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7 Oldest Football Clubs: Where Are They Now?

General View of Racecourse Ground prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Wrexham and Stoke City at Racecourse Ground on July 17, 2019 in Wrexham, Wales.

Association football, as a proper codified sport, first started to take shape in the 1840’s with the Cambridge Rules. That was followed by the Sheffield Rules in the 1850’s, before Ebenezer Cobb Morley penned the Laws of the Game on behalf of the Football Association in 1863 which remain the fundamental principles of the sport we know and love today, and it’s around this time that we should expect to see the first football clubs being formed.

7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

First 7 Championship Play-Off Winners: Where Are They Now?

A general view of the Charlton Athletic logo putside the groung prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town at The Valley on November 29, 2014 in...

The play-offs were first introduced to the Football League in 1987, and as much as the Football League and FA come in for a lot of stick - rightly, we should add - the play-offs have been an excellent addition to the English game. Not only do they bring even more drama to the end of a season, they also keep the season alive for teams even down into the bottom half sometimes who previously had nothing to play for from January onwards.

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Valentin Eysseric of ACF Fiorentina battles for the ball with Thomas Rincon of Torino Fc during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on October...

7 Football Clubs With Interesting Links & Friendships

In the same way that unusual rivalries like the one between Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion can develop over time, so too can friendly relationships between football clubs and their supporters. I’m not talking about the relationship between a club like Chelsea in England and Vitesse in the Netherlands, where their relationship is seemingly more one of a mutually beneficial business interest, but more like the relationship between Chelsea and Rangers.

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