The 17 football clubs in London – Season 2018-19
London is known worldwide as the football capital, this has everything to do with the 17 football clubs that are based in London. These football clubs are located in different parts of the English capital.
- The London football clubs on the map
- Football clubs London playing in the Premier League
- London football clubs playing in the Championship
- Football clubs London playing in the Football League One
- Football clubs London playing in the Football League Two
- London football clubs playing in the Conference National
1. The London football clubs on the map
2. Football clubs London playing in the Premier League
Currently, 6 clubs from London are playing in the Premier League, the highest level of football in England. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are favourites for the title every year, while Crystal Palace, Watford and West Ham United are mid table clubs. Fulham played in the Premier League last season (18/19), but relegated to the Football League Championship.
Football clubs in London:
|Crystal Palace||1905||Selhurst Park|
|Tottenham Hotspur||1882||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|West Ham United||1895||Olympic Stadium|
1. Arsenal FC
Founded at the end of 1886 by workers from the Royal Arsenal, the royal arms factories in Woolwhich, Arsenal is indispensable in the Premier League. Arsenal won the most prizes of all football clubs in London: 13 league titles, 13 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 15 Community Shields and 1 European Cup II and the Jaarbeursstedenbeker. They had much glory in the years that a number of Dutch footballers (Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Robin van Persie and Giovanni van Bronckhorst) were playing for the club from North London.
However, it’s already 15 years ago that Arsenal won the title in the Premier League.
You can reach the Arsenal stadium, the Emirates Stadium, by taking the dark blue Piccadilly line in the direction of Cockfosters. After that you have two options to get off; Holloway Road or Arsenal. Our tip is to get off at Arsenal, because you have the opportunity to take a look at the old Highbury. Nowadays, it’s an apartment complex but the old main stand still looks the same from the front.
2. Chelsea FC
Chelsea, founded on March 10, 1905, is the only London club ever to win the Champions League. In addition, The Blues, just like Ajax, Juventus and Bayern Munich, won all three UEFA main tournaments (Europa League, Europa Cup II and the Champions League). Since the first of July in 2003, Chelsea has been a permanent member of the top 6 of the Premier League. On that day Mr. Abramovich took over the club and the financial possibilities were endless. Of the six championships titles, the club won 5 after 2003.
The Chelsea stadium, Stamford Bridge, can be reached via the dark green District line with the Wimbledon stop as final station. Get off at Fulham Broadway station, walk 400 meters to the left and you will see Stamford Bridge immediately.
3. Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace was founded on September 10, 1905, named after the crystal palace built for the 1851 world exhibition. The Eagles play their games in southern London at iconic Selhurst Park. At the moment, Dutchmen Patrick van Aanholt and Jaïro Riedewald are defending the club colours of Crystal Palace.
Want to visit Selhurst Park? At Blackfriars train station, take the Thameslink line to Gatwick Airport and get off the train at Norwood Junction. Turn onto Oliver Grove and turn left onto Holmesdale Road. After 500 meters go straight on, the stadium is on your right.
4. Tottenham Hotspur FC
The biggest rival of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, saw the light of day on September 5, 1882. In recent years, the Spurs have performed so well that they are part of the top 6 in the Premier League. Despite these good performances, it has been more than fifty years since Tottenham became champion and this century it only won a League Cup in 2008.
Last season Tottenham Hotspur moved into its new stadium, now the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which is built on the same site as the old White Hart Lane. During the entire previous seasons they played their games at Wembley. You can reach the new stadium by taking the light blue Victoria line towards Walthamstow Central. Change at Seven Sisters on the over ground towards Cheshunt and finally get off at White Hart Lane.
5. Watford FC
Officially, Watford FC, founded in 1881, is not in the city of London, but in the suburb of Watford which is the metropolis of London. Since 2015-16 Watford FC is part of the Premier League again. The last three seasons they finished 17th, 14th and 11th in succession. However, most of the club’s history Watford FC played on the second, third or four fourth level.
Watford plays its home games on Vicarage Road. The stadium can be reached by taking the metro towards Watford (Metropolitan line). From Watford tube station you can either walk for fifteen minutes or take bus 324 to Maple Cross.
6. West Ham United FC
West Ham United was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks. From 1900 the name changed to West Ham United and in 1919 the club joined the Football League (the predecessor of the Premier League). The most memorable prize the club won is the FA Cup; in 1964, 1975 and 1980.
To the displeasure of the fans, The Hammers left the Boleyn Ground for the London Stadium in 2016. You reach London Stadium by taking the grey metro line Jubilee to Stratford. From here it’s a short 10 minute walk to the London Stadium.
London football clubs playing in the Championship
This season there are four clubs from London competing in the Championship, the second highest level in England. Fulham FC, Brentford FC, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers have been playing at this level for a while. Recently only Fulham FC (2018-2019) and QPR (2014-2015) played in the Premier League.
|Millwall||1885||The New Den|
|Queens Park Rangers||1882||Loftus Road|
7. Fulham FC
Fulham, founded in 1879, is the oldest London club ever to play in the Premier League. This year they will play in the Championship again, after getting promoted to the highest level in England last season; the Premier League. However, throughout history, Fulham has never managed to win a prize. In 1975 and 2010, The Cottagers were close to winning a prize. Unfortunately in 1975 the club lost the FA Cup final to West Ham United and in 2010 the Europa League final to Atlético Madrid.
8. Brentford FC
Brentford was founded in 1889 and is best known for its unique Griffin Park stadium. You will find a pub on every corner of this stadium and it’s on the Heathrow approach route, so several times. during a match, you can see a plane fly by. The Bees achieved the best results in the 1930s.
You can reach Brentford stadium by taking the dark blue Jubilee metro line towards Heathrow Terminal 5. Get off at South Ealing Stadium. From here it’s only a 2 minute walk.
Millwall, from the south of London, was founded in 1885. The club is, partly due to the famous movie Green Street, known as a raw English club. In the 91 seasons of Millwall in the Football League it managed to promote 11 times but also relegated 9 times. Millwall played most of her history on the second or third level. The biggest achievement of the club is reaching the FA Cup final in 2004, allowing The Lions to enter Europe.
Millwall has been playing her home games at The New Den since 1993. You can reach the stadium by taking the train from London Bridge station to Beckenham Junction and getting off at South Bermondsey. From here you can easily walk to The New Den.
10. Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers, abbreviated QPR, was founded 136 years ago in 1882. They achieved the most important result in club history in 1967, when QPR won the League Cup. The Hoops also became champions in the lower divisions a few times.
QPR plays its home games on Loftus Road. The stadium is fairly close to the city centre of London.
You reach the stadium by taking the Central line towards West Ruislip and getting off at White City. Then you walk into South Africa Road and after a few hundred meters you will arrive at Loftus Road.
Football clubs London playing in the Football League One
Two London football clubs are currently playing in the Football League One, the third level of England. Coincidentally both clubs from the south of London: Charlton Athletic and Wimbledon.
11. Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic plays its matches in the southeast of London. The Addicks play their matches in the iconic stadium The Valley. In this stadium the supporters saw their club playing in the Premier League between 2001 and 2007. In the 2003-2004 season, Charlton Athletic even finished 7th and in 1947 it won its only prize by winning the FA Cup. Since relegation in 2007, Charlton Athletic has fluctuated between the Championship and the League One. To this day, the supporters are protesting against their controversial Belgian owner Roland Duchâtelet.
Do you want to visit The Valley during your football trip in London? Take the southeast train line to Barnehurst at Cannon Street Station. After 20 minutes you reach Charlton station the same name as the football club itself.
12. AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon has a bizarre history. The club established in 2002. Fans of old Wimbledon FC decided to set up their own club after their club moved to Milton Keynes (100 kilometres outside of London). In addition, the new owners changed the clubs name from Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes Dons FC. Between 2002 and 2011, the new AFC Wimbledon climbed from the ninth level to the Football League Two. Nowadays, The Dons even play their games on the third level, the Football League One. Salient detail: last season, MK Dons relegated to the League Two, which is currently outperforming the old club. A victory for the fans of AFC Wimbledon!
AFC Wimbledon currently plays its matches at Kingsmeadow, a stadium with 4850 seats that it shares with Kingstonian F.C. However, The Dons will have a new stadium on Plow Lane with a capacity of 11,000 seats. Again a beautiful dream of the fans comes true, because Plow Lane was the location of the stadium of the old Wimbledon FC. If you still want to visit Kingsmeadow and / or AFC Wimbledon this season, take the South Western Railway to Strawberry Hill from London Waterloo Station. After 25 minutes you reach Norbiton, from here it’s about a 10-minute walk to Kingsmeadow.
Football clubs London playing in the Conference National
Currently there are 5 clubs from London playing at the fifth semi-professional level of England, the Conference National.
13. Sutton United
Sutton United was founded 120 years ago and plays its games on Gander Green Lane. Last season, the U’s were close promotion to the Football League Two (they never played higher than the Conference National). Unfortunately, they lost the semi-final in the playoffs 3-2 to Boreham Wood.
Gander Green Lane is located in the suburbs of South London. From the centre of London it’s certainly an hour’s journey by metro and train. Take the green District metro line to the Wimbledon stop. Here you can switch to the Thameslink train to Sutton. After fifteen minutes you get off at West Sutton. Gander Green Lane is located right next to the train station.
14. Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient plays its matches on Brisbane Road, in the east of London near the West Ham United stadium. The club was founded in 1881 and was part of the Football League for 112 years. On April 22, 2017 things went wrong for The O’s; the club relegated to the Conference National where it’s currently still playing.
15. Boreham Wood
Boreham Wood, founded in 1948, plays its matches in the Conference National at Meadow Park. In its 70-year history, The Wood played primarily in the lower divisions. In 2015, the club achieved its greatest achievement ever by reaching the Conference National. Last year it even ended in 4th place but lost the play-off final at Wembley against Tranmere Rovers. Meadow Park is located in the north of London, near Watford FC. It’s therefore a good way to travel from the centre of London.
16. Bromley FC
Bromley FC is already 126 years old but in their long history the club played mainly in the lower divisions. Highlights were participation in the FA Cup main tournament, with games against Gillingham, Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Fleetwood Town and Dartford. Bromley FC plays their home games at Hayes Lane. A small stadium with a capacity of 5000 places, of which 1300 seats. It’s a traditional English stadium with many standing places. If you want to visit Hayes Lane, take the South-eastern train line from London Victoria Station with Canterbury West as the final stop. Get off at Bromley South and walk fifteen minutes straight south on Hayes Road. After fifteen minutes you reach Hayes Lane.
17. Dagenham & Redbrigde
Dagenham has only been around since 1992, after a merger between Dagenham and Redbridge Forest. Both clubs had a difficult time due to disappointing visitor numbers. On April 7, 2007, Dagenham won 2-1 vs. Aldershot Town, promoting the club to the Football League for the first time. In the 2009-2010 season, The Daggers even managed to promote to the League One, where it only stayed for one season. Nowadays Dagenham plays again in the Conference National, after relegation from the League Two in 2016. Dagenham plays its matches on Victoria Road, a stadium with a capacity of 6078 places in the east of London
18. Barnet FC
Barnet Football Club is an English professional football club based in Edgware, north-west London. The club currently plays in the National League, having been relegated from League Two in the 2017–18 season.
The club was founded in Chipping Barnet, then part of Hertfordshire, in 1888. They played their home matches at Underhill Stadium from 1907 until 2013, when they moved to the new Hive Stadium in Edgware.