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Ten Oldest Premier League Clubs

Ten Oldest Premier League Clubs

The Premier League has a long tradition of being an elite soccer league of the highest quality.

It is a powerhouse of premier clubs with many fantastic young and old players.

The history of players at each club, from previous winners to fan favourites and national team stars, is what makes it so unique.

The Premier League has been full of surprises and clubs that have succeeded against the odds in its three decades of existence.

Below are the ten oldest Premier League teams.


10. Southampton Football Club

Year Founded: 1885
Arena/Stadium: Saint Mary’s Stadium
Nickname: The Saints
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom
Owner: Sport Republic

Southampton Football Club, a professional football team based in Southampton, Hampshire, represents England in the Premier League.

They were headquartered at The Dell before 2001 when they relocated to St Mary's Stadium as their home stadium.

Southampton and Portsmouth have a long-running South Coast derby rivalry, thanks in part to their proximity and respective nautical histories.

Members of St. Mary's Church started the club in 1885. The club's roots in the church still play a vital role in who they are, as shown by its most well-known appellation, The Saints.

Southampton won the Southern League six times before being selected as a founder member of the Football League Third Division in 1920.

They also lost in the FA Cup finals in 1900 and 1902.

On January 4, 2022, Sports Republic bought a majority stake in Southampton Football Club, taking ownership of the team.

Mr Gao's stake in the club was bought out by a sports and entertainment investment firm, while Katharina Liebherr retained a minority stake.

The club had previously utilized the city’s emblem, which was designed in its initial iteration in the 1970s. The logo changed in the 1990s.


9. Leicester City Football Club

Year Founded: 1884
Arena/Stadium: King Power Stadium
Nickname: The Foxes
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Owner: King Power

Leicester City Football Club is an English professional football team based in the East Midlands.

Former Wyggeston School pupils founded the club in 1884 as Leicester Fosse.

Leicester played at five different sites before settling on Filbert Street in 1891. Filbert Street would remain their home stadium for the next 111 years.

Leicester City's 137-year quest for their first FA Cup title came to an end in May.

After overcoming Stoke City, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester United, and Southampton earlier in the competition, the Foxes faced Chelsea in the 2021 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021.

The Premier League title won by Leicester City Football Club from 2015 to 2016 was their first and only championship to date.


8. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Year Founded: 1882
Arena/Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Nickname: Spurs, The Lilywhites
Location: Tottenham, London, England
Owner: ENIC International Ltd.

Tottenham Hotspur FC was founded in 1882 by a group of grammar school students from All Hallows Church.

The team's name was initially Hotspur, but it was shortly changed to Tottenham Hotspur to avoid confusion with an older club known as Hotspur FC.

In their first competitive game, they faced St. Albans in the London Association Cup in 1885. Spurs prevailed 5-2, and the light blue and white sections were designated as the new colours.

On the original credit balance, nine shillings are due.

Nicholson's sixteen years in command of Tottenham are usually considered the finest in the club's history.

Tottenham won the League championship in 1961, three FA Cups in 1961, 1962, and 1967, two League Cups in 1971 and 1973, one Cup Winners' Cup in 1963, and the first UEFA Cup in 1972 during his tenure.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has crowned the FA Cup and Football League Champions in 1961.

Since Preston North End and Aston Villa did it in 1889 and 1897, respectively, they were the first club to complete the “Double.”


7. Manchester City

Year Founded: 1880
Arena/Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Nickname: City, Cityzens, Man City, The Citizens, The Sky Blues
Location: Manchester
Owner: City Football Group Limited

The club was founded by Arthur Connell, rector of St. Mark's Church, and his daughter Anna Connell, who came up with the name St. Mark's.

They changed their name to Manchester City in 1894 after previously being known as Gorton FC and Ardwick AFC.

Manchester City takes on Tottenham Hotspur in the 100th FA Cup final in 1981. Following a 1-1 tie the previous Saturday, one of the most exciting Cup finals in history was played at Wembley.

City was beaten 3-2 after a historic Ricky Villa goal, but for City fans, Steve Mackenzie's 30-yard volley was the better shot.

In 2021, Manchester City wins the League Cup for the fourth time in a row and the Premier League for the third time in four years.

City overcomes Aston Villa in a stunning final-day victory to win the Premier League for the fourth time in five years after a close fight with Liverpool in 2022.

The Blues were the first Manchester team to win a significant trophy in 1904 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup final at Crystal Palace.

6. Fulham Football Club

Year Founded: 1879
Arena/Stadium: Craven Cottage
Nickname: The Cottagers, The Whites, The Lily Whites
Location: Fulham, London, United Kingdom
Owner: Shahid Khan

Fulham Football Club has retained the status of London's oldest professional football club since its inception in 1879.

The Club began when a schoolteacher and a churchwarden formed a team of neighbourhood youths.

Fulham won the Southern League in 1905-06 and 1906-07 and was promoted to the Football League's Second Division the following year.

Fulham was demoted despite winning the play-off finals in 2018 and 2020.

However, after winning the 2021-22 Championship, they are back in the Premier League.

Fulham is in their fifth season at a higher level.

5. Manchester United Football Club

Year Founded: 1878
Arena/Stadium: Old Trafford
Nickname: The Red Devils, United
Location: Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Owner: Manchester United plc

The Newton Heath L&YR Football Club was the organization's initial name before changing to Manchester United Football Club.

L&YR is an abbreviation for Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, where the team member worked.

Manchester United has won a record 20 Premier League championships, 12 FA Cups, five League Cups, and 21 FA Community Shields.

They have each won a single trophy from the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup.

They have won the European Cup and the UEFA Champions League three times apiece.

4. Everton Football Club

Year Founded: 1878
Arena/Stadium: Goodison Park
Nickname: The Blues, The Toffees, The People’s Club, The School of Science
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Owner: Farhad Moshiri

Everton Football Club was founded by the St. Domingo Church Sunday School. After two years, St. Domingo's FC was renamed Everton to honour a Liverpool neighbourhood.

The football squad Everton FC quickly rose to prominence as one of the top teams of its era.

They were one of the first twelve Football Competition clubs, the world's first professional football league.

Their first taste of a trophy came in 1891 when they dominated to win their first League title.

In 1893, they reach their first FA Cup final.

The nicknames “Evertonians” or “Blues” are used to refer to the club’s fans.

3. Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

Year Founded: 1877
Arena/Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Nickname: Wolves, The Wanderers
Location: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Owner: Fosun International

When the Football League was created in 1877, Wolverhampton Wanderers, along with eleven other teams, were among the original members.

The English Football League replaced it as the first domestic football league in history.

Wolves have won 17 major trophies in its history, including 11 league championships, four FA Cups, and two League Cups.

Nuno Espirito Santo took over as manager of the squad in May 2017 after Fosun acquired it in 2016.

Nuno's first year in charge saw the Wolves demoted and subsequently promoted from the Premier League.

Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Everton 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Fallowfield, Manchester, in 1893 to claim the trophy for the first time.

2. Aston Villa Football Club

Year Founded: 1874
Arena/Stadium: Villa Park
Nickname: The Villans, The Lions, The Claret & Blue Army
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Owner: Nassef Sawiris, Wes Edens

Aston Villa is a renowned name in English football, having founded one of the earliest Football League clubs in 1888.

In 1874, four church-connected cricket players founded Aston Villa, which is situated in Birmingham.

The club would soon include rugby and football divisions, the latter for members looking for something to do over the winter vacation.

They were one of five English clubs to win the European Cup in 1981-1982.

They have won the Football League First Division, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the European Super Cup seven times apiece.

The club has been placed fifth in the English premier flight since its founding in 1888.

The NSWE group, a business controlled by American billionaire Wes Edens and Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris, presently owns the club.

The club’s heyday came to an end with the start of the First World War in 1913 after another two FA Cup victories.


1. Nottingham Forest Football Club

Year Founded: 1865
Arena/Stadium: The Nottingham Forest Football Club
Nickname: Forest, The Reds, The Tricky Trees, The Garibaldi
Location: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England
Owner: Evangelos Marinakis

Nottingham Forest Football Club is currently the oldest active football club in the Premier League, having been founded in Nottinghamshire, England in 1865.

In 1865, a group of Nottingham players of the hockey-like sport called shiny gathered at the Clinton Arms on Shakespeare Street.

At this moment, JS Scrimshaw's suggestion to start playing football instead was granted, and Nottingham Forest Football Club was formed.

Unlike the other clubs on this list, Nottingham Forest was not formed by churchgoers.

They are currently the oldest Premier League team as they have been promoted last season.

They have four League Cup victories, two FA Cup victories, and one First Division victory.

Their two consecutive Champions League championships from 1978 to 1980, achieved under Brian Clough’s leadership, are their crowning achievements.

Nottingham Forest Football Club bagged their first FA Cup title in 1898.

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