The first English league champions were crowned way back at the end of the 1888/89 season, when the Football League was dominated by clubs from the North West and East and West Midlands.
Since then, 24 clubs have claimed at least one title, but which regions have been the most successful? In this article, we have ranked all the nine English regions according to the League titles that the clubs from their region have won since 1888.
English regions are divided into the following: London, South East, South West, East of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East. Let us have a look at most successful English football regions.
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9. South West
It has the largest area of all regions, and reaches from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This includes the area often known as the West Country, and much of Wessex.
The most famous football club from this region are Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers etc. Unfortunately, no football club from this region have ever has been crowned champions of English top division.
8. East Anglia
East Anglia is a region of eastern England. The kingdom consisted of Norfolk and Suffolk. The biggest clubs from this region are Norwich City and Ipswich Town.
One club from the East of England has been crowned champions on one occasion – Ipswich Town are the only club from the East of England to win the league, doing so in 1962, in their first season in the top flight after gaining promotion from the second tier.
7. South East
South East includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The biggest football clubs from this region are Reading, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Portsmouth etc
One club from the South East has claimed two league titles – Portsmouth are the only club from the South East region to win the league, doing so twice (in 1949 and 1950).
6. East Midlands
The counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and most of Lincolnshire belong to this region, the eastern half of Midlands. The biggest football clubs from this region are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Derby County etc
East Midlands clubs have claimed four league titles – Three clubs from the East Midlands have been crowned champions, led by Derby County (2), followed by Nottingham Forest (1) and Leicester City (1). This region is one of the most successful English football regions.
Leicester City is the latest from the region to win the League title. They won the Premier League in 2015-16, defying all the odds in one of the most fairytale season for them.
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5. North East
North East includes the combined area of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and a small part of North Yorkshire. The most famous football clubs from this region are Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
North East clubs have claimed 10 league titles – Two clubs from the North East have been crowned champions, led by Sunderland (6), followed by Newcastle United (4). The last of these successes came way back in 1936, when Sunderland won their sixth title.
There was a glorious shot for the domestic title for Newcastle under Kevin Keegan in 1996, but it wasn’t to be.
4. West Midlands
West Midlands have a rich football history. They have some of the most followed football lcubs in the country. These clubs include Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City, Stoke City etc
West Midlands clubs have claimed 11 league titles – Three clubs from the West Midlands have been crowned champions, led by Aston Villa (7), followed by Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) and West Bromwich Albion (1). The last of these triumphs came when Villa won the league in 1981.
3. Yorkshire and the Humber
Yorkshire and the Humber covers most of the historic county of Yorkshire, along with the part of northern Lincolnshire. Some of the most famous clubs from this region are Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town etc
Yorkshire clubs have claimed 11 league titles – Four clubs from Yorkshire have been crowned top diviison champions, led by Sheffield Wednesday (4), followed by Leeds United (3), Huddersfield Town (3) and Sheffield United (1). Leeds are the last team from this region to take the title, doing so in 1992.
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The capital city of the country, London has some of the most followed football clubs. These clubs include Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, QPR etc. They are among most successful English football regions.
London clubs have claimed 20 league titles – Three clubs from the capital have been crowned champions, led by Arsenal (13), followed by Chelsea (5) and Tottenham Hotspur (2). Chelsea are the last club from the capital to finish first, doing so in 2015, while Arsenal are the only team to win the league while going unbeaten over the course of a 38-game season.
1. North West
North West has been the most successful English football region with 60 League titles. Some of the most famous clubs from the region are Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Burnley etc
Seven clubs from the North West have been crowned champions, led by Manchester United (20), followed by Liverpool (18), Everton (9), Manchester City (6), Blackburn Rovers (3), Burnley (2) and Preston North End (2). Manchester City are the last club from the North West to take the title (in 2019), while Preston went unbeaten over the course of an 22-game season in the inaugural league campaign.