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How The Last 10 Championship Winners Fared In The Premier League

How The Last 10 Championship Winners Fared In The Premier League
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Leeds United will be playing Premier League football next season, and while the club still have a couple of games left to play in the current campaign, thoughts have already moved to how they will fare in the top flight.

Adapting to the Premier League is never easy, with the prospect of facing a higher quality of opposition every week a daunting task.

As champions, Leeds would presumably be the best of the promoted teams. However, it doesn't always work out that way. Coming up as Championship winners is by no means a guarantee of success.

We have looked back at the last ten winners of the Championship to see how they get on in their first Premier League campaign.

 

2009/10 - Newcastle United

Premier League finish: 12th

Newcastle were a dominant force in their Championship winning campaign, amassing 102 points to finish 11 points ahead of second placed West Brom, and a massive 23 points ahead of third spot.

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Their Premier League campaign has given a huge boost by the form of Andy Carroll, who was the league's top scorer for much of the first half of the season. Despite losing him to Liverpool in January, Newcastle would finish in a very comfortable 12th position.

They would eventually be relegated once again in 2016, but bounced straight back.

 

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2010/11 - QPR

Premier League finish: 17th

QPR were in relegation trouble for much of their return to the Premier League, with their fate coming down to the final day. That game happened to be against Manchester City, who were going for the title. Nothing memorable about that fixture springs to mind.

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The London club would ultimately survive by one point, although they wouldn't remain in the league for too much longer. They would be relegated the following season, finishing rock bottom with 25 points.

 

2011/12 - Reading

Premier League finish: 19th

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Reading were promoted as champions after an incredibly close promotion race, finishing one point ahead of Southampton in second and three points ahead of West Ham in third.

They were well off the pace after their promotion, finishing in 19th place and 11 points short of safety. They haven't been back in the league since.

 

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2012/13 - Cardiff City

Premier League finish: 20th

Cardiff City's debut season in the Premier League finished in relegation, despite comfortably winning the Championship the season before.

This was despite changing the colour of their kit the previous season, with owner Vincent Tan abandoning their blue strip for his lucky colour of red. They also recruited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager after the sacking of Malky Mackay.

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It was all for nought. Cardiff would be promoted on one more occasion over the rest of the decade, suffering immediate relegation once again.

 

2013/14 - Leicester City

Premier League finish: 14th

Leicester City were in major relegation trouble for most of the season, finding themselves bottom of the league as late as the 31st game of the campaign.

They ultimately pulled it out of the bag during the run-in, winning seven of their last nine games to shoot up to 14th position.

Leicester had a fairly decent campaign the following season, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of sport to win the Premier League. They have gone on to cement themselves as Champions League contenders.

 

2014/15 - Bournemouth

Premier League finish: 16th

Bournemouth completed a remarkable journey by reaching the Premier League in 2015, going from League Two to the top flight in six seasons.

After a 16th placed finish in their debut campaign, they have established themselves in the division over the past few years. That run even includes a 9th placed finish in 2017.

Unfortunately, they look likely to be relegated this year.

 

2015/16 - Burnley

Premier League finish: 16th

This was Burnley's third promotion from the Championship in seven years, having been immediately relegated on the other two occasions.

There was little chance of a repeat of that on this occasion. Burnley never found themselves in the relegation zone after the third game of the season, although a poor run towards the end of the campaign did see them drop down the table a bit.

They have certainly consolidated their place in the Premier League over the last few years, even finishing 7th in 2018. They are on course for another to half finish this season.

 

2016/17 - Newcastle United

Premier League finish: 10th

Newcastle only spent one season in the Championship, somehow convincing Rafael Benitez to remain with the club for the campaign. They strolled to promotion, finishing one point ahead of Brighton in second place.

Their tenth placed Premier League finish in the following campaign was mightily impressive, although they were in a bit of relegation trouble at the turn of the year.

They now look to be well established in the league, with the promise of massive investment on the way.

 

2017/18 - Wolves

Premier League finish: 7th

This Wolves side was probably the most impressive promoted team of the Premier League era. The received massive investment while in the Championship, arriving in the top flight possessing some top quality players.

They qualified for the Europa League, a competition they have made a deep run in this season. They have the potential to contend for Champions League places over the coming years.

 

2018/19 - Norwich City

Premier League finish: 20th

The perfect example of a yoyo club, Norwich City looked out of their depth from the very start of the season. Once the unsustainable scoring run of Teemu Pukki dried up they had little else to offer.

They took only 21 points from their first 36 games, and are on course to finish with one of the worst tallies of the 21st century.

 

Summary

Of the last ten Championship winners, only three have been immediately relegated. The majority of those also came early in the decade.

Five of the ten (Leicester City, Burnley, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, and Wolves) could be said to have established themselves in the division, although Bournemouth's tenure in the Premier League could be coming to an end.

In all, these are promising numbers for Leeds.

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