The Oldest Football Clubs in London and Where to Find Them

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The beautiful game has captured imaginations and broken hearts all over the world for centuries. Millions of fan’s dreams have been realised and countless hearts have been shattered by last minute goals in leagues all over the world.

Whether a club is a high-flying giant like Manchester City, sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League with their billionaire owners or a lowly National League side battling to gain entry to the football league, the passion of fans up and down the country remains the same. London is no different, and a multitude of clubs can be found near hotels in West End, with great accommodation in Piccadillywest but which clubs have been entertaining their fans in our capital for the longest?

Football Clubs

Fulham FC

A brisk walk westwards from our luxurious Piccadilly London west end will take you to the beautiful riverside ground of Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC. With a long history dating back to their formation in 1879, Fulham is one of the oldest clubs in England as well as in London.

The Cottagers have enjoyed reasonable success throughout their history, winning the Football League Division One in the 2000/1 year before going on to mix with the Premier League’s best teams for many years. Fulham was sadly relegated in 2014, although they continue to draw huge crowds to Craven Cottage in the style befitting of one of London’s oldest clubs.

Fulham Football Club

A steep journey down the footballing pyramid from Fulham will take you to the oldest football club in London, and the second oldest in the world! Cray Wanderers were formed in 1860 and are currently playing semi-professional football in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The origins of Cray Wanderers date back to the construction of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway line between the years of 1858 and 1860.

Migrants who were working on the line at the time enjoyed a kick-about during their free time, and thus Cray Wanderers was formed in the St Mary Cray Village. Fast forward over one hundred and fifty years and you can go to see the modern-day Cray Wanderers plying their trade at their home ground in Bromley. Whilst Haye’s Lane only holds a capacity of 5,000 and is dwarfed by the huge stadia of other London giants such as Chelsea and Arsenal, the home of Cray Wanderers remains a special place due to the fact it’s home to the oldest club in London.

Arsenal

Arsenal

By far the most successful club on this list, The Gunners were formed way back in Woolwich in 1886 and have since gone on to become giants of English football. Countless trophies over the years including multiple premier league victories and with the fearsome ‘Invincibles’ squad has seen Arsenal write their name into the history books of English and world football for their fluid, attacking style of play and impenetrable defence. Although Arsenal in 2017 isn’t as strong as they once were, they’re still a force to be reckoned with on their day and remain one of London’s most popular clubs.

FAQs

  • Which is the oldest football club in England?

TSV 1860 München is the oldest football club in England, founded in the year 1860. Their current stadium is Allianz Arena and previous stadiums were Stadion an der Grünwalderstraße, Olympiastadion, & Sechzger.

  • Who is the most successful London football club?

Arsenal, Chelsea & Tottenham Hotspur are the most successful teams. They have won a total of 99 titles & trophies.

  • How many football clubs are there in England?

There are more than 480 divisions, in more than 140 individual leagues. Although the exact number is variable, considering an average of 15 teams competing per division, there are more than 7,000 teams of about 5,300 clubs are the members of the English football league system.

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