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5 Oldest Football Clubs In The World

A look at the oldest football clubs in the world

06 Jan 2018, 17:03 IST

The beautiful game has a long and glorious history with the subject of the "Oldest Clubs" a topic of great interest to the fans. The age of a football club is a huge part of its prestige along with the usual suspects of legendary players, managers, stadiums and trophies.

Real Madrid v Manchester United: UEFA Super Cup
Manchester United was formed as "Newton Heath LYR F.C" in 1878

Football was the most popular sport in Britain during the mid 19th century, but there were different sets of rules for playing the game. It was in 1863 that some football organizations in Britain, in a meeting of The Football Association, designated a specific set of official rules regarding the different kinds of football played back then.

Most of the oldest clubs in the world ply their trade in the lower leagues of their regions and do not receive the attention of those at the elite level of the game.

Here, we count down the oldest 5 football clubs ever recorded.

#5 NOTTS COUNTY – 1862 

Notts County v Cheltenham Town
This Club is the oldest professional team

Although it fails to top this list, Notts County is the oldest professional football club in the world. Formed in 1862, the club, known as the "Magpies", plays its home fixtures at Meadow Lane in Nottingham, which was built in 1910. Notts shares an intense rivalry with Nottingham Forest which is just 300 meters away. The club lifted its last title in 2009-10 after earning promotion from League Two.

 In 1888, they were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League, and have been a part of the league ever since. They reached the final of the FA Cup in 1891 and were crowned the champions in 1894. Between the 1888-89 and 2013-14 seasons, they played a total of over 4700 matches, more than any other English club.

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