Live graphic shows English football's all-time top-flight league table


A lot of football fans are accused of only thinking the sport started at the beginning of the Premier League era.

Many records only date back to 1992 and football before then has almost been forgotten.

Of course, the English top-flight actually started way back in 1888.

But who has been the most successful side in the history of football in this country?

Well, have produced an incredible live graphic to show the all-time top-flight league table.

It starts off with Preston North End dominating proceedings before the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and Everton all top the charts.

Incredibly, the Toffees remain top for more than 35 years but, in the season of 2005/05, they’re overtaken by their Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.

By the end of the 2018/19 campaign, Liverpool hold off Arsenal to claim top spot.

So, Liverpool are officially the greatest side in English football history.

Take a look at the graph:

And here’s what the top 12 looked like at the end of last season (Liverpool's lead would have only increased since then):


In the 131 years, there have been a total of 65 teams that have competed in the top-flight.

And for those of you that want to see the entire table, here you go:


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It really is a fascinating look at the history of the beautiful game in this country.

Things worth noting:

  • All seasons that took place before 1981/82 have been converted to three points for a win, rather than the previous two.
  • Also, all modern names have been used. For example, Manchester United previously competed as Newton Heath until 1902.
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