English Top-Flight Football History

A series of questions on the history of top-level association football in England.
Football League (1888-1892), Football League First Division (1892-1992), Premier League (1992-)
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Last updated: November 23, 2022
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Which side won the Football League in the competition's first season in 1888/89?
Preston North End
Which team were the last League champions before the advent of the Premier League?
Leeds United (1991/92)
Which forward holds the record for the most goals scored in English top-flight history?
Jimmy Greaves
Scotsman William McGregor is considered to be the founder of the Football League after initiating meetings which led to its creation. At which club was he a director?
Aston Villa
With the exception of the inaugural Football League season, which is the only side to win the League title at the very first attempt in its first season in the top flight?
Ipswich Town (1961/62)
In 2019, Southampton suffered the heaviest home defeat in top-flight history, losing 0-9. Who beat them?
Leicester City
Alongside West Ham United, two other sides were relegated from the First Division in 1992. Both have since gone on to play in non-League. They are Luton Town and... ?
Notts County
Following on from the above question, which is the only former Premier League side to be relegated from the Football League (EFL)?
Oldham Athletic
The highest-scoring match in Premier League history saw Portsmouth win 7-4 at Fratton Park. Who did they defeat?
Which club from the North-West were the last League champions before the Second World War, finishing ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic to claim the title?
Which is the only club to have won the title under two different names?
Sheffield Wednesday

(known as The Wednesday for the first three of their four League championships)
How many points did Derby County record during the 2007/08 Premier League season?
Which striker holds the record for most goals in a top-flight season?
Dixie Dean

(60 in 39 appearances in 1927/28)
In the Premier League era, which side has finished in the top three on the most occasions without having won the title?
Newcastle United

(2nd in 1995/96 and 1996/97, 3rd in 1993/94 and 2002/03)
How many Welsh sides have played in England's top flight?

(Cardiff City and Swansea City)
Alan Shearer netted 283 goals in the top flight for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. How many did he score in the Premier League era? (you can have three either way)
260 (a competition record)
Which club became the first to win three consecutive League championships?
Huddersfield Town
In which decade were Manchester United last relegated from the top division?
1970s (1973/74)
Which goalkeeper holds the record for the most top-flight appearances?
Peter Shilton
Who beat Manchester City 8-1 on the last day of the 2007/08 Premier League campaign, the Citizens' final full season before their notable takeover?
Playing from 1991 to 2014, who holds the record for the most top-flight appearances with one club?
Ryan Giggs

(Manchester United)
What is the record margin of victory in a top-flight match?
Twelve goals (12-0 twice)
The record attendance for a Premier League match is 83,222 at Wembley in 2018 for Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal. The overall top-flight record is fractionally higher: 83,260, set in a First Division match in 1948 at which ground?
Maine Road

(Manchester United vs Arsenal)
How many different sides have finished as runners-up without ever winning the title?

Bristol City (1906/07), Oldham Athletic (1914/15), Cardiff City (1923/24), Charlton Athletic (1936/37), Blackpool (1955/56), Queens Park Rangers (1975/76), Watford (1982/83) and Southampton (1983/84)
At 50 years and five days, who became the oldest player in English top-flight history when he played for Stoke City against Fulham on 6th February 1965?
Sir Stanley Matthews

(he was knighted five weeks beforehand)
In which season did Arsenal's "Invincibles" win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat?
On 4th February 1984, Ipswich Town's Jason Dozzell became the youngest goalscorer in top-flight history aged just 16 years and 57 days. Who currently holds the Premier League record (16 years and 270 days)?
James Vaughan
How many of Manchester United's 20 League titles have been won in the Premier League era?
From 1972/73 to 1990/91, how many times did Liverpool finish outside the First Division's top two?

(5th in 1980/81)
Which side won their first major trophy by claiming the 1954/55 League championship, though withdrew from entering the newly-formed European Cup after pressure from the English football authorities?
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