Just six clubs have been ever-presents throughout the Premier League era. Five of the ‘big six’ – Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United – plus Everton have remained in the top flight over the past 31 years.
As The Guardian pointed out, the last time Everton suffered relegation ‘English roads had no zebra crossings, English cities had no tower blocks, nobody had ever been to space and the Beatles had not yet been formed’.
But despite suffering an upturn in results under Sean Dyche, there remains a chance that the Toffees could go down to the Championship this season.
It seems remote that any of the self-styled ‘Big Six’ will suffer the same fate when taking into account their vast turnovers – but they’ve all succumbed to relegation in the past.
We’ve identified the last time the Toffees were relegated from England’s top flight and compared it to the current ‘Big Six’.
One of the many myths of Arsenal’s history is that the club has never been relegated – this is not so. Even worse is that when they went down it was with one of the worst records ever.
The fateful day when Arsenal were relegated was April 12th, 1913. Prior to this date, they had been hanging on by the skin of their teeth, mainly because Chelsea were having a pretty poor season as well.
But the side known as Woolwich Arsenal were relegated in bottom place after a 2-1 defeat at Derby.
If there was a positive to be gained from the loss against Derby it was that they weren’t sent down due to the result of the following game – a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal, using some pretty underhand tactics, were promoted after the First World War at the expense of Spurs and have never relinquished their top-flight spot since.
The Toffees are England’s second-longest serving top-flight side – their last relegation came in the 1950-51 campaign. Their demotion was sealed with a thumping 6-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and it took until 1954 for Everton to gain promotion.
However, they’ve have flirted with the drop on occasion since the PL’s formation. Gareth Farrelly’s goal at Goodison Park against Coventry City on the last day of 1997-98 season ensured the Blues stayed up on goal difference.
And the 3-2 victory over Wimbledon in 1994, which sent Sheffield United down in their place, is still raved about by the blue half of Liverpool.
Their top division status is under significant threat once more 25 years on. Sean…
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