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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Football Club

Sheffield F.C., the world's first football club that still exists, was founded on October 24, 1857. It was formed by a by a group of educated professional men (doctors, solicitors, manufacturers and merchants) who wanted to meet regularly and play football against each other. Initially, Sheffield FC games were played among club members themselves and took the format of "Married v Singles" or "Professionals v the Rest".

The Sheffield Rules were devised by Nathaniel Creswick and William Prest for use by the newly founded Sheffield F.C in 1858. They were the first official set of rules and laws ever drawn up for the game of football and form the basis for the modern game.

The Sheffield Rules  devised by the newly founded Sheffield F.C.

Sheffield F.C.'s finest hour came in 1904 when they won the FA Amateur Cup.

Manchester United Football Club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878.

A group of London school boys led by Bobby Buckle founded Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on September 5, 1882. They were members of the Hotspur Cricket Club, and the football club was formed so they may continue to play sports during the winter months.

Spurs' first and second teams in 1885.

FC Barcelona is a professional football club, based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded on November 29, 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" (More than a club). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona.

11 members of the Munich Gymnastics Club set up the football club now known as FC Bayern Munich on February 27, 1900.

The first game of FC Bayern Munich against Nürnberg in 1901

Real Madrid was founded on March 6, 1902 as Madrid Football Club. Three years after its foundation, in 1905, Madrid FC won its first title after defeating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final. The word Real is Spanish for Royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Real Madrid team in 1905

Inter Milan was founded on March 9, 1908 as Football Club Internazionale, following a "schism" from the Milan Cricket and Football Club (now A.C. Milan). The name of the club derives from the wish of its founding members to accept foreign players as well as Italians.

Since 1912, Spanish football club Athletic Bilbao has only fielded players with ancestry from the Basque Country.

Hull City is the only English Football League team with no letters in its name having an enclosed space that can be filled in by a doodler.

Sir Walter Scott's novel Heart of Midlothian gave its name to a ballroom used by a Scottish football team in its early days. In 1873 they decided to name themselves Heart of Midlothian or Hearts after the book.

The most league goals scored by a British football team in a season stands at 142, by Raith Rovers in 34 matches in 1937-38 — that’s 4.17 goals a game. The total included 47 strikes by forward Norrie Haywood.

Celtic F.C. from Glasgow, Scotland became the first ever Northern European team to win the European Cup in 1967; previous winners were from Spain, Italy and Portugal.

In 1999 Manchester United won Champions League, FA Cup and Premiership to cap off an unprecedented 'Treble', a feat never before seen.

In December 2015, Chan Yuen-ting was appointed as the manager of Eastern Sports Club in the Hong Kong Premier League. Eastern finished the 2015–16 season top of the Hong Kong Premier League. This meant that Chan became the first woman to coach a men's professional association football team to the championship of a national football association's top league.

Manchester United has won more titles than any other club in English football: 55 domestic trophies, a record 20 league titles, a joint record 11 FA Cups, four League Cups and 20 FA Charity/Community Shields.

Manchester United have never lost a Premier League game at Old Trafford in which they have been ahead at half-time.

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Wakefield, with a 331,000-strong population, is the biggest UK town or city not to have a football club in the major leagues

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