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Number of English football clubs documented for this season: 115 (You can only see the top 22 clubs)
For the selected season, this site documents and maps all "top tier" English football clubs in Levels 1-4 of the English football league system: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division), Football League Second Division (Barclays League Second Division), Football League Third Division (Barclays League Third Division), Football League Fourth Division (Barclays League Fourth Division). Note that we do NOT cover reserve teams.
Web site: http://www.arsenal.com Founded: 1886 Nickname: Gunners Stadium: Arsenal Stadium Stadium Address: Avenell Road, Highbury, London N5 1BU League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: The club was originally founded in 1886 as Dial Square by workers at Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory in Woolwich, south-east London. They were renamed to Royal Arsenal shortly afterwards. They renamed themselves again to Woolwich Arsenal after turning professional in 1891. After moving to Arsenal Stadium in North London in 1913, the name was shortened to Arsenal. The nickname Gunners comes from what the workers used to make, when they weren't playing soccer, of course.
They made their home at the venerated Highbury until May 2006. In July 2006 the club moved to the new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium in nearby Ashburton Grove. Arsenal have a long-standing and fierce rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur, located four miles away in Tottenham, whom they play in the North London derby.
Web site: http://www.avfc.co.uk Founded: 1874 Nickname: Villains Stadium: Villa Park Stadium Address: Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Located in the steel city of Birmingham in the West Midlands, Aston Villa were founded by four members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team who were looking for a sport to play during the winter. The Aston part of the name came from nearby Aston University. Indeed, their first match was played against Aston Brook St. Mary's. Villains is a natural extension of Villa, which is what most soccer fans in the know call them. They even play their matches at Villa Park.
Web site: http://www.chelseafc.com Founded: 1905 Nickname: The Blues Stadium: Stamford Bridge Stadium Address: Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: The pride of Southwest London, Chelsea's origin dates back to the 1870's as well. Their stadium, Stamford Bridge, was originally used by a track and field team. The land was purchased by two brothers with the intent of turning it into a soccer ground. Initially the stadium was offered to Fulham FC to play there, they turned down the chance and so instead a new side, Chelsea FC, was born in 1905 and moved into the new Stamford Bridge stadium. Their nickname, of course, comes from their uniforms. The Lion on their logo is descendant from England's national team which is known as the Three Lions.
Web site: http://www.ccfc.co.uk Founded: 1883 Nickname: The Sky Blues Stadium: Highfield Road Stadium Address: King Richard Street, Coventry CV2 4FW League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: The club was founded in 1883 by employees of Singers, the cycle firm, and was known as Singers until 1898 when the name was changed to Coventry City. Early matches were played at Dowells Field, off Binley Road until a move to Stoke Road in 1887 before the move to the present Highfield Road site in 1899. The period of 1887 to 1892 was a golden one for the club with the Birmingham Junior Cup being won in consecutive years, 1891 and 1892.
Web site: http://www.cpfc.premiumtv.co.uk Founded: 1905 Nickname: Eagles Stadium: Selhurst Park Stadium Address: Selhurst Park, South Norwood, London SE25 6PU League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Crystal Palace Football Club was formed at the venue of the glass Palace that stood at the top of Sydenham Hill, the current location of the National Sports Centre.
Web site: http://www.evertonfc.com Founded: 1878 Nickname: Toffees Stadium: Goodison Park Stadium Address: Goodison Road, Liverpool L4 4EL League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Located in Liverpool, the club was founded by St. Domingo Methodist Church which was looking to find an activity for its cricket players to do in the winter. St. Domingo FC became Everton FC in 1878, named for the district around the church, because other city residents wanted to join the team. In 1892, they moved from Anfield to Goodison Park, their present home. Even though they have been known as the Blues for their royal blue kits, they are also called "The Toffees" or "The Toffeemen".
According to an Everton's fan site, there are two versions to explain how this name was adopted: the better known is that, in those days, a Mrs Noblett had a candy store near Goodison called Mother Noblett's Toffee Shop, where she advertised and sold her tasty merchandise on match days. Another reason might be that there was a house called Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House near the Queen's Head hotel. The word "toffee" also referred to Irishmen, of which there was a large population in the Liverpool area at the turn of the century.
Web site: http://www.leedsunited.com Founded: 1904 Nickname: Whites Stadium: Elland Road Stadium Address: Elland Road, Leeds LS11 0ES League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Leeds is between Manchester and York in the north central part of the country. Leeds United entered the league in 1920 after being formed from the ashes of Leeds City. They are called the Whites for the all-white uniforms they wear at home.
Web site: http://www.liverpoolfc.tv Founded: 1882 Nickname: Reds Stadium: Anfield Stadium Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division) Winner of cup(s):
History: In 1888, Everton was the biggest team in the city of Liverpool and played their matches at Anfield. When Everton bolted Anfield in 1892, the owner of the ground, John Houlding, decided to bring a team into the abandoned ground. According to Liverpool's website, the famous stand was called "The Kop" after the Liverpool Echo newspaper compared it in the early 1900's to the Spionkop; the hill where Boer guerrillas had inflicted a heavy defeat on the British army a few years earlier in the Boer War in South Africa. Their nickname comes from their all red uniforms.
More importantly, their anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" was not originally a song created by the club itself, but rather from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel". Liverpool native Gerry Marsden from the "Gerry and the Pacemakers" popularized it in the 1960s and the fans in the kop took it up. The song gained great reverence for its comfort for Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 that killed 96 fans.
Web site: http://www.lutontown.co.uk Founded: 1900 Nickname: Hatters Stadium: Kenilworth Stadium Stadium Address: 1 Maple Road, Luton LU4 8AW League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: The Town did not manage to recreate their glory days of ten years before and were unable to make a challenge for the title. In fact, they suffered relegation to Division Two where they had to ply their trade against a string of Welsh sides for two seasons before fighting their way back just before the Great War.
Web site: http://www.mcfc.co.uk Founded: 1880 Nickname: Blues Stadium: Maine Road Stadium Address: Moss Side, Manchester M14 7WN League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: They started their existence as Gorton St Marks', but seven years later, they became Ardwick FC. In 1894, the club became a limited liability company and changed their name again to Manchester City. While Manchester United has set up camp on the West side of the city, Manchester City now plays in East Manchester at their new ground, City of Manchester Stadium. Like many clubs, they are known as 'City', but they are mostly called the Blues for their uniforms.
Web site: http://www.manutd.com Founded: 1878 Nickname: Red Devils Stadium: Old Trafford Stadium Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester M16 0RA League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division) Winner of cup(s):
History: The club was founded as Newton Heath by members of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway company, but that team went bankrupt in 1902 leading to the formation of Manchester United. The club was known since the turn of the 20th century as United, but in the late 40's and early 50's when Talismanic manager Matt Busby led the team to its greatest successes, the media and fans referred to the club as "Busby's Babes." Sadly, in 1958, a airplane crash in Munich took the lives of seven players as well as injuring Busby himself. After the crash, Busby's Babes seemed inappropriate so a new name was sought. English rugby club Salford toured France wearing red shirts and became known as "The Red Devils". Busby liked the sound of it, thinking a devil was more intimidating to opponents than angelic babes. He declared Manchester United should also be known as the "The Red Devils" and soon the club began incorporating the devil logo into match programs and scarves. In 1970 the club badge was redesigned, but now with a devil in the center holding a pitch-fork.
Web site: http://www.canaries.premiumtv.co.uk Founded: 1902 Nickname: Canaries Stadium: Carrow Road Stadium Address: Carrow Road, Norwich NR1 1JE League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Norwich City Football Club was formed at a meeting held at the Criterion Café in White Lion Street Norwich, on Tuesday 17th June 1902. They played their first competitive game in an FA Cup preliminary round, away at Lowestoft Town on Saturday 20th September 1902, losing 5-0. There was mention of a Norwich Football Club as early as 1868, which very much coincides with the formation of the first English teams such as Notts County and Sheffield United, but early reports included 13 or 14 men per side games with 'touchdowns' being scored.
Web site: http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk Founded: 1867 Nickname: Reds Stadium: The City Ground Stadium Address: Nottingham NG2 5FJ League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Nottingham Forest Football Club originally emerged from a group of "shinney" players who played a then popular game very similar to hockey. At a time when football began to emerge as a growing force, a special meeting took place in 1865 at the Clinton Arms, Shakespeare St. to discuss a proposition moved by J.S. Scrimshaw to switch games from "shinney" to football. This was passed, and the first official football match played was on 22 March 1866 against Notts County (who had been formed in 1862). Following a brief transitionary period and the establishment of new committee, Nottingham Forest Football Club was born in 1867.
Web site: http://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk Founded: 1862 Nickname: Magpies Stadium: Meadow Lane Stadium Address: Meadow Lane, Nottingham NG2 3HJ League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Universally recognised as the Oldest League Club in the World. Notts County F.C. was formed in 1862 and was a founder member of the English Football League in 1888.
Web site: http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk Founded: 1899 Nickname: Latics Stadium: Boundary Park Stadium Address: Fourtherwood Road, Oldham OL1 2PA League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Their first match of 1899-1900 was against Berry's Reserves, the second team of Berry's Blacking Works, Blackley, Manchester. The "Latics" as they were nicknamed, won their first match and in their first season maintained the tradition of Pine Villa by finishing as runners-up in the League.
Queens Park Rangers
Web site: http://www.qpr.co.uk Founded: 1882 Nickname: The Superhoops (or The R's or The Hoops?) Stadium: Loftus Road Stadium Stadium Address: South Africa Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7PA League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Queens Park Rangers were formed in the year 1882 by the old boys of Droop Street Board School. The boys were members of the St. Jude's Institute as they used this as the club headquarters, and in the early days were known as St. Judes. They obtained the name of Queens Park Rangers when they merged with a team called Christchurch Rangers in 1886. They called themselves Queens Park Rangers because most of the players came from the district of Queens Park.
Web site: http://www.sufc.co.uk Founded: 1889 Nickname: Blades Stadium: Bramall Lane Stadium Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Sheffield United Football Club is formed as an offshoot of the Sheffield United Cricket Club, following a meeting in March 1889, the first game is against Sheffield Club in August of the same year, and results in a 3-1 victory for United.
Web site: http://www.swfc.co.uk Founded: 1867 Nickname: Owls Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium Stadium Address: Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1SW League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Even before the foundation of the Football Association in 1863, Sheffield had been at the forefront of what is now regarded as England's national game – with the world's two oldest football clubs, Sheffield FC (formed 1857) and Hallam FC (formed 1860) leading a rising tide of interest in Association Football, or soccer as it was commonly called. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club was 'born' on the evening of Wednesday 4 September 1867, at a meeting of the members of The Wednesday Cricket Club – named after the day that the players, primarily local craftsmen, took a half-day off work to participate. The meeting took place at The Adelphi public house on the corner of Arundel Street and Sycamore Street (now the site of The Crucible Theatre, made famous as the venue for the World Snooker Championships) in the city centre, where a Mr. John Pashley formally proposed the extension of the Club to include football.
Web site: http://www.saintsfc.co.uk Founded: 1885 Nickname: Saints Stadium: The Dell Stadium Address: Milton Road, Southampton SO15 2XH League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: They are located on the English channel just west of Portsmouth. A club that has only recently come into prominence, Southampton were formed in 1885 and became founder members of Division 3 in 1920. They remained in this division until 1960 and finally made it to the top division 6 years later. Originally known as Southampton St. Mary's - the nickname Saints stuck. You will also see them referred to as Soton which is simply an abbreviation of the club's name.
Web site: http://www.spurs.co.uk Founded: 1882 Nickname: Spurs Stadium: White Hart Lane Stadium Address: Bill Nicholson Way, 748 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0AP League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: They took their name from the gallant adventures of Harry Hotspur, a Shakespeare character and Hotspur FC was born, soon changed to Tottenham Hotspur to avoid confusion with London Hotspur. The club used to play near Tottenham Court Road, hence the name, before moving to North London.
West Ham United
Web site: http://www.whufc.com Founded: 1895 Nickname: Irons or Hammers Stadium: Boleyn Ground Stadium Address: Green Street, Upton Park, London E13 9AZ League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: Formed in 1895 as Thames Iron Works FC, turned professional in 1898, then in 1900 as West Ham United FC. Their stadium is also referred to as Upton Park, named after the surrounding area.
Founded: 1889 Nickname: The Dons, Wombles, The Crazy Gang Stadium: Selhurst Park Stadium Address: Selhurst Park, South Norwood, London SE25 6PU League: Football League First Division (Barclays League First Division)
History: In 1889 the team formed as Wimbledon Old Centrals, playing on the Common. First honors came with the Clapham League title in 1896. Became Wimbledon Football Club in May 1905. Moved to Plough Lane in 1912 and joined the Athenian League seven years later.
Notes: They are currently ground-sharing with Crystal Palace.