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.
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.