Ranked! The 12 fathers and sons who’ve both played in the Premier League
12. Paul and Darnell Furlong
Dad: 64, son: 3 (total: 67 games)
Paul Furlong played over 100 games for non-league Enfield before embarking on a professional career in the early 1990s, first spending a season at Coventry before moving on to Watford. Thirty-seven goals in 79 First Division outings for the Hornets earned the striker a transfer to Chelsea, whom he represented 64 times in the top flight.
Furlong went on to make more league appearances for QPR than any other side, and it was at Loftus Road that his son Darnell broke through in February 2015. The defender played three matches in the Premier League before Rangers’ relegation a few months later.
11. Gordon and Gavin Strachan
Dad: 96, son: 13 (total: 109 games)
Nine years of Gordon Strachan’s managerial career came in the English top tier with Coventry and Southampton. Yet before that, the skilful Scot played in the division for both the Sky Blues and Leeds. A title winner at Elland Road in the final pre-Premier League campaign, the midfielder made 96 appearances after the start of the 1992/93 season.
Son Gavin hung up his boots in 2011 following spells with Corby Town, Hinckley United and St Neots Town. The ex-midfielder also has 13 Premier League outings to his name, all of which came when his old man was in charge of Coventry.
10. Gus and Diego Poyet
Dad: 186, son: 3 (total: 189 games)
“There was a family issue,” then-Sunderland manager Gus Poyet replied when asked why he didn’t try to sign son Diego in 2014. “I would love to coach him, but at the same time it would be unfair on him. Do you think the players on the bench would accept it if I’m playing my son?”
We may never find out the answer to that question: Poyet Sr. is currently in charge of Bordeaux while Poyet Jr., formerly of West Ham, now plies his trade for Cypriot outfit Pafos. Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Gus contributed 186 appearances, plus all 54 goals, to the family's Premier League totals.
9. Steve and Alex Bruce
Dad: 147, son: 48 (total: 195 games)
Steve Bruce is hoping to guide Aston Villa back to the Premier League in the coming months, but it’s hard to see him ever replicating his playing feat of winning the top-tier title three times. The former Manchester United centre-back (a champion in 1993, 1994 and 1996) made 147 league appearances for the Red Devils after the First Division’s rebrand.
Alex Bruce, also a central defender, made his Premier League debut while his dad was in charge of Birmingham, before also playing for Bruce’s Hull side in the top flight. Now 33, he’s unlikely to add to the 48 games he’s already played at the summit of the English pyramid.