Thursday 25 April 2019

The 16 promoted teams in English football managed an incredible feat this season

An impressive collective achievement, this one.

Newcastle United players celebrate a goal
Newcastle United players celebrate a goal

By Max McLean, Press Association

Getting promoted in football is hard, but staying in that division is another level of difficulty altogether.

Despite that, every team promoted to the Premier League and down to the National League (the fifth tier of English football) has managed it this season, an astonishing achievement pointed out by Reddit user AjaxTreesdown.

No team that was promoted to any of the top 5 divisions in England in 2016/17 has been relegated in 2017/18 from soccer

It has never previously happened in the Premier League era that all the promoted teams in the top five tiers of English football have stayed up.

Huddersfield became the final team promoted to the Premier League in 2016/17 to achieve survival in the 2017/18 season after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Millwall narrowly missed out on the chance to earn successive promotions, finishing eighth in the Championship in their first season back – while Plymouth missed out on the League One play-offs by a single place.

And League Two Lincoln could well reach League One having played National League football only last season, sneaking into the play-offs as they did.

A great effort from all 16 teams.

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