The North of England has a rich history of football, embodied by the success of teams like Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle.
However the Premier League era has been marked by the demise of many northern clubs and historic top-flight staples who got relegated.
Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday - all English champions in their history - will now enter their 5th, 10th, 13th and 17th seasons respectively outside the top flight.
These are only the most recent echoes of a 'northern downfall' which started with the likes of Huddersfield Town and Preston North End. Others like Bolton, Wigan and Oldham have accompanied them on the way down.
Of course, every relegation is matched with a promotion and the fall of Newcastle in the North East last season has been balanced by the comeback of Middlesbrough.
Nevertheless, more often than not the beneficiaries of the system seem to have been the clubs in the country's South and Midlands.
Bournemouth - the southernmost club in top-flight history - will enjoy their second run in the Premier League after winning promotion last year.
Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke have all established themselves as Premier League clubs alongside the likes of Southampton, Crystal Palace and, more recently, Watford.
To show the extent to which the power centre of football has moved south, we've calculated the average geographical location of Premier League stadiums for each of the past 10 years.
The pattern is clear - the average location for each of the first five years, from 2007-2011, was north of the average location for each of the most recent five, from 2012-2016.
The 'centre' of the league has essentially moved 55 miles down the M1 from Derby to Coventry.
The northernmost season was in 2008-09, which was the last to feature the three big north east clubs of Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
The southernmost season was 2015-16 as Burnley, Hull and QPR were replaced by Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth.
The geographical centre location of all top flight's champions has been moving gradually south over the past two decades, too.
Following Leicester's victory last season, it now stands somewhere just north of Stoke.
Chelsea and Arsenal's eight titles in the last 20 years have also contributed to dragging the honour south for the first time since the 1930s to 1950s.
Then, Arsenal, Wolverhampton, Portsmouth, Tottenham and Chelsea won a combined 14 titles in 23 years (the league was suspended for seven years during the Second World War).
The following four decades have largely been a northern affair, apart for Brian Clough’s success in the Midlands.
Most notably, football headed toward Merseyside in the 70s and 80s with Liverpool and Everton counting 13 triumphs, while the 90s were ruled by Manchester United, who brought the trophy back to Old Trafford six times.
However it seems like the league has changed direction again since the turn of the millennium - and, with Norwich and Brighton among the favourites to go up from the Championship at the end of next season, the trend might well continue.