The current top-flight stays of Fulham, Stoke City and Sunderland have now extended to 12, five and six years respectively.
Wigan Athletic’s relegation (after eight seasons) has left the above trio as the Premier League’s longest serving clubs outside of this season’s top seven and Aston Villa.
As achievements go, developing resilience and staying power are not among football’s most glamorous. For those teams without a longstanding foothold in the sport’s upper echelons and/or substantial financial backing, it is the most realistic marker of success.
Of late, the initially mentioned clubs have been contemplating their appreciation for this self-achieved consistency, and a natural desire for wanting more.
Owner Mohamed Al-Fayed has (for the most part) striven to ensure Fulham have not punched above their weight. His decision-making has largely been marked by an adherence to the practicalities of survival in the Premier League.