Football History: Timeline
Aston Villa Football Club was founded by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel cricket team in Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
Middlesbrough Football Club was formed at a meeting of Middlesbrough Cricket Club at the Albert Park Hotel in 1876.
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.
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
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.
Burnley started life as a rugby club - Burnley Rovers - but in 1882 decided to switch codes and became Burnley Football Club.
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.
Arsenal Football Club was founded as 'Dial Square' in the Woolwich Armoury, South-East London, England.
A.F.C. Bournemouth was founded in 1890 as Boscombe St. John's Institute FC in Bournemouth, Dorset, South-West England.
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.
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.
Brighton & Hove Albion was formed, initially as Brighton & Hove United, in Brighton, East Sussex, England
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.
Chelsea Football Club was founded by Edwardian businessman, Henry Augustus Mears, in Fulham, South-West London.
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.