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List of English football champions

Leicester City celebrate winning the Premier League in the 2015–16 season.

The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English men's football, which since 1992-1993 is the Premier League.

Following the legalisation of professional football by the Football Association in 1885,[1] the English Football League was established in 1888, after a series of meetings initiated by Aston Villa director William McGregor.[2] At the end of the 1888–89 season, Preston North End were the first club to be crowned champions after completing their fixtures unbeaten.[3]

Representing the first fully professional football competition in the world the league saw its early years dominated by teams from the North and Midlands, where professionalism was embraced more readily than in the South.[4] Its status as the country's pre-eminent league was strengthened in 1892, when the rival Football Alliance was absorbed into the Football League.[5] Former Alliance clubs comprised the bulk of a new Second Division, from which promotion to the top level could be gained. It was not until 1931 that a Southern club were crowned champions, when Herbert Chapman's Arsenal secured the title. Arsenal scored 127 goals in the process, a record for a title-winning side (though runners-up Aston Villa scored one goal more, a record for the top division).[6]

Rules stipulating a maximum wage for players were abolished in 1961. This resulted in a shift of power towards bigger clubs.[7] Financial considerations became an even bigger influence from 1992, when the teams then in the First Division defected to form the FA Premier League. This supplanted the Football League First Division as the highest level of football in England,[8] and due to a series of progressively larger television contracts, put wealth into the hands of top flight clubs in a hitherto unprecedented manner.[9] The first five champions in the Premier League era - Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United - had all won the title at least once prior to 1992. Leicester City were crowned champions for the first time in 2016, becoming the first (and to date only) team to win the Premier League without having previously won the First Division.

All the clubs which have ever been crowned champions are still in existence today and all take part in the top four tiers of the English football league system - the football pyramid. Sheffield Wednesday are the only club who have ever changed their name after winning a league title having been known as The Wednesday for the first three of their four titles.

Manchester United have won 20 titles, the most of any club.[10] United's rivals Liverpool are second with 18. Liverpool dominated during the 1970s and 1980s, while United dominated in the 1990s and 2000s under Sir Alex Ferguson. Arsenal are third; their 13 titles all came after 1930. Everton (nine) have enjoyed success throughout their history, and both Aston Villa (seven) and Sunderland (six) secured the majority of their titles before World War I. Huddersfield Town in 1924–26, Arsenal in 1933–35, Liverpool in 1982–84 and Manchester United in 1999–2001 and 2007–09 are the only sides to have won the League title in three consecutive seasons.[11]

Contents

ListEdit

Teams in bold are those who won the double of League Championship and FA Cup, or the European Double of League Championship and European Cup in that season.

Football League (1888–1892)Edit

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer 22Goals
1888–89 Preston North End[1] Aston Villa Wolverhampton Wanderers   John Goodall (Preston North End) 21
1889–90 Preston North End (2) Everton Blackburn Rovers   Jimmy Ross (Preston North End) 24
1890–91 Everton Preston North End Notts County   Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers) 26
1891–92 Sunderland Preston North End Bolton Wanderers   John Campbell (Sunderland) 32

Football League First Division (1892–1992)Edit

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1892–93 Sunderland (2) Preston North End Everton   John Campbell (Sunderland) 31
1893–94 Aston Villa Sunderland Derby County   Jack Southworth (Everton) 27
1894–95 Sunderland (3) Everton Aston Villa   John Campbell (Sunderland) 22
1895–96 Aston Villa (2) Derby County Everton   Johnny Campbell (Aston Villa)
  Steve Bloomer (Derby County)
20
1896–97 Aston Villa (3) Sheffield United Derby County   Steve Bloomer (Derby County) 22
1897–98 Sheffield United Sunderland Wolverhampton Wanderers   Fred Wheldon (Aston Villa) 21
1898–99 Aston Villa (4) Liverpool Burnley   Steve Bloomer (Derby County) 23
1899–1900 Aston Villa (5) Sheffield United Sunderland   Billy Garraty (Aston Villa) 27
1900–01 Liverpool Sunderland Notts County   Steve Bloomer (Derby County) 23
1901–02 Sunderland (4) Everton Newcastle United   Jimmy Settle (Everton) 18
1902–03 The Wednesday[8] Aston Villa Sunderland   Sam Raybould (Liverpool) 31
1903–04 The Wednesday[8] (2) Manchester City Everton   Steve Bloomer (Derby County) 20
1904–05 Newcastle United Everton Manchester City   Arthur Brown (Sheffield United) 22
1905–06 Liverpool (2) Preston North End The Wednesday   Albert Shepherd (Bolton Wanderers) 26
1906–07 Newcastle United (2) Bristol City Everton   Alex Young (Everton) 30
1907–08 Manchester United Aston Villa Manchester City   Enoch West (Nottingham Forest) 27
1908–09 Newcastle United (3) Everton Sunderland   Bert Freeman (Everton) 38
1909–10 Aston Villa (6) Liverpool Blackburn Rovers   Jack Parkinson (Liverpool) 30
1910–11 Manchester United (2) Aston Villa Sunderland   Albert Shepherd (Newcastle United) 25
1911–12 Blackburn Rovers Everton Newcastle United   Harry Hampton (Aston Villa)
  George Holley (Sunderland)
  David McLean (The Wednesday)
25
1912–13 Sunderland (5) Aston Villa The Wednesday   David McLean (The Wednesday) 30
1913–14 Blackburn Rovers (2) Aston Villa Middlesbrough   George Elliot (Middlesbrough) 32
1914–15 Everton (2) Oldham Athletic Blackburn Rovers   Bobby Parker (Everton) 35
1915/16–1918/19 League suspended owing to the First World War
1919–20 West Bromwich Albion Burnley Chelsea   Fred Morris (West Bromwich Albion) 37
1920–21 Burnley Manchester City Bolton Wanderers   Joe Smith (Bolton Wanderers) 38
1921–22 Liverpool (3) Tottenham Hotspur Burnley   Andy Wilson (Middlesbrough) 31
1922–23 Liverpool (4) Sunderland Huddersfield Town   Charlie Buchan (Sunderland) 30
1923–24 Huddersfield Town Cardiff City Sunderland   Wilf Chadwick (Everton) 28
1924–25 Huddersfield Town (2) West Bromwich Albion Bolton Wanderers   Frank Roberts (Manchester City) 31
1925–26 Huddersfield Town (3) Arsenal Sunderland   Ted Harper (Blackburn Rovers) 43
1926–27 Newcastle United (4) Huddersfield Town Sunderland   Jimmy Trotter (The Wednesday) 37
1927–28 Everton (3) Huddersfield Town Leicester City   Dixie Dean (Everton) 60
1928–29 The Wednesday[8] (3) Leicester City Aston Villa   Dave Halliday (Sunderland) 43
1929–30 Sheffield Wednesday (4) Derby County Manchester City   Vic Watson (West Ham United) 41
1930–31 Arsenal Aston Villa Sheffield Wednesday   Tom Waring (Aston Villa) 49
1931–32 Everton (4) Arsenal Sheffield Wednesday   Dixie Dean (Everton) 44
1932–33 Arsenal (2) Aston Villa Sheffield Wednesday   Jack Bowers (Derby County) 35
1933–34 Arsenal (3) Huddersfield Town Tottenham Hotspur   Jack Bowers (Derby County) 34
1934–35 Arsenal (4) Sunderland Sheffield Wednesday   Ted Drake (Arsenal) 42
1935–36 Sunderland (6) Derby County Huddersfield Town   W. G. Richardson (West Bromwich Albion) 39
1936–37 Manchester City Charlton Athletic Arsenal   Freddie Steele (Stoke City) 33
1937–38 Arsenal (5) Wolverhampton Wanderers Preston North End   Tommy Lawton (Everton) 28
1938–39 Everton (5) Wolverhampton Wanderers Charlton Athletic   Tommy Lawton (Everton) 35
1939/40–1945/46 League suspended owing to the Second World War
1946–47 Liverpool (5) Manchester United Wolverhampton Wanderers   Dennis Westcott (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 37
1947–48 Arsenal (6) Manchester United Burnley   Ronnie Rooke (Arsenal) 33
1948–49 Portsmouth Manchester United Derby County   Willie Moir (Bolton Wanderers) 25
1949–50 Portsmouth (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers Sunderland   Dickie Davis (Sunderland) 25
1950–51 Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Blackpool   Stan Mortensen (Blackpool) 30
1951–52 Manchester United (3) Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal   George Robledo (Newcastle United) 33
1952–53 Arsenal (7) Preston North End Wolverhampton Wanderers   Charlie Wayman (Preston North End) 24
1953–54 Wolverhampton Wanderers West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town   Jimmy Glazzard (Huddersfield Town) 29
1954–55 Chelsea Wolverhampton Wanderers Portsmouth   Ronnie Allen (West Bromwich Albion) 27
1955–56 Manchester United (4) Blackpool Wolverhampton Wanderers   Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers) 33
1956–57 Manchester United (5) Tottenham Hotspur Preston North End   John Charles (Leeds United) 38
1957–58 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) Preston North End Tottenham Hotspur   Bobby Smith (Tottenham Hotspur) 36
1958–59 Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) Manchester United Arsenal   Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea) 33
1959–60 Burnley (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers Tottenham Hotspur   Dennis Viollet (Manchester United) 32
1960–61 Tottenham Hotspur (2) Sheffield Wednesday Wolverhampton Wanderers   Jimmy Greaves (Chelsea) 41
1961–62 Ipswich Town Burnley Tottenham Hotspur   Ray Crawford (Ipswich Town)
  Derek Kevan (West Bromwich Albion)
33
1962–63 Everton (6) Tottenham Hotspur Burnley   Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur) 37
1963–64 Liverpool (6) Manchester United Everton   Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur) 35
1964–65 Manchester United (6) Leeds United Chelsea   Andy McEvoy (Blackburn Rovers)
  Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur)
29
1965–66 Liverpool (7) Leeds United Burnley   Willie Irvine (Burnley) 29
1966–67 Manchester United (7) Nottingham Forest Tottenham Hotspur   Ron Davies (Southampton) 37
1967–68 Manchester City (2) Manchester United Liverpool   George Best (Manchester United)
  Ron Davies (Southampton)
28
1968–69 Leeds United Liverpool Everton   Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham Hotspur) 27
1969–70 Everton (7) Leeds United Chelsea   Jeff Astle (West Bromwich Albion) 25
1970–71 Arsenal (8) Leeds United Tottenham Hotspur   Tony Brown (West Bromwich Albion) 28
1971–72 Derby County Leeds United Liverpool   Francis Lee (Manchester City) 33
1972–73 Liverpool[2] (8) Arsenal Leeds United   Pop Robson (West Ham United) 28
1973–74 Leeds United (2) Liverpool Derby County   Mick Channon (Southampton) 21
1974–75 Derby County (2) Liverpool Ipswich Town   Malcolm Macdonald (Newcastle United) 21
1975–76 Liverpool[2] (9) Queens Park Rangers Manchester United   Ted MacDougall (Norwich City) 23
1976–77 Liverpool[3] (10) Manchester City Ipswich Town   Malcolm Macdonald (Arsenal)
  Andy Gray (Aston Villa)
25
1977–78 Nottingham Forest[4] Liverpool Everton   Bob Latchford (Everton) 30
1978–79 Liverpool (11) Nottingham Forest West Bromwich Albion   Frank Worthington (Bolton Wanderers) 24
1979–80 Liverpool (12) Manchester United Ipswich Town   Phil Boyer (Southampton) 23
1980–81 Aston Villa (7) Ipswich Town Arsenal   Peter Withe (Aston Villa)
  Steve Archibald (Tottenham Hotspur)
20
1981–82 [5] Liverpool[5](13) Ipswich Town Manchester United   Kevin Keegan (Southampton) 26
1982–83 Liverpool[4] (14) Watford Manchester United   Luther Blissett (Watford) 27
1983–84 Liverpool[3][4] (15) Southampton Nottingham Forest   Ian Rush (Liverpool) 32
1984–85 Everton[6] (8) Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur   Kerry Dixon (Chelsea)
  Gary Lineker (Leicester City)
24
1985–86 Liverpool (16) Everton West Ham United   Gary Lineker (Everton) 30
1986–87 Everton (9) Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur   Clive Allen (Tottenham Hotspur) 33
1987–88 Liverpool (17) Manchester United Nottingham Forest   John Aldridge (Liverpool) 26
1988–89 Arsenal (9) Liverpool Nottingham Forest   Alan Smith (Arsenal) 23
1989–90 Liverpool (18) Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur   Gary Lineker (Tottenham Hotspur) 24
1990–91 Arsenal (10) Liverpool Crystal Palace   Alan Smith (Arsenal) 22
1991–92 Leeds United (3) Manchester United Sheffield Wednesday   Ian Wright (Crystal Palace/Arsenal) 29

Premier League (1992–present)Edit

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Points Runners-up Points Third place Points Top goalscorer Goals
1992–93 Manchester United (8)
84
Aston Villa
74
Norwich City
72
  Teddy Sheringham (Nottingham Forest/Tottenham) 22
1993–94 Manchester United (9)
92
Blackburn Rovers
84
Newcastle United
77
  Andrew Cole (Newcastle United) 34
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers (3)
89
Manchester United
88
Nottingham Forest
77
  Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) 34
1995–96 Manchester United (10)
82
Newcastle United
78
Liverpool
71
  Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers) 31
1996–97 Manchester United (11)
75
Newcastle United
68
Arsenal
68
  Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) 25
1997–98 Arsenal (11)
78
Manchester United
77
Liverpool
65
  Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers)
  Dion Dublin (Coventry City)
  Michael Owen (Liverpool)
18
1998–99 Manchester United[7] (12)
79
Arsenal
78
Chelsea
75
  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United)
  Michael Owen (Liverpool)
  Dwight Yorke (Manchester United)
18
1999–2000 Manchester United (13)
91
Arsenal
73
Leeds United
69
  Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) 30
2000–01 Manchester United (14)
80
Arsenal
70
Liverpool
69
  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) 23
2001–02 Arsenal (12)
87
Liverpool
80
Manchester United
77
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 24
2002–03 Manchester United (15)
83
Arsenal
78
Newcastle United
69
  Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) 25
2003–04 Arsenal[1] (13)
90
Chelsea
79
Manchester United
75
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 30
2004–05 Chelsea[4] (2)
95
Arsenal
83
Manchester United
77
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 25
2005–06 Chelsea (3)
91
Manchester United
83
Liverpool
82
  Thierry Henry (Arsenal) 27
2006–07 Manchester United (16)
89
Chelsea
83
Liverpool
68
  Didier Drogba (Chelsea) 20
2007–08 Manchester United[3] (17)
87
Chelsea
85
Arsenal
83
  Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 31
2008–09 Manchester United[4] (18)
90
Liverpool
86
Chelsea
83
  Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) 19
2009–10 Chelsea (4)
86
Manchester United
85
Arsenal
75
  Didier Drogba (Chelsea) 29
2010–11 Manchester United (19)
80
Chelsea
71
Manchester City
71
  Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
  Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
20
2011–12 Manchester City (3)
89
Manchester United
89
Arsenal
70
  Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 30
2012–13 Manchester United (20)
89
Manchester City
78
Chelsea
75
  Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 26
2013–14 Manchester City[4] (4)
86
Liverpool
84
Chelsea
82
  Luis Suárez (Liverpool) 31
2014–15 Chelsea[4] (5)
87
Manchester City
79
Arsenal
75
  Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) 26
2015–16 Leicester City
81
Arsenal
71
Tottenham Hotspur
70
  Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 25
2016–17 Chelsea (6)
93
Tottenham Hotspur
86
Manchester City
78
  Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 29

Bold indicates Double winners – i.e. League and FA Cup winners OR League and European Cup winners

Bold Italic indicates Treble winners – i.e. League, FA Cup and European Cup winners

Total titles wonEdit

Teams in bold compete in the Premier League as of the 2017–18 season.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Manchester United
20
15
1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Liverpool
18
13
1900–01, 1905–06, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1946–47, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90
Arsenal
13
9
1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
Everton
9
7
1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87
Aston Villa
7
10
1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–1900, 1909–10, 1980–81
Sunderland
6
5
1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36
Chelsea
6
4
1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
Manchester City
4
5
1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14
Newcastle United
4
2
1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1926–27
Sheffield Wednesday
4
1
1902–03, 1903–04, 1928–29, 1929–30
Leeds United
3
5
1968–69, 1973–74, 1991–92
Wolverhampton Wanderers
3
5
1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
Huddersfield Town
3
3
1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26
Blackburn Rovers
3
1
1911–12, 1913–14, 1994–95
Preston North End
2
6
1888–89, 1889–90
Tottenham Hotspur
2
5
1950–51, 1960–61
Derby County
2
3
1971–72, 1974–75
Burnley
2
2
1920–21, 1959–60
Portsmouth
2
0
1948–49, 1949–50
Ipswich Town
1
2
1961–62
Nottingham Forest
1
2
1977–78
Sheffield United
1
2
1897–98
West Bromwich Albion
1
2
1919–20
Leicester City
1
1
2015–16
Bristol City
0
1
Oldham Athletic
0
1
Cardiff City
0
1
Charlton Athletic
0
1
Blackpool
0
1
Queen's Park Rangers
0
1
Watford
0
1
Southampton
0
1

Total titles won by regionEdit

Multiple trophy winsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. a b Completed the season unbeaten.
  2. a b Also won the UEFA Cup.
  3. a b Also won the European Cup.
  4. a b c d e f g Also won the League Cup.
  5. a From the 1981–82 season onwards three points were awarded for a win. Prior to this a win gave two points.
  6. a Also won the Cup Winners Cup.
  7. a In addition to the double of League and FA Cup, Manchester United also won the European Cup in 1999. This achievement is referred to as the Treble.
  8. a b c Sheffield Wednesday were known as The Wednesday until 1929.

ReferencesEdit

General
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