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The History of Relegation in the Premier League: A Rollercoaster of Triumph and Despair

Extra Soccer

May 26, 2023

Survival Sunday: Intense Showdown in the Premier League's 2023 Relegation Battle


The Premier League, the top professional football league in England, is known for its fierce competition, high-quality football, and nail-biting relegation battles. Relegation adds an extra layer of drama, as teams fight to avoid the drop and secure their place among the elite. This article explores the history of relegation in the Premier League, highlighting some memorable moments, and examines the current favourites for relegation in the 2023 Premier League campaign.

The Birth of the Premier League and Relegation

The Premier League was formed in 1992 after the clubs in the Football League First Division decided to break away from the Football League. From the beginning, relegation became a significant feature, with the bottom three teams being demoted to the lower tier, currently known as the EFL Championship.

Early Relegation Battles

In the early years of the Premier League, several teams faced the agony of relegation. Notable examples include Crystal Palace, who suffered relegation in the inaugural Premier League season but managed to bounce back the following year. In 1995, Manchester City endured a heartbreaking relegation after losing on the final day of the season. Similarly, in 1996, Sunderland fell victim to the drop despite reaching the League Cup final.

The Great Escapes

Relegation battles often provide unforgettable moments of resilience and determination. Teams such as West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City, and West Ham United have all produced great escapes to maintain their Premier League status. West Brom famously survived relegation in the 2004-2005 season, winning their final three matches and securing survival against all odds.

Yo-Yo Teams

Some clubs have become known as "yo-yo teams" due to their frequent fluctuation between the Premier League and the Championship. Norwich City, for instance, has faced relegation on multiple occasions but managed to bounce back and secure promotion again. Similarly, Fulham and Watford have experienced a cycle of promotion and relegation in recent years.


Predicting relegation favourites is always a challenging task, as surprises can occur on the final day of the season. On Sunday, Everton, Leeds and Leicester City will fight for safety in Survival Sunday. 

Relegation in the Premier League has provided football fans with countless thrilling moments throughout its history. The battle for survival has given rise to unexpected heroes and unforgettable stories of triumph and despair. As the 2023 Premier League campaign ends, fans will eagerly watch Survival Sunday, knowing that fortunes can change in an instant and that the drama of relegation is an integral part of the beautiful game.

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