Lowest Premier League points tally: Blades still not ‘down there’

Did Sheffield United record the lowest Premier League points tally ever seen? After their 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Bramall Lane on the final day of the season, the Blades finished with a measly 16 points.

They were relegated on 27 April with three games to spare, having recorded just three wins all season, and conceding a record 104 goals in the English top flight.

Are they the worst team in Premier League history? We have crunched the numbers to find the five teams to have finished on the lowest points totals, and see where Sheffield United rank among them in a number of damning metrics:

Lowest Premier League points tally: The top 5

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5. Aston Villa (2015/16) – 17 points

It is quite extraordinary to see Aston Villa feature on this list, given that they finished in fourth place at the end of this season with 68 points, securing a spot in next campaign's UEFA Champions League. However, just eight years ago, they endured their worst-ever season in the top flight.

Villa were actually relegated earlier than Sheffield United on 16 April 2016, despite collecting more points than them. They equalled the Blades' record of just three wins all season. They scored fewer goals (27) than Chris Wilder's side (35) and narrowly survived relegation by just three points the season before, so they were always likely to face the drop.

The Villans were actually one of seven teams along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs never to be relegated from the Premier League before, which made their fall from grace even more eye-opening. They were almost relegated again in 2020, but survived by the skin of their teeth, and are now looking at an upwards trajectory of playing in Europe's elite competition.

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4. Sheffield United (2023/24) – 16 points

Sheffield United are actually the joint-third worst team in Premier League history in terms of points totals. It is astonishing to think that there have been sides statistically worse than them in the top flight considering just how poor they have been all campaign.

Indeed, their record of 104 goals conceded is a new unwanted Premier League record, amassed by an 8-0 humiliation at home to Newcastle United in the first half of the campaign, and losing 6-0 to Arsenal at Bramall Lane, having been 5-0 down at half-time, among other heavy defeats. Sadly, Wilder's return to the club after Paul Heckingbottom's departure brought no merit, and the Blades ultimately went straight back down to the Championship with a whimper.

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3. Huddersfield (2018/19) – 16 points

Another Yorkshire club in Huddersfield Town finished on the same points total as Sheffield United five years ago, having also recorded only three wins all season, but scoring a mere 22 goals which ultimately decided their fate. It took three months for the Terriers to record their first win of the campaign, and they were relegated with six matches still left to play – the joint-most left before a Premier League team suffered the drop.

Huddersfield remarkably managed to stay up in their first top-flight campaign the season before, but second-season syndrome seemed to hit them at the worst possible time. It may be a long while before we ever see the Terriers in the Premier League again, as they were relegated to League One from the Championship this term, and so they have a lot of rebuilding to do.

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2. Sunderland (2005/06) – 15 points

Just shy of the unwanted top spot is Sunderland, who accumulated just 15 points at the end of the 2005/06 season. They had already broken their lowest top-flight points total record three years prior, so it was not a major surprise to see them eventually go down to the Championship.

They were relegated with five games to spare, and like the other teams mentioned in this list, recorded just three wins all season long. Sunderland only managed to find the back of the net a mere 26 times, and conceding 69 goals meant their goal difference was by far the worst in the division on -43.

The Black Cats are still in the Championship now after more relegation heartbreak over the years, but still boast one of the biggest stadiums in the country in the Stadium of Light, which can hold over 40,000 spectators. Nonetheless, they will be desperate to reach the big time once again soon, and take some of the bragging rights off of their North East rivals Newcastle United.

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1. Derby (2007/08) – 11 points

The crown for the worst-ever Premier League side goes to Derby County, who mustered just 11 points at the end of the 2007/08 season. They hold a number of other unwanted records, including the joint-earliest relegation with six games still left to play in March.

Another is the fewest wins of any team in a top-flight campaign, as the Rams won just once—a 1-0 victory against Newcastle at Pride Park. In fact, four of their 11 points came against the sorry Magpies, as the reverse fixture finished 2-2 at St. James' Park! Nonetheless, Derby only managed to score a mere 20 goals all season, far worse than Sheffield United this term, but interestingly, they finished on the same goal difference (-69).

Will there ever be a lower points tally than Derby's? It would be difficult to do, but the Premier League's top teams are getting stronger, as emphasised by Manchester City's unmatched fourth consecutive title win. The three promoted teams also got relegated for the first time since 1998, which suggests the league is getting stronger and harder to survive in.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.