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Lowest-Ever Premier League Points Tallies

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5th. Sunderland (02/03) - 19 points

At the time, Sunderland set the record for least points in a Premier League season. Their 19 points saw them finish bottom of the table and relegated to the Championship after five seasons in the top flight.

Peter Reid began the campaign as manager but was sacked in October after seven years at the club. He was replaced by Howard Wilkinson, who had been out of club management for six seasons, but he fell to same fate just five months later in a spell which saw the club pick up only one point after Christmas.

In a final attempt to beat the drop, they appointed Mick McCarthy, but a remarkable run of 15 consecutive defeats saw them set the record for the fewest goals scored by a top-flight club in addition to their lowest point total.

One highlight in what was a miserable year saw them beat Liverpool in December, though that was their final win of the season.

4th. Aston Villa (15/16) - 17 points

In a season which is remembered mostly for Leicester’s famous Premier League title win, Aston Villa finished bottom with one of the lowest point totals in League history. Their 17 points in 15/16 is the fourth least of any team.

Tim Sherwood was at the helm until October, leaving with just one win to his name. This came on the opening day of the season, a 1-0 win at newly promoted Bournemouth. He was replaced by Frenchman Rémi Garde, who got off to a good start with a 0-0 draw against table toppers Manchester City, ending a seven-game losing streak.

However, that was as good as it got, as continued poor results saw them fall 11 points adrift of safety by the halfway point of the season. They did not record their second win until January before their relegation was ultimately confirmed in mid-April.

The drop to the Championship signalled a first relegation for the club since the 1986/87 season. They were also one of seven remaining sides who had never been relegated from the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

3rd. Huddersfield (18/19) - 16 points

Huddersfield’s second season in the Premier League ended in misery as they finished with just 16 points, making it the third-lowest tally ever. After gaining promotion via the playoffs in 2017, they managed to stay up in their first season in the top flight, earning 37 points.

However, they could not build on this achievement and struggled mightily the following year. The Terriers did not get their first victory until November, defeating a Fulham side who was also fighting to beat the drop.

David Wagner, who had led the team in two fairy-tale seasons of promotion and survival, did not last beyond January as the club remained rooted to the bottom of the table.

They did manage to secure a stunning 1-1 draw at Old Trafford which ensured they would not become the first team in top-flight history to fail to score ten or more away goals in a single season. Their relegation was confirmed at the end of March, making it the joint-earliest Premier League relegation since Derby County in 2008.

2nd. Sunderland (05/06) - 15 points

With 15 points in 05/06, Sunderland finished rock bottom of the Premier League table, beating their own record for lowest points total in league history.

They are the only team to feature twice in the top five, with this tally eclipsing the record they had previously set in 2003 of 19. Following their relegation in 2003, they spent two seasons in the second tier before gaining promotion again in 2005.

This time it was an instant return to the Championship, as they managed to outdo their disastrous season of 02/03. Five consecutive losses to start the season set the tone for the rest of the campaign, in which they only managed to win three games.

A slight glimmer of hope came just before the October international break as they put together a three-game unbeaten run to move them out of the relegation zone. This was short-lived however, as a defeat to Manchester United put them back into the bottom three, a position they would hold for the rest of the season. By Christmas, they had earned just seven points and didn’t win a second game until January. Mick McCarthy was sacked and replaced by caretaker Kevin Ball. Their third victory came against Fulham, but it was long after their relegation was confirmed.

1st. Derby County (07/08) - 11 points

One of the most unwanted records in English football belongs to Derby County. Their tally of 11 points in the 07/08 season is the worst in Premier League history.

Derby’s sole campaign back in the Premier League was a disaster, following their promotion via the playoff final in the previous season. They were managed by Billy Davies before he was replaced by Paul Jewell in late November.

The Rams’ one and only victory came on 17th September, when a Kenny Miller goal helped them beat Newcastle. They went on to take two points from their next four games which left them with six points after ten. However, their fortunes kept getting worse.

They would end the season on a 32-game winless run, conceding a total of 89 goals and scoring just 20, as well as losing 29 games. All of these are league records. They have not returned to the Premier League since, though have come close on a couple of occasions, losing in the playoff final in 2014 and 2019. They currently are in League One following relegation from the Championship in 2022 thanks to a 21-point deduction.

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Last updated 22/05/2024

Is Any Team on Course to Break Into the top 5?

Sheffield United are certainties to make this list as the Blades have endured a miserable 2023/24 campaign, earning just 16 points from 37 matches, winning just three times. The only question is wether they'll match Huddersfield's tally of the 2018/19 season or Sunderland's dismal 2002/03 record of just 19 points. The Bramall Lane club hosts Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the Premier League season.

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