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Football is the world's most popular sport, and fans all over the world pledge allegiance to their favourite clubs. Today we look at the 10 oldest football clubs and the year they were established.
Association football has its origins in England and Scotland in the 19th century. The game spread across the world during Britain's colonial expansion. Let's look at some of the oldest football clubs in the world.
1. Sheffield Football Club (1857)
Members of the Sheffield Cricket club established Sheffield Football Club in 1857. The club is credited with setting the 'Sheffield Rules, ' a set of rules governing the play of football that was later integrated with the FA rules to produce the regulations that guide the game today. They play in the 7th tier of English football.
2. Cambridge University Association F.C. (1857)
Cambridge University formed a team in the late 1850s. Despite being a school-based club, it is among the top 3 oldest football clubs in the world. Some of its graduates started other clubs, such as Hallam FC.
3. Hallam FC (1860)
Hallam FC was established in 1860. It is based in the Sheffield area, known for having many of the oldest clubs in England. It is also home to the world's oldest football ground.
4. Crystal Palace F.C. (1861)
5. Notts County (1862)
Notts was one of the founding members of the English football association. They play in the 5th tier.
6. Stoke City FC (1863)
The club started as Stoke Ramblers before changing to Stoke City in 1925. The team is nicknamed 'The Potters' as the area used to be known for its ceramic industry.
7. Wrexham AFC (1864)
Wrexham AFC is the oldest club in Wales. The club is famous for being owned by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Robert McElhenney. They play in the 5th division.
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8. Nottingham Forest (1865)
Nottingham is one of England's most successful clubs in the game's history. They won the prestigious European Cup as well as many other domestic honours.
9. Queen's Park (1867)
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Kilmarnock is Scotland's second oldest club. They won the 2011-12 Scottish league cup.
Football's roots run deep, and the game has now become a global phenomenon more than 150 years after the establishment of the first football club.
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