The Greatest English Football Club Of All Time.
As you can see from the table, above, while a great many fans claim their club to be the greatest, most of them do so more out of hope than expectation. As someone who is waiting for mighty, mighty Bristol City to assume their rightful position at the top of the pile, I have no particular axe to grind about which team keeps the place warm for them. As such, you won’t find the data or scoring system, below, twisted to suit a particular team’s needs.
As at the end of the 2014 season, the team that can claim the ‘Greatest’ accolade is Liverpool, who remain top with 273.5 points, a position they have held since 1977. In second place is Man U, with 272 points. In third place is Arsenal, with 177.5 points.[the reason for half points is that in times gone past, what is now called the Community Shield accepted draws as a result. When this happened, I allocated each team a half share of the one point on offer]
Perhaps surprisingly, only three teams have been able to individually claim the title of the Greatest English Team, although Wolves jointly claim the position with Blackburn for the six seasons to 1896. Arsenal was only a point away from sharing the title with Aston Villa for four seasons in the early ’70s but never quite got there… something for the current Man U team to consider. Since 1872 the Greatest English Clubs have been:
- Wolves, from 1872 until 1890 – 19 Seasons
- Villa, from 1897 to 1976 – 70 Seasons
- Liverpool from, 1977 to 2014 – 38 Seasons (so far)
This means that while Liverpool is undoubtedly the current ‘Greatest’, Villa has spent more years being ‘Greatest’ than anyone. Does this mean that Villa is the greatest ‘Greatest? Will Liverpool fans change their position on this if Man U gets the extra unanswered trophy they need to go top? I’m open to suggestion on this one: would an extra table of the greatest ‘Greatest’ have any meaning? I imagine Villa fans might think so!
Okay, so the contentious bit; the scoring. There are eight possible competitions in which English teams can participate. I have ordered these in priority and scored them from eight down to one. No points are awarded for being in certain leagues. No additional points are awarded for doubles and trebles. These extras are open for manipulation to get a favoured team to the top. My system is simple and, I think, the better for being so:
- Champions League – 8 points
- Premier League – 7 points
- FA Cup – 6 points
- Europa League – 5 points
- Capital One Cup – 4 points
- World Club Cup – 3 points
- Super Cup – 2 points
- Community Shield – 1 point
Some might argue that this makes Man U the Greatest English Football Club of all time but I disagree. The amount of money you have in your wallet isn’t based on who has the most notes. No one would accept that you have more money with your five £5 notes, compared with his two £20 notes.
So, Liverpool are the Greatest English Football Club Of All Time and the only team in a position to do anything about this in the near future is Man U. Whether they will or not, we’ll have to wait and see…