I have information on the number of seasons each club has spent in each of the first 5 tiers of the English league system on my website.
Not everyone will agree, but whenever a club is immediately reincarnated or re-formed out of the same structures or fan base, I have treated it as a continuation of the old club. I have discussed the issue before.
Of the three clubs that have borne the name “New Brighton”, the current one arose out of the ashes of the second, and for my purposes, I would treat them as the same. Interestingly, it is stated on Wikipedia that the first, New Brighton Tower, played in an 80,000-seater stadium, but attendances were as low as 1,000.
Even more curious is the fact that the second New Brighton (and not the current South Liverpool) was the reincarnation of the original South Liverpool.
Likewise, the original Accrington is treated as separate from the two incarnations of Accrington Stanley. Although Wikipedia takes the view that the two clubs named Accrington Stanley are not connected, the latter was formed two years after the demise of the former, and my view is that from a historical perspective, there is a sufficient causal connection between the demise of the first and the formation of the second to treat them as one on my site.
I have been reinforced in my view by the fact that in the eyes of many fans, AFC Wimbledon, and not Milton Keynes Dons, are a continuation of Wimbledon, and I have treated Milton Keynes Dons as separate from Wimbledon on my site.
I specify the names of the clubs and the periods in question, for example:
- Leeds Utd/City: 1905-15, 1920 to date
- Wigan Athletic/Borough: 1921-33, 1978 to date
- Wimbledon: 1977-2004
- Milton Keynes Dons: 2004 to date
It allows anyone who is interested to find out more, and form their own view.
Numbers and statistics don’t mean much unless one understands what lies behind them. After all, there are “lies, damned lies and statistics”.