The oldest football clubs: How every team ranks in order of when they were founded
Who are the oldest clubs in the Premier League and Football League?
By Jordan Cronin
Thursday, 21st February 2019, 9:57 am
Updated Thursday, 21st February 2019, 10:15 am
The oldest football clubs: How every team ranks in order of when they were founded
Here, we a look at when each of the 92 clubs were founded - ranking them from youngest to oldest. Click and scroll through the page to discover where your club lies:
In light of Pete Winkelman's involvement - taking over at Wimbledon (1899) in 2002. The original Dons relocated and later rebranded as MK Dons following the threat of liquidation.
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After the original Wimbledon (1899) announced in 2002 that there were plans to relocate to Milton Keynes, angry supporters reacted by building their own club, which began in non-league.
Founded as Stevenage Borough following the bankruptcy of Stevenage Athletic, the club changed their name to Stevenage in 2010.
After the original Accrington Stanley went bust in 1966, the club reformed two years later - celebrating their 50th anniversary last year.
The Brewers have been running for 59 years, joining the Football League in 2009 for the first time.
The club have stayed loyal to their traditional blue and white colours, last competing in the Championship in 2008.
Posh have competed in the Football League ever since they were elected in 1960.
Wigan Athletic were formed following the previous demise of Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town and Wigan Borough.
Rotherham Town and Rotherham County joined forces to form Rotherham United.
The Shrimps were first promoted into the Football League in 2007.
Leeds United succeeded Leeds City before being elected into the Football League in 1920 as a second division club.
The Welsh club was originally founded as Swansea Town before changing its name to Swansea City in 1970.
The club was founded as Abbey United, then changing its name to Cambridge United in 1951.
The club was founded as Newport County before reforming in 1989 as a continuation of Newport County.
The Terriers became a Football League club in 1910 and have since claimed three league titles in 1924, 1925, and 1926.
The club had reformed three times as Fleetwood FC, Fleetwood Wanderers and Fleetwood Town.
Rochdale were accepted into the Football League in 1921, where The Dale have never competed outside in the third and fourth tier since.
Southend joined the Football League in 1920 when they helped co-found a newly-formed Third Division.
Chelsea are the only English club to win all three major UEFA trophies: Cup Winners' Cup, Champions League and Europa League
Palace have been members of the Football League and Premier League since 1920.
The Addicks have been members of the Football League since 1921.
Hull City were founded in 1904 and just one year later found themselves joining the Football League.
There is a myth that the club were formed from the amalgamation of Shaddongate United and Carlisle Red Rose.
Bradford City originates from the Manningham Rugby Football Club.
Norwich City waited until 1920 before being granted Football League status.
Formed as Brighton and Hove United, however the club soon changed its named to Brighton and Hove Albion.
It believed Exeter United and St Sidwell's United merged after a friendly match to become Exeter City.
The club were founded as Boscombe St John's, renamed to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic in 1923 before becoming AFC Bournemouth in 1972.
The club were founded as Riverside Cricket Club. It then changed its named to Cardiff City in 1908.
Scunthorpe United became Scunthorpe & Lindsey United before reverting back to Scunthorpe United in 1958.
Portsmouth took the place of local rivals Royal Artillery in the Southern League in 1899 after their liquidation. Pompey joined the Football League in 1920.
The club were founded as Mansfield Wesleyans before a public vote saw them become Mansfield Town in 1910 instead of Mansfield United.
The rugby club objected the name Northampton Football Club. Arbitration was sought at the FA, leading to the name Northampton Town.
Crawley Town were promoted to the Football League for the first time in 2011, where they have since remained.
The club were founded as Arnold Hills before five years later becoming West Ham United. The Hammers took part in the first ever FA Cup final at Wembley in 1923.
Founded as Pine Villa FC, though changed to Oldham Athletic, four years later ahead of their Football League induction in 1907.
The club had gone by the name of Yeovil FC and Yeovil Casuals before sticking with the name Yeovil Town in 1946.
The club formed as Bristol South End before three years later changing their name to Bristol City when admitted into the Southern League.
Previously known as New Brompton, the name Gillingham was adopted in 1912. Eight years later, they became a Football League club.
Founded as Headington United before switching to Oxford United in 1960. The club joined the Football League in 1962.
Trials were held at East Gloms Cricket Ground after Mr Albert Close's desire to introduce a football club to the town.
Everton's switch to Goodison Park in 1892 left Anfield without a football club - so then president John Houlding created Liverpool FC.
Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End joined forces to form Newcastle United before being admitted into the Football League two years later.
Forest Green Rovers first entered the Football League following their promotion from the National League in 2017.
The Bees joined the Football League in 1920.
The Blades were founded 32 years after Steel City rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Walsall were formed as Walsall Town Swifts when Walsall Town and Walsall Swifts merged. They changed their name to solely Walsall in 1896.
The club were founded as Barnsley St Peter's but would change to Barnsley 10 years later. Their first season in the Football League was 1898.
Blackpool were founded through a breakaway group from St John's FC. The club first joined the Football League in 1896.
Wycombe played friendly matches in its early years before joining the Southern League in 1896.
Arsenal turned professional as Woolwich Arsenal in 1893 - joining the Football League before changing their name to Arsenal when moving to North London in 1913.
Founded as Argyle, the club adopted the Plymouth Argyle name in 1903 as it joined the Southern League. In 1920, Plymouth entered the Football League.
The club was elected into the Football League in 1950 and has competed in the Welsh Cup, winning it a record six times.
Founded by members of the St Mary's Church before changing the club's name to Southampton upon winning the Southern League in 1897.
Bury were founded by Aiden Arrowsmith following a meeting at the White Horse Hotel in Bury, between the Bury Wesleyans and Bury Unitarians FC.
The club were known as Millwall Rovers and Millwall Athletic before dropping the Athletic and becoming just Millwall.
Luton Wanderers and Luton Excelsior merged to form Luton Town as the club became one of the founding members of the Southern League.
Founded as Leicester Fosse, the club were forced to reform in 1919 as Leicester City due to a financial scandal.
Derby are one of the original teams included when the Football League was established in 1888, in which they helped form.
The Imps are founder members of the Football League Second Division in 1892.
Formed as Belmont FC, the club changes its name to Tranmere Rovers in 1885.
Founded as the Black Arabs in 1883 before name changes to Eastville Rovers and Bristol Eastville Rovers finally brought the name Bristol Rovers.
Founded as Singer's FC, the year 1898 saw the club change their name to Coventry City.
The club were created when Rugby Club Burnley Rovers changed sport from rugby to football and become Burnley FC. They helped form the Football League in 1888.
St Jude's Institute and Christ Church Rangers merged to create Queens Park Rangers because most of the player came from the Queens Park area of North-West London.
Founded as Hotspur, in order to avoid confusion with an older club named Hotspur FC, the name was soon changed to Tottenham Hotspur.
Founded as Watford Rovers, the name later changed to West Hertfordshire in 1893 before settling with just Watford in 1898.
Founded as St Mark's, brief changes to Gorton FC and Ardwick led to the name Manchester City in 1894.
The club was a founder-member of the Football League in 1888.
Fulham originated from St Andrew's Sunday School FC before becoming a Football League club in 1907.
Having turned professional in 1885, Rovers were invited into the Football League in 1901.
Spartans and St Mark's Young Men's Friendly Society combined to become Swindon Town.
Sunderland was among the dominant clubs in England during the 1890s, winning the First Division title in 1892, 1893 and 1895.
Founded as St Domingo's FC before changing their name to Everton in 1880. The Toffees have only spent four seasons outside England's top-flight in their 138-year history.
Briefly founded as Grimsby Pelham, the club swiftly changed their name to Grimsby Town, less than a year later.
Founded in 1878 as Ipswich Association FC. Ten years later , it merged with the rugby club Ipswich FC. The rugby club no longer holds an association with the Tractor Boys.
Founded as West Bromwich Strollers, the club would become West Bromwich Albion, three years later and helped form the Football League in 1888.
Founded as Newton Health L&YR before Manchester United was born in April 1902.
Crewe Alexandra played cricket and rugby before they decided to form football club.
Wolves were one of the original included teams when the Football League was founded in 1888.
It is believed Port Vale were named after discussions to form the club followed at a venue called Port Vale House.
The club were founded by Middlesbrough Amateur Cricket Club and became a member of the Football League in 1899.
Founded as Small Heath Alliance, it would be 30 years later until the club was renamed Birmingham.
Along with 11 other clubs, Blackburn were found members of the Football League in 1888.
8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers and The Olympic Cricket Club amalgamated to form Macceslfield Town.
Founded with a squad built from pupils at Christ Church School, the word Wanderers followed because the club often changed venues. The club helped form the Football League in 1888.
Aston Villa were bizarrely founded by four cricket players who were looking for something to do during the winter break. The club help form the Football League in 1888.
Founded in 1871, the club would incorporate Reading Hornets in 1877 and Earley FC in 1889.
Initially a cricket team 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 fit during the winter months.
Forest formed as a part of a sports club called Nottingham Forest Football and Bandy club with a baseball sections being a large part of the club's early identity.
Founded as the Stoke Ramblers before changing their name to Stoke City in 1925. The Potters helped form the Football League in 1888.
A founding-member of the Football League in 1888, the Magpies are the oldest professional club in England.