Football Club History Database
Welcome to this database of football club histories, covering the clubs of
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the dawn of competitive football to the present day.
It covers clubs from the biggest names way down to village clubs
and long forgotten names from the past.
The breadth and depth of the information contained in the database is
solely dependent on the information I have at the time. Lists of the leagues
and seasons that are included can be found by following the link below, while
a similar list is available of the information I need to improve the
database. (Any help gratefully received.)
Cup football is included to a lesser extent, but this is one area I intend
to spend some more time on in the future, expanding to further competitions
and to include more detailed results from the data already there. Expansion
to include more Scottish and Northern Irish football (and other European countries!)
is another area that I am looking at, also to include more reserve leagues/divisions
when time allows.
How to use the database
The database currently lists the main statistical records for about 11000
clubs. Each record is organised in the same way - a seasonal summary of
highpoints, league table information (Pld - W - D - L - F - A - Pts - Pos),
and then available cup information. At the present, the database is
organised by Club Name, not by actual club. This means that a club that
has played under several different names (e.g. Clapton Orient/Orient/Leyton
Orient) will have its record split across several records, while a club
name used for 2 or more different clubs (e.g. Hastings United) will look
like a combined record. I appreciate that is illogical and confusing, but
it made the construction and checking of the database easier - it may be
amended at some point in the future. (Clubs with the same name from totally
separate areas, such as Milton United (Oxon) and Milton United (Staffs),
where the playing periods may overlap, will in all likelihood have already
been split). I've recently adopted a new convention, where, if the suffix is
merely added by me to separate clubs for my own purposes, I will use square
brackets - although it will take some time for me to catch up with names
marked with normal brackets.
Extracts from the database may be used in non-commercial publications and
match day programmes, providing that appropriate acknowledgment to the
Football Club History Database is given (for instance, print the URL).
Perhaps it is appropriate to include a word or two about reserve teams here. As of now, I
am only including data relating to reserve (or lower) sides that compete against first
teams. As some leagues hold competitions expressly for reserve elevens, but also allow
some to compete in the main league structure, I can sometimes be incorrect when I show
a side joining / leaving a league, if the period before / after is played in a reserve
division of the same league. Also, particularly in the days before the 1st World War,
determining what constitutes a reserve team can be tricky - the "first team" could
compete simultaenously in two leagues, or I could have got it completely wrong and
got the first and reserve sides the wrong way around! In the North East, the second
team was known as the "A" team until comparitively recently.
Where a club has changed names, I have tried to show the date I believe the change was made.
In most cases, I would think this is correct - obtained from when amended monikers were
shown in league tables, cup results, etc. Sometimes, clubs assume new names almost by
stealth over a period of years - usually this is the adoption of the suffix "Town". The
date given in the database is then a case of a best guess - as usual, any further information
about name changes will be gratefully received
For sake of continuity, all competitions within club records are shown with their
unsponsored name. However, the FCHD recognises the part that sponsors play in
the modern game, and a page giving details of sponsored competition names is
Work In Progress
At the moment I am correcting errors found
by correspondents, and adding bits and pieces of miscellaneous information,
and collate as much as I can about the Anglian Combination, Wiiltshire League, Gwent County League, the
Northants Combination, the West Riding County Amateur League and get restarted with the Welsh League.
A summary of information needed to complete irritating gaps :
Central Midlands League - missing tables are : 83/84 Div One, 84/85 Sen & Div One, 85/86 Sen & Div One, 87/88 Div Two
North Eastern League - tables for 39-40, 44-45, 45-46, 46-47 and 63-74, plus
all the Division 2 tables (26-35, except for 33-34)
Kent League - the final table for 1966-67
If you can help, I can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
My priorities for future updates currently lie something like this :
- Re-start Welsh League - work backwards with top division at least
- Anglo Italian Cup
- More F A Amateur Cup details
- Further Welsh Cup details
- Expand Cup section - particularly the summary of County Cups
The above order will definitely change at some point - I'm not too good
at setting myself targets!, and depends to some degree as to what information
I have to hand at any particular time.
Also when time allows, I would like to "attack" some defunct leagues, such
as the Aetolian or Parthenon Leagues.