The Premier League table in full since Chelsea became a super-rich club in 2003

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

July 2, 2003, was a day that changed the history of Chelsea Football Club forever.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich completed his surprise takeover of the Blues - the biggest in British football history at the time - in a deal worth £140 million.

Abramovich took control of Chelsea following talks with long-time chairman Ken Bates, who purchased the club for just £1 in 1982.

"We are delighted to agree this deal to acquire what is already one of the top clubs in Europe," Abramovich told reporters after the takeover was finalised. "We have the resources and ambition to achieve even more given the huge potential of this great club."

Less than two years later, Chelsea had won their first league title since 1955.

The Blues, under the management of Jose Mourinho, then made it back-to-back Premier League title triumphs in 2006.

Since Abramovich’s takeover, Chelsea have also won five FA Cups and become European champions for the first time in their history.

But what does the full Premier League table look like since Chelsea became a super-rich club in 2003?

Let’s take a look…

40. Derby County

Pld: 38. W: 1. D: 8. L: 29. Goals: 20:89. GD: -69. Pts: 11. Points per match: 0.29

Derby were disastrous during the 2007/08 season, picking up a pitiful 11 points in their only top-flight campaign since 2003.

39. Leeds United

Pld: 38. W: 8. D: 9. L: 21. Goals: 40:79. GD: -39. Pts: 33. Points per match: 0.87

Leeds were relegated in 2004 and haven’t been seen in the Premier League since.

Mark Viduka celebrates the 1st goal

38. Blackpool

Pld: 38. W: 10. D: 9. L: 19. Goals: 55:78. GD: -23. Pts: 39. Points per match: 1.03

Despite a good start to the 2010/11 Premier League season, Blackpool were relegated after finishing in 19th position.

37. Huddersfield Town

Pld: 76. W: 12. D: 17. L: 47. Goals: 50:134. GD: -84. Pts: 53. Points per match: 0.70

Huddersfield spent two seasons in the Premier League before their relegation to the Championship in 2019.

36. Sheffield United

Pld: 50. W: 14. D: 13. L: 23. Goals: 45:64. GD: -19. Pts: 55. Points per match: 1.10

Sheffield United are back and flying high in only their second Premier League campaign since 2003.

35. Cardiff City

Pld: 76. W: 17. D: 13. L: 46. Goals: 66:143. GD: -77. Pts: 64. Points per match: 0.84

Cardiff have reached the Premier League twice since 2003 and been relegated at the end of both seasons.

34. Brighton

Pld: 88. W: 22. D: 25. L: 41. Goals: 84:131. GD: -47. Pts: 91. Points per match: 1.03

Brighton are now in their third successive season as a Premier League club.

33. QPR

Pld: 114. W: 22. D: 26. L: 66. Goals: 115:199. GD: -84. Pts: 92. Points per match: 0.81

QPR have spent three seasons in the Premier League since 2003 and been relegated twice.

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32. Reading

Pld: 114. W: 32. D: 23. L: 59. Goals: 136:186. GD: -50. Pts: 119. Points per match: 1.04

Reading’s last appearance in the Premier League was in the 2012/13 campaign.

31. Hull City

Pld: 190. W: 41. D: 48. L: 101. Goals: 181:323. GD: -142. Pts: 171. Points per match: 0.90

Hull have spent five seasons in the Premier League since 2003, but have been relegated three times.

30. Charlton

Pld: 152. W: 47. D: 39. L: 66. Goals: 168:224. GD: -56. Pts: 180. Points per match: 1.18

Charlton were a stable Premier League club around 2003 but haven’t returned to the top-flight since their relegation in 2007.

29. Bournemouth

Pld: 164. W: 51. D: 40. L: 73. Goals: 216:280. GD: -64. Pts: 193. Points per match: 1.18

Eddie Howe had done a remarkable job at Bournemouth, who have now been in the Premier League for five seasons.

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United - Premier League

28. Norwich City

Pld: 202. W: 48. D: 54. L: 100. Goals: 213:358. GD: -145. Pts: 198. Points per match: 0.98

Norwich are currently competing in their sixth Premier League season since 2003.

27. Wolves

Pld: 202. W: 51. D: 56. L: 95. Goals: 219:342. GD: -123. Pts: 209. Points per match: 1.03

Wolves finished bottom of the Premier League table in 2004 before returning in 2009. Relegated again in 2012, Wolves bounced back in 2018 under Nuno Espirito Santo and haven’t looked back since.

26. Watford

Pld: 202. W: 54. D: 50. L: 98. Goals: 213:323. GD: -110. Pts: 212. Points per match: 1.05

Watford are currently in their sixth season as a Premier League club since 2003 but are yet to secure a top-half finish.

25. Burnley

Pld: 202. W: 55. D: 47. L: 100. Goals: 207:315. GD: -108. Pts: 212. Points per match: 1.05

This just highlights the magnificent job Sean Dyche has done with Burnley.

24. Birmingham City

Pld: 228. W: 60. D: 73. L: 95. Goals: 232:311. GD: -79. Pts: 253. Points per match: 1.11

Birmingham floated between the Premier League and the Championship between 2003-2011 but have spent the past eight years in the second tier.

23. Middlesbrough

Pld: 266. W: 73. D: 77. L: 116. Goals: 287:368. GD: -81. Pts: 296. Points per match: 1.11

Middlesbrough were a solid mid-table Premier League club when Abramovich took over at Chelsea, but they’ve mostly been a Championship team over the past decade.

Middlesbrough v Manchester City - Premier League

22. Portsmouth

Pld: 266. W: 79. D: 65. L: 122. Goals: 292:380. GD: -88. Pts: 302. Points per match: 1.14

The past 16 years have been a rollercoaster ride for Portsmouth, who won the FA Cup in 2008 before sliding down to League Two just five years later.

21. Swansea City

Pld: 266. W: 82. D: 66. L: 118. Goals: 306:383. GD: -77. Pts: 312. Points per match: 1.17

Swansea were a Premier League club between 2011 and 2018, entertaining everyone with their attractive style of football.

20. Crystal Palace

Pld: 278. W: 85. D: 62. L: 131. Goals: 316:399. GD: -83. Pts: 317. Points per match: 1.14

After yo-yo’ing between the Premier League and Championship, Crystal Palace have cemented their status as a solid top-flight club since 2013.

19. Leicester City

Pld: 240. W: 87. D: 63. L: 90. Goals: 346:335. GD: 11. Pts: 324. Points per match: 1.35

The first club in this list with a positive goal difference, Leicester have still lost more Premier League fixtures than they’ve won since 2003, despite winning the title in 2016.

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18. Wigan

Pld: 304. W: 85. D: 76. L: 143. Goals: 316:482. GD: -166. Pts: 331. Points per match: 1.09

Wigan were in the Premier League every season between 2003-2013 before their relegation.

17. Sunderland

Pld: 418. W: 98. D: 110. L: 210. Goals: 424:638. GD: -214. Pts: 404. Points per match: 0.97

Sunderland have struggled in recent times but still find themselves in a respectable 17th position in this alternative Premier League table.

16. Bolton

Pld: 342. W: 113. D: 83. L: 146. Goals: 410:500. GD: -90. Pts: 422. Points per match: 1.23

Bolton finished 8th, 6th, 8th and 7th in the first four seasons after Chelsea became a super-rich club. However, they haven’t been seen in the Premier League since 2012 and came perilously close to going out of business earlier this year.

15. Blackburn

Pld: 342. W: 112. D: 88. L: 142. Goals: 411:498. GD: -87. Pts: 424. Points per match: 1.24

It’s now seven years since Blackburn last competed in the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City - Premier League

14. Southampton

Pld: 354. W: 108. D: 104. L: 142. Goals: 439:489. GD: -50. Pts: 428. Points per match: 1.21

Despite finishing in the top half of the table in 2013/14, 2014/15. 2015/16 and 2016/17, Southampton have still lost more Premier League games than they’ve won since 2003.

13. West Brom

Pld: 418. W: 106. D: 120. L: 192. Goals: 446:631. GD: -185. Pts: 438. Points per match: 1.05

West Brom have endured some challenging times in the Premier League since 2003 but they’ve still played more top-flight games over the past 16 years than a lot of clubs.

12. Stoke City

Pld: 380. W: 116. D: 109. L: 155. Goals: 398:525. GD: -127. Pts: 457. Points per match: 1.20

Stoke were a tough Premier League outfit between 2008 and 2018, when they were relegated back to the Championship.

11. Fulham

Pld: 456. W: 134. D: 118. L: 204. Goals: 527:684. GD: -157. Pts: 520. Points per match: 1.14

Although Fulham have lost more games than they’ve won and conceded more goals than they’ve scored, they have still amassed more Premier League points than all but 10 clubs since 2003.

10. West Ham

Pld: 506. W: 161. D: 128. L: 217. Goals: 616:754. GD: -138. Pts: 611. Points per match: 1.21

The first club to break the 600-point mark, West Ham find themselves in 10th place.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

9. Aston Villa

Pld: 506. W: 153. D: 153. L: 200. Goals: 601:725. GD: -124. Pts: 612. Points per match: 1.21

After spending three seasons in the Championship, Aston Villa are now back in the big time.

Aston Villa v Burnley FC - Premier League

8. Newcastle United

Pld: 544. W: 172. D: 143. L: 229. Goals: 645:786. GD: -141. Pts: 659. Points per match: 1.21

In eighth place, it’s Newcastle United - which might come as a slightly surprise to some.

Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth  - Premier League

7. Everton

Pld: 620. W: 245. D: 179. L: 196. Goals: 843:742. GD: 101. Pts: 914. Points per match: 1.47

With more victories than losses and a positive goal difference, the Toffees have been one of the Premier League’s most consistent teams since 2003.

Southampton FC v Everton FC - Premier League

6. Tottenham

Pld: 620. W: 299. D: 146. L: 175. Goals: 996:727. GD: 269. Pts: 1043. Points per match: 1.68

Tottenham, who appointed Jose Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement earlier this week, are closing in on 1000 Premier League goals.

Liverpool FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

5. Manchester City

Pld: 620. W: 331. D: 127. L: 162. Goals: 1141:647. GD: 494. Pts: 1120. Points per match: 1.81

Man City were not challenging for major honours in 2003. Everything changed for them following their takeover in 2008. Since then, they’ve won four Premier League titles.

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4. Liverpool

Pld: 620. W: 333. D: 153. L: 134. Goals: 1098:607. GD: 491. Pts: 1152. Points per match: 1.86

Liverpool, who are aiming to win their first league title since 1990, are fourth in this alternative table.

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3. Arsenal

Pld: 620. W: 351. D: 146. L: 123. Goals: 1178:642. GD: 536. Pts: 1199. Points per match: 1.93

Arsenal enjoyed the best season in their history when Abramovich took over at Chelsea, but the Gunners haven’t won a Premier League title since 2004.

Arsenal v Leicester City

2. Manchester United

Pld: 620. W: 383. D: 127. L: 110. Goals: 1142:547. GD: 595. Pts: 1276. Points per match: 2.06

Man Utd may have fallen off a cliff since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013; however, they’ve still won five league titles since 2003 and have picked up more points than every other club - apart from one.

Manchester United v Swansea City - Premier League

1. Chelsea

Pld: 620. W: 387. D: 131. L: 102. Goals: 1160:530. GD: 630. Pts: 1292. Points per match: 2.08

Money talks. Chelsea are top of the all-time Premier League table since 2003 and have won five league titles following Abramovich’s arrival.

Chelsea v Sunderland - Premier League

It’ll be interesting to see what the Premier League table looks like in another five years from now.

The top five may look completely different then.

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