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5 Teams You Might Not Know Played In The Premier League

A chance at glory?
Conor Lochrie
Modified 07 Apr 2018
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Since it's beginning in 1992, the EPL has become the biggest football league in the world. The best players want to play in it and it commands the largest TV audiences.

Given its high profile, most of the teams are world-renowned and everyone knows their name: Manchester United are now a global brand, thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson's domination with the Red Devils in the 1990's and 2000's.

Teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool are all famous thanks to their performances both in England and European competition.

There are, though, obviously clubs who aren't as well-known to those outside the country.

Every league has its small fish in the big pond and the EPL is notorious for being difficult to reach and difficult to stay in; many sides have gained promotion only to see themselves back in the Championship the following season.

This article, then, looks at 5 teams who you might not know once played in the EPL.

#5 Barnsley

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Barnsley had little to celebrate in their solitary EPL season

At the time of creation of the EPL in 1992, Barnsley had been members of the Football League for 94 years without ever managing to reach the top division.


They finally reached the promised land in the 1997-1998, just after nearly 100 years of trying. They lasted only one season, unfortunately, their manager Danny Wilson unable to keep them up.

An extremely slow start didn't aid their cause, and a late surge couldn't rectify their early form. They finished second bottom, five points from safety, and were just too inexperienced at the highest level to cope.

Barnsley have never made it back to the EPL since that season, and have spent their time bouncing between the Championship and League One.

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Published 07 Apr 2018, 13:23 IST
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