Ranked! The 12 fathers and sons who’ve both played in the Premier League

Peter Kasper Schmeichel
We are part of The Trust Project What is it?

8. Steve and Dan Potts

Dad: 202, son: 2 (total 204 games)

Steve Potts played 24 games for Dagenham & Redbridge in his final season as a professional in 2002/03, but spent the rest of his 18-year career at West Ham. Around half of his appearances for the Hammers came before the Premier League era, but the defender still played 202 league matches for the capital club from 1992/93 onwards.

Son Dan, 23, is a key part of the Luton team pushing for promotion from League Two this season, having joined the Hatters from West Ham in 2015. The full-back only managed two Premier League outings for the Hammers, but he could return to the top tier in future.

7. Alan and Jack Cork

Dad: 46, son: 187 (total: 233 games)

Unlike most of the Premier League’s father-son duos, it’s the younger Cork who’s racked up more appearances. Jack came through the ranks at Chelsea but never made a Premier League appearance for the club. He then embarked on a series of loan spells, before signing permanently for Southampton in 2011. Later of Swansea and now at Burnley, the midfielder has 187 top-flight outings to his name as of the start of March 2018, as well as an England cap.

Father Alan only played 46 games in the Premier League (all for Sheffield United), although his career was nearing an end by the time of the 1992 rebrand. Indeed, the fearsome-looking forward’s overall top-flight appearance tally stands at 218, with the vast majority of those coming during a lengthy stay at Wimbledon.

6. Ian Wright and Bradley Wright-Phillips

Dad: 213, son: 32 (total: 245 games)

Long before he became an England international and Arsenal’s record goalscorer, Ian Wright was combining part-time football for Greenwich Borough with a job as a plasterer. Crystal Palace famously swapped a set of weights for the striker’s signature in 1985, before Wright went on to make 213 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and West Ham.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has established himself as one of the top MLS strikers in recent years, scoring 100 goals in all competitions for New York Red Bulls. Before that, he represented Southampton, Plymouth, Charlton and Brentford in the Football League. All of his 32 top-flight outings came with his first employers, Manchester City.

5. Rob and Elliot Lee

Dad: 280, son: 2 (total: 282 games)

Rob Lee made almost as many appearances for Charlton as Newcastle, but it’s the latter club with whom he’s most closely associated. The former midfielder played 267 Premier League matches for the Magpies and scored 44 goals, before pulling on a Derby shirt 13 times in 2001/02.

Son Elliot is only 23 and may still have aspirations of a long-term stay at the highest level of English football, but the Luton striker was released by West Ham – the club he played for twice in the Premier League – after failing to convince them he was cut out for the top tier.