|Organising body||The Football League|
|Founded||17 April 1888|
|Other club(s) from||Wales|
|Number of teams||24 (1992–2004)|
|Level on pyramid||1 (1888–1992)|
|Promotion to|| Premier League |
|Relegation to||Second Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup FA Community Shield|
|League cup(s)|| League Cup |
|International cup(s)|| European Cup |
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
|Last champions|| Leeds United (1st tier)|
Norwich City (2nd tier)
|Most championships|| Liverpool |
|Most appearances||Peter Shilton (849)|
|Top goalscorer||Jimmy Greaves (357)|
The Football League First Division is a former division of the Football League and from 1888 to 1992, it was the top tier division in the English football league system. Following the creation of the Premier League, the name was given to the second tier division (which was rebranded as the Football League Championship in 2004 and in 2016 adopted its current name of the EFL Championship).
The Football League was founded in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It originally consisted of a single division of 12 clubs (Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke (now Stoke City), West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers), known as The Football League. When the League admitted additional members from the rival Football Alliance in 1892, it was split into two divisions.
For the next 100 years, the First Division was the top professional league in English football. In 1992 the 22 clubs making up the First Division elected to resign from the Football League and set up the Premier League. The Football League was consequently re-organised, with the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions renamed the First, Second and Third respectively. Thus, the First Division, while still the top level of the Football League became the second level of the entire English football league system.
The First Division was renamed the Football League Championship prior to the start of the 2004–05 season, as part of a league-wide rebrand. The Football League rebranded itself as the English Football League prior to the 2016–17 season, with its top level becoming the EFL Championship at that time.
Liverpool were the most frequent winners of the First Division when it was the top flight of English football, winning it a total of 18 times.
The Football League First Division trophy was first awarded in 1891, and was presented to the winners through to 1992.
As of the 1947–48 season making seven appearance for their club during the season was not enough for a player to qualify for a winners medal.
As of the 1975–76 season players had to make 14 appearances for their club during the season in order to qualify for a winners medal.
|Liverpool||18||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|
|Arsenal||10||1930–31, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1937–38, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1970–71, 1988–89, 1990–91|
|Everton||9||1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87|
|Manchester United||7||1907–08, 1910–11, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67|
|Aston Villa||7||1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–00, 1909–10, 1980–81|
|Sunderland||6||1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36|
|Newcastle United||4||1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1926–27|
|Sheffield Wednesday||4||1902–03, 1903–04, 1928–29, 1929–30|
|Leeds United||3||1968–69, 1973–74, 1991–92|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||3||1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59|
|Huddersfield Town||3||1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2||1950–51, 1960–61|
|Manchester City||2||1936–37, 1967–68|
|Preston North End||2||1888-89, 1889-90|
|Blackburn Rovers||2||1911–12, 1913–14|
|Derby County||2||1971–72, 1974–75|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||1919-20|
The EFL Cup, currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. Organised by the English Football League (EFL), it is open to any club within the top four levels of the English football league system – 92 clubs in total – comprising the top level Premier League, and the three divisions of the English Football League's own league competition.
Association football is the most popular sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863, which were a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game. With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved in the code than any other country as well as the world's first club - Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest professional association football club is Notts County, the oldest national governing body is the Football Association, the joint-first national team, the oldest national knockout competition is the FA Cup and the oldest national league is the English Football League. Today England's top domestic league, the Premier League, is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world, with six of the ten richest football clubs in the world as of 2019.
This article concerns football records in England. Unless otherwise stated, records are taken from the Football League or Premier League. Where a different record exists for the top flight, this is also given.
1840s – 1850s – 1860s – 1870s – 1880s – 1890s – 1900s – 1910s – 1920s – 1930s – 1940s – 1950s – 1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s – 2000s – 2010s
The 1971–72 season was the 92nd season of competitive football in England.
The 1997–98 season was the 118th season of competitive football in England.
The English Football League (EFL) is a league competition featuring professional association football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in world football. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split away to form the Premier League.
The 1971–72 season was the 73rd completed season of The Football League.
The 1972–73 season was the 74th completed season of The Football League.
The 1976–77 season was the 78th completed season of The Football League.
The 1989–90 season was the 91st completed season of The Football League.
The 2015–16 Football League Cup was the 56th season of the Football League Cup. It began on 11 August 2015 and concluded on 28 February 2016. It is a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system.
The 2016–17 EFL Cup was the 57th season of the EFL Cup, formerly known as the Football League Cup, featuring all 92 clubs from the Premier League and the English Football League (EFL). It began on the week commencing 8 August 2016 and concluded with the final on 26 February 2017. The cup did not have a sponsor following the withdrawal of sponsorship from Capital One after four years as the Capital One Cup, but was renamed the EFL Cup after the Football League was rebranded as the EFL.
The 2017–18 EFL Cup was the 58th season of the EFL Cup. The competition was open to all 92 clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League. It was known as the Carabao Cup due to the start of a sponsorship deal with Carabao Energy Drinks after the tournament was unsponsored the previous year. The final took place at Wembley Stadium in London.
The 2018–19 season was the 139th season of competitive association football in England.
The 2019–20 EFL Cup was the 60th season of the EFL Cup. Also known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, the competition was open to all clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League.
Bolton Wanderers Football Club, an English association football club based in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England was founded in 1874 as Christ Church Football Club before adopting its current name in 1877. Bolton were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, which formed in 1888. The club has remained in the Football League since it was established competing in its various divisions. As of the end of 2019–20, the club's first team has spent 74 seasons in the first tier of English football, 33 in the second, 13 in the third and one in the fourth. They are currently competing in EFL League Two, the fourth tier.
The 2020–21 EFL Cup was the 61st season of the EFL Cup, the competition is open to all clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League.