1857 Oct 24 Sheffield FC [oldest football club of the world and still existing] 1859 Wanderers AFSC London [founded as Forest FC] 1860 Sep 4 Hallam FC (Sheffield) Cray Wanderers FC London 1861 Worksop Town FC 1862 Nov 28 Notts County FC Nottingham 1863 Stoke City FC [founded as Stoke FC] 1864 Brigg Town FC 1865 Nottingham Forest FC [founded as Notingham Football and Bandy Club] Old Etonians FC Eton 1866 Chesterfield FC 1867 Sep 4 Sheffield Wednesday FC [founded as football department of The Wednesday Cricket Club] 1870 Rotherham United FC [founded as Rotherham FC] Abingdon Town FC [founded as Abingdon FC] 1871 Dec 25 Reading FC 1872 Mar ? Aston Villa FC Birmingham Accrington FC [dissolved 1896] 1872(?) Shropshire Wanderers FC Shrewsbury [dissolved 188?] 1873 Oct ? Colchester Town FC [dissolved Dec 1937] 1874 Bolton Wanderers FC [founded as Christ Church FC Bolton] Macclesfield Town FC [founded as Macclesfield FAC] Finchley FC London [merged 1991 with Wingate FC to Wingate and Finchley FC] 1875 Nov 5 Blackburn Rovers FC Birmingham City FC [founded as Small Heath Alliance] Darwen FC 1876 Middlesbrough FC Port Vale FC Burslem 1877 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC [founded as Saint Luke's FC; merged in Aug 1979 with The Wanderers] Crewe Alexandra FC Tyne Association Newcastle Walsall Town FC [merged 1888 with Walsall Swifts FC to Walsall FC] 1878 Feb ? Blackburn Olympic FC [merger of Black Star and James Street Blackburn; dissolved 1889] Mar 5 Manchester United FC [founded as Newton Heath LYR FC] Everton FC Liverpool [founded as Saint Domingo FC] Grimsby Town FC [founded as Grimsby Pelham] Chelsmford City FC [founded as Chelsmford FC] 1879 Aug 16 Fulham FC London Sunderland AFC [founded as Sunderland & District Teachers Association] Preston North End FC West Bromwich Albion FC [founded as West Bromwich Strollers] Doncaster Rovers FC Matlock Town FC [founded as Matlock FC] Walsall Swifts FC [merged 1888 with Walsall Town FC to Walsall FC] 1880 Manchester City FC [founded as St Mark's West Gorton] Plymouth Argyle FC Trowbridge Town FC 1881 Oct/Nov Southport FC Nov ? Newcastle United FC [founded as football department of the Stanley Cricket Club] Leyton Orient FC London [founded as football department of the Glyn Cricket Club] Swindon Town FC Watford FC [founded as Watford Rovers] 1882 May 18 Burnley FC Sep 5 Tottenham Hotspur FC London [founded as Hotspur FC] Christchurch Rangers London Barnet FC London [founded as Woodville FC] 1883 Aug 13 Coventry City FC [founded as Singers FC] Darlington FC Stockport County FC [founded as Heaton Norris Rovers] 1884 Feb 5 Derby County FC Leicester City FC Lincoln City FC Tranmere Rovers FC Birkenhead [founded as Belmont FC] Wycombe Wanderers FC St Jude's London 1885 Apr 11 Luton Town FC [merger of Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior] Oct 3 Millwall FC London Nov ? Southampton FC [founded as St Mary's YMA] Nov 9 Kingstonian FC Kingston-upon-Thames [founded as Kingston & Surbiton YMCA] Bury FC 1886 May 20 Shrewsbury Town FC Queens Park Rangers FC London [merger of St Jude's and Christchurch Rangers] Arsenal FC London [founded as Dial Square] Glossop North End FC 1887 Jul 26 Blackpool FC [split from St John's FC] Ipswich Town FC [founded as Ipswich AFC] Cheltenham Town FC 1888 Walsall FC [merger of Walsall Town FC and Walsall Swifts FC] 1889 Mar 5 Gloucester City AFC [founded as Gloucester FC] Mar 22 Sheffield United FC Oct 10 Brentford FC London autumn Bournemouth AFC [founded as Boscombe FC] Bath City FC [founded as Bath AFC] Nuneaton Town FC [founded as Nuneaton St Nicholas] Wimbledon FC London [founded as Wimbledon Old Centrals] 1890 Weymouth FC Yeovil Town FC [founded as Yeovil FC] Exeter United FC [merged 1904 with St Sidwell's United to Exeter City FC] 1892 Jun 3 Liverpool FC Maidstone United FC [founded as Maidstone Invicta] 1893 May 18 Gillingham FC [founded as New Brompton FC] Aug ? Enfield FC [founded as Enfield Spartans] Sep ? Bristol Rovers FC [founded as Black Arabs FC] Oxford United FC 1894 Dover FC [dissolved 1983] Hastings United FC [founded as Rock-a-Nore] 1895 West Ham United FC London [founded as Thames Ironworks FC] Oldham Athletic AFC [founded as Pine Villa FC] Bradford Park Avenue FC [founded as Bradford FC] 1896 Margate FC 1897 Northampton Town FC Mansfield Town FC [founded as Mansfield Wesleyans] Bristol City FC [founded as Bristol South End] 1898 Apr 5 Portsmouth United FC Barnsley FC [founded as Barnsley St Peter's] 1899 Scunthorpe United FC Torquay United FC 1901 Jun 24 Brighton and Hove Albion FC 1902 Jun 17 Norwich City FC Sep 9 Worcester City FC 1903 May 17 Carlisle United FC 1904 Exeter City FC [merged of Exeter United FC and Sidwell's United] Jun ? Hull City AFC Leeds City FC [dissolved 1919] 1905 Mar 10 Chelsea FC London Jun 9 Charlton Athletic FC London Sep 10 Crystal Palace FC London 1906 May 19 Southend United FC 1907 Rochdale AFC 1908 Aug 15 Huddersfield Town AFC Hartlepool United FC [founded as Hartelpools United FAC] Cambridge City FC [founded as Cambridge Town] Hendon FC London [founded as Christchurch Hampstead] 1911 May 24 Halifax Town AFC [dissolved 2008] 1912 Cambridge United FC [founded as Abbey United] 1919 Leeds United FC 1922 York City FC 1923 Peterborough and Fletton United FC [dissolved 1932] 1924 Hereford United FC [merger of St Martins and RAOC] 1926 Aldershot FC 1930 Ashfield FC [founded as Aldershot Town FC] 1933 Boston United FC 1934 Peterborough United FC 1937 Mar ? Colchester United FC 1946 Wingate FC London [merged 1991 with Finchley FC to Wingate and Finchley FC] Abingdon United FC 1947 Corby Town FC 1955 Rugby Town FC [founded as New Bilton Juniors] 1991 Wingate and Finchley FC London [merger of Wingate FC and Finchley FC] 2001 Jun 23 Enfield Town FC Women Club Foundation Dates 1894 British Ladies FC London [dissolved] 1917 Preston Ladies [founded as Dick, Kerr Ladies FC; dissolved 1965] 1917? St Helens Ladies [dissolved] 191? Blyth Spartan Ladies FC [aka Blyth Spartan Munitionettes; dissolved 1921 (unbeaten)] 1920 late Nov Huddersfield Atalanta Club [dissolved] 1921 Apr ? Hey's Brewery Ladies' AFC Bradford [dissolved] Manningham Ladies Bradford [aka Lister's Ladies; dissolved] Stoke United Ladies FC [founded as Stoke Ladies FC; dissolved 1923] 1926? Honeywell Ladies Barnsley 195? Manchester Corinthians [dissolved] 1967 Jun White Ribbon FC London Swindon Spitfires FC 1968 Birmingham City WFC 1969 Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC [founded as Belle Vue Belles] Thame Ladies 1970 Southampton WFC 1971 Fylde LFC Wesham [founded as Duke of York] Lowestoft Ladies FC [dissolved 1983] 1972 Millwall Lionesses LFC London 1973 Aston Villa LFC Birmingham [founded as Solihull FC] 1975 London Bees [founded as District Line LFC] Plymouth Argyle LFC [founded as Plymouth Pilgrims] Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC [founded as Heathfield Rovers] 1976 Middlesbrough WFC [founded as Cleveland Spartans] 1979 Southampton Saints GLFC [founded as Red Star] 1983 Everton LFC Liverpool [founded as Holylake WFC] 1985 Crewe Alexandra LFC [dissolved Feb 14, 1993] Tottenham Hotspur LFC [founded as Broxbourne Ladies] 1987 Arsenal WFC London 1988 Nov ? Manchester City WFC Bradford City WFC 1989 Derby County LFC Leeds United LFC Liverpool FC Women [founded as Newton LFC] Newcastle United WFC Sunderland AFC Ladies [founded as The Kestrels] West Bromwich Albion FC Women 1990 Nottingham Forest LFC Yeovil Town LFC [founded as Yetminster Ladies] 1991 Blackburn Rovers LFC Brighton & Hove Albion WGFC [founded as Brighton GPO] Charlton Athletic WFC London [founded as Bromleigh Borough] Coventry United LFC Liverpool Marshall Feds WFC West Ham United FC Women London 1992 Chelsea FC Women London [founded as Chelsea Ladies FC] Crystal Palace LFC London 1993 Guiseley AFC Vixens [merged 2014 with Leeds City Vixens] Keynsham Town LFC [founded as Super Strikers Girls] Sheffield United WFC Steel City Wanderers LFC Sheffield [founded as Loxley Girls] Swindon Town LFC WFC Fulham London 1995 Burnley FC Women [founded as Burnley FC Girls & Ladies] Gillingham LFC Lowestoft Ladies [dissolved 1996] 1997 Luton Town LFC Portsmouth FC Women [founded as Portsmouth Ladies] 1998 Bristol City WFC [merger of Bristol Rovers Girls & Cable-Tel LFC] 2001 May ? Queens Park Rangers WFC London Hull City LFC Stoke City LFC 2002 Lewes FC Women 2003 AFC Wimbledon Ladies London Sheffield FC Ladies [merger of Norton Ladies and Sheffield FC] 2004 Leicester City WFC 2005 Lowestoft Town Ladies [dissolved 2017] Morecambe LFC [founded as Lancaster & Morecambe Ladies FC] Oxford United WFC 2006 May ? Reading WFC 2009 Milton Keynes Dons LFC 2012 Chichester City Ladies & Girls FC 2014 Durham WFC [merger of South Durham & Cestria Girls and Durham University] Watford FC Ladies 2018 May 28 Manchester United WFC
Thanks to Pete Bradshaw for a correction
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