1926–27 FA Cup

The 1926–27 FA Cup was the 52nd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Welsh club Cardiff City won the competition for the first time, beating Arsenal 1–0 in the final at Wembley. As of 2017, it was the only FA Cup title won by either the club, the country, or any country outside England.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1926–27 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBolton Wanderers
ChampionsWales Cardiff City
(1st title)


Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 4 September 1926
Preliminary Round Saturday 18 September 1926
First Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 1926
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 1926
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 1926
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 13 November 1926
First Round Proper Saturday 27 November 1926
Second Round Proper Saturday 11 December 1926
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 1927
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 29 January 1927
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 19 February 1927
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 5 March 1927
Semi-Finals Saturday 26 March 1927
Final Saturday 23 April 1927

First round proper

At this stage 40 clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined the 25 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Of those Third Division sides not playing in the First Round Proper, Millwall and Plymouth Argyle were given a bye to the Third Round, while Durham City and Queens Park Rangers were not involved at any stage of the competition. Two Second Division sides, Reading and Grimsby Town were entered at this stage, in addition to amateur side Northern Nomads. To make the number of matches up, eight non-league sides were given byes to this round. These were:

38 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 27 November 1926. Eleven matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which two went to another replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 2–1 Mexborough Athletic 27 November 1926
2 Clapton 1–1 Brentford 27 November 1926
Replay Brentford 7–3 Clapton 1 December 1926
3 Bournemouth 1–1 Swindon Town 27 November 1926
Replay Swindon Town 3–4 Bournemouth 29 November 1926
4 Barking 0–0 Gillingham 27 November 1926
Replay Gillingham 2–0 Barking 1 December 1926
5 Nelson 4–1 Stockport County 27 November 1926
6 Watford 10–1 Lowestoft Town 27 November 1926
7 Reading 4–4 Weymouth 27 November 1926
Replay Reading 5–0 Weymouth 1 December 1926
8 Walsall 1–0 Bradford Park Avenue 27 November 1926
9 Woking 1–3 Charlton Athletic 27 November 1926
10 Chatham 3–1 St Albans City 27 November 1926
11 Grimsby Town 3–2 Halifax Town 27 November 1926
12 Crewe Alexandra 4–1 Northern Nomads 27 November 1926
13 Lincoln City 2–0 Rotherham United 27 November 1926
14 Luton Town 4–2 London Caledonians 27 November 1926
15 Boston United 1–1 Northampton Town 27 November 1926
Replay Northampton Town 2–1 Boston 2 December 1926
16 Stockton 1–2 Ashington 27 November 1926
17 Doncaster Rovers 3–0 Desborough Town 2 December 1926
18 Wrexham 1–1 New Brighton 27 November 1926
Replay New Brighton 2–2 Wrexham 1 December 1926
Replay Wrexham 3–1 New Brighton 6 December 1926
19 Bishop Auckland 0–1 Bedlington United 27 November 1926
20 Poole 1–0 Newport County 27 November 1926
21 Sittingbourne 1–3 Northfleet United 27 November 1926
22 Wellington Town 1–2 Mansfield Town 27 November 1926
23 Accrington Stanley 4–3 Rochdale 27 November 1926
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 3–0 Barnet 27 November 1926
25 Carlisle United 6–2 Hartlepools United 27 November 1926
26 Nunhead 9–0 Kingstonian 27 November 1926
27 Crystal Palace 0–0 Norwich City 27 November 1926
Replay Norwich City 1–0 Crystal Palace 1 December 1926
28 Annfield Plain 2–4 Chilton Colliery Recreation 27 November 1926
29 Exeter City 3–0 Aberdare Athletic 27 November 1926
30 Merthyr Town 0–2 Bristol City 27 November 1926
31 Southport 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 27 November 1926
Replay Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Southport 2 December 1926
32 Dulwich Hamlet 1–4 Southend United 27 November 1926
33 Torquay United 1–1 Bristol Rovers 27 November 1926
Replay Bristol Rovers 1–0 Torquay United 1 December 1926
34 Workington 1–2 Crook Town 27 November 1926
35 Wigan Borough 2–2 Barrow 2 December 1926
Replay Barrow 0–1 Wigan Borough 6 December 1926
36 York City 4–1 Worksop Town 1 December 1926
37 Rhyl Athletic 1–1 Stoke City 27 November 1926
Replay Stoke City 1–1 Rhyl Athletic 2 December 1926
Replay Rhyl Athletic 2–1 Stoke City 6 December 1926
38 Kettering Town 2–3 Coventry City 27 November 1926

Second Round Proper

The matches were played on Saturday, 11 December 1926. Three matches were drawn, with replays taking place in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashington 2–1 Nelson 11 December 1926
2 Bristol City 1–1 Bournemouth 11 December 1926
Replay Bournemouth 2–0 Bristol City 15 December 1926
3 Watford 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 December 1926
4 Reading 3–2 Southend United 11 December 1926
5 Walsall 2–0 Mansfield Town 11 December 1926
6 Gillingham 1–1 Brentford 11 December 1926
Replay Brentford 1–0 Gillingham 15 December 1926
7 Grimsby Town 2–1 York City 11 December 1926
8 Crewe Alexandra 4–1 Wigan Borough 11 December 1926
9 Luton Town 6–2 Northfleet United 11 December 1926
10 Doncaster Rovers 0–1 Chesterfield 11 December 1926
11 Bristol Rovers 4–1 Charlton Athletic 11 December 1926
12 Coventry City 1–1 Lincoln City 11 December 1926
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Coventry City 15 December 1926
13 Norwich City 5–0 Chatham 11 December 1926
14 Carlisle United 4–0 Bedlington United 11 December 1926
15 Nunhead 1–2 Poole 11 December 1926
16 Exeter City 1–0 Northampton Town 11 December 1926
17 Southport 2–0 Crook Town 11 December 1926
18 Rhyl Athletic 3–1 Wrexham 11 December 1926
19 Chilton Colliery Recreation 0–3 Accrington Stanley 11 December 1926

Third round proper

42 of the 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with Third Division Millwall and Plymouth Argyle. Also given a bye to this round of the draw were amateur side Corinthian. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 8 January 1927. Four matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashington 0–2 Nottingham Forest 8 January 1927
2 Birmingham 4–1 Manchester City 8 January 1927
3 Blackpool 1–3 Bolton Wanderers 8 January 1927
4 Darlington 2–1 Rhyl Athletic 8 January 1927
5 Bournemouth 1–1 Liverpool 8 January 1927
Replay Liverpool 4–1 Bournemouth 12 January 1927
6 Burnley 3–1 Grimsby Town 8 January 1927
7 South Shields 3–1 Plymouth Argyle 8 January 1927
8 Southampton 3–0 Norwich City 8 January 1927
9 Reading 1–1 Manchester United 8 January 1927
Replay Manchester United 2–2 Reading 12 January 1927
Replay Reading 2–1 Manchester United 17 January 1927
10 Walsall 0–4 Corinthian 8 January 1927
11 The Wednesday 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 January 1927
12 Middlesbrough 5–3 Leicester City 8 January 1927
13 Lincoln City 2–4 Preston North End 8 January 1927
14 Everton 3–1 Poole 8 January 1927
15 Sheffield United 2–3 Arsenal 8 January 1927
16 Newcastle United 8–1 Notts County 8 January 1927
17 Fulham 4–3 Chesterfield 8 January 1927
18 Barnsley 6–1 Crewe Alexandra 8 January 1927
19 Bristol Rovers 3–3 Portsmouth 8 January 1927
Replay Portsmouth 4–0 Bristol Rovers 12 January 1927
20 West Ham United 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 8 January 1927
21 Bradford City 2–6 Derby County 8 January 1927
22 Millwall 3–1 Huddersfield Town 8 January 1927
23 Hull City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 8 January 1927
24 Carlisle United 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 January 1927
25 Clapton Orient 1–1 Port Vale 8 January 1927
Replay Port Vale 5–1 Clapton Orient 12 January 1927
26 Oldham Athletic 2–4 Brentford 10 January 1927
27 Chelsea 4–0 Luton Town 8 January 1927
28 Exeter City 0–2 Accrington Stanley 8 January 1927
29 Cardiff City 2–1 Aston Villa 8 January 1927
30 Swansea Town 4–1 Bury 8 January 1927
31 Southport 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 8 January 1927
32 Leeds United 3–2 Sunderland 8 January 1927

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 29 January 1927. Five games were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture, of which one went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 0–2 Cardiff City 29 January 1927
2 Liverpool 3–1 Southport 29 January 1927
3 Preston North End 0–3 Middlesbrough 29 January 1927
4 Southampton 4–1 Birmingham 29 January 1927
5 Reading 3–1 Portsmouth 29 January 1927
6 The Wednesday 1–1 South Shields 29 January 1927
Replay South Shields 1–0 The Wednesday 2 February 1927
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Nottingham Forest 29 January 1927
8 Derby County 0–2 Millwall 29 January 1927
9 Fulham 0–4 Burnley 29 January 1927
10 Barnsley 1–3 Swansea Town 29 January 1927
11 West Ham United 1–1 Brentford 29 January 1927
Replay Brentford 2–0 West Ham United 2 February 1927
12 Hull City 1–1 Everton 29 January 1927
Replay Everton 2–2 Hull City 2 February 1927
Replay Hull City 3–2 Everton 7 February 1927
13 Chelsea 7–2 Accrington Stanley 29 January 1927
14 Port Vale 2–2 Arsenal 29 January 1927
Replay Arsenal 1–0 Port Vale 2 February 1927
15 Leeds United 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 29 January 1927
Replay Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Leeds United 2 February 1927
16 Corinthian 1–3 Newcastle United 29 January 1927

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 19 February 1927. There was one replay, played in the next midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 South Shields 2–2 Swansea Town 19 February 1927
Replay Swansea Town 2–1 South Shields 24 February 1927
2 Southampton 2–1 Newcastle United 19 February 1927
3 Reading 1–0 Brentford 19 February 1927
4 Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Cardiff City 19 February 1927
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Hull City 19 February 1927
6 Millwall 3–2 Middlesbrough 19 February 1927
7 Chelsea 2–1 Burnley 19 February 1927
8 Arsenal 2–0 Liverpool 19 February 1927

Sixth round proper

The four Sixth Round ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 5 March 1927. There were two replays, played in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Millwall 0–0 Southampton 5 March 1927
Replay Southampton 2–0 Millwall 9 March 1927
2 Chelsea 0–0 Cardiff City 5 March 1927
Replay Cardiff City 3–2 Chelsea 9 March 1927
3 Swansea Town 1–3 Reading 5 March 1927
4 Arsenal 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 March 1927


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 26 March 1927. Cardiff City and Arsenal went on to meet in the final at Wembley.

Cardiff City3–0Reading
Hulme, Buchan Rawlings


The 1927 FA Cup Final was won by Cardiff City, who beat Arsenal 1–0. It is most remembered for Arsenal goalkeeper Dan Lewis' mistake which led to the only goal of the game. It was also the first ever Cup Final to be broadcast by BBC Radio. Commentators were Derek McCulloch and George Allison, who would later manage Arsenal.

Match details

Cardiff City1–0Arsenal
Ferguson Goal 74'
Cardiff City

See also


1926–27 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1926–27 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 31st in the Football League and their 14th in the First Division. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division. They also competed in the 1926–27 FA Cup, entering at the third round proper and losing to Southampton in the fourth.

Twenty-seven players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were ten different goalscorers. Half-back George Liddell and forward George Briggs played in 43 of the 44 matches over the season, and Joe Bradford was leading scorer for the sixth successive year, with 23 goals, of which 22 came in the league.

Off the field, the club was in some turmoil regarding transfer policy. In early March 1927, three members of the board of directors resigned. The Sports Argus' editorial suggested that one faction were "anxious to secure talent at almost any price" and the other "desirous with 'going slow' as its motto", and believed that "the former are now in the ascendancy and that they mean business". A few days later, Billy Beer resigned as manager. The Argus was disappointed:Managers are in a peculiar position. They have many masters to serve and to please them all is impossible. Mr. Beer has discovered this, and ... has cleared out. I am sorry, because, frankly, I thought he would make a good job of his task if given the opportunity. It was reported later that Beer had found it impossible to work with some members of the board, so had tendered his resignation, if that was thought to be in the best interests of the club, and was less than happy with the treatment he had received.

1926–27 Southampton F.C. season

The 1926–27 season was the 32nd season of competitive football by Southampton, and the club's fifth in the Second Division of the Football League. After having their worst year in the division the previous season, Southampton began the 1926–27 league campaign in strong fashion and found themselves in amongst the promotion hopefuls by the end of the year, just two points off front-runners Middlesbrough. However, following a lengthy run in the FA Cup the club's form began to deteriorate, ending with a series of 13 games which included just one win. The Saints dropped from as high as the top six of the Second Division table to a mid-table position, ending the season in 13th place with 15 wins, 12 draws and 15 losses – just one position and four points higher than their 14th-place finish the previous season.

In the 1926–27 FA Cup, Southampton beat Third Division South side Norwich City in the third round, First Division clubs Birmingham and Newcastle United in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, and Third Division South side Millwall in the quarter-finals. They then faced top-flight side Arsenal in the semi-finals, who beat them 2–1 to advance to the final of the cup (they finished as runners-up). As usual, the club ended the season with the Hampshire Benevolent Cup and Rowland Hospital Cup fixtures against local rivals Portsmouth. Southampton won the former 4–1, while Pompey won the latter 5–1. The Saints also played four friendly matches during the campaign, beating Aldershot Command 4–0 and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–0, drawing 1–1 with Exeter City, and losing 3–2 to Guildford United.

Southampton used 22 different players during the 1926–27 season and had eleven different goalscorers. The club's top scorer was centre-forward Bill Rawlings, who scored 23 times in the league, five times in the FA Cup and twice in the Hampshire Benevolent Cup for a total of 30 goals. Irish inside-forward Dick Rowley, in his first season with the club after joining from Swindon Town in the summer, scored 20 goals across the same three competitions. Four new players were signed by the club during the campaign, with ten released and sold to other clubs. The average attendance at The Dell during the 1926–27 season was 9,728. The highest attendance was 21,408 against Newcastle United in the FA Cup fifth round on 19 February 1927; the lowest was 5,368 against Chelsea in the league on 4 April 1927.

1927 FA Charity Shield

The 1927 Football Association Charity Shield was the 14th FA Charity Shield, an annual English association football match. The match, held at Stamford Bridge on 12 October 1927, was contested by Cardiff City, who beat Arsenal in the final of the 1926–27 FA Cup, and amateur side Corinthian. This was the first FA Charity Shield appearance for both sides, although Corinthian had previous won the Sheriff of London Charity Shield on three occasions.

After a goalless first half, Corinthian went ahead early in the second half with a goal from Gilbert Ashton. There were a large number of attacks from both sides, but it took until the 77th minute before Cardiff equalised with a header by Hughie Ferguson after a series of passing plays. With only a few minutes remaining on the clock, Cardiff won a corner kick and from the cross, and Len Davies tapped the ball into the net to put them ahead. The game finished with the score two goals to one in Cardiff City's favour. Several charities benefited from the proceeds of the match, including the King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers and the National Institute for the Blind.

1927 FA Cup Final

The 1927 FA Cup Final was an association football match between Cardiff City and Arsenal on 23 April 1927 at the original Wembley Stadium (then called Empire Stadium). The showpiece match of English football's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the FA Cup), it was the first such final to be broadcast on the radio. The victory by Cardiff marked the only occasion in the history of the tournament that the trophy had been won by a team outside England; the Cup had previously been referred to in the press as the "English Cup".

Each team had progressed through five rounds to reach the final, having each entered in the third round. Both teams required a single replay in different rounds to progress, but otherwise won each of their games. In the fifth round, Cardiff knocked the reigning champions, Bolton Wanderers out of the cup. Both teams had a mixture of home and away games on their route to the final, but Arsenal were not required to play outside London after the initial fourth round match. By the quarter-finals, the two teams were the only Football League Division One teams left in the competition.

Arsenal had injury problems with Horace Cope ruled out. Additional trains were put on to get Cardiff's fans to Wembley, and police reinforcements to keep fans at bay who had been sold fake tickets. A concert was held prior to the game, which included the first rendition of “Abide with Me”, which has since become a cup final tradition. It was the first FA Cup Final broadcast on the radio, which coined the phrase "back to square one". The match was watched by 91,206 in the stadium, and a further 15,000 fans listened in Cardiff's Cathays Park to the radio broadcast.

Both teams had opportunities to score, but the only goal of the game was credited to Hughie Ferguson after the ball slipped out of the hands of goalkeeper Dan Lewis, and he knocked the ball into the net with his elbow. Afterwards, he blamed his new wool jersey, saying that it was greasy. This resulted in the Arsenal tradition of washing goalkeeper jerseys before every match. Following the match, the press called it the "Singing Final" and highlighted that the FA Cup had gone to Wales for the first time. In the following years, Cardiff suffered a decline in their fortunes and didn't reach the FA Cup final again until 2008. Arsenal won the trophy in 1930.

2012–13 Football League Cup

The 2012–13 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 53rd season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system. Liverpool were the defending champions, having beaten Cardiff City in the 2012 final. They were knocked out in the fourth round by Swansea City.

The final was won by Swansea by 5–0 against Bradford City at Wembley Stadium on 24 February 2013. Bradford were the first team from the fourth tier of English football to appear in a League Cup final since 1962. Swansea was the first Welsh club to win the League Cup and the first Welsh club to win an English club competition since Cardiff City's 1926–27 FA Cup triumph. Swansea qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League through England's berth by winning the cup.

Alf Horne

Alfred Horne (1903 – April 1976) was an English professional footballer who scored 64 goals from 316 appearances in the Football League, playing for Hull City, Southend United, Manchester City, Preston North End, Lincoln City and Mansfield Town. He played as a winger or inside forward, and also played at right half in the later part of his career.

Elm Park (stadium)

Elm Park was a football stadium in the West Reading district of Reading, Berkshire, England. The stadium was the home of Reading Football Club from 1896 to 1998. In 1998 they moved to the new Madejski Stadium.

Fred Stewart (football manager)

Frederick Stewart (1872-11 February 1954) was an English football manager. Despite managing for 39 years he only ever took charge of two clubs, Stockport County and Cardiff City, and he holds the record for longest serving manager in the history of both clubs.

George Edmonds (footballer)

George William Neville Edmonds (4 April 1893 – 10 December 1989) was an English professional footballer. He played as a centre forward for St Albans City, Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves), Fulham and Northfleet United. On three occasions he finished as Watford's top scorer, including in 1914–15 when they won the Southern League. He later played in the 1921 FA Cup Final for Wolves.

Jimmy Daws

James Daws (27 May 1898 – June 1985) was an English professional footballer who played as a right half. He played 75 games in the Football League for Birmingham and Bristol Rovers.

Joe Duckworth (footballer)

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List of football clubs in England by competitive honours won

This page lists English association football clubs whose men's sides have won competitive honours run by official governing bodies. Friendly competitions and matches organized between clubs are not included. The football associations FIFA and UEFA run international and European competitions; and The Football Association, and its mostly self-governing subsidiary bodies the English Football League and Premier League, run national competitions. County Football Associations organise regional competitions, but a full list of those honours is not provided in this article.

The European governing body UEFA was founded in 1954, and created their first competition, the European Cup, the next year. It was expanded and renamed in 1992 as the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool hold the English record, with six wins. Parallel to UEFA, various officials created the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1955, but this competition was disbanded when UEFA created the replacement tournament the UEFA Cup in 1971, renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009. The English record number of Europa Leagues is three, also held by Liverpool. Another competition absorbed into the UEFA Cup, in 1999, was the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which was created in 1960 and featured the winners of national knockout competitions. The winners of this competition played the European Cup winners in the UEFA Super Cup, starting in 1972 but was recognised by UEFA in 1973, which now features the winners of the Champions and Europa Leagues. The International Football Cup, also known as the UEFA Intertoto Cup, started in 1961, was a competition for clubs not participating in the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and Cup Winners Cup. UEFA officially recognised it in 1995, and discontinued it in 2008, with the Europa League expanded to accommodate Intertoto clubs. UEFA and CONMEBOL also created an intercontinental competition in 1960 with the Intercontinental Cup, featuring representatives from both associations. In 2000, the international governing body FIFA created the FIFA Club World Cup and in 2004 the Intercontinental Cup was merged with it. Manchester United are the only English club to win either intercontinental competition, winning each once.England's first competition organised by a national body, the FA Cup, began in the 1871–72 season, making it one of the oldest football competitions in the world. Arsenal hold the record number of wins, with 13. League football began in the next decade with the founding of The Football League in 1888–89. The name First Division was adopted in 1892, when The Football League gained a second division. The First Division remained the highest division of the English football league system until 1992, when the Premier League was founded. Manchester United have won the most top division titles, 20. The English equivalent of the super cup began in 1898 with the inauguration of the Sheriff of London Charity Shield, pitting the best professional and amateur sides of the year against each other. The trophy would develop into the FA Charity Shield in 1908, which was later renamed the FA Community Shield in 2002. Manchester United also hold the record here, with 21 wins. The Football League created its own knockout competition in 1960, the League Cup. Its current record is eight wins, held by Liverpool. The Anglo-Italian League Cup was created in 1969 to match English cup winners against the winners of the Coppa Italia, and was permanently disbanded in 1976. In 1985, the Full Members Cup and Football League Super Cup were created as substitutes for UEFA competitions after UEFA responded to the Heysel Stadium disaster by banning English clubs. They finished in 1986 and 1992 respectively. The Football League Centenary Trophy marked The Football League's 100th birthday, in the 1988–89 season.Lower down in the hierarchy of English football are many other competitions, not included in the tables on this page. These include competitions run by the above national governing bodies, but organised for clubs ineligible for higher competitions. For example, the Texaco Cup and EFL Trophy. Regional competitions are organised by County Football Associations. Most clubs founded in the early years of English football used to play in these county competitions, although those that still participate generally field youth or reserve sides. Many county cups are now contested by lower or regional division clubs.

Millwall F.C.

Millwall Football Club () is a professional football club in Bermondsey, South East London, England. They compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded as Millwall Rovers in 1885, the club has retained its name despite having last played in the Millwall area of the Isle of Dogs in 1910. From then until 1993 the club played at what is now called The Old Den in New Cross, before moving to its current home stadium nearby, called The Den. The traditional club crest is a lion rampant, referred to in the team's nickname 'The Lions'. Millwall's traditional kit consists of blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks.

In Millwall's 92 seasons in the Football League from 1920–21 to 2018-19, the club have been promoted eleven times (five times as champions) and relegated nine times. They have spent the majority of their existence yo-yoing between the second and third tiers of the Football League. The club did have a brief spell in the top flight between 1988 and 1990, in which they achieved their highest ever league finish of tenth place in the First Division in 1988–89. Millwall reached the 2004 FA Cup final and qualified for Europe for the first time in their history, playing in the UEFA Cup. The club have also won two League One play-off finals in 2010 and 2017, the Football League Group Cup in 1983, and were Football League Trophy finalists in 1999.

In the media, Millwall's supporters have often been associated with hooliganism, with numerous films having been made fictionalising their notoriety. The fans are renowned for their terrace chant "No one likes us, we don't care". Millwall have a long-standing rivalry with West Ham United. The local derby between the two sides has been contested almost a hundred times since 1899. The club also share a rivalry with Leeds United, and contest the South London derby with local rivals Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic.

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