It is such a huge achievement for any football club to get a promotion but when that is to the Premier League, well that is just something else so let us give a warm welcome to the new arrivals!
The New Arrivals
Congratulations must go to 1) Norwich City, 2) Sheffield Utd and 3) Aston Villa in that order, why, because that’s how they finished in the Championship League the season prior.
Unfortunately this promotion of course means relegation for three clubs who have spent the last season struggling to survive in probably the toughest football league in the World, the relegated clubs in the 2018/19 season were Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town. Let’s wish them luck for next year!
Norwich City – The Canaries
Norwich City FC are based in Norfolk, England who will now compete in the Premier League having been crowned champions of the Championship League in English football, finishing 5 points ahead of second place Sheffield United.
For those of you who may not realise, Norwich City is owned by Delia Smith (a famous English Chef and television presenter) and her husband Michael Wynn – Jones who both have a joint majority share holding on the club that they love passionately. The Canaries play at Carrow Road Football stadium which has a capacity of 27,244. Prior to Carrow Rd becoming an all-seater stadium (1990) it’s record attendance was 43,984 in 1963. Their highest Premier League finish is 3rd place in the 1992/93 season, unfortunately they got relegated during the 1994/95 season finishing 20th and didn’t return until 2004/05 season where once again they got relegated having finished 19th. This has been the story with Norwich who seem to yo-yo their way between the Premier League and the Championship, let’s hope for the fan’s sake that this time they can make the transition and impress in the top flight. They have been building a strong squad since their last visit to the top flight in 2015/16 and play some good football. Come on Canaries, you can do this!
Some Facts on Norwich City FC
- Club formed in 1902
- Biggest victory was a 10 – 2 win over Coventry City in 1930
- Norfolk is famed for it’s Canaries, hence the club nickname
- Norwich have only appeared in Europe once, reaching the 3rd round of the UEFA Cup in 1993/94
Sheffield United – The Blades
Sheffield United Football Club are based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Nicknamed the Blades from Sheffield’s history of producing steel. Sheffield Utd play their football at Bramell Lane Stadium which has a capacity of 32,609. The Blades finished the season in 2nd position on 89 points, having pushed Leeds Utd down into 3rd by playing some great football. For the majority of their history, the Blades have played in Red and White stripes with black shorts and have serious rivals in Sheffield Wednesday with whom they contest the Steel City Derby match.
Sheffield United have struggled to not only get into the Premier League but to stay there has proven a difficult task. They formed part of the Premier League in 1992 – 1994 finishing 14th and 20th and 2006/07 season finishing 18th.
Some Facts on The Blades
- Formed in 1889 as an offshoot to Sheffield Utd Cricket Club
- Record League wins came against Port Vale 10 – 0 in 1892 and also Burnley 10 – 0.
- Sheffield Utd won the original football league in 1898
- Their original nickname was The Cutlers from 1889 – 1912
- Rivals Sheffield Wednesday held the nickname The Blades in the early years until 1907 when they became The Owls
- Brian Deane scored the first ever goal in the Premier League in a 2 -1 win against Manchester United, during the 1992/93 season
Aston Villa Football Club is a professional club based in Aston, Birmingham, England. Villa who are making a return to the Premier League having previously been a resident for 24 years until they slipped into the Championship in 2016/17 where they spent 3 seasons. Aston Villa actually finished in 5th position on 76 points, 18 points behind champions Norwich City.
To attain promotion to the Premier League, two teams automatically qualify by positioning 1st and 2nd and teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th enter a mini playoff tournament whereby 3rd plays 6th and 4th plays 5th each of two legs home and away. The winners of each plays in the Final which is always held at the home of English Football, Wembley Stadium, London. This year the final game was between Derby County and Aston Villa, Villa won the game 2 -1 and achieved promotion.
Aston Villa’s best Premier League finish was 2nd which they achieved in 1992/93 when Dean Saunders was their top scorer on 16 goals.
Some facts on the Villa
- (AVFC) Aston Villa play at Villa Park which has a capacity of 42,785
- Founded in 1874
- Villa were one of the founder members of the football league in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992
- Aston Villa won the European Cup in 1981/82
- Local rivals are Birmingham City
- Traditionally Villa play in Claret and Blue
To conclude, I cannot express enough how difficult it is for clubs to achieve promotion to the Premier League, mainly because there are so many quality clubs in the Championship and the standard just keeps getting higher each year, the football is fierce, fast paced and exciting to watch with so many derby matches, fan’s just love it but for the teams who wave goodbye and say hello to the top flight, an exciting time lies ahead.
Premier League football is another level and a huge adjustment needs to happen, I’m not saying they don’t have the talent because a lot of them do, however, in the Premier League you cannot afford any mistakes, one mistake and the top strikers will punish you, a misunderstanding or a slip in the box and the likes of Salah, Kane, Mane, Firmino, Aguero, Sterling, Silva, Aubameyang will finish you off with no mercy.
Many of the newcomers struggle mentally with the pressure put upon them, many fight tooth and nail to grind out results and then there are some that do well, but generally your first season in the Premier League is going to be a tough transition.
There are exceptions, Wolves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) re-entered the Premier League for the 2018/19 season after 7 years out and finished in an amazing 7th position by playing some great football, if they showed more consistency they would have finished even higher.
I think that the three new teams for the 2019/20 season have a good fighting chance of survival, each of them have previous experience of playing at this level, if I was to predict I would probably say that Villa will finish the highest of the three but let’s watch this space.
Whatever happens, one thing is for sure, the football will be amazing and there will be blood sweat and tears along the way.
Until next time
Enjoy your Football!