Football Features

Every Premier League club ranked by their current trophy drought

By James Amey

Published: 15:56, 23 February 2024

The 7th June 2023 will be a night West Ham fans remember for the rest of their lives, as they won their first major European trophy in 58 years. 

The Hammers ended the 2022/23 campaign on a major high as they became just the second side to win the Europa Conference League after Roma.

Jarrod Bowen was put through in the 90th minute after a super through-ball by Lucas Paqueta and calmly slotted past the Fiorentina goalkeeper to send the West Ham fans into raptures. Before that night, it had been 43 years since the Irons had lifted a major trophy, previously winning the FA Cup in 1980.

Jumping to the present, Liverpool and Chelsea are preparing to lock horns in the EFL Cup final this weekend. They’re two sides very familiar with hoisting trophies over the past couple of decades but that isn’t the case for most of the current Premier League crop. Some massive clubs like Everton, Newcastle United and even Tottenham are enduring quite the barren spell. So, with that in mind, we’ve ranked every current Premier League club by their current major trophy drought.

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To clarify a major trophy includes the top-flight league title, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Here’s how they rank from the most recent winners to the sides still waiting to break their duck.

1. Man City

  • Last trophy won: Champions League
  • Year: 2023
  • Trophy drought: 259 days

Pep Guardiola and his Man City side achieved greatness last season by becoming the first team since Manchester United in 1999 to win the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and, finally, Champions League titles, beating Inter 1-0 in the final of the latter.

2. West Ham

  • Last trophy won: Europa Conference League
  • Year: 2023
  • Trophy drought: 262 days

Jarrod Bowen’s 90th-minute strike against Fiorentina ended the Hammers’ 43-year wait for a major trophy, as they became just the second side after Roma to win the Europa Conference League and earn each player a place in the history books.

3. Man Utd

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 2023
  • Trophy drought: 363 days

Despite losing the FA Cup final to rivals Manchester City, Erik ten Hag’s first season at Manchester United ended with silverware, as he became just the second manager in Red Devils history to win a trophy in his first season after Jose Mourinho and the first Dutch manager to win the League Cup.

4. Liverpool

  • Last trophy won: FA Cup
  • Year: 2022
  • Trophy drought: 1 year, 11 months, 28 days

The Reds completed the cup double during the 2021/22 season, beating Chelsea in a penalty shootout both times. Jurgen Klopp became the first manager in Liverpool’s history to win the top-flight league title, European Cup, EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

5. Chelsea

  • Last trophy won: Champions League
  • Year: 2021
  • Trophy drought: 2 years, 8 months, 26 days

After suffering defeat in the final with PSG the year before, Thomas Tuchel went one step further with Chelsea in 2020/21, as the Blues lifted the Champions League trophy for the second time in their history. Kai Havertz’s first-half strike was the deciding goal of the game as they beat Man City in Porto.

6. Arsenal

  • Last trophy won: FA Cup
  • Year: 2020
  • Trophy drought: 3 years, 6 months, 23 days

The Gunners made history in 2020, as they became the most successful side in FA Cup history, bringing home the trophy for the 14th time. Despite going behind after five minutes, Mikel Arteta’s side bounced back thanks to a brace from forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley behind closed doors.

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7. Tottenham

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 2008
  • Trophy drought: 16 years

It has now been 16 years since Spurs last lifted major silverware, the longest of any ‘Big Six’ side. Juande Ramos’ men needed extra time to see off Chelsea, as Jonathan Woodgate’s header ensured the League Cup headed back to north London, after a Dimitar Berbatov penalty had cancelled out Didier Drogba’s opener.

8. Aston Villa

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 1996
  • Trophy drought: 28 years

Goals from Savo Milosevic, Ian Taylor and Dwight Yorke completed a 3-0 victory over Leeds at a packed-out Wembley to win the ‘Coca-Cola Cup’ as it was known back then for the Villains. It was the fifth time they had won the League Cup, a joint record at the time.

9. Everton

  • Last trophy won: FA Cup
  • Year: 1995
  • Trophy drought: 29 years

Despite making their worst-ever start to a league season and fighting relegation, the Toffees ended the 1994/95 season with silverware, as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup. Paul Rideout was the hero in a 1-0 win; their fifth major trophy in an 11-year period but, sadly, their last to date.

10. Nottingham Forest

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 1990
  • Trophy drought: 34 years

The late, great, Brian Clough won his 12th and final trophy of his time at Nottingham Forest, as the Tricky Trees won the EFL Cup for the fourth time in the previous 13 seasons.

11. Luton Town

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 1988
  • Trophy drought: 36 years

Reaching the Premier League in the current financial climate is arguably Luton Town’s biggest-ever achievement, but their most glorious day remains beating Arsenal in the 1988 EFL Cup final. The Hatters made a great fist of defending that title, too, reaching the final again in 1989 only to fall to Forest.

12. Wolves

  • Last trophy won: EFL Cup
  • Year: 1980
  • Trophy drought: 44 years

Wolves saw off the holders and the European champions at the time Nottingham Forest, to lift the League Cup for just the second time in their history, after also taking home the trophy in 1974.

13. Burnley

  • Last trophy won: First Division
  • Year: 1960
  • Trophy drought: 64 years

Many people won’t know it, but Burnley used to be quite the force, with two league titles and an FA Cup under their belts, as well as two more second-place league finishes and two losing FA Cup final appearances. However, the last of their major honours came in 1960 when they finished a point clear of Wolves to lift the First Division title.

14. Newcastle

  • Last trophy won: FA Cup
  • Year: 1955
  • Trophy drought: 69 years

Eddie Howe’s men had the chance to end Newcastle’s 68-year trophy drought in last season’s EFL Cup final, but it was not to be. Maybe this season will finally be the year as they remain in the FA Cup; the last trophy they won in 1955.

15. Sheffield United

  • Last trophy won: FA Cup
  • Year: 1925
  • Trophy drought: 99 years

Sheffield United were one of the original big guns of world football, winning a league title and multiple FA Cups before some countries had even played the game. However, it’s been a long time since the Blades were among the very elite, with next year marking a century since they last lifted a major trophy.

16. Brighton

  • Last trophy won: N/A
  • Year: N/A
  • Trophy drought: 123 years

The Seagulls finished as runners-up in the 1983 FA Cup final, the only major domestic cup final of their history.

17. Bournemouth

  • Last trophy won: N/A
  • Year: N/A
  • Trophy drought: 125 years

Bournemouth rose from the third division to the Premier League, but are yet to win a major trophy.

18. Brentford

  • Last trophy won: N/A
  • Year: N/A
  • Trophy drought: 134 years

The Bees have never made the final of a major domestic competition.

19. Fulham

  • Last trophy won: N/A
  • Year: N/A
  • Trophy drought: 145 years

Fulham made it all the way to the Europa League final back in 2010, but a Diego Forlan strike in extra-time broke their hearts as Atletico Madrid took home the trophy.

20. Crystal Palace

  • Last trophy won: N/A
  • Year: N/A
  • Trophy drought: 163 years

Palace have finished as FA Cup runners-up on two occasions, in 1989/90 and 2015/16 when Jesse Lingard won the game for Manchester United in extra-time.