20. Crystal Palace
One of the best stadium atmospheres in British football. They have a very good squad. They are an established Premier League side now. With proper care and investment, they could push for European football in upcoming years.
19. West Bromwich Albion
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 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.
The Saints might not have a bulging trophy cabinet, but they’ve got a good stadium, the fanbase to fill it and a history of giving those fans a decent standard of football to watch. They’re established. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
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 future is uncertain, but the sheer weight of the club’s name could carry them through.
16. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves have been performing extremely well in the past couple of seasons in the Premier League. 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.
15. 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.
14. 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 only once, in 2021. They have won the League Cup three times as well. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
In the early 1990s Rangers were arguably the biggest club in Britain, but self-inflicted financial troubles have taken their toll. A 50,000-seater stadium in Glasgow. The most league titles in Scottish history. A European trophy. Nine Scottish titles in a row. Liquidation. Starting again in the fourth tier. They got back in the top division and won the league title in 2021.
12. West Ham United
The biggest club to never win a top-flight title, and it’s not even close. Despite being in the biggest city, having a cracking fan base, a great stadium (…for most of their existence) and attracting top players for decades, the Hammers have never finished in the top two in the top flight.
Of course, you could credit them with England’s 1966 World Cup win. There’s a certain amount of kudos that goes with that. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
11. Leeds United
Leeds is a big one-club city, the club had some serious success in their recent past and even got to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001. They have won three English league titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup among other trophies. The club reached the 1975 European Cup Final, losing to Bayern Munich. Leeds share rivalries with Manchester United, Chelsea and Millwall, as well as with local teams such as Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, and Sheffield Wednesday.