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Three In A Row


If Arsenal finish this season as Premier League runners-up, it won’t be the first time that a club has finished second in the English league three seasons in a row.

The following three clubs have achieved this “feat” before:

  • Preston North End – 1891, 1892, 1893
  • Manchester United – 1947, 1948, 1949 (In fact, Manchester United managed it four times in five seasons, finishing runners-up in 1951 as well.)
  • Leeds United – 1970, 1971,1972

Likewise, Manchester United winning the league three seasons in a row would not be a first. The following three clubs have achieved this before:

  • Huddersfield Town – 1924, 1925, 1926
  • Arsenal – 1933, 1934, 1935
  • Liverpool – 1982, 1983, 1984

However, if Arsenal do finish runners-up this season, it would be the first time ever that the clubs finishing first and second have been the same three seasons in a row.

Further, Arsenal, the club finishing second three times in a row, have previously won the title three times in a row while Manchester United, the club finishing top three times in a row, have previously finished runners up three times in row.

(First written for Totalworlds Football Writings)

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4 thoughts on “Three In A Row

  1. The first club to win 2 championships in a row (Preston NE, 1889, 1890), have never won the championship since, nor does it look like they ever will.

    The first club to win 3 championships in a row (Huddersfield, 1924, 1925, 1926), have never won the championship since, nor does it look like they ever will.

    If Manchester United win the championship next season, they will become the first club to win 4 championships in a row.

    So for for all those “Anyone But (Man) United”s (you know who you are), you might be better off hoping they win the championship next season, and then never win it again. Go on, give it a try.

    (First written for Totalworlds Football Writings)

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