England’s Oldest Football Clubs

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      My book will aim to list all the foundations, mergers and extinctions of English Association football clubs from 1857 to 1888. I hope this forum can add more factual background to this under researched area. As opposed to the book there are no date restrictions on the forum so the earlier the better! I have decided to sort the football clubs initially by English County. If you do not know the county you can SEARCH by club using the box in the top right. Please start a thread in any football club that you are interested, check to see if the thread exists first by doing a search first. You will see below that there other categories to research old football clubs from other places besides England. The last category "Victorian Footballer Database" will open in 2016 once I have completed inputting all the players names.
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    1. Yorkshire

      Sheffield Association 1867 (with 1,000 members by this time).In April 1877 politics reared its head and a breakaway group called Sheffield New Association ,which was formed in protest for not allowing clubs under 2 years old to be members. In 1881 it was renamed Hallamshire Football Association which would eventually merge with the Sheffield Association to become Sheffield & Hallamshire Association at the end of the 1886/87 season. Amalgamated with the Football Association on 28 April 1877
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  1. Scotland’s Oldest Association Football Clubs

    1873 Scottish Football Association
  2. Wales’ Oldest Association Football Clubs

    1876 Football Association of Wales
    1. Wales' Oldest Football Clubs by name

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  3. Ireland’s Oldest Association Football Clubs

    1880 Irish Football Association (Since 1921 Northern Ireland only)
    1. Northern Ireland Football Clubs

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    2. Republic of Ireland Football Clubs

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    1. Europe

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