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Bridesmaid Clubs


A number of clubs have come close to winning the League title or the FA Cup on more than one occasion without ever doing so.

League

Of the clubs never to have won the title, Bolton Wanderers have finished in the top three more often than any other. Bolton finished third in the league in 1892, 1921 and 1925. However, only in 1925 did they come close to winning the title, finishing 3 points behind the champions, Huddersfield, and with a superior goal average.

Blackpool (runners up in 1956, third in 1951), Charlton Athletic (runners up in 1937, third in 1939), Leicester City (runners up in 1929, third in 1928) and Oldham Athletic (runners up in 1915, third in 1914) have each finished runners up on once and third once as well.

In 1929, Leicester finished a point behind Sheffield Wednesday, and with a superior goal average.

In 1915, Oldham finished a point behind Everton, having finished third the season before. If not for the suspension of the league in 1915 due to the outbreak of war, might Oldham have gone on the win the title subsequently?

FA Cup

Of all clubs never to have won the FA Cup, Leicester have lost the most number of Finals (4 out of 4).

In fact, only Man Utd (who have lost 5 out of 15), Arsenal (7 out of 14), Newcastle (7 out of 13), Liverpool (6 out of 12) and Everton (5 out of 10) have lost more FA Cup Finals. Man City (4 out of 8), Huddersfield Town (4 out of 5) and Preston NE (4 out of 5) have lost as many.

(First written Totalworlds Football Writings)

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