02/03/2013 : Football League Blog : Membership Of The Football League
2 March 2013 : Membership Of The Football League
As part of the Football League's 125th year celebrations, the league have published a definitive list of all of the clubs that have had held membership. Of course the list is slightly subjective, particularly where clubs have gone into administration and have reformed under different trading companies to satisfy Company Law yet have retained their 'golden share' that gives the club their voting rights at league meetings.

The League's rule of thumb has been to consider those clubs as running with a continuous history, but have also noted where two separate clubs have a clear connection, such as the two Aldershot Town clubs that have existed, with the latter being an entirely reformed club. They have also noted name changes, where clubs have maintained their membership or existence, but have held membership under multiple names. Note that it doesn't consider name changes that may have taken place before that club entered the League - e.g. Yeovil and Petters United.

Perhaps worthy of note is their decision to group the original Wimbledon club with the reformed AFC Wimbledon side rather than with the franchised Milton Keynes Dons side that were allowed to take its place, in probably one of the most controversial membership issues the League has faced. The list of clubs and their alternate forms, where applicable, are as follows:

AFC Bournemouth (Also played as 'Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic')
AFC Wimbledon / Wimbledon
Aberdare Athletic
Accrington (Original League member, defunct 1896)
Accrington Stanley (Became defunct in 1962. Club re-formed in 1968)
Aldershot Town / Aldershot (Defunct 1992. Started in the FL as "Aldershot Town". Re-formed 1992)
Arsenal (Also played as 'Woolwich Arsenal' and 'The Arsenal')
Ashington
Aston Villa
Barnet
Barnsley
Barrow
Birmingham City (Also played as 'Birmingham' and 'Small Heath')
Blackburn Rovers
Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers
Bootle
Boston United
Bradford City
Bradford (Park Avenue)
Brentford
Brighton & Hove Athletic
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Burnley
Burton Albion
Burton United (A merger of Burton Swifts and Burton Wanderers)
Bury
Cambridge United
Cardiff City
Carlisle United
Charlton Athletic
Chelsea
Cheltenham Town
Chester City (Also played as 'Chester')
Chesterfield (Re-formed 1919 after Chesterfield were defunct in 1915)
Colchester United
Coventry City
Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra
Crystal Palace
Dagenham & Redbridge
Darlington
Darwen
Derby County
Doncaster Rovers
Durham City
Everton
Exeter City
Fleetwood Town
Fulham
Gainsborough Trinity
Gateshead (Moved from South Shields but considered as a new club)
Gillingham
Glossop (Also played as 'Glossop North End')
Grimsby Town
Halifax Town
Hartlepool United (Also played as 'Hartlepools United' and 'Hartlepool')
Hereford United
Huddersfield Town
Hull City
Ipswich Town
Kidderminster Harriers
Leeds City (Disbanded 1920)
Leeds United
Leicester City (Also played as 'Leicester Fosse')
Leyton Orient (Also played as 'Clapton Orient' and 'Orient')
Lincoln City
Liverpool
Loughborough
Luton Town
Macclesfield Town
Maidstone United
Manchester City / Ardwick (Ardwick liquidated 1894 and re-formed as Manchester City)
Manchester United / Newton Heath (Formed 1902 after Newton Heath defunct that year)
Mansfield Town
Merthyr Town
Middlesbrough (Re-formed in 1986 but considered a continuation of former club)
Middlesbrough Ironopolis
Millwall
Milton Keynes Dons
Morecambe
Nelson
New Brighton Tower
New Brighton
Newcastle United
Newport County
Northampton Town
Northwich Victoria
Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Notts County
Oldham Athletic
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Port Vale / Burslem Port Vale (Re-formed 1908 following liquidation of Burslem Port Vale in 1907)
Portsmouth
Preston North End
Queen's Park Rangers
Reading
Rochdale
Rotherham United (A merger of Rotherham County and Rotherham Town)
Rushden & Diamonds
Scarborough
Scunthorpe United (Also played as 'Scunthorpe & Lindsay United')
Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday (Also played as 'The Wednesday')
Shrewsbury Town
Southampton
Southend United
Southport
Stalybridge Celtic
Stevenage
South Shields (Moved to Gateshead but new South Shields club formed)
Stockport County
Stoke City / Stoke (Club defunct in 1908 and then re-formed)
Sunderland
Swansea City (Also played as 'Swansea Town')
Swindon Town
Thames
Torquay United
Tottenham Hotspur
Tranmere Rovers
Walsall (Also played as 'Walsall Town Swifts')
Watford
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Borough (Defunct 1932)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Workington
Wrexham
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town
York City


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