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10 Biggest Football Clubs In The Midlands

5. West Bromwich Albion

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One of the biggest clubs 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 has 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.

4. Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolves have been performing extremely well in the past couple of seasons. Wolves were English League champions three times (1953–54, 1957–58, and 1958–59), under the management of Stan Cullis. They have also finished League runners-up on five occasions, most recently in 1959–60. Wolves have won the FA Cup four times and the Football League Cup twice.

3. Nottingham Forest

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Founded in 1865, Forest are now considered the oldest football league club in England after the relegation of Notts County to the National League in 2019. Brian Clough’s Forest side won the English league title, three League Cups and Two European Cups…within three years of getting promoted from the Second Division in 1977. Those European Cup wins are getting further and further away, but still, lend a lustre to the club despite their struggles this millennium.

2. Leicester City

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The Foxes’ profile and prestige were hugely boosted by their miraculous Premier League title win in 2016, and Champions League run the following season. They’ve also been in the top two divisions for all but one season of their history, and they’ve got to five FA Cup finals, winning once in 2021, and also won the League Cup a handful of times.  They are one of the biggest football clubs in the Midlands.

1. Aston Villa

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The most successful club in the Midlands, European champions, 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 Park has hosted more than 55 FA Cup semi-finals, a record.

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