Top 10 English clubs with most points in the top-flight
Here is the all-time English top-flight table with a few unexpected surprises.
The Premier League continues to be the most entertaining league in Europe ever since it began in 1992. Prior to its inception, the top-flight of English Football was called as the Football League and it was started by Aston Villa director William McGregor in 1888. In 1892, teams from a rival league, Football Alliance, joined and the League was split into two divisions.
The First Division continued to be the top tier in English football for the next 100 years. Then, in 1992, the 22 members of the First Division voted to resign from the Football League and formed the Premier League as we know today. Meanwhile, the Football League was re-organized and the First Division became the second-tier in the English football league system.
Thus, over the course of 130 years, several clubs have won the league title, garnering points all along. Now, let's take a look at the top 10 teams who have collected the most number of points in the English top-flight by the completion of 27 matches in the 2017-18 season.
Note - All wins have been awarded 3 points for consistency. However, in reality, a win fetched teams only 2 points until the 1980-81 league season.
#10 Sunderland - 4560 points
The Black Cats beat West Brom to 10th spot on the list and have a good league record despite their recent history. Sunderland won six league titles in the top-flight, a total bettered only by five other clubs in English history.
Founded in 1879, the Tyne and Wear club spent 68 successive seasons in the First Division before getting relegated for the first time in 1958. The club are currently plying their trade in the EFL Championship, the second-tier of English football, and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
Thus, a return to the Premier League could be a distant dream at the moment. However, one would not put it past them to make a quick return in the next few years to continue piling up points and try to usurp their perennial rivals, who occupy the ninth spot.