coma, whose only association with the division was when people took the mick out of Frank Skinner on Fantasy Football League. Now, they’re in the country’s elite, top 20 sides. Bounce!

Frank Skinner

Who's laughing now, Baddiel?

18. Leicester

Premier League stat

  • Playmaker Muzzy Izzet still holds the club’s Premier League assist record with 22. Jamie Vardy (19) and Riyad Mahrez (18) are close behind

Points: 508 (from 423 games), 
Seasons: 12, 
Goal difference: -95

The lowest place team to have actually won the Premier League. Which, to be fair, most Foxes fans would likely have taken two years ago if you’d offered it to them. Possibly with the words: “Yeah, fair enough, the lowest place team to… sorry, come again?”

Leicester arrived in the Premier League in 1994 under Brian Little's stewardship, and immediately went back down. It was Martin O'Neill who later led them to four consecutive top-10 finishes, and things went a bit haywire after he left in 2000: Leicester finished bottom in 2002, made a one-season appearance in 2003/04, then briefly dipped down to the third tier in 2008/09, before returning in 2014 to pull off a great escape and then a title win. A perfectly normal narrative.

17. Bolton

Points: 575 (from 494 games), 
Seasons: 13, 
Goal difference: -170

Premier League stat

  • Bolton’s two highest scorers are Kevin Davies (67) and Kevin Nolan (39). New transfer policy: sign anyone named Kev

Nowt surprising about Bolton - Premier League stalwarts for 11 consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2012 – earning enough points to sit in the Prem elite. Especially as the club finished as high as sixth in 2005, when Big Sam’s fleshy hand was on the tiller.

What’s surprising is that we recall Bolton as an obdurate, defensive unit. Stats tell a different tale. They’ve conceded 745 goals - the most by far of any club that's played under 500 Premier League games. However, they also scored 575.

As a comparison, that’s more than Fulham in the same number of games, despite the Cottagers picking up more points. We have besmirched Bolton’s good name! Time to watch videos of Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff as “punishment”.

16. Fulham

Premier League stat

  • You may know him better as US rapper 'Deuce', but Clint Dempsey also slyly scored a club-high 50 Premier League goals for Fulham. Respect

Points: 586 (from 494 games), 
Seasons: 13, 
Goal difference: -127

Fulham were languishing in the fourth tier of English football in the mid-90s, so their Mohamed Al-Fayed-funded charge up the divisions to the Premier League in 2001/02 was a dizzying climb. It also explains why most fans tolerated the owner’s, erm, odd statue-related eccentricity.

Fulham liked the Prem so much they stayed for an impressive 13 consecutive seasons (no club outside the top 10 in this table has had a longer unbroken run). Relegation struck in 2014, but a classy Fulham side are currently joint favourites with Aston Villa to come back up in 2018.

Fulham

The obligatory pic, but he did do a lot of good at Fulham (Al-Fayed, not Jacko)

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