The English Football League was founded in 1888. It was the oldest such competition in world football. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992 when Premier League was formed. Since 1992, Premier League has been the top division football league of England. In this article, we will rank the top 20 clubs in the all-time league point table combining the old first division to the current Premier League. Only the top division league table from 1888 to 2020 is considered.
This table is adjusted to 3 points per victory, 1 point for a draw.
12. Blackburn Rovers [M- 2720, W- 1017, L- 1052, P- 3702]
The club was established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992. They have been playing their home games at Ewood Park since 1890. Blackburn Rovers have been English champions three times, and have won six FA Cups, one Football League Cup and one Full Members’ Cup.
The club has spent most of its existence in the top flight of English football. They won the Premier League. They might’ve dropped down (briefly) to League One a couple of years ago, but they won the Premier League. A handful of European trips followed in the early 2000s too.
11. West Bromwich Albion [M- 3108, W- 1100, L-1273, P- 4065]
West Bromwich Albion was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900. They are one of the biggest clubs to come from the midlands. Albion were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888, the first professional football league in the world, and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football.
They have been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and have been runners-up twice. Albion have reached ten FA Cup finals, winning the Cup on five occasions. The first win came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy.
10. Sunderland AFC [M- 3340, W- 1260, L- 1300, P- 4560]
The club was founded as Sunderland and District Teachers in 1879. Sunderland play their home games at the 49,000-capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997. The Stadium of Light is huge, and has a hardcore fanbase filling it. Sunderland have a history of being a really good football team – and have one of the country’s best rivalries to boot.
The club has won six top-flight titles and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice and been runners-up twice. Sunderland have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898.
9. Newcastle United [M- 3493, W- 1346, L- 1299, P- 4886]
Newcastle United was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End. The team plays its home matches at St. James’ Park. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition’s history, spending 88 seasons in the top flight, and have never dropped below English football’s second tier since joining the Football League in 1893.
Newcastle United has some of the best fans in the country. Their stadium St. James’ park is always buzzing on a matchday. Newcastle have won 4 League titles, 6 FA Cups, and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup, the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club.
8. Chelsea FC [M- 3427, W- 1400, L- 1145, P- 5082]
The Chelsea football club was formed in 1905. They are definitely the most successful London club over the past couple of decades and among the most successful English clubs. They have been league champions six times and won over thirty competitive honors – including six European trophies.
Chelsea are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA’s main club competitions, and the only London club to have won the Champions League. The Blues are very much a modern giant, bankrolled by Roman Abramovich’s billions. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
7. Tottenham Hotspur [M- 3423, W- 1421, L- 1174, P- 5091]
Tottenham was founded in 1882 as Hotspur F.C. Tottenham’s new stadium demonstrates a club looking to the future, not the past. They’ve only spent one of the last 70 seasons outside of the top flight. Tottenham Hotspur has been staggeringly consistent (and sometimes straight-up brilliant) for the best part of three-quarters of a century.
Spurs have won two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups, seven FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Cups. Tottenham were also the runners-up of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League competition. The club has a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Arsenal, with head-to-head fixtures known as the North London derby.
6. Manchester City [M- 3648, W- 1470, L- 1302, P- 5286]
Manchester City was founded in 1880 as St. Mark’s (West Gorton), it became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 and Manchester City in 1894. The club’s home ground is the City of Manchester Stadium in east Manchester, to which it moved in 2003, having played at Maine Road since 1923. Manchester City has been the most successful English team in domestic competitions over the last decade.
Under the management of Pep Guardiola, they won the Premier League in 2018, becoming the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season. In 2019, they won four trophies, completing an unprecedented sweep of all domestic trophies in England and becoming the first English men’s team to win the domestic treble. The club have won 6 league titles as well as 6 FA Cups.