Today we will have a look at the most successful era of some famous English clubs such as Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea and many more!
This is not a ranking, we are just stating the most successful period of each of the following clubs, and it is done in alphabetical order.
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10. Tottenham Hotspur [1961-1973]
In this era Tottenham won the League once in 1961,FA Cup thrice(1961,1962,1967),League Cup twice(1971,1973),FA Community shield thrice (1961,1962,1967),UEFA Cup winners’ cup(1963) and UEFA Cup(1972).
Tottenham’s most successful era came under manager Bill Nicholson. He subsequently guided Tottenham to major trophy success three seasons in a row in the early 1960s, the double in 1961, the FA Cup and European Cup semi-final in 1962 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.
Nicholson added the League Cup (1971 and 1973) and the 1971–72 UEFA Cup to Tottenham’s long history before he resigned at the start of the 1974–75 season due to both a poor start, and his disgust at seeing rioting fans in Rotterdam in a UEFA Cup final, which Spurs lost. He had won eight major trophies in 16 years and his spell in charge was the most successful period in the club’s history.
9. Sunderland [1891-1903]
In this era Sunderland won the league 4 times (1892,1893,1895,1902) and Sheriff of London Charity Shield(1903).
Tom Watson became Sunderland’s first manager when he was appointed in 1888. Sunderland’s early games consisted of local competitions and the FA Cup. Additionally, they participated in friendlies with Football League clubs and they even beat the League champions Preston North End on 28 April 1889. As their popularity grew, they applied for admission into the Football League. At the League’s annual meeting that considered this application, Sunderland offered to pay towards other clubs’ travelling costs, to compensate for the extra distance these club would need to travel. This offer secured their place in the Football League. They replaced Stoke, one of the original League founding members, who failed to be re-elected. In their second season in the Football League, Sunderland won the title, by five points over Preston North End. This success was repeated in the following season, when Sunderland won their second League title, this time 11 points ahead of their nearest contenders.
They came close to winning three successive League championships in the 1893–94 season, when they finished as runners-up to Aston Villa. Sunderland achieved their third League title in four seasons in the 1894–95 season,and after their League championship success took part in a game with Heart of Midlothian, the champions of Scotland. The game was played on 27 April 1895, and was described as the “Championship of the World title match”. Sunderland won the game 5–3 and were crowned “Champions of the World”
Sunderland won their fourth League title in the 1901–02 season . This was followed up with victory in the Sheriff of London Charity Shield, a competition featuring the best amateur and professional sides in England.
8. Newcastle United [1904-1910]
In their most successful period,Newcastle won the league thrice(1905,1907,1909),FA Cup(1910) and FA Community Shield(1909). One interesting fact was that they reach the FA Cup finals 5 times in this period but won only once.
In 1903–04, the club built up a promising squad of players, and went on to dominate English football for almost a decade, the team known for their “artistic play, combining team-work and quick, short passing”. Newcastle started to purchase talented players, especially from Scotland, and soon had a squad to rival all of England. With players like Colin Veitch, Jackie Rutherford, Jimmy Lawrence and Albert Shepherd, Newcastle had a team of international talent. Bill McCracken, Jimmy Howie, Peter McWilliam and Andy Aitken were also household names in their day.
Newcastle United went on to win the League on three occasions during the 1900s: in 1904–05, 1906–07 and 1908–09. Newcastle reached five FA Cup finals in the years leading up to World War I. In 1904–05, they nearly did the double, losing to Aston Villa in the 1905 FA Cup Final. They were beaten again the following year by Everton in the 1906 FA Cup Final. They reached the final again in 1908 where they lost to Wolves. In 1908 the team suffered a record 9–1 home defeat to local rivals Sunderland in the league but still won that season’s league title. They finally won the FA Cup in 1910 when they beat Barnsley in the final. They lost again the following year in the final against Bradford City.
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7. Manchester United [1991-Present]
Since 1991 Manchester United have won the league 13 times, FA Cup 5 times, League Cup 6 times, FA Community shield 11 times, 2 Champions League titles, 1Europa League, 1 UEFA Cup winners’ Cup ,1 UEFA Super Cup,1 FIFA Club World Cup and 1 Intercontinental Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson joined the club from Aberdeen on the same day that Ron Atkinson was dismissed,and guided the club to a 12th-place finish in the league. Despite a second-place finish in 1987–88, the club was back in 11th place the following season.Reportedly on the verge of being dismissed, victory over Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final replay (after a 3–3 draw) saved Ferguson’s career. The following season, Manchester United claimed its first Cup Winners’ Cup title and competed in the 1991 UEFA Super Cup, beating European Cup holders Red Star Belgrade 1–0 in the final at Old Trafford. A second consecutive League Cup final appearance followed in 1992, in which the team beat Nottingham Forest 1–0 at Wembley Stadium. In 1993, the club won its first league title since 1967, and a year later, for the first time since 1957, it won a second consecutive title – alongside the FA Cup – to complete the first “Double” in the club’s history.
Manchester United’s 1998–99 season was the most successful in English club football history as they became the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League – “The Treble” – in the same season
In 2000, Manchester United competed in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil,and won the league again in the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons. The team finished third in 2001–02, before regaining the title in 2002–03. They won the 2003–04 FA Cup, beating Millwall 3–0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. In the 2005–06 season, Manchester United failed to qualify for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade, but recovered to secure a second-place league finish and victory over Wigan Athletic in the 2006 Football League Cup Final. The club regained the Premier League title in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, and completed the European double by beating Chelsea 6–5 on penalties in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.In December 2008, the club won the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup and followed this with the 2008–09 Football League Cup, and a third successive Premier League title, the first time any team had won three successive league titles more than once.
The club then won the league cup in 2010 and followed it up with a League title in 2011 and 2013. It was in 2013 when Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. Last season under Jose Mourinho , 3rd United manager since Six Alex, Manchester United won the Europa League and the League Cup.
6. Manchester City [1966-1976]
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City may be breaking many kinds of records but Club’s most successful period lies in Joe Mercer’s era as they achieved all the success coming out of 2nd tier with limited resources. In that era they won 2nd division League(1966),League (1968),FA Cup(1969),FA community shield(1968,1972),League Cup(1970,1976) and UEFA Cup winners’ Cup(1970).
After relegation to the Second Division in 1963, the future looked bleak with a record low home attendance of 8,015 against Swindon Town in January 1965.In the summer of 1965, the management team of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison were appointed. In the first season under Mercer, City won the Second Division title and made important signings in Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell. Two seasons later, in 1967–68, Manchester City claimed the League Championship for the second time, clinching the title on the final day of the season with a 4–3 win at Newcastle United and beating their close neighbours Manchester United into second place.City won the FA Cup in 1969, before achieving European success by winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, beating Górnik Zabrze 2–1 in Vienna.City also won the League Cup that season, becoming the second English team to win a European trophy and a domestic trophy in the same season.
The club continued to challenge for honours throughout the 1970s, finishing one point behind the league champions on two occasions and reaching the final of the 1974 League Cup.One of the matches from this period that is most fondly remembered by supporters of Manchester City is the final match of the 1973–74 season against arch-rivals Manchester United, who needed to win to have any hope of avoiding relegation. Former United player Denis Law scored with a backheel to give City a 1–0 win at Old Trafford and confirm the relegation of their rivals.The final trophy of the club’s most successful period was won in 1976, when Newcastle United were beaten 2–1 in the League Cup final.
5. Liverpool [1964-1992]
In this period Liverpool won 13 league titles,5 FA Cups,4 League Cup,13 FA Community Shield,4 European Cups,2 UEFA Cups and an European Super Cup.
The club won the Second Division title in 1961–62 and were promoted to the First Division. Two seasons later, Liverpool won their first League championship since 1946–47, thereby qualifying for participation in European competition for the first time. The following season, Liverpool won their first FA Cup. Further League championships followed in 1965–66 and 1972–73. 1973 saw them win their first European trophy—the UEFA Cup. The following season was Shankly’s last, in which the club won the FA Cup once more.
Shankly’s assistant Bob Paisley took over in 1974.His first season in charge saw Liverpool finish second, before winning the League championship and UEFA Cup the following season. Three European Cups and four League championships followed before Paisley retired at the end of 1982–83, to be replaced by his assistant, Joe Fagan.
Liverpool won a treble of trophies during Fagan’s first season as manager, winning the League championship for the third year in succession, the Football League Cup for the fourth year in succession and a fourth European Cup.
Dalglish was appointed as player and manager after Joe Fagan resigned following the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster, which resulted in Liverpool’s indefinite ban from European competition. Liverpool won the league championship and FA Cup in Dalglish’s first season, and won a further league championship in 1987–88. The Hillsborough disaster, which occurred during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in April 1989, resulted in the deaths of 96 of the club’s supporters. After the disaster, Dalglish led the club to their 18th title, in 1989–90; but the job was becoming too stressful and he resigned in February 1991.Dalglish’s successor Graeme Souness won the FA Cup in his first full season in charge,which was their last trophy in the mentioned period.
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4. Everton [1983-1987]
Everton won 2 league titles(1985,1987),FA Cup(1984),League Cup(1984),4 FA Community Shield (1984,1985,1986,1987) and European Cup winners’ Cup (1985) in this period.
Former Everton player Howard Kendall returned to the club as manager for the 1981–82 season. In 1984-85 season Everton won their eighth league title with four matches to spare. Everton were progressing on two cup fronts. In Europe, Everton reached their first European final after defeating German giants Bayern Munich 3–1 at Goodison, in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, after the first leg ended 0–0. The match is regarded as one of the most memorable in the club’s history. The final against Rapid Vienna was also won 3–1, as Everton clinched their first-ever European trophy.
In the FA Cup, Everton reached their second successive FA Cup Final. Having already won the league, and having just won the Cup Winners Cup three days earlier, Everton set their minds on a treble. At Wembley, in the final, a tired Everton lost 1–0 to Manchester United. Had they not lost, Everton would have joined Liverpool as only the second English team to win three major trophies in one season.
Everton won the league again in 1987 and Howard Kendall defected to Spain to become coach of Athletic Bilbao, and was replaced as manager at Everton by his former assistant Colin Harvey.
3. Chelsea [2004-Present]
In this period they have won 5 League titles, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, 2 FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League(2012) and UEFA Europa League(2013).
In 2003, Chelsea were bought by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, ushering in the club’s current phase of success. José Mourinho led them to two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in three seasons. The club added a further FA Cup in 2009, and then their first League and FA Cup “Double” in 2010. Under the stewardship of former player Roberto Di Matteo, the club won a seventh FA Cup in 2012, before going on to win its first UEFA Champions League title.
Roberto Di Matteo was made permanent manager but was sacked in November 2012 and replaced with Rafael Benítez, an unpopular choice with many Chelsea fans owing to Benitez’ association with Liverpool and comments he had previously made about the club, and he received a “fiercely hostile reception” as he was introduced at his first home game, a 0–0 draw with Manchester City on 25 November 2012.Benítez’ tenure saw mixed results, Chelsea lost the Club World Cup Final to Corinthians and were beaten in the League Cup semi-finals by Swansea City. They finished third in the Premier League, ensuring Champions League qualification, and won the UEFA Europa League. In so doing, Chelsea became the first side in history to hold two major European titles simultaneously and the fourth club, and the only British club, to have won all three of UEFA’s major club competitions.
On 3 June 2013, Chelsea announced the appointment of José Mourinho as manager for the second time on a four-year contract.In his first year, the 2013–14, Chelsea did not win any silverware for the first time since 2010–11, but Mourinho said that the season was a transitional one for the club. In the following season (Results), Chelsea won the Premier League title, sitting eight points clear of runners-up Manchester City F.C. The 2015–16 season, however, saw a poor run of form from the Premier League champions. From August through to December, Chelsea won just 5 of their 19 games, and on 17 December, Mourinho was sacked by the club.After the sacking of Mourinho, Guus Hiddink was named caretaker manager for the remainder of the 2015–16 season. Antonio Conte was appointed as Chelsea’s regular manager in the summer of 2016. In his first season at the club ,he led Chelsea to their 5th Premier League title.
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2. Aston Villa [1893-1900]
In this period Aston Villa won the league 5 times,FA Cup 2 times and Sheriff of London Charity Shield 2 times.
Aston Villa were one of the dozen teams that competed in the inaugural Football League in 1888 with one of the club’s directors, William McGregor being the league’s founder. Aston Villa emerged as the most successful English club of the era.
They won their first league title in 1894,and then in 1896,1897,1899 and 1900. Their next league title came after 10 years in 1910. In 1897 they won both the FA Cup and league,the other FA cup of this period came in 1895.
1. Arsenal [1930-1938]
This period saw Arsenal winning 5 League titles,2 FA Cups and 5 FA Community shields.
Arsenal won their first FA Cup in 1930 under manager Herbert Chapman. Their FA Cup success was the first in a decade in which Arsenal were the dominant club in England. They won the First Division for the first time in 1930–31.
Arsenal won the league again in 1932-33 season but were beaten in the FA Cup final by Walsall.Arsenal had started the 1933–34 season solidly, but in January 1934 Herbert Chapman died suddenly from pneumonia. Despite this, under caretaker manager Joe Shaw guided Arsenal to retain the title that season.
George Allison took over the job of team manager in summer 1934,Arsenal’s dominance of the decade was sealed with a second FA Cup in 1935–36, winning 1–0 against Sheffield United with a goal from Drake. Arsenal faded in the League somewhat after the 1934–35 title, and were weakened by the retirement of Alex James and the club’s inability to replace him, as well as long-term injuries to several other key players such as Herbie Roberts and Joe Hulme. Nevertheless, they won a fifth League title in 1937–38, pipping Wolves on the final day of the season, to cap off a highly successful decade.