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After Bournemouth all but seal Premier League place, here’s some other minnows to make the top-flight

AFC Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship

AFC Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship

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Since the Premier League was formed for the 1992-93 season, 47 of England’s 92 professional soccer teams have graced the big time.

On Monday a new club all but sealed their promotion to the top-flight of English soccer for the first time in their 125-year history. Bournemouth is coming to the Premier League, as long as they don’t lose their last game of the season in England’s second-tier 19-0 on Saturday.

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A small town known for being home to pensioners and possessing miles of golden sandy beaches, the big boys from across the PL will roll into the seaside resort on the south coast of England next summer and play in the smallest stadium (11,000 approx.) the league has ever seen. So, that got me thinking: is Bournemouth, a town of around 180,000 residents, the smallest team to ever compete in the Premier League?

Here’s a look at five other clubs who could lay claim to that.

Oldham Athletic

The Latics spent the first two seasons in the PL from 1992-94 but were relegated on the final day of the 1993-94 campaign. Boundary Park has been run down over the years and now holds just over 12,000 fans. The club from Greater Manchester has never returned to the top flight.

Total years in the PL: Two
Population of town/city: 103,000
Major honors: Third division (1973-74), Second division (1990-91)

Swindon Town

Under player/manager Glenn Hoddle the Robins made the top-flight for the first-time in its history for the 1993-94 season via the playoffs but went straight back down after conceding 100 goals (still a PL record) and winning just five games. The Wiltshire town hasn’t been back to the top flight since.

Total years in the PL: One
Population of town/city: 180,000
Major honors: Fourth division (1985-86 & 2011-12), third division (1995-96)


The Tykes were up for just one season as 1996-97, in what has been their only campaign in their 128-year history as a top flight team. Danny Wilson’s side struggled to cope with the demands of the PL and the Yorkshire outfit finished five points adrift at the bottom of the league. Barnsley, known as a coal town in south Yorkshire, is now playing in the third tier.

Total years in the PL: One
Population of town/city: 90,000
Major honors: FA Cup (1911-12)


The smallest town to ever have a PL side, Burnley gained their first-ever promotion to the PL in 2009 thanks to a play off win over Sheffield United. However they went straight back down and were relegated with two games to go. The Clarets were promoted back to the PL again this season, but are five points adrift at the bottom with four games to go.

Total years in the PL: Two (including this season)
Population of town/city: 81,000
Major honors: First division/Premier League (1920-21 & 1959-60), second division (1897-88 & 1972-73), division three (1981-82), fourth division (1991-92)


Ian Holloway lead the Seasiders to the promised land via the playoffs in 2010-11 as Blackpool stunned everyone. The Tangerines made a splash in the PL by playing open, attacking soccer but were relegated on the final day of the season by one point. Financial turmoil and severe mismanagement has since seen Blackpool, a seaside resort known for its roller-coasters and amusements, relegated to the third-tier this season.

Total years in the PL: One
Population of town/city: 140,000
Major honors: Second division (1929-30), FA Cup (1953)

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