Sydney FC has reigned supreme in recent times and it seems an eternity since another A-League club was sitting numero uno on the A-League ladder.

Here at The Football Sack we did some digging and can now reveal the last time that every club were top dogs of the A-League.

Adelaide United – Round 27 2015/16

Adelaide defeated Melbourne City 2-0 in the final round of the regular season to leapfrog Brisbane Roar on the ladder. 24 hours later the club would win the Premier’s Plate following Brisbane’s nil-all draw with Melbourne Victory. They would go on to win the grand final over Western Sydney Wanderers a few weeks later to cap off a remarkable season.

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Brisbane Roar – Round 26 2015/16

Brisbane’s 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets on April 3, 2016, sent them top of the A-League with just one round remaining. Roar would fall short of the title one week later eventually missing out on the Premier’s Plate by one point.

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Central Coast Mariners – Round 22 2012/13

Central Coast occupied top spot of the A-League for just shy of three months during the 2012/13 season. They would relinquish that position in round 23 courtesy of a 1-0 loss to the Wanderers who leapfrogged the Mariners into the top spot. In the grand final it was Central Coast who would have the final say however, defeating Western Sydney 2-0.

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Melbourne City – Round 4 2017/18

Melbourne City was hot out of the gates this season, occupying top spot of the ladder from round two to four after their big derby win.

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Melbourne Victory – Round 8 2015/16

Strikes from Oli Bozanic and Besart Berisha in a 2-1 win over Adelaide in round eight would briefly send Victory to the top of the A-League pecking order in 2015.

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Newcastle Jets – Round 6 2017/18

Newcastle has largely been sitting comfortably in second spot behind Sydney FC this season. They have however tasted life at the top of the A-League when in round six they defeated Adelaide 2-1.

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Perth Glory – Round 17 14/15 (salary cap breach), Round 4 2010/11

Glory were high-flyers in the 2014/15 edition of the A-League until it was discovered that the club had breached the salary cap. The club was rightfully barred from playing in the 2014/15 finals series but did finish with 50 points at the conclusion of the regular season which would’ve been good enough for third on the A-League ladder.

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After removing the tainted success of the 2014/15 season the clock has to be wound back all the way to August 2010 to find the last time Glory were top of the A-League. A side that included Robbie Fowler, Jamie Harnwell, Jacob Burns and Mile Sterjovski were bright starters that season notching eight points in the first four rounds. Fast forward a couple of months and Perth would find themselves second from the bottom after only being able to grab 15 points from the remaining 26 rounds of the season.

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Sydney FC – Currently

Sydney has dominated the league over the past two seasons. The Sky Blues sat top for every single round of the 2016/17 season and haven’t looked back this season after moving past Newcastle into first on the ladder in round 7. Upon the conclusion of the 2017/18 season, Graham Arnold’s men will have been top of the A-League for 49 out of the past 54 rounds.

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Wellington Phoenix – Round 22 2014/15

The Nix enjoyed a solitary round stint at the top of the A-League in 2015 off the back of a 2-1 away win over Brisbane with the winner coming from an in-form Nathan Burns. Wellington would win just one of their next six games to end a promising season in disappointing fashion.

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Western Sydney Wanderers – Round 24 2015/16

Wanderers were one of four clubs fighting for the Premier’s Plate in the pulsating 2015/16 season. A nil-all draw with Adelaide United sent them top of the pile in round 24 only to eventually fall short of the silverware by just a single point behind the Reds. The heartbreak would not end there for Western Sydney as they would be once again denied another piece of silverware by Adelaide for the second time in a matter of weeks after losing the grand final 3-1.

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Statistics: Ultimate A-League.

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