Sky Sports have ranked all English Football Clubs based on their league performance over the course of the last 50 seasons.

The criteria they have used is that to be included, clubs have to have been in the top four divisions for at least 10 season in these last five decades worth of football.

At the very top you have Liverpool, which is little surprise.

The scousers saw Bill Shankly kick them into life in the 1960s and they have never really looked back/

Yes, they might not have won the title in the Premier League era but very rare that they aren’t in the top handful of clubs. They have a remarkable average league placing of 3.5 in these last 50 seasons.

If asked the question, I doubt many football supporters would guess that Manchester United don’t even finish second in this table.

The superb consistency Arsene Wenger produced at Arsenal sees them runners-up, with an average league position of 4.9.

Sky Sports ask the question ‘Which is the top club in the land?’

Well, on the basis of relative success over these last 50 years, who are the top clubs?

Alongside many of the usual suspects, Newcastle United are the 9th most successful of English Football Clubs over this period.

The Magpies having an average position of 15.0 during this period.

So who would make a Premier League’s worth of top clubs over the last 50 years, which 20 clubs?

Well just scraping in at 20th, below the likes of Middlesbrough, Norwich, Ipswich, Derby and West Brom, you have Sunderland.

They finished 44th this season just gone and now have an average league placing of 23.1.

The arguments will always rage about what constitutes a ‘big club’ but to finish below Middlesbrough…

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Interesting to see that there are as many as eight of these clubs in the top 20 of the last 50 years, who weren’t in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season.



  • Peaky

    Can remember queuing at that ‘box office’ in the early ‘80’s…..my how times have changed…

    • Fireman Sam

      Yes I can. It was where the club shop was too.

      Now we don’t have a club shop, it is a sports direct outlet.

      When Mike says the rafa can have every penny, does that mean he is going to start paying for the sports direct advertising?

      • Peaky

        Aye the club shop…Bukta shirts….happy days.

        • Whitehurst

          Remember the queue snaking round at least 10 times for Keegan’s debut tickets. I think there was only 3 windows to buy from!! 😬

          • Peaky

            Aye that’s right…if I can remember rightly I was there from about 9ish in the morning,queued ages for tickets then queued ages again to get in….well worth the wait mind you….red hot that day and Concorde was at Newcastle Airport…

      • Geordiegiants

        There was one at the Haymarket as well just opposite the Farmers. I remember getting lots of stuff there.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          That was not a club shop just an independent shop run by the Supporters club.

  • Fairscup69

    Interesting to see us in the top 10 consisering how many poor seasons we’ve had, not to mention time spent in the aecond tier

    • Ba ba.

      Think we had 14 consecutive years in the top flight until fat man got his hands on the club

  • Mrkgw

    Meaningless. Eventually, we will hopefully be able to consign the Ashley era to the ‘never happened’ dustbin. Or, at least be able to conveniently forget that the regime inflicted such pain upon us all.

  • Andy Mac

    Tbh I’m surprised the makems made top 20 ?

    • Geordiegiants

      They used to be known as the Bank of England club, and had plenty of money.

      • Andy Mac

        Now they’re just featured on TV programme “Can’t pay – take it away”

  • csh

    Read another article stating if this was taken over a 100 year period we would still rank 9th with the mackems in 10th overall. How different again would this table look if the Prem years only counted?

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So our average position over the last fifty years is 15th. The way the mag go on thought prior to Ashley it was top four. Very surprised to hear that Ashley’s record is par for the course. I thought he was a bad man.

  • East Durham Mag

    The mediocrity continues then apart from the KK and SBR years. We get a multi billionaire but he is a big spiteful plank who cares not one iota about NUFC. Sad days indeed. The only glimmer of hope is Rafa and Fatty might put paid to that yet.