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Club League History Summary 1888-89 to 2018-19

Seasons spent by each of the 140 Clubs in the Four Flights of English League Football from 1888-89 to 2018-19,
together with the amount of 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 2018-19

Clubs 1888-89 to 2018-19 Total Seasons 120 Debut Season Debut Season % Time in
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

116 4 0 0 120 1888-89 1888-89 96.67%
3 Liverpool

Liverpool Results

104 11 0 0 115 1893-94 1894-95 90.43%
5 Arsenal

Arsenal Results

102 13 0 0 115 1893-94 1904-05 88.70%
4 Aston Villa

Aston Villa Results

105 13 2 0 120 1888-89 1888-89 87.50%
6 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Results

84 16 0 0 100 1908-09 1909-10 84.00%
7 Chelsea

Chelsea Results

84 19 0 0 103 1905-06 1907-08 81.55%
8 Manchester United

Manchester United Results

94 22 0 0 116 1892-93 1892-93 81.03%
9 Manchester City

Manchester City Results

90 25 1 0 116 1892-93 1899-1900 77.59%
10 Newcastle United

New Castle United Football Results

87 28 0 0 115 1893-94 1898-99 75.65%
11 Sunderland

Sunderland Results

86 30 2 0 118 1890-91 1890-91 72.88%
12 West Bromwich Albion

WBA Results

81 38 1 0 120 1888-89 1888-89 67.50%
13 West Ham United

West Ham United Results

61 32 0 0 93 1919-20 1923-24 65.59%
14 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers Results

73 34 12 1 120 1888-89 1888-89 60.83%
15 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers Results

72 42 6 0 120 1888-89 1888-89 60.00%
16 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday

66 41 9 0 116 1892-93 1892-93 56.90%
17 Middlesbrough

Middlesborough Results

61 46 2 0 109 1899-1900 1902-03 55.96%
19 Stoke City

Leeds

62 42 8 0 112 1888-89 1888-89 55.36%
18 Leeds United

Stoke City Results

50 39 3 0 92 1920-21 1924-25 54.35%
20 Derby County

Derby

65 51 4 0 120 1888-89 1888-89 54.17%
21 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Results

64 50 4 2 120 1888-89 1888-89 53.33%
23 Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON Football Results

14 6 3 4 27 1977-78 1986-87 51.85%
22 Sheffield United

English Football

60 44 11 1 116 1892-93 1893-94 51.72%
24 Birmingham City

Birmingham Football Results

57 55 4 0 116 1892-93 1894-95 49.14%
25 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest

56 55 5 0 116 1892-93 1892-93 48.28%
26 Burnley

Burnley Football Results

56 46 11 7 120 1888-89 1888-89 46.67%
28 Southampton

Leicester

42 39 11 0 92 1920-21 1966-67 45.65%
27 Leicester City

Southhampton Results

52 61 1 0 114 1895-96 1908-09 45.61%
29 Preston North End

English Football

46 46 23 5 120 1888-89 1888-89 38.33%
31 Coventry City

Ipswich

34 29 28 1 92 1919-20 1967-68 36.96%
30 Ipswich Town

English Football

27 36 11 0 74 1938-39 1961-62 36.49%
32 Portsmouth

Potsmuth Results

33 40 13 6 92 1920-21 1927-28 35.87%
33 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield

32 38 22 6 98 1910-11 1920-21 32.65%
34 Charlton Athletic

Charlton

26 45 20 0 91 1921-22 1936-37 28.57%
35 Norwich City

Norwich City Results

25 38 29 0 92 1920-21 1972-73 27.17%
39 Fulham

Blsckpool Results

26 54 18 3 101 1907-08 1949-50 25.74%
36 Blackpool

QPR Results

28 49 25 9 111 1896-97 1930-31 25.23%
37 Queens Park Rangers

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23 30 39 0 92 1920-21 1968-69 25.00%
38 Notts County

Fulham Results

30 37 35 18 120 1888-89 1888-89 25.00%
40 Darwen 2 6 0 0 8 1891-92 1891-92 25.00%
43 Crystal Palace

Wigan Results

19 37 33 3 92 1920-21 1969-70 20.65%
41 Wigan Athletic

English Fooball

8 6 19 8 41 1978-79 2005-06 19.51%
42 Bury

Crystal Palace Results

22 39 29 24 114 1894-95 1895-96 19.30%
45 Cardiff City

English Football

17 45 19 11 92 1920-21 1921-22 18.48%
44 Luton Town

Cardif Results

16 35 30 9 90 1897-98 1955-56 17.78%
49 Watford

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12 29 46 5 92 1920-21 1982-83 13.04%
46 Oldham Athletic

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12 36 41 12 101 1907-08 1910-11 11.88%
47 Bradford City

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12 29 41 23 105 1903-04 1908-09 11.43%
48 Grimsby

Watford Results

12 52 27 18 109 1892-93 1901-02 11.01%
50 Swansea City

Swansea Results

9 38 26 19 92 1920-21 1981-82 9.78%
51 Bristol City

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9 50 46 2 107 1901-02 1906-07 8.41%
57 Brighton & Hove Albion

football results

6 23 56 7 92 1920-21 1979-80 6.52%
52 Bradford Park Avenue

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3 22 14 11 50 1908-09 1914-15 6.00%
54 Glossop North End 1 16 0 0 17 1898-99 1899-1900 5.88%
53 Oxford United

English Football

3 18 18 14 53 1962-63 1985-86 5.66%
55 Brentford

Hull City Results

5 15 58 14 92 1920-21 1935-36 5.43%
56 Hull City

Brighton

5 59 23 16 103 1905-06 2008-09 4.85%
59 AFC Bournemouth

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4 5 70 10 89 1923-24 2015-16 4.49%
58 Reading

Bournmouth Results

3 24 56 8 91 1920-21 2006-07 3.30%
60 Millwall

Milwall

2 42 43 5 92 1920-21 1988-89 2.17%
61 Carlisle United

English Football

1 15 40 26 82 1928-29 1974-75 1.22%
62 Swindon Town

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1 19 64 7 91 1920-21 1993-94 1.10%
63 Northampton Town

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1 3 49 40 93 1920-21 1965-66 1.08%
64 Leyton Orient

English Football

1 41 42 17 101 1905-06 1962-63 0.99%
65 Barnsley

Barnley

1 75 24 10 110 1898-99 1997-98 0.91%
66 Port Vale

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0 41 43 21 105 1892-93 0 0.00%
67 Plymouth Argyle

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0 40 41 11 92 1920-21 0 0.00%
68 Lincoln City

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0 34 31 41 106 1892-93 0 0.00%
69 Rotherham United

English Football

0 30 47 13 90 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 60 8 88 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

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0 16 36 32 84 1901-02 0 0.00%
74 Gainsborough Trinity 0 16 0 0 16 1896-97 0 0.00%
75 Walsall Town

English Football

0 15 71 9 95 1892-93 0 0.00%
76 Burton United

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

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0 12 45 38 95 1892-93 0 0.00%
78 Tranmere Rovers

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0 11 58 18 87 1921-22 0 0.00%
79 Shrewsbury Town

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0 10 39 19 68 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 35 69 1950-51 0 0.00%
82 South Shields 0 9 2 0 11 1919-20 0 0.00%
83 Cambridge United

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0 8 9 23 40 1970-71 0 0.00%
84 Southend United

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0 7 60 25 92 1920-21 0 0.00%
85 Gillingham

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0 5 62 20 87 1920-21 0 0.00%
86 Peterborough United

Peterborough United

0 5 29 25 59 1960-61 0 0.00%
87 Loughborough 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 0 4 2 0 6 1919-20 0 0.00%
90 Darlington 0 3 31 47 81 1921-22 0 0.00%
91 Burton Wanderers 0 3 0 0 3 1894-95 0 0.00%
92 New Brighton Tower

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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 27 67 1950-51 0 0.00%
95 Burton Albion

football results

0 2 2 6 10 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 33 76 1931-32 0 0.00%
98 Newport County

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0 1 40 25 66 1920-21 0 0.00%
99 Milton Keynes Dons

English Football

0 1 11 3 15 2004-05 0 0.00%
100 Nelson 0 1 9 0 10 1921-22 0 0.00%
101 Yeovil Town

English Football

0 1 9 6 16 2003-04 0 0.00%
102 Hereford United

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0 1 5 25 31 1972-73 0 0.00%
103 Bootle 0 1 0 0 1 1892-93 0 0.00%
104 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 0 1 0 0 1 1893-94 0 0.00%
105 Exeter City

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0 0 47 40 87 1920-21 0 0.00%
106 Rochdale

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0 0 43 48 91 1921-22 0 0.00%
107 Hartlepool United 0 0 43 45 88 1921-22 0 0.00%
108 Halifax Town 0 0 40 29 69 1921-22 0 0.00%
109 Chester City

football results

0 0 35 32 67 1931-32 0 0.00%
110 Torquay United

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

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0 0 34 16 50 1921-22 0 0.00%
112 Accrington Stanley

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0 0 33 14 47 1921-22 0 0.00%
113 Barrow

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0 0 33 11 44 1921-22 0 0.00%
114 Aldershot

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

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0 0 21 2 23 1930-31 0 0.00%
116 New Brighton 0 0 21 0 21 1923-24 0 0.00%
117 Wycombe Wanderers

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0 0 13 13 26 1993-94 0 0.00%
118 Workington

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

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0 0 10 0 10 1920-21 0 0.00%
120 Wigan Borough 0 0 10 0 10 1921-22 0 0.00%
121 Ashington 0 0 8 0 8 1921-22 0 0.00%
122 Durham City 0 0 7 0 7 1921-22 0 0.00%
123 Aberdare Athletic

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0 0 6 0 6 1921-22 0 0.00%
124 Fleetwood Town

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0 0 5 2 7 2012-13 0 0.00%
125 Cheltenham Town

English Football

0 0 4 14 18 1999-2000 0 0.00%
126 Stevenage

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0 0 3 6 9 2010-11 0 0.00%
127 AFC Wimbledon

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0 0 3 5 8 2011-12 0 0.00%
128 Crawley Town

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0 0 3 5 8 2011-12 0 0.00%
129 Stalybridge Celtic 0 0 2 0 2 1921-22 0 0.00%
130 Thames Association

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

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

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0 0 1 15 16 1997-98 0 0.00%
133 Dagenham & Redbridge 0 0 1 8 9 2007-08 0 0.00%
134 Rushden & Diamonds 0 0 1 4 5 2001-02 0 0.00%
135 Morecambe 0 0 0 12 12 2007-08 0 0.00%
136 Scarborough

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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 Maidstone United

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0 0 0 3 3 1989-90 0 0.00%
140 Forest Green Rovers

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0 0 0 2 2 2017-18 0 0.00%
Clubs 1888-89 to 2018-19 1 2 3 4 Total Debut Season Debut Seson % Time in
Bold = Founder Member of Football League Total Seasons 120 in League in Top Flight Top Flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

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