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Football: Clubs

See also  FA Cup – Clubs, and Trophies: England, Scotland, and Europe.

English league placings: 2014-15 season

Premier League

Champions (Champions League group stage) Click to show or hide the answer
Runners–up (Champions League group stage) Click to show or hide the answer
3rd (Champions League group stage) Click to show or hide the answer
4th (Champions League play–off round) Click to show or hide the answer
5th (Europa League) Click to show or hide the answer
6th (Europa League because Chelsea won the League Cup but qualified for the Champions League as champions) Click to show or hide the answer

18th (relegated) Click to show or hide the answer
19th (relegated) Click to show or hide the answer
20th (relegated) Click to show or hide the answer

Championship

Champions (promoted to the Premier League) Click to show or hide the answer
Runners–up (promoted to the Premier League) Click to show or hide the answer
3rd (Play–off winners) Click to show or hide the answer
4th (Play–off runners–up) Click to show or hide the answer
5th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer
6th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer

22nd (relegated to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
23rd (relegated to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
24th (relegated to League One) Click to show or hide the answer

League One

Champions (promoted to the Championship) Click to show or hide the answer
Runners–up (promoted to the Championship) Click to show or hide the answer
3rd (Play–off winners) Click to show or hide the answer
4th (Play–off runners–up) Click to show or hide the answer
5th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer
6th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer

21st (relegated to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
22nd (relegated to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
23rd (relegated to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
24th (relegated to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer

League Two

Champions (promoted to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
Runners–up (promoted to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
3rd (promoted to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
4th (Play–off runners–up) Click to show or hide the answer
5th (Play–off winners) Click to show or hide the answer
6th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer
7th (play–off losing semi–finalists) Click to show or hide the answer

23rd (relegated to League One) Click to show or hide the answer
24th (relegated to League One) Click to show or hide the answer

Conference

Champions (promoted to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
Play–off winners (promoted to League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
Play–off runners–up Click to show or hide the answer

Home Towns

Forest Green Rovers play home games in (Gloucestershire town, population 5,800 in 2011 – the smallest settlement ever to host a team in the English Football League) Click to show or hide the answer

Albion Rovers play home games in (North Lanarkshire town) Click to show or hide the answer
Clyde FC (a Scottish League club since 1891) was originally based in Glasgow, but since 1994 has played home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Ross County play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Queen of the South play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Heart of Midlothian (Hearts) and Hibernian play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Raith Rovers play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
East Fife play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
St. Mirren's home ground (they moved from Love Street in 2009) is in Click to show or hide the answer
St. Johnstone's home ground, McDiarmid Park (sic) is in Click to show or hide the answer

Welsh football club The New Saints – formerly Total Network Solutions, and abbreviated to TNS – plays its home games in (English town) Click to show or hide the answer

Crusaders, Glentoran and Linfield play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Anderlecht (eponymous home of Belgium's most successful club) is a city near Click to show or hide the answer
Ferenczváros and Honved are the two major clubs in Click to show or hide the answer
Boca Juniors and River Plate are the two major clubs in Click to show or hide the answer
Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, Shelbourne, St. Patrick's Athletic and Sporting Fingal (as well as University College Dublin or UCD) all play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Sampdoria play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are the two major clubs in Click to show or hide the answer
Benfica play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Feyenoord play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Kaizer Chiefs play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Rosenborg (Norway) play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Juventus play home games in Click to show or hide the answer
Grasshopper (founded 1886 by English student Tom Griffith) is the oldest club in Click to show or hide the answer

Everton de Viña del Mar is the sixth most successful club in Click to show or hide the answer
Vaduz (Liechtenstein) play in the league of Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Public FC play in the top league of (champions 2006 and 2009) Click to show or hide the answer

Club Songs

In this section, I've only included songs that have stood the test of time. Most of these have been used by the named club for twenty years or more; many of them for much longer. Most of them are sung by fans; some are played over the public address system as the teams run out onto the pitch; some have been hits for the playing squad at one time or another, sometimes with help from proper musical artistes. Some fall into all three categories. Some are official, some are not.

Some songs are claimed by more than one club. These are in the second of the two tables below.

And finally ... I've left out any song that mentions the club's name in the title. In case anyone has forgotten, this is a quiz website!

Keep Right On to the End of the Road, Mr. Blue Sky Click to show or hide the answer
Goodnight Irene Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Is the Colour Click to show or hide the answer
Steve Bloomer's Watching (written in the 1990s) Click to show or hide the answer
Marching On Together Click to show or hide the answer
You'll Never Walk Alone Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Moon Click to show or hide the answer
Blaydon Races, Local Hero Click to show or hide the answer
On the Ball City (said to be the world's oldest football song) Click to show or hide the answer
We've Got the Whole World in our Hands Click to show or hide the answer
When the Saints Go Marching In Click to show or hide the answer
Delilah Click to show or hide the answer
The Lord's My Shepherd Click to show or hide the answer
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles Click to show or hide the answer

Used by Crystal Palace and Blackpool Click to show or hide the answer
Used by West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea, Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Gillingham, Wolverhampton Wanderers – most if not all of which claim to have used it first Click to show or hide the answer
Used by Everton and Luton Town Click to show or hide the answer
Opening lyric of The Celtic Song (recorded in 1961); also used, with some slight variations, by Tottenham Hotspur (since the 1967 FA Cup Final), Everton and Hibernian Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Managed by Alex Ferguson, 1978–85; won the Scottish League in 1985 – the last team apart from Rangers and Celtic to do so Click to show or hide the answer
Ground proclaimed in 1978 as the UK's first all–seated, all–covered ground (although two corners were not covered; see Clydebank) – name (Pittodrie) means "dung heap"
Resigned from the Football League in 1962; a new club with the same name was formed in 1964 and promoted to the League in 2006 (the club from the same town, that was one of the original members of the League, was a different club again) Click to show or hide the answer
Dutch club that pioneered the concept of Total Football in the 1960s, under manager Rinus Michels – who adopted it for the national side in the 1974 World Cup Click to show or hide the answer
Hampshire club: went out of business in 1992, after 66 years in the League Click to show or hide the answer
Originally wore red shirts in recognition of a donation from Nottingham Forest Click to show or hide the answer
Fewest relegations (1 only – 1913)
In 1974, following Manchester United's relegation to the Second Division, Brian Kidd joined
Only club to win the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season (1992–3)
Denis Compton and his brother Leslie both played for; Arthur Milton, who represented England at both football and cricket, also played for Click for more information
Had provided more England players than any other club, until 2015 when Tottenham drew level Click to show or hide the answer
Has hosted more FA Cup semi–finals than any other club (55, up to and including 2017)
Fined £25 to pay for a new FA Cup trophy, in 1895, to replace the one that was stolen (from a shop window) while in their care
First winners of the Football League Cup (1961)
Runners–up to Manchester United in the inaugural Premier League season (1992–3)
Defeated Manchester United's young side on the opening day of the 1995–6 Premier League season, causing Alan Hansen to say "You can't win anything with kids"
Spanish club: play home games at the Vicente Calderon Stadium (named after a former President) Click to show or hide the answer
German club: won the European Cup three consecutive years, 1974–6 Click to show or hide the answer
Play home games at Europe's largest club stadium, the Stadium of Light Click to show or hide the answer
Managed by Alf Ramsey after he ceased to be England manager Click to show or hide the answer
Provided four players in the England team beaten by Hungary in 1953 Click to show or hide the answer
Alan Ball's first club
Winners of the first Wembley FA Cup Final (beat West Ham 2–0) Click to show or hide the answer
Lost the 1954 final to Blackpool (the so–called "Matthews Final")
Won the 1958 final against Manchester United post–Munich
The only club from the south of England but outside London, to play in the Football League 1901–20 (see also Luton Town) Click to show or hide the answer
The two clubs that won all four divisions of the Football League (prior to 1992) Click to show or hide the answer
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Has a fanzine called The Hatchet (English Football League club) Click to show or hide the answer
Only non–English club to win the FA Cup (1927) Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish club: wore numbers on their shorts, not on their shirts (up to 1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Brazilian club, most of whose first team were killed in a plane crash in 2016 Click to show or hide the answer
Richard Attenborough was once a director of Click to show or hide the answer
Barred by the Football League from entering the first European Cup, 1956/7, after winning the League for the first time (and the last until their Premier League win in 2004–5)
Michael Owen's father Terry made 176 of his 326 League appearances (and scored 41 League goals) for Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Division Two (third flight) club that reached the semi–finals of the FA Cup in 1997 – losing 3–0 to Middlesbrough in a replay, after a 3–3 draw; relegated in 2000, and taken over by fans in 2001 after the chairman's resignation over financial irregularities; promoted that season, despite having nine points deducted Click to show or hide the answer
Bolted seats to the terracing of its Kilbowie Park ground, on admission to the Scottish League in 1977, to reduce the capacity below 10,000 and avoid having to comply with safety regulations; thus became the UK's first all–seated stadium (but it wasn't covered – see Aberdeen) Click to show or hide the answer
The first English League club to have an all–seater stadium (1981 – reinstated terracing at one end in 1985; see Clydebank and Aberdeen) Click to show or hide the answer
Badge features an elephant
Took only 11 points in the 2007–8 Premiership season (from 38 games – won 1, drew 8, lost 29) Click to show or hide the answer
First club managed by Alex Ferguson (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Conference club taken over in Feb 2008 by subscribers to website MyFootballClub (known up to April 2007 as Gravesend and Northfleet); bought out in 2013 by a Kuwaiti–based consortium, in the face of declining membership and mounting debts Click to show or hide the answer
The other club from Barcelona: played at the Olympic Stadium from 1997 to 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Most seasons (games) in the English top flight – became the first club to complete 100 seasons, in 2003 Click to show or hide the answer
First to beat Man U in a competitive European game at Old Trafford (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Rotterdam's biggest football club, and the first Dutch club to win the European Cup (1970 – Ajax won it in the three following years) Click to show or hide the answer
Italian winners of the first European Cup Winners' Cup final (1961) Click to show or hide the answer
Plays home games at Highbury Stadium Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1889 in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire: reached the National League play–offs in 2015 and 2016; in 2015, became the world's first "vegan football club" Click to show or hide the answer
Comedian Tommy Trinder was a director of Click to show or hide the answer
Kent's only Football League club (except 1989–92 when Maidstone United were one) Click to show or hide the answer
Scottish club: lost to Fiorentina in the first European Cup Winners' Cup final (1961) Click to show or hide the answer
Gary Lineker's Japanese club (1992–4) Click to show or hide the answer
From 1977 to 80 (between Liverpool and Southampton), Kevin Keegan played for (German club) Click to show or hide the answer
Won the European Cup in 1983, ending a run of six consecutive English wins (beat Juventus in the final)
Scottish club, nicknamed The Jambos (Jam Tarts – "jockney" rhyming slang) Click to show or hide the answer
First British team to compete in the European Cup (Chelsea were barred from taking part by the Football League); lost to Stade de Reims in the semi–final Click to show or hide the answer
Won the Football League three years in a row in the 1920s, but currently one of only two former League champions that have never played in the Premier League (the other being Preston North End) Click to show or hide the answer
Denis Law's first club (81 games, 1956–60)
Formed in 1994 by the merger of two Highland League clubs, and successfully applied for one of the two vacancies created by the restructuring of the Scottish league; won the Scottish Cup for the first time in 2015 Click to show or hide the answer
Longest name in the English and Scottish leagues (26 letters – Wolverhampton Wanderers is 22)
Italian champions for five consecutive years, 2006–10 Click to show or hide the answer
Managed by Alf Ramsey before he became England manager Click to show or hide the answer
Liverpool's opponents at Heysel Stadium in 1985; nicknamed La Vecchia Signora (the Old Lady) or i bianconeri (the black–whites) Click to show or hide the answer
Conference North team managed by Paul Gascoigne for 39 days in 2005 Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Gascoigne's Italian club (1992–5); won the last European Cup Winners' Cup final (1999) Click to show or hide the answer
Last Football League champions before the formation of the Premier League (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated from the Championship in 2007 after being deducted 10 points for financial mismanagement; won their first 7 games of the 2007–8 season in League One, and were undefeated in the first 13, after being deducted a further 15 points
Lost FA Cup finals in 1949, 1961, 1963 and 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced the word 'Fosse' in their name with 'City', in 1919 (the Fosse Way passes through the city, and their original ground was near Fosse Road)
Harry Kane made his Football League debut in 2011, on loan to Click to show or hide the answer
First club that Graham Taylor managed (1972–7) Click to show or hide the answer
Windsor Park (Belfast) is the home ground of Click to show or hide the answer
Most League Cup wins (8, up to and including 2017–18; last time was in 2012) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1943 as Ferranti Thistle (a works team); joined the Scottish League in 1974 as Meadowbank Thistle; relocated and renamed (to and after a New Town in West Lothian) in 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
US club that David Beckham played for from 2007 to 2012 Click to show or hide the answer
The second club from the south of England (after Arsenal) to play in the Football League (1897–1900) Click to show or hide the answer
Started the 2008–9 season (in League Two) with minus 30 points, following financial irregularities
Matt Busby signed aged 17, and played 204 League games, 1928–36, for (also 115 for Liverpool, 1936–9) Click to show or hide the answer
First club to win an English and a European trophy in the same season (League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup)
Originally known as Newton Heath; first winners of the FA Premiership title Click to show or hide the answer
French club: won the first UEFA Champions' League competition in 1993, but were not allowed to defend it following match fixing and financial scandals Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated from the Premiership in 1997 after being deducted 3 points for defaulting on a match at Blackburn due to illness; also lost both domestic Cup finals in that season Click to show or hide the answer
Longest single–word name in the English league
Jimmy Greaves scored nine goals in twelve games, in 1961, for (Italian club) Click to show or hide the answer
First club managed by George Graham (moved to Arsenal 1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Dragon Theo Paphitis was chairman, from 1998 to 2006, of
Diego Maradona played 188 games, and scored 81 goals (more appearances than any other club, and more goals for any except Argentinos Juniors), for (Italian club) Click to show or hide the answer
First Football League Champions to be promoted to the Premiership (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
The only team that Derby County beat in their record–breaking Premier League season (2007–8)
Pelé's second and last professional club (1975–7); founded 1971; Franz Beckenbauer, Johann Neeskens (and Dennis Tueart!) also played for; folded 1985 Click to show or hide the answer
French club from which Leeds United signed Eric Cantona at age 26 (he had previously played for Auxerre and Marseille, and three other French clubs on loan) Click to show or hide the answer
Delia Smith became a joint majoroty shareholder of (along with her husband Michael Wynn–Jones) in 1996; Ed Balls was appointed Chairman in December 2015; Stephen Fry was a director from 2010 to 2016 Click to show or hide the answer
Unbeaten for 42 matches in 1977–8 Click to show or hide the answer
The only club that's won the European Cup (and/or Champions' League) more times than it's won its domestic league competition
The Football League's oldest club, and the world's oldest professional league club (founded in 1862); relegated most times Click to show or hide the answer
Chris Waddle played in a European Cup Final for Click to show or hide the answer
Based in Pamplona, the historical capital of Navarre: its name is Basque for 'health', 'strength' or 'vigour' Click to show or hide the answer
Took Accrington Stanley's place in the Football League in 1962; replaced by the new Accrington Stanley in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
David Beckham's last club (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
The only club that Alan Hansen played for, other than Liverpool Click to show or hide the answer
Won the FA Cup in 1939, and so kept it for seven years (longer than any other club) Click to show or hide the answer
Managed by Sir Stanley Matthews, 1965 and 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
Won the League and Cup double in the League's first season, but are currently one of only two former League champions that have never played in the Premier League (the other being Huddersfield Town) Click to show or hide the answer
Bobby Charlton was player–manager, 1973–5
David Beckham made his League debut (on loan, in March 1995, aged 19) for
Scotland's oldest club (founded 1867); play home games at Hampden Park; the only amateur club in the Scottish league Click to show or hide the answer
Winners of the first three Scottish Cup finals (1874–6), and seven more up to 1893; only Celtic and Rangers have won it more often – Hearts won it for the 8th time in 2012, Aberdeen for the 7th time in 1990
First Football League club to use an artificial pitch (1981); also the first to remove it (1988) Click to show or hide the answer
Won the first five European Cup finals – still a record number of consecutive wins; played in two European Cup Winners' Cup finals; lost them to Chelsea and Aberdeen Click to show or hide the answer
Nicknamed Il Giallorossi (the yellow–red) Click to show or hide the answer
Elected, along with Inverness CT, to one of the two vacancies caused by the restructuring of the Scottish league in 1994; runners–up in the Scottish FA Cup in 2010; promoted to the SPL in 2012; winners of the Scottish League Cup in 2016; nicknamed the Staggies; play home games at Victoria Park, Dingwall Click to show or hide the answer
Pelé played over 1,000 games, and scored over 1,000 goals (1956–74) for Click to show or hide the answer
Last team elected to the League, before automatic promotion (1987); relegated back to the Conference in 1999, after Jimmy Glass's last–minute goal for Carlisle; wound up in 2007 Click to show or hide the answer
Kevin Keegan and Ray Clemence began their careers at; Ian Botham made 11 League appearances at centre–half, 1980–5, for Click to show or hide the answer
Third oldest club in the English league (founded 1867); 4 League titles and 3 FA Cups, but their only post–war trophy has been the League Cup in 1991; as of 2017, they've been out of the top flight since 2000 Click to show or hide the answer
Lost 2–0 to Ipswich Town on 1 December 1962, leading to players Tony Kay, David Layne and Peter Swan receiving four–month prison sentences, and life bans from football, for match fixing Click for more information
Manager Trevor Francis gave a trial to Eric Cantona, but decided against signing him
Alan Shearer's first club (118 League games, 23 goals, 1988–92) Click to show or hide the answer
Lost to Real Madrid in the first European Cup final (1956), after beating Hibernian (Britain's only entrants) in the semi–final Click to show or hide the answer
Won a record 9 games without conceding a goal, in 2007 (in League Two) Click to show or hide the answer
Relegated to the Conference in 2011, after 106 years and 95 seasons in the League – the longest sequence yet to end
Ground is closest to the River Mersey
Lee Dixon and Steve Bould both moved to Arsenal in 1988 (January and June respectively) from Click to show or hide the answer
Promoted to Division 1, in 1990, despite losing the play–off final (see Swindon Town) Click to show or hide the answer
Polled its fans, in 2000, to choose a nickname (they chose The Black Cats)
Penshaw Monument features on the badge or crest of
Denied promotion to Division 1, in 1990, despite winning the play–offs, after being found guilty of making "irregular payments" (see Sunderland) Click to show or hide the answer
Mike Summerbee, and his son Nicky, joined Man City from
Proposed name for the club to be formed by merging Reading and Oxford United, and based in Didcot (1980s?) Click to show or hide the answer
Italian club that Denis Law signed for (from Manchester City, for £100,000, in 1961; he returned to Manchester United for £115,000 a year later) Click to show or hide the answer
Founded by members of a cricket club, and took its name – which originates in the nickname of Sir Henry Percy (1364–1403), eldest son of the first Earl of Northumberland, who appears in the Shakespeare plays Henry IV and Henry V, and whose family owned land in the same area Click to show or hide the answer
Last non–League team to win the FA Cup (1901); won the 100th final (1981 – their 10th win; only Arsenal and Manchester United have won more)
First British club to win a European trophy (Cup Winners' Cup, 1963)
Drew level with Aston Villa in providing most players to the England team or squad (2015)
Plays home games at Broadhurst Park (opened in 2015 with a friendly against Benfica) Click to show or hide the answer
Spanish club, managed by Gary Neville from December 2015 to March 2016 (in which time they won only three out of sixteen games in La Liga, and were also knocked out of the Champions League, Europa League and Copa del Rey) Click to show or hide the answer
Only club to win promotion (from Division Two) and the FA Cup in the same season (1930–1) Click to show or hide the answer
Highest ground above sea level, in the English league (168 metres, 551 feet)
Lost the first Wembley FA Cup Final (2–0, to Bolton) Click to show or hide the answer
FA Cup semi–finalists in 2001 – just 8 years after being promoted to the Football League Click to show or hide the answer

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