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I just recently read on another forum that Hull is the biggest City in Europe not to have ever had a Top Flight Football team.
Is this true? Or is their any other City bigger not to have a Top Flight side?
I don’t know about that, but if you look at urban areas, even within England, the Bournemouth Urban Area has a population of 383,713, while the Birkenhead Urban Area has a population 319,675 (see here), and neither have had a club in the top flight in England.
Of all the clubs in England and Wales never to have played in the top flight, Hull has spent the most number of seasons in the second tier. That’s probably the most number of seasons any club in Europe has spent in the second tier without ever playing in the first tier.
It used to be Barnsley before they played one season in the Premier League in 1998-99. Only Barnsley (67) and Leicester City (57) have spent more seasons in the second tier than Hull (53).