3. Nottingham Forest
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
The Foxes’ profile and prestige was 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
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.