After Aston Villa's relegation was confirmed - ending a 28-year stay in the top-flight - we take a look at the 13 other clubs still trying to regain their Premier League status since experiencing the drop.

The signs are not good for Villa fans...

Oldham Athletic, 1993/94

One of the 22 original clubs who formed the breakaway Premier League in 1992, the unfashionable Latics flirted with the drop in the inaugural season. They couldn't beat the drop the following year, finishing second-bottom.

Three unremarkable seasons resulted only in further demotion to the third tier, where Oldham have remained ever since. They now sit mid-table in League One, with a return to their former glories looking a forlorn hope.

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Swindon Town, 1993/94

Promoted in thrilling style with a 4-3 playoff final win over Leicester City at Wembley, but those clubs are now light years apart.

Player-manager Glenn Hoddle departed for Chelsea, leaving John Gorman to preside over a disastrous Premier League season, in which the Robins won only five games and conceded precisely 100 goals to finish rock bottom.

They would plummet even further, with another relegation in 1994/95, before gently yoyo-ing between the second and third tiers ever since.

Barnsley, 1997/98

Promoted gleefully to the top flight for the first time in their history in 1997, Barnsley nevertheless suffered a rude awakening in the Premier League, including a 6-0 defeat to Chelsea in only their second home match.

The Tykes spent the majority of the season in the bottom three and their return to the second tier was a swift one. They are now in League Two.

Sheffield Wednesday, 1999/00

A run of nine consecutive top-flight seasons came to an end with relegation in 2000, and the Owls haven't soared that high again ever since.

Occasional spells in the third tier have punctuated mid-table Championship mediocrity at Hillsborough.


Wimbledon, 1999/00

A proud rise through the divisions in the mid-1980s thrust the boisterous Dons into the big time but, after years of groundsharing and unsettling talk of moving the club to Dublin, they were finally toppled from their lofty perch in 2000.

Within four years of second-tier anonymity, the club controversially relocated to Milton Keynes, alienating thousands of fans in the process. While the new club have flourished - building a new stadium - neither operations have hosted Premier League football since the turn of the millennium.

Coventry City, 2000/01

Despite some admirable attempts to get relegated throughout the 1990s, it took until 2001 - the Sky Blues' 34th consecutive season in the top flight - to finally fall through the trap door.

More than a decade of fruitless attempts to regain Premier League status - and some chaotic events behind the scenes - saw Coventry slip into League One in 2012, where they remain to this day.

Bradford City, 2000/01

A sensational promotion to the Premier League in 1999 was consolidated by a heroic survival the following season. Dean Windass' goals weren't enough to stave off relegation in their second season, however, and Bradford dropped to the third tier in 2004.

2007 saw the Bantams slip down to League Two. Giantkilling Cup exploits put them back on the footballing map, though, and they are in contention for promotion back to the second tier for the first time in 12 years.

Leeds United, 2003/04

So spectacular was their fall from grace in the mid-2000s that "Doing a Leeds" now warrants its own Wikipedia page. 36 months after a Champions League semi-final against Valencia, Leeds were relegated with debts of £100m.

Struggling to adjust to austerity, Leeds would slip to the third tier in 2007 before returning to the Championship in 2010. A Premier League redemption story looks unlikely, however, as Leeds' boardroom pantomime shows little sign of ending.

Portsmouth, 2009/10

15 years after their last taste of top flight football, Pompey were promoted to the Premier League in 2003 under the ownership of Milan Mandaric.

Seven years later, plunged into administration, they would kiss the Premier League goodbye. Two further relegations in the following three seasons has left Fratton Park hosting fourth-tier football.

Very much a lesson in what not to do.

Blackpool, 2010/11

The Tangerines ended a 40-year wait for top-flight football with promotion in 2010 under Ian Holloway's eccentric leadership. Some eye-catching early performances gave way to a dreadful second half of the season and they were soon on the way back to the Football League.

Under the hugely unpopular ownership of the Oyston family, Blackpool now face a battle to avoid relegation to League Two.

Wigan Athletic, 2012/13

Bankrolled by local millionaire Dave Whelan, Wigan secured their first taste of top-flight football in 2005 and achieved a creditable finish of 10th in the Premier League. A succession of flirtations with the drop, however, resulted in relegation for Roberto Martinez's side in 2013.

Playoff semi-final heartbreak denied them a swift return and they were relegated to League One the following season. The Latics look set for a return to the second tier this summer under manager Gary Caldwell.

Fulham, 2013/14

So often the poor relation in West London, Fulham's fortunes were boosted by owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, who took them from the old Division Three to the Premier League in just four years.

13 seasons in the top flight, including a thrilling run to the Europa League final in 2010, finally ended in relegation two years ago. Struggling to cope with the financial impact, Fulham are now battling relegation to League One.

Cardiff City, 2013/14

Yet another club bankrolled to Premier League dreamland, only to be mismanaged back down again. Cardiff's Championship persistence finally paid off with promotion in 2013, but a chaotic season saw Malky Mackay sacked by owner Vincent Tan.

Rookie replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to keep the red-shirted Bluebirds afloat and another lengthy spell in the second tier surely awaits.