An overview of some of the most merited football clubs in the history of the game.
Aston Villa FC
Blackburn Rovers FC
Queens Park Rangers
Tottenham Hotspur FC
West Ham United FC
The oldest football clubs were founded in the middle of the 19th century. Some of the oldest clubs no longer exist. The list below is a compilation of clubs that were established in the 19th century.
|1857||Sheffield Wednesday||England||Founded as Sheffield Club|
|1859||Wanderers FC||England||Dissolved in 1887|
|1863||Stoke City FC||England||Founded as Stoke Ramblers|
|1866||Cambridge University AFC||England|
|1867||Queen's Park FC||Scotland|
|1869||Clapham Rovers||England||Dissolved in 1911|
|1870||Abingdon Town||England||Founded as Abingdon FC|
|1874||Hamilton Academical FC||Scotland|
|1875||Birmingham City||England||Founded as Small Heath Alliance|
|1876||Old Carthusians FC||England|
|1877||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||England|
|1878||Accrington FC||England||Dissolved in 1878|
|1878||Ipswich Town||England||Founded as Ipswich Association FC|
|1878||Manchester United FC||England|
|1878||West Bromwich Albion FC||England||Founded as West Bromwich Strollers|
|1878||Blackburn Olympic FC||England||Dissolved in 1889|
|1879||Cliftonville FC||Northern Ireland|
|1879||Swindon Town FC||England|
|1880||Preston North End||England|
|1880||Manchester City||England||Founded as St. Mark's|
|1881||Colwyn Bay FC||Wales|
|1881||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||France|
|1881||Leyton Orient FC||England||Founded as Glyn Cricket and FC|
|1881||Watford FC||England||Founded as Watford Rovers|
|1882||Glentoran FC||Northern Ireland|
|1882||Tottenham Hotspur FC||England||Founded as Hotspur|
|1883||Coventry City||England||Founded as Singer’s FC|
|1884||Derby County||England||Founded as Bristol South End|
|1884||Leicester City FC||England||Founded as Leicester Fosse|
|1885||Luton Town FC||England|
|1886||Linfield FC||Northern Ireland||Founded as Linfield Athletic Club|
|1886||Queens Park Rangers FC||England|
|1887||Athlone Town AFC||Ireland|
|1888||MTK Budapest FC||Hungary|
|1889||Wimbledon FC||England||Milton Keynes Dons since 2004|
|1892||Newcastle United FC||England|
|1893||Oxford United FC||England||Founded as Heddington|
|1895||Oldham Athletic||England||Founded as Pine Ville|
|1895||West Ham United FC||England|
|1897||Northampton Town FC||England|
|1899||TSV 1860 Munich||Germany|
|1899||Olympique de Marseille||France|
|1899||Shamrock Rovers FC||Ireland|
|1899||SV Werder Bremen||Germany|
It is remarkable how many old football clubs that still exist. Yet, some have dissolved during the years. Some clubs of historical significance that no longer exists are presented here.
Founded in 1868 and by that being Scotland’s oldest football club. The side was characterized by a passing game opposed to the dribbling game practiced by English teams. Queen’s Park joined the FA in 1870, since they wanted to get more opponents and from that adopted by the different kind of offside rule that was practiced by the FA. When the first national matches between Scotland and England was played, the Scottish team was represented by Queen’s Park. The club also did exhibition tours in Scotland and was important for the early development of the game.
Founded in 1870, dissolved in 2009 after bankruptcy, but was reconstituted as AFC Darwen. The club was a part of the early English Football history and played in The Combination 1888-1889 and Football Alliance 1889-1891 before being a member of Football League in 1891. After 1899, however, it would be in non-professional leagues. The best result in Division 1 was a 14th place in 1892 and best result in FA Cup was semi-finals in 1881.
The English Accrington Football Club was founded in 1878. The club was thrown out from FA 1883 after using a paid player (only amateurs were allowed at the time). Was one of the team in the English Football League when it started in 1888 and reach a seventh place in the first season. Accrington played in the league five seasons, but when it was relegated to the second division the club decided to leave the league all together and a few years later the club was dissolved. Accrington F.C. should not be confused with Accrington Stanley FC.
1982 European Cup final
Less known than Blackburn Rovers is Blackburn Olympic that existed from 1877 to 1889. Blackburn Olympic won the FA Cup in 1883.
Founded 1907 and dissolved 1974. Not to be confused with Bradford City. Originated from the rugby club Bradford RC. Became a member of the Football League 1908-1970. The best result was a ninth place in Division 1 in 1915. After relegation from division 4 to the Northern Premier League in 1970, the road to bankruptcy began.