Top flight table with most finishes in each position revealed as Man Utd dominate and Tottenham kings of third


Manchester United have topped the pile in the English top-flight more times than any other football team.

In a table showing which teams have finished in each place of the top division the most times, Manchester United comes in first and second.

Table showing top flight finishes in each position


Table showing top flight finishes in each position
Man Utd have finished first and second more than any other team in top flight history


Man Utd have finished first and second more than any other team in top flight historycredit: PA: Press Association

Sir Alex Ferguson wins Premier League title thirteen Only a few times in 20 years could it have anything to do with it.

The table published by shows that the Red Devils have finished first in the top flight on 20 occasions since 1888.

And when United didn’t win the title they were often challenged for it, finishing second impressively 17 times.

Meanwhile Tottenham are almost-man, having finished third in the top flight 11 times.

Arsenal, famous for finishing fourth under Arsene Wenger, take home a surprise this table.

The Gunners have finished fourth in the top flight 12 times, more than any other team.

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He’s also ranked fifth more than anyone else – 11 times since 1888.

This should come as no surprise, given that the Gunners have been in the top flight since 1919 – longer than any other team.

Contrary to what fans are used to, Manchester City sits at the bottom of the table for the most finishes in each position.

Before the introduction of the Premier League in 1992, the English top flight was made up of 22 teams, with Manchester City joint 21st.

The Citizens have finished 21st on five occasions, with Leicester tied for more than anyone else.

It hasn't always been a challenging season for Man City fans to vie for the title


It hasn’t always been a challenging season for Man City fans to vie for the titlecredit: Getty Images – Getty

And so Chelsea have jointly ranked 19th with Coventry City six times, for the most in top flight history.

The kings of continuity are Aston Villa and Everton, who make regular appearances at the table.

The West Midlanders have finished sixth, eighth, tenth and 16th for the most or jointly times of any team.

Meanwhile, Everton have been ranked 7th, 11th, 15th and 17th for the most or joint most occasions.

The Toffees were famously never dropped from the Premier League, and last tasted second division football in 1954.

Perhaps as a yo-yo team in recent years, West Brom have also been well represented at the table.

In top-flight history, Baggies have ranked 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th either the most or combined the most times.

However, they have finished 22nd (bottom) four times, with both Sheffield clubs tied for the longest time.

Liverpool, which became a force under Bill Shankley in the 1960s and have won the top flight title 19 times, are not surprisingly on the table.

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