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TeemuVanBasten

Number of seasons in the top flight

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Apparently were 36th in terms of seasons in the top flight of English football (since 1888) with 26 seasons in the top tier.

Promotion this season will budge us up to 34th above Charlton and Fulham and level with the team in 33rd place on 27 seasons (assuming Fulham are relegated this season).

In 33rd are.... Ipswich Town, with 27.

So promotion this season and we're equaling their number of seasons in the top tier, survival and we're beating their record. 

With Ipswich having had their first spell in the top tier in the early 60's, and us not reaching it for the first time until the 70's, I think this will be the first time we've ever equaled them on this.

So we're potentially only two seasons away from being able to lay claim to not only clearly being the bigger club in modern history, as we all know we are, but soon can lay a decent claim to being a more successful club historically.

If we reach season 28 it could be decades before Ipswich equal us again, and it could well never happen? A few more yo-yo's between now and Ipswich reaching the Prem, or indeed a just staying up a few years like we did at the start of last decade, and we could all be dead before Ipswich match our record again?

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One thing we can look to celebrate is 5 second tier titles in 50 years. Only Sunderland can match it. Besides them only Newcastle and Wolves with 3 each have managed more than 2.

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Its a slightly unfair stat when 12 odd teams started the first ever football league 20 or so years before many other teams were even founded.

It would be interesting to see what the stats are from when the leagues became 92 clubs to the present day

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How many times do you have to win a trophy before you are allowed to keep.it and they make a.new one? I don't think it's a rule in our leagues, but let's say 10, then the Division 1 Trophy might be ours to keep soon! 

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9 hours ago, GJL Mid-Norfolk Canary said:

Its a slightly unfair stat when 12 odd teams started the first ever football league 20 or so years before many other teams were even founded.

It would be interesting to see what the stats are from when the leagues became 92 clubs to the present day

Well Ipswich reached the top tier in the 60s and Norwich in the 70s, and beating that lot is what I care about. 

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