The formation of the Premier League in 1992 changed the landscape of English football. Although the rampant capitalism of the whole enterprise may have somewhat alienated fans over the ensuing years, it’s important to remember that the sport was in a pretty bad way coming out of the 1980s, and with rival European nations such as Italy boasting better quality teams and attracting the crème de la crème of players, something had to be done.
Alas, this is not a history lesson and the socio-economic background of the Premier League can be explored another day as we instead focus on what really matters: the football. Although West Ham have bounced between the top tier and the second division from time to time during the last 20 and a bit years, the east London club have been present at the highest level for a significant chunk of time, so where are they in the overall Premier League rankings?
Well, the Express have crunched the numbers and revealed that the Irons sit 11th, above reigning champions Leicester City (18th), with 959 points accumulated across 20 seasons, averaging at 47.5-per-campaign, with an all-time highest finish of fifth. That’s some going!
Of the 48 teams in total, there’s no prize for guessing who’s been the dominant force… Manchester United. Liverpool are the highest ranked club (4th) to have never won the division, while 18th-placed Leicester are the lowest!
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