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Club League History Summary 1888-89 to 2020-21

Seasons spent by each of the 142 Clubs in the Four Flights of English League Football from 1888-89 to 2020-21, together with the time spent in the Top Flight as a percentage of the club’s League history.

Football League Club’s Divisional Records Season 1888-89 to 2020-21

Clubs (142) Total Seasons 122 Debut Season Debut Season % Time in
1888-89 to 2020-21 1 2 3 4 Total in League in Top Flight Top Flight
1 Accrington

Football League

5 0 0 0 5 1888-89 1888-89 100.00%
2 Everton

Everton Results

118 4 0 0 122 1888-89 1888-89 96.72%
3 Liverpool

Liverpool Results

106 11 0 0 117 1893-94 1894-95 90.60%
5 Arsenal

Arsenal Results

104 13 0 0 117 1893-94 1904-05 88.89%
4 Aston Villa

Aston Villa Results

107 13 2 0 122 1888-89 1888-89 87.70%
6 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Results

86 16 0 0 102 1908-09 1909-10 84.31%
7 Chelsea

Chelsea Results

86 19 0 0 105 1905-06 1907-08 81.90%
8 Manchester United

Manchester United Results

96 22 0 0 118 1892-93 1892-93 81.36%
9 Manchester City

Manchester City Results

92 25 1 0 118 1892-93 1899-1900 77.97%
10 Newcastle United

New Castle United Football Results

89 28 0 0 117 1893-94 1898-99 76.07%
11 Sunderland

Sunderland Results

86 30 4 0 120 1890-91 1890-91 71.67%
12 West Bromwich Albion

WBA Results

81 40 1 0 122 1888-89 1888-89 66.39%
13 West Ham United

West Ham United Results

63 32 0 0 95 1919-20 1923-24 66.32%
14 Bolton Wanderers

New Bolton Wanderers

73 34 13 2 122 1888-89 1888-89 59.84%
15 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers Results

72 44 6 0 122 1888-89 1888-89 59.02%
16 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday

66 43 9 0 118 1892-93 1892-93 55.93%
17 Middlesbrough

Middlesborough Results

61 48 2 0 111 1899-1900 1902-03 54.95%
19 Stoke City

Stoke City Results

62 44 8 0 114 1888-89 1888-89 54.39%
18 Leeds United

Leeds Football

51 40 3 0 94 1920-21 1924-25 54.26%
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Results

66 50 4 2 122 1888-89 1888-89 54.10%
21 Derby County

Derby

65 53 4 0 122 1888-89 1888-89 53.28%
23 Sheffield United

English Football

62 44 11 1 118 1892-93 1893-94 52.54%
22 Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON Football Results

14 6 3 4 27 1977-78 1986-87 51.85%
24 Birmingham City

Birmingham Football Results

57 57 4 0 118 1892-93 1894-95 48.31%
25 Burnley

Burnley Football Results

58 46 11 7 122 1888-89 1888-89 47.54%
26 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest Results

56 57 5 0 118 1892-93 1892-93 47.46%
28 Southampton

Southampton Badge

44 39 11 0 94 1920-21 1966-67 46.81%
27 Leicester City

Leicester

53 62 1 0 116 1895-96 1908-09 45.69%
29 Preston North End

English Football

46 48 23 5 122 1888-89 1888-89 37.70%
31 Coventry City

Coventry

34 30 29 1 94 1919-20 1967-68 36.17%
30 Ipswich Town

Ipswich results

27 36 13 0 76 1938-39 1961-62 35.53%
32 Portsmouth

Potsmuth Results

33 40 15 6 94 1920-21 1927-28 35.11%
33 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield

32 40 22 6 100 1910-11 1920-21 32.00%
34 Charlton Athletic

Charlton

26 46 21 0 93 1921-22 1936-37 27.96%
35 Norwich City

Norwich City Results

26 39 29 0 94 1920-21 1972-73 27.66%
39 Fulham

Fulham Results

27 55 18 3 103 1907-08 1949-50 26.21%
36 Darwen

Darwen

2 6 0 0 8 1891-92 1891-92 25.00%
37 Notts County

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30 37 35 18 120 1888-89 1888-89 25.00%
38 Blackpool

Blsckpool Results

28 49 27 9 113 1896-97 1930-31 24.78%
40 Queens Park Rangers

QPR Results

23 32 39 0 94 1920-21 1968-69 24.47%
43 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Results

21 37 33 3 94 1920-21 1969-70 22.34%
41 Bury

English Fooball

22 39 29 24 114 1894-95 1895-96 19.30%
42 Wigan Athletic

Wigan Results

8 7 20 8 43 1978-79 2005-06 18.60%
45 Cardiff City

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17 47 19 11 94 1920-21 1921-22 18.09%
44 Luton Town

English Football

16 37 30 9 92 1897-98 1955-56 17.39%
49 Watford

Watford Results

13 30 46 5 94 1920-21 1982-83 13.83%
46 Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic results

12 36 41 14 103 1907-08 1910-11 11.65%
47 Bradford City

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12 29 41 25 107 1903-04 1908-09 11.21%
48 Grimsby Town

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12 52 27 20 111 1892-93 1901-02 10.81%
50 Swansea City

Swansea Results

9 40 26 19 94 1920-21 1981-82 9.57%
51 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton and Hove

8 23 56 7 94 1920-21 1979-80 8.51%
57 Bristol City

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9 52 46 2 109 1901-02 1906-07 8.26%
52 Bradford Park Avenue

Bradford Park Avenue

3 22 14 11 50 1908-09 1914-15 6.00%
54 Glossop North End

Glossop North End

1 16 0 0 17 1898-99 1899-1900 5.88%
53 AFC Bournemouth

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5 6 70 10 91 1923-24 2015-16 5.49%
55 Oxford United

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3 18 20 14 55 1962-63 1985-86 5.45%
56 Brentford

New Brentford

5 17 58 14 94 1920-21 1935-36 5.32%
59 Hull City

Hull City Results

5 60 24 16 105 1905-06 2008-09 4.76%
58 Reading

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3 26 56 8 93 1920-21 2006-07 3.23%
60 Millwall

Milwall

2 44 43 5 94 1920-21 1988-89 2.13%
61 Carlisle United

English Football

1 15 40 28 84 1928-29 1974-75 1.19%
62 Swindon Town

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1 19 65 8 93 1920-21 1993-94 1.08%
63 Northampton Town

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1 3 50 41 95 1920-21 1965-66 1.05%
64 Leyton Orient

English Football

1 41 42 19 103 1905-06 1962-63 0.97%
65 Barnsley

Barnley

1 77 24 10 112 1898-99 1997-98 0.89%
66 Port Vale

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0 41 43 23 107 1892-93 0 0.00%
67 Plymouth Argyle

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0 40 42 12 94 1920-21 0 0.00%
68 Lincoln City

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0 34 33 41 108 1892-93 0 0.00%
69 Rotherham United

English Football

0 31 48 13 92 1893-94 0 0.00%
70 Stockport County

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0 26 40 33 99 1900-01 0 0.00%
71 Bristol Rovers

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0 20 62 8 90 1920-21 0 0.00%
72 Chesterfield Town

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0 20 55 24 99 1899-1900 0 0.00%
73 Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster

0 16 38 32 86 1901-02 0 0.00%
74 Gainsborough Trinity

Gainsborough Trinity

0 16 0 0 16 1896-97 0 0.00%
75 Walsall Town

English Football

0 15 71 11 97 1892-93 0 0.00%
76 Burton United

General Badge

0 15 1 0 16 1892-93 0 0.00%
77 Crewe Alexandra

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0 12 46 39 97 1892-93 0 0.00%
78 Tranmere Rovers

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0 11 59 19 89 1921-22 0 0.00%
79 Shrewsbury Town

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0 10 41 19 70 1950-51 0 0.00%
80 Leeds City

Football League

0 10 0 0 10 1905-06 0 0.00%
81 Scunthorpe United

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0 9 25 37 71 1950-51 0 0.00%
82 South Shields

South Shields

0 9 2 0 11 1919-20 0 0.00%
83 Cambridge United

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0 8 9 25 42 1970-71 0 0.00%
84 Southend United

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0 7 61 26 94 1920-21 0 0.00%
85 Gillingham

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0 5 64 20 89 1920-21 0 0.00%
86 Peterborough United

Peterborough United

0 5 31 25 61 1960-61 0 0.00%
87 Loughborough

General Badge

0 5 0 0 5 1895-96 0 0.00%
88 Wrexham

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0 4 54 22 80 1921-22 0 0.00%
89 Rotherham County

General Badge

0 4 2 0 6 1919-20 0 0.00%
90 Darlington

Darlington FC Badge

0 3 31 47 81 1921-22 0 0.00%
91 Burton Wanderers

General Badge

0 3 0 0 3 1894-95 0 0.00%
92 New Brighton Tower

General Badge

0 3 0 0 3 1898-99 0 0.00%
93 York City

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0 2 38 32 72 1929-30 0 0.00%
94 Colchester United

English FOotball

0 2 38 29 69 1950-51 0 0.00%
95 Burton Albion

Burton Albion

0 2 3 6 11 2009-10 0 0.00%
96 Northwich Victoria

Northwich Victoria

0 2 0 0 2 1892-93 0 0.00%
97 Mansfield Town

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0 1 42 35 78 1931-32 0 0.00%
98 Newport County

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0 1 40 27 68 1920-21 0 0.00%
99 Wycombe Wanderers

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0 1 14 13 28 1993-94 0 0.00%
100 Milton Keynes Dons

English Football

0 1 13 3 17 2004-05 0 0.00%
101 Yeovil Town

English Football

0 1 9 6 16 2003-04 0 0.00%
102 Nelson

Nelson FC

0 1 9 0 10 1921-22 0 0.00%
103 Hereford United

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0 1 5 25 31 1972-73 0 0.00%
104 Bootle

Bootle

0 1 0 0 1 1892-93 0 0.00%
105 Middlesbrough Ironopolis

General Badge

0 1 0 0 1 1893-94 0 0.00%
106 Exeter City

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0 0 47 42 89 1920-21 0 0.00%
107 Rochdale

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0 0 45 48 93 1921-22 0 0.00%
108 Hartlepool United

Hartle Pool United

0 0 43 45 88 1921-22 0 0.00%
109 Halifax Town

Halifax Town

0 0 40 29 69 1921-22 0 0.00%
110 Chester City

football results

0 0 35 32 67 1931-32 0 0.00%
111 Accrington Stanley

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0 0 35 14 49 1921-22 0 0.00%
112 Torquay United

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0 0 34 44 78 1927-28 0 0.00%
113 Southport

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0 0 34 16 50 1921-22 0 0.00%
114 Barrow

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0 0 33 12 45 1921-22 0 0.00%
115 Aldershot

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0 0 24 33 57 1932-33 0 0.00%
116 Gateshead

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0 0 21 2 23 1930-31 0 0.00%
117 New Brighton

General Badge

0 0 21 0 21 1923-24 0 0.00%
118 Workington

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0 0 10 16 26 1951-52 0 0.00%
119 Merthyr Town

General Badge

0 0 10 0 10 1920-21 0 0.00%
120 Wigan Borough

Wigan Borough

0 0 10 0 10 1921-22 0 0.00%
121 Ashington

ASHINGTON

0 0 8 0 8 1921-22 0 0.00%
122 Fleetwood Town

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0 0 7 2 9 2012-13 0 0.00%
123 Durham City

DURHAM CITY

0 0 7 0 7 1921-22 0 0.00%
124 Aberdare Athletic

General Badge

0 0 6 0 6 1921-22 0 0.00%
125 AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon

0 0 5 5 10 2011-12 0 0.00%
126 Cheltenham Town

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0 0 4 16 20 1999-2000 0 0.00%
127 Crawley Town

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0 0 3 7 10 2011-12 0 0.00%
128 Stevenage

English Football

0 0 3 7 10 2010-11 0 0.00%
129 Stalybridge Celtic

Stalybridge Celtic

0 0 2 0 2 1921-22 0 0.00%
130 Thames Association

General Badge

0 0 2 0 2 1930-31 0 0.00%
131 Barnet

Barnet

0 0 1 20 21 1991-92 0 0.00%
132 Macclesfield Town

Macclesfield Town

0 0 1 17 18 1997-98 0 0.00%
133 Dagenham & Redbridge

DAGENHAM

0 0 1 8 9 2007-08 0 0.00%
134 Rushden & Diamonds

Rushden & Diamonds

0 0 1 4 5 2001-02 0 0.00%
135 Morecambe

MORECAMBE

0 0 0 14 14 2007-08 0 0.00%
136 Scarborough

Scarborough

0 0 0 12 12 1987-88 0 0.00%
137 Boston United

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0 0 0 5 5 2002-03 0 0.00%
138 Kidderminster Harriers

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0 0 0 5 5 2000-01 0 0.00%
139 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers

0 0 0 4 4 2017-18 0 0.00%
140 Maidstone United

Maidstone United

0 0 0 3 3 1989-90 0 0.00%
141 Salford City

Salford City

0 0 0 2 2 2019-20 0 0.00%
142 Harrogate Twon

Harrogate Town

0 0 0 1 1 2020-21 0 0.00%
Clubs 1888-89 to 2020-21 1 2 3 4 Total Debut Season Debut Seson % Time in
Total Clubs: 142 Total Seasons 122 in League in Top Flight Top Flight

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