The Barclay's Premier League is widely believed to be the most competitive, most viewed and most adored footballing competition in the world. Fans across the globe can be seen wearing replica kits bearing the names of their idols even if they will never have the opportunity to see them play live.
Many fans dream of managing Premier League clubs and invest hundreds of hours into management simulators to live out their own 'what if' scenarios. Some take the likes of Leyton Orient from the foot of the Football League to European glory and others slot themselves in at Man City to buy the biggest names and walk their way to the title.
Given that the 'what if' style of play is so engaging, what if the history of the Premier League were ever so slightly (or massively) different? Chaos Theory tells us that if the gunner on the Star Destroyer had shot down the pod containing R2D2 and C-3PO, Luke Skywalker would never have overthrown the Empire so surely the same theory can be applied to football.
With such a rich and varied history to the Premier League, not every avenue can be explored and much of what can be speculated on centres on the biggest and most successful clubs... but would they have always been the biggest and the most successful?