List Of English Football Champions

The English football champions are the winners of the top level league in English men's football, which since the 1992–93 season has been called the Premier League.

List of English football champions
Football League (1888–1892)
Football League First Division (1892–1992)
Premier League (1992–present)
Members of the Leicester City team lifting the Premier League trophy
Country
List Of English Football Champions England
Founded
1888
Number of teams
24
Current champions
Manchester City (2023–24)
Most successful club
Manchester United (20 championships)

Following the codification of professional football by the Football Association in 1885, the Football League was established in 1888, after meetings initiated by Aston Villa director William McGregor. At the end of the 1888–89 season, Preston North End were the first club to be crowned champions after completing their fixtures unbeaten.

The league's early years were dominated by teams from the North and Midlands, where professionalism had been embraced more readily than in the South of England. It was teams such as Preston North End, Aston Villa and Sunderland that held the league title in monopoly. Its status as the country's pre-eminent league was strengthened in 1892, when the rival Football Alliance was absorbed into the Football League. Former Alliance clubs comprised the bulk of a new Second Division, from which promotion to the top level could be gained. It was not until 1931 that a Southern club were crowned champions, when Herbert Chapman's Arsenal secured the title.

Rules stipulating a maximum wage for players were abolished in 1961. This resulted in a shift of power towards bigger clubs with more financial means. Financial considerations became an even bigger influence from 1992, when the teams then in the First Division defected to form the FA Premier League. This supplanted the Football League First Division as the highest level of football in England, and due to a series of progressively larger television contracts, put unprecedented wealth into the hands of top flight clubs. The first five champions in the Premier League era – Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – had all won the title at least once prior to 1992. Leicester City were champions for the first time in 2016, becoming the first team to win the Premier League without having previously won the First Division. Other than inaugural league champions Preston North End, Ipswich Town remain the only club to win the top flight division at their first attempt in the 1961–62 season.

All the clubs which have ever been champions are still in existence today and all take part in the top four tiers of the English football league system. Sheffield Wednesday are the only club who have ever changed their name after winning a league title, having been known as The Wednesday for the first three of their four titles. The name change took place in 1929.[citation needed]

Manchester United have won twenty titles (both English First Division and Premier League titles) , the most of any club. United's rivals Liverpool are second with nineteen. Liverpool dominated during the 1970s and 1980s (winning eleven league titles between 1973 and 1990), while Manchester United dominated in the 1990s and 2000s under manager Alex Ferguson (eleven league titles between 1993 and 2009). Arsenal are third with thirteen titles, having dominated during the 1930s (five league titles between 1931 and 1938). Manchester City are fourth with ten titles, of which eight have been won in the 2010s and 2020s. Everton are fifth with nine titles. Aston Villa (seven) and Sunderland (six) secured the majority of their titles before the 1920s. Chelsea (six) won the majority of their titles in the 21st century (between 2005 and 2017).[citation needed] Manchester City became the first team to win the league title in four consecutive seasons in 2024.

All figures are correct as of the end of the 2023–24 season.

List of champions

Football League (1888–1892)

Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Winning manager
1888–89 Preston North End (1) Aston Villa (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) William Sudell (secretary manager)
1889–90 Preston North End (2) Everton (1) Blackburn Rovers (1) William Sudell (secretary manager)
1890–91 Everton (1) Preston North End (1) Notts County (1) Dick Molyneux (secretary manager)
1891–92 Sunderland (1) Preston North End (2) Bolton Wanderers (1) Tom Watson

Football League First Division (1892–1992)

Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Winning manager
1892–93 Sunderland (2) Preston North End (3) Everton (1) Tom Watson
1893–94 Aston Villa (1) Sunderland (1) Derby County (1) George Ramsay
1894–95 Sunderland (3) Everton (2) Aston Villa (1) Tom Watson
1895–96 Aston Villa (2) Derby County (1) Everton (2) George Ramsay
1896–97 Aston Villa (3) Sheffield United (1) Derby County (2) George Ramsay
1897–98 Sheffield United (1) Sunderland (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) Joseph Wostinholm
1898–99 Aston Villa (4) Liverpool (1) Burnley (1) George Ramsay
1899–1900 Aston Villa (5) Sheffield United (2) Sunderland (1) George Ramsay
1900–01 Liverpool (1) Sunderland (3) Notts County (2) Tom Watson
1901–02 Sunderland (4) Everton (3) Newcastle United (1) Alex Mackie
1902–03 The Wednesday (1) Aston Villa (2) Sunderland (2) Arthur Dickinson
1903–04 The Wednesday (2) Manchester City (1) Everton (3) Arthur Dickinson
1904–05 Newcastle United (1) Everton (4) Manchester City (1) Frank Watt (secretary manager)
1905–06 Liverpool (2) Preston North End (4) The Wednesday (1) Tom Watson
1906–07 Newcastle United (2) Bristol City (1) Everton (4) Frank Watt (secretary manager)
1907–08 Manchester United (1) Aston Villa (3) Manchester City (2) Ernest Mangnall
1908–09 Newcastle United (3) Everton (5) Sunderland (3) Frank Watt (secretary manager)
1909–10 Aston Villa (6) Liverpool (2) Blackburn Rovers (2) George Ramsay
1910–11 Manchester United (2) Aston Villa (4) Sunderland (4) Ernest Mangnall
1911–12 Blackburn Rovers (1) Everton (6) Newcastle United (2) Robert Middleton
1912–13 Sunderland (5) Aston Villa (5) The Wednesday (2) Bob Kyle
1913–14 Blackburn Rovers (2) Aston Villa (6) Middlesbrough (1) Robert Middleton
1914–15 Everton (2) Oldham Athletic (1) Blackburn Rovers (3) Will Cuff (secretary manager)
1915–16 to 1918–19 League suspended due to the First World War
1919–20 West Bromwich Albion (1) Burnley (1) Chelsea (1) Fred Everiss
1920–21 Burnley (1) Manchester City (2) Bolton Wanderers (2) John Haworth
1921–22 Liverpool (3) Tottenham Hotspur (1) Burnley (2) David Ashworth
1922–23 Liverpool (4) Sunderland (4) Huddersfield Town (2) Matt McQueen
1923–24 Huddersfield Town (1) Cardiff City (1) Sunderland (5) Herbert Chapman
1924–25 Huddersfield Town (2) West Bromwich Albion (1) Bolton Wanderers (3) Herbert Chapman
1925–26 Huddersfield Town (3) Arsenal (1) Sunderland (6) Cecil Potter
1926–27 Newcastle United (4) Huddersfield Town (1) Sunderland (7) Frank Watt (secretary manager)
1927–28 Everton (3) Huddersfield Town (2) Leicester City (1) Thomas McIntosh (secretary manager)
1928–29 The Wednesday (3) Leicester City (1) Aston Villa (2) Robert Brown
1929–30 Sheffield Wednesday (4) Derby County (2) Manchester City (3) Robert Brown
1930–31 Arsenal (1) Aston Villa (7) Sheffield Wednesday (2) Herbert Chapman
1931–32 Everton (4) Arsenal (2) Sheffield Wednesday (3) Thomas McIntosh (secretary manager)
1932–33 Arsenal (2) Aston Villa (8) Sheffield Wednesday (4) Herbert Chapman
1933–34 Arsenal (3) Huddersfield Town (3) Tottenham Hotspur (1) Joe Shaw (caretaker)
1934–35 Arsenal (4) Sunderland (5) Sheffield Wednesday (5) George Allison
1935–36 Sunderland (6) Derby County (3) Huddersfield Town (3) Johnny Cochrane
1936–37 Manchester City (1) Charlton Athletic (1) Arsenal (1) Wilf Wild
1937–38 Arsenal (5) Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) Preston North End (1) George Allison
1938–39 Everton (5) Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) Charlton Athletic (1) Theo Kelly (secretary manager)
1939–40 to 1945–46 League suspended due to the Second World War
1946–47 Liverpool (5) Manchester United (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) George Kay
1947–48 Arsenal (6) Manchester United (2) Burnley (3) Tom Whittaker
1948–49 Portsmouth (1) Manchester United (3) Derby County (1) Bob Jackson
1949–50 Portsmouth (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) Sunderland (8) Bob Jackson
1950–51 Tottenham Hotspur (1) Manchester United (4) Blackpool (1) Arthur Rowe
1951–52 Manchester United (3) Tottenham Hotspur (2) Arsenal (2) Matt Busby
1952–53 Arsenal (7) Preston North End (5) Wolverhampton Wanderers (4) Tom Whittaker
1953–54 Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) West Bromwich Albion (2) Huddersfield Town (4) Stan Cullis
1954–55 Chelsea (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers (4) Portsmouth (1) Ted Drake
1955–56 Manchester United (4) Blackpool (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers (5) Matt Busby
1956–57 Manchester United (5) Tottenham Hotspur (3) Preston North End (2) Matt Busby
1957–58 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) Preston North End (6) Tottenham Hotspur (2) Stan Cullis
1958–59 Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) Manchester United (5) Arsenal (3) Stan Cullis
1959–60 Burnley (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers (5) Tottenham Hotspur (3) Harry Potts
1960–61 Tottenham Hotspur (2) Sheffield Wednesday (1) Wolverhampton Wanderers (6) Bill Nicholson
1961–62 Ipswich Town (1) Burnley (2) Tottenham Hotspur (4) Alf Ramsey
1962–63 Everton (6) Tottenham Hotspur (4) Burnley (4) Harry Catterick
1963–64 Liverpool (6) Manchester United (6) Everton (5) Bill Shankly
1964–65 Manchester United (6) Leeds United (1) Chelsea (2) Matt Busby
1965–66 Liverpool (7) Leeds United (2) Burnley (5) Bill Shankly
1966–67 Manchester United (7) Nottingham Forest (1) Tottenham Hotspur (5) Matt Busby
1967–68 Manchester City (2) Manchester United (7) Liverpool (1) Joe Mercer
1968–69 Leeds United (1) Liverpool (3) Everton (6) Don Revie
1969–70 Everton (7) Leeds United (3) Chelsea (3) Harry Catterick
1970–71 Arsenal (8) Leeds United (4) Tottenham Hotspur (6) Bertie Mee
1971–72 Derby County (1) Leeds United (5) Liverpool (2) Brian Clough
1972–73 Liverpool (8) Arsenal (3) Leeds United (1) Bill Shankly
1973–74 Leeds United (2) Liverpool (4) Derby County (3) Don Revie
1974–75 Derby County (2) Liverpool (5) Ipswich Town (1) Dave Mackay
1975–76 Liverpool (9) Queens Park Rangers (1) Manchester United (1) Bob Paisley
1976–77 Liverpool (10) Manchester City (3) Ipswich Town (2) Bob Paisley
1977–78 Nottingham Forest (1) Liverpool (6) Everton (7) Brian Clough
1978–79 Liverpool (11) Nottingham Forest (2) West Bromwich Albion (1) Bob Paisley
1979–80 Liverpool (12) Manchester United (8) Ipswich Town (3) Bob Paisley
1980–81 Aston Villa (7) Ipswich Town (1) Arsenal (4) Ron Saunders
1981–82 Liverpool (13) Ipswich Town (2) Manchester United (2) Bob Paisley
1982–83 Liverpool (14) Watford (1) Manchester United (3) Bob Paisley
1983–84 Liverpool (15) Southampton (1) Nottingham Forest (1) Joe Fagan
1984–85 Everton (8) Liverpool (7) Tottenham Hotspur (7) Howard Kendall
1985–86 Liverpool (16) Everton (7) West Ham United (1) Kenny Dalglish
1986–87 Everton (9) Liverpool (8) Tottenham Hotspur (8) Howard Kendall
1987–88 Liverpool (17) Manchester United (9) Nottingham Forest (2) Kenny Dalglish
1988–89 Arsenal (9) Liverpool (9) Nottingham Forest (3) George Graham
1989–90 Liverpool (18) Aston Villa (9) Tottenham Hotspur (9) Kenny Dalglish
1990–91 Arsenal (10) Liverpool (10) Crystal Palace (1) George Graham
1991–92 Leeds United (3) Manchester United (10) Sheffield Wednesday (6) Howard Wilkinson

Premier League (1992–present)

Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Third place Winning manager
1992-93 Manchester United (8) Aston Villa (10) Norwich City (1) Alex Ferguson
1993-94 Manchester United (9) Blackburn Rovers (1) Newcastle United (3) Alex Ferguson
1994-95 Blackburn Rovers (3) Manchester United (11) Nottingham Forest (4) Kenny Dalglish
1995-96 Manchester United (10) Newcastle United (1) Liverpool (3) Alex Ferguson
1996-97 Manchester United (11) Newcastle United (2) Arsenal (5) Alex Ferguson
1997-98 Arsenal (11) Manchester United (12) Liverpool (4) Arsène Wenger
1998-99 Manchester United (12) Arsenal (4) Chelsea (4) Alex Ferguson
1999-2000 Manchester United (13) Arsenal (5) Leeds United (2) Alex Ferguson
2000-01 Manchester United (14) Arsenal (6) Liverpool (5) Alex Ferguson
2001-02 Arsenal (12) Liverpool (11) Manchester United (4) Arsène Wenger
2002-03 Manchester United (15) Arsenal (7) Newcastle United (4) Alex Ferguson
2003-04 Arsenal (13) Chelsea (1) Manchester United (5) Arsène Wenger
2004-05 Chelsea (2) Arsenal (8) Manchester United (6) José Mourinho
2005-06 Chelsea (3) Manchester United (13) Liverpool (6) José Mourinho
2006-07 Manchester United (16) Chelsea (2) Liverpool (7) Alex Ferguson
2007-08 Manchester United (17) Chelsea (3) Arsenal (6) Alex Ferguson
2008-09 Manchester United (18) Liverpool (12) Chelsea (5) Alex Ferguson
2009-10 Chelsea (4) Manchester United (14) Arsenal (7) Carlo Ancelotti
2010-11 Manchester United (19) Chelsea (4) Manchester City (4) Alex Ferguson
2011-12 Manchester City (3) Manchester United (15) Arsenal (8) Roberto Mancini
2012-13 Manchester United (20) Manchester City (4) Chelsea (6) Alex Ferguson
2013-14 Manchester City (4) Liverpool (13) Chelsea (7) Manuel Pellegrini
2014-15 Chelsea (5) Manchester City (5) Arsenal (9) José Mourinho
2015-16 Leicester City (1) Arsenal (9) Tottenham Hotspur (10) Claudio Ranieri
2016-17 Chelsea (6) Tottenham Hotspur (5) Manchester City (5) Antonio Conte
2017-18 Manchester City (5) Manchester United (16) Tottenham Hotspur (11) Pep Guardiola
2018-19 Manchester City (6) Liverpool (14) Chelsea (8) Pep Guardiola
2019-20 Liverpool (19) Manchester City (6) Manchester United (7) Jürgen Klopp
2020-21 Manchester City (7) Manchester United (17) Liverpool (8) Pep Guardiola
2021-22 Manchester City (8) Liverpool (15) Chelsea (9) Pep Guardiola
2022–23 Manchester City (9) Arsenal (10) Manchester United (8) Pep Guardiola
2023-24 Manchester City (10) Arsenal (11) Liverpool (9) Pep Guardiola

Total titles won

There are 24 clubs which have won the English top level title, including 7 which have won the Premier League (1992–present). The most recent to join the list were Leicester City (2015–16 champions) and before that, Nottingham Forest (1977–78) and Derby County (1971–72).[citation needed]

Seven teams have at some point held first or joint first place in the number of titles won: Preston North End (1889–1895), Sunderland (1893–1899 and 1936–1953), Aston Villa (1897–1953), Arsenal (1948–1976), Liverpool (1966–1971 and 1973–2011), Manchester United (1967–1971 and 2009–present) and Everton (1970–1971).[citation needed]

Eight teams have finished as runners-up without ever finishing top: Bristol City (1906–07), Oldham Athletic (1914–15), Cardiff City (1923–24), Charlton Athletic (1936–37), Blackpool (1955–56), Queens Park Rangers (1975–76), Watford (1982–83) and Southampton (1983–84). Of these, Cardiff City came closest to winning the league, matching champions Huddersfield Town in points but losing out on goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), the precursor to goal difference.[citation needed]

Teams in bold currently compete in the Premier League as of the 2024–25 season.[citation needed]

Rank Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
1 Manchester United 20 17 1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
2 Liverpool 19 15 1900–01, 1905–06, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1946–47, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2019–20
3 Arsenal 13 11 1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
4 Manchester City 10 6 1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22, 2022–23, 2023–24
5 Everton 9 7 1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87
6 Aston Villa 7 10 1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–1900, 1909–10, 1980–81
7 Sunderland 6 5 1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36
Chelsea 4 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
9 Newcastle United 4 2 1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1926–27
Sheffield Wednesday 1 1902–03, 1903–04, 1928–29, 1929–30
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 5 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
Leeds United 1968–69, 1973–74, 1991–92
Huddersfield Town 3 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26
Blackburn Rovers 1 1911–12, 1913–14, 1994–95
15 Preston North End 2 6 1888–89, 1889–90
Tottenham Hotspur 5 1950–51, 1960–61
Derby County 3 1971–72, 1974–75
Burnley 2 1920–21, 1959–60
Portsmouth 0 1948–49, 1949–50
20 Sheffield United 1 2 1897–98
West Bromwich Albion 1919–20
Ipswich Town 1961–62
Nottingham Forest 1977–78
Leicester City 1 2015–16

By region

Region Championships Clubs
North West 65 Manchester United (20), Liverpool (19), Manchester City (10), Everton (9), Blackburn Rovers (3), Preston North End (2), Burnley (2)
London 21 Arsenal (13), Chelsea (6), Tottenham Hotspur (2)
Yorkshire 11 Sheffield Wednesday (4), Huddersfield Town (3), Leeds United (3), Sheffield United (1)
West Midlands 11 Aston Villa (7), Wolverhampton Wanderers (3), West Bromwich Albion (1)
North East 10 Sunderland (6), Newcastle United (4)
East Midlands 4 Derby County (2), Leicester City (1), Nottingham Forest (1)
South East 2 Portsmouth (2)
East 1 Ipswich Town (1)
South West 0
Wales 0

By city/town

City / Town Championships Clubs
Manchester 30 Manchester United (20), Manchester City (10)
Liverpool 28 Liverpool (19), Everton (9)
London 21 Arsenal (13), Chelsea (6), Tottenham Hotspur (2)
Birmingham 7 Aston Villa (7)
Sunderland 6 Sunderland (6)
Sheffield 5 Sheffield Wednesday (4), Sheffield United (1)
Newcastle 4 Newcastle United (4)
Blackburn 3 Blackburn Rovers (3)
Huddersfield 3 Huddersfield Town (3)
Leeds 3 Leeds United (3)
Wolverhampton 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (3)
Burnley 2 Burnley (2)
Derby 2 Derby County (2)
Portsmouth 2 Portsmouth (2)
Preston 2 Preston North End (2)
Ipswich 1 Ipswich Town (1)
Leicester 1 Leicester City (1)
Nottingham 1 Nottingham Forest (1)
West Bromwich 1 West Bromwich Albion (1)

See also

Notes

References

General

  • "Past winners". The Football League. Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2008.
  • "England – List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  • "English League Leading Goalscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2009.

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