Since the 1860's football has been the most popular sport in the United Kingdom. Several leagues and over 100 teams make up the world of professional football. How many of these teams can you name from their badge?
Manchester United started life under the name Newton Heath when the club was founded in 1878. The name change to Manchester United happened in 1902. They are one of the most successful teams in England, having won an incredible 20 League Titles, 3 European Cups, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and countless other trophies. Their most successful period was under manager, Alex Ferguson, who managed the club from 1986 to 2013. Their nickname is The Red Devils.
Liverpool Football Club formed in 1892 after a split at Everton, the first club formed in the city of Liverpool. By 1894, they had adopted the color red for their team uniforms and in 1901, the famous Liverbird became a crest on their chests. Throughout their history, Liverpool has been renowned for playing attacking football. This led them to dominate the sport in England in the 1970s and 80s. Their titles are numerous and include 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups, 5 European Cups and 3 UEFA Cups. They are known by their nickname, The Reds.
First formed as Bristol South End Football Club in 1894, the club saw a name change to Bristol City in 1897. The club first joined the Football League in 1901 and in the same year, player Billy Jones wass awarded an England place, becoming the first Bristol City player to play for the national side. The club, known as The Robins, has no not won a major trophy.
Formed at the Rising Sun Pub in London in 1905, Chelsea has been one of the most successful teams in the United Kingdom over the last decade. Since Russian oil tycoon, Roman Abromovich, bought the club in 2003, the team has won 14 major trophies in a 14-year period! Overall, the club has 6 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 1 Champions League, and 1 Europa Cup, amongst others. Their nickname is The Blues.
For a period in the 1980s, the city of Liverpool was the dominant force in English football and certainly blessed with the two top clubs at the time - Everton and Liverpool. Everton had been formed around 100 years earlier, in 1878, and have played at their current home ground, Goodison Park, since 1892. They have won 9 League titles, 5 FA Cups, 1 League Cup and 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. They are known by their nickname, The Toffees.
One of the many football clubs found in London, Tottenham Hotspur was formed in 1882 and were simply known as Hotspur Football Club when they were starting out. In 1901, they became the first club outside of the recently-formed football league to win the FA Cup, a knock-out competition for all teams in the United Kingdom. All-in-all they have won 2 League titles, a further 7 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cups and a UEFA Cup Winner's Cup. They are known by their nickname, Spurs.
As is the case with many clubs in the United Kingdom, Aston Villa was formed by members of a church. In this case, the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel. Their first game was against a rugby side where the first half was played under rugby rules and the second half under football rules. They had early success as a club, winning the FA Cup in 1887. Aston Villa has gone on to win 7 League titles, a further 6 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and 1 European Cup. Presently they play in the 1st Division, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16 season. They are known by their nickname, The Villans.
Hailing from the north of England, Newcastle United formed in 1892. They are easily recognized by their black and white striped uniforms and have had their fair share of success over their history, most notably in their early years. Newcastle has won 4 League titles, 6 FA Cups, and two minor European trophies. They are known by their nickname, The Magpies, thanks to their black and white club colors.
Sunderland AFC was formed by a teacher, James Allan, in 1879 as he wanted to provide teachers in the city with a form of recreation. Their first official name was Sunderland & District Teachers Association Football Club. They joined the Football League in 1890. Sunderland has won 6 League titles and 2 FA Cups. Their last major trophy was an FA Cup win in 1973. They are known by their nickname, The Black Cats.
Started in 1879 as the West Bromwich Strollers, this club was formed by Salter's Spring Works employees. At first, their main interest was the game of cricket but they quickly moved onto football, renaming themselves Weest Bromwich Albion. Their first formal match took place that December and resulted in a 1-0 win over their opponents, Black Lake Victoria. Albion has won 1 League title, 5 FA Cups and 1 League Cup with their last major success coming in 1968. They are commonly referred to as the Baggies.
A London club, West Ham United began life as the Thames Iron Works Football Club in 1895, becoming West Ham United in 1900. In 1904, the club moved to the Boleyn Ground, sometimes called Upton Park, where they stayed until 2016. During the course of their history, West Ham has won 3 FA Cups, the last coming in 1980. The club is affectionately known as The Hammers.
This club was started in 1877 in the city of Wolverhampton. This was after a group of children at the local school received a football as a gift. The club was formed by John Brodie and John Baynton. After two years, a merger took place with two other local clubs, one of which was called The Wanderers. Hence Wolverhampton Wanderers was born. The club has won 3 League titles, 4 FA Cups, and 2 League Cups. The club is affectionately known as Wolves.
Leeds United presents a fairly sad tale of how a once top club slumped drastically over the past decade. Leeds formed in 1919 after another club in the town, Leeds City, disbanded. Leeds has been a leading club in the United Kingdom on a few occasions but most notably in the 1960s and 70s under manager Don Revie. Sadly, after again proving a force in the 1990s and early 2000s, the club was relegated from the Premier League in 2003. During their history, Leeds won 3 League titles, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup. They are known by their nickname, The Whites.
The Saints, as they are affectionately known by their fans, came into being in 1885, formed by the men of St. Mary's Church. The club was originally called St Mary's Southampton. This changed to Southampton in the 1897/1898 season. In 1898 they began playing home games at The Dell. This remained their base until 2001 when the club moved to their new stadium, St Mary's. The club's only major success came in 1976, winning the FA Cup.
The Potters, as Stoke City are known, have a rich and long history. A number of accounts mention that the club was formed in Stoke-on-Trent in 1863, although there is not much evidence of this and if it is true, they played no formal games. What is known is that a team called the Stoke Ramblers played their first official game in 1868 and that date is seen as the club's origination date. In 1888, Stoke was one of the 12 founding members of the Football League. The team has one major trophy, the League Cup in 1972.
Blackburn Rovers was formed in 1875 by John Lewis and Arthur Constantine. The club played their first official game in the December of that same year. Although they are no longer part of top-flight football in the United Kingdom, Rovers famously pipped Manchester United to the Premier League title in the 1994/95 season. They dominated the FA Cup in its early years, winning 5 cups (6 in total) between 1884 and 1891. Rovers have also won the League Cup once.
Sheffield Wednesday formed as a football club offshoot from the Sheffield Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867. They played their first match later that year. Scottish winger, James Lang, played for Wednesday early in the club's history. He is considered to be the first true professional footballer. The Owls, as they are known, have won 4 League titles, 3 FA Cups, and 1 League Cup. Their last major success came in 1991.
Bolton Wanderers were one of the original 12 clubs that help start the Football League in 1888. The club was first called Christ Church when formed in 1874. The name was dropped in 1877 and the club became Bolton Wanderers. The Wanderers part refers to the fact that they had no home ground early in their history. The Trotters, as they are known, have had some success over the years, winning 3 FA Cups, the last coming in 1958.
Nottingham Forest formed as a club in 1865 after a group of shinny players, a game similar to hockey, proposed forming a football club. The club played its first official match the following year against Notts County. They were a real force in English and European football in the 1970s and won a League title in the 1977/79 season under manager Brian Clough. They have also won 2 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, as well as 2 European Cups (also under Clough).
Perhaps the greatest footballing fairytale of them all, unfancied Leicester City were crowned the English Premiership champions in 2015/16 season. This after always fighting for survival in their previous years in the top flight of English Football. In fact, in the previous season they just managed to avoid relegation. The club had some success before this, winning the League Cup on three occasions. They were formed in 1884 and are known as The Foxes.
Derby County, or The Rams as they are known to their supporters, formed in 1884. The club was one of 12 to establish the Football League in 1888. They have managed 2 League titles as well as a single FA Cup win in their history and currently ply their trade in The Championship, the second tier of English football.
Because they play in a bright yellow uniform, Norwich City is affectionately known as The Canaries to fans and football supporters around the United Kingdom. Formed in 1902 by Robert Webster and Joseph Cowper-Nutchey, the club took three years to turn professional. "On the ball, City', a song by the team's supporters, is thought to be one of the oldest-ever songs or chants in the history of English Football.
The other famous club in Sheffield, after Wednesday, Sheffield United was established in 1857 at Bramall Lane. It is the oldest club in the world not associated with either a school, hospital or industry, as much of the early clubs were. The club has been in the top flight of English football but not at present. They have won 4 FA Cup trophies during the course of their history.
Birmingham City, or the Blues as they are known, were formed in 1875. Although they have not had the success of other large clubs, they are well known throughout the United Kingdom. Ten years after their formation, the club became fully professional. Their major successes have come in the League Cup with two cup wins, the last of which was in 2011.
The history of Burnley can be traced back to 1882 when Burnley Rovers, a rugby club, opted to make football their main sport and changed their name to Burnley Football Club. The club was amongst the 12 that established the Football League in 1888. The Clarets have won most of the major trophies available in the United Kingdom, including 1 League Title and 1 FA Cup.
Known as the Addicks by their supporters, this interesting nickname’s origin is often disputed. Some say it derives from the fact that club supporters watch their beloved team no matter how far they have to travel and whatever the weather. Others believe it comes from the London slang for haddock fish, a dish the club is believed to have given visiting teams in its early years. The club itself was formed in 1905 and have played at their home ground, The Valley, since 1919. Charlton won the FA Cup in 1947.
Fulham formed after a collaboration between a school teacher and a warden from a local church, Fulham St. Andrew’s, in 1879. Initially, cricket was the first sport played at the club but soccer soon followed. The club officially became Fulham Football Club in 1889. Fulham won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002 and were finalists for the FA Cup in 1975 and the UEFA Europa League in 2010. They are known to their supporters by the nickname, The Cottagers.
Formed in 1875, initially as a cricket club, Middlesbrough soon added soccer as a winter sport to their roster. The club has had its ups and down, winning one major trophy - the League Cup in 2004 -- although they were runners-up in the UEFA Cup in 2006. The club goes by the nickname, The Boro.
The Eagles, or Glazers as they are known to their fans, formed in 1905. Initially, they were rejected from entering the Football League. Instead, they played in the Southern League second division. In 1920, the Football League invited Crystal Palace and a host of Southern League clubs to join their new third division. Although the club has won no major trophies, they were runners-up in the FA Cup in 1990 and 2016, both times losing to Manchester United.
Queen's Park Rangers formed in 1886 when Christchurch Rangers merged with St Jude's Institute. Originally, QPR was not part of the Football League. Instead, they had two teams that participated in both the Southern and Western leagues. In 1920, the Football League asked the club to join the newly-formed third division. Their only major success came in the 1966/67 season when they won the League Cup. Over the past decade, the club has floated between the Premier League and The Championship on a number of occasions.
Although formed in 1904, Hull City played friendlies in their first year of existence before receiving an invite from the Football League to play in their second division. The club is affectionately known as The Tigers. This is due to their striped orange and black uniforms. In 2008, The Tigers were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history. In 2014, they reached the FA Cup final, losing 3-2 to Arsenal.
Formed as Riverside Football Club in 1899 by Bartley Wilson, the club changed names to Cardiff City in 1908. A massive controversy broke out between 2012 and 2015 when owner Vincent Tan changed the club colors from blue to red. Due to pressure from supporters, the club changed back to blue in 2015. They are known to their supporters by the nickname, The Bluebirds.
After their foundation as Swansea Town in 1912, the club joined the Football League nine years later. Although they now play at Liberty Stadium (since 2005), before this modern facility was built, the club played at Vetch Field. Supporters of the club have bought a 20 percent stake in its ownership. Swansea won the League Cup in 2013.
Since their inception in 1899, Portsmouth Football Cup has played at their home ground of Fratton Park. Currently, the club is under fan ownership and is the only club in England to be crowned champions of all four professional divisions. Pompey, as they are known to their fans, won two League titles and two FA Cups during their history.
Huddersfield Town was founded in 1907 and entered the Football League three years later. In the 1920s, they became the first side to win the First Division (now the Premier League) title three times in a row. The Terriers also claimed an FA Cup win in 1922.
Formed initially as an amateur club in 1878, Ipswich Town only turned professional in 1936 and joined the Football League in 1938. Perhaps their most famous manager was Alf Ramsay, who lead the club in the 1950s and early 60s. He went on to become the coach of England, guiding them to World Cup success in 1966. Ipswich won a League title in 1961/62, the FA Cup in 1977/78 and had success in Europe with a UEFA Cup win in 1980/81.
Known to supporters as The Latics, Wigan Athletic formed in 1932 but only became a member of the Football League in 1978. In 2005, they made it into the Premier League where they stayed until relegation in 2013. It was not all doom and gloom, however, as against all odds, they won the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium, beating the more fancied Manchester City 1-0 with an injury time winner by Ben Watson.
Playing from Bloomfield Road, their home since 1901, Blackpool Football Club represents the iconic holiday town of Blackpool, hence their nickname, the Seasiders. The Club was formed in 1887. The legendary Sir Stanley Matthews, who played for the club in the 1940s and 50s, is their greatest player and helped them to the biggest win in their history, the FA Cup in 1953. Striker Stan Mortensen claimed a hat-trick in a 4-3 win over Bolton Wanderers although the match is fondly remembered as ‘Matthews final.'
Founded in 1883 as Singers FC by William Stanley, in 1898 that the club's name changed to Coventry City. They joined the Football League in 1919. The team became known as the Sky Blues in the 1960s after changing to a light blue uniform. Coventry won the FA Cup in 1987 where they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the final thanks to a last-gasp Garry Mabutt goal.
With recorded games taking place from 1862 onwards, Notts County are the oldest professional football club in the world. They currently play in the lowest tier of professional football in England. To date, their greatest honor is winning the FA Cup in 1894.
Known for the blue and white hooped uniforms, Reading Football Club formed in 1871 but only joined the Football League in 1920. Perhaps their greatest claim to fame was making it into the Premier League for the first time during the 2006/2007 season. The club is known by the nickname, The Royals.
The delightfully named Brighton and Hove Albion formed in 1901. The Seagulls, as they are known by supporters, play at Falmer Stadium which has a capacity of over 30,000. The club plays in blue and white stripes, although their colors have changed at brief points during their history. To date, they haven't won any of the major trophies in English football.
Starting out life in 1881 as Watford Rovers, this club saw a name change in 1882 when they became West Herts. Another name change followed in 1898 after a merger with Watford St Mary's and the club now known as Watford. As one of the oldest clubs in England, Watford has not yet won a major trophy. The Hornets, as they are known, were once owned by Elton John.
Founded by Reverend Tiverton Preedy in 1887, the club took the name Barnsley St. Peters before becoming Barnsley Football Club in 1897. They joined the Football League the very next year and went on to win the FA Cup in 1912. In the same year, they ended in sixth place in the league. This too was their best-ever league finish. The club is known as The Tykes to its supporters.
Bradford City formed in 1903, becoming a member of the Football League even before they had secured a home ground on which to play. Their greatest success was winning the FA Cup in 1911. In modern times, they were League Cup runners up in 2013. They are perhaps best remembered for the terrible fire that raged through the stands of their home ground, The Valley, in 1985, killing 56 supporters.
Starting life as Millwall Rovers in 1885, the club went through an early name change, becoming Millwall Athletic four years later. By 1920, the club was known as Millwall and entered the new third division of the Football League. Their home ground is known as The Den. This stadium can hold just over 20,000 people. Their greatest success to date was reaching the final of the FA Cup in 2004.
The Shakers, as they are known to fans, were formed in 1894 and enjoyed early success in the FA Cup, winning the tournament twice in 1900 and again in 1903. More modern success, however, has eluded the team. They play their home games at Gigg Lane, their home ground since 1885.
In 1886, a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory formed a football team called Dial Square. Later that year, after their first victory, they adopted the name Royal Arsenal, eventually becoming Arsenal a bit later. Throughout their history, Arsenal has been one of the top clubs in the U.K., winning 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and two European trophies. In the 2003/04 season, they remained unbeaten in the Premier League, a feat last achieved in the 1880s. They are known by their nickname, The Gunners.
Manchester City was founded in 1880. They are currently owned by Sheikh Mansour's City Football Group who have pumped tons of cash into the club, bringing in not only world class players, but managers such as Pep Guardiola. Manchester City has won 4 League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup, their only success to date in Europe. They are known by their nickname, The Citizens.