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Which teams really belongs in the top flight of English football?

How often do we hear the cry from fans of teams trying to get into the top tier of English football "Let's get back where we belong."?

Well this section aims to put those claims to the test by looking at how teams have done in the top flight since the FA League began in 1889.  However, instead of using points gained as others might use, this is based solely on the final position of the teams. (Who cares that Everton won the league with 29 points in 1891 and won it with 90 points in 1985?  The point is they won it.)

The points allocation system is very simple. 
Each season there were a number of teams in the top division, the team that finished first receives the same number of points as there are teams in the division, the team that finishes second receives one point less and so on to the last placed club that receives just one point.
Using this approach means that teams that finish first above 21 other teams receive more points than teams that finish first in a division of only 12 teams.  That's fair isn't it?

And if you don't like the results, you can fiddle with them so that your team comes out on top using this Interactive Table


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  Team  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Ssn Total Avg