Top 10 Football Clubs
Top 10 Football Clubs in London
Football, the Beautiful game, is a popular sport in London, where it was first codified in 1863. England is considered the home of the game of football because it has the oldest football clubs in the world, the first ever football league, and the world’s oldest competition, the FA Cup, which was established in 1871. London city has always had a rich tradition of being home to prestigious football clubs. The 10 football clubs covered here are based in Greater London. The city is home to 14 professional football teams. There are more than eighty football clubs from the amateur leagues and they are regulated by the Football Association of London. Most football clubs in London are named after the districts in which they play.
Here are the top ten football clubs in London
Affectionately known as the Blues, Chelsea football club was established in 1905. They were Premier league champions in 1955, 2005 and 2006, and as at 2016, had won the FA Cup on five occasions, and the League cup on four occasions. In 2012, they became the first London club to win the UEFA Champions League, the biggest prize in the world of club football. They play in West London at Stamford Bridge stadium, located in Fulham, not in Chelsea. The ground capacity of this stadium is forty two thousand. Chelsea Football Museum is open to public most days and it is worth a visit for fans and those who are keen on football history.
A popular London club with an international fan base, and known as the Gunners. They have consistently played in the top division of football in England ever since they came into form in 1919/20. Arsenal have won the Premier League championship thirteen times. They are also known for achieving a unique distinction in modern times when they went the whole 2003-2004 period without a single defeat. That team are referred to as the ‘Invincibles’. Arsenal has won the coveted `Double’. This means that they are cup and league winners on three occasions in 1971, 1998 and 2002. They play at the Emirates Stadium, which has a capacity of sixty thousand. The Arsenal Museum is open on all days and it is worth a visit. Arsenal competes in the Northern London Derby which is one of the standout attractions every season in the Premier League. Ever since the Premier league began twenty four years ago, Arsenal has become one of the highly successful teams in London with Premier league wins in 1998, 2002 and 2004. It has also won the FA Cup on six occasions since 1993.
Many fans reckon that the famous Tottenham side of 1961 was one of the best football teams in the history of English football. They are popularly known as `Spurs’ and have achieved the prized `Double’ during that period. The only team to have done that since 1897 was Aston Villa. In 1963, they became the first football club in Britain to win a major trophy in Europe, the European Winners Cup. In the 1970s, they won the League Cup on a two occasions. The inaugural year of the UEFA Cup was 1971–72, which Spurs won. They have won the FA Cup twice. They beat Chelsea in the final of the League Cup in 2008. Tottenham have won trophies in each of the past six decades as at 2016. This is a feat that is matched only by Manchester United. They have played at White Hart Lane stadium since 1899.
West Ham United
This football club in London was established in 1885, and their home ground since 1904, is Upton Park, Boleyn Ground. They may not have won many trophies but they are a famous institution in the East End of London. Popularly known as `Hammers’, they have loyal and dedicated fans. The Hammers have won the FA Cup on three occasions in 1964, 1975 and 1980, while also being runners-up in 1923 and 2006. They won the European Winners Cup in 1965 and the InterToto Cup in 1999. It is a well-known fact that West Ham United players were major contributors to England’s World Cup victory in 1966. Booby Moore as well as the goal scorers, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst played for this club. Their highest finish in Premier League was at fifth place in 1999.
Queens Park Rangers (QPR)
Formed in 1882, and popularly known as the `Hoops’, QPR’s traditional colours are blue and white. Their home ground is Loftus Road, in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. They won the League Cup in 1967 and were runners-up in the Old First Division in 1976. In 1982, they won the FA Cup. Its west London rivals include Fulham, Brentford and Chelsea. These contests are referred to as the west London derbies. QPR now rank among the top ten richest football clubs in the world. Their major trophy is League Cup, back in 1967.
Established in 1905, Crystal Palace are popularly known as the `Eagles’. They are based in South Norwood and since 1924, have used Selhurst Park as their home ground. They played in the Southern Football Championship during their initial years, before they joined the Football League in 1920. When the Third Division was formed in 1921, they were crowned the inaugural champions, but they are founder members of the Premier League in 1992. The club has played in the top two leagues of English football since 1964. The Eagles’ top achievements include a third place finish in the top division in 1990-91. They were second division champions on two occasions and were winners of the playoffs on a record four occasions. They were FA Cup finalists, twice; once in 1990 and then for a second time in 2016.
This club is popularly known as the Bees and was established in 1889. They play their home games in Griffin Park, their home stadium since 1904. They had a successful period in the nineteen thirties when they finished consecutively in the top six of the First Division. The next half of the twentieth century was spent mostly in the third tier or division of English football. Brentford have been quarter-finalists on four separate occasions and runners-up for the Football League Trophy on two occasions.
Established in 1905, the nickname for this club is the `Addicks’. The golden period of this football club was in the 1930s and 1940s. They were runners up in the League in 1937 and that was their highest ever League finish. The `Addicks’ also reached the FA Cup final twice, finally winning in 1947. The club plays in Greenwich at the Valley which is south of River Thames. It was this location that gave rise to the nickname, `The Valiants’, following a 1963 competition to find a new nickname for Charlton Athletic.
Fondly referred to as the `Cottagers’, Fulham Club was formed in 1879 and it celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2004. The club is recognised as the oldest football club in London. Fulham Football Club has had some great players including Bobby Robson, Jim Langley, Johnny Haynes and Rodney Marsh. Its home ground since 1896 is Craven Cottage, the historic riverside ground on the banks of the Thames. The Cottagers’ has spent twenty five seasons in the top division in English football and its best seasons were recorded in the 1960s and the 2000s.
The club was established as Millwall Rivers in 1885, and is based in Bermondsey, Greater London. Since 1910, the club has played at the Den, a stadium in New Cross. The traditional kit of this club is white shorts, blue shirts and blue socks. Nicknamed `The Lions’, the club’s logo depicts a rampant lion. Millwall is known for its rivalry with West Ham United. The local derby between these teams has been contested over a hundred times since 1899. The fans of the Millwall Club are famous for their chant, “No one likes us; we don’t care” and this is sung to the tune of Rod Stewart’s song, `sailing’. Millwall reached the final of the FA Cup in 2004 and qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2005, playing for the first time in their history in Europe. The club has reached the semi-finals of FA Cup on four other occasions in 1900, 1903, 1937 and 2013.
Football has been played in London since 1314 and there have been regular references throughout history of this game being played regularly in this city before its codification in 1863. Football was dominated initially by amateur teams who drew their membership from former public schoolboys but working-class sides started filtering in subsequently. Woolwich Arsenal became London’s first professional club team in 1891. Today, club football is more than a craze in not only in London, but across England and is reflected in this quote by the legendary Bill Shankly: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”