The Barclays Premier League is the world’s number one football league, broadcast to 4.8 billion people worldwide.
In 1886, workers at the Woolwich Arsenal Armament factory started a team called Dial Square. It turned professional in 1891 and became known as Arsenal in 1913. Its honours include 3 Barclays Premier League titles and 12 FA Cup wins.
Also known as ‘the Foxes’, Leicester City Football Club was formed in 1884. They play at the King Power Stadium, commonly known as Filbert Way, in Leicester in the East Midlands.
Formed in 1880 by St Mark’s Church, Manchester City took its current name in 1894. It won the 2014 Barclays Premier League, and also boasts 5 FA cup wins. Its home ground is the City of Manchester Stadium.
Boys from Tottenham Hotspur Cricket Club formed Hotspur FC in 1882. In 1901 it became the only non-league club to win the FA Cup since the formation of the football league.
Formed as Newton Heath LYR in 1878, the club became Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910. One of the most successful clubs in the history of English football, it boasts a record 20 English League titles.
Originally named the Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding football team (hence its nickname, ‘the Hammers’) the club reformed as West Ham United in 1900. In 1904 it relocated to its current Boleyn Ground stadium, and to date its honours include 3 FA Cup wins.
Liverpool Football Club was formed in 1892 and has to date won more European trophies than any other English team, in addition to 7 FA Cup wins and numerous other honours.
Southampton FC has been known as ‘the Saints’ since its formation in 1885 due to its history as a church football team. Its honours include 1 FA Cup win.
Stoke became a professional team in 1885 – and it's been wearing its distinctive red and white striped kit continuously for over 100 years.
Watford Football Club was founded in 1881. The long established Hertfordshire team has a number of nicknames including ‘the Hornets’, ‘the Golden Boys’ and ‘the ‘Orns’. They were once owned by legendary British music star Sir Elton John, who oversaw several successful seasons under manager Graham Taylor. Both men are now Honorary Life Presidents of the club.
Founded in 1905, Crystal Palace FC was originally nicknamed ‘the Glaziers’, after the mass of glass panes used in Crystal Palace itself. It was promoted to the Barclays Premier League during the 2012-13 Football League season.
Originally called St Domingo FC – for the people of St Domingo’s Church parish – the club was renamed Everton when people from outside the parish wanted to play too. The club’s honours include 5 FA Cup wins.
Nicknamed ‘the Blues’ for the colour of its strip. Chelsea FC was formed in 1905 and has won a long list of honours including 4 Barclays Premier League titles and 7 FA Cups. Its home ground is Stamford Bridge.
The club was formed in 1878 by workers in West Bromwich, and took the name West Bromwich Albion in 1880. Its honours include 5 FA Cup wins, and its home ground is The Hawthorns.
Formed in 1912, Swansea City AFC became the first Welsh club to be promoted to the Premier League in 2010-11. Since 2005, Liberty Stadium has been the club’s home turf.
AFC Bournemouth, or ‘the Cherries’ due to the bright red kit they wear when they play at home, was founded in 1890. In 2015, the Dorset team entered the top flight for the first time in their history.
One of the founding members of the Premier League, Middlesborough’s primary victory was a League Cup win in 2004. After a number of years in the Championship, Middlesborough were promoted back to the Premier League in 2016. Their nicknames include ‘the Boro’ and ‘Smoggies’.
Called ‘The Clarets’ after their wine-coloured jerseys, Burnley FC were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888. In 2016 they were promoted to the Premier League.
Sunderland was founded by school teacher James Allen in 1879. It was first called the Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club, but became Sunderland AFC a year later.
Formed in 1904, Hull’s nickname ‘the Tigers’ comes from their black and amber strip. They played in the FA cup final in 2014 and were promoted back into the Premier League in 2016.