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Football teams in the UK and football teams in Spain

This page is for anything related, in any way, either directly or indirectly, to football teams in the UK or football teams in Spain and was last updated on the 16th of September 2014

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Football teams in the UK and football teams in Spain :

    Non-Professional Football Teams In The UK

    Professional Football Teams In The UK

    Non-Professional Football Teams In Spain

    Professional Football Teams In Spain

Football tournaments in the UK :

    FA Cup

    Football League Cup / Carling Cup

    FA Community Shield Cup / Charity Shield Cup

    Masters Football Tournaments

Football tournaments in Europe :

    European Champions League Cup

    UEFA Europa League

    European Football Cup

World cup football tournaments :

    World Cup Football

    FIFA Futsal World Cup

Football academies :

    Football Academies In Europe

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Non-professional football teams in the UK :

5 A side football in London
London 5-a-side Football
Organisers of fun, competitive 5-a-side leagues in London

5 A side football league in Norwich
Four divisions, 5 a side football league in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

5 A side football tournaments in Spain organise and operate amateur 5-a-side football tournaments and football tours in Spain since 2007. We currently have two annual tournaments in Barcelona and Valencia. There are plans to add tournaments in Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca and Marbella shortly. The tournaments have attracted teams from Bulgaria, Czech Rep, England, France, Ireland, Jordan, Scotland and of course Spain. Please contact us at  for further information.

Any friendly football matches possible in Madrid ?
Sunday side football team from England looking for a friendly game of football in Madrid. Contact Andy on email address below.

Any friendly football matches in Madrid ?
Bawdeswell FC, an 11 a side football team in Norwich are always on the lookout to play other football teams, but in particular, are looking to play a friendly match against any football teams in Madrid.
Please contact Stewart on

Any friendly football matches in Madrid ?
We are a non league English football team from Hampshire, looking to play friendly football matches in Madrid. Please contact if interested.

Any possible football matches on the Costa Blanca ?
Hola, we are looking to come to Spain for some friendly matches against local football teams on the Costa Blanca. We are a Sunday side football team from Cambridge, ages from 16-25.
We would love to play a football match on the Costa Blanca, preferably near the coast.
Muchas Gracias - contact Jono on

Any possible football matches on the Costa del Sol ?
Hello there, I am enquiring on behalf of a local civilised adult mens team called Dudley Wood Woodman FC, in the West Midlands, who are seeking an 11 a side football friendly match or a 5 or 6 a side football tournament on the Costa del Sol, in Spain.
Any help would be appreciated
You can contact me at 

Christopher's Cottage 5-a-Side Mens League
The New Christopher's Cottage 5-a-Side Football League
New league starts end of March.
20 per game for indoor league, availability for up to 10 teams.
Run over 18 weeks for men 16 years and over.
Contact Wayne for application - 07939 659 192

Fallopian Casuals Football Club
FCFC are based in London, England. We play for fun - 5-a-side amongst ourselves and occasional 11-a-side games. Interested in a game?

Fever Pitch Fives
Fever Pitch Fives organise a 5-a-side league at Frome Leisure Centre.

Futuresoccer - five-a-side football
The latest five-a-side facility in Essex, offering five-a-side football leagues and pitch hire - floodlight, astro-turfed pitches, ample car parking and changing facilities - open seven days a week.

London Football
5-a-side, 7-a-side and 11 a side midweek and weekend football competitions for teams in London, London football leagues, football, referees, coaches, friendly games, players, cup competitions.
Telephone Simon on 0207 266 1133.

Old Meadonians FC
Old Meadonians FC Football Tour
Old Meadonians Football Club are looking to arrange a football match in Madrid.
We run ten teams on Saturdays in Chiswick West London in The Amateur Football Combination League. Our touring team will be a mix from all ten sides.
Our recent tours have included USA, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Hong Kong, Brazil, Canada and other European Cities. All reasonable expenses will be paid and any return games in the UK can be hosted by us at our home pitches in Chiswick by the River Thames.
Our website offers more information, but, in the first instance please contact myself on this email address
Thank you in anticipation
Dave Tyler
Vice President Old Meadonians FC

Sharp Shooters FCFootball teams in the UK - Sharpshooters Football Club
We are a 5-a-side/6-a-side football team in Southend, Essex that play at local6aside, having previously played at Pitch Invasion.

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Non-professional football teams in Spain :

Football teams on the Costa Blanca in Spain
Torry Tigers, a bunch of English expats who have played football on the Costa Blanca in Spain every week on top quality astro turf since 2001, (the football pitch is just 40 minutes from Alicante airport), are now looking for two more players.

  • New blokes always assured of a friendly welcome
  • Matches during the year against visiting football teams from the UK
  • The only language used is English!
  • Social events during the year
  • Pitch is on the outskirts of Torrevieja, (about 10 minutes drive from Torrevieja town). No transport ?  Still call, as there may be other players in your area who can give you a lift
  • Initial fitness not important, as this will come with regular playing.

If you're aged between 20 to 40 and would like a good game of football, join Tom, Josh, Karl, Alan and the rest of the lads. Just call Doug on (0034) 628 789 335.

5 A side football tournaments in Spain organise and operate amateur 5-a-side football tournaments and football tours in Spain since 2007. We currently have two annual tournaments in Barcelona and Valencia. There are plans to add tournaments in Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca and Marbella shortly. The tournaments have attracted teams from Bulgaria, Czech Rep, England, France, Ireland, Jordan, Scotland and of course Spain. Please contact us at  for further information. 

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Premier League : 1992 Until Present Day

Previously Division One Until 1992.

Division Two Until 1992 Changed to First Division Until 2004-5,Then Changed to Championship

Division Three North And South Between 1921 and 1958

Division Three Until 1992 Changed to Second Division Until 2004-5,Then Changed to League One.

Division Four Until 1992 Changed to Third Division Until 2004-5,Then changed to League Two

Football Conference 1998-2004,Changed to Conference National until 2007, Then to Conference Premier.

Professional football teams in the UK :

English premier football teams generally do quite well in the European football championships, with English football teams featuring quite heavily in the football contests mentioned below and in fact, some of them actually winning quite a few as well, and so do some of the Scottish football teams!  However, the England football team themselves, usually don't do so well in the world cup, (apart from winning the World cup in 1966!!!)

Football teams in the UK
Name Details
Name Details
Accrington Stanley Football Club The Crown Ground
Livingstone Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1254 356 950

Capacity - 5,057 (2,000 Seated)

Formed - 1891

Nickname(s) - Stanley

Club Colours - All Red - White Trim

Current League - League 2

Conference National - Winners 2005-6

The name of Accrington Stanley was made famous by a milk advert involving Ian Rush in the 1980's, which played on the obscurity of the club. In fact Accrington Stanley is a name that goes back a long way in connection with Association Football. The current Accrington Stanley team is, however, not connected with previous Football League clubs with the same or similar names. When the league formed in 1888, one of the founding members was Accrington F.C. They withdrew from the league and another team in the town Stanley F.C. took on the Accrington name to become Accrington Stanley. This version of Accrington Stanley played in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, with the club folding due to financial problems in 1966. Whilst not connected with these two clubs, the new Accrington Stanley team feels it is built on the legacy of the former clubs. They were formed at a meeting at the town library in 1968 and having played in non-league football for 44 years, finally gave Accrington a Football League club again after winning the Conference National in 2006. Ironically they replaced Oxford United, the team that replaced the older Accrington Stanley team in 1962.
AFC Telford United Football Club New Bucks Head Stadium
Watling Street

Telephone +44 (0) 1952 640 064

Capacity - 6,300

Formed - 1872

Nickname(s) - The Bucks, The Lillywhites

Club Colours - All White

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference North Winners - 2013-14
FA Trophy Winners - 1971, 1983, 1989

Starting life as Parish Church Institute the club existed under various names for a total of 132 years, they were founder members of the Alliance Premier League later to become the Football Conference in 1979 and played at that level for 25 years, The club is also well known for it's FA Cup exploits in the early 80`s
AFC Telford will participate in the Conference Premier League in 2014-15, After becoming Champions of the Conference North .The club plays its home matches in Wellington, which forms part of the new town of Telford. It is one of the largest towns in England without a Football League club.

Founded in 2004 the club were formed after the demise of Telford Utd due to a series of mounting debts.

The new club embarked on their first ever season in the Northern Premier League Division One,after a triple relegation due to the old clubs insolvency.
Aldershot Town Football Club Recreation Ground
High Street
GU11 1TW

Telephone +44 (0) 1252 320 211

Capacity - 7,100 (2,136 Seated)

Formed - 1926

Nickname(s) - The Shots

Club Colours - Red Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference Premier Winners - 2007-8
Conference League Cup Winners - 2008

Aldershot Town Football Club is a Football League club based in Aldershot, England, formed in the spring of 1992 just after the closure of debt-ridden Fourth Division Aldershot F.C.. The latter, formed in 1926, had been a League member since 1932 and a founder member of the fourth division.

Aldershot Town plays at The Recreation Ground in Aldershot, which for sponsorship reasons is now called 'The EBB Stadium at The Recreation Ground`.
Alfreton Town Football Club North Street Stadium (The Impact Arena)
North Street,
DE55 7FZ

Telephone +44 (0)1773 830277

Capacity - 3,600 (1,500 seated)

Formed - 1959

Nickname(s) - The Reds

Club Colours - All Red - White Trim Shirts

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference North - Winners 2010-11

Alfreton Town Football Club is an English football club based in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

The club was reformed after a merger between Alfreton Miners Welfare and Alfreton United in 1959. The new club was admitted into the Central Alliance North Division One in 1959,

In 1970 they won the league title, and won it again in 1973 and 1977. and within two seasons entered the Midland Counties League. After the Midland League and the Yorkshire League merged in 1982, they won the Northern Counties East League in 1985, division champions in 1987, and joined the Northern Premier League in 1988.

In 2003, the club won the First Division and the Derbyshire Senior Cup. they won promotion to the Conference North. Alfreton have played in the Conference Premier since the 2011-12 season after sealing promotion by winning the Conference North title.
Altrincham Football Club Moss Lane
WA15 8AP

Telephone +44 (0) 161 928 1045

Capacity - 6,085 (1,154 Seated)

Formed - 1891

Nickname(s) - The Robins, Alty

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

FA Trophy Winners - 1978, 1986

Altringham F C is based in Greater Manchester, Founded in 1891, They were promoted to the Conference Premier League via the playoffs in the Conference North League In 2013-14.

The club has a proud history of giant killing in the F A Cup, holding the record of knocking out more League sides than any other team that has spent it's history playing non-league football, Sixteen victories against League teams have been recorded since 1921.
Arsenal Football Club Emirates Stadium
Ashburton Grove
N5 1BU

Telephone +44 (0) 207 704 4000

Capacity - 60,338

Nickname(s) - The Gunners

Formed - 1886

Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1994
Division 1 Winners - 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48, 1952-53, 1970-71, 1988-89, 1990-91,
Charity Shield Winners - 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999
FA Cup Winners - 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014
FA Community Shield - 2002, 2004, 2014
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - Winners - 1970
League Cup Winners - 1987, 1993
Premier League Winners - 1997-98, 2001-2, 2003-4

Club Colours - Red Shirts-White Sleeves, White Shorts, Red & White Socks

Current League - Premiership

Formed in 1886 by workers of the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich in South East London, Arsenal was originally known as Dial Square. The club was renamed first Royal Arsenal then Woolwich Arsenal before becoming Arsenal Football Club. Nowadays the club is known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners. The club turned professional in 1891. In 1913 Arsenal relocated to Highbury in North London from their original location in Woolwich. The club remained at Highbury until moving to the Emirates Stadium in nearby Holloway in 2006.
Arsenal fans often refer to themselves as "Gooners", the name being derived from the team's nickname, "The Gunners".
The official nickname for Arsenal football club, is "The Gunners", because, at one stage, they had local links to a military arsenal at Woolwich.
Aston Villa Football Club Villa Park
Trinity Road
West Midlands
B6 6HE

Telephone +44 (0) 121 327 2299

Capacity - 42,682

Nickname(s) - The Villa, The Villains, The Lions

Formed - 1874

Charity Shield Winners - 1981
Division 1 Winners - 1893-94,1895-96,1996-97,1897-98,1899-1900,1909-10,1980-81
Division 2 Winners - 1937-38,1959-60
Division 3 Winners - 1971-72
European Cup Winners - 1982
European Super Cup Winners - 1982
FA Cup Winners - 1887, 1895, 1897, 1905, 1913, 1920, 1957
Football League War Cup - 1944 (Shared)
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2001, 2008 (Shared)
League Cup Winners - 1961, 1975, 1977, 1994, 1996

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - Premiership

Aston Villa was formed by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Aston (now a district of Birmingham). It was formed by members of a cricket team who wanted something to occupy them during the winter months. They saw a football match in the local park and decided to form a team. They played there first game against a local Rugby team, playing one half under Rugby rules and one half under Football rules. Aston Villa quickly became the dominant midlands team, on one occasion beating Small Heath Alliance by an incredible 22-0. Small Heath Alliance went on to become arch rivals Birmingham City!
Barnet Football Club The Hive Stadium
Camrose Ave
Canons Park

Telephone +44 (0) 208 381 3800

Capacity - 5,100 (3,500 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The Bees

Formed - 1882

Conference Winners - 1990-91
Conference Premier Winners - 2004-5
Conference League Cup Winners - 1989

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts-Black Trim, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Although Barnet F.C. club existed from 1882 under two previous names, Woodville F.C. and New Barnet F.C., they were officially formed as Barnet football club in 1888.
They played their early football in the London leagues and entered cup competitions where they would regularly face the more well known London teams. They once beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 and Thames Ironworks, better known as West Ham United, were another local team they lined up against in those early days. Barnet F.C. has played most of its football outside of the Football League, being members of the Athenian League from 1965 to 1991. The club enjoyed a lot of success as amateurs and won the Athenian League Championship and FA Amateur Cup during this time. In the early 1970's the club enjoyed some good FA Cup runs. They beat the then Fourth Division side Newport County 6-1, equalling the record victory margin for a non-league side over a Football League side in the FA Cup. In 1991 the team won the Conference championship and were promoted to the Football League.
Barnsley Football Club Oakwell
Grove Street
South Yorkshire
S71 1ET

Telephone +44 (0) 1226 211 211

Capacity - 23,009

Nickname(s) - The Tykes, The Reds

Formed - 1887

Division 3 North Winners 1933-34,1938-39,1954-55
FA Cup Winners - 1912

Club Colours - Red Shirts, White Shorts, Red & White Socks

Current League - League 1

Barnsley F.C., also known as 'The Tykes', were first formed as Barnsley St Peters in 1887. They were founder members of the Sheffield and District League in 1890, before moving to the Midland League from 1895. They were subsequently elected to the Football League in 1898. The first ten years in the Football League Second Division were a struggle, mostly due to financial difficulties. In 1910, however, things began to improve with Barnsley Football Club reaching the FA Cup finals, only to lose in a replay to Newcastle United.
In 2008-9 they fielded the youngest ever player in the football league Reuben Noble Lazarus came on at Ipswich aged 15 years & 45 days.
The official nickname for the Barnsley football club, is "The Tykes", which is the colloquial name for a Yorkshireman.
Birmingham City Football Club St. Andrews
West Midlands
B9 4NH

Telephone +44 (0) 121 772 0101

Capacity - 30,016

Nickname(s) - The Blues

Formed - 1875

Carling Cup Winners - 2011
Division 2 Winners - 1892-93, 1920-21, 1947-48, 1954-55
Division 2 Winners - 1994-95 (3rd Tier)
League Cup Winners - 1963
Masters Football Tournament Cup Winners - 2010

Club Colours - White Shirts/Blue Sides & Sleeves,White Shorts,Blue Socks

Current League - Championship

Birmingham City were formed in 1875 playing under the name Small Heath Alliance. In 1888 they became Small Heath, 1905 Birmingham F.C. and finally in 1943 Birmingham City F.C. In the 1892-1893 season they were founder members and inaugural champions of the Football League Second Division. promotion was not automatic and a test match system was used, resulting in Small Heath failing to gain promotion until the following year. The club played its home fixtures on waste ground, eventually moving to a fenced off field in Ladypool Road, Sparbrook so that they could charge for admission. A year later they moved again to Muntz Street, in Small Heath. The new ground had a capacity for about 10,000 spectators, which was eventually raised to 30,000.Thousands of fans scaled the walls for a game against arch rivals Aston Villa, and plans for a new stadium were drawn up. In 1906 the club moved to its current stadium at St Andrews, once reputed to have originally held 75,000 fans.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club Ewood Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1254 698 888

Capacity - 31,367

Nickname(s) - Rovers, The Riversiders

Formed - 1875

Charity Shield Winners - 1912
Division 1 Winners - 1911-12 , 1913-14
Division 2 Winners - 1938-39
Division 3 Winners - 1974-75
FA Cup Winners - 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891, 1928
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2007 (Joint Winners)
League Cup Winners - 2002
Premiership Winners - 1994-95

Club Colours - Blue & White Halved Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League : Championship

Blackburn Rovers were formed in 1875 during a meeting in a hotel room in Blackburn. John Lewis, one of the founder members and also a player, later refereed the Gold Medal match in the 1920 Olympics. Blackburn Rovers is one of only three clubs to be founder members of both the football league in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992 (Aston Villa & Everton) being the other two. Blackburn Rovers had no ground until they rented a piece of farmland at Oozehead in 1876, eventually moving to Ewood Park in 1890.
Blackpool Football Club Bloomfield Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1253 404 331

Capacity : 17,338

Nickname(s) - The Seasiders, The Tangerines, The Pool

Formed - 1877

Anglo-Italian Cup Winners - 1971
Division 2 Winners - 1929-30
FA Cup Winners - 1953
Football League Trophy Winners - 2002, 2004
Football League War Cup Winners - 1943

Club Colours - Tangerine Shirts & Socks,White Shorts

Current League : Championship

Blackpool Football Club history began in 1877 when the Victoria Football Club was founded. Victoria was disbanded during the next decade to be replaced by Blackpool St Johns. A dispute between players led to a meeting on the 26th July 1887 at the Stanley Arms Hotel. At this meeting it was resolved 'that a club be formed to be known as Blackpool Football Club'. The following year Blackpool joined the Lancashire League as founder members, winning the championship in 1893-94. In 1896 the club became a limited company and made a successful application to join the Football League Second Division.

The official nickname for the Blackpool football club, is "The Seasiders", as Blackpool is on the coast.
Bolton Wanderers Football Club Reebok Stadium
Burnden Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1204 673 673

Capacity - 28,723

Nickname(s) - The Trotters, The Wanderers

Formed - 1874

Charity Shield Winners - 1958
Division 1 Winners - 1996-97 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1908-9, 1977-78
Division 3 Winners - 1972-73
FA Cup Winners - 1923, 1926, 1929, 1958
Football League Trophy Winners - 1989
Football League War Cup Winners - 1945

Club Colours - White Shirts-Blue Trim, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Current League - Championship

Originally formed in 1874 as Christ Church FC, the club later changed its name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877. They were one of the 12 founder members of The Football League in 1888. Bolton Wanderers reached the FA Cup Final in 1894 and again in 1904, but were beaten on both occasions. In 1923 they finally won the cup with a 2-0 victory over West Ham in what was the first ever Wembley Cup Final, in front of 127,000 fans.
The home home ground for Bolton Wanderers, is The Reebok Stadium.
Bournemouth Association Football Club Dean Court

Telephone +44 (0) 1202 726 300

Capacity - 12,000

Nickname(s) - The Cherries

Formed - 1899

Division 3 Winners - 1986-87

Division 3 South Cup Winners - 1946

Football League Trophy Winners - 1984

Club Colours - Red & Black Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Championship

A.F.C. Bournemouth was formed in 1899 as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. It should not be confused with Bournemouth F.C., who were formed earlier in 1875, but have never been members of the Football League. The club became A.F.C. Bournemouth in 1972, which for many years made them notable as the club with the longest name in the Football League. The club made their initial steps to professionalism in 1910, signing their first paid player from Southampton for 10. They joined the Southern League in 1920 and joined the Third Division (South) of the Football League for the 1923-24 season.
Bradford City Football Club Valley Parade
West Yorkshire

Telephone +44 (0) 1254 773 355

Capacity - 25,126

Nickname(s) - The Bantams

Formed - 1903

Division 2 Winners - 1907-8
Division 3 Winners - 1984-85
Division 3 North Winners - 1928-29
Division 3 North Challenge Cup Winners - 1939
FA Cup Winners - 1911

Club Colours - Claret & Amber Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 1

Bradford City was formed in 1903. However, to find the true beginnings of the club, one has to look at Manningham Rugby Club, established in 1880. In 1895 Manningham became one of the leading founders of the new breakaway code Rugby League, winning the first championship played under the new code. After this, however, the club's fortunes went into a decline. With finances in a precarious situation, the club began to look at the idea of housing a football team on the Valley Parade ground. The idea attracted a lot of interest and support from other Football League teams in the area, and in 1903 Bradford City was born. Amazingly they signed a completely new team and were admitted to the Football League without playing a match. The team could still have been wound up by members of the Rugby team, who voted instead to continue with the new sport. Bradford found their feet quickly in the Football League Second Division, winning the division and gaining promotion to Division One in 1908. In 1911 the team tasted FA Cup glory, beating Newcastle in the final, following a replay.
Braintree Town Football Club The Amlin Stadium
Clockhouse Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1376 345 617

Capacity - 4,202 (553 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The Iron

Formed - 1898

Conference South Winners - 2010-11

Club Colours - All Tangerine - White Trim

Current League - Conference Premier

The club was formed in 1898 as Manor Works, the works team from Crittall Window Co, from which they gained their nickname The Iron.The new club took over the fixtures of the recently defunct Braintree F.C in the North Essex League.
In 1921 they were renamed Crittall Athletic, in 1928 they joined the Spartan League, and in 1935 were founder members of the Eastern Counties League. They switched between many leagues in the coming years
and were renamed Braintree & Crittall Athletic in 1968 but in 1981 all links with Crittall were severed and the club renamed Braintree FC.
Promoted to the Conference South in 2005-6 they won promotion to the Conference Premier in 2010-11.
Brentford Football Club Griffin Park
Braemar Road

Telephone +44 (0) 845 345 6422

Capacity - 12,300

Nickname(s) - The Bees

Formed - 1889

Division 2 Winners - 1934-35
Division 3 Winners - 1932-33,(South) 1991-92, 1998-99 (4th Tier)
Division 4 Winners - 1962-63
League Two Winners - 2007-8

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks-White Trim

Current League - Championship

Many of the older teams in the Football League were formed to provide a winter sport for established cricket teams. Brentford F.C. has a similar story, Brentford football club was formed in 1889 to provide a winter pursuit for an established sports club. The sport on this occasion sport wasn't the usual cricket but instead rowing. At the crucial meeting, it was decided to start a football team and call the new club 'Brentford Football Club'. There was one small matter to be decided, however, which had been put on the agenda for the next meeting a week later. This was the question 'Association Football or Rugby Football?' Association Football got the vote.
Brentford football club has played since 1904 at Griffin Park, which has the unique feature of having a pub in every corner of the ground. One of the pubs is owned by the team. Since 2002, however, moves have been afoot to relocate the team to a new state of the art complex in Lionel Road. After mixed fortunes in the Southern League the team joined the Football League as founder members of the new Third Division (South) in 1920.
Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club Falmer Stadium
Village Way
East Sussex

Telephone +44 (0) 844 324 6282

Capacity - 30,750

Nickname(s) - The Seagulls

Formed - 1901

Charity Shield Winners - 1910
Division 2 Winners - 2001-2 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 2000-1 (4th Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1957-58
Division 4 Winners - 1964-65
League 1 Winners - 2010-11

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & White Socks

Current League - Championship

Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. were formed in 1901 and joined the Football League in 1920. Prior to this they had played in the Southern League. During this time they won the FA Charity Shield in 1910 by defeating Football League champions Aston Villa in the final. The club had to wait until 1979 before reaching the top tier of the League. A 4-0 home defeat by Arsenal provided a rather unpleasant welcome to the top flight for Brighton but they managed to rally the season later on and finished safely. They hung on for four years before finally succumbing to relegation. Much of the clubs recent history has been dogged by Stadium troubles. With the club struggling to stay on in the Football League in 1996-97, a 1-1 draw against Hereford was just enough to consign Hereford to relegation instead of Brighton on goals scored. This was the last season at the Goldstone Ground. The Directors made the decision to sell the ground, leaving the club homeless and forcing them to ground share with Gillingham in Kent. This lasted for two years, before the team moved to Withdean Stadium. They have now moved to a new purpose built stadium at Falmer.
Bristol City Football Club Ashton Gate
Ashton Road

Telephone +44 (0) 117 963 0600

Capacity - 21,500

Nickname(s) - The Robins, Reds, Cider Army

Formed - 1894

Division 2 Winners - 1905-6
Division 3 South Winners - 1922-23, 1926-27, 1954-55
Football League Trophy Winners - 1985-86, 2002-3

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks White Trim

Current League - League 1

In 1894 the amateur team Bristol South End turned professional and changed their name to Bristol City. In 1900 the team merged with another local team Bedminster F.C. They joined the Football League Second Division in 1901 and were promoted to the First Division as Champions in 1906. In 1909 they reached the cup final at Crystal Palace, losing to Manchester United 1-0.They finished runners up in 1907 in the First Division the highest position they have ever achieved. Ashton Gate is the only ground in the football league not to have any executive boxes.
Bristol Rovers Football Club The Memorial Stadium
Filton Avenue

Telephone +44 (0) 117 909 6648

Capacity - 12,011 (2,500 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The Pirates, The Gas

Formed - 1883

Division 3 Winners - 1989-90
Division 3 South Winners - 1952-53
Division 3 South Cup Winners - 1934-35

Club Colours - Blue & White Quartered Shirts, White Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Bristol Rovers F.C. was formed in 1883 as Black Arabs F.C. This name came from the Arabs Rugby team and the predominantly Black kit the team wore in its early years. The name only lasted one season and was changed to Eastville Rovers F.C. in a bid to attract more fans from the local area. The club is nicknamed the Pirates due to their maritime connections. In 1897 the team then turned professional and became Bristol Eastville Rovers. This was shortened in 1899 to Bristol Rovers. Later that year the team joined the Southern League, where they remained until joining the Football League in 1920 when many of the Southern League teams joined the newly formed Division Three (South). This was after the team were crowned Southern League Champions in 1905.
Burnley Football Club Turf Moor
Harry Potts Way
BB10 4BX

Telephone +44 (0) 871 221 1882

Capacity - 22,546

Nickname(s) - The Clarets

Formed - 1882

Charity Shield Winners - 1973,1960 (Shared)
Division 1 Winners - 1920-21, 1959-60
Division 2 Winners - 1897-98, 1972-73
Division 3 Winners - 1981-82
Division 4 Winners - 1991-92
FA Cup Winners - 1914

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Claret Socks

Current League - Premiership

Burnley Football Club was formed in 1882 after Burnley Rovers Football Club decided to switch from Rugby Union to Association Football. In 1888 they were amongst the founder members of the Football League. The early years saw the team hovering between the First and Second Division. The team was the centre of a scandal when their goalkeeper attempted to bribe members of the opposition team on the last day of the 1899-00 season, which saw Burnley relegated for the second time to the Second Division. 1911-12 marked the beginnings of an upturn in the clubs fortunes. By now the club had changed to their now familiar Claret and Blue colours giving them the nickname 'The Clarets'.
Burton Albion Football Club Pirelli Stadium
Princess Way
Burton Upon Trent
DE13 0AR

Telephone +44 (0) 1283 565 938

Capacity - 6,912 (2,034 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The Brewers

Formed - 1950

Conference Premier Winners - 2008-9

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks-Yellow Trim

Current League - League 2

Burton Albion Football Club is an English football club based in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. The clubs home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005.
The clubs nickname is the Brewers stemming from the town's brewing industry dating back hundreds of years.
The club competed in the non-league of English football from their founding in 1950 until 2009,
Bury Football Club Gigg Lane

Telephone +44 (0) 161 705 2144

Capacity - 11,840

Nickname(s) - The Shakers

Formed - 1885

Division 2 Winners - 1895-96
Division 2 Winners - 1996-97 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 1960-61
FA Cup Winners - 1900, 1903

Club Colours - White Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Current League - League 2

Bury F.C. was formed in 1885 when the club took on the lease at Gigg Lane, still the club's home today. They were founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889, before joining the Football League Division Two in 1894. They won the Second Division title at the first attempt, gaining promotion to the top flight, where they remained until 1912. Whilst in the First Division, they tasted FA Cup glory twice, in 1900 beating Southampton 4-0 in the final. They hold the record score in a Cup Final beating Derby County 6-0 in 1903. Amazingly, the 1903 cup success was achieved without having conceded a goal in the entire competition. There was a brief return to the top flight in the 1920's with the team recording its highest ever Football League finish of fourth in 1926. And up until 2014 were the only team in the football league to score 1000 goals in each of the 4 divisions.
Cambridge United Football Club The Abbey Stadium
Newmarket Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1223 566500

Capacity - 10,847 (4,948 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The U`s

Formed - 1912

Division 3 Winners - 1990-1
Division 4 Winners - 1976-77
FA Trophy Winners - 2014

Club Colours - Yellow & Black Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks

Current League - League 2

Cambridge United F C is a professional association football club based in Cambridge, Founded in 1912 as Abbey United, it turned professional in 1949, and changed it`s name in 1951.
Cambridge United have reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup twice and the Football League Cup once.
Cambridge Uniteds highest finish is fifth in Division Two 1991-92 season, narrowly missing out on promotion to the first tier and becoming founding members of the Premier League. In 2013-14 they got promotion back into football League two via a playoff final win at Wembley, their second success there in the same season after winning the FA Trophy.
Cardiff City Football Club Cardiff City Stadium
Leckwith Road
CF11 8AZ

Telephone +44 (0) 845 365 1115

Capacity - 28,018

Nickname(s) - The Bluebirds

Formed - 1899

Championship Winners - 2012-13
Charity Shield Winners - 1927
Division 3 South Winners - 1946-47
Division 3 Winners - 1992-93 (4th Tier)
FA Cup Winners - 1927

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks, Black Shorts

Current League - Championship

Cardiff City Football Club, or 'Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd' in their native Welsh tongue, were formed in 1899. Cardiff were admitted to the Football League in 1920 and the newcomers showed they were more than ready, winning promotion to the First Division in their first year. The Cardiff fans responded too, 25,000 turned up to watch their first league match at Ninian Park, with a season average gate of over 29,000.The new Cardiff City Stadium opened in July 2009. In 2012 the club was rebranded by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan this included Change of clubs home colours and crest.
Carlisle United Football Club Brunton Park
Warwick Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1228 526 237

Capacity - 18,202

Nickname(s) - The Cumbrians, Blues

Formed - 1903

Conference National - Winners 2004-5
Division 3 Winners - 1964-65
Division 3 Winners - 1994-95 (4th Tier)
Football League Trophy Winners - 1997, 2011
League 2 Winners - 2005-6

Club Colours - Blue & White Pinstripe Shirts,White Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

Carlisle United was formed in 1903 from the merger of two local clubs, Carlisle Red Rose and Shaddongate United. The name was actually changed following the Annual General Meeting of Shaddongate United in 1904. Carlisle joined the Lancashire Combination League in 1905 having previously achieved a league and cup double in the Cumberland League. They entered the North Eastern League in 1910, following restructuring of the Lancashire league. At first this had a negative effect, with the locals showing less interest until after the end of World War One when interest in football began to increase. In 1921-22 they won the North Eastern League championship for the first time. In 1928 they were elected to the Football League Third North.

The official nickname for the Carlisle United football club, is "The Cumbrians", because Carlisle United are in Cumbria.
Charlton Athletic Football Club The Valley
Floyd Road

Telephone +44 (0) 208 333 4000

Capacity - 27,110

Nickname(s) - The Addicks, Red Robins,The Valiants

Formed - 1905

Division 1 Winners - 1999-2000 (2nd Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1928-29, 1934-35
FA Cup Winners - 1947
Football League War Cup - 1944 (Shared)
League 1 Winners - 2011-12

Club Colours - Red & White Shirts & Socks, Red Shorts,

Current League - Championship

Charlton Athletic F.C. were first formed in 1905 by a group of local 15-17 year olds. The early development of the club was overshadowed by the presence of near neighbours Woolwich Arsenal. This hampered the growth of the club until Arsenal moved to North London in 1913. Charlton football club turned professional in 1920, joining the Southern League for just one season before being elected to the Football League. They have reached the FA Cup Final twice, two years running losing in 1946 and winning in 1947.

The official nickname for the Charlton Athletic football club, is "The Addicks", a corruption of the word 'haddocks', named after a local fish and chip shop.
Chelsea Football Club Stamford Bridge
Fulham Road

Telephone +44 (0) 871 984 1955

Capacity - 41,834

Nickname(s) - The Blues

Formed - 1905

Champions League Winners - 2012
Charity Shield Winners - 1955, 2000
Community Shield Winners - 2005, 2009
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1971,1998
Division 1 Winners - 1954-55
Division 2 Winners - 1983-84, 1988-89
European Super Cup Winners -1988

Europa League Winners - 2013
FA Cup Winners - 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
League Cup Winners - 1965, 1998, 2005, 2007
Premier League Winners - 2004-5, 2005-6, 2009-10

Club Colours - All Blue-White Trim

Current League - Premiership

Chelsea football club was formed in 1905, but their official history began in 1896, when Henry Augustus "Gus" Mears, football enthusiast and businessman, along with his brother, Joseph Mears, purchased the Stamford Bridge Athletics Ground in Fulham, West London, with the intention of staging first-class football matches there, though they had to wait until 1904 to buy the freehold, when the previous owner died. They failed to persuade Fulham Football Club to adopt the ground as their home after a dispute over the rent, so Mears considered selling to the Great Western Railway Company, who wanted to use the land as a coal-dumping yard. There is an unconfirmed story regarding the incident that claims Mears was on the verge of selling, and was being persuaded by his colleague Fred Parker not to, when Mears' scotch terrier bit Parker on the leg. Parker took the incident in good spirit so Mears, impressed by this, decided to take his colleague's advice and found a new football club to play at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea F.C. was founded on March 14, 1905 at The Rising Sun pub (now The Butcher's Hook) opposite today's main entrance to the ground on the Fulham Road. Since there was already a team named Fulham in the borough, the name of the adjacent borough, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was settled on after London FC, Kensington FC and Stamford Bridge FC had been rejected. Chelsea were denied entry to the Southern League following objections from Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, so instead, applied for admission to the Football League. Their candidacy was endorsed at the Football League AGM on May 29, 1905, with a speech by Parker, which emphasised the new club's financial stability and its impressive new stadium and team playing an important part. Blue shirts were adopted by Mears, after the racing colours of Lord Chelsea, along with white shorts and dark blue socks. The club's first league match took place away at Stockport County on September 2, 1905. They lost the game 1-0.

Their first home match was against Liverpool in a friendly. They won 4-0.
Chelsea Football Club, as one of the most famous Association Football clubs in England, has a long, unique history, and has experienced both the highs and the lows of the game. From its early days as the butt of a music hall jokes for their lack of success, to being 1954-55 Champions following a revamp. From the glamorous, talented and flamboyant team which emerged in swinging London in the mid-1960s to put the club on the footballing map for the first time, to the financial and on-pitch woes that almost forced its extinction in the early 1980s. From the rejuvenated side of the mid-1980s that returned it to stability, to the cosmopolitan renaissance of the late-1990s, which saw it challenge for honours again, to a takeover in June 2003 which contributed to its current status as one of the dominant teams in the country.
Cheltenham Football Club Whaddon Road
GL52 5NA

Telephone +44 (0) 1242 573 558

Capacity - 7,266

Nickname(s) - The Robins

Formed - 1887

Conference National Winners - 1998-99
FA Trophy Winners - 1998

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

There are reports of football going on in Cheltenham from as early as the first half of the 19th century. The first known instance of using three officials (albeit two in the field of play and one off field official) was recorded in Cheltenham in 1849. The modern club dates back to 1887, when Albert White returned from his studies in London. He had discovered Association Football whilst at college and decided to start a team in his native Cheltenham. Cheltenham football club turned professional in 1932 and joined the Southern League in 1935.

The official nickname for the Cheltenham football club, is "The Robins", as their home colours (red and white), are the same as a robin's chest.
Chester Football Club Deva Stadium
Bumpers Lane

Telephone +44 (0) 1244 371 376

Capacity - 5,328 (3,929 Seated)

Formed - 1885

Nickname(s) - The Seals, The Blues

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Football Conference Winners - 2003-4

Chester City F.C. was formed when Chester Rovers and Old King's Scholars decided to amalgamate. Originally the team was just known as Chester F.C., but changed its name to Chester City F.C. in 1983. The team played only friendlies in its early years, joining the Combination League in 1890. Problems with their home ground caused a temporary halt to operations in 1899-1900, but in 1901 the club relocated to Whipcord Lane. This was the start of a successful period for the club, culminating in the Combination League Championship in 1909, following five consecutive years as runners-up. Chester joined the Football League in 1931 and enjoyed moderate success, finishing in the top ten of Division Three (North) throughout the thirties. The club were officially wound up in 2010,supporters immediately began forming a new club Chester FC was officially established in May 2010. And in 2013-14 they were relegated from the Conference Premier Division on the last day, only to be re-instated before the next season when Hereford Utd were expelled for not paying taxes due to the Inland Revenue.
Chesterfield Football Club Proact Stadium
1866 Sheffield Road
S41 8NZ

Telephone +44 (0) 1246 209 765

Capacity - 10,504

Nickname(s) - The Spireites

Formed - 1867

Division 3 North Winners - 1930-31, 1935-36
Division 4 Winners - 1969-70, 1984-85
Football League Trophy Winners - 2012
League 2 Winners - 2010-11, 2013-14

Club Colours - Blue Shirts & Socks-White Trim, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Chesterfield F.C. is the fourth oldest Football League club in England, having been formed in 1867. There is some evidence of a notion being presented but rejected, by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, for creating a football team in Chesterfield way back in 1435. The team played football at the 8,500 capacity Recreation Ground though the stadium was often known as Saltergate, after the road it is situated in. It was one the oldest football grounds in England that was still in use. Despite their long history, Chesterfield has never been in the top flight of the Football League. The team joined the Football League Division Two in 1899, but failed to gain re-election and had to rejoin the Midland League in 1909. After becoming Midland League champions on two occasions, they rejoined the Football League as founder members of Division Three (North) in 1921.They have since moved to a new stadium in 2010.
Colchester United Football Club Community Stadium
United Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1206 755 100

Capacity - 10,100

Nickname(s) - The U`s

Formed - 1937

FA Trophy Winners - 1992
Football Conference Winners - 1991-92

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - League 1

Colchester United F.C. was formed in 1937, the same year that the local amateur club Colchester Town F.C. folded. The club briefly shared the ground Layer Road with the amateur club, but were never actually affiliated. The team count Ipswich Town and Southend United as their biggest rivals, although a rivalry with Wycombe Wanderers grew for a while following some crowd trouble at a match between the two in the 1985-86 season. The club played in various leagues, such as the Eastern Counties League and the Southern League before joining the Football League in 1950.They moved to a new stadium in 2008-9 officially called The Weston Homes Community Stadium under a ten year sponsorship deal.
Coventry City Football Club Ricoh Arena
Phoenix Way

Telephone +44 (0) 844 873 6500

Capacity - 32,609

Formed - 1883

Nickname(s) - The Sky Blues

Club Colours - All Sky Blue With Dark Blue Stripe Shirts

Current League - League 1

Division 2 Winners - 1966-67
Division 3 Winners - 1963-64
Division 3 South Winners - 1935-36
Division 3 South Cup Winners - 1936
FA Cup Winners - 1987

Coventry City F.C. was formed by employees of local cycle manufacturer Singers, which became the team name. In 1893 the club turned professional after winning three cups, the Walsall Cup, the Wednesbury Cup and the Birmingham Cup in the previous year. They changed the name to Coventry City F.C. and moved to Highfield Road in 1898.
Coventry City football club originally picked up the nickname 'The Bantams' as they were considered lightweights of the Southern League. In 1962 the club adopted the sky blue colours and were renamed 'The Sky Blues' by Jimmy Hill. The club were elected to the Football League after the First World War. They left the Ricoh Arena Stadium after a rental dispute to share Northampton Town`s Sixfields Stadium. They returned to the Ricoh Arena for the 2014-15 season.
Crawley Town Football Club Broadfield Stadium
Brighton Road
West Sussex
RH11 9RX

Telephone +44 (0) 1293 410 000

Capacity - 6,134

Nickname(s) - The Reds, Red Devils, The Creepy Crawleys

Formed - 1896

Conference Premier Winners - 2010-11

Club Colours - All Red-White Trim

Current League - League 1

Crawley Town FC were founded in 1896, currently playing their football in League 1, having secured promotion on the last day of the 2011-12 season with a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

First promoted to the Football Conference in 2004,the club survived a financial crisis to win promotion to the Football League in the 2010-11 season In the same year they reached the 5th round of the F A Cup losing to Manchester United.
Crewe Alexandra Football Club The Alexandra Stadium
Gresty Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1270 213 014

Capacity - 10,150

Nickname(s) - The Railwaymen, The Alex

Formed - 1877

Football League Trophy Winners - 2013

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Crewe Alexandra F.C. Played in the Football Alliance (a rival to the Football League) briefly, before joining the Football League Division Two as founder members in 1892. They only stayed there for five years, however, before being relegated to non-league football. Crewe then proceeded to sign its players as professionals and finally returned to the football league in the 1920's. They won the Welsh cup in 1936 and 1937 before being barred from entering the competition, mostly for not being Welsh. The team struggled in the lower reaches of the league from the 1950's to the 1980's leading to Michael Palin's 1979 comment in a railway documentary, "like those other railway towns . perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division".

The official nickname for the Crewe Alexandra football club, is "The Railwaymen", for their local links to railways.
Crystal Palace Football Club Selhurst Park Stadium
Whitehorse Lane
Crystal Palace
SE25 6PU

Telephone +44 (0) 208 768 6000

Capacity - 26,255

Nickname(s) - The Eagles, Glaziers

Formed - 1905

Division 1 Winners - 1993-94 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1978-79
Division 3 Winners - 1920-21

Club Colours - Dark Red & Blue Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Premiership

Crystal Palace F.C. was formed by workers at Crystal Palace (formerly the site of The Great Exhibition in the time of Queen Victoria). The team played on the Cup Final ground at Crystal Palace. After a brief stay at 'The Nest' in Selhurst, they moved into Selhurst Park in 1924. Palace joined the Football League Division Three in 1921 and finished as champions. They reached the FA Cup Final in 1990 but lost out on a replay to Manchester Utd 1-0, after a thrilling 3-3 draw in the first match

The official nickname for the Crystal Palace football club, is "The Eagles", as Crystal Palaces logo features eagles.
Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club Victoria Road Stadium
Victoria Road
RM10 7XL

Telephone +44 (0) 208 592 1549

Capacity - 6,078

Nickname(s) - The Daggers

Formed - 1992

Conference National Winners - 2006-7

Club Colours - Red Shirts-Blue Sash, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - League 2

Dagenham and Redbridge F.C. is a new club, having formed in 1992 out of a merger of Dagenham F.C. and Redbridge Forest F.C. However, the club can trace its roots back to four, much older, amateur clubs; Ilford (1881), Leytonstone (1886), Walthamstow Avenue (1900) and Dagenham (1949). All four clubs achieved success as amateur teams, particularly Leytonstone, who won the FA Amateur Cup three times and the Isthmian League nine times. In 1979, Ilford and Leytonstone merged and in 1988 struggling Walthamstow was amalgamated with the club to form Redbridge Forest. In 1992 Redbridge merged with Dagenham. The club was initially in the Conference but was relegated in 1996 to the Isthmian League. They won promotion again in 2000 and for the next three years challenged for promotion to the Football League.

The official nickname for Dagenham and Redbridge football club, is "The Daggers", based on their club name.
Darlington Football Club Currently Sharing Bishop Aucklands Stadium
Heritage Park
Stadium Way
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7AE

Telephone +44 (0) 1325 240 240

Nickname(s) - The Quakers, Darlo

Formed - 1883

Division 3 North Cup Winners - 1934
FA Trophy Winners - 2011
Football Conference Winners - 1989-90

Club Colours - White Shirts-Black Sleeves, Black Shorts & Socks-White Trim

Current League - Evostik Premier League Division 1 North

Darlington F.C. was formed at Darlington Grammar School. The club are nicknamed 'Darlo' or 'The Quakers', the latter due to the town's connections with the religious movement. The club badge features a Quaker style hat. They joined the Northern League in 1886 and won the league on two occasions before turning professional and joining the North Eastern League in 1908. In 1920 they finished as runner-up and won the championship the next year. This coincided with the formation of the new Football League Third Division (North) and they were elected as founder members. Since joining the league in 1921, Darlington has spent all of its time in the lower divisions of the Football League, apart from two seasons spent in Division Two in the 1920's.
Derby County Football Club Pride Park Stadium
Pride Parkway
DE24 8XL

Telephone +44 (0) 871 472 1884

Capacity - 33,597

Nickname(s) - The Rams

Formed - 1884

Charity Shield Winners - 1975
Division 1 Winners - 1971-72, 1974-75
Division 2 Winners - 1911-12, 1914-15, 1968-69, 1986-87
Division 3 North Winners - 1956-57
FA Cup Winners - 1946

Club Colours - White Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks-Black Trim

Current League - Championship

Derby County is a football club with a long history, formed as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club. They competed initially mostly in informal competitions, but also entered the FA Cup. They were amongst the founder members of the Football League in 1888. In the early days the club played at The Racecourse Ground but in 1895 they moved to The Baseball Ground, which was to be the clubs home for the next 102 years. Also at this time, the team adopted its now traditional colour scheme of black and white.

The official nickname for Derby County football club, is "The Rams", from the folk song "The Derby Ram".
Doncaster Rovers Football Club Keepmoat Stadium
Stadium Way
South Yorkshire

Telephone +44 (0) 1302 764 664

Capacity - 15,230

Nickname(s) - The Rovers, Donny, The Vikings

Formed - 1879

Division 3 North Winners - 1934-35, 1946-47, 1949-50
Division 3 Winners - 2003-4 (4th Tier)
Division 4 Winners - 1965-66, 1968-69
Football League Trophy Winners - 2007
League 1 Winners - 2012-13

Club Colours - Red & White Hoop Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & Red Socks

Current League - League 1

Doncaster Rovers were formed by apprentices from the local railway works. Following a one-off match, the lads agreed to form a club whilst walking home, as they had enjoyed the experience. They even decided there and then on the name Doncaster Rovers. Rovers played in the Midland Alliance and Midland League successfully before joining the Football League in 1901. It was a roller-coaster ride until World War I, however, with regular relegation and re-election to and from the Midland League during this time. In 1914 the club went into voluntary liquidation and was reformed a month later. Shortly afterwards the team had to suspend operations as they failed to raise a team and their ground was in use by the army. After resuming operations, the club were elected to the Football League again in 1923.
Eastleigh Football Club Ten Acres Sponsored as
Silverlake Stadium
Stoneham Lane
SO50 9HT

Telephone +44 (0) 238 613 361

Capacity - 3,500 (500 Seated)

Nickname(s) - The Spitfires

Formed - 1946

Conference South Winners - 2013-14

Club Colours - Blue Shirts-White Sleeves, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

The club was formed by a group of friends in the Fleming Arms pub and originally known as Swaythling Athletic,In 1950 they joined the Hampshire League and in 1980 were renamed Eastleigh.
In 2002-3 they won the Wessex League and were promoted to Division One East of the Southern League. After finishing forth in their first season the club were promoted due to the formation of the Conference North And South taking clubs from the division above, and were transfered into the Premier Isthmian League, They finished third in their first season and won promotion to the Conference South Division via the playoffs.
Ebbsfleet United Football Club The PHB Stadium
Stonebridge Road
DA11 9GN

Telephone +44 (0) 1474 533 796

Capacity - 5,010

Nickname(s) - The Fleet

Formed - 1946

FA Trophy Winners - 2008

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks,White Shorts

Current League - Conference South

The team started life as Gravesend & Northfleet after these two teams merged in 1946 after the Second World War, Gravesend Utd formed in 1893 and Northfleet Utd formed in 1890. with the team retaining the red & white colours and the present stadium of Northfleet Utd. Roy Hodgson was a player at the club making 59 appearances.
In 2007 the club changed it`s name to Ebbsfleet Utd, After just 1 year they won the F A Trophy at Wembley, In 2013 a Kuwaiti group of investors took over the club.
Everton Football Club Goodison Park
Goodison Road
L4 4EL

Telephone - +44 (0) 871 663 1878

Capacity - 35,572

Nickname(s) - The Toffees, The Blues

Formed - 1878

Charity Shield Winners - 1928, 1932, 1963, 1970, 1984, 1985, 1986 (Shared) 1987, 1995
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1985
Division 1 Winners - 1890-91, 1914-15, 1927-28, 1931-32, 1938-39, 1962-63, 1969-70, 1984-85, 1986-87
Division 2 Winners - 1930-31
FA Cup Winners - 1906, 1933, 1966, 1984, 1995

Club Colours - Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Black Socks

Current League - Premiership

Everton was formed in 1878, as St Domingo F.C., to allow people in the local parish to play sport outside of the summer cricket season. In 1879 the club was renamed Everton. The club has a long standing rivalry with fellow Merseyside club Liverpool. Everton originally played at Anfield, the ground now associated firmly with Liverpool. Liverpool was actually formed after a dispute over rent caused Everton to move to Goodison Park which has a capacity of 40,216. In recent years Everton have been very much in the shadow of Liverpool. In 1925 Everton signed Dixie Deans who set the long running goal scoring record for 60 goals in 39 league matches in 1927-28. Everton are one of only three clubs to have been founder members of both the Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992. The club are one of the most successful in English football history, having spent more years in the top flight than any other English club. The team has also enjoyed considerable success in terms of major trophies such as the League Championship, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, being in the top five for English clubs to have won such honours.

The official nickname for the Everton football club, is "The Toffees", why Everton are called the Toffees, is unknown. Possibly named after a local toffee shop, or the nickname for the local Irish population.
Exeter City Football Club St. James Park
Stadium Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1392 411 243

Capacity - 8,541

Formed - 1904

Nickname(s) - The Grecians, City

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts,Black Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 3 South Cup Winners - 1934
Division 4 Winners - 1989-90

Exeter City FC began playing on an old field used for fattening pigs, St James Park (not to be confused with the home of Newcastle United or Brackley Town) Exeter remain at St James Park to this day. The club is nicknamed "The Grecians". City's record league victories are their 8-1 triumphs against Coventry City in 1926 and Aldershot in 1935 (the score was 0-0 against Aldershot at half-time!). In the FA Cup, they beat Aberdare Athletic 9-1 in 1927. City's record league defeats are the 9-0 defeats against Notts County in 1948 and Northampton Town in 1958.

Exeter City Football Club are an English football club, based in Exeter, who were members of the Football League from 1920 to 2003, and rejoined the league for the 2008-09 season, after 5 seasons in the Conference National.

Exeter City's record home attendance at St. James' Park is 20,984 who witnessed Exeter lose 4-2 to Sunderland in an FA Cup Sixth Round Replay in 1931. Exeter City's record away attendance was 67,551 in January 2005 at Old Trafford, watching City draw 0-0 with Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round. The highest number of City fans watching an Exeter City game was probably at the Conference play-off final in 2007, when over 30,000 Grecians made it to the Wembley Stadium.

Exeter City FC was formed from two predecessor clubs: - Exeter United and St Sidwell's United. Exeter United were a football club from Exeter, Devon, who played between 1890 and 1904. In 1904, Exeter United lost 3-1 to local rivals St Sidwell's United and after the match, it was agreed that the two clubs should become one. The new team took the name Exeter City and continued to play at Exeter United's ground, St James Park, where Exeter City still play today. The team formed from the cricket team of the same name and thus the first football team with the moniker 'United'. St Sidwell's United (which had also been known as St Sidwell's Wesleyans and St Sidwell's Old Boys) was a club that had formed from the regulars who frequented the Foresters Inn in Sidwell Street, Exeter; although the public house was always known as the Drum and Monkey. They played in St Sidwell's old colours of green and white.

On September 10 1904, Exeter City played their first ever competitive match: - a 2-1 victory at St James's over 110th Battery of the Royal Artillery, in the East Devon League. The attendance was 600, and the winning goal scored by Sid Thomas, who was to serve the club in various capacities for 70 years. City topped the East Devon League with 11 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat in their 1st season, and transferred to the Plymouth and District League for next 3 seasons.

In 1908, Exeter City AFC became a limited company. City become a full-time professional team, and applied successfully for membership of the Southern League, replacing Tottenham Hotspur. A wooden grandstand was erected, and the club entered into a leasing arrangement over the ground.

The official nickname for Exeter City football club, is "The Grecians" which was, for centuries, the nickname for people from the St Sidwells parish of Exeter where the ground
Fleetwood Town Football Club Highbury Stadium
Park Avenue

Telephone - +44 (0) 1253 775 080

Capacity - 5,311 (2,701 Seated)

Formed - 1908

Nickname(s) - Cod Army

Club Colours - Red Shirts-White Sleeves, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - League 1
Conference Premier Winners - 2011-12

The current club only dates back to 1997,but they started life as Fleetwood FC ,where they were champions of the Lancashire Combination League in 1923-24, A league they would spend nearly 60 years in,They were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. The club were re-established as Fleetwood Town FC, but by 1996 they too folded, reformed as Fleetwood Wanderers but under a new sponsorship deal changed again to Fleetwood Freeport FC and finally getting their current name back in 2002.

Promotion from the Northern premier League in 2006-7 to the Conference North Division, and a playoff win in 2010 saw them gain promotion to the Conference Premier League, Which they won in 2011-12 to rise into the Football League.
Forest Green Rovers Football Club The New Lawn
Another Way

Telephone - +44 (0) 1453 834 860

Capacity - 5,017

Formed - 1889

Nickname(s) - Rovers, The Green

Club Colours - Green Shirts-Black Hoops, Green Shorts, Green & Black Socks

Current League - Conference Premier
F A Vase Winners - 1982

Forest Green were founded by a nonconformist church minister, They were founder members of the Mid Gloucestershire League in 1894, The club moved to the Stroud & District League in 1902 where they stayed for 32 years, also playing in the Dursley & District League.
In 1989 the club changed it`s name to Stroud FC in an attempt to revive the clubs fortunes, but they still struggled on and off the pitch, The name was changed back to Forest Green Rovers in 1992-3 season, they had two successive promotions in 1997 & 1998 to get into the Football Conference where they finished 12th but did get to the F A Trophy Final losing 1-0 at Wembley to Kingstonian, and another 1-0 loss to Canvey Island in the final of 2001 played at Villa Park, In 2006 the club moved into a new stadium called The New Lawn.
Fulham Football Club Craven Cottage
Stevenage Road

Telephone +44 (0) 843 208 1222

Capacity - 25,700

Formed - 1879

Nickname(s) - The Cottagers

Club Colours - White Shirts & Socks-Gold Trim, Black Shorts

Current League - Championship

Division 1 Winners - 2000-1 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1948-49,1998-99 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1931-32
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2002

Fulham FC are the oldest professional football team in London. They formed in 1879 as Fulham St Andrew's Church Sunday School and celebrated their 125th anniversary in 2004. The name was shortened to just Fulham in 1888. The team play at Craven Cottage, and has been the club's home since 1896.

Businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed bought the club in 1997, Micky Adams was fired after a bad start to the season which saw Ray Wilkins & Kevin Keegan takeover Al-Fayed promised to make Fulham a premiership team within 5 years, this was completed with promotion from Division 2 in 1999 under Keegan,who left to become England manager, Winning the Division 1 title in 2001 saw their rise to the Premiership under Jean Tigana.

The official nickname for Fulham football club, is "The Cottagers", which comes from Fulhams club's ground, Craven Cottage.
Gateshead Football Club Gateshead International Stadium
Neilson Road
Tyne And Wear
NE10 0EF

Telephone - +44 (0) 191 433 5700

Capacity - 11,800

Formed - 1889

Nickname(s) - The Tynesiders, The Heed

Club Colours - White Shirts, Black Shorts, Black & White Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Gateshead football club started out as South Shields FC 8 miles away from Gateshead after many money struggles and relegations, the club decided to look for a new home, they chose a move to Gateshead in 1930.
Gateshead AFC started a new era 15,500 fans watched as they beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 at a newly constructed Redheugh Park Stadium that season saw them finish runners up and miss promotion on goal difference.

In 1973 they went into liquidation and were reformed 4 years later as Gateshead FC, they were accepted into the Northern Premier League and played at the Gateshead Youth Stadium which was upgraded to the stadium it is today, Promotion via the play-offs in 2007-8 got them into the Conference North Division and again Promotion via the play-offs in 2008-9 season saw them move up to the Conference Premier.
Gillingham Football Club Priestfield Stadium
Redfern Avenue

Telephone +44 (0) 1634 350 205

Capacity - 11,582

Formed - 1893

Nickname(s) - The Gills

Club Colours - Blue Shirts-One White Stripe, Blue Shirts, White Socks

Current League - League 1

Division 4 Winners - 1963-64
League 2 Winners - 2012-13

Gillingham F.C. was formed under the name New Brompton F.C. Starting with share capital of 1500, the team purchased the land that was to become its lifelong home of Priestfield Stadium for 600. New Brompton turned professional a year later and were founder members of the Southern League. In 1913 the team changed their name to Gillingham and they joined the Football League in 1920. There was little success to enjoy in the years leading up to World War II and in 1938 the club failed in a bid for re-election and were relegated from the Football League. They rejoined the Southern League and enjoyed considerable success, culminating in their elevation to the newly expanded Football League Third Division South in 1950. The team had to wait a long time before progressing beyond the third tier of the Football League.

In 1999, they were two minutes away from achieving their dream, leading Manchester City 2-0 in the Play-off final at Wembley. As time appeared to be running out, City scored and after five minutes of injury time, equalised to send the game to extra time. In the end City won on penalties.
Grimsby Town Football Club Blundell Park
Blundell Ave
DN35 7PY

Telephone +44 (0) 1472 605 050

Capacity - 9,546

Formed - 1878

Nickname(s) - The Mariners

Club Colours - Black & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Division 2 Winners - 1900-1, 1933-34
Division 3 Winners - 1979-80
Division 3 North Winners - 1925-26, 1955-56
Division 4 Winners - 1971-72
Football League Trophy Winners - 1997-98

Grimsby Town F.C. was formed, like many of the early Football League teams, by members of a local cricket team (Worsley Cricket Club) who were looking for a winter pastime. In 1878 a meeting was held at the Wellington Arms in Freeman Street and Grimsby Town F.C. was born, although for the first year team name was Grimsby Pelham. Grimsby first played league football in the Combination League in 1888, soon after joining the Football Association, the rival set up to the new Football League. In 1892 they were accepted into the Football League Second Division. League football was a turbulent ride for Grimsby, soon reaching the heights of the First Division only to fail in a bid for re-election to the League and drop to the Midland League a few years later. They returned to the League before long, and recovered considerably in the inter war years, regaining top flight status in 1929. They remained in top flight for the majority of the 1930's, gaining their highest ever Football League finish in 1935 finishing in fifth place.
Halifax Town Football Club The Shay
Shaw Hill
West Yorkshire

Telephone - +44 (0) 1442 264 751

Capacity - 2330

Formed - 1911

Nickname(s) - The Shaymen

Club Colours - Blue Shirts & Socks-White Trim, White Shorts

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference National Winners - 1997-98

One of the founder members of the Third Division North in 1921,they remained there until restructuring in 1958 into Division 3.
In 1971 the club beat Manchester Utd 2-1 in the pre-season Watney Cup match, they were relegated to Division 4 in 1976, money struggles followed for a few years and they were relegated to the Football Conference in 1993.
Placed in administration in 2007 they avoided the drop on the last day of the season after being deducted 10 points for going into administration, but failing to come out of administration the club was dropped 3 divisions and eventually wound up.
The club was reformed by the same directors under the name FC Halifax Town and played in the Northern Premier League in the 2008-9 season, promotion came via play-off wins in 2012-13 to get them back into the Conference Premier.
Hartlepool United Football Club Victoria Park
Clarence Road
TS24 8BZ

Telephone +44 (0) 1429 272 584

Capacity - 7,856

Formed - 1881

Nickname(s) - Pools, Monkey Hangers

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - League 2

Hartlepool United F.C. were formed as West Hartlepool Amateur Football Club. They won the FA Amateur Cup in 1905 and took the opportunity to turn professional in 1908 when the local Rugby team folded leaving the Victoria Ground vacant and in need of investment. Hartlepool United Football Athletic Company was formed and the stadium bought. The team was actually only renamed Hartlepool United in 1967 after the districts of Old Hartlepool and West Hartlepool were merged. Hartlepool have played their home matches at the Victoria Ground (now Victoria Park) ever since. In 1921 Hartlepool joined the newly formed Football League Division Three North.
Huddersfield Town Football Club John Smiths Stadium
Stadium Way
West Yorkshire

Telephone +44 (0) 1484 484 112

Capacity - 24,500

Formed - 1908

Nickname(s) - The Terriers

Club Colours - Blue & White Pattern Shirts, White Shorts, Black Socks

Current League - Championship

Charity Shield Winners - 1922
Division 1 Winners - 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26
Division 2 Winners - 1969-70
Division 4 Winners - 1979-80
FA Cup Winners - 1922

The popularity of Rugby League in Huddersfield may well have accounted for the relatively late development of a serious Association Football Club in the town. In 1907, moves were begun to develop a professional football club in Huddersfield and in 1908, Huddersfield Town A.F.C. was born. It was not too long before Huddersfield had established themselves as one of the power house teams in Yorkshire and indeed the country as a whole. This was all despite going into liquidation in 1912 and only reforming in 1919. Somehow, by 1920 the club had become strong enough to reach the FA Cup final, finishing runners-up.

The official nickname for the Huddersfield Town football club, is "The Terriers", named after the Yorkshire Terrier breed of dog.
Hull City Football Club KC Stadium
West Park
Walton Street

Telephone +44 (0) 1482 504 600

Capacity - 25,400

Formed - 1904

Nickname(s) - The Tigers

Club Colours - Black & Amber Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Amber Socks

Current League - Premiership

Division 3 Winners - 1965-66
Division 3 North Winners - 1932-33, 1948-49

Hull City F.C. was formed in 1904. Several earlier attempts to found a professional football club ended in failure, mostly due to the strength of Rugby League in the city. Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers were well established and already very strong Rugby League clubs by this time. They were unable to join the Football League in time for the 1904-05 season, so the first season of professional football at Hull consisted only of friendlies, 44 in all! The team's early games were played at the Rugby League ground used by Hull F.C. Hull's first season in the Football League Second Division and finished fifth in their first season. In 1930 the club had its greatest cup run, reaching the semi-finals and claiming many big scalps along the way. They moved to a new purpose built stadium in 2002, the owners have tried to change the teams name to Hull Tigers, but it has been rejected by supporters and the league.
Ipswich Town Football Club Portman Road,

Telephone +44 (0) 1473 400 500

Capacity - 30,311

Formed - 1878

Nickname(s) - The Tractor Boys, The Blues

Club Colours - Blue Shirts & Socks,White Shorts

Current League - Championship

Division 1 Winners - 1961-62
Division 2 Winners - 1960-1, 1967-68, 1991-92
Division 3 South Winners - 1953-54, 1956-57
FA Cup Winners - 1978
UEFA Cup Winners - 1981

Ipswich Town F.C. was formed in 1878 but did not turn until 1936. They were admitted to the Football League in 1938. Originally known as Ipswich Association F.C. the team merged in 1888 with Ipswich Rugby Club and was renamed Ipswich Town Football Club. The team played in Division Three (South) until finally gaining promotion to Division Two in 1954. They lasted only one season before relegation, but fortunes improved after Sir Alf Ramsey was appointed manager in August 1955. They won the Division 3 South title in 1957 and Division 2 in 1961, In the top flight for the first time they became Champions of the Football League at the first time of asking.
Ramsey quit the club in 1963 to take charge of England's football team, and guided them to glory in the 1966 World Cup Final. Ipswich however dropped to Division 2 under Jackie Milburn, Bobby Robson took over in 1969 and guided Ipswich to 2 major trophies.
Kidderminster Harriers FC Aggborough Ground
Hoo Road
DY10 1NB

Telephone - +44 (0) 1562 823 931

Capacity - 6,444 (3,140 Seated)

Formed - 1886

Nickname(s) - Harriers, The Carpetmen, Kiddy

Club Colours - Red & White Diagonal Half Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Football Conference Winners - 1993-94,1999-2000
FA Trophy Winners - 1987

The only club from Worcestershire to have played in the football league, they have also played at the Aggborough Ground ever since they were formed, as a very successful athletics and rugby club that had existed since 1877.
Harriers won the Conference title in 1994 but were denied promotion on ground safety rules even though the wooden stand was replaced for the beginning of the new season.
With the backing of a retired retail millionaire Liverpool`s Jan Molby was appointed manager and he led the club to the Conference title at the first attempt in 2000, They survived for five years in the Football League before being relegated back to the Conference National League.
Leeds United Football Club Elland Road
West Yorkshire
LS11 0ES

Telephone +44 (0) 871 334 1919

Capacity - 37,900

Formed - 1919

Nickname(s) - The Whites,The Peacocks, United

Club Colours - All White

Current League - Championship

Charity Shield Winners - 1969, 1992

Division 1 Winners - 1968-69, 1973-74, 1991-92
Division 2 Winners - 1923-24, 1963-64, 1989-90
FA Cup Winners - 1972
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Winners - 1968,1971
League Cup Winners - 1968

Leeds United A.F.C. was formed following the demise of Leeds City. Leeds United established their home at Elland Road in 1919, where they have played ever since. They joined the Midland League in 1919 and were loaned 35,000 by the chairman of local rivals Huddersfield Town, to be repaid when Leeds reached Division One. In 1920 they were elected to the football league Division Two, gaining promotion to Division One as champions in 1924. Leeds United had to wait until the arrival of Don Revie as manager in 1961 before the glory years began.
Leicester City Football Club King Power Stadium
Filbert Way

Telephone +44 (0) 844 815 6000

Capacity - 32,260

Formed - 1884

Nickname(s) - The Foxes

Club Colours - Blue Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - Premiership

Championship Winners - 2013-14
Charity Shield Winners - 1971
Division 2 Winners - 1924-25,1936-37,1953-54,1956-57, 1970-1, 1979-80
League 1 Winners - 2008-9
League Cup Winners - 1964, 1997, 2000

Leicester City Football Club was formed as Leicester Fosse Football Club. The club was somewhat nomadic in its early years, playing at some six different grounds before settling on Filbert Street in 1891. This was to be the club's home for 111 years until they moved to the 32,500 seat Walkers Stadium for the start of the 2002-03 season. In 1891 the club joined the Midland League. After some very successful seasons, they were elected to the Football League Second Division in 1894. Up until the First World War, the club enjoyed mixed success having to apply for re-election in 1904 and being promoted briefly to the First Division in 1908. After the war, Leicester Fosse was wound up due to financial problems and replaced by Leicester City Football Club, so named as Leicester had just been granted city status earlier in the year. They have been in the FA Cup Final 4 times losing on each occasion.
Leyton Orient Football Club The Matchroom Stadium
Brisbane Road
E10 5NF

Telephone +44 (0) 870 310 1881

Capacity - 9,271

Formed - 1881

Nickname(s) - The O`s

Club Colours - All Red-White Trim Shirts

Current League - League 1

Division 3 South Winners - 1955-56
Division 3 Winners - 1969-70

Leyton Orient F.C. is simply known as Orient or the 'Os' to its fans. Formed in 1881 by members of Glyn Cricket Club, the team has had many name changes in its history including Eagle Cricket Club, Orient Football Club and Clapton Orient. The name Orient was originally chosen in 1888 following the suggestion of one of the players, who was an employee of the Orient Shipping Line. The team moved to Leyton in 1937, prompting the name change to Leyton Orient. In 1966 they changed the name again to just Orient, before reverting to Leyton Orient in 1987 after a campaign by fans. The team joined the Football League in 1905, Orients Brisbane Road ground is known as The Matchroom Stadium after chairman Barry Hearn's sports promotion company, Russell Slade was appointed manager in 2010 and has kept them established in League 1.
Lincoln City Football Club Sincil Bank Stadium

Telephone +44 (0) 870 899 2005

Capacity - 10,120

Formed - 1884

Nickname(s) - The Imps

Club Colours - Red Shirts-One White Stripe, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Division 3 North Winners - 1931-32, 1947-48, 1951-52
Division 4 Winners - 1975-76
Football Conference Winners - 1987-88

Lincoln City football club was officially formed in 1884 as an amateur association, following the disbanding of Lincoln Rovers. Lincoln City turned professional in 1891-92, having already had some impressive FA Cup runs, twice finishing in the last 16. The club moved to its current home at Sincil Bank in 1895, having played originally at the John O'Gaunts ground. The club joined the Football League Division Two in 1892 as founder members, achieving their best ever Football League finish in the 1901-02 season when they finished fifth in the Second Division. A notable period in the club's history was from the 1930's to the 1950's, when they were crowned Division Three (North) champions three times. In 1975-76 they won the Division 4 championship under the guidance of England manager-to-be Graham Taylor, setting a number of league records in the process.

Lincoln City FC are nicknamed the 'Red Imps', after a creature from local legend.
Liverpool Football Club Anfield Road
L4 0TH

Telephone +44 (0) 151 263 2361

Capacity - 45,276

Formed - 1892

Nickname(s) - The Reds

Club Colours - All Red-White Trim

Current League - Premiership

Champions League Winners - 2005
Charity Shield Winners - 1964 (Shared), 1965 (Shared), 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977 (Shared),1979, 1980, 1982, 1986,(Shared) 1988, 1989, 1990,(Shared) 2001
Community Shield Winners - 2006
Division 1 Winners - 1900-1, 1905-6, 1921-22, 1922-23, 1946-47, 1963-64, 1965-66, 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90
Division 2 Winners - 1893-94, 1895-96, 1904-5, 1961-62
EUFA Cup Winners - 1973, 1976, 2001
FA Cup Winners - 1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2006
European Cup Winners - 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984
English Super Cup Winners - 1986
European Super Cup Winners - 1977, 2001, 2005
League Cup Winners - 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2012

Liverpool F.C. was formed 1892 by John Holding. Holding had been the leaseholder of Anfield stadium and purchased the ground outright in 1891. He then proposed a rent increase to Everton F.C., who were using the ground back then, from 100 to 250 per year. Everton refused and moved to Goodison Park. So Liverpool Football Club were formed and took their place at Anfield, beginning one of the oldest rivalries in English Football. Anfield is still the club's home.

The biggest change in the club's fortune came with the appointment of Bill Shankley in 1959, instantly getting rid of 24 players,converted an old boot room into an office where he Joe Fagan, Bob Paisley and Reuben Bennett began to reshape Liverpool FC into the force they became winning trophies at home and in Europe, Shankley retired as manager shortly after winning the 1974 FA Cup Final, he was replaced by his assistant Bob Paisley who would go on to win 21 trophies in 9 years retiring in 1983,Joe Fagan took over and won an extraordinary triple in his first season, League, European Cup and League Cup to be the first English side to win 3 trophies in one season. also making it 4 League Cups running.
The club`s first player-manager was Kenny Dalglish winning a league & cup double in 1986, and another league title in 1988,
A disastrous Graeme Souness period as manager ended in 1995 when Roy Evans took charge and won the League Cup in his first full season,
New owners of the club changed in the coming years, along with new managers but the club still unable to win it's first Premiership title, although coming a very close second in the 2013-14 season under Brendan Rogers.
Luton Town Football Club Kenilworth Road Stadium
Maple Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1582 411 622

Capacity - 10,266

Formed - 1885

Nickname(s) - The Hatters

Club Colours - Orange Shirts, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 2 Winners - 1981-82
Division 3 South Winners - 1936-37
Division 4 Winners - 1967-68
League 1 Winners - 2004-5
League Cup Winners - 1988

Luton Town F.C. was formed from the merger of Luton Wanderers and Luton Excelsior. They were the first team in the south of England to turn professional. Luton had a brief spell in the Football League between 1897 and 1900 but then resigned and rejoined the Southern League. They returned when many Southern League teams created the new Football League Third Division in 1920. After 17 seasons in the Third Division, Luton were promoted to Division Two as runners-up. In 1954-55 they made it to the top flight for the first time. This period of success ended with an FA Cup final loss in 1959. The team then went into decline, even dropping to Division Four. During the late 60's and early 70's fortunes revived and the team managed to get back briefly into the top flight. The arrival of David Pleat as manager bought renewed success and a return to the top flight, this time for a longer spell. His successor Ray Harford took the team to League Cup glory in 1988 with an amazing come from behind victory over favourites Arsenal. They were in the final again the year after, this time finishing as runners-up. Luton's most famous fan was comedian Eric Morecambe.
Macclesfield Town Football Club The Moss Rose Ground
London Road
SK11 7SP

Telephone +44 (0) 1625 264 686

Capacity - 6,355 (2,599 Seated)

Formed - 1874

Nickname(s) - The Silkmen

Club Colours - All Blue

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference Cup Winners - 1994
FA Trophy Winners - 1970, 1996
Football Conference Winners - 1994-95, 1996-97

Macclesfield Town F.C. was formed in 1874, when the local Rugby Football club decided to adopt Association Football rules. They played under a variety of names between 1874 and 1940, including Macclesfield F.C., Hallifield F.C. and Macclesfield Football and Athletic Club. Macclesfield Town F.C. Ltd was formed when football resumed after World War II, and the team joined the Cheshire League. They won the Cheshire League title several times in the 1950's. In 1968 they reached the FA Cup third round for the first time, facing First Division Fulham at Craven Cottage. They lost 4-2, but the Macclesfield goalkeeper, Keith Goalen, became the first non league player ever to be named Player of the Month by the Evening Standard. In the same year Macclesfield were founder members of the Northern Premier League, which they won for the first two years in a row.
Manchester City Football Club Etihad Stadium
Ashton New Road
M11 3FF

Telephone +44 (0) 161 444 1894

Capacity - 47,800

Formed - 1880

Nickname(s) - City, The Sky Blues, The Citizens

Club Colours - All Sky Blue-Dark Blue Trim

Current League - Premiership

Charity Shield Winners - 1937, 1968, 1972
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1970
Division 1 Winners - 1936-37, 1967-68, 2001-2 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1898-99,1902-3, 1909-10, 1927-28, 1946-47, 1965-66
FA Community Shield Winners - 2012
FA Cup Winners - 1904, 1934, 1956, 1969, 2011
League Cup Winners - 1970, 1976, 2014
Premier League Winners - 2011-12, 2013-14

Manchester City F.C. was formed in 1880 as St Marks (West Gorton), in the Gorton district of Manchester. They moved to Hyde Road in nearby Ardwick in 1887, changing their name to Ardwick F.C. After experiencing financial difficulties in the 1893-94 campaign the team was renamed Manchester City F.C. They joined the Football League as founder members of the Second Division in 1892, and gained promotion to the First Division in 1899.

Their most successful time was the late 60`s and early 70`s under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison, when they won the League Championship, FA Cup and League Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup, After losing in the 1981 FA Cup Final they started a decline that would take them to the third tier of English football for the only time in their history in 1998, Having gained Premier League status again the club was purchased by Abi Dhabi business men in 2008 and has become one of the wealthiest club`s in the world.
Manchester United Football Club Old Trafford
Sir Matt Busby Way
M16 0RA

Telephone +44 (0) 161 868 8000

Capacity - 75,731

Formed - 1878

Nickname(s) - The Red Devils

Club Colours - Red Shirts, White Shorts, Red & Black Socks

Current League - Premiership

Champions League Winners - 2008
Charity Shield Winners - 1908, 1911, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1965 (Shared), 1967 (Shared),1977 (Shared),1983, 1990 (Shared), 1993, 1994, 1996,1997
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - !991
Division 1 Winners - 1907-8, 1910-11, 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, 1966-67
Division 2 Winners - 1935-36, 1974-75
FA Cup Winners - 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
European Cup Winners - 1968, 1999
European Super Cup Winners - 1991
FA Community Shield Winners - 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
FIFA Club World Cup Winners - 2008
Intercontinental Cup Winners - 1999
League Cup Winners - 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
Premier League Winners - 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-1, 2002-3, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2010-11, 2012-13

Manchester United F.C.were formed as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) F.C., the works team of the local depot of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The team played on a small field in North Road before moving to Bank Street in 1893. A year earlier the team had entered the Football League, leading it to gradually sever its ties with the railway and become an independent company. Unfortunately, this almost led to the club going bankrupt, with the ground being closed by bailiffs at one point. The club was saved by a sizeable investment from J H Davies, the managing director of Manchester Breweries. The club then looked for a new name. The suggestion of Manchester United came from Louis Rocca, a young Italian immigrant. The team won its first League title in 1908 and its first FA Cup in 1909.
The 1958 Munich air disaster claimed the lives of Eight players, In 1968,under Matt Busby they were the first English team to win the European Cup. Alex Ferguson then won 28 major trophies, 38 in all from 1986 to 2013, when he announced his retirement after 26 years at the club, David Moyes had a disastrous 10 months as Manchester Uniteds new manager before being sacked and replaced by Louis Van Gaal.  Manchester United are often referred to as Man United, Man Utd or just Man U.
Mansfield Town Football Club One Call Stadium
Quarry Lane
NG18 5DA

Telephone - +44 (0) 1623 482 482

Capacity - 9,186

Formed - 1897

Nickname(s) - The Stags

Club Colours - Amber Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & Amber Socks

Current League - League 2

Conference Premier Winners - 2012-13
Division 3 Winners - 1976-77
Division 4 Winners - 1974-75
Football League Trophy Winners - 1986-87

Formed as Mansfield Wesleyans they renamed to Mansfield Wesley in 1906, before settling on Mansfield Town in 1910, Thier field Mill ground was renovated in 2001 after a decision not to move to a purpose built stadium, Previous club owner and landlord Harry Haslam had issues which came to a head when the club were locked out of their ground in 2010, these issues finally being resolved, but the club still thinking of moving and groundsharing with a local club to try and get back into the football league.
After long negotiations chairman John Radford purchased Field Mill from Harry Haslam in 2012, they immediately won the conference title, the ground has been renamed for sponsorship reasons the One Call Stadium.
Middlesbrough Football Club Riverside Stadium
Middlehaven Way

Telephone +44 (0) 844 499 6789

Capacity - 35,100

Formed - 1876

Nickname(s) - The Boro, The Smoggies

Club Colours - Red Shirts-White Sash, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Championship

Division 1 Winners - 1994-95 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1926-27, 1928-29, 1973-74
League Cup Winners - 2004

Middlesbrough was like many of the older football clubs, it was started by members of the local cricket club as a means of staying in shape during the winter. The club was elected to the Football League in 1899, their first ever win in the league being recorded against Grimsby Town. The club began its life playing at Linthorpe Road, before moving to Ayresome Park in 1903. They stayed at Ayresome Park for 92 years before moving to the Riverside Stadium, which holds 35,100. The club had financial difficulties in the 1980's, coming within ten minutes of failing to raise the necessary fee for the league registration in the 1986-87 season. They were saved by a consortium organised by board member Steve Gibson and the official company name changed to Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Club (1986) Ltd.
Millwall Football Club The New Den
Zampa Road
SE16 3LN

Telephone +44 (0) 207 232 1222

Capacity - 20,146

Formed - 1885

Nickname(s) - The Lions

Club Colours - Dark Blue Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - Championship

Division 2 Winners - 1987-88
Division 2 Winners - 2000-1 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1927-28, 1937-38
Division 3 South Cup Winners - 1937 (Shared)
Division 4 Winners - 1961-62

Millwall Rovers, as they were then called, were formed by the workers of J T Morton, a cannery and food processing plant on The Isle of Dogs. Originally a Scottish company, it attracted many of its workers from the East Coast of Scotland. The majority of the club's founding members were Scottish. Enjoying a great deal of success in the East London Senior Cup, they joined the Southern League as founder members in 1894; indeed the club was the main driving force behind the formation of the league. By this time known as Millwall Athletic, they were champions for each of the first two seasons of the new league. In 1903 they earned the nickname 'The Lions' for a heroic FA Cup run where they reached the semi-final. They joined the Football League in 1920 with the creation of the Third Division.
Milton Keynes Dons Football Club Stadium MK
Stadium Way
Grafton Street V6
Milton Keynes
Telephone - +44 (0) 1908 622 922

Capacity - 30,500

Formed - 2004

Nickname(s) - The Dons

Club Colours - All White-Red Trim

Current League - League 1

Football League Trophy Winners - 2008
League 2 Winners - 2007-8

Milton Keynes Dons were registered in 2004 nine months after Wimbledon FC`s relocation in 2003, in law classed as the same business, they took Wimbledon`s place in League 1 for the 2004-5 season, and initially taking their history dating back to 1889, This was later abandoned in 2006 after protests by many supporters groups and the Football Supporters Federation.
Wimbledon FC`s trophies and patrimony was transferred to Merton Council in South London in 2007, by which time MK Dons had been relegated to League 2.  Under new manager Paul Ince they won League 2 in 2007-8 and also the Football League Trophy in the same year.
Morecambe Football Club Globe Arena
Christie Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1524 411 797

Capacity - 6,476 (2,247 Seated)

Formed - 1920

Nickname(s) - The Shrimps

Club Colours - Red Shirts-Black Trim, White Shorts, Red-Black Socks

Current League - League 2

Conference Cup Winners - 1978
FA Trophy Winners - 1974

There were a number of attempts to start up football in Morecambe at the beginning of the 1900s, all failing in what was strong Rugby territory. Finally in 1920 Morecambe F.C. was formed following a meeting at the West View Hotel and the team joined the Lancashire Combination League for 1920-21. The early years proved to be a struggle for survival, however, with poor results and low revenue. The club enjoyed a visit to the third round of the FA Cup in 1961-62 and in 1974 they beat Dartford in the final of the FA Trophy. Another barren period followed until the mid-1980s. This was the start of a period of steady improvement which saw them eventually find their way into the Conference. After their promotion to the Conference in 1995-96, Morecambe established themselves as one of the leading Conference clubs, finishing near the top on many occasions and having a few unsuccessful play-off appearances. In 2007, however, Morecambe went one better, seeing off York City in the play-off semi final to set up a Wembley appearance against Exeter City. They won 2-1 in front of 40,000 spectators to gain entrance to the Football League for the first time in the club's history.
Newcastle United Football Club St. James' Park
Barrack Road

Telephone +44 (0) 844 372 1892

Capacity - 52,405

Formed - 1892

Nickname(s) - The Magpies, The Toon, Geordies

Club Colours - Black & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts & Socks

Current League - Premiership

Championship Winners - 2009-10
Charity Shield Winners - 1909
Division 1 Winners - 1904-5, 1906-7, 1908-9, 1926-27
Division 1 Winners - 1992-93 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1964-65
FA Cup Winners - 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - Winners - 1969
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2006

Newcastle United Football club was formed from the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. The two clubs that formed the merger had both been originally formed from local cricket teams. Since their formation, Newcastle United has always played at St James Park. Newcastle United have enjoyed fanatical support through good times and bad. After some initially worrying times with financial difficulties and low attendances, the Geordie team developed into one of the most successful English teams in the Edwardian Era, with five FA Cup appearances (but only one win) prior to the start of World War 1.

The official nickname for the Newcastle United football club, is "The Magpies", but sometimes, unofficially, as "The Toon", or the Toon Army".
Newport County AFC Rodney Parade
Grafton Road
South Wales
NP19 0UU

Telephone - +44 (0) 1633 670 690

Capacity - 7,850

Formed - 1912

Nickname(s) - The Exiles, The Ironsides

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts-Black Trim, Black Shorts, Yellow-Black Socks

Current League - League 2

Conference South Winners -2009-10
Division 3 South Winners - 1938-39

Starting life in the Southern League as Newport & Monmouth County Association Football Club, The Shorter Newport County was adopted and the club reformed in 1919, and were elected into the football league in 1920.
They have an unwanted joint football league record of losing 13-0 to Newcastle Utd in 1946-47 season, and in 1970-71 season another record of going 25 matches at the start of the season without winning, (losing 21).
They finished bottom of Division 4 in 1988 ending a 60 year stay in the football league, next season failing to finish their matches in the Conference they went out of business in February 1989 with debts of 330,000 and were expelled from the league for failing to fulfill their fixtures.
In June 1989 the club was reformed by 400 supporters, they took on the name Newport AFC and adopted the nickname The Exiles as a result of needing to play home matches in Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire nearly 80 miles from home, after Newport council refused to accept them as a new company, they took legal action and won they finally moved back to Newport in the 1994-95 season, promotion to the Southern League Premier Division followed,
1999 saw them revert back to the name of Newport County AFC, In 2012 they announced they were moving to the cities rugby club stadium Rodney Parade, 2012-13 season saw them reach the play-off final at Wembley against Wrexham where they won 2-0 to return to the football league after a 25 year absence.
Northampton Town Football Club Sixfields Stadium
Upton Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1604 683 700

Capacity - 7,653

Formed - 1897

Nickname(s) - The Cobblers

Club Colours - All Deep Red-White Trim

Current League - League 2

Division 3 Winners - 1962-63
Division 4 Winners - 1986-87

Northampton Town F.C. was originally formed by teachers from the town. The local schoolboy football scene was strong, largely due to the enthusiasm of the teachers for the game. They wanted to be able to demonstrate practical examples to their students and decided that forming a team would enable them to do this. So in 1897 Northampton's first professional football team was formed after a meeting with a local solicitor. Northampton Town football club enjoyed success in the early years and joined the Southern League in 1901. In 1902 they made the headlines when they beat Portsmouth F.C. 1-0 at Fratton Park. This was the first time in 66 attempts that any team had managed victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park! Northampton Town FC won the Southern League championship in 1908-09. They joined the Football League in 1920.

The official nickname for the Northampton football club, is "The Cobblers", due to local links to the shoe making industry.
Norwich City Football Club Carrow Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1603 760 760

Capacity - 27,244

Formed - 1902

Nickname(s) - The Canaries

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts-Green Trim, Green Shorts, Yellow-Green Socks

Current League - Championship

Division 1 Winners - 2003-4 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1971-72, 1985-86
Division 3 Winners - 1933-34
League 1 Winners - 2009-10
League Cup Winners - 1962, 1985

Norwich City was formed at a meeting in the Criterion Cafe in Norwich in 1902. In 1905 the FA deemed the club professional and ousted them from the amateur leagues. They were admitted to the Southern League later that year. The club then faced some tough years financially, being voluntarily wound up in 1917 and reformed in 1919. By this time the club nickname had become 'The Canaries' (canary breeding being a popular local pastime) and the team was wearing yellow and green. The club joined the Football League Third Division in 1920.

The official nickname for Norwich City football club, is "The Canaries", this was initially due to popularity of canary breeding in Norfolk, later home strips are the same colour as the bird, and is now used in the club's logo.
Nottingham Forest Football Club City Ground
Trentside North

Telephone +44 (0) 115 982 4444

Capacity - 30,576

Formed - 1865

Nickname(s) - The Reds, Forest, The Tricky Trees

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks-White Trim, White Shorts

Current League - Championship

Charity Shield Winners - 1978
Division 1 Winners - 1977-78, 1997-98 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1906-7, 1921-22
Division 3 Winners - 1950-1
European Cup Winners - 1979, 1980
European Super Cup Winners - 1979
FA Cup Winners - 1898, 1959
League Cup Winners - 1978, 1979, 1989, 1990

Nottingham Forest F.C. also known as Notts Forest, was formed in 1865, making them one of the oldest surviving professional football clubs in the world. They were formed shortly after their neighbours Notts County, who are the oldest professional football club still in existence. Unlike many older football clubs, the team was not formed by cricket players but by players of a Scottish game known as shinty, which bears some resemblance to the Irish game of hurling. After winning the rival Football Alliance in 1892, Nottingham Forest was elected to the Football League. They distinguished themselves early on, reaching the 1898 FA Cup final and defeating Derby County 3-1, all the more remarkable as Derby had beaten them 5-1 in a league match the week before

The nickname for Nottingham Forest is usually The Tricky Trees, but nicknames of Forest and The Reds, have also been used as nicknames for Nottingham Forest FC.
Notts County Football Club Meadow Lane

Telephone +44 (0) 115 952 9000

Capacity - 20,229

Formed - 1862

Nickname(s) - The Magpies

Club Colours - Black & White Stripe Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Division 2 Winners - 1896-97, 1913-14, 1922-23
Division 3 Winners - 1997-98 (4th Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1930-1, 1949-50
Division 4 Winners - 1970-1
FA Cup Winners - 1894
League 2 Winners - 2009-10

Notts County F.C. is known as 'the oldest Football League club in the world', due to its original formation in 1862. It is probable that the rules used back then were rather different from those we know today, especially as the newspaper report from 1862 which tells of the clubs first game mentions the team scoring goals and 'rouges'. Notts County were founder members of the Football League in 1888 and achieved their highest ever league finish in 1890-91 with third place, a feat they repeated a decade later. In 1891 they also reached the FA Cup final, losing on that occasion to Blackburn Rovers. They returned in 1894, however, and this time beat Bolton Wanderers 4-1 to win the trophy.
Nuneaton Town Football Club Sperrin Brewery Stadium
Liberty Way
CV11 6RR

Telephone - +44 (0) 247 638 5738

Capacity - 4,500 (514 Seated)

Formed - 1889

Nickname(s) - The Boro

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Southern League Premier Winners - 1998-99

Originally starting life as Nuneaton St. Nicholas the team was formed by members of a parish church, changing to Nuneaton Town in 1894, In 1937 after the demise of Nuneaton Town a group of local gentlemen formed Nuneaton Borough and were known as "The Boro", playing their home matches at Manor Park until 2007, were the owner Ted Stocker planned to sell the club suffering ill health, in 2008 local businessman Ian Neale planned to take ownership of the club on a temporary basis but took 100% charge, he found financial irregularities and on 2nd June 2008 the club went into liquidation.
2008 saw the start of Nuneaton Town FC the new directors soon found that they had inherited big debts despite the sale of the Manor Park ground, they were demoted 2 divisions from the Conference North to Southern League Division 1, 2011-12 season saw them return to the Conference Premier for the first time in 10 years
Oldham Athletic Football Club Boundary Park
Furtherwood Road

Telephone +44 (0) 161 624 3972

Capacity - 13,000

Formed - 1895

Nickname(s) - The Latics

Club Colours - Blue Shirts & Socks, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Division 2 Winners - 1990-1
Division 3 Winners - 1973-74
Division 3 North Winners - 1952-53

Oldham Athletic F.C. was formed under the name Pine Villa F.C, changing to the current name and turning professional in 1899. They joined the Football League Second Division in 1907. They finished third, having been unbeaten at home in their first season in the league. The following year they went one better and were promoted to the First Division. They continued to be competitive at this level and often finished high up the table, including ending as runners-up just prior to World War I. They also reached the FA Cup semi final in 1913. The team never really recovered from the break for the war and in 1923 they were relegated from Division One. Things did not improve for Oldham after this with the team finally slipping as far as Division Four. In 1969-70 Jimmy Frizzel took over as player manager and the club almost instantly began to revive.
Oxford United Football Club Kassam Stadium
Grenoble Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1865 337 500

Capacity - 12,500

Formed - 1893

Nickname(s) - The U`s

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts-Blue Trim, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 2 Winners - 1984-85
Division 3 Winners - 1967-68, 1983-84
League Cup Winners - 1986

Formed as Headington they added United in 1911 after merging with Headington Quarry, in 1950 they became the first professional club in Britain to install floodlights, they renamed to Oxford United in 1960.
Two years later they won the Southern League and were elected into Division 4 of the football league after Accrington Stanley were removed due to bankruptcy, 1964 saw them become the first 4th Division team to reach the 6th round of the FA Cup, Their finest hour came when they beat QPR (Queens Park Rangers) in the 1986 League Cup Final 3-0.  They moved to a new stadium in 2001 built with only 3 stands with expansion planned for a 4th stand in the future
Peterborough United Football Club London Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1733 563 947

Capacity - 15,000

Formed - 1934

Nickname(s) - The Posh

Club Colours - Blue & White Shirts & Socks, Blue Shorts

Current League - League 1

Division 4 Winners - 1960-1, 1973-74
FA Trophy Winners - 2013-14

Peterborough United F.C. nicknamed 'The Posh'. Their main rivals are Northampton Town and Cambridge United, according to whether you are an older or younger fan (respectively). Their home ground is the London Road Stadium which holds 15,000 fans. The club was formed relatively recently compared to many Football League Clubs, being formed in 1934. The decision was made to start a new professional club to fill the void left by the collapse of Peterborough and Fletton United two years earlier. The team played its early football in the Midland League. They almost didn't get into the league after it was found that the delegation from Peterborough did not have the required entry fee and 20 deposit. In the end Grantham Town loaned the team enough money to pay the fees and the problem was solved. In 1960 Peterborough finally managed their dream of Football League status (which meant the return of the original 20 deposit from the Midland League!), replacing Gateshead.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club Home Park
Outland Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1752 562 561

Capacity - 16,388

Formed - 1886

Nickname(s) - The Pilgrims

Club Colours - Green & White Stripe Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 2 Winners - 2003-4 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1929-30, 1951-52
Division 3 Winners - 1958-59, 2001-2 (4th Tier)

Plymouth Argyle F.C. was formed as Argyle Football Club. The name is connected with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, an army regiment who were once stationed in Plymouth and whose football team had impressed the founding members of the club. The team is nicknamed 'The Pilgrims' in connection with the English Separatists that left from Plymouth for Massachusetts. The club badge includes The Mayflower, the ship which carried the pilgrims to Massachusetts. On joining the Southern League in 1903, the club changed its name to Plymouth Argyle F.C. In 1920 they joined the Football League Division Three in its inaugural year, Best finishes in Cup competitions FA Cup Semi-finalists once 1984 And League Cup Semi-finalists Twice 1965 & 1974.
Port Vale Football Club Vale Park
Hamil Road

Telephone +44 (0) 871 221 1876

Capacity - 19,050

Formed - 1876

Nickname(s) - The Valiants, The Vale

Club Colours - White Shirts-Amber Trim, Black Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 1

Division 3 North Winners - 1929-30, 1953-54
Division 4 Winners - 1958-59
FA Trophy Winners - 1993, 2001

Port Vale F.C. took its name from Port Vale House, the venue of its inaugural meeting in 1876. The team moved to nearby Burslem in 1884 and became Burslem Port Vale. They spent a few years in the Midland league before joining the Football League Division Two in 1892 as founder members. They struggled in the football league and after a roller coaster ride of relegation and re-election they almost went out of existence due to financial troubles in 1907 and resigned from the league. After many years in the Central League they returned to the Football League in 1919 to finish the fixtures left over by the expulsion of Leeds City. By this time they had dropped the Burslem prefix and were just Port Vale. In 1931 the team achieved its highest ever league position, 5th place in the Second Division. The club have a very famous fan in Robbie Williams, now a major shareholder in the club, having bought over 95% of the available shares in the club. He provided an original theme song for the video game FIFA 2000 'Its only us', on the provision that Port Vale was included as a team in the game.
Portsmouth Football Club Fratton Park
Frogmore Road

Telephone +44 (0) 239 273 1204

Capacity - 20,688

Formed - 1898

Nickname(s) - Pompey

Club Colours - Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - League 2

Charity Shield Winners - 1949
Division 1 Winners - 1948-49, 1949-50, 2002-3 (2nd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 1923-24, 1961-62, 1982-83
FA Cup Winners - 1939, 2008

Portsmouth Football Club was formed in 1898 with local brewery owner John Brickwood as Chairman. The club joined the Southern League in 1899. Their first match was played at Chatham Town, which they won 1-0. The following match was against Southampton, who became the team's local rivals. The match was the debut of Fratton Park, which has been the club's home ever since. The team's first title in the Southern League came in 1901-02.

Their Golden Jubilee year of 1948-49 saw Pompey win Division 1 easily, they won the title again the following season with a 5-1 win against Aston Villa on the final day, which meant they became only the 5th English club since WW2 to win back to back titles.
Preston North End Football Club Deepdale
Sir Tom Finney Way

Telephone +44 (0) 844 856 1966

Capacity - 23,400

Formed - 1863

Nickname(s) - The Lilywhites

Club Colours - White Shirts, Blue Shorts, White & Blue Socks

Current League - League 1

Division 1 Winners - 1888-89, 1989-90
Division 2 Winners - 1903-4, 1912-13, 1950-1, 1999-2000 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 1970-1, 1995-96 (4th Tier)
FA Cup Winners - 1889, 1938
Football League War Cup Winners - 1941

Originally formed as a Cricket Club, Preston North End played its first Association Football match in 1878. The club was guided by Major William Sudell, who had a clear vision of how to make the club successful. He imported players from other areas, mostly Scotland. They were paid match fees and given high-paid jobs outside of Football. This led to accusations of professionalism and in 1884 Preston was expelled from the FA Cup. In 1885, however, a revolt by northern clubs forced the league to accept professionalism.  In 1988-89 they became the first league champions and winners of the double to become the only team to go through an entire season undefeated in league and FA Cup and not conceding a goal in the FA Cup. They won the league the next season but have never won it since.  Preston`s most famous player was Sir Tom Finney scoring 187 goals in 433 appearances and 30 goals for England.
Queens Park Rangers Football Club Loftus Road Stadium
South Africa Road
Shepherds Bush
W12 7PJ

Telephone +44 (0) 208 743 0262

Capacity - 18,490

Formed - 1882

Nickname(s) - The Hoops, The R`s

Club Colours - Blue & White Hoop Shirts, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - Premiership

Championship Winners - 2010-11
Division 2 Winners - 1982-83
Division 3 Winners - 1947-48, 1966-67
League Cup Winners - 1967

Queens Park Rangers F.C. was formed, following the merger of two clubs, St. Jude's and Christchurch Rangers. The team was the most nomadic in the history of English Football, playing home games in 20 different grounds before settling at Loftus Road in 1917. The team achieved several successes in the early years, winning the West London Observer cup three times in the 1890's and the London Cup once. Spurred on by their success the team turned professional in 1898 and joined the Southern League, finally winning the championship in 1907-08. They expected election to the Football League, but eighth place Tottenham were elected instead. In 1920 they joined the newly formed Football League Third Division.
Reading Football Club Madejski Stadium

Telephone +44 1189 681 100

Capacity - 24,160

Formed - 1871

Nickname(s) - The Royals

Club Colours - Blue Shirts With Thin White Hoops, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Championship

Championship Winners - 2005-6, 2011-12
Division 2 Winners - 1993-94 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 South Winners - 1925-26
Division 3 Winners - 1985-86
Division 4 Winners - 1978-79

Originally nicknamed "The Biscuitmen" after the town's main trade, Reading was originally formed in 1871 but did not turn professional until 1895. They were founder members of the Southern League in 1894. The connection with biscuits also led to the unofficial fanzine to be named 'Hob Nob Anyone?' The club nickname changed to the Royals when the local biscuit factory closed down in the 1970's. In 1913 the team went on a tour of Italy. The club played a five match tour in which they only lost one game and that narrowly. They beat the full Italian national side 2-0. Reading joined the football league in 1920 in Division Three, where they have spent the majority of their history.

The official nickname for the Reading football club, is, "The Royals", because Reading is in the Royal County of Berkshire.
Rochdale Football Club Spotland
Sandy Lane
OL11 5DR

Telephone +44 (0) 1706 644 648

Capacity - 10,250

Formed - 1907

Nickname(s) - The Dale

Club Colours - All Blue-Black Trim

Current League - League 1

Rochdale F.C. joined the Manchester League for one year before becoming members of the Lancashire Combination in 1908. The team tried on a few occasions to join the Football League but was unsuccessful until 1921 when they were invited to join the Football League Third Division (North). The first Football League game in the club's history was a 6-3 victory against Accrington Stanley on August 27th 1921. Unfortunately, the rest of the season did not go as well, with the team finishing bottom and having to apply for re-election. In 1962, Rochdale became the first team in the bottom division of the Football League to reach a major cup final when they got to the final of the League Cup. Unfortunately they could not finish the job and were beaten by Norwich for the trophy. Since 1974 the team has been in the bottom division of the Football League, making it the longest spell in the lowest division for any club in Football League history. Rochdale F.C. plays its home games at Spotland, The team normally wears blue as its home strip but swapped back to black and white stripes for its centenary season in 2007-08.
Rotherham United Football Club The New York Stadium
New York Way
South Yorkshire
S60 1AH

Telephone +44 (0) 844 414 0733

Capacity - 12,021

Formed - 1925

Nickname(s) - The Millers

Club Colours - Red Shirts-White Sleeves, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Championship

Division 3 North Winners - 1950-1
Division 3 Winners - 1980-1
Division 4 Winners - 1988-89
FA Trophy Winners - 1996

Rotherham United F.C. was formed as a merger of Rotherham Town and Rotherham County in 1925. Rotherham Town formed in 1870 as just Rotherham; Rotherham County formed in 1877 under the name Thornhill. The two teams had vied for the title as Rotherham's top team prior to the merger, taking in turns to claim the top dog spot. At the time of the merger, Rotherham County had made it into the Football League but were struggling to hang on to their league status. Things did not really improve for the club, however, until after World War II. Rotherham United found its way back into the Football League Division Two after winning the Division Three (North) championship in 1951. The team achieved its best ever Football League finish in 1955, third place in the second tier.
Scunthorpe United Football Club Glanford Park
Doncaster Road
South Humberside
DN15 8TD

Telephone +44 (0) 871 221 1899

Capacity - 9,088

Formed - 1899

Nickname(s) - The Iron

Club Colours - All Claret - Blue Shirt Sleeves

Current League - League 1

Division 3 North Winners - 1957-58
League 1 Winners - 2006-7
League 2 Winners - 2004-5, 2013-14

Scunthorpe United F.C. has existed under various names, including Scunthorpe and Lindsey United, since 1899. The club is nicknamed 'The Iron' due to the fact that iron and (later on) steel are the mainstay industries of the town of Scunthorpe. Despite having existed since 1899, the club did not join the Football League until 1950. The club has played in the lower two divisions for most of its time in the Football League, reaching the second tier between 1958 and 1964. Following relegation in 1964, the club has had to wait until 2007 to finally return to the former Second Division, now called The Championship. The club played at The Old Showground until 1988 when new fire regulations forced them to become the first club in the modern era to move to a new purpose built stadium. The new stadium Glanford Park, was officially opened on August 14th 1988.
Sheffield United Football Club Bramall Lane
South Yorkshire
S2 4SU

Telephone +44 (0) 114 221 5757

Capacity - 32,700

Formed - 1889

Nickname(s) - The Blades

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks

Current League - League 1

Division 1 Winners - 1897-98
Division 2 Winners - 1952-53
Division 4 Winners - 1981-82
FA Cup Winners - 1899, 1902, 1915, 1925

Like many of the older clubs in the Football League, Sheffield United football club was formed by a local cricket club as a way of keeping the team together during the winter months and helping the players stay fit.
Sheffield United football club was one of the most successful teams in the early years of the Football League. 'The Blades', as they are known, captured the Football League title in 1897-98 and finished runners-up in 1896-97 and 1899-00.
The official nickname for Sheffield United football club, is "The Blades". Referring to Sheffield United's local links with steel and cutlery.

The club has played it's home games at Bramall Lane since their formation, They were promoted to the Premier Division in 2006, but were relegated in 2007 and dropped to the third tier in 2011
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Hillsborough Stadium
Leppings Lane
S6 1SW

Tel: +44 (0) 871 995 1867

Capacity - 39,730

Formed - 1867

Nickname(s) - The Owls

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Cocks

Current League - Championship

Charity Shield Winners - 1935
Division 1 Winners - 1902-3, 1903-4, 1928-29, 1929-30
Division 2 Winners - 1899-1900, 1925-26, 1951-52, 1955-56, 1958-59
FA Cup Winners - 1896, 1907, 1935
League Cup Winners - 1991

The club was initially a cricket club named The Wednesday Cricket Club after the day of the week on which they played their matches. The footballing side of the club was established to keep the team together and fit during the winter months.

Sheffield Wednesday FC is one of the oldest professional football clubs in the world and the fifth oldest in the English league. The Wednesday, as they were named until 1929, were founding members of The Football Alliance in 1889, and its first champions that inaugural season. The Wednesday joined The Football League three years later when the leagues merged. Sheffield Wednesday were also one of the founding members of The Premier League in 1992. Their main rivals are Sheffield United, the two clubs have contested the Steel City derby on a regular basis for some 100 years. Barnsley, Leeds United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Doncaster Rovers are also rivals.
The Owls have spent the majority of their history in the top flight of English football since joining the Football League in 1892. They have won four League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup, but their League Cup triumph in 1991 is their only major trophy since 1935. They did reach both domestic cup finals in 1993, but lost 2-1 to Arsenal at Wembley on both occasions.

The club was formerly known as "The Wednesday Football Club" until 1929, when the club was officially renamed "Sheffield Wednesday Football Club" under the stewardship of manager Robert Brown. The club is sometimes still referred to as simply 'The Wednesday'. However the name Sheffield Wednesday dates back as far as 1883: the former ground at Olive Grove had the name Sheffield Wednesday painted on the stand roof.

Sheffield Wednesday's original nickname was "The Blades", a common name for Sheffield clubs during the 19th century due to the city's links to the cutlery industry and now the nickname of their long-term local rivals Sheffield United. At the start of the 20th century, when a player presented them with an owl mascot to honour their stadium at Owlerton, adjacent to Hillsborough, the club became known as "The Owls".
Shrewsbury Town Football Club New Meadow
Oteley Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1743 289 177

Capacity - 9,875

Formed - 1886

Nickname(s) - The Shrews, Salop, The Blues

Club Colours - All Blue - Yellow Hoop Shirt

Current League - League 2

Division 3 Winners - 1978-79, 1993-94 (4th Tier)

Shrewsbury Town F.C. was formed through not directly, the demise of the Castle Blues a successful local team. Castle Blues were known for their success on the field but had something of a rough reputation, known for violence both on and off the field. This led to the demise of the Blues and paved the way for the new club, hoping to emulate the success without the negative points. The team played in the Shropshire and District League before joining the Birmingham League. In the late thirties the team took the step up to the more competitive Midland League winning the Midland League title on two occasions and joining the Football League Third Division (North) in 1950. It took the team until the late 1970s to progress to the second tier. Manager Graham Turner took the team to the Third Division Championship and promotion to the Second Division in his first season in charge in 1978-79. This was followed by a successful FA Cup run two years later, when Shrewsbury reached the quarter finals. Since then fortunes have waned, and the team even spent 2003-04 season out of the Football League, in the Conference. The club recently moved from its traditional home 'Gay Meadow' to its new stadium 'New Meadow'.
Southampton Football Club St. Mary's Stadium
Britannia Road
SO14 5FP

Telephone +44 (0) 845 688 9448

Capacity - 32,590

Formed - 1885

Nickname(s) - The Saints

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Premiership

Division 3 South Winners - 1921-22
Division 3 Winners - 1959-60
FA Cup Winners - 1976
FA Trophy Winners - 2010

Southampton F.C. began life in 1885 as St Mary's Young Men's Association F.C. In 1887 this was shortened to St Mary's F.C. and then became Southampton St Mary's F.C. when the team joined the Southern League in 1894. In 1897, after wining their first Southern League Championship, they changed to Southampton F.C. The team played many of its early matches on The Common, meaning that they were sometimes interrupted by pedestrians. The team moved to the newly built stadium 'The Dell' in 1898, where they stayed for 103 years. The new all seat St Mary's stadium became their new home in 2001. Southampton enjoyed great success in the Southern League before being elected to the Football League Division Three in 1920.

The official nickname for Southampton football club is 'The Saints", due to them being originally called Southampton St Marys.
Southend United Football Club Roots Hall
Victoria Avenue

Telephone +44 (0) 1702 304 050

Capacity - 12,390

Formed - 1906

Nickname(s) - The Shrimpers, The Seasiders

Club Colours - White Shirts-Blue Trim, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 4 Winners - 1980-1
League 1 Winners - 2005-6

Southend United F.C. were formed at a meeting convened by the Landlord of the Blue Boar, a local Pub. They joined the Southern League Second Division, winning the division championship in 1908 and promotion to the Southern League First Division. In 1920 Southend United joined the Football League Third Division as founder members. They remained in the Third Division (or during regionalisation Third Division South) for 46 years until they were relegated to Division Four in 1966. For over 20 years the Southend fans had to endure the ups and downs of promotion and relegation. At one point the clubs very existence was threatened, both on and off the field. In 1991, however, the team achieved promotion to the second tier of the Football League for the first time in its history.
Southport Football Club Merseyrail Community Stadium
Haig Avenue

Telephone - +44 (0) 1704 533 422

Capacity - 6,008 (1,884 Seated)

Formed - 1881

Nickname(s) - The Sandgrounders

Club Colours - Yellow & Black Stripe Shirts, Yellow Shorts & Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference North Winners - 2004-5, 2009-10
Division 3 North Cup Winners - 1938
Division 4 Winners - 1972-73

Starting life as Southport Rugby team, suffering many big defeats they switched to playing association football, They joined the football league in 1921.
In 1978 the club was voted out of the football league following 3 consecutive 23rd placed finishes in Division 4, they were replaced by Wigan Athletic, Southport were the last club to be voted out by the re-election process, Automatic relegation from Division 4 was introduced in the 1986-87 season.
In 1998 the club had it`s first trip to Wembley, where they lost 1-0 to Cheltenham Town in the final of the FA Trophy.
They were relegated to the Northern Premier League in 2003, and became founder members of the Conference North in 2004-5, they won the league that year to gain promotion to the newly renamed Conference National League the 5th tier of the football league.
Stockport County Football Club Edgeley Park
Hardcastle Road

Telephone +44 (0) 161 286 8888

Capacity - 10,841

Formed - 1883

Nickname(s) - The Hatters

Club Colours - Blue Shirts-White Trim, White Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - Conference North

Division 3 North Winners - 1921-22, 1936-37
Division 3 North Cup Winners - 1937
Division 4 Winners - 1966-67

Stockport County F.C. was originally formed as Heaton Norris Rovers F.C., who merged shortly after formation with Heaton Norris F.C. In May 1890 the club changed the name to Stockport County F.C. to reflect the fact that Stockport had become a County Borough. Stockport played in The Combination and the Lancashire League, before joining the Football League in 1900 after winning the Lancashire League championship. They have competed in the football league continuously from 1905 until 2011, spending 5 seasons in the top flight.

Stockport were relegated to the Conference North Division at the end of the 2012-13 season 11 years after competing in Division 2, therefore becoming the first team to drop from that division to the 6th tier.
Stoke City Football Club Britannia Stadium
Stanley Matthews Way

Telephone +44 (0) 1782 367 598

Capacity - 28,380

Formed - 1863

Nickname(s) - The Potters

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Premiership

Division 2 Winners - 1932-33, 1962-63, 1992-93
Division 3 North Winners - 1926-27
Football League Trophy Winners - 1992, 2000
League Cup Winners - 1972

Stoke City F.C. are believed to be the second oldest Football League club. They were formed as Stoke Ramblers by apprentices at the North Staffordshire Railway Works, although there is no record of any matches by the team until 1868. Stoke achieved early success when in 1877 the Staffordshire FA was formed and the County Cup created. Stoke won the trophy in its first two years, in one tie recording the clubs record win of 26-0 over Mow Cop. In 1878 the team merged with Stoke Victoria Cricket Club and moved to what became known as the Victoria Ground. The club changed it`s name to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted City status,
Stoke City supporters have adopted the song Delilah by Tom Jones as their anthem.

The official nickname for the Stoke City football club, is "The Potters", because of the local links to the pottery industry in Stoke.
Stevenage Football Club Broadhall Way
Monkswood Lane

Telephone - +44 (0) 1483 223 223

Capacity - 6,920 (3,412 Seated)

Formed - 1894

Nickname(s) - The Boro

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Current League - League 2

Conference National Winners - 1995-96
Conference Premier Winners - 2009-10
FA Trophy Winners - 2007, 2009

Starting out as Stevenage Town FC until 1968, when Stevenage Athletic were formed until they went bankrupt in 1976 and Stevenage Borough were formed, and joined the United Counties League, instantly winning the league and league cup in their first year of formation, Three promotions in four seasons in the early 1990`s got them to the Conference National in 1994, They won the Conference title in 1995-96 but were denied promotion because their ground facilities did not come up to football league standards,
They finally secured football league status by winning the title again in 2009-10 and dropped the word Borough from their title, they earned back to back promotions to go into League 1, but were relegated in 2013-14.
Sunderland Football Club Stadium of Light
Millenium Way
Tyne and Wear

Telephone +44 (0) 871 911 1200

Capacity - 48,707

Formed - 1879

Nickname(s) - Black Cats

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Black-Red Shorts & Socks

Current League - Premiership

Championship Winners - 2004-5, 2006-7
Charity Shield Winners - 1936
Division 1 Winners - 1891-92, 1892-93, 1894-95, 1901-2, 1912-13, 1935-36,
1995-96 (2nd Tier) 1998-99 (2nd Tier)
Division 2 Winners - 1975-76
Division 3 Winners - 1987-88
FA Cup Winners - 1937,1973

Sunderland A.F.C. started life as the Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club. In 1890 they were the first club to be elected to the Football League following its inauguration in 1888. Sunderland was one of the most successful English clubs in the early years of the Football League, having won five league titles prior to World War I. Sunderland football club are based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. They spent 68 years in the top flight before being relegated in 1958,

The official nickname for the Sunderland Football Club is The Black Cats, but they're also sometimes known as The Rokerites (referring to the link with Roker Park which they left in 1997).
Swansea City Football Club Liberty Stadium
Brunel Way
South Wales

Telephone +44 (0) 1792 616 600

Capacity - 20,750

Formed - 1912

Nickname(s) - The Swans, The Jacks

Club Colours - All White-Black Trim

Current League - Premiership

Division 3 Winners - 1924-25, 1948-49, 1999-2000 (4th Tier)
Football League Cup winners - 2013
Football League Trophy Winners - 1994, 2006
League 1 Winners - 2007-8

Swansea City F.C. was formed as the professional club, Swansea Town. The name was changed to city when Swansea itself was granted city status in 1971. Swansea Town played at Vetch Field near the city centre. Vetch Field took its name from the cabbage-like plant that grew wild on the field. The Swans, as they are known, joined the Southern League Second Division, winning promotion to the Southern League First Division just prior to the outbreak of World War I. This led to them becoming founder members of the new Football League Third Division in 1920.

In 2011 Swansea were promoted to the Premier Division, becoming the first Welsh club to play in it since it`s formation in 1992, They won the 2013 League Cup beating Bradford City 5-0 the highest winning margin for that trophies final, so qualifying them for the Europa League the following year, where they progressed through to the second round losing out to Napoli
Swindon Town Football Club County Ground
County Road

Telephone +44 (0) 871 876 1879

Capacity - 15,730

Formed - 1879

Nickname(s) - The Robins

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks-White Trim, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Division 2 Winners - 1995-96 (3rd Tier)
Division 4 Winners - 1985-86
League 2 Winners - 2011-12
League Cup Winners - 1969

There's a certain mystery surrounding the date of the exact founding of Swindon Town F.C. Recent research suggests that the club was formed in 1879, possibly as Swindon A.F.C., before becoming Spartans and later merging with local rivals the Young Man's Friendly Society. In 1883 they became Swindon Town F.C. In 1894 the team turned professional and joined the Southern League Division One. In 1920 they joined the Football League Third Division, where they played until 1963 when they won promotion and entered the Second Division.

One of the best periods for the club was between 1968 and 1970, in 1969 they won the League Cup Final beating Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley, also secured promotion to Division 2, but because they had played in the 3rd Division they were not able to go into Europe ,so as compensation they played in the Anglo Italian League Cup in 1969 and the Anglo Italian Cup in 1970 winning both, These were led by the club`s most well known player Don Rogers, The south stand was named after him in 2007.
Swindon won promotion to the Premier Division in 1992-93 season, the only time they have ever played at that level, getting relegated having conceded 100 goals.
Torquay United Football Club Plainmoor
Marnham Road

Telephone - +44 (0) 1803 328 666

Capacity - 6,500

Formed - 1899

Nickname(s) - The Gulls

Club Colours - All Yellow-Blue Trim

Current League - Conference Premier

Torquay United were originally formed by a group of school leavers under the guidance of a Sergeant Major, and played their first match on a farmers field, they played for 4 years at the Recreation Ground, Plainmoor being occupied by Torquay Athletic Rugby Club, in 1904 Athletic secured the lease for the recreation ground and Torquay's rivals Ellacombe took over the lease of Plainmoor, meaning Torquay had to return to the farmers fields. They later shared grounds with Torquay Cricket Club.
They Merged with local rivals Ellacombe in 1910, and adopted he name
Torquay Town and moved into Plainmoor where they still remain,
In 1920 Torquay's local teams Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City were both elected to the football league as founder members of Division 3, this prompted a merger of the town`s 2 teams Babbacombe and Torquay to become one professional team to compete in the newly formed league, In 1921 after poor relations between the 2 teams an agreement was reached and Torquay United became the sole representative of the town.
They reached the final of the Division 3 South cup in 1939,but the final was never played due the outbreak of WW2, they have been runners up in the FA Trophy in 2008 and the Football League Trophy in 1989.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club White Hart Lane
748 High Road
N17 0AP

Telephone +44 (0) 844 499 5000

Capacity - 36,284

Formed - 1882

Nickname(s) - The Lillywhites, Spurs

Club Colours - White Shirts & Socks, Dark Blue Shorts

Current League - Premiership

Charity Shield Winners - 1921, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1967 (Shared), 1981 (Shared),1991 (Shared)
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1963
Division 1 Winners - 1950-1, 1960-1
Division 2 Winners - 1919-20, 1949-50
EUFA Cup Winners - 1972, 1984
FA Cup Winners - 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991
League Cup Winners - 1971, 1973, 1999, 2008

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. was formed in 1882 as Hotspur F.C. by members of Hotspur Cricket Club. It's believed that the name Hotspur is associated with Sir Harry Hotspur the character from Shakespeare's 'King Henry IV - part one', who had lived locally. In 1884 the team changed to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The club is often known as 'Spurs'. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club joined the Football League 1908, but in 1901 became the only non-league side to win the FA Cup since the formation of the Football League.

In 1960-1 Spurs became the first team to win the double in the 20th century, and won the Cup Winners Cup in 1963 to become the first English team to win a UEFA Competition.
Tranmere Rovers Football Club Prenton Park
Prenton Road West
CH42 9PY

Telephone +44 (0) 871 221 2001

Capacity - 16,567

Formed - 1884

Nickname(s) - The Rovers, Superwhite Army

Club Colours - All White,  Blue Trimmed Socks

Current League - League 2

Division 3 North Winners -1937-38
Football League Trophy Winners - 1990

Tranmere Rovers were formed as Belmont F.C., formed from the merger of two cricket clubs, Belmont Cricket Club and Lyndhurst Wanderers. The team changed the name to Tranmere Rovers a year later. In the early years Tranmere played in the Liverpool and District League, followed by the Lancashire Combination, where they won their first silverware. In 1919 they stepped up to the Central League, which led to them joining the newly formed Third Division (North) of the Football League in 1921.

Tranmere missed promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs 3 years running in the 1990`s.
The 1999-2000 season saw cup runs get Tranmere though to the sixth round of the FA Cup, and the final of the League Cup where they lost to Leicester City on penalties after leading 3-1 in the shootout.
Walsall Football Club Bescot Stadium
Bescot Crescent
West Midlands

Telephone +44 (0) 1922 622 791

Capacity - 11,300

Formed - 1888

Nickname(s) - The Saddlers

Club Colours - Red Shirts & Socks-White Trim, White Shorts

Current League - League 1

Division 4 Winners - 1959-60
League 2 Winners - 2006-7

Walsall Town were formed in 1877 and their fierce rivals, Walsall Swifts, were formed a year later in 1878. In the 1887/88 season, they decided to end the rivalry and merged to make Walsall F.C (originally know as the Walsall Town Swifts). Walsall did not gain entry to the Football League as founder members but showed their strength that year by beating one of the founders, Burnley, in the new leagues debut season. They also had defender Albert Aldridge capped for England twice that year. They joined the newly formed Football League Second Division in 1892 where they struggled to maintain their status. Walsall failed to gain re-election in 1895 but bounced back into the league the next year. They moved into their Bescot ground in 1990,They are nicknamed The Saddlers, which reflects Walsall`s status as a traditional town for saddle making.
Watford Football Club Vicarage Road Stadium
Vicarage Road
WD18 0ER

Telephone +44 (0) 844 856 1881

Capacity - 17,475

Formed - 1881

Nickname(s) - The Hornets

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts & Socks,Black Shorts

Current League - Championship

Division 2 Winners - 1997-98 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 1968-69
Division 4 Winners - 1977-78

Watford F.C. was formed in 1881 by Henry Grover. They did not join the Football League, however, until 1920 when they were inaugural members of the Third Division. They had played in the Southern League prior to this, winning the championship in 1915. The team moved to Vicarage Road, their home ever since, in 1922. They currently share the ground with Saracens Rugby Club. The club spent most of its time in Divisions Three and Four, with only three years in Division Two prior to 1979. The revolution in the club's history began when pop superstar Elton John took over as Chairman in 1976 and Graham Taylor was appointed manager, He led them to successive promotions from the 2nd Division to the Premiership.

The official nickname for the Watford Football club, is "The Hornets", due to the colour of their home strip.
Welling United Football Club Park View Road Ground
DA16 1SY

Telephone - +44 (0) 208 301 1196

Capacity - 5,000 (1,000 Seated)

Formed - 1963

Nickname(s) - The Wings

Club Colours - Red Shirts-White Trim, Red Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Conference Premier

Conference South Winners - 2012-13

Welling United started out as a youth team playing in a local league on park pitches, that gradually changed to a Saturday football in the London Spartan League, they moved to the Park View Road ground in 1977 which had belonged to the defunct Bexley United, They were promoted to the Football Conference in 1986-87 season.
2010 saw the club served with a winding up order by HMRC for unpaid debts, they were given 14 weeks to pay and thanks mainly to their supporters were able to raise the 60,000 to clear all the monies they owed, They regained their place in the 5th tier of English football after an absence of 13 years in 2012-13
West Bromwich Albion Football Club The Hawthorns
Halfords Lane
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B71 4LF

Telephone +44 (0) 871 271 1100

Capacity - 26,445

Formed - 1878

Nickname(s) - The Baggies, The Throstles, Albion

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirt, Blue Shorts & Socks-White Trim

Current League - Premiership

Championship Winners - 2007-8
Charity Shield Winners - 1920, 1954 (Shared)
Division 1 Winners - 1919-20
Division 2 Winners - 1901-2, 1910-11
FA Cup Winners - 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968
League Cup Winners - 1966

West Bromwich Albion Football Club. is also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Albion, The Throstles and W.B.A. They were formed by workers at the local spring works as the West Bromwich Strollers and changed to Albion in 1880.
They won the Division 1 title in 1920 for the only time in their history, a few ups and downs followed until they got promotion in 1949 and continued an unbroken spell in the top flight of 24 years, just missing out on the "Double" in 1954 after winning the FA Cup they narrowly finished second to rivals Wolverhampton in the league.
After reaching the Premier League they have had very mixed fortunes being relegated and promoted on a regular basis.
West Ham United Football Club Boleyn Ground
Green Street
Upton Park
E13 9AZ

Telephone +44 (0) 208 548 2748

Capacity - 35,015

Formed - 1895

Nickname(s) - The Hammers, The Irons

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Shirts & Socks, Blue Shorts

Current League - Premiership

Charity Shield Winners - 1964 (Shared)
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1965
Division 2 Winners - 1957-58, 1980-1
FA Cup Winners - 1964, 1975, 1980
Football League War Cup Winners - 1940
Intertoto Cup Winners - 1999

West Ham United, known as 'The Hammers', were formed as 'Thames Ironworks F.C.'. They changed the name to West Ham United five years later after severing their links with the Ironworks. In 1989 they turned professional and joined the Southern League, having won the London League as amateurs the year before. The team went through a number of colours before winning their now traditional colours of claret and blue from members of Aston Villa F.C. in a wager. After becoming West Ham United, the team went through some difficult years, at some points having no stable ground until the team moved to the Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in 1904.

The official nickname for West Ham United, is, "The Hammers", although this may initially appear to be based on a simple shortening of the name, observation of the club's crest will reveal crossed metalworking hammers, indicating the club's origins as the football team of Thames Ironworks.
Wigan Athletic Football Club DW Stadium
Loire Drive
Robin Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1942 774 000

Capacity - 25,138

Formed - 1932

Nickname(s) - The Latics

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Blue & White Socks

Current League - Championship

Division 2 Winners - 2002-3 (3rd Tier)
Division 3 Winners - 1996-97 (4th Tier)
FA Cup Winners - 2013
Football League Trophy Winners - 1985, 1999

Wigan Athletic F.C. were the sixth attempt at a stable club in Wigan. Previously, there had been Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town, Wigan Rovers and finally Wigan Borough who folded the year before Wigan Athletic was formed in 1932.
They have played at the DW Stadium since 1999, which they share with Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, having previously played at Springfield Park for 67 years.
Premier League football was achieved for the 2005-6 season, where they also reached the final of the League Cup, In 2012-13 they became the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.
Wimbledon Football Club The Cherry Red Records Stadium
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road

Telephone - +44 (0) 208 547 3528

Capacity - 4,850 (2,265 Seated)

Formed - 1889

Nickname(s) - The Dons, Wombles, The Crazy Gang

Club Colours - All Blue-White Pinstripe Shirts

Current League - League 2

Conference South Winners - 2008-9 as AFC Wimbledon
Division 4 Winners - 1982-83 as Wimbledon FC
FA Cup Winners - 1988 as Wimbledon FC

Wimbledon Football Club is an English professional football club, originally from Wimbledon, south west London. Formed in 1889 as Wimbledon Old Centrals, the club spent most of its history in amateur and semi-professional non-League football before a rapid ascent to the top-flight of English football in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Wimbledon stayed in the First Division and then the FA Premier League from 1986 until 2000. Most famously, in 1988, Wimbledon beat the then-champions Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup final, thus becoming only the second football club (after Old Carthusians) to have won both the FA Cup and the FA Amateur Cup, having won the latter in 1962-63.

Following the publication of the Taylor Report, which recommended that all top-flight clubs play in all-seater stadiums, the club decided that it needed to move from its Plough Lane home in 1991. Wimbledon began to groundshare with nearby Crystal Palace, an originally temporary arrangement that ended up lasting over ten years. In May 2002, after considering a variety of new sites, the club was granted permission to relocate 56 miles (90 km) north to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. The move away from south London was deeply unpopular both with the majority of the club's established fan base and football supporters generally. The majority of supporters responded to the planned relocation by forming a new club, AFC Wimbledon. Wimbledon moved in September 2003, and became Milton Keynes Dons in June 2004.

The club's mascot between 2000 and 2003 was a Womble, named Wandle the Womble. However, following the relocation, the owners of the Wombles brand refused to renew the license agreement. Three years later, a deal was agreed that saw a similar character named Haydon the Womble appear at AFC Wimbledon.
The club's nickname is the Dons, though the club is also occasionally referred to as the Wombles. Following the FA Cup victory in 1988, the Wimbledon football club was also starting to be known as the Crazy Gang.

AFC Wimbledon now has it`s history and honours back after MK Dons gave in under pressure mainly from the Football Supporters Federation.
They have been promoted 5 times in 9 years going from the 9th tier to League 2.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Molineux
Waterloo Road
West Midlands

Telephone +44 (0) 871 880 8442

Capacity - 30,850

Formed - 1877

Nickname(s) - Wolves

Club Colours - Gold Shirts-Black Sleeves, Black Shorts, Gold Socks

Current League - Championship

Championship Winners - 2008-9
Charity Shield Winners - 1949 (Shared) 1954 (Shared) 1959, 1960 (Shared)
Division 1 Winners - 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59
Division 2 Winners - 1931-32, 1976-77
Division 3 North Winners - 1923-24
Division 3 Winners - 1988-89
Division 4 Winners - 1987-88
FA Cup Winners - 1893, 1908, 1949, 1960
Football League Trophy Winners - 1988
Football League War Cup Winners - 1942
League 1 Winners - 2013-14
League Cup Winners - 1974, 1980

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. started life as St Luke's, after the headmaster of St Luke's School in Blakenhall presented some of the school's pupils with a football. The team merged with a local cricket team The Wanderers in 1879, becoming Wolverhampton Wanderers football club. In 1888 Wolves, as they are more commonly known, were founder members of the Football League. They finished third and were also beaten finalists in the FA Cup that year.
They were beaten finalists of the first ever UEFA Cup in 1972.
Financial Problems threatened the clubs existence in the 1980`s and they were relegated 3 times, before the arrival of manager Graham Turner saw them win back to back promotions, along with star striker Steve Bull they finished the decade in the second division, as well as winning the Football League Trophy.
Wrexham Football Club Racecourse Ground
Mold Road
North Wales
LL11 2AH

Telephone +44 (0) 1978 262 129

In 1872, members of Wrexham Cricket Club met at the Turf Hotel in Wrexham to discuss proposals for a winter pastime to keep the team fit. At this meeting Wrexham Football Club was formed, despite the fact that the club's modern badge states 1873! Wrexham were one of the leading campaigners for a rule restricting the number of players to eleven. Football rules were rather flexible in the early days, and some games were played with as many as seventeen per side. After many years in the Football Combination and Birmingham and District Leagues, Wrexham were invited to join the newly formed Football League Division Three (North) in 1921. The team had to wait until the late 1970's before reaching the second tier of the Football League, when new manager Arfon Griffiths, who took the team to a four year spell in the Second Division. Wrexham has won the Welsh Cup 23 times to date and been runners-up on a further 22 occasions. They reached the quarter final of the European Cup Winner's Cup in 1976.

Wrexham F.C. is nicknamed 'The Red Dragons' or 'The Robins' and plays its home fixtures at the 15,500 seat racecourse ground in Wrexham.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Adams Park
Hillbottom Road
High Wycombe

Telephone +44 (0) 1494 472 100

Wycombe Wanderers F.C. was formed in 1887 by a group of local furniture makers, hence the club nickname 'The Chairboys'. They joined the Southern League, but struggled as an amateur team in a mainly professional league. After a couple of league changes they ended up in the Isthmian League in 1921. It was some time before they enjoyed any real success in the Isthmian league, although they did win the FA Amateur Cup in 1931. In 1956 Wycombe won the first of its eight Isthmian League titles. The Chairboys joined the Football Conference in 1985 and after an initially difficult ride, began to enjoy some success. The appointment of Martin O'Neill as manager was a key moment, leading to two FA Trophy wins and promotion to the Football League for the first time in the team's history in 1993. This was followed by more success as the team won promotion to the third tier in its first season in the Football League.
Yeovil Town Football Club Huish Park Stadium
Lufton Way
BA22 8YF

Telephone +44 (0) 1935 423 662

Yeovil Town FC was formed in 1890 and for many years shared a ground with the local Rugby Club. In 1895 the club was reborn as the Yeovil Casuals, moving away from the Rugby team to play at its own ground, the Pen Mill Athletic Club. The club became Yeovil Town FC during the 1907-08 season. In 1908, another football team was formed in Yeovil, Petters United. Within a couple of years an intense rivalry grew up between the clubs. This ended in 1914 when the two teams amalgamated and moved up to the Western League, where they became champions in 1921-22. Yeovil then joined the Southern League, Western section and shortly after this began to make a name for themselves as a giant killing FA Cup side.

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Football World Cup winners - 1966

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Aberdeen Football Club Pittodrie Stadium
AB24 5QH

Telephone +44 (0) 1224 650 400

Aberdeen F.C., known as 'The Dons', was formed in 1903 from the amalgamation of three local clubs. The club's first season in 1904-05 and they have only ever spent one season outside of the top flight of Scottish Football. After formation they won election to the First Division where they have remained ever since, giving them the distinction of never having been relegated from any division at any time in the club's history. It was sometime, however, before they achieved any real success in the First Division; although they did finish as runners-up in 1910-11 and 1935-56. In 1955, the Dons won their first League championship. Since this period, the Dons have achieved a great deal more than in the early years, particularly since the late 1970s.
Airdrie United Football Club 60 St. Enoch Square
G1 4AG

Telephone +44 (0) 7710 230 775

Airdrie United F.C. was formed in 2002 upon the demise of Airdrieonians F.C. and is universally accepted as its successor. Airdrieonians F.C. was formed in 1878 as Excelsior Football Club, but changed to Airdrieonians in 1881. The club's most successful era was the 1920s, when it finished second in the Scottish League First Division (then the top flight) four years consecutively. During that decade the team also won the Scottish Cup in 1924. Airdrieonians appeared once again in the Scottish Cup final in 1992, this time losing to Rangers. Following this, the club began to face financial difficulties and stadium problems that would ultimately lead to the club going bankrupt ten years later. Airdrie United F.C. was founded immediately following the collapse of the former club and applied to replace Airdrieonians in the league. Unfortunately, the league had already accepted Gretna and Jim Ballantyne, the creator of Airdrie United F.C., had to change his approach by buying out Clydebank and relocating to Airdrie. In 2003-04 the new team won the Second Division (now the fourth tier) championship and also reached the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup.
Albion Rovers Football Club Cliftonhill Stadium
Main Street

Telephone +44 (0) 1236 606 334

Albion Rovers F.C. was formed in 1882 from the merger of Albion and Rovers and is based at the town of Coatbridge to the east of Glasgow. 'The Wee Rovers', as the team is known to its fans, has played at its current ground of Cliftonhill Stadium since its opening on Christmas Day 1919. The Wee Rovers joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in time for the 1902-03 season. They joined the First Division for a short spell when the league resumed after the end of World War I. Apart from a few brief forays into the First Division during the thirties and forties, however, Albion's story is one of a gradual slide down to the lower divisions. The team came close to cup glory in the Scottish Cup of 1919-1920, having despatched Rangers after a replay in the semi final. They played Kilmarnock at Hampden Park in front of 95,600 spectators, but were beaten 3-2 on the day. The following year Albion faced a rematch in the semi final against Rangers. This time Rangers got their revenge, however, winning 4-1.
Alloa Athletic Football Club Recreation Park
FK10 1RY

Telephone +44 (0) 1259 722695

Alloa Athletic F.C. is based in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, which is mainland Scotland's smallest county. The team was formed in 1878 and became members of the Scottish FA in 1883. Alloa is nicknamed 'The Wasps' due to its black and gold hooped kit. Originally formed as Clackmannan County, the club changed its name in 1879 to Alloa Association Football Club, displaying the initials 'AAFC' on the club's badge. This was misinterpreted by some as standing for Alloa Athletic Football Club and this stuck even though it was unofficial. It was not until 1997 that the club actually officially registered themselves as Alloa Athletic. Alloa joined the league in 1921 as members of the Second Division, winning the division title in its first year. Unfortunately, they were relegated back down to the second division the following year. The Wasps have spent most of their time outside of the top flight of Scottish Football, winning the Second Division Championship in 1921/22 and the Third Division Championship in 1997/98. The team also won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 1999/2000 and were runners up in 2001/02. Alloa Athletic plays at the Recreation Park in Alloa which has a capacity of 3,100 and has undergone a number of improvements in recent years.
Arbroath Football Club Gayfield Park
Angus and Dundee
DD11 1QB

Telephone +44 (0) 1241 872 157

Arbroath F.C. was formed in 1878 and is nicknamed 'The Red Lichties' after the red light that used to guide ships into the local harbour. Prior to the official formation of the team, a demonstration match had been played by members of the Arbroath Rugby club against a Dundee football team called St Clements. Since 1880 the club has played its home fixtures at Gayfield, which now holds 4,145 spectators. In 1885 Arbroath set a world record for senior football which still stands when they beat Bon Accord 36-0 in a Scottish Cup game. Jocky Petrie scored 13 goals in that game, itself a British record in senior football. Incredibly Arbroath had other goals disallowed and actually only just made the record books because, by an amazing coincidence, Dundee Harp beat Aberdeen Rovers 35-0 on the same day in the Scottish Cup.
Ayr United Football Club Somerset Park
Ayrshire and Arran

Telephone +44 (0) 1292 263 435

Ayr United F.C. was formed in 1910 as a merger of two Ayr teams; Ayr F.C. and Ayr Parkhouse F.C. Ayr F.C. were formed in 1879, themselves as a merging of two clubs, Ayr Thistle and Ayr Academicals. Ayr Thistle had reached the semi final of the Scottish Cup in 1876, only to lose 9-0 to Vale. The second team involved in the merger was Ayr Parkhouse F.C., which was formed in 1886. Prior to the successful merger there had been other attempts to join the clubs but the fierce rivalry between them had always prevented progress toward unification. The team plays at Somerset Park in Ayr, which is one of the few remaining old style football stadiums and has a capacity of over 12,000.
Berwick Rangers Football Club Shielfield Park
Edinburgh and the Lothians
TD15 2EF

Telephone +44 (0) 1289 307 424

Berwick-upon-Tweed has an unusual history of changing hands between the Scots and the English, fourteen times during the 12th and 13th centuries alone! Even when it was last taken by the English; it remained an independent state before becoming legally part of England in 1836. It is not surprising then to find that Berwick Rangers decided to pursue football in the Scottish Leagues rather than the English Leagues. They joined the Scottish Borders League initially in 1905 and had to wait until 1955 before finally joining the full Scottish Football League. Since then the team has hung on to its Scottish League status despite some low attendances and financial problems.
Brechin City Football Club Glebe Park
Angus and Dundee

Telephone +44 (0) 1356 622 856

Brechin City F.C. was formed in 1906 from the merger of two local clubs, Brechin Hearts and Brechin Harp. The Forfarshire Football Association had decided that the city needed a senior side, feeling this would benefit football in Forfarshire generally. Brechin joined the Scottish Football League Third Division in 1923. The team has played most of its football since in the second tier of Scottish Football. Brechin won the Second Division title in 1982-83, 1989-90 and 2004-05, and the Third Division in 2001-02. The club finished as runners-up in the Scottish Challenge cup in 2002-03 and won the Qualifying cup in 1950-51. The team celebrated its centenary year in 2006 and made the second division play offs in the 2006-07 season. Unfortunately the celebration ended there, as the team lost 6-1 on aggregate to Airdrie. The Hedgemen, as the team is known, play at Glebe Park, Brechin, which has a capacity of 3,960.
Celtic Football Club Celtic Park
G40 3RE

Telephone +44 (0) 1415 562 611

European Champions League Cup Winners - 1967

Celtic F.C. (full name The Celtic Football Club) was officially founded at St Mary's Church in what was then East Rose Street, now Forbes Street, Calton. The purpose of founding the team was stated as being a move to 'alleviate poverty in the east end parishes of Glasgow'. The team played its first game in 1888, a friendly against Rangers, which it won 5-2. In 1889 Celtic reached the final of the Scottish Cup in the club's first full season, losing to the well established Third Lanark. In 1892 Celtic defeated Queens Park to win the Scottish Cup for the first of 34 victories, up to and including the 2007 win. In 1893 Celtic won the Scottish League championship for the first time.
Clyde Football Club Broadwood Stadium
G68 9NE

Telephone +44 (0) 1236 451 511

Clyde F.C. was formed in 1877 and played at Barrowfield on the banks of the River Clyde. The team entered the Scottish Cup for the first time in that same year, but fell at the first hurdle. In 1891 the team joined the Scottish Football League and won 10-3 in its first ever Scottish League match. Soon the facilities at Barrowfield proved to be inadequate for league football and in 1899 the team moved across the river to Shawfield. In 1994 the team moved to Cumbernauld after several years of ground sharing, a move which lost the team many of its traditional supporters. Clyde achieved mixed success in the early league seasons, eventually dropping to the second tier. Despite several runner-up and top of the table finishes, the team did not return to the top flight until 1906 due to the lack of automatic promotion and relegation. The 1908-09 season was the season that really established Clyde as a force in Scottish football; they finished third in the league and reached the semi final of the Scottish Cup.
Cowdenbeath Football Club Central Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1383 610 166

Traditionally, the club dates its founding back to 1881, when Cowdenbeath Rangers (formed 1880) merged with Cowdenbeath Thistle. The true beginning of Cowdenbeath F.C. is really 1882 because the name wasn't changed until that year when the club merged with Raith Rovers and joined the Fifeshire Football Association. Cowdenbeath are the oldest surviving club in Fife and won the Fife cup for the first time in 1885. In 1905 Cowdenbeath F.C. joined the Scottish League. The club won the second division title in 1914 and 1915 but was denied promotion by the voting system that favoured west coast clubs. It decided to break away and join the highly successful Central League. In 1921 the Scottish League introduced automatic promotion and relegation and the Central League clubs rejoined. Cowdenbeath was successful on its return to the Scottish League; with ten years in the top flight and a highest ever finish of fifth in 1925. The beginning of World War II ended the best years for Cowdenbeath. They were fined by the league in the 1939-40 season the sum of 5,000 for failing to fulfil a fixture due to the number of their players who had enlisted. The team could not afford the fine and resigned from the league. When they rejoined at the end of the war they were placed in a lower division, a blow that the team never recovered from.
Dumbarton Football Club Strathclyde Homes Stadium
G82 1JJ

Telephone +44 (0) 1389 762 569

On a Saturday afternoon in 1872, a group of young men watched their first ever game of football when The Vale of Levern travelled to the Old Recreation Ground at Crosshill, Glasgow to be beaten 3-0 by Queens Park. The next day this same group of men decided to form their own club at Dumbarton. They could little have foreseen that they were about to create a team that was to be a dominant force in the early days of Scottish Football. They joined the newly formed Scottish Football Association in 1873 and by 1879 had moved into their ground at Boghead Park, where they put together an unbeaten home run lasting five years. Dumbarton won the Scottish Cup in 1882-83 and were beaten finalists on a further five occasions. They met English FA Cup winners Blackburn Olympic, as holders of the Scottish Cup, and pounded them 6-1 to be proclaimed champions of Britain. Dumbarton joined the newly formed Scottish Football League for the 1890-91 season and finished up sharing the championship with Rangers. Dumbarton won the title outright in the following year. Dumbarton also has the distinction in 1892 of handing Celtic their biggest home defeat in a friendly (0-8) and Rangers their biggest ever league defeats (6-0).
Dundee Football Club Dens Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1382 889 966

Dundee F.C. is one of Dundees two senior professional football clubs. This is unusual for a city of the size of Dundee and in fact, the grounds are only a few hundred yards away from each other. Hence the rivalry with Dundee United is a fierce one indeed, cooling a little recently when Dundee was relegated to the Scottish First Division in 2005. The club was first formed in 1893, from the amalgamation of two teams, Our Boys and East End. The team's first Scottish League match was on the 12th August 1893, a 3-3 draw with Rangers. Dundee FC moved to its current home of Dens Park in 1899, the stadium now holds 11,856. During the 1900s Dundee football club were runners-up in the Scottish League three times, but had to wait until 1961-62 before claiming the team's league championship.
Dundee United Football Club Tannadice Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1382 833 166

Dundee United F.C. was formed in 1909 by members of the local Irish community in Dundee, primarily to replace Dundee Harp who had folded three years earlier. Calling themselves Dundee Hibernian they moved into Clepington Park, displacing the current occupants Dundee Wanderers and renaming it Tannadice Park. The team was invited to join the Scottish League in 1910 after a successful first season. There was a rocky relationship between the club and the Scottish League following World War I due to the league's decision not to reintroduce the Second Division after the war. After much protest and resignations from the league, the second tier was finally reintroduced in 1921. In 1923 the club was renamed Dundee United.
Dunfermline Athletic Football Club East End Park
KY12 7RB

Telephone +44 (0) 1383 724 295

Commonly known just as Dunfermline, Dunfermline Athletic F.C. was formed in 1885 after a meeting at the 'Old Inn' pub. The football team had originally been founded as a part of the Dunfermline Cricket Club in 1874, but a dispute had caused the formation of a separate football team at the 1885 meeting. Dunfermline joined the Scottish League in the 1920s after the creation of a Second Division. They won the Second Division championship in 1925-26 and were promoted briefly to the top flight. They have had something of a roller coaster ride between the divisions ever since.
East Fife Football Club Bayview Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1333 426 323

East Fife F.C. was formed in 1903 following a public meeting after local demands to establish a senior football side in the area. The club firstly joined the Fife League, then the Eastern League and finally the Northern League, before settling for a while in the Central League from 1909 until 1921. By this time the Central League was becoming successful and prosperous, serving the thriving mining communities of Fife and West Lothian. In order to stop migration of its players to the Central League, the Scottish Football League admitted the majority of the Central League members, including East Fife, to join. In 1927 East Fife reached the Scottish Cup final, losing to Celtic. In 1938 the team made history by beating Kilmarnock in the final to become the first and, so far, only team to have won the Scottish Cup whilst in the second tier of the Scottish Football League. The decade following the end of World War II was the most successful for the club, however, with East Fife winning three Scottish League Cup finals and became the first team to have won it three times. They also reached another Scottish Cup final and had four finishes in the top four of the First Division (then the top flight) during this period.
East Stirlingshire Football Club Firs Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1324 623 583

In 1880 the Bainsford Bluebonnets cricket club decided to launch a football team called the Bainsford Britannia. A year later, the team changed its name to East Stirlingshire F.C. They had created a force to be reckoned with, in 1888-89 they reached the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup, despatching Stenhousemuir 10-1 and Vale of Bannock with a club record 11-2 win. Unfortunately, a young upstart team from Glasgow, known as Celtic, spoilt the dream by narrowly beating 'The Shire' 2-1. East Stirlingshire joined the Scottish Football league second division in 1900, the majority of its league history has been spent in the second tier of Scottish Football. The Shire managed to reach the top flight on two occasions, after wining the Second Division title in 1932 and after finishing as runners up in 1963. Unfortunately, on both occasions, the team only stayed for one year in the top flight. In recent years the team has drifted down to the fourth tier of Scottish Football. Some outsiders shorten the name to East Stirling, giving the impression that the team is based in Stirling. It is in fact based in Falkirk and plays at the 1,880 capacity Firs Park.
Elgin City Football Club Borough Briggs
IV30 1AP

Telephone +44 (0) 1343 551 114

Elgin City F.C. was formed in 1893 from a merger between Elgin Rovers and Vale of Lossie. In 1895 they joined the Highland League but found the going tough initially. In 1900 they resigned from the league but returned two years later. Elgin qualified for the Scottish Cup for three consecutive years in 1908-1910, making them the first Highland League club to do this. The 1930's began to see some real success for the club. The team lifted the Highland League title in 1932 and 1935, finishing second or third on a further five occasions during this decade. Elgin also won the Scottish Qualifying Cup twice in the thirties. The Club's golden era is perhaps the 1960's, when they won seven Highland League titles, two Highland League Cups and had some memorable giant killing runs in the Scottish Cup. In 1960, after crushing league side Forfar 5-1, Elgin was only denied a historic win over Celtic by two late goals. In 1967 they knocked out Ayr United and in 1968 they despatched Albion Rovers, Forfar and Arbroath, before losing 2-1 to Morton in the quarter finals. In 2000, the Scottish Football League expanded and Elgin City joined the Third Division along with Peterhead.
Falkirk Football Club Brockville Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1324 624 121

Falkirk F.C. was formed in 1876 and quickly picked up the nickname 'The Bairns'. This is in reference to an ancient Falkirk Burgh motto, "Better meddle wi' the deil (devil) than the Bairns (children) O' Falkirk." The team joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in 1902 and was promoted to the First Division after finishing as runner-up in 1905. Falkirk was initially successful in the First Division, finishing as runner-up in both 1908 and 1910. In 1913 the team won the Scottish Cup for the first time, a feat they did not repeat again until 1957. In recent years, Falkirk had been unlucky in being denied a spot in the top flight due to league restructuring and stadium issues, which had prevented automatic promotion following their Division 1 championship in 2003. In 2004 the club finally moved into the new purpose built Falkirk Stadium, it had ground shared for one year after leaving Brockville Park, the club's home since 1885. The old stadium site is now a Morrison's supermarket, which has many items of memorabilia from the old ground, including one of the turnstiles.
Forfar Athletic Football Club Station Park
Carseview Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1307 463 576

Forfar Athletic F.C. was founded 1885 when the second team of Angus Athletic F.C. broke away to form a new team. Forfar's origins are rooted in the growth of Scottish football in the 1870's, when England and Scotland would meet in Internationals and Scotland would mostly gain the upper hand. This helped fuel the popularity of the game in Scotland and by the mid 1880s; most towns had at least one team. Forfar joined the Scottish Football League in 1921, entering the Second Division.
Glasgow Rangers Football Club Ibrox Stadium
G51 2XD

Telephone +44 (0) 8706 001 972

Masters Football Tournament Cup Winners - 2006

Rangers F.C. is a club from Glasgow. The club was formed in 1872 by four men who got the name from an English Rugby team they had seen in a book. The club officially launched in 1873 when the first annual meeting was held and staff were elected. The club has traditional roots in the Protestant and Unionist communities, which has unfortunately sometimes led to a sectarian element in the age-old rivalry with fellow 'Old Firm' members Celtic. The clubs have both worked hard to attempt to eradicate this element of the rivalry. The founders could scarcely have foreseen the rapid success of the club. By 1876 the club had produced its first Scottish international player, Moses McNeil, one of the club's founders. In 1877 Rangers F.C. reached the Scottish Cup Final. The Scottish Football League was formed in 1890 and Rangers shared the first league title with Dumbarton.
Greenock Morton Football Club Cappielow Park
Sinclair Street
PA15 2TY

Telephone + 44 (0) 1475 723 571

Greenock Morton F.C. was renamed from Morton F.C. in 1994 to highlight its links with its home town of Greenock. The club was originally established in 1874, making it one of the oldest surviving senior Scottish clubs. In 1886 the club became a limited company, officially known as Greenock Morton Football and Athletic Club. Nicknamed 'The Pride of the Clyde' and 'The Ton', the team joined the Scottish League Second Division as founder members in 1893-94. They won promotion to the First Division in 1900. Since the early part of the 20th century, Morton has played at Cappielow Park in Greenock, which currently holds 11,612. The club's traditional rivals are St Mirren. In 1922 Morton reached one of the pinnacles of the team's history when they got to the final of the Scottish Cup. Although the underdogs against the much fancied Rangers team, Morton won through, thanks to a goal by George French.
Gretna Football Club Raydale Park
Dumfries and Galloway
DG16 5AP

Telephone +44 (0) 1461 337 602

Gretna F.C. is based on the border of Scotland and England, and has an unusual history of border hopping between English and Scottish Leagues. A club Gretna Green F.C. had existed since the 19th century, but went bankrupt in the 1920s. There was no replacement until a new Gretna F.C. was formed in 1946 playing initially in its own locality in Dumfries, Scotland. In 1947 the club decided to make the unusual move of applying to play in the Carlisle and District League in England. They remained in this league for all but one year in until the early 1980s when they joined the newly created Northern League in England. They won several titles resulting in promotions leading to them playing in the Northern Premier League in 1992. In the nineties they became the first Scottish club to appear in the FA Cup proper since Rangers did it back in 1887. The team applied on two occasions during the nineties for acceptance to the Scottish League and was finally accepted in 2002.
Hamilton Academical Football Club New Douglas Park
Cadzow Avenue

Telephone +44 (0) 1698 286 103

Hamilton Academicals F.C. was formed in 1874 by James Blacklock, the rector of Hamilton Academy. The history of football in the town is slightly confusing as there were a few teams that played football in Hamilton prior to the formation of the 'Accies'. The Hamilton Cricket and Football Club was formed in 1862, but there is no record of a football match until 1875. There was a Hamilton F.C. playing at the time the Academicals were founded and there are suggestions that some of the players crossed over to the 'Accies' at around this time. In 1875 the club was using the name 'Hamilton Academical Cricket and Football Club'; the cricket part was dropped in 1877. The team joined the Scottish FA in 1876 and competed in the Scottish Cup for the first time that year. Hamilton Academicals joined the Scottish Football League in 1897, after Renton were forced to resign from the league.
Heart of Midlothian Football Club Tynecastle Park
Gorgie Road
EH11 2NL

Telephone +44 (0) 1312 007 200

Formed in 1874, Heart of Midlothian F.C. claims to be Edinburgh's oldest football club. The club gets its name from the Old Tolbooth (tax-house) of Edinburgh that stood in the Royal Mile. The building was also used as a meeting place for the Parliament; the Town Council; the Privy Council; and the High Court. However, after 1640 it became the city prison, housing the hangman's scaffold on a two-storey annex. This sinister building was known as the "Heart of Midlothian" and the entrance is marked by a heart formation of the causeway stones. Hearts play at the Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh, which has a capacity of 17,420. In August 1875 Hearts of Midlothian F.C. joined the Scottish League, which it won for the first time in 1895. The club repeated this feat in 1897, but then had to wait until the 1950s, winning the title in 1958 and 1960.
Hibernian Football Club Easter Road Stadium

Telephone +44 (0) 1316 612 159

Hibernian F.C. is based in Leith, North Edinburgh. The club was formed in 1875 by members of the Irish immigrant community, hence using the name 'Hibernian' which is the Roman name for the Irish. The team quickly became fully integrated into the Edinburgh community and rapidly established itself as a successful Scottish football club. Nicknamed 'Hibs', the team plays currently at Easter Road, where it has been since 1891. The current stadium holds 17,500. Hibernian F.C. made its first Scottish Cup Final appearance in 1887, beating Dumbarton in the final. In that year Hibs also beat English FA Cup winners Preston North End in a match billed by the respective Football Associations as the 'World Decider'.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club Caledonian Stadium
East Longman

Telephone +44 (0) 1463 222 880

Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. is a comparatively new club, formed only in 1994. Its roots, however, go much further back. The Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club was formed from the merger of two very old clubs from the Inverness area. Caledonian F.C. was formed in 1885 and Inverness Thistle F.C. in 1893. The two clubs were Highland League rivals for many years, until the opportunity for a place in the Scottish Football League caused an unlikely and to some extent unpopular marriage between the two clubs. When the league offered two expansion places in 1994, the two teams felt it unlikely they would both get in and, indeed, may hamper each others chances by both applying. Instead, the two clubs merged and the application as one stronger club was accepted. The team went from strength to strength in the Scottish Football League, improving its finishing position each year until in 1996-97 it won the Third Division championship;
Kilmarnock Football Club Rugby Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1563 525 184

Kilmarnock F.C., nicknamed 'Killie', is the oldest professional football club in Scotland. The foundations of the club date back to the earliest origins of organised football in Scotland, when in 1869 members of the local cricket club decided to look for a winter pursuit. They started out playing Rugby rules but soon switched to Association Football rules. The club's Rugby origins are reflected in the name of the club's home ground, Rugby Park. Kilmarnock competed in the first ever Scottish Cup in 1873-74, but did not join the Scottish Football League until 1895. The team has only won the Scottish League title on one occasion, in 1965 under the management of Willie Waddell. Kilmarnock needed a 2-0 away win over Hearts to take the title and managed to achieve exactly that.
Livingston Football Club Almondvale Stadium
EH54 7DN

Telephone +44 (0) 1506 417 000

Livingston F.C. was formed in 1995 from the former Edinburgh team Meadowbank Thistle. Originally formed as Ferranti Thistle in 1943, a works team, they changed the name to Meadowbank Thistle when a place opened up in the Scottish League. The demise of Third Lanark meant that an opportunity arose to join the league, but rules over overt sponsorship forced the name change. By the 1990s, the Edinburgh team was facing low attendances and financial difficulties. Faced with the threat of the club folding, the team were only too pleased to hear the offer made by Livingston District Council to house the team and build it a new 9,000 seat stadium. The move initially seemed to bring success and an easing of the team's woes. They had slipped to the fourth tier of the league by the time they moved to Livingston. By the end of 2001 they had achieved three promotions and entry to the Premier League. A year later they finished third in the league and achieved UEFA cup qualification.
Montrose Football Club Links Park
DD10 8QD

Telephone +44 (0) 1674 673 200

Montrose F.C. was formed in 1879 and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2004. The first game for Montrose played under Association Football rules was played on the eighth of November 1879, although a press report of the time shows that the Montrose players struggled with the rules, which had to be agreed prior to the match. In 1892 Montrose beat East End F.C. (now Dundee F.C.) to win the Forfarshire Cup. With no radio, television or mobile phones, the locals were kept up to date with the progress of the final by telegrams sent back to the town every fifteen minutes! In 1921 Montrose won the Scottish Qualifying Cup, beating Nithsdale Wanderers at Ibrox. In 1923 Montrose joined the Scottish Football League when it attempted to set up a third division, this only lasted for three seasons before folding after making huge losses. In 1929 Montrose rejoined the league in Division Two, where they remained until the start of World War II. After the war Montrose struggled in various leagues before returning to the Scottish Football League in 1955. The club won the Scottish League Division Two (third tier) championship in the 1984-85 season and have always been a strong cup side.
Motherwell Football Club Fir Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1698 333 333

Motherwell F.C. was formed in 1886 following a charity game when two sides based in factories in the Motherwell district were invited to field a select side against a similar side from Glasgow. Talks after the game led to the formal merger of Glencairn F.C. and Alpha F.C., and so Motherwell F.C. was born. The club turned professional in 1893 and were admitted to the new Scottish League Second Division in that same year. In 1896, the club moved to its current site at Fir Park after the land had been gifted from the estate of Baron John Glencairn Carter Hamilton of Dalzell, the owner of the factory that had spawned Glencairn F.C. in 1877.
Partick Thistle Football Club Firhill Park
G20 7AL

Telephone +44 (0) 1415 791 971

Partick Thistle F.C. was formed in 1876 in the burgh of Partick, which was at that time administratively separate to Glasgow until incorporation into the city in 1912. The team resides at Maryhill now and has not in fact played in Partick since 1908. In 1909 the club moved to Firhill Stadium in Maryhill and has been there ever since. Firhill Stadium has a capacity of 10,887. The Jags, as the team is known, joined the Scottish Football League Second Division as founder members in 1893 and won the second division title in 1897. After a few years of promotion followed by relegation, they settled in the top flight from 1902 until 1970. Relegation was short lived but the writing was on the wall, Partick's days as a top flight club were numbered. Since 1982 the team has spent the majority of its time in the second tier of Scottish League football, with occasional visits to the first and third tiers.
Peterhead Football Club Balmoor Stadium
AB42 1EU

Telephone +44 (0) 1779 478 256

Football was being played in Peterhead as far back as the 1870's. However, in 1890 a group of enthusiastic men decided it was time to form a proper club playing under Scottish Football Association rules. A year later and Peterhead F.C. had become a reality. In 1900 the team joined the Aberdeenshire Football Association and tasted league football for the first time. Peterhead remained in the Aberdeenshire League until the 1930's when it joined the Highland League. In 1946-47 the club won the Highland League title for the first of five occasions. In 1962-63 'The Blue Toon' won its first Highland League Cup final, a feat which the team repeated on a further four occasions. During its time in the Highland League, Peterhead developed a long standing rivalry with Fraserburgh F.C. In 2000, Peterhead joined the Scottish Football League for the first time in its history.
Queen of the South Football Club Palmerston Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1387 254 853

Queen of the South F.C. is a club from Dumfries and was formed in 1919. The team originally came together from an amalgamation of three clubs; Dumfries F.C, Maxwell Volunteers F.C. and Arrol-Johnston (a works team). The name Queen of the South was taken from an earlier team which had folded, the Queen of the South Wanderers. The team is nicknamed 'The Doonhamers' and play at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, which has a capacity of 6,412. Queen of the South joined the Scottish League Third Division in 1923. After the second year in the league they were promoted to Division Two. The team rose steadily through the Second Division for eight years before achieving promotion to the top flight, where they spent all but four seasons between 1933 and 1964, making it the most successful period in the team's history. Queen of the South achieved its best ever league finish in 1934, finishing fourth.
Queen's Park Football Club Hampden Park
G42 9BA

Telephone +44 (0) 1416 321 275

"Tonight at half past eight o'clock a number of gentlemen met at No. 3 Eglinton Terrace for the purpose of forming a football club". These words, taken from the minutes of a meeting held on July 9th 1867, heralded not only the birth of Queens Park F.C., but also the birth of Scottish Football itself. The game had been played in public schools with their own versions of the code but it was the Queens Park football club who led the way in the establishment of Association Football rules in Scotland. They were considered the masters of the game in the early days and did not concede a single goal for the first eight years of its existence. The club is steeped in tradition and history. At its outset it was decided that no player should ever receive a wage playing for Queens Park. To this day the rule holds and Queens Park's amateur status makes it quite unique in Scottish senior football. The club also resisted the Scottish Football League in its early days, fearing the domination of the League would kill off smaller clubs. They even played in the English FA Cup, finishing runners-up to Blackburn Rovers in 1884 and 1885. In 1900 they finally joined the Scottish League for fear of falling behind. Although it is an amateur club now playing in the lower divisions of the Scottish Football League, Queen's Park still play at the magnificent 52,500 capacity Hampden Park.
Raith Rovers Football Club Stark's Park
Pratt Street

Telephone +44 (0) 1592 263 514

Raith Rovers F.C. is a professional football team from Kirkcaldy which was formed in 1883, playing originally at Robbie's Park. They are not connected with the team of the same name that merged with Cowdenbeath in 1882. The Rovers, as the club is known to its fans, plays its home fixtures now at Stark's Park with a capacity of 10,104. In 1902, Raith was elected to the Scottish League and in 1907, the club incorporated into a limited company; the Raith Rovers Football and Athletic Company Ltd. The clubs best league finish came in 1921-22 when they finished third in the top division behind the Old Firm. Not long after this, the team survived a scare when the team was shipwrecked on the way to a friendly in the Canary Islands. Luckily the team managed to disembark safely.
Ross County Football Club Victoria Park Stadium
Jubilee Road
IV15 9QZ

Telephone +44 (0) 1349 860 860

Ross County F.C. is the most northerly professional football club in Scotland. The team is proud of its homeland and its heritage and is committed to serving the Highlands and Islands community. The team is nicknamed 'The Staggies' and a Stag is depicted on the club crest. Ross County plays its home games at Victoria Park, Dingwall, which has a capacity of 6,310. The team was formed in 1929 and has played most of its football in the Highland League. The Staggies won the Highland League championship in 1967, 1991 and 1992. Ross County also has a proud tradition in the Scottish Cup, having beaten Scottish Football League opposition on eight occasions whilst members of the Highland League. The most memorable of these was in 1994 when Ross beat Forfar Athletic 4-0. Three days later Ross County was elected to the Scottish Football League for the first time in the club's history.
St. Johnstone Football Club McDiarmid Park
Crieff Road

Telephone +44 (0) 1738 459 090

Member of St Johnstone Cricket Club began playing football in 1884, although the official meeting launching the club St Johnstone F.C. was not held until 1885. The name is derived from Saint Johns Toun (town) which is an ancient name for Perth. In 1910 the club became a limited company. The club leased a ground that became known as the Recreation Ground. St Johnstone stayed at this ground until 1924 when they moved to Muirton Park, which would be the club's home for the next 65 years. The Saints (as the team is known) now play at McDiarmid Park, which holds 10,673 spectators. The team joined the Scottish League Division Two in 1911, winning the Division Two title in 1925 and gaining promotion to the First Division.
St. Mirren Football Club St. Mirren Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1418 892 558

St Mirren F.C. was originally formed in Paisley in 1875 as a cricket club. In 1877 the players decided to switch to Association Football and join the local league. In 1883 the team won the first of its 49 Renfrewshire Cup wins to date. In 1890 St Mirren joined the Scottish Football League as founder members. During this first season, the team played a game against Morton at night using patented oil lamps for floodlighting.
Stenhousemuir Football Club Ochilview Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1324 562 992

Stenhousemuir F.C. was formed in 1884 by a breakaway group from a local junior team Heather Rangers. The team is nicknamed 'The Warriors' and the club mascot is 'Willie the Warrior', a Viking-like figure with a round shield and horned helmet. The nickname is known to have been in use since at least 1887, but its exact origins are unknown. The Warriors were successful around the turn of the century, winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup twice in 1901 and 1902 and reaching the Scottish Cup semi final in 1903. Stenhousemuir joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in 1921 and remained there until 1975 when, partially due to recent league reorganisation, the club found itself relegated to the Third Division. It has remained in the lower divisions since this time. The team enjoyed some success in the mid 1990's, reaching the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, beating St Johnstone and Aberdeen from higher divisions on the way in 1994-95. In 1995-96 they reached the final of the Scottish League Challenge Cup. About 2,500 Stenhousemuir supporters travelled to Perth to watch their team win a close encounter, finally beating big spending Dundee United on penalties. Since 1890 Stenhousemuir have played at Ochilview Park, which currently has a capacity of 3,776.
Stirling Albion Football Club Forthbank Stadium
Springkerse Industrial Estate

Telephone +44 (0) 1786 450 399

Stirling Albion F.C. is known to its fans as 'The Binos', or sometimes 'The Yo-Yos' owing to the teams habit of achieving successive promotion and relegation! Stirling Albion plays at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling, near the River Forth. The club's badge features the Wallace Monument and the Ochil Hills, a range of hills to the north of the Forth Valley. Stirling Albion was formed in 1945 to replace King's Park F.C., who had been unable to reform after the end of World War II. The old team's stadium had been damaged by the only bomb to have landed on the town during the entire war, so the new team would need a new stadium. Local coal magnate Thomas Fergusson, the brains behind the new club, purchased the lease on the Annfield Estate to build the stadium that would be the club's home until 1992. The team now plays at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling with a capacity of 3,808.
Stranraer Football Club Stair Park

Telephone +44 (0) 1776 703 271

Stranraer F.C. is based at Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. It is a semi professional club playing in the Scottish Football League. The club was formed in 1870, making it the third oldest club amongst current Scottish Football League members. Despite the age of the club, it did not join the league until 1949. This was largely due to the remoteness of the South West club in relation to other clubs in the league. In 1948 the league took note of the team when they entertained Rangers in front of a record crowd in the Scottish Cup, the Glasgow team narrowly scraping through by a 1-0 score line. This probably led to their acceptance into the league about a year later. Prior to this, the Stranraer football club had played in the Southern Counties League, the Scottish Combination, the Scottish Alliance and South of Scotland League. Initially the team joined the 'C' Division meaning it played many of the reserve teams from the top flight teams. Stranraer was elevated to the mainstream in 1955 when the 'C' Division was scrapped and the club was admitted to the second division.


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Professional football teams in Spain :

Football has been played competitively in Spain for over 100 years, with many of the country's oldest clubs celebrating their centenary years in the last couple of seasons.

Spain's Liga is one of the most competitive football leagues in Europe and boasts some of the most flowing, technical and stylish football played in the world; Real Madrid - the most successful club in history, FC Barcelona - (FC Barcelona have more members than any club in the world) and, of course, 'La Roja', the Spanish National Football Team - 2008 European Championship winners.

Spanish football clubs feature very heavily in the Spanish culture, with the majority of the population of Spain always celebrating wildly when Spain has done well in one of the competitions. When Spain beat Germany in the European Football Cup in 2008, nearly all of Spain were celebrating into the early hours of the next day!

The football clubs in Spain are usually well attended, with very loyal supporters.

Professional football teams in Spain
Name Details
Name Details
CD Alaves Estadio De Mendizorroza
Paseo de Cervantes

Telephone - +34 945 131 018

Capacity - 19,900

Nickname(s) - Babazorros,(Bean Eaters) & El Glorioso (The Glorious One)

Formed - 1921

Division 2 Winners - 1929-30, 1953-54, 1997-9
Division 3 Winners - 1992-93, 1993-94,1994-95, 2012-13
Division 4 Winners - 1940-1, 1960-1, 1964-65, 1967-68, 1973-74, 1989-90

Current League - Division 2

Club colours - White & Blue Stripes , Blue Shorts , Blue Socks

The official name of the Alaves football club in Spain, is - Club Deportivo Alaves or CD Alaves, They finished runners up to Liverpool in the 2000-1 Uefa Cup Final finishing 4-4 after 90 mins the game was won with the only Golden goal ever scored in extra time to decide a major final. They have struggled to maintain top flight status after many relegation battles.

Nearest airport to Alaves is Vitoria airport 7 km - served by Ryanair from Stansted. Closest other airports with direct UK flights to Spain - Bilbao airport 60 km and Santander airport 107 km
Albacete Estadio Carlos Belmonte
Avenida De La Estacion 5

Telephone - +34 967 521 100

Capacity - 17,300

Nickname(s) - Queso Mecanico (A Clockwork Cheese)

Formed - 1940

Division 2 Winners - 1990-1
Division 2 B Winners - 1989-90, 2013-14

Club Colours - All White with Yellow across shoulder

Current League - Division 2

The official name for the Albacete football club in Spain, is Albacete Balompie.
After years in the second Division, Albacete returned to the top flight in 2002-3,however it dropped in 2004-5,after just 6 wins in 38 matches.
In December 2011 Andres Iniesta who played for the club in his youth before joining Barcelona became the clubs major shareholder, donating 420,000 Euros into the cash strapped club,and again in 2013 put in another 240,000 Euros to help pay the club`s overwhelming wage bill.

Nearest airport is at Alicante 169 km away.
Alcorcon CF Estadio Municpal de Santo Domingo
Avenida Pablo Inglesias

Telephone - +34 916 198 736

Capacity - 5,880

Nickname(s) - Los Alfareros (The Potters)

Founded - 1971

Club Colours - All Yellow, Blue Trim

Current League - Division 2

Alcorcon CF spent nearly it's first 30 years in between Division 4 and the regional leagues. It made it's Segunda Division B debut in 2000-1 finishing 12th.

In 2009-10 the club was promoted to Division 2, On 27th October 2009 they secured the most famous victory in it`s history, as they defeated La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid 4-0 at home in the 1st leg of it`s round of 32 match in the Copa Del Rey.In it`s first ever official match against a team from the top flight, they lost 1-0 in the return leg to win 4-1 on aggregate

Nearest airport is Madrid 39 km away.
Algeciras CF Estadio Nuevo Mirador
Poligono Industrial La Menacha

Telephone - +34 956 666 346

Capacity - 8209

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1912

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe shirt,Blue shorts and Red socks

Current League - Division 2 B (Group 4)

Full name is Algeciras Club de Futbol a football team based in Algeciras in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The team's home stadium is Estadio Nuevo Mirador.
Algeciras football team, usually play in red and white stripes shirt, blue shorts and red socks. The kit was adopted from Southampton F.C. the club kit chosen among different English kits that were brought to a shop in Gibraltar as there was not this type of sport kits in the area at that time.

Nearest airport is Gibraltar 23 km away also Jerez airport is 88 km
Alicante Shared Hercules CF Stadium
Estadio Jose Rico Perez
Alicante Club de Futbol
Calle Foguerer
Romeu Zarandieta

Telephone - +34 965 252 409

Capacity - 29,500

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1918

Club colours - Blue Shirts,White shorts and Blue socks

Having had brief spells in the Second Division 1939-40 and for 8 years in the 60`s,it also acted as a feeder club for neighbours Hercules CF,In the 2000`s the club established itself as one of the strongest 3rd Division clubs,Ground sharing with Hercules CF, in 2007 they again returned to the 2nd Division missing out narrowly 2-3 to Real Madrid in the 4th round of the Spanish Cup,They faced severe economic problems and were relegated, financial situations persisted with relegation to the 4th Division and in May 2014 Alicante CF were dissolved.

Nearest airport - Alicante airport.
Almeria - UD Almeria Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneo
Calle Belladona 5

Telephone - +34 950 332 100

Capacity - 21,350

Nickname(s) - Rojiblancos,(Red & Whites) La Union, Almeriensistas

Formed - 1989

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Red Shorts, White Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of club is Union Deportiva Almeria.
After spending a few years at the 2nd level, Almeria was first promoted to the top level in 2006-7 season after finishing as runners up, achieving 8th place in La Liga 2007-8.In 2010-11 they reached the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey for the first time, however a bad time in the league saw them relegated after 4 years in the top level, In 2012-13 they were again promoted to the top flight.

Nearest airport is Almeria 10 km
Almoradi Estadio Sadrian
Calle Las Gaviotas

Telephone - +34

Capacity - 2000

Formed - 1921

Nickname(s) - None

Club Colours - Red & Blue Halves Shirts,Blue Shorts,Red Socks

Current League - Regional Preferente ( Group 4 )

Full name - Club Deportivo Almoradi

The new stadium Sadrian was opened in June 1987 with a match between Almoradi and Elche which finished 2-2, This replaced the old Sadrian Stadium built in 1944.

Nearest airports - Alicante airport 47 km and Murcia airport 55 km.
Alone de Guardamar - CF Alone The Sports Complex The Rabosas
Guardamar de Segura

Telephone - +34 966 726335

Capacity - 2,000

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1994

Club Colours - Red Shirts,Blue Shorts & Red Socks

Current League -

It was founded in 1994,With many financial problems the team finished in last place in the Second Regional Division in 2013-14 and the club folded. A new club emerged called Sporting Guardamar C F

Nearest airports - Alicante airport 36 km and Murcia airport 28 km away.
Athletic Club Bilbao Estadio San Mames Barria
Alameda de Mazerredo 23

Telephone - +34 944 240877

Capacity - 53,332

Nickname(s) - Los Leones (The Lions)

Formed - 1898

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1903, 1904,1910, 1911,1914,1915, 1916,1921, 1923, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1969, 1973, 1984
La Liga Winners - 1929-30, 1930-31, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1942-43, 1955-56, 1982-83, 1983-84

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, Red & Black Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is Athletic Club Bilbao

The club has played in the Primera Division of La Liga since it's start in 1929.The club has also a very successful Women`s team, which has won 4 championships in the Primera Division Femenina. The club is also known for it's cantera policy of bringing young Basque players through it's ranks, the club is owned and operated by it's club members, It's main rival is Real Sociedad, against whom it plays the Basque derby.

Nearest airport - Bilbao airport 19 km. Closest other airports with direct UK flights to Spain - Vitoria airport 62 km, Santander airport 94 km away
Atletico Madrid Vincente Calderon Stadium
Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto 67

Telephone - +34 902 260 403

Capacity - 54,960

Nickname(s) - Rojiblancos (The Red & Whites), Los Indios (The Indians), Los Colchoneros (The Mattress Makers)

Formed - 1903

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1960, 1961, 1965, 1972, 1976, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2013,

Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1961-62

Division 2 Winners - 2001-2
Europa Cup Winners - 2009-10, 2011-12
European Super Cup Winners - 2010, 2012
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2007 ( Shared)
La Liga Winners - 1939-40, 1940-1, 1949-50, 1950-1, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1995-96, 2013-14
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 1985

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red-Blue Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Club Atletico de Madrid.

Atletico have won the La Liga 10 times, Including a league & cup double in 1996, In 2016 they are due to move to a new home of Estadio La Peineta, which will have a capacity of 70,000. Their home kit colours have been used since 1911,During their history the club have had many nicknames, including Los Colchoneros the mattress makers in English, due to their first team stripes being the same as old fashioned mattresses.

Nearest airport - Madrid airport 21 km
Barcelona - FC Barcelona Camp Nou
Carrer d`Aristides Maillol,12

Telephone - +34 902 189 900

Capacity - 99,786

Nickname(s) - Barca, Blaugrana (Blues & Deep Reds)

Formed - 1899

Champions League Winners - 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011
Copa Del Rey Winners - 1920, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2009, 2012
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997
European Cup / Champions League Winners - 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011
European / Uefa Super Cup Winners - 1992, 1997, 2009, 2011
Inter-Cities Fair`s Cup Winners - 1958, 1960, 1966
La Liga Winners - 1928-29, 1944-45, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1951-2, 1952-53, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1973-74, 1984-85, 1990-1, 1991-2, 1992-3, 1993-4, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2004-5, 2005-6, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Club Colours - Blue & Red Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue & Red Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Futbol Club Barcelona.
One of the things that makes FC Barcelona unique is it`s status as a "Football Club". It is one of the few remaining teams that is not a limited company. This means that the club is still owned by it's members ,there are a 170,000 of them. These members also choose the President of the club through a complex voting system.
For years their objectives were reflected strongly in their refusal to accept a corporate strip sponsor,In September 07 the team announced their new alliance with UNICEF children`s charity, they pledged a yearly sum to the AIDS/HIV department of the charity and had UNICEF across their shirts which were normally kept for corporate sponsors.
It is clear that Barcelona FC are well within their rights to claim that the institution that they have created is "More Than A Club" .

Nearest airport - Barcelona 11 km And Girona 92 km
Betis Estadio Benito Villamarin
Avenida de Palmera

Telephone - +34 902 191 907

Capacity - 56,432

Nickname(s) - Los Verdeblancos ( The Green & Whites ), Beticos ( Betis )

Formed - 1907

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1977, 2005
Division 2 Winners - 1931-32, 1941-42, 1957-58, 1970-71, 1973-74, 2010-11
Division 3 Winners - 1953-54
La Liga Winners - 1934-35

Club Colours - Green & White Stripe Shirts, White Shorts, Green Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Betis Balompie

While Sevilla were the first football club in Seville, a second club Sevilla Balompie were established in 1907, Balompie was founded by students from the local Polytechnic Academy, and were in operation 2 years before being recognised in 1909.

Following an internal split from Sevilla FC , another club was formed ,Betis FC, in 1914 they merged with Sevilla Balompie,and adopted the name Real Betis Balompie,Fans continued to refer to the club as Balompie,and were themselves known as Los Balompedistas until the 1930s when Betis and the adjective Beticos became common terminology when discussing the club and it`s followers.

The nearest airport to Real Betis, is Seville airport 17 km. Jerez airport 91 km away
Cadiz Estadio Ramon de Carranza
Plaza de Madrid

Telephone - +34 956 070 165

Capacity - 25,033

Nickname(s) - El Submarino Amarillo ( Yellow Submarine )

Formed - 1910

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - Division 2 B ( Group 4 )

Full name of the club is - Cadiz Club de Futbol

Cadiz first reached La Liga in 1977-78, after having spent 2 decades in the 2nd Division. Relegated after just 1 season, it returned in 1980, managing a further 13 year stay. however in just 2 seasons they dropped down 2 levels, finally being promoted in 2003, and then returning back to the top level in 2005 after taking the championship with a last day win at neighbours Xerez CD,  Relegated again in 2006,and dropping yet another level in 2008,after climbing back to the 2nd Division they were immediately relegated in 2010.

Nearest airport - Jerez airport 50 km. Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain: Malaga airport 228 km, Seville airport 132 km, Faro airport 321 km and Gibraltar airport 120 km
Calpe Municipal Field of Calpe
Av Pais Valencia

Telephone - +34 607 388 940

Capacity - 500

Nickname(s) - None

Formed -

Club Colours - Green Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks

Current League -

Full name of the club is - Calpe CF

They made the first round of the Copa Del Rey in 1993-94 season were they drew 1-1 at home to CD Alcoyano but lost the second leg 8-0 (9-1 on Agg )

Nearest airport - Alicante 76 km, and Valencia 132 km
Castellon - CD Castellon Estadio Nou Castalia
Calle Huesca
Castellon de la Plana

Telephone - +34 964 355 100

Capacity - 16,000

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1922

Division 2 Winners - 1940-41, 1980-1, 1988-89
Division 2 B Winners - 2002-3
Division 3 Winners - 1929-30, 1952-53, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1976-77

Club Colours - Black & White Stripe Shirts, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - Division 3 ( Group 6 )

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Castellon

The club featured periodically in the top flight, finishing 5th in 1972-73 and even made it to the Copa Del Rey Cup final in 1972-73 losing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao, Relegation in 1991 and another drop 3 years later, which would see them stay there for a decade, In 2011 due to non payment to it`s players the team were excluded from Division 3 relegated to Division 4.

Nearest airport - Valencia 83 km
Celta Vigo Estudio Municipal de Balaidos
Avenida de Balaidos

Telephone - +34 986 110 900

Capacity - 32,500

Nickname(s) - Os Celticos (Celts/Celtics), Os Celestes (Sky Blues)

Formed - 1923

Division 2 Winners - 1935-36, 1981-82, 1991-92
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2000

Club Colours - Sky Blue Shirts, White Shorts, Sky Blue Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Real Club Celta de Vigo

Celta Vigo have played many years in La Liga ,but have never won a league title or the Copa Del Rey, One of their best seasons was 1971-72,when they finished unbeaten at home and finished 6th in the league qualifying for the Uefa Cup for the first time ,recently finishing 4th in 2002-3 and qualifying for the Champions League, where they were eliminated by Arsenal

Nearest airport - Vigo (Pontevedra) (no direct UK flights to Spain) 19 km . Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain: Santiago de Compostela airport 100 km, A Coruna airport 161 km.
Cordoba CF Estadio Ciutat de Valencia
Calle San Vincente de Paul 44

Telephone - +34 902 220 304

Capacity - 25,534

Nickname(s) - Les Granotes ( The Frogs )

Formed - 1909

Division 2 Winners - 2003-4
Division 2 B Winners - 1988-89, 1995-96, 1998-99
Division 3 Winners - 1943-44, 1972-73

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Levante Union Deportiva

During the civil war Levante`s ground was destroyed, but the squad remained intact . In contrast another team from Valencia, Gimnastico had a ground, but had lost most of it`s players, as a result the two clubs merged in 1939 to become Union Deportiva Levante-Gimnastico, changing 2 years later to Levante Union Deportiva, They made their La Liga debut in the 1960`s , They reached the top of La Liga in 2011 for the first time in their history, finally finishing 6th and qualifying for the Europa League for the first time.

Nearest airport - Valencia 14 km
Deportivo La Coruna Estadio Municipal de Riazor
Calle de Manuel Murguia
A Coruna

Telephone - +34 902 434 443

Capacity - 34,600

Nickname(s) - Brancoazuis ( The Blue & Whites ) ,Turcos ( The Turks )

Formed - 1906

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Real Club Deportivo la Coruna

Deportivo have won the league just once in 1999 - 2000 season and have been runners up on five occasions, They have been regulars in the top flight for much of the last 20 years finishing in the top half of the table in 16 out of 19 seasons, The club has a long standing rivalry with Celta Vigo, and the matches between them is known as the Galician derby.

Nearest airport - La Coruna airport 10 km. Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain - Santiago de Compostela airport 68 km
SD Elbar Estadio Municipal de Ipurua
Ipurua Kalea 2

Telephone - +34 943 201 831

Capacity - 5,250

Nickname(s) - Armeros ( The Gunsmiths )

Formed - 1940

Division 2 Winners - 2013-14
Division 2 B Winners - 1987-88, 2006-7, 2010-11
Division 3 Winners - 1950-1, 1952-53, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1966-67, 1981-82, 1985-86

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Sociadad Deportiva Eibar

Formed by a merger of Deportivo Gallo and Union Deportiva Eibarresa, the club was originally known as Eibar Futbol club, before changing to Sociadad Deportivo Eibar. It was not until 1943-44 season that it was reorganised into a more full-time unit.  After a brief five year stint in Division 2 until 1958 it was relegated to Division 3 where it would spend 25 of the next 28 years.  In 2012 -13 they ousted Basque Neighbours Athletic Bilbao from the Copa Del Rey who had appeared in 2 of the last 4 finals, and in 2013-14 the club won Division 2 to climb to the top flight for the first time in it`s history

Nearest airport - Bilbao 53 km and San Sebastian 72 km
Elche CF Estadio Martinez Valero
Av de Manuel Martinez Valero 3

Telephone - +34 965 459 714

Capacity - 38,750

Nickname(s) - Los Franjiverdes (The Green Stripe Ones), Los llicitanos ( The Ones From Elche )

Formed - 1923

Division 2 Winners - 1958-59, 2012-13

Club Colours - White Shirt with Green Hoop, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Elche Club de Futbol

Elche Club de Futbol was formed after the merger of all of the town's football teams in 1923, In the late 1950s they achieved two consecutive promotions from the third level to La Liga, securing it's promotion to the top level with a 3-0 win against CD Tenerife in 1959, they achieved their best ever league finish in 1963 when they finished fifth, In 2012-13 they returned to the top flight after 24 years away.

Nearest airport - Alicante 16 km and Murcia ( San Javier ) 77 km
Espanyol Estadio Cornella-El Prat
Avenida Baix Llobregat 100

Telephone - +34 932 927 700

Capacity - 40,500

Nickname(s) - Periquitos ( Parakeets ) Blanquiblaus ( White & Blues )

Formed - 1900

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1929, 1940, 2000, 2006
Division 2 Winners - 1993-94

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona

Espanyol was the first club in Spain to be formed exclusively by Spanish fans of the game, The club originally played in bright yellow shirts with the colour of shorts left to each individual player, In 1928 Espanyol became a founding member of La Liga, and in 1929 won their first Copa Del Rey Cup, They have completed the highest number of seasons in La Liga without actually winning the league.

Nearest airport - Barcelona 10 km. Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain Reus airport 97 km and Girona airport 99 km.
Gandia (CF Gandia) Estadio Guillermo Olague
Avenida dels esports

Telephone - +34 962 878 111

Capacity - 6,000

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1947

Division 3 Winners - 1961-62, 1999-2000, 2009-10

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & White Socks

Current League - Regional Preferente ( Level 5 )

Full name of the club is - Club de Futbol Gandia

Club de Futbol Gandia spent the vast majority of it`s first 40 years stuck in the Division  , After spending so much time in Division 3 it finally won it's third Division 3 title in 2009-10 and earned promotion back to Division 2 B ( Segunda B ) with a 3-2 win over La Roda with a last minute penalty.
They achieved a 14th place finish in 2010-11 but their stay ended a year later, worse was to follow in 2013-14 a poor season saw the club finish a lowly 15th place, unpaid debts led to demotion of the club to the Regional Preferente League

Nearest airport - Valencia airport 78 km
Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Perez
Avenida de Teresa Calcuta

Telephone - +34 916 959 771

Capacity - 17,700

Nickname(s) - Azulones ( The Deep Blues ), El Geta

Formed - 1946

Division 2 B Winners - ( Group 1 ) 1998-99

Club Colours - All Blue

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Getafe Club de Futbol

The first season for Getafe Club de Futbol was in 1945, when 5 locals decided to form a team of the area while meeting at a local bar, officially founded in 1946 the club was called Club Getafe Deportivo.
They played for 6 years in the 2nd Division from 1976-1982 with little success but in 1978 they advanced to play Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey last 16, getting a well deserved draw 3-3 in the first leg at home, before travelling away and being thrashed 8-0 at the Camp Nou, At the end of the 1981-82 season after players were not paid Getafe was automatically relegated and subsequently liquidated.
A merger between two older clubs Club Getafe Promesas and Club Deportivo Pena Getafe , Meant that Getafe Club Futbol was officially founded in 1983, starting in the league in 1983-84 they were promoted for 4 consecutive seasons until reaching Division 2 B, Finally promoted to Division 2 in 1994 -95 staying only 2 years and threatened with distinction only avoiding another drop with a playoff win, season 2003-4 saw them top of the 2nd Division for most of the season and needed to go to Tenerife on the last day and win, an amazing match saw them win 5-3 with all 5 goals from Sergio Pachon, With this promotion to La Liga they had climbed the whole Spanish pyramid of football in only 20 years.

Nearest airport - Madrid 25 km
Girona FC Estadio Montilivi
Avinguda Montilivi

Telephone - +34 972 202 277

Capacity - 9,286

Nickname(s) - Blanquivermells, Gironistas

Formed - 1930

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Girona Futbol Club

1935 was the first season the club played in Division 2,and subsequently finished top in it`s group qualifying for the playoff stages, but finished 2nd bottom missing out on promotion to La Liga, Between the 70`s & 80`s the club alternated between Division 3 & 4 , and even spent 3 years in the Regionals.
In 2008 after a winning the playoffs they achieved a second consecutive promotion returning to Division 2 again after a 49 year absence.

Nearest airports - Girona 12 km and Barcelona 112 km
Granada CF Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes
Calle Pintor Manuel Maldonado

Telephone - +34 958 253 300

Capacity - 22,524

Nickname(s) - Nazaries , El Grana

Formed - 1931

Division 2 Winners - 1940-1, 1956-57, 1967-68
Division 2 B Winners - 1982-83, 1999-2000, 2009-10
Division 3 Winners - 1933-34, 2003-4, 2005-6

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Granada Club de Futbol

After several promotions the club made it to La Liga in 1941-42, It alternated between La Liga and the 2nd Division until the 1080`s with it's best seasons in 1971-72 & 1973-74 when they finished 6th on both occasions, The upcoming seasons saw many financial difficulties with non payments to players and demotions, it did not return to the 2nd Division for 22 years. In 2010-11 they finished 5th and became the first winners of the new playoff system to gain promotion back to La Liga.

Nearest airports - Malaga 140 km and Almeria 177 km
Guardamar - See entry above for Alone  de Guardamar  
Hercules CF Estadio Jose Rico Perez
Calle Foguerer Romeu Zarandieta 4

Telephone - +34 965 243 212

Capacity - 29,500

Nickname(s) - Los Herculanos, (The Herculeans), Branquiazuls, ( The Blue & Whites )

Formed - 1922

Club Colours - Blue & White Stripe Shirts, Black Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Division 2 B

Full name of the club is - Hercules de Alicante Club de Futbol

After first appearing in La Liga in the 1935-36 season, Hercules would play sporadically in the league for the next 40 years, Playing mainly in Division 2 but going as low as Division 3, From 1961-69 neighbours Alicante CF acted as it`s feeder club.
After a 10 year spell in the top flight encompassing 12 seasons in the 1970`s and 80`s, the club only returned again in 1996-97, though eventually relegated it managed 2 remarkable comeback wins over Barcelona which handed Real Madrid the title, they returned to La Liga in 2010 after 13 years away but a poor season saw them relegated straight back down.

Nearest airport - Alicante 14 km
Jaen Nueva Estadio La Victoria
Carretera de Granada

Telephone - +34 953 223 938

Capacity - 12,800

Nickname(s) - Los Blancos ( The Whites ),Los Lagatos ( The Lizards )

Formed - 1922

Division 2 Winners - 1952-53, 1955-56

Club Colours - All White-Purple Trim

Current League - Division 2 B

Full name of the club is - Real Jaen Club de Futbol

In 1947 the Spanish football federation authorized the name change to Real Jaen from Olympic Jiennense, in 1950 the club had it`s greatest sporting glory winning the Federation Cup, and having three years in the top Division 1953-54, 1956-57 and 1957-58, After years of uncertainty and debts finally in 2013 they exited bankruptcy and get saved from extinction.

Nearest airports - Granada 95 km and Malaga 210 km
Las Palmas Estadio Gran Canaria
Calle Fondos de Segura
Las Palmas

Telephone - +34 928 241 342

Capacity - 31,250

Nickname(s) - Los Amarillos ( The Yellows )

Formed - 1949

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Union Deportiva Las Palmas

Officially founded in 1949 as a result of a merger of all 5 clubs on the island, The union was to make a strong enough club to keep all the Canarian players on the island and not to seek a better career on the mainland, Las Palmas finished 2nd in their first season in Division 3, ranking 3rd in the following year`s Division 2 to reach La Liga, and become the first Spanish club to achieve successive promotions in it`s first 2 years of existence, the first year at the top however ended in relegation, they have though spent 31 seasons in La Liga over the years, and have been runners up in both La Liga and the Copa Del Rey.

Nearest airport - Gran Canaria 22 km
Levante Estadio Ciutat de Valencia
Calle San Vincente de Paul 44

Telephone - +34 902 220 304

Capacity - 25,534

Nickname(s) - Les Granotes ( The Frogs )

Formed - 1909

Division 2 Winners - 2003-4
Division 2 B Winners - 1988-89, 1995-96, 1998-99
Division 3 Winners - 1943-44, 1972-73

Club Colours - Claret & Blue Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Levante Union Deportiva

During the civil war Levante`s ground was destroyed, but the squad remained intact . In contrast another team from Valencia, Gimnastico had a ground, but had lost most of it's players, as a result the two clubs merged in 1939 to become Union Deportiva Levante-Gimnastico, changing 2 years later to Levante Union Deportiva, They made their La Liga debut in the 1960`s , They reached the top of La Liga in 2011 for the first time in their history, finally finishing 6th and qualifying for the Europa League for the first time.

Nearest airport - Valencia 14 km
Lugo Estadio Anxo Carro
Acceso Complexo Deportivo Palomar

Telephone - +34 982 231 754

Capacity - 7,000 ( 4,785 Seated )

Nickname(s) - Albivrmellos ( White & Reds ), Luguino

Formed - 1953

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Lugo

Club Deportivo Lugo is a Spanish football team based in Lugo,in the autonomous community of Galicia. They have played 3 seasons in the Second Division, 21 seasons in Division 2 B and 34 seasons in the Third Division up until 2013-14.

Nearest airports - La Coruna 91 km and Santiago de Compostela Airport 105 km
Malaga Estadio La Rosaleda
Paseo de Martiricos

Telephone - +34 952 104 488

Capacity - 30,044

Nickname(s) - Los Boquerones , (The Anchovies )

Formed - 1904

Intertoto Cup Winners - 2002

Club Colours - Blue & White Striped Shirts, White Shorts & Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Malaga Club de Futbol

Starting life as Malaga Football Club, Becoming Real Malaga in 1927, two years on when the 3rd Division was formed there were two teams from Malaga in the league in 1930,Real Malaga merged with a local team to become Malaga Sport Club, In 1933 the two most prominent clubs in the city,
Malagueno FC merged with Malaga Sport Club to form Club Deportivo Malacitano, In 1941 Another name change to Club Deportivo Malaga coincided with a move to a new stadium that they still use today, In 1992 CD Malaga disappeared and the reserve team Club Atletico Malagueno continued as the cities first team, Finally in 1994 under a new President that team became Malaga Club de Futbol

Nearest airport - Malaga 12 km
Mallorca Iberostar Estadi
Cami Del Reis
Palma de Mallorca

Telephone - +34 971 221 221

Capacity - 23,142

Nickname(s) - Los Bermellones ( The Vermilions )

Formed - 1916

Copa Del Rey Winners - 2003
Division 2 Winners - 1959-60, 1964-65
Division 2 B Winners - 1980-81

Club Colours - All Red

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Club Deportivo Mallorca

In 1931 Mallorca started competing in the national categories, and in 1945 the clubs new ground was inaugurated, the team reached the 2nd Division in 1959, and just one season later reached La Liga. Where between the 1980`s & 90`s they bounced between La Liga and Division 2, In 2003 they won the Copa Del Rey for the first time in their history after losing in the final 5 years before. The Club was bought by a consortium in 2010 which included Mallorca native tennis star Rafael Nadal.

Nearest airport - Palma de Mallorca 14 km
Mirandes Estadio Municipal de Anduva
Camino de Anduva
Miranda de Ebro

Telephone - +34 947 312 029

Capacity - 6,000

Nickname(s) - Rojillos ( Little Reds ), Jabatos ( Young Wild Boars)

Formed - 1927

Division 2 B Winners - 2012-13
Division 3 Winners - 1988-89, 2002-3, 2006-7, 2007-8

Club Colours - All Red

Current League - Division 2 B

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Mirandes

30 out of 33 years from 1944 to 1977 were spent in the Third Division, in 1977-78 it moved to the newly created Segunda Division B, lasting 5 seasons, twice unsuccessful in the promotion playoffs. In 1986, Mirandes was one of the founders of the Rioja Football Federation, the team went on to fluctuate between Divisions 3 and 4 in the following years, They returned to Division 3 in 2008-9 and the club finished top only to miss out in the playoffs, In 2011-12 the team was promoted for the first time in it`s history to Division 2 after winning the playoffs.

Nearest airport - Vitoria Airport 41 km
Murcia Estadio Nueva Condomina
Ronda de la Garay 14

Telephone - +34 968 242 812

Capacity - 31,179

Nickname(s) - Los Pimentoneros ( Paprika Men )

Formed - 1919

Division 2 Winners - 1939-40, 1954-55, 1962-63, 1972-73, 1979-80, 1982-83, 1985-86, 2002-3

Club Colours - Red Shirts, White Shorts , Red Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Murcia Club de Futbol

In 1929 the club first competed in Division 3 achieving it`s first ever La Liga promotion in 1939-40, after years of mainly playing in the second level, it returned to the top Division for 1980-1, for another 9 year spell.
During the 1990`s Murcia also featured briefly in the 4th Division, but played mainly in the second, in 2006 they moved to their new stadium.

Nearest airports - Murcia ( San Javier ) 53 km and Alicante 66 km
Numancia Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos
Avenida Mariano Vicen 16

Telephone - +34 975 227 303

Capacity - 9,025

Nickname(s) - Numantinos, Rojillos ( Reds )

Formed - 1945

Division 2 Winners - 2007-8
Division 3 Winners - 1961-2, 1962-63, 1965-66, 1988-89

Club Colours - Red Shirts,Blue Shorts & Red Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Numancia de Soria

Numancia was named after the ancient town of Numantia, Having spent a long time in the 3rd Division, the club made consistent progress, reaching La Liga on 3 occasions. The club first became widely known in Spain in 1995-96, while playing in Division 3, for it`s extraordinary run in the Spanish Cup , eliminating 3 La Liga sides and only being knocked out in the quarter final by Barcelona.

Nearest airport - Logrono 114 km, Zaragoza 159 km and Bilbao 242 km
Onda Estadio La Serratella
Calle San Fermin 1

Telephone - +34 964 771 369

Capacity - 5,000

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1950

Club Colours - Red & White Striped Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Regional Preferente ( Group 1 )

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Onda

Competing mainly in the Regional Divisions it took them until 1987-88 season to climb to the 3rd Division, They achieved their highest ever rating getting to Division 2 B in 2001-2, Where they would survive only one season before being relegated, they qualified for the playoffs a year later but failed to gain promotion.

Nearest airport - Valencia 73 km
Orihuela CF Estadio Municipal Los Arcos
Carrer Cami Viejo Molins

Telephone - +34 965 306 246

Capacity - 6,000

Nickname(s) - El Escorpions ( The Scorpions )

Formed - 1993

Club Colours - Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Division 3 ( Group 13 )

Full name of the club is - Orihuela Club de Futbol

From 1993-96 the club played in the Primera Regional League, obtaining promotion to Regional Preferente at the end of the 3rd season, At the end of the 1996-97 campaign , new chairman Angel Fenoll "Acquired" the place of Club Deportivo Los Garres in the 3rd Division, and so Orihuela began their new era in Spanish national football.

Nearest airport - Murcia ( San Javier ) 49 km and Alicante 52 km
Osasuna Estadio El Sadar
Carretera El Sadar

Telephone - +34 948 152 636

Capacity - 19,800

Nickname(s) - Los Rojillos ( Little Red Ones ), Gorritxoak

Formed - 1920

Division 2 Winners - 1952-53, 1955-56, 1960-1

Club Colours - Dark Red Shirts, Blue Shorts & Black/Red Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Club Atletico Osasuna

Founded in 1920, Osasuna first reached the Second Division in 1932, they made to La Liga 3 years later. achieved Uefa cup qualification in 1985-86 after finishing 6th in the league, and in 2005 they reached the Copa Del Rey final losing to Real Betis after extra time, 2005-6 season saw them finish 4th in La Liga, but unfortunately got knocked out of qualifying for the Champions League in the 3rd round qualifier against Hamburger SV.

Nearest airports - Pamplona 6 km (No direct UK flights to Spain). Airports with direct UK flights to Spain - Vitoria 113 km, Zaragoza 179 km, Bilbao 180 km.
Pego CF Camp de Futbol Cervantes
Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Telephone - +34 625 615 142

Capacity - 1000

Nickname(s) - None

Formed - 1921

Club Colours - Red Shirts, Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Regional Preferente ( Group 3 )

Full name of the club is - Pego Club de Futbol

First founded in 1921 as Pego Club de Futbol the club was dissolved in 1944, A new club was formed in 1947 named Education & Leisure Pego, and in 1961 renamed back to Pego Club de Futbol, They have played 20 seasons in the 3rd Division and the remainder of their years in the Regionals.

Nearest airport - Alicante 112 km and Valencia 98 km
Ponferradina Estadio El Toralin
Avenida de Asturias

Telephone - +34 987 411 351

Capacity - 8,800

Nickname(s) - La Ponfe, La Deportiva

Formed - 1922

Division 3 Winners - 2004-5, 2007-8, 2009-10
Division 4 Winners - 1957-58, 1965-66, 1986-87

Club Colours - Blue & White Striped Shirts,Blue Shorts & Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Sociadad Deportiva Ponferradina

Ponferradina spent most of it`s professional years in the Third and Fourth Divisions, in 1967 they had an historic 6-1 win over La Liga Giants Real Madrid, they moved to a new ground in 2000, were promoted to Division 2 in 2006-7 , and have been up and down between Divisions 2 and 3 ever since.

Nearest airports - Leon 110 km and La Coruna 207 km
Racing Santander Estadio El Sardinero
Calle Real Racing Club

Telephone - +34 942 273 805

Capacity - 22,222

Nickname(s) - Los Verdiblancos ( The Green & Whites ), Los Racinguistas, Los Montaneses (The Highlanders)

Formed - 1913

Division 2 Winners - 1949-50, 1959-60
Division 2 B Winners - 1990-1, 2013-14
Division 3 Winners - 1943-44, 19

Club Colours - White Shirts-Green Trim, Black Shorts,Green Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Racing Club de Santander

Racing first reached La Liga in 1929, lasting 9 consecutive seasons, and finishing runners up in 1930-1, they fluctuated between the 1st and 2nd Divisions for the next 30 years with four participations in Division 3, In the 2000`s Racing only played one year in Division 2 the rest in the top flight, in 2007-8 it finished 6th in Liga to claim a Uefa cup spot for the first time ever and reach the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey twice.

Nearest airports - Santander 9 km, Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain: Bilbao 110 km, Vitoria 160 km and Asturias 215 km
Real Madrid CF Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Calle Concha Espina, 1

Telephone - +34 913 984 300

Capacity - 85,454

Nickname(s) - Los Blancos ( The Whites ), Los Vikingos (The Vikings), Los Merengues ( The Meringues )

Formed - 1902

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1905,1906, 1907, 1908, 1917, 1934, 1936, 1946, 1947, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1989, 1993, 2011, 2014
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1971, 1983
EUFA Cup Winners - 1985, 1986
European Cup / Champions League Winners - 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002
European / Uefa Super Cup Winners - 2002
La Liga Winners - 1931-32, 1932-33, 1953 -54, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1960-1, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1974-75, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88,1988-89, 1989-90, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000-1, 2002-3, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2011-12
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2012

Club Colours - All White

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Real Madrid Club de Futbol

It holds the record as the most successful club in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful football team of the 20th century, having won a record thirty-one La Liga titles, seventeen Spanish Cups, a record nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups. Real was a founding member of The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the now-defunct G-14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association.
The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "Royal", and was added in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. During the 1950s, Real Madrid established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football. During the second half of the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
It has played its home professional games in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947. Unlike most European football clubs, the club members (socios) have owned and operated Real Madrid since its foundation.

Nearest airport - Madrid 15 km
Real Sociedad Estadio Anoeta
De Anoeta Ibilbidea, 1
San Sebastian

Telephone - +34 943 462 833

Capacity - 32,200

Nickname(s) - Txuriurdin (White & Blues), Erreala / La Real ( The Royals )

Formed - 1909

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1909, 1987
Division 2 Winners - 1948-49, 1966-67, 2009-10
La Liga Winners - 1980-81, 1981-82
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 1982

Club Colours - Blue & White Striped Shirts,White Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Real Sociedad de Futbol

Real Sociedad were founder members of La Liga in 1928, which they have won twice and been runners up three times, they play the Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao, They spent 40 years in the top flight from 1967 to 2007, In 2012-13 season they finished 4th in La Liga to qualify for the Champions League, they won their playoff matches against Lyon both 2-0 to go forward to the group stages but were knocked out only gaining 1 point.

Nearest airport - San Sebastian 22 km (no direct UK flights to Spain). Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain - Bilbao 99 km , Vitoria 99 km and Santander 193 km
Real Zaragoza Estadio La Romareda
Calle Eduardo Ibarra

Telephone - +34 976 567 777

Capacity - 34,596

Nickname(s) - Los Blanquillos, Los Manos (The Aragonese )

Formed - 1932

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1964, 1966, 1986, 1994, 2001, 2004,
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1995
Division 2 Winners - 1977-78
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Winners - 1964
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 2004

Club Colours - White Shirts-Blue Trim, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Zaragoza

Real Zaragoza was originally formed from 2 rival teams, Iberia SC and Real Zaragoza CD in 1939, after 3 years with no football due to the Spanish Civil War, the team made it`s first appearance in La Liga ending in 7th, In 1974-75 they had their best finish in the top flight finishing 2nd to Real Madrid, The 60`s became their best era finishing in the top 5 every season until 1968-69, including 3 top 3 finishes and also winning the Copa Del Rey twice and the Fairs Cup.

Nearest airports - Zaragoza 11 km, Other airports with direct UK flights to Spain: Reus 235 km, Barcelona 305 km and Girona 385 km
Recreativo Huelva Estadio Nuevo Colombino
Avenida del Decano de Futbol Espanol

Telephone - +34 959 270 208

Capacity - 21,600

Nickname(s) - El Decano ( The Dean ), Recre

Formed - 1889

Division 2 Winners - 2005-6

Club Colours - Blue & White Striped Shirts,White Shorts, Blue Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva

The oldest football team in Spain, formed by two Scottish doctors and called Huelva Recreation Club, they founded the club in order to provide mine workers under their care with physical recreation. They first reached the top flight in 1977-78, but would only last one season, they would have to wait until 2002-3 to return back to La Liga, Relegation soon followed but they returned in 2006-7 for their best ever finish of 8th place.

Nearest airport - Seville 110 km
Sabadell Estadio de la Nova Creu Alta
Placa Olimpia 1

Telephone - +34 937 231 305

Capacity - 11,981

Nickname(s) - Arlequinats, Saballuts, Laneros

Formed - 1903

Division 2 Winners - 1941-42, 1945-46
Division 2 B Winners - 1983-84, 2010-11
Division 3 Winners - 1931-32, 1963-64, 1976-77, 1993-94

Club Colours - Blue & White Quartered Shirts,Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Centre d`Esports Sabadell Futbol

The side have competed in the national leagues since 1928, gaining it`s first promotion to Division 2 in 1933 and then La Liga in 1944, Their longest spell in the top flight was from 1965 to 1972, with a best place finish of 4th in 1968-69. They reached the final of the Copa Del Rey in 1940 losing to Sevilla 3-0

Nearest airport - Barcelona 41 km
Sevilla Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Calle Sevilla Futbol Club

Telephone - +34 902 510 011

Capacity - 45,500

Nickname(s) - Los Rojiblancos (The Red & Whites), Los Nervionenses (The Ones From Nervion)

Formed - 1905

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1935, 1939, 1948, 2007, 2010
Division 2 Winners - 1928-29, 1933-34, 1968-69, 2000-1
Uefa Cup Winners - 2006, 2007
Uefa Super Cup Winners - 2006
Europa League Winners - 2014
La Liga Winners - 1945-46
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 2007

Club Colours - All White Shirts & Shorts-Red Trim,Black Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Sevilla Futbol Club

Sevilla Futbol Club is a Spanish professional football club that plays in the top-flight Spanish La Liga championship. The club was established on October 14, 1905, making it the oldest football club from Seville, and the second oldest from Andalusia.
Sevilla is an unusual football club. The club is owned by the fans, with the stocks distributed across a few major holders and a large base of fans. The club supports one of the most renowned training academies in the country, which has produced many famous players.
Sevilla FC has also promoted innovations such as a school of sport psychologists, who provide support for the younger as well as the professional players, and also more recently sports nutrition and medicine. Another recent success for Sevilla FC has been the establishment of its own radio station, "Sevilla FC Radio" (the first of its kind in Spain), their own local tv channel, "SFC TV", as well as other official media.
The home ground for Sevilla FC is the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, which is named after its former president Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and has a spectator capacity of 45,500. The stadium is located in the neighborhood of Nervion. Sevilla's performance in La Liga in the last few seasons has led to an increase in the number of season ticket holders, making it necessary to create a waiting list for tickets.

Nearest airports - Seville 10 km, Jerez 96 km, Gibraltar 197 km, Faro (Portugal) 205 km
Sporting Gijon Estadio El Molinon
645 Mareo de Abajo

Telephone - +34 985 167 677

Capacity - 30,000

Nickname(s) - Rojiblancos ( Red & Whites )

Formed - 1905

Division 2 Winners - 1943-44, 1950-1, 1956-57, 1969-70, 1976-77

Club Colours - Red & White Stripe Shirts, Blue Shorts, Red-Blue Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Real Sporting de Gijon

1944 was the start of good times for Sporting Gijon, promotion to La Liga for the first time, achieving greatest success in the late 70`s and early 80`s, During this period Sporting were competing for titles, finishing runner-up in La Liga in 1978-79 season and twice runner-up in the Copa Del Rey for two years running 1981 and 1982, they also competed in the UEFA Cup 6 times, A disastrous 1997-98 campaign saw them relegated with only 13 points, although that is not the lowest Celta Vego claim that with only 9 points in 1942-43, 2008-9 saw them return to La Liga after a 10 year absence , they broke the record for consecutive amount of games before a draw at the start of a season with 33 matches.

Nearest airports - Asturias 44 km and Santander 176 km
Tenerife Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez
Calle Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez

Telephone - +34 922 298 100

Capacity - 24,000

Nickname(s) - Riqui-raca, Tete, Chicharreros, Blanquiazules  (Blue & White )

Formed - 1912

Division 2 Winners - 1960-1
Division 3 Winners - 1970-1
Division 2 B Winners - 1986-87, 2012-13

Club Colours - White Shirts-Blue Trim, Blue Shorts, White Socks

Current League - Division 2

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Tenerife

The team played in the regional divisions until it was promoted to the Second Division in 1953, it reached La Liga in 1961, but was immediately relegated back down, in the following 27 years they would play most of their football in the Second Division, Promotion to La Liga again in 1988 would see them spend 10 seasons at the top level, with a best finish of 5th in 1992-93 and 1995-96, After reaching the top again in 2009-10, they would suffer two straight relegations going back into Division 2 B for 2 seasons, before another promotion back into Division 2.

Nearest airport - Tenerife 61 km
Torrevieja - CD Torrevieja Estadio Vicente Garcia
Avenida Monge

Telephone - +34 629 550 856

Capacity - 6,000

Nickname(s) - Los Salineros (The Saltmen)

Formed - 1993

Club Colours - White Shirts,Blue Shorts,White Socks

Current League - Division 3 ( Group 6 )

Full name of the club is - Club Deportivo Torrevieja

In Torrevieja, football started to become popular during the time of the First War. Although there were no official clubs, local men would clear a field, set up goal posts and play a match. The first official ground was inaugurated in 1920 on a field in what is today called colonia de San Esteban very near to what is now the town's bus station. In the small plaza behind the station we can see a statue of a footballer to commemorate this fact.

The first reference to Torrevieja Club de Futbol is in 1923 and although there was no official league for them to play in, football friendlies and summer cup competitions were arranged against other football teams in the Vega Baja region.
During the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) football, like most things, came to a standstill. It was not until the mid 1950's that Torrevieja again had an official team, or teams, as two sides - Espanol Frente de Juventudes (known as el Hueso) and Club Deportivo Torrevejense (known as el Remiendo) were formed.
Both the Torrevieja sides continued to play only in friendlies and cup matches and participated in competitions like the "San Pedro Cup" and the "Vega Baja Cup" without any success to mention. Matches from this period are still remembered with affection in the town with the likes of Murcia, Hercules and Orihuela visiting Torrevieja. Another peculiarity of the times was that there was no admission charged for the match, instead "the hat" was passed round the ground for fans to make whatever contribution they could.

Over the next 15 years, both of the Torrevejense clubs folded, leaving a void which was filled in 1971 with the foundation of Torrevieja Club de Futbol.
This came about after an appeal by the local press for the formation of a new club as well as a new ground. Football fever was now sweeping the town and the Mayor at the time, Sr. Vicente Garcia Garcia and his administration took on the task to build the football ground we have today. The ground was named the Estadio Municipal Vicente Garcia and was inaugurated with a match against Hercules Alicante in 1971.

Torrevieja CF made their league debut in 1971/72 season, playing in the Valencian second regional division (two below their current level) and reached Regional Preferente in 1976. In 1978 the Club achieved promotion to the 3rd. Division. The whole town threw a massive fiesta as the local club, founded 7 seasons previously had reached the national level within Spanish football.

Following approval by the members for the start of the 22014-15 season, the club reverts back to to it`s original name Club Deportivo Torrevieja

Nearest airports - Murcia 34 km and Alicante 43 km
Valencia Estadio Mestalla
Avinguda de Suecia

Telephone - +34 902 011 919

Capacity - 55,000

Nickname(s) - El Taronges (The Oranges) Valencianistas, Los Murcielagos (The Bats)

Formed - 1919

Copa Del Rey Winners - 1941, 1949, 1954, 1967, 1979, 1999, 2008
Cup Winners Cup - Winners - 1979-80
European / UEFA Super Cup Winners - 1980, 2004
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Winners - 1961-2, 1962-3
Intertoto Cup Winners - 1998
La Liga Winners - 1941-42, 1943-44, 1946-47, 1970-1, 2001-2, 2003-4
Supercopa De Espana Winners - 1999
UEFA Cup Winners - 2003-4

Club Colours - White Shirts-Orange Trim, Black Shorts,White Socks

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Valencia Club de Futbol

Valencia moved into the Mestalla Stadium in 1923, The Spanish Civil War halted the progress of the team until 1941, when it won it`s first Copa Del Rey Cup, the next season saw them win their first La Liga title, Two European titles came in the early 60`s, They have become the third most supported club in Spain behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. Work has again started on the 75,000 seater Nou Mestalla Stadium which they were due to move into in 2013, but due to ongoing financial difficulties has been delayed.

Nearest airports - Valencia 12 km and Alicante 173 km
Villarreal Estadio El Madrigal
Calle de Blasco Ibanez 2

Telephone - +34 902 294 295

Capacity - 23,890

Nickname(s) - El Submarino Amarillo (The Yellow Submarine)

Formed - 1923

Division 3 Winners - 1969-70
Intertoto Cup Winners - 2003, 2004

Club Colours - All Yellow

Current League - La Liga

Full name of the club is - Villarreal Club de Futbol

Villarreal entered regional competitions from 1929 onwards, the club played in the regional Second Division after the Civil War ended in 1939, In 1942 the club changed it`s name to CAF Villarreal, and again to it`s current name in 1954, they were promoted to Division 3 in 1956 as champions, a few ups and downs would follow in the coming years, in 1997-98 they finished 2nd in Division 2 to gain La Liga status for the first time, although a straight relegation followed they bounced straight back up again, were they would stay until the end of 2011-12, again coming back up the next season at the first attempt.

Nearest airports - Valencia 68 km and Alicante 246 km

Spains national football team
FIFA World Cup winners - 2010
FIFA Futsal Indoor World Cup winners - 2000, 2004
Football Gold Medal Summer Olympics - Barcelona - 1992
UEFA European Championship winners - 1964, 2008, 2012

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FA Cup - The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after The Football Association. The name "FA Cup" refers to the English men's football tournament.

The FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world, with the first FA cup in England being in 1872. Because it involves clubs of all standards playing against each other there is the possibility for "minnows" from the lower divisions to become "giant-killers" by eliminating top clubs from the tournament, although lower division teams rarely reach the final. In comparison, the League Cup can involve only the 72 members of The Football League (which organises that competition) and the 20 teams in the Premier League for a total of 92 eligible teams.

As well as being presented with the FA cup, the winning team also qualifies automatically for the first round of the UEFA Cup, unless they have already qualified for Europe in which case, the position goes to the runners-up or to the highest placed Premier League side without European qualification.

FA Cup
Year Winners Result Runners Up Comments
Year Winners Result Runners Up Comments
1872 Wanderers 1-0 Royal Engineers  
1873 Wanderers 2-0 Oxford University  
1874 Oxford University 2-0 Royal Engineers  
1875 Royal Engineers 1-1 aet Old Etonians replay
Royal Engineers 2-0 Old Etonians
1876 Wanderers 1-1 aet Old Etonians replay
Wanderers 3-0 Old Etonians
1877 Wanderers 2-1 aet Oxford University  
1878 Wanderers 3-1 Royal Engineers  
1879 Old Etonians 1-0 Clapham Rovers  
1880 Clapham Rovers 1-0 Oxford University  
1881 Old Carthusians 3-0 Old Etonians  
1882 Old Etonians 1-0 Blackburn Rovers  
1883 Blackburn Olympic 2-1 aet Old Etonians  
1884 Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Queens Park, Glasgow  
1885 Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Queens Park, Glasgow  
1886 Blackburn Rovers 0-0 West Bromwich Albion replay
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
1887 Aston Villa 2-0 West Bromwich Albion  
1888 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Preston North End  
1889 Preston North End 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers  
1890 Blackburn Rovers 6-1 Sheffield Wednesday  
1891 Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Notts County  
1892 West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Aston Villa  
1893 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Everton  
1894 Notts County 4-1 Bolton Wanderers  
1895 Aston Villa 1-0 West Bromwich Albion  
1896 Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers  
1897 Aston Villa 3-2 Everton  
1898 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Derby County  
1899 Sheffield United 4-1 Derby County  
1900 Bury 4-0 Southampton  
1901 Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Sheffield United replay
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Sheffield United
1902 Sheffield United 1-1 Southampton replay
Sheffield United 2-1 Southampton
1903 Bury 6-0 Derby County  
1904 Manchester City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers  
1905 Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United  
1906 Everton 1-0 Newcastle United  
1907 Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Everton  
1908 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Newcastle United  
1909 Manchester United 1-0 Bristol City  
1910 Newcastle United 1-1 Barnsley replay
Newcastle United 2-0 Barnsley
1911 Bradford City 0-0 Newcastle United replay
Bradford City 1-0 Newcastle United
1912 Barnsley 0-0 West Bromwich Albion replay
Barnsley 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
1913 Aston Villa 1-0 Sunderland  
1914 Burnley 1-0 Liverpool  
1915 Sheffield United 3-0 Chelsea  
First world war
1920 Aston Villa 1-0 aet Huddersfield Town  
1921 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers  
1922 Huddersfield Town 1-0 Preston North End  
1923 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham United  
1924 Newcastle United 2-0 Aston Villa  
1925 Sheffield United 1-0 Cardiff City  
1926 Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester City  
1927 Cardiff City 1-0 Arsenal  
1928 Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Huddersfield Town  
1929 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Portsmouth  
1930 Arsenal 2-0 Huddersfield Town  
1931 West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Birmingham City  
1932 Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal  
1933 Everton 3-0 Manchester City  
1934 Manchester City 2-1 Portsmouth  
1935 Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 West Bromwich Albion  
1936 Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United  
1937 Sunderland 3-1 Preston North End  
1938 Preston North End 1-0 aet Huddersfield Town  
1939 Portsmouth 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers  
Second world war
1946 Derby County 4-1 aet Charlton Athletic  
1947 Charlton Athletic 1-0 aet Burnley  
1948 Manchester United 4-2 Blackpool  
1949 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Leicester City  
1950 Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool  
1951 Newcastle United 2-0 Blackpool  
1952 Newcastle United 1-0 Arsenal  
1953 Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers  
1954 West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Preston North End  
1955 Newcastle United 3-1 Manchester City  
1956 Manchester City 3-1 Birmingham City  
1957 Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United  
1958 Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Manchester United  
1959 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Luton Town  
1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Blackburn Rovers  
1961 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Leicester City  
1962 Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Burnley  
1963 Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City  
1964 West Ham United 3-2 Preston North End  
1965 Liverpool 2-1 aet Leeds United  
1966 Everton 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday  
1967 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Chelsea  
1968 West Bromwich Albion 1-0 aet Everton  
1969 Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City  
1970 Chelsea 2-2 aet Leeds United replay
Chelsea 2-1 Leeds United
1971 Arsenal 2-1 aet Liverpool  
1972 Leeds United 1-0 Arsenal  
1973 Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United  
1974 Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle United  
1975 West Ham United 2-0 Fulham  
1976 Southampton 1-0 Manchester United  
1977 Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool  
1978 Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal  
1979 Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United  
1980 West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal  
1981 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 aet Manchester City replay
Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Manchester City
1982 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 aet Queens Park Rangers replay
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
1983 Manchester United 2-2 aet Brighton and Hove Albion replay
Manchester United 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
1984 Everton 2-0 Watford  
1985 Manchester United 1-0 aet Everton  
1986 Liverpool 3-1 Everton  
1987 Coventry City 3-2 aet Tottenham Hotspur  
1988 Wimbledon 1-0 Liverpool  
1989 Liverpool 3-2 aet Everton  
1990 Manchester United 3-3 aet Crystal Palace replay
Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace
1991 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 aet Nottingham Forest  
1992 Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland  
1993 Arsenal 1-1 aet Sheffield Wednesday replay and after extra time,
Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
1994 Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea  
1995 Everton 1-0 Manchester United  
1996 Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool  
1997 Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough  
1998 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United  
1999 Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle United  
2000 Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa  
2001 Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal  
2002 Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea  
2003 Arsenal 1-0 Southampton  
2004 Manchester United 3-0 Millwall  
2005 Arsenal 0-0 aet Manchester United Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties
2006 Liverpool 3-3 aet West Ham United Liverpool win 3-1 on penalties
2007 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United  
2008 Portsmouth 1-0 Cardiff City  
2009 Chelsea 2-1 Everton Record fastest goal ever scored in an FA cup final. Saha scored for Everton, after 25 seconds
2010 Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth  
2011 Manchester City 1-0 Stoke City  
2012 Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool  
2013 Wigan 1-0 Manchester City  
2014 Arsenal 3-2 aet Hull City  

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Football League Cup / Carling Cup - The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup or currently as the Carling Cup, is an English football competition. Like the FA Cup, it's played on a knockout (single elimination) basis, but unlike the FA Cup, the semi-finals in the football league cup are played over two legs. The winners automatically qualify for the UEFA Europa League, if they have not qualified for European competition in some other way. (If the winner qualifies for the Champions League, the UEFA Europa League spot is given to the team that finishes highest in the FA Premier League that has not already qualified for a European competition.)

Since 1982, the League Cup has been named after its sponsor, giving it the following names:

* Milk Cup (1981 to 1986), sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board
* Littlewoods Challenge Cup (1986 to 1990), sponsored by Littlewoods
* Rumbelows Cup (1990 to 1992), sponsored by Rumbelows
* Coca-Cola Cup (1992 to 1998), sponsored by Coca-Cola
* Worthington Cup (1998 to 2003), sponsored by Worthington Draught bitter
* Carling Cup (2003 to present), sponsored by Carling

Football League Cup / Carling Cup
Year Winners Result Runners Up Comments
Year Winners Result Runners Up Comments
1961 Aston Villa 3-2 Rotherham United  
1962 Norwich City 4-0 Rochdale  
1963 Birmingham City 3-1 Aston Villa  
1964 Leicester City 4-3 Stoke City  
1965 Chelsea 3-2 Leicester City  
1966 West Bromwich Albion 5-3 West Ham United  
1967 Queens Park Rangers 3-2 West Bromwich Albion  
1968 Leeds United 1-0 Arsenal  
1969 Swindon Town 3-1 aet Arsenal  
1970 Manchester City 2-1 aet West Bromwich Albion  
1971 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa  
1972 Stoke City 2-1 Chelsea  
1973 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Norwich City  
1974 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Manchester City  
1975 Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City  
1976 Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United  
1977 Aston Villa 3-2 aet Everton  
1978 Nottingham Forest 1-0 aet Liverpool  
1979 Nottingham Forest 3-2 Southampton  
1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest  
1981 Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United  
1982 Liverpool 3-1 aet Tottenham Hotspur  
1983 Liverpool 2-1 aet Manchester United  
1984 Liverpool 1-0 Everton  
1985 Norwich City 1-0 Sunderland  
1986 Oxford United 3-0 QPR  
1987 Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool  
1988 Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal  
1989 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Luton Town  
1990 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Oldham Athletic  
1991 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Manchester United  
1992 Manchester United 1-0 Nottingham Forest  
1993 Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday  
1994 Aston Villa 3-1 Manchester United  
1995 Liverpool 2-1 Bolton Wanderers  
1996 Aston Villa 3-0 Leeds United  
1997 Leicester City 1-0 aet Middlesbrough  
1998 Chelsea 2-0 aet Middlesbrough  
1999 Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Leicester City  
2000 Leicester City 2-1 Tranmere Rovers  
2001 Liverpool 0-0 Birmingham City (aet) 
(Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties)
2002 Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur  
2003 Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United  
2004 Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton Wanderers  
2005 Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool  
2006 Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic  
2007 Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal  
2008 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Chelsea  
2009 Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (aet) 
(Manchester United won 4-1 on penalties)
2010 Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa  
2011 Birmingham City 2-1 Arsenal  
2012 Liverpool 2-2 Cardiff City (aet)
Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties
2013 Swansea 5-0 Bradford City  
2014 Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland  

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FA Community Shield Cup / Charity Shield Cup - The Football Association Community Shield (formerly and colloquially known as the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup, though this tradition was only established twenty years into the fixture's existence. It is equivalent to the Super Cups found in many countries. The Shield was first played for in 1908, replacing the Sheriff of London Charity Shield that had been introduced in 1898.

The match is contested at the beginning of the following season, and since 1974 has been played at Wembley Stadium, although it was played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales while Wembley was being rebuilt. The newly built Wembley held the 2007 final for the first time since 2000. If a team wins The Double (both the Premier League and the FA Cup), then the Double winner plays the Premier League runner-up.

The Shield plays a major role for the FA in its efforts to raise funds for various charities throughout England. The sources for the funds include the net profits from admission tickets and sales of match day programmes. Parts of the fund are distributed to clubs who participated in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, who are then in turn asked to nominate a charity or community-based organisation which will receive the clubs' share of the fund. The remainder of the funds will then be donated to The FA Charity Partners.

FA Community Shield Cup / Charity Shield Cup
Year Winners ResultRunners Up Comments
Year Winners Result Runners Up Comments
1908 Manchester United 4-0 Queens Park Rangers This was a replay, as the final was 1-1
1909 Newcastle United 2-0 Northampton Town  
1910 Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Aston Villa  
1911 Manchester United 8-4 Swindon Town  
1912 Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Queens Park Rangers  
1913 English Professional XI 7-2 English Amateurs XI  
First world war
1920 West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur  
1921 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Burnley  
1922 Huddersfield Town 1-0 Liverpool  
1923 English Professional XI 2-0 English Amateurs XI  
1924 English Professional XI 3-1 English Amateurs XI  
1925 English Amateurs XI 6-1 English Professionals XI  
1926 English Amateurs XI 6-3 English Professionals XI  
1927 Cardiff City 2-1 Corinthian  
1928 Everton 2-1 Blackburn Rovers  
1929 English Professionals XI 3-0 English Amateurs XI  
1930 Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday  
1931 Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion  
1932 Everton 5-3 Newcastle United  
1933 Arsenal 3-0 Everton  
1934 Arsenal 4-0 Manchester City  
1935 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Arsenal  
1936 Sunderland 2-1 Arsenal  
1937 Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland  
1938 Arsenal 2-1 Preston North End  
Second world war
1948 Arsenal 4-3 Manchester United  
1949 Portsmouth 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Title shared
1950 English World Cup XI 4-2 English FA Canadian Touring XI  
1951 Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United  
1952 Manchester United 4-2 Newcastle United  
1953 Arsenal 3-1 Blackpool  
1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-4 West Bromwich Albion  
1955 Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United  
1956 Manchester United 1-0 Manchetesr City  
1957 Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa  
1958 Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers  
1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Nottingham Forest  
1960 Burnley 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Title shared
1961 Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 FA XI  
1962 Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 Ipswich Town  
1963 Everton 4-0 Manchester United  
1964 Liverpool 2-2 West Ham United Title shared
1965 Manchester United 2-2 Liverpool Title shared
1966 Liverpool 1-0 Everton  
1967 Manchester United 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur Title shared
1968 Manchester City 6-1 West Bromwich Albion  
1969 Leeds United 2-1 Manchester City  
1970 Everton 2-1 Chelsea  
1971 Leicester City 1-0 Liverpool  
1972 Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa  
1973 Burnley 1-0 Manchester City  
1974 Liverpool 1-1 Leeds United Liverpool won 6-5 on penalties
1975 Derby County 2-0 West Ham United  
1976 Liverpool 1-0 Southampton  
1977 Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool Title shared
1978 Nottingham Forest 5-0 Ipswich Town  
1979 Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal  
1980 Liverpool 1-0 West Ham United  
1981 Aston Villa 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur  
1982 Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur  
1983 Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool  
1984 Everton 1-0 Liverpool  
1985 Everton 2-0 Manchester United  
1986 Everton 1-1 Liverpool Title shared
1987 Everton 1-0 Coventry City  
1988 Liverpool 2-1 Wimbledon  
1989 Liverpool 1-0 Arsenal  
1990 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United Title shared
1991 Arsenal 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur Title shared
1992 Leeds United 4-3 Liverpool  
1993 Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal Manchester United won 5-4 on penalties
1994 Manchester United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers  
1995 Everton 1-0 Blackburn Rovers  
1996 Manchester United 4-0 Newcastle United  
1997 Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea  
1998 Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United  
1999 Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United  
2000 Chelsea 2-0 Manchester United  
2001 Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United  
2002 Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool  
2003 Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal Manchester United won 4-3 on penalties
2004 Arsenal 3-1 Manchester United  
2005 Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal  
2006 Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea  
2007 Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea Manchester United won 3-0 on penalties
2008 Manchester United 0-0 Portsmouth Manchester United won 3-0 on penalties
2009 Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties
2010 Manchester United 3-1 Chelsea  
2011 Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City  
2012 Manchester City 3-2 Chelsea  
2013 Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic  
2014 Arsenal 3-0 Manchester City  

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Masters Football Tournaments - The jewel in the crown of many a Masters player, the Masters Cup has become the tournament to win for every ex-professional footballer and international footballer in the UK.

Masters football is a 6 a-side indoor football competition in the United Kingdom, where players over the age of 35 are chosen by the Masters Football Selection Committee to represent a senior club for which they played. Regional heats are held, and the winners of each go forward to a national finals competition. Events are contested over the course of a single evening, (usually on Saturdays or Sundays), with games played in two halves of eight minutes duration. The pitch is 60m by 30m, and there is no offside rule. Matches are televised live on the UK subscription channel Sky Sports.

Football is recognised as the UK's most popular outdoor sport, and now, football is starting to be recognised as one of the UK's most popular indoor sports. largely thanks to the introduction of the exciting Masters Football six-a-side tournament, which the PFA (Professional Footballers Association), continues to support.

Since its conception in 1998, the Masters Football hall of fame has enrolled players of the calibre of Bryan Robson, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Liam Brady, Glenn Hoddle, Ally McCoist, Neville Southall and Ian Wright, to name but a few. The list includes many stars who have played in the Premiership, Champions League and World Cup finals.

Thousands of fans have witnessed the unique experience of live indoor football and millions more have watched the action on Sky Sports and Channel Four. Masters Football has quickly established itself as part of the professional sporting calendar and is recognised as the senior tour for football.

The six-a-side format ensures that the players are able to display their greatest skills - tackling, dribbling, passing and, of course, scoring. All players will have, at one point in their career played with their respective team and the minimum age is 35, but don't be surprised to see a few stars of the past for whom the age of 35 is but a distant memory.

The Masters Cup takes in eight regional heats, features 32 teams and over 320 players, culminating in a nerve-jangling Grand Final, all televised live on Sky Sports.

Since 2000, the Masters Cup has been played in front of over 1.2 million people, and many more millions have tuned in to see the action on TV and roar their team on to glory.

The brilliant Masters Football is a very exciting, fast-moving indoor football tournament which is held every year and is broadcast on SKY TV.

The first Masters Football Tournament was held in 2000. The results of all of the tournaments are below :

Masters Football Tournaments
Year Winners Result Runners Up
Year Winners Result Runners Up
2000 Nottingham Forest 3-2 Rangers
2001 Liverpool 4-1 Bradford City
2002 Liverpool 3-2 Newcastle United
2003 Manchester City 3-1 Rangers
2004 Chelsea 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
2005 Leicester City 3-2 Chelsea
2006 Rangers 8-2 Chelsea
2007 Leicester City 2-2
5-4 on penalties
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-3 Manchester City
2009 Tranmere Rovers 4-3 Bolton
2010 Birmingham City 3-3
4-2 on penalties
Tranmere Rovers
2011 Glasgow Rangers 8-3 Leeds United

UEFA Champions League Cup - The UEFA Champions League Cup (usually referred to as the European Champions League  Cup or historically as the European Cup) is an annual Association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. The final of the competition is - along with the NFL's Super Bowl - the most watched annual sporting event worldwide, drawing just over 100 million television viewers.

The UEFA Champions League Cup, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organized by UEFA since 1992 (or overall in its older format since 1955) for the most successful football clubs in Europe. The prize, the European Champion Clubs' Cup (more commonly known as the European Cup), is the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. The UEFA Champions League is separate from the UEFA Cup, (which is now known as the UEFA Europa League cup).

Champions League winners keep the real trophy for ten months after their victory, and receive a scaled-down replica to keep forever. Winning clubs are also permitted to make replicas of their own, however they must be clearly marked as such and can be no more than eighty percent the size of the actual trophy.

The champions league tournament consists of several stages. In the present format, the European Champions League begins in mid-July with three preliminary knockout qualifying rounds. The 16 surviving teams join 16 seeded teams in a group stage. Eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout rounds, which end with the final match in May. Previously, only the champions of their respective national league could participate in the European Champions League competition; however, this was changed in 1997 to allow the runners-up of the stronger leagues to compete as well.

UEFA Champions League Cup
Year Winners Result Runners Up
Year Winners Result Runners Up
1956 Real Madrid 4-3 Stade Reims
1957 Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina
1958 Real Madrid 3-2 AC Milan
1959 Real Madrid 2-0 Stade Reims
1960 Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
1961 Benfica 3-2 FC Barcelona
1962 Benfica 5-3 Real Madrid
1963 AC Milan 2-1 Benfica
1964 Inter Milan 3-1 Real Madrid
1965 Inter Milan 1-0 Benfica
1966 Real Madrid 2-1 Partizan Belgrade
1967 Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan
1968 Manchester United 4-1 Benfica
1969 AC Milan 4-1 Ajax Amsterdam
1970 Feyenoord 2-1 Celtic
1971 Ajax 2-0 Panathinaikos FC
1972 Ajax 2-0 Inter Milan
1973 Ajax 1-0 Juventus
1974 Bayern Munich 1-1
Bayern Munich won 4-0 in a replay
Atletico Madrid
1975 Bayern Munich 2-0 Leeds United
1976 Bayern Munich 1-0 Saint-Etienne
1977 Liverpool FC 3-1 Borussia M'Gladbach
1978 Liverpool FC 1-0 Club Brugge
1979 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Malmo FF
1980 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Hamburger SV
1981 Liverpool FC 1-0 Real Madrid
1982 Aston Villa 1-0 Bayern Munich
1983 Hamburger SV 1-0 Juventus
1984 Liverpool FC 1-1
Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties
AS Roma
1985 Juventus 1-0 Liverpool FC
1986 Steaua Bucuresti 0-0
Steaua Bucureşti won 2-0 on penalties
FC Barcelona
1987 Porto 2-1 Bayern Munich
1988 PSV Eindhoven 0-0
PSV Eindhoven won 6-5 on penalties
1989 AC Milan 4-0 Steaua Bucuresti
1990 AC Milan 1-0 Benfica
1991 FC Red Star Belgrade 0-0
Red Star Belgrade won 5-3 on penalties
1992 FC Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria Genoa
1993 Marseille 1-0 AC Milan
1994 AC Milan 4-0 FC Barcelona
1995 Ajax 1-0 AC Milan
1996 Juventus 1-1
Juventus won 4-2 on penalties
1997 Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Juventus
1998 Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
1999 Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich
2000 Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia CF
2001 Bayern Munich 1-1
Bayern Munich won 5-4 on penalties
Valencia CF
2002 Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
2003 AC Milan 0-0
Milan won 3-2 on penalties
2004 Porto 3-0 AS Monaco
2005 Liverpool FC 3-3
Liverpool won 3-2 on penalties
AC Milan
2006 FC Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal FC
2007 AC Milan 2-1 Liverpool FC
2008 Manchester United 1-1
Manchester United won 6-5 on penalties
Chelsea FC
2009 Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United
2010 Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich
2011 Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United
2012 Chelsea 1-1
Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties
Bayern Munich
2013 Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
2014 Real Madrid 4-1 aet Atletico Madrid

UEFA Europa League / The UEFA Cup - The UEFA Europa League (previously called the UEFA Cup up until 2009) is a competition for eligible European football clubs; the second most prestigious European football contest after the UEFA Champions League. It's an annual Association football cup competition organised by UEFA. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

The UEFA Europa League grew out of an idea conceived by Switzerland's Ernst Thommen who, along with Italy's Ottorino Barrasi and England's Sir Stanley Rous, later FIFA President, created a tournament for representative sides from European cities that regularly held trade fairs.

Before the UEFA Europa League, it was called the UEFA Cup, and before that, it was called the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was founded on 18 April 1955, two weeks after the founding of the European Champion Clubs' Cup. The first Fairs Cup involved teams from Barcelona, Basle, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Lausanne, Leipzig, London, Milan and Zagreb. The original tournament lasted three years, with matches timed to coincide with trade fairs. Barcelona, using players purely from FC Barcelona, beat a London representative side 8-2 on aggregate in the final.

UEFA Europa League
Year Winners Result Runners Up
Year Winners Result Runners Up
1972 Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1973 Liverpool 3-2 VfL Borussia Monchengladbach
1974 Feyenoord 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur
1975 VfL Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 Twente
1976 Liverpool FC 4-3 Club Brugge
1977 Juventus Aggregate 2-2, Juventus won on away goals Athletic Bilbao
1978 PSV Eindhoven 3-0 Bastia
1979 VfL Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Red Star Belgrade
1980 Eintracht Frankfurt Aggregate 3-3, Eintracht Frankfurt won on away goals Borussia Monchengladbach
1981 Ipswich Town 5-4 AZ Alkmaar
1982 IFK Goteborg 4-0 Hamburg
1983 Anderlecht 2-1 Benfica
1984 Tottenham Hotspur Aggregate 2-2, Tottenham Hotspur won 4-3 on penalties Anderlecht
1985 Real Madrid 3-1 Videoton
1986 Real Madrid 5-3 FC Koln
1987 IFK Goteborg 2-1 Dundee United
1988 Bayer Leverkusen Aggregate 3-3, Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 on penalties Espanyol
1989 Napoli 5-4 VfB Stuttgart
1990 Juventus 3-1 Fiorentina
1991 Internazionale 2-1 Roma
1992 Ajax Aggregate 2-2 Ajax won on away goals Torino
1993 Juventus 6-1 Borussia Dortmund
1994 Internazionale 2-0 Casino Salzburg
1995 Parma 2-1 Juventus
1996 Bayern Munchen 5-1 Bordeaux
1997 Schalke Aggregate 1-1 Schalke won 4-1 on penalties Internazionale
1998 Internazionale 3-0 Lazio
1999 Parma 3-0 Marseille
2000 Galatasaray Galatasaray win 4-1 on penalties Arsenal
2001 Liverpool FC 5-4 Alaves
2002 Feyenoord 3-2 Borussia Dortmund
2003 Porto 3-2 Celtic
2004 Valencia 2-0 Marseille
2005 CSKA Moskva 3-1 Sporting CP (Portugal)
2006 Sevilla 4-0 Middlesbrough
2007 Sevilla Sevilla won 3-1 on penalties Espanyol
2008 FC Zenit St. 2-0 Rangers
2009 Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Werder Bremen
2010 Atletico Madrid 2-1 aet Fulham FC
2011 Porto 1-0 Braga
2012 Atletico Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao
2013 Chelsea 2-1 Benfica
2014 Sevilla Sevilla won 4-2 on penalties Benfica

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EUFA Championship - European Football Cup - European Football Championships - The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams in Europe, governed by UEFA (the Union of European Football Associations). Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup, changing to the current name of EUFA Euro tournaments in 1968. Specific championships are often referred to in the form "Euro 2008", "Euro 2012", "Euro 2016", etc or whichever year is appropriate.

Prior to entering the tournament all teams other than the host nations (which qualify automatically) compete in a qualifying process. The championship winners earn the opportunity to compete in the following FIFA Confederations Cup, but are not obliged to do so.

The European Football Cup. The European Football Championships are held every four years - more details below :

EUFA - European Football Cup - European Football Championships
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
1960 Russia
Football - Russia
2-1 Yugoslavia
Football - Yugoslavia
1964 Spain
Football - Spain
2-1 Russia
Football - Russia
1968 Italy
Football - Italy
1-1 aet
2-0 replay
Football - Yugoslavia
1972 West Germany
Football - Germany
3-0 Russia
Football - Russia
1976 Czechoslovakia
Football - Czechoslovakia
2-2 aet
5-3 on penalties
West Germany
Football - Germany
1980 West Germany
Football - Germany
2-1 Belgium
Football - Belgium
1984 France
Football - France
2-0 Spain
Football - Spain
1988 Netherlands
Football - Netherlands
2-0 Russia
Football - Russia
1992 Denmark
Football - Denmark
2-0 Germany
Football - Germany
1996 Germany
Football - Germany
2-1 Czech Republic
Football - Czech Republic
2000 France
Football - France
2-1 Italy
Football - Italy
Belgium and
2004 Greece
Football - Greece
1-0 Portugal
Football - Portugal
2008 Spain
Football - Spain
1-0 Germany
Football - Germany
Austria and
2012 Spain
Football - Spain
4-0 Italy
Football - Italy
Poland and
2016       France

The World Cup - The FIFA World Cup, sometimes referred to as the Football World Cup, but is normally just called the World Cup, is an international association football (also known as soccer) competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
The Football World Cup is held every four years - more details below :

Football World Cup
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
1930 Uruguay
Football - Uruguay
4-2 Argentina
Football - Argentina
1934 Italy
Football - Italy
2-1 Czechoslovakia
Football - Czechoslovakia
1938 Italy
Football - Italy
4-2 Hungary
Football - Hungary
1950 Uruguay
Football - Uruguay
2-1 Brazil
Football - Brazil
1954 West Germany
Football - Germany
3-2 Hungary
Football - Hungary
1958 Brazil
Football - Brazil
5-2 Sweden
Football - Sweden
1962 Brazil
Football - Brazil
3-1 Czechoslovakia
Football - Czechoslovakia
1966 England
Football - England
4-2 West Germany
Football - Germany
1970 Brazil
Football - Brazil
4-1 Italy
Football - Italy
1974 West Germany
Football - Germany
2-1 Netherlands
Football - Netherlands
1978 Argentina
Football - Argentina
3-1 Netherlands
Football - Netherlands
1982 Italy
Football - Italy
3-1 West Germany
Football - Germany
1986 Argentina
Football - Argentina
3-2 West Germany
Football - Germany
1990 West Germany
Football - Germany
1-0 Argentina
Football - Argentina
1994 Brazil
Football - Brazil
0-0 aet
(3-2) penalties
Football - Italy
1998 France
Football - France
3-0 Brazil
Football - Brazil
2002 Brazil
Football - Brazil
2-0 Germany
Football - Germany
South Korea
and Japan
2006 Italy
Football - Italy
1-1 aet
(5-3) penalties
Football - France
2010 Spain
Football - Spain
1-0 aet Netherlands
Football - Netherlands
South Africa
2014 Germany
Football - Germany
1-0 aet Argentina
Football - Argentina

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FIFA Futsal World Cup - The FIFA Futsal World Cup is the international championship for futsal, an indoor version of football.

The first futsal world cup event was held in 1989, the year FIFA became the world governing body of futsal. It was held in the Netherlands to commemorate the popularity of the game there, but from 1992, the world championship tournament is held every four years, on the even years between two Football World Cups.

Futsal is a very fast and furious game of indoor football. Futsal, also known as futbol sala and football sala, has very similar rules as 11 a side football, but it's played on a much smaller pitch and the teams that take part are 5 a side.

Have you ever wondered why players like Xavi and Iniesta have such great close control skills? It's because they were brought up on a diet of Futsal or Futbol Sala, as it's known in Spain - the only version of indoor football recognised by both FIFA and UEFA.

Futsal was created in 1930 and is now played by 30 million people in over 100 countries, making it the fastest growing sport in the world. It's extremely popular in Spain, where there are professional leagues and the national team, which has won the World Championship twice and the European Championship four times, vies with Brazil for the honour of being the best team in the world.

If you've played indoor football, the basic idea behind futsal will be very familiar - it's five against five, most of the kit is the same and you score goals with a ball. However, there are some important differences, which make the game a lot of fun and a great way of working on specific skills.

The main differences
The pitch - unlike indoor football, futsal is played on a marked out pitch with touchline boundaries. This means there are no walls or boards to rebound against and when the ball goes off the pitch, it's out of play. The ball is put back in play with a kick-in rather than throw-in.

The FIFA regulation pitch size is a maximum of 42 metres long by 25 metres wide with the minimum being 38 x 18 for internationals and 25 x 15 for all other games.

Playing in such a reduced area is ideal for working on close individual ball skills and also on one touch passing and receiving.

The ball - in indoor football, felt balls are sometimes allowed, but in futsal the ball is made of leather and is smaller and heavier than a normal soccer ball - usually regulation size 4 - with a dampened bounce. Although there's no restrictions as to how high the ball can be kicked, this also means that the focus of the game is the feet rather than the head or other parts of the body.

Playing time - two halves of just 22 clock-timed minutes each also make for a fast-moving game. Plays are stopped when the stopwatch dictates so there's a sense of urgency similar to basketball as the end of the final period approaches.

Another similarity with basketball is that each team can take a one-minute time-out per half and so tactics and strategies, which could change the course of the game, can be implemented.

The teams - teams consist of five players on each side but there are usually twelve players in the squad. Flying substitutions are made and players can come on or off even when the ball's in play. Sometimes a coach will change almost all his players during a time-out. This means that as a spectator, you don't only focus on the fantastic ball skills but also on the strategies employed.

Free kicks - the majority of the reasons why direct and indirect free kicks are awarded are just like in normal football, for fouls, handball, dangerous play etc - but there are a number of rules that apply only to the goalkeepers that are designed to keep the game moving quickly and stop time-wasting.

For example, the goalkeeper must not throw the ball over the half way line, touch back passes from team-mates with his hands or touch a back pass with any part of his body before it's crossed the half-way line or has been played by an opponent. He's also not allowed to keep the ball in his hands for more than 4 seconds.  All designed to make the game much faster, and it works!!

Finally, just like in normal football, free kicks are taken from where the offending foul was committed. The big difference, though, is that indirect free kicks are also taken in the penalty area, which makes for some incredible nail-biting moments.

Futsal hasn't really caught on in the UK to the same extent that futsal has in, say for example, Brazil or Spain, but it is nevertheless starting to catch the attention of the UK public more and more.

In the UK, they do play futsal, but the ordinary 5 a side indoor football seems to be more popular, and there's a few differences; for the indoor football in the UK, only the goalie is allowed in the goalies semi circle area, but in futsal, anyone's allowed in the goalies area, another big difference, is that in the UK, with indoor 5 a side football, you can bounce the ball off the side walls, whereas in futsal, if the ball goes off the sideline, it's kicked back on from the sideline.

The Futsal world cup championships are held every four years - more details below :

FIFA Futsal World Cup
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
Year Winners Result Runners Up Hosts
1989 Brazil
Football - Brazil
2-1 Netherlands
Football - Netherlands
Every 4
Football - Brazil
4-1 United States
Football - USA
Hong Kong
1996 Brazil
Football - Brazil
6-4 Spain
Football - Spain
2000 Spain
Football - Spain
4-3 Brazil
Football - Brazil
2004 Spain
Football - Spain
2-1 Italy
Football - Italy
2008 Brazil
Football - Brazil
2-2 aet
(4-3 penalties)
Football - Spain
2012 Brazil
Football - Brazil
3-2 aet Spain
Football - Spain

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