Football is one of, if not the oldest sports in the world. Most of it is down to the countless number of historic clubs that have lent their contribution to the history of this beautiful game. FootTheBall compiles the top 10 oldest, active football clubs in the world. England’s now most expensive footballer has played for one of these clubs, indicating their longevity.
10. Wrexham FC, 1864
The Welsh club is the oldest professional football club in Wales and one of the oldest in the world.
The Dragons as they’re known were formed in 1864 and have gained a cult following recently following Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover.
9. Royal Engineers Association FC, 1863
Royal Engineers Association is not what you can call a professional club, but the players take pride in their team.
The Sappers were formed in 1863 by Major Francis Marindin, and the team prefers to play a more combination game rather than just attacking.
8. Civil Service FC, 1863
The Civil Service FC were formed in 1863 and were among the 11 clubs that formed the English FA.
The London club currently plays in the Southern Amateur League. Although it used to play both Football and Rugby in it’s early years but switched to football later.
Civil Service FC played an honorary game to celebrate the FA’s 150th anniversary in 2013 at the Buckingham Palace.
7. Stoke City FC, 1863
The Potters are the oldest Premier League club having been formed in 1863.
Stoke City was formed by people from the Charterhouse School and was named Stoke Ramblers which was later changed in 1928.
The club currently play at the bet365 Stadium which was opened in 1997.
6. Notts County, 1862
The Meadow Lane outfit is the oldest professional football club in the world, having been formed in 1862. (Crystal Palace dissolved in 1876, re-founded in 1905)
The Nottingham based club have played over 4750 football league games, way more than any other English club. A part of some of these has been Jack Grealish, England’s most expensive footballer of all time!
Notts County wear the traditional white and black stripes, the same as Juventus.
5. Cray Wanderers FC, 1860
Cray Wanderers FC is a semi-professional football club based in London.
The club were founded in 1860 and are the oldest club in London.
Cray Wanderers play at the Hayes Lane, which has a capacity of about 5000 people, and have a very strong supporter base. The club currently play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
4. Hallam FC, 1860
The Sheffield based club was formed in 1860 and is currently playing the Northern Counties East League One Division.
Hallam FC play at the Sandygate Road, which is recognized by the Guinness Books of World Record as the oldest football stadium in the world.
Hallam are the fifth oldest football club in the world.
3. Lima CFC, 1859
This is a huge surprise as the the tiny club from Peru is one of the oldest in the world, having being formed in 1859.
Lima CFC is both a football and cricket club, with the football team currently playing in the San Isidro District’s local league.
It is suggested that the club was formed by English migrants, although the club is small but it has alot of history behind it.
2. Cambridge University AFC, 1857
The US-based club was formed in 1857, however university officials claim that the club was formed a year earlier.
The Cambridge University Association Football Club play at the Grange Road Stadium, which is also known as Fenner’s Pitches. The stadium has a seating capacity of just about 1000 people.
1. Sheffield FC – 1857
Sheffield FC are the oldest football club in the world, which there fans take immense pride in.
The club is currently playing in the Northern Premier League Division One South.
Sheffield was founded by local cricketers on October 24, 1857. The club currently play at the Coach and Horses Ground which has a seating capacity of just over 2000 people.