13 London Football League Clubs in Order of Foundation

1.Fulham, 1879

The team began as a church side, St Andrews of West Kensington, becoming professional nineteen years later.

2.Leyton Orient, 1881

Starting as the football team of the Glyn Cricket Club in East London, the side took the Orient into the name in 1888 at the suggestion of a player who worked for the Orient Shipping Line. Known as Clapton Orient from 1898, they moved to Leyton in the 1930s.

3.Barnet, 1882

Founded as Woodville FC by former students of two schools in the area, the team became New Barnet FC in 1885 and simply Barnet FC three years later.

4.Tottenham Hotspurs, 1882

Formed by boys from the Hotspur cricket club and from the local grammar school and named Hotspur FC, the side took the name of Tottenham Hotspur Football and Athletic Club in 1884.

5.Millwall, 1885

The team was founded as Millwall Rovers in thee summer of 1885 by workers at Morton’s Jam Factory on the Isle of Dogs.

6.Queen’s Park Rangers, 1886

The club was formed when a team called St Judees combined with a team called Christchurch Rangers in 188.

7.Arsenal, 1886

The Gunners began life as ‘Dial Square’ when a group of workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armannent factory formed a team of that name and played their first game on 11 December 1886.

In 1891 the Club turned professional and changed its name to Woolwich Arsenal, joining the Football League two years later.

8.Brentford, 1889

The team was founded as an offshoot of the Brentford Rowing Club. Once it was established, there was a debate at one of the earliest meetings about whether the team should play Association football or Rugby football. Association won by eight votes to five.

9.Wimbledon, 1889 (now the MK Dons)

Formed as the Wimbledon Old Centrals, they played their first matches on the Common.

10.West Ham United, 1895

The Hammers were founded as the works team of the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

11.Charlton Athletic, 1905

The team was created by a group of teenagers who all lived in and around Eastmoor Street, SE7, and did not become a senior side for another eight years.

12. Chelsea, 1905

Two businessmen called Mears bought the athletics stadium at Stamford Bridge with the intention of staging football matches but they did so before they had a team to play there. After approaching Fulham to see if they wanted to move in (they didn’t) the brothers chose to form a new club from scratch.

Chelsea were founded on 14 March 1905 in what was then the Rising Sun pub opposite the main entrance to Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road. Voted into the Football League for the 1905-06 season, they became the only team ever to enter the League before they’d played a match.

13. Crystal Palace, 1905

Founded as a team to play at the sporting facilities at the old Crystal Palace which stood on Sydenham Hill, the side won the Southern League Division Two championship in their first season.

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