Queens Park Rangers FC
Fifth in 1992/93, the west London side were the highest-ranked capital club in the inaugural Premier League season, but have not featured in the top division since 1996. The team have a long association with Saint Jude, the patron saint of lost causes – they had Jude the Stadium Cat as their mascot until their new Italian owners retired him in 2008, decreeing that black cats brought bad luck. Libertines singer Pete Doherty once wrote a QPR fanzine, All Quiet On The Western Avenue.
Norwich City FC
The Canaries have returned to the elite following a second successive promotion under Scottish boss Paul Lambert, the first Briton to win the UEFA Champions League – with Borussia Dortmund in 1996/97. Absent from the Premier League since 2005, the Norfolk side had finished third in the top flight to earn a stab at the 1993/94 UEFA Cup, where they eliminated FC Bayern München before losing out to FC Internazionale Milano. One of the club's main investors is television chef Delia Smith.
Swansea City FC
Having battled their way through a promotion play-off, Swansea will become the first Welsh team to play in the rebranded Premier League, although they figured in England's top tier from 1981 to 1983 – leading the table at times in that first campaign before finishing sixth. The Swans' Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers was a member of José Mourinho's back-room staff at Chelsea FC, serving as youth and reserve coach. Actress Catherine Zeta Jones follows the south Wales club's fortunes from afar.
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