England - List of Foundation Dates

1857  Oct 24   Sheffield FC                        [oldest football club of the world and still existing]
1859           Wanderers AFSC London               [founded as Forest FC] 
1860  Sep  4   Hallam FC (Sheffield)  
               Cray Wanderers FC London 
1861           Worksop Town FC   
1862  Nov 28   Notts County FC Nottingham      
1863           Stoke City FC                       [founded as Stoke FC]
1864           Brigg Town FC
1865           Nottingham Forest FC                [founded as Notingham Football and Bandy Club]  
               Old Etonians FC Eton   
1866           Chesterfield FC
1867  Sep  4   Sheffield Wednesday FC              [founded as football department of The Wednesday Cricket Club]     
1870           Rotherham United FC                 [founded as Rotherham FC]
               Abingdon Town FC                    [founded as Abingdon FC]
1871  Dec 25   Reading FC
1872  Mar ?    Aston Villa FC Birmingham        
               Accrington FC                       [dissolved 1896]      
1872(?)        Shropshire Wanderers FC Shrewsbury  [dissolved 188?]
1873  Oct ?    Colchester Town FC                  [dissolved Dec 1937]  
1874           Bolton Wanderers FC                 [founded as Christ Church FC Bolton]
               Macclesfield Town FC                [founded as Macclesfield FAC]
               Finchley FC London                  [merged 1991 with Wingate FC to Wingate and Finchley FC]
1875  Nov  5   Blackburn Rovers FC
               Birmingham City FC                  [founded as Small Heath Alliance]
               Darwen FC            
1876           Middlesbrough FC
               Port Vale FC Burslem
1877           Wolverhampton Wanderers FC          [founded as Saint Luke's FC; merged in Aug 1979 with The Wanderers] 
               Crewe Alexandra FC
               Tyne Association Newcastle
               Walsall Town FC                     [merged 1888 with Walsall Swifts FC to Walsall FC]
1878  Feb ?    Blackburn Olympic FC                [merger of Black Star and James Street Blackburn; dissolved 1889]  
      Mar  5   Manchester United FC                [founded as Newton Heath LYR FC]
               Everton FC Liverpool                [founded as Saint Domingo FC]
               Grimsby Town FC                     [founded as Grimsby Pelham]
               Chelsmford City FC                  [founded as Chelsmford FC]  
1879  Aug 16   Fulham FC London          
               Sunderland AFC                      [founded as Sunderland & District Teachers Association]  
               Preston North End FC
               West Bromwich Albion FC             [founded as West Bromwich Strollers]    
               Doncaster Rovers FC
               Matlock Town FC                     [founded as Matlock FC]
               Walsall Swifts FC                   [merged 1888 with Walsall Town FC to Walsall FC]
1880           Manchester City FC                  [founded as St Mark's West Gorton]
               Plymouth Argyle FC  
               Trowbridge Town FC
1881  Oct/Nov  Southport FC   
      Nov ?    Newcastle United FC                 [founded as football department of the Stanley Cricket Club]
               Leyton Orient FC London             [founded as football department of the Glyn Cricket Club]
               Swindon Town FC
               Watford FC                          [founded as Watford Rovers]     
1882  May 18   Burnley FC
      Sep  5   Tottenham Hotspur FC London         [founded as Hotspur FC]
               Christchurch Rangers London
               Barnet FC London                    [founded as Woodville FC]
1883  Aug 13   Coventry City FC                    [founded as Singers FC]
               Darlington FC
               Stockport County FC                 [founded as Heaton Norris Rovers]       
1884  Feb  5   Derby County FC
               Leicester City FC
               Lincoln City FC
               Tranmere Rovers FC Birkenhead       [founded as Belmont FC] 
               Wycombe Wanderers FC
               St Jude's London
1885  Apr 11   Luton Town FC                       [merger of Luton Town Wanderers and Excelsior] 
      Oct  3   Millwall FC London
      Nov ?    Southampton FC                      [founded as St Mary's YMA]
      Nov  9   Kingstonian FC Kingston-upon-Thames [founded as Kingston & Surbiton YMCA]
               Bury FC
1886  May 20   Shrewsbury Town FC       
               Queens Park Rangers FC London       [merger of St Jude's and Christchurch Rangers]      
               Arsenal FC London                   [founded as Dial Square]     
               Glossop North End FC
1887  Jul 26   Blackpool FC                        [split from St John's FC]
               Ipswich Town FC                     [founded as Ipswich AFC] 
               Cheltenham Town FC
1888           Walsall FC                          [merger of Walsall Town FC and Walsall Swifts FC]
1889  Mar  5   Gloucester City AFC                 [founded as Gloucester FC]
      Mar 22   Sheffield United FC        
      Oct 10   Brentford FC London
      autumn   Bournemouth AFC                     [founded as Boscombe FC] 
               Bath City FC                        [founded as Bath AFC]  
               Nuneaton Town FC                    [founded as Nuneaton St Nicholas] 
               Wimbledon FC London                 [founded as Wimbledon Old Centrals]   
1890           Weymouth FC
               Yeovil Town FC                      [founded as Yeovil FC]
               Exeter United FC                    [merged 1904 with St Sidwell's United to Exeter City FC]
1892  Jun  3   Liverpool FC
               Maidstone United FC                 [founded as Maidstone Invicta]
1893  May 18   Gillingham FC                       [founded as New Brompton FC]
      Aug ?    Enfield FC                          [founded as Enfield Spartans]
      Sep ?    Bristol Rovers FC                   [founded as Black Arabs FC] 
               Oxford United FC
1894           Dover FC                            [dissolved 1983]      
               Hastings United FC                  [founded as Rock-a-Nore]
1895           West Ham United FC London           [founded as Thames Ironworks FC]  
               Oldham Athletic AFC                 [founded as Pine Villa FC]
               Bradford Park Avenue FC             [founded as Bradford FC]
1896           Margate FC             
1897           Northampton Town FC   
               Mansfield Town FC                   [founded as Mansfield Wesleyans]  
               Bristol City FC                     [founded as Bristol South End] 
1898  Apr  5   Portsmouth United FC
               Barnsley FC                         [founded as Barnsley St Peter's]
1899           Scunthorpe United FC
               Torquay United FC
1901  Jun 24   Brighton and Hove Albion FC         
1902  Jun 17   Norwich City FC
      Sep  9   Worcester City FC     
1903  May 17   Carlisle United FC
1904           Exeter City FC                      [merged of Exeter United FC and Sidwell's United]
      Jun ?    Hull City AFC
               Leeds City FC                       [dissolved 1919]
1905  Mar 10   Chelsea FC London
      Jun  9   Charlton Athletic FC London
      Sep 10   Crystal Palace FC London    
1906  May 19   Southend United FC
1907           Rochdale AFC
1908  Aug 15   Huddersfield Town AFC       
               Hartlepool United FC                [founded as Hartelpools United FAC]     
               Cambridge City FC                   [founded as Cambridge Town]  
               Hendon FC London                    [founded as Christchurch Hampstead]
1911  May 24   Halifax Town AFC                    [dissolved 2008] 
1912           Cambridge United FC                 [founded as Abbey United]
1919           Leeds United FC
1922           York City FC
1923           Peterborough and Fletton United FC  [dissolved 1932]
1924           Hereford United FC                  [merger of St Martins and RAOC]
1926           Aldershot FC
1930           Ashfield FC                         [founded as Aldershot Town FC]
1933           Boston United FC
1934           Peterborough United FC
1937  Mar ?    Colchester United FC
1946           Wingate FC London                   [merged 1991 with Finchley FC to Wingate and Finchley FC]
               Abingdon United FC
1947           Corby Town FC
1955           Rugby Town FC                       [founded as New Bilton Juniors]
1991           Wingate and Finchley FC London      [merger of Wingate FC and Finchley FC]
2001  Jun 23   Enfield Town FC 

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Thanks to Pete Bradshaw for a correction

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