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26 Uniteds


There are 26 Uniteds in the first 6 levels of English football, 22 Towns, and 20 Cities. However, there are 47 clubs without a second name (not including clubs that bear the name of two towns).

Not unexpectedly, even though there are more Towns than Cities, Cities tend on average to be higher up the league than Towns.

Excluding one-off names like Hotspur, Forest and Wednesday, the least common names are Rangers and Celtic, which ironically, are the biggest two clubs in Scotland.

Oddly enough, when Newton Heath were considering a new name, Manchester Celtic was one of the alternatives considered.

(Article first posted on Tony Kempster’s Non-League Forum and published on BBC 606)

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8 thoughts on “26 Uniteds

  1. In reply to

    …, the Western League Premier Division surely has the most “Town” clubs

    Theres now 11 of the 21 with Town:

    But WAIT….The Southern Premier amazingly matches it:

    I half expected there would be more Towns in some division outside of the Premier League and Football League.

    By comparison, League One (Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Northampton, Swindon and Yeovil) and League Two (Aldershot, Grimsby, Luton, Macclesfield and Shrewsbury) will each have 5 Towns next season.

    We’ve covered Uniteds and Towns. As for Cities, the Championship will have 6 next season – Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Norwich and Swansea – down from 7 this season (with Stoke and Hull promoted and Leicester relegated, but being joined by Birmingham from the Premier League and Swansea from League One).

    Any non-league division with more Cities?

    (First posted on Tony Kempster’s Non-League Forum)

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