British Football League

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British Football League
Founded 1958
Country Great Britain
Confederation EFU
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) British League Cup
International cup(s) European Cup
Current champions Tottenham Hotspur (4th)
(1963–64)
Most championships Tottenham Hotspur (4 titles)
1963–64

The British Football League is a competition that is at the top of the British Football Pyramid. It was formed from the talks between the three sub FA's that was inside the British Football Association and started in 1958 with sixteen teams competing with the setup being seven from England, five from Scotland, three from Northern Ireland and one from Wales.

History[edit | edit source]

Early days[edit | edit source]

The history of the British Football League can be traced back to the late 1940s when a discussion between the four British FA's talked about uniting the team after a successful run of the Great Britain at the Victory International Cup after the Second World War. This declaration of a Great Britain wouldn't appear until 1948 when it was decided to form the national team on a full-time basis without Scotland who opted out until 1951.

Proposals for a British Football League started in 1956 at Manchester, England with the thoughts about uniting the Irish League, Scottish First Division and the The Football League being the main talking points. The intention was for it to be a twelve team league which consisted of four English, Scottish and Irish teams. But after the Welsh FA wanted at least one of their teams in the league despite not having a single team in the top flight at that time. The argument and the number of teams wouldn't be finalised until 1957 where it was decided to have at least one Welsh team in the league of 16 teams.

1958 saw the first season of the brand new league take place with Tottenham Hotspur taking out the first season by a single point over the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The following season would see the Wolves dominate the season as they finished 12 points ahead of their nearest competition as the league would only provide one represtantive to compete in the European Cup.

List of Clubs[edit | edit source]

Current teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Former League First season
Aberdeen Aberdeen, Scotland Scottish First Division 1958–59
Glentoran Belfast, Northern Ireland Irish League 1958–59
Celtic Glagsow, Scotland Scottish First Division 1958–59
Linfield Belfast, Northern Ireland Irish League 1958–59
Rangers Glagsow, Scotland Scottish First Division 1958–59
Tottenham Hotspur London, England The Football League 1958–59
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton, England The Football League 1958–59
Hearts Edinburgh, Scotland Scottish First Division 1958–59
Kilmarnock Kilmarnock, Scotland Scottish First Division 1958–59
West Ham United London, England The Football League 1958–59
Arsenal London, England The Football League 1958–59
Blackpool Blackpool, England The Football League 1958–59
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich, England The Football League 1958–59
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield, England The Football League 1961–62
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough, England The Football League 1961–62
TBD TBD, Wales The Football League 1964–65

Former teams[edit | edit source]

Team Location Former League First season Last season
Ards Bangor, Northern Ireland Irish League 1958–59 1960–61
Stockport County Stockport, England The Football League 1958–59 1960–61
Wrexham Wrexham, Wales The Football League 1958–59 1963–64

Seasons[edit | edit source]

No. Year Champion Runner-Up
1 1958–59 Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 1959–60 Wolverhampton Wanderers Blackpool
3 1960–61 Wolverhampton Wanderers Tottenham Hotspur
4 1961–62 Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers
5 1962–63 Tottenham Hotspur Rangers
6 1963–64 Tottenham Hotspur Rangers

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