A Best XI of Players Who Both Won the Premier League But Were Also Relegated in Their Careers

Winning the Premier League is something that every player in England's top division aspires to, but precious few get to experience the euphoria of lifting the Premier League trophy. On the other hand, there is nothing more feared than relegation to the Championship, which can snare teams for years as they battle to regain their Premier League status. Only a handful of players have experienced both extremes, and the likes of John O'Shea, Jack Rodwell and Darron Gibson are the most recent...

Tim Flowers

Flowers is one of only two players to win the Premier League and be relegated with the same the club.

 

The goalkeeper was part of the successful Blackburn Rovers side who won the title in 1995, yet were relegated just four years later.

 

Flowers made 177 league appearances for Blackburn, before moving to Leicester in 1999.

Denis Irwin

Arguably one the greatest defenders in Premier League history, Irwin won seven league titles in a 12 year stint with Manchester United.

 

The Irishman then moved to Wolves and helped the Midlands side gain promotion in 2003.

 

Their spell in the Premier League was short-lived however, as they were relegated at the first attempt, in what was Irwin's final year as a professional player.

Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand was part of the foundations of Sir Alex Ferguson's successful Manchester United side during the 00s, and his partnership with Nemanja Vidic is considered by many to be the greatest in Premier League history.

 

After winning six titles at Old Trafford, Ferdinand left United following David Moyes' short reign at the club.

 

The defender opted to move to QPR in 2014, and after a single season at Loftus Road was relegated to the Championship.

Matthew Upson

Upson played 11 games for Arsenal in the 2001/02 season, which earned him a Premier League winner's medal.

 

After failing to establish himself in the Gunners' first team, he moved to Birmingham in 2003.

 

The defender enjoyed four years at St. Andrew's but suffered the disappointment of relegation in 2006.

 

Consequently, he moved to West Ham, where a four-and-a-half year spell in east London finished with relegation to the Championship once again.

Graeme Le Saux

Le Saux won the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995, before moving to Chelsea two years later.

 

After six years at Stamford Bridge, the defender moved to Southampton in a part-exchange deal for Wayne Bridge.

 

However, his spell on the south coast ended in 2005 with relegation to the Championship.

Joe Cole

Having come through the youth ranks at West Ham, Cole faced the despair of being relegated with the club in 2003.

 

That summer he moved to Chelsea as the Roman Abramovich era began.

 

Cole won two Premier League titles in his first three years at the club, and scored eight goals in both the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons.

 

The midfielder added another league title in 2010, in what was his last season with Chelsea.

Nicky Butt

Having came through with the 'class of 92' at Manchester United, Butt went on to win six league titles at Old Trafford.

 

In 2004, Newcastle bought the midfielder for a measly £2.5m, and after an unsuccessful start to life in the north-east he was loaned to Birmingham in 2005/06.

 

Butt faced his first experience of relegation that season, and returned to St James' Park at the end of the campaign.

 

Butt spent four more years at Newcastle, and was relegated again in 2009, before helping the side regain their Premier League status a year later.

Michael Carrick

Carrick was another product of the highly respected West Ham youth system in the late 90s.

 

Having broken into the team aged 19, the midfielder suffered the agony of relegation in his third year as a first team regular.

 

After a brief spell with Tottenham, Carrick was signed by Manchester United in 2006, where he has gone onto win five Premier League titles.

Damien Duff

Duff was only 19 when he suffered relegation form the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in 1999.

 

Having helped the team gain promotion the following year, he moved to Chelsea in 2003 and won two league titles whilst in west London.

 

Duff then moved to Newcastle where he was relegated again in 2009.

 

The Irishman had the misfortune of being relegated on three occasions during his career, as he was part of the Fulham side that finished 19th in 2014.

Michael Owen

Owen's stint in the north-east is one of the most infamously unsuccessful spells in Premier League history.

 

In four years at the club he played just 79 matches, and was captain of the side who were relegated in 2009.

 

Despite his poor spell at St. James' Park, Sir Alex Ferguson still gambled on the striker, and signed him for Manchester United.

 

Owen scored two goals in the 2010/11 season as United won the Premier League title.

Chris Sutton

Sutton helped form the unstoppable 'SAS' alongside Alan Shearer, as Blackburn won the title in 1995.

 

However, four years later the striker was part of the Rovers' side who were relegated from the Premier League.

 

After stints with Chelsea and Celtic, Sutton arrived at Birmingham in January 2006.

 

The striker was far past his best at this stage and only managed one goal in half a season, as the Blues were relegated.

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