Where Your Favourite Club Should Be In The English Football Pyramid

If you were to consider the history of your club in the post-World War II years until the end of last season, which league would your favorite team be placed in? If you’re a supporter of Manchester United, Everton or Arsenal, for example, the answer is easy — the Premier League. But for supporters of other teams, the answers may surprise you.

Thanks to the experts at Sporting Intelligence, the website produced a study into how the English leagues should look based on an individual club’s post-war pedigree. Some of the findings are fascinating.

It’s a perfect opportunity to see which clubs are “punching above their weight,” “under their weight” or at the same level based on the post-WW2 pedigree and history of the club as evidenced by their historic league position.

So, drumroll please, here is how the English leagues should look if post-WW2 history is taken into consideration.

Note: Current Premier Leagues clubs are shown in bold.

Premier League

1. Arsenal
2. Manchester United
3. Everton
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Liverpool
6. Chelsea
7. Aston Villa
8. Manchester City
9. Newcastle United
10. West Ham United
11. West Bromwich Albion
12. Sunderland
13. Leeds United
14. Leicester City
15. Wolverhampton Wanderers
16. Nottingham Forest
17. Middlesbrough
18. Southampton
19. Birmingham City
20. Stoke City


1. Derby County
2. Sheffield Wednesday
3. Blackburn Rovers
4. Bolton Wanderers
5. Ipswich Town
6. Charlton Athletic
7. Norwich City
8. Portsmouth
9. Fulham
10. Burnley
11. QPR
12. Crystal Palace
13. Hull City
14. Blackpool
15. Luton Town
16 Huddersfield Town
17. Cardiff City
18. Watford
19. Millwall
20. Coventry
21. Sheffield United
22. Preston North End
23. Bristol City
24. Barnsley

League 1

1. Plymouth Argyle
2. Brighton and Hove Albion
3. Oldham Athletic
4. Swansea City
5. Notts County
6. Swindon Town
7. Reading
8. Rotherham
9. Leyton Orient
10. Walsall
11. Bury
12. Brentford
13. Port Vale
14. Carlisle United
15. Bournemouth
16. Tranmere Rovers
17. Bradford City
18. Southend
19. Shrewsbury Town
20. Chesterfield
21. Gillingham
22. Crewe Alexandra
23. Doncaster Rovers
24. Oxford United

League 2

1. Northampton Town
2. Colchester United
3. Scunthorpe United
4. Mansfield Town
5. Hartlepool
6. Exeter
7. Peterborough United
8. Rochdale
9. Wigan Athletic
10. York City
11. Newport County
12. Cambridge United
13. Wycombe Wanderers
14. Accrington Stanley
15. Yeovil Town
16. Cheltenham
17. MK Dons
18. Dagenham & Redbridge
19. Stevenage
20. Crawley Town
21. Burton
22. AFC Wimbledon
23. Morecambe
24. Fleetwood Town

Based on the data above, the clubs that are punching below their weight and should be in the Premier League if their playing ability could match their history are Leeds United, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Birmingham.

The clubs that are in the Premier League that are punching above their weight are Swansea (who historically have been a League One team), Hull City, Crystal Palace and QPR.

Meanwhile, Fulham and Norwich’s relegation from the Premier League last season puts them back into the division of their pedigree.

What interesting observations can you pull from the above data? Share them in the comments section below.

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  1. StellaWasAlwaysDown August 18, 2014

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