4 English Teams That Lasted Only A Single Season In The Premier League

​This season's Premier League will feature two debut participants, Brighton Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town. 


Although the feeling of such a promotion obviously brings joy to their respective fans, but life in the top flight has rarely been kind to clubs like these. Since they have never experienced top flight action before, the gap in the quality of football offered and elevated competition allows a bit of tension to creep in as well.


If either or both of these clubs face the drop by the end of this season, they will join these four clubs who just could not keep up with the challenges of the Premier League and lasted just one season.

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4. Barnsley FC - 1997/98

​The 1997-98 Premier League was Barnsley’s only ever season in the top flight in its 130-year history. Having secured promotion via a runners-up finish in the play-offs, Barnsley remained confined to the drop zone for majority of the season. 


Although the Tykes were decent enough to bag 10 wins in the league, they had the worst defence which leaked a record number 82 goals, culminating into 23 losses in 38 games. 


Since the drop, Barnsley have mostly loitered around the second division and do not seem strong enough to make a return anytime soon. 

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3. Blackpool FC - 2010/11

​Of all the single-season exploits mentioned here, the Tangerines’ undeserved drop in 2010/11 stands out. 


Having earned their first promotion to the top flight in 39 years, Blackpool were looking well set for a surprising debut finish after an impressive first half of the season, with wins over Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion landing them at eighth place on New Year’s day. 


However, they lost momentum and could bag only three wins in 2011, permanently condemning them to 19th place before their final fixture against Manchester United. 


The Seasiders have since failed to carve out a return to the top flight and suffered a drop to the third division in 2016. 

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2. Cardiff City FC - 2013/14

​In 2013, then Championship winners Cardiff City made a sensational return to the top-flight after a staggering 52-year wait. However, the fairytale ended in a single season as the Bluebirds struggled to live up to the new challenge and finished at 20th place. 


The Bluebirds won only seven times throughout the season, including one win over Manchester City and a point off title holders Manchester United and Everton being the only positive highlights of their dismal campaign. 


After being relegated in 2014, Cardiff only once came close to the playoff spots in 2015/16, finishing eighth following poor results in the final few games. 

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1. Swindon Town - 1993/94

​Swindon Town FC is by far the weakest promoted team in this list. The club’s only ever top flight promotion in 1993/94 was a proud memory for their fans, but an embarrassing one as well. 


Swindon bagged only five wins throughout the campaign and conceded a whopping 100 goals, thus setting a new record in top-flight foot. 


Impressive draws with Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham were not enough as the club finished rock-bottom to return to the second division, 13 points from safety. 


Currently finding themselves in the third division this season, only a miracle like the one in 1993 can land them on the top again.