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The All-Time League Table for Soccer Clubs in England and Wales

all time league table england 600x504 The All Time League Table for Soccer Clubs in England and Wales

Manchester United leads the all-time table of most successful league clubs in England and Wales, according to the boffins over at

The all-time league table includes all Football League and Premier League clubs from the beginning of time. The all-time table also takes into consideration points deductions.

While United at the top of the table isn’t surprising, there are so many interesting observations regarding the table such as Preston being the fourth best league side, Chelsea sitting in 24th position, Tottenham being in 37th position, and the host of smaller clubs in the top 20 including the likes of Bristol City, Notts County and Burnley, Sheffield United.

How did Preston North End achieve fourth spot? Part of the reasons was that they won the title in 1888-89 and 1889-90, and were runners-up in 1890-91, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1905-06, 1952-53 and 1957-58.

Take a look at the complete all-time table featuring 140 teams at

And then share your fascinating observations that you see in our comments section below.

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5 Responses to The All-Time League Table for Soccer Clubs in England and Wales

  1. Mike says:

    Kind of interesting to put everything in broad historical perspective at times.

    It will be interesting to see what this looks like in another 5, even 10, years time. One would suspect, for instance, that we’d see clubs like City climb up several spots, if they continue to have 15-20 points on clubs like Villa, Everton, etc. But it would take much longer than that for them to get much higher than 7th for some time.

    And seeing a club like Leicester above Chelsea makes me smile.

  2. Cantona says:

    Be curious to see how the old firm stacked up with this


  3. Fred says:

    Four of the top 10 aren’t in the EPL at present is revealing becuase it shows that clubs like Chelsea are relative newcomers amongst the top clubs in first division/premiere league history.

    Good to see Liverpool in second. Maybe this is the table Mr Rodgers was aiming for when he said earlier this season that Liverpool can finish 2nd :-) . Oh. how the mighty have fallen!

  4. trickybrkn says:

    That table is misleading… It equates wins as the same no matter the division. Last year West Ham ended the season with 86 points, not quite the same as ending the PL with 86. But interesting metric of misery in all.

    • Tony Butterworth says:

      It’s interesting but I agree, they should have made a table for just points in the top division or, as you suggested, discounted the points the lower down the league you go.

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