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    Football History
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Football History: Timeline

1874

Aston Villa Football Club was founded by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team in Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

Origins

Aston Villa F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Old postcard of Aston Villa 1912-13 English Association Cup winners" by Rotary Photographic Co. Ltd Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

1876

Middlesbrough Football Club was formed at a meeting of Middlesbrough Cricket Club at the Albert Park Hotel in 1876. 

Origins

Middlesbrough F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Riverside stadium interior view. By Chemical Engineer - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11263559"

1878

Everton Football Club was founded in 1878 as St Domingo’s (after the local Methodist Church), changing its name a year later to Everton F.C. 

Origins

Everton F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: “Welcome to Everton FC” by Ben Sutherland - Own work. Licensed via flickr: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/"

1878

Manchester United Football Club was founded as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) by the company’s Carriage and Wagon department at Newton Heath. The club’s name was changed to Manchester United in 1902 

Origins

Manchester United F.C. Football History

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1880

Manchester City was founded in 1880 as St Mark’s Church in West Gorton before evolving into Ardwick A.F.C. and moving to Hyde Road. The club reformed as Manchester City in 1894.

Origins

Manchester City F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Mcfc stad pano" by LiamUK at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1882

Burnley started life as a rugby club - Burnley Rovers - but in 1882 decided to switch codes and became Burnley Football Club.

Origins

Burnley F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "By Adam Haworth - Turf Moor, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13508444"

1884

Leicester City Football Club was founded as Leicester Fosse in 1884.  Following Leicester's newly-found city status, the club name was changed to Leicester City in 1919.

Origins

Leicester City F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: “Walkers Stadium, Leicester (Dec2010)“ von Matt Neale from UK - Walkers Stadium Uploaded by NotFromUtrecht. Lizenziert unter CC BY-SA 2.0 über Wikimedia Commons"

1886

Arsenal Football Club was founded as 'Dial Square' in the Woolwich Armoury, South-East London, England.

Origins

Arsenal F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Emirates Stadium east side at dusk" by Ed g2s - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1890

A.F.C. Bournemouth was founded in 1890 as Boscombe St. John's Institute FC in Bournemouth, Dorset, South-West England.

Origins

A.F.C. Bournemouth Football History

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Photo Credit: “ABC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers” by Chris Parker - Own Work. Licensed via flickr: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/"

1892

Liverpool Football Club was founded in 1892 following a split with Everton F.C. The new club was originally called Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Ltd. before being re-named Liverpool F.C.

Origins

Liverpool F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Anfield, 7 December 2013" by Ruaraidh Gillies - Reds Sky At Night. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

1892

Following a merger of Newcastle West End F.C. and Newcastle East End F.C. in 1892 the newly-unified club changed its name to Newcastle United Football Club.

Origins

Newcastle United F.C. Football History

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1901

Brighton & Hove Albion was formed, initially as Brighton & Hove United, in Brighton, East Sussex, England

Origins

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Football History

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By James Boyes from UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1904

Hull City was formed in June 1904 and played its first friendly games at the home of Hull Rugby League Club - The Boulevard - and the cricket ground on Anlaby Road.

Origins

Hull City A.F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "KC Stadium in day. By Yorkshire Forward [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons"

1905

Chelsea Football Club was founded by Edwardian businessman, Henry Augustus Mears, in Fulham, South-West London.

Origins

Chelsea F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Stamford Bridge Clear Skies" by Lachlan Fearnley - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1905

Crystal Palace Football Club was founded. They played in the grounds of – and may have been formed by workers at – the famous Crystal Palace which stood at the top of Sydenham Hill, South London.

Origins

Crystal Palace F.C. Football History

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Photo Credit: "Selhurst Park Holmesdale Stand" by Rockybiggs - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons"

1908

Huddersfield Town Association Football Club was registered as a limited company on 15th August 1908

Origins

Huddersfield Town A.F.C. Football History

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By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Town v Albion FA Cup) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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