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.
5. Aston Villa [M- 4098, W- 1650, L- 1476, P- 5922]
Aston Villa was founded in 1874 and have played at their home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. They were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992. The most successful club in the Midlands, European champions, Aston Villa have spent the best part of 90% of their Football League life in the top flight.
Apart from the European cup, they have also won the Football League First Division seven times, the FA Cup seven times, and the League Cup five times. Villa have a fierce local rivalry with Birmingham City and the Second City derby between the teams has been played since 1879.
4. Manchester United [M- 3807, W- 1822, L- 1048, P- 6403]
Manchester United was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the world. They have won more trophies than any other English club, including a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups and 3 Champions League trophies.
Some of the football greatest superstars have played for the club, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, etc. United aren’t just the biggest club in Britain, they – alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona – have a claim to be the biggest football club in the world.
3. Everton FC [M- 4547, W- 1847, L- 1558, P- 6683]
It is actually quite surprising to see Everton so high up the list. The club has competed in the top division for a record 116 seasons and has missed the top division only four times since the creation of the Football League. The club has won nine League Championships, five FA Cups, and one UEFA Cup Winners Cup. Their trophy cabinet is absolutely inarguable, and they’ve got one of the very best fanbases in the country.
The club was formed in 1878 and won its first League Championship during the 1890–91 season. After winning four more League Championships and two FA Cups, the club experienced a post-World War II dull period until a revival in the 1960s. A period of sustained success came in the mid-1980s, when Everton won a further two League Championships, one FA Cup, and the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup. The club’s most recent major trophy was the 1995 FA Cup.
2. Arsenal FC [M- 4162, W- 1895, L- 1197, P- 6755]
The club was founded in 1886 as Dial Square. Arsenal was the first club from the South of England to join The Football League, in 1893, and they reached the First Division in 1904. Relegated only once, in 1913, they continue the longest streak in the top division, and have won the second-most top-flight matches in English football history.
The only Premier League club to go a full season unbeaten. London’s biggest club, Arsenal has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups among a host of other trophies. At the turn of the century, they finished in the top two for eight years in a row, won four FA Cups and four League Cups.
1. Liverpool FC [M- 4163, W- 1963, L- 1168, P- 6921]
The club was founded in 1892 and joined the Football League the following year. They have played at Anfield since its formation. Liverpool is one of the most passionately followed football clubs in the world. The club’s home ground Anfield is known for a great atmosphere. Liverpool established itself as a major force in English and European football in the 1970s and 1980s when Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish led the club to a combined eleven League titles and four European Cups.
The club has won six European Cups, eighteen League titles, seven FA Cups among a list of other honors. The song “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, is the club’s anthem and has been sung by the Anfield crowd since the early 1960s. The fans are iconic. The club is iconic. There’s nobody like Liverpool.