List of English football champions

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English League (1st tier)
Football League (1888–1892)
Football League First Division (1892–1992)
Premier League (1992–present)
Country
Flag of England.svg England
Founded
1888
Number of teams
20 (since 1995–96 season)
Current champions
Manchester City (2020–21)
Most successful club
Manchester United (20 championships)
Leicester City celebrate winning the Premier League in the 2015-16 season. LCFC lift the Premier League Trophy (26943755296) (cropped).jpg
Leicester City celebrate winning the Premier League in the 2015–16 season.

The English football champions are the winners of the highest league in English men's football, which since 1992–93 is the Premier League.

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Following the codification of professional football by the Football Association in 1885, [1] the Football League was established in 1888, after meetings initiated by Aston Villa director William McGregor. [2] At the end of the 1888–89 season, Preston North End were the first club to be crowned champions after completing their fixtures unbeaten. [3]

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. [4] Its status as the country's pre-eminent league was strengthened in 1892, when the rival Football Alliance was absorbed into the Football League. [5] 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. [6]

Rules stipulating a maximum wage for players were abolished in 1961. This resulted in a shift of power towards bigger clubs. [7] 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, [8] and due to a series of progressively larger television contracts, put unprecedented wealth into the hands of top flight clubs. [9] 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.

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.

Manchester United have won twenty titles, the most of any club. [10] 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 Sir 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). Everton are fourth with nine titles. Aston Villa (seven) and Sunderland (six) secured the majority of their titles before World War I. Manchester City (seven titles) and Chelsea (six titles) secured the majority of their titles in the 21st century. Manchester City have won five league titles between 2012 and 2021, whilst Chelsea won five titles between 2005 and 2017.

Huddersfield Town (1923–24 to 1925–26), Arsenal (1932–33 to 1934–35), Liverpool (1981–82 to 1983–84) and Manchester United (1998–99 to 2000–01 and 2006–07 to 2008–09) are the only sides to have won the league title in three consecutive seasons. [11]

List of champions

Football League (1888–1892)

SeasonChampions (number of titles)Runners-upThird placeWinning manager
1888–89 Preston North End [lower-alpha 1] Aston Villa Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of England.svg William Sudell (secretary manager)
1889–90 Preston North End (2) Everton Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg William Sudell (secretary manager)
1890–91 Everton Preston North End Notts County Flag of England.svg Dick Molyneux (secretary manager)
1891–92 Sunderland Preston North End Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Tom Watson

Football League First Division (1892–1992)

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

Premier League (1992–present)

SeasonChampions (number of titles)Runners-upThird placeWinning manager
1992–93 Manchester United (8) Aston Villa Norwich City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
1993–94 Manchester United (9) Blackburn Rovers Newcastle United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
1994–95 Blackburn Rovers (3) Manchester United Nottingham Forest Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish
1995–96 Manchester United (10) Newcastle United Liverpool Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
1996–97 Manchester United (11) Newcastle United Arsenal Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
1997–98 Arsenal (11) Manchester United Liverpool Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger
1998–99 Manchester United [lower-alpha 8] (12) Arsenal Chelsea Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
1999–2000 Manchester United (13) Arsenal Leeds United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2000–01 Manchester United (14) Arsenal Liverpool Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2001–02 Arsenal (12) Liverpool Manchester United Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger
2002–03 Manchester United (15) Arsenal Newcastle United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2003–04 Arsenal [lower-alpha 1] (13) Chelsea Manchester United Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger
2004–05 Chelsea [lower-alpha 5] (2) Arsenal Manchester United Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho
2005–06 Chelsea (3) Manchester United Liverpool Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho
2006–07 Manchester United (16) Chelsea Liverpool Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2007–08 Manchester United [lower-alpha 4] (17) Chelsea Arsenal Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2008–09 Manchester United [lower-alpha 5] (18) Liverpool Chelsea Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2009–10 Chelsea (4) Manchester United Arsenal Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Ancelotti
2010–11 Manchester United (19) Chelsea Manchester City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2011–12 Manchester City (3) Manchester United Arsenal Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Mancini
2012–13 Manchester United (20) Manchester City Chelsea Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson
2013–14 Manchester City [lower-alpha 5] (4) Liverpool Chelsea Flag of Chile.svg Manuel Pellegrini
2014–15 Chelsea [lower-alpha 5] (5) Manchester City Arsenal Flag of Portugal.svg José Mourinho
2015–16 Leicester City Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri
2016–17 Chelsea (6) Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Flag of Italy.svg Antonio Conte
2017–18 Manchester City [lower-alpha 5] (5) Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Spain.svg Pep Guardiola
2018–19 Manchester City [lower-alpha 9] (6) Liverpool Chelsea Flag of Spain.svg Pep Guardiola
2019–20 Liverpool (19) Manchester City Manchester United Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klopp
2020–21 Manchester City [lower-alpha 5] (7) Manchester United Liverpool Flag of Spain.svg Pep Guardiola

Total titles won

There are 24 clubs who have won the English title.

Teams in bold compete in the Premier League as of the 2020–21 season.

RankClubWinnersRunners-upWinning seasons
1 Manchester United 2017 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 19141900–01, 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 139 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 Everton 97 1890–91, 1914–15, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1938–39, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1984–85, 1986–87
5 Aston Villa 710 1893–94, 1895–96, 1896–97, 1898–99, 1899–00, 1909–10, 1980–81
Manchester City 76 1936–37, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21
7 Sunderland 651891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13, 1935–36
Chelsea 64 1954–55, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17
9 Newcastle United 421904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1926–27
Sheffield Wednesday 411902–03, 1903–04, 1928–29, 1929–30
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59
Leeds United 351968–69, 1973–74, 1991–92
Huddersfield Town 33 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26
Blackburn Rovers 311911–12, 1913–14, 1994–95
15 Preston North End 26 1888–89, 1889–90
Tottenham Hotspur 25 1950–51, 1960–61
Derby County 23 1971–72, 1974–75
Burnley 22 1920–21, 1959–60
Portsmouth 20 1948–49, 1949–50
20 Sheffield United 121897–98
West Bromwich Albion 121919–20
Ipswich Town 12 1961–62
Nottingham Forest 12 1977–78
Leicester City 11 2015–16
Never won Bristol City 01
Oldham Athletic 01
Cardiff City 01
Charlton Athletic 01
Blackpool 01
Queen's Park Rangers 01
Watford 01
Southampton 01

By region

RegionChampionshipsClubs
North West 62 Manchester United (20), Liverpool (19), Everton (9), Manchester City (7), Blackburn Rovers (3), Burnley (2), Preston North End (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 / TownChampionshipsClubs
Liverpool 28 Liverpool (19), Everton (9)
Manchester 27 Manchester United (20), Manchester City (7)
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)

English football champions map

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Completed the season unbeaten.
  2. 1 2 3 Sheffield Wednesday were known as The Wednesday until 1929.
  3. 1 2 Also won the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League.
  4. 1 2 3 Also won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Also won the League Cup/EFL Cup.
  6. From the 1981–82 season onwards three points were awarded for a win. Prior to this a win gave two points.
  7. Also won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
  8. Manchester United won a continental treble of the League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1999.
  9. Manchester City won a domestic treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup in 2019.

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