1840s – 1850s – 1860s – 1870s – 1880s – 1890s – 1900s – 1910s – 1920s – 1930s – 1940s – 1950s – 1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s – 2000s
2019 – 2018 – 2017 – 2016 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010
- Manchester City win the Premier League Title and become the CENTURIONS, the first club to win the Premier League with 100 points. During the season they break multiple all-time Premier League and Top Division records.
- In League One, the two offshoot clubs of Wimbledon, AFC Wimbledon and Milton Keynes Dons, end the 2017–18 season with different fates, with AFCW surviving and MK Dons relegated to League Two. This means that the 2018–19 season will be the first in which AFCW will play in a higher division than MK Dons.
- The Football League renames itself as the English Football League, with all of the leagues and cup competitions it organises including "EFL" in their titles.
- Manchester United equal Arsenal's record 12 FA Cups.
- Leicester City win the top tier title of English football for the first time in history, with one British sports book having offered preseason odds of 5000/1 against their winning the title.
- Leicester City's Jamie Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive appearances in Premier League history.
- 19 May: Louis van Gaal is confirmed as manager of Manchester United. Former interim manager Ryan Giggs is named as his assistant, and confirms his retirement as a player at the age of 40 after nearly a quarter of a century during which he played 963 games and won an English record of 22 major trophies.
- Manchester City won the 130th FA Cup Final beating Stoke City 1-0 at Wembley.
- On Saturday, February 5 there were 41 goals from 8 Premier League games which was the record for a single day in the Premier League since it became a 20 team division. The results were Aston Villa 2–2 Fulham, Everton 5–3 Blackpool, Manchester City 3–0 West Brom, Newcastle 4–4 Arsenal, Stoke 3–2 Sunderland, Tottenham 2–1 Bolton, Wigan 4–3 Blackburn, Wolves 2–1 Manchester United.
- Chelsea sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool for a British record £50 million.
2009 – 2008 – 2007 – 2006 – 2005 – 2004 – 2003 – 2002 – 2001 – 2000
- Manchester United become the first team to win three consecutive top division titles on more than one occasion. They also win the third Football League Cup of their history, but endure disappointment when losing 2–0 to FC Barcelona of Spain in the UEFA Champions League final.
- Cardiff City leave Ninian Park after 100 years and relocate to a new 27,000-seat stadium nearby.
- Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese forward, becomes the most expensive footballer in the world when Manchester United sell him to the Spanish giants Real Madrid for £80million
- Sir Bobby Robson, who guided Ipswich Town to FA Cup glory in 1978 and UEFA Cup glory in 1981, as well as guiding the England team to the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, dies of cancer aged 76.
- Chester City, the Conference team who were relegated from The Football League last year, go out of business after 125 years in existence. They are reformed as Chester and will initially compete in a regional division.
- Having been deducted a record 30 points for financial irregularities before the start of the season, Luton Town are relegated to the Conference and become the first club to fall to that level after three successive relegations.
- Doug Ellis sells Aston Villa to American billionaire Randy Lerner for £64million.
- John Terry succeeds David Beckham as England's national team captain. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is named vice-captain.
- Sven-Göran Eriksson announces that he will step down as England manager following the 2006 World Cup. He will be succeeded by Steve McClaren with effect from 1 August.
- Chelsea win the Premiership for the second year in succession.
- Thierry Henry scores the last goal, and the last hat trick, in the final game at Highbury before Arsenal move to their new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium
- Manchester United win the League Cup for the second time in their history beating Wigan Athletic 4–0 at the Millennium Stadium.
- Middlesbrough reach the UEFA Cup final for the first time in their history, only to be beaten 4–0 by Sevilla.
- Peter Osgood, who won FA Cups with Chelsea and Southampton in the 1970s, dies of a heart attack aged 59.
- Charlton Athletic become the first Premiership club to change their shirt design mid-season due to the collapse of former sponsors Allsports.
- Alan Shearer retires two weeks early following a knee injury. After a professional career which lasted almost 20 years, the former England and Newcastle captain bows out as the Premiership's leading goalscorer of all time with 260 goals in 441 games but only one trophy, the 1994–95 Premiership title.
- Sunderland are relegated from the Premiership, and break their own record set three years earlier for the lowest points accumulated, ending the season with just 15 points. They also set a new record low of just 3 wins.
- Reading are promoted to the Premiership, for the first time in their history, after winning the Football League Championship with a record 106 points.
- Liverpool beat West Ham 3–1 on penalties in the 125th FA Cup final after the game finished 3–3 in normal time. It is the last FA Cup game at the Millennium Stadium before Wembley re-opens.
- Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League final sees Jens Lehmann become the first player dismissed in a final as FC Barcelona win 2–1. The club also play their last season at Highbury at 93 years, and relocate to the new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium at nearby Ashburton Grove.
- The players of Aston Villa make history on 14 July by issuing a joint statement critical of chairman Doug Ellis, the first ever time such a statement has been formally issued to the press by a collective of players from any English football club.
- In their first season as a top division club and only their 28th in the professional leagues, Wigan Athletic finish tenth (having spent much of the season in the top five) and are League Cup runners-up to Manchester United who beat them 4–0 in the final.
- Oxford United, the 1986 League Cup winners and members of the First Division from 1985 to 1988, become the first former winners of a major trophy to be relegated to the Conference.
- Liverpool defeat CSKA Moscow 3–2 after extra time to win the European Super Cup for a third time, an English record.
- Liverpool win the Champions League for a fifth time, an English record, on penalties, after drawing 3–3 with AC Milan in Istanbul
- Chelsea win the Premier League title as they set a new Premier League record for fewest goals conceded (15) and most points attained (95).
- Arsenal become the first team to win the FA Cup on penalties when they triumph over Manchester United in the shootout after a goalless draw.
- George Best, widely regarded one of the greatest footballers in the history of Manchester United and the footballing world, dies aged 59 after a short illness.
- Wigan Athletic reach the top division for the first time in their history after finishing runners up in the Football League Championship, mirroring Fulham's achievement four years previously of having made their way from League Two to the Premier League.
- Coventry City move into the new 32,500-seat Ricoh Arena after 106 years at the Highfield Road stadium.
- The Glazer takeover of Manchester United leads to disgruntled fans creating F.C. United of Manchester.
- Swansea City leave the Vetch Field after 93 years and relocate to a new 22,000-seat stadium in the city. They bow out at the Vetch on a high note with promotion from League Two.
- Former England internationals Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Le Saux retire from playing, their careers going out on a low note as their club Southampton drop out of the top flight after 27 years.
- Barnet are promoted back to the Football League after four years away, along with Carlisle United who return after just one season.
- Arsenal are crowned Premiership champions after going a 38-game league season unbeaten.
- Manchester United win the FA Cup for a record eleventh time.
- Divisions One, Two and Three of The Football League are renamed the Football League Championship, League One and League Two respectively as part of a rebranding exercise.
- Everton striker Wayne Rooney, still only 18, becomes the world's most expensive teenager when he signs for Manchester United in a transfer deal which could eventually rise to £25million from an initial £20million.
- Middlesbrough beat Bolton Wanderers 2–1 in the League Cup final to win the first major trophy in their 128-year history.
- Carlisle United, who spent one season in the First Division during the 1970s, become the first former members of the top flight to be relegated to the Conference after 76 years of league membership. They go down with York City, who have played in the top flight for 75 years and eliminated several top clubs (notably Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton) from the top flight in cup competitions.
- Brian Clough, the legendary manager who guided Derby County to a League title & Nottingham Forest to League & European Glory, dies of stomach cancer aged 69.
- Bill Nicholson, the legendary former Tottenham Hotspur manager, dies aged 85.
- Wimbledon become Milton Keynes Dons to reflect their new location.
- Manchester United become only the fourth English club to win three successive league championships, following Huddersfield Town in the 1920s, Arsenal in the 1930s, and Liverpool in the 1980s.
- Liverpool complete a unique treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
- David Rocastle, who won a League Cup and two league championships with Arsenal as well as never being on the losing side in his 14 England appearances, dies of cancer aged 33.
- Paul Vaessen who famously scored the winning goal for Arsenal against Juventus at the Stadio Comunale, in the second leg of a Cup Winners' Cup semi-final on 23 April 1980, (the first time an English club had beaten Juventus in Turin), dies of a drug overdose at the age of 39, He had led a troubled life since injury resulted in his premature retirement from football in 1983 aged just 21. He was known as "a forgotten hero" as his death gained no media coverage at all, announcements of Paul's death in his local free newspaper omitted the fact that he had formerly been a footballer and merely labelled him a "local addict".
- Coventry City suffer relegation from the Premiership after 34 successive seasons of top-flight football.
- Fulham are promoted to the Premiership, becoming the first club since the Premier League's formation to have made their way from Division Three (now League Two) to the top flight.
- Stan Cullis, legendary former player and manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, dies aged 85.
- Bertie Mee, managed of Arsenal's 1971 double winning team, dies aged 82.
- Les Sealey, who kept goal for Manchester United in their FA Cup triumph of 1990 and the European Cup Winners' Cup triumph of 1991, dies of a heart attack aged 43.
- Oxford United leave the Manor Ground after 76 years and relocate to the new 12,500-seat Kassam Stadium (named after chairman Firoz Kassam) at Blackbird Leys, while Southampton end 103 years at The Dell and move into their new 32,000-seat St Mary's Stadium – which holds more than twice as many spectators as their old ground.
- Manchester United break the national transfer fee record twice – first by paying PSV Eindhoven £19million for Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, and then by paying Lazio of Italy £28.1million for Argentine midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron.
- FA Cup holders Manchester United decline to defend their trophy, instead electing to take part in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship—Darlington become the lucky losers who take their place in the Third Round draw.
- England lose 1–0 to Germany in their opening qualifier for the 2002 World Cup, in a game which is also the last game at Wembley Stadium before it closes its doors after 77 years for a complete revamp. The historic goal is scored by Dietmar Hamann.
- Kevin Keegan resigns after England's defeat and is succeeded by Lazio's Swedish coach Sven-Göran Eriksson – the first foreigner to take charge of the England team.
- Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1–0 to win the last FA Cup final at Wembley before its reconstruction.
- Sir Stanley Matthews, the legendary former England, Blackpool and Stoke City winger, dies after a short illness at the age of 85.
- The new home of Welsh football is the 72,000-seat Millennium Stadium, which stands on the site of Cardiff Arms Park, and will host all English cup finals and playoff finals until Wembley is reopened.
- After guiding Leicester City to their second Football League Cup victory in two seasons, manager Martin O'Neill moves north of the border to manage Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
- Alan Knight, 39-year-old goalkeeper, retires after playing 801 games for Portsmouth since 1978.
- Wimbledon are relegated from the Premier League after 14 years in the top flight.
1999 – 1998 – 1997 – 1996 – 1995 – 1994 – 1993 – 1992 – 1991 – 1990
- After captaining Manchester United to their fourth Premiership title in five seasons and 11th English League Championship overall, Eric Cantona announces his retirement as a player.
- Ruud Gullit becomes the first foreign manager to win an English trophy after his Chelsea side defeated Middlesbrough 2–0 in the FA Cup final to end their 26-year trophy drought.
- Middlesbrough experience a unique season. They are on the losing side in both domestic cup finals and have a 3-point deduction imposed for postponing a Premiership fixture at short notice seeing them relegated in second from bottom place – so they finished in the last two of all three major English competitions.
- Alan Shearer is ruled out of football for seven months after suffering a broken ankle in a pre-season game.
- Kevin Keegan shocks Newcastle United by resigning as manager just after the turn of the New Year. He felt that he could take the club no further, and is succeeded by Kenny Dalglish.
- Bolton Wanderers move into the Reebok Stadium, leaving Burnden Park, their home for 102 years.
- Sunderland end 99 years at Roker Park and move to the 42,000-seat Stadium of Light on the banks of the River Wear.
- Derby County relocate to Pride Park Stadium after 101 years at the Baseball Ground.
- After a record 119 years at the Victoria Ground, Stoke City relocate to the 28,000-seat Britannia Stadium.
- Brighton & Hove Albion, FA Cup runners-up 14 years ago, avoid relegation to the Conference by drawing 1–1 away with Hereford United, who go down instead, on the last day of the Division Three season.
- Billy Bremner, legendary Leeds United captain of the 1960s and 1970s, dies of a heart attack aged 54.
- Manchester United win the inaugural Premiership title to end their 26-year wait for the league championship. They strengthened themselves for the defence of their big prize by paying a British record fee of £3.75million for Nottingham Forest's young Irish midfielder Roy Keane.
- Arsenal become the first club to win the FA Cup and League Cup in the same season, after beating Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 in both finals.
- Tony Barton, who managed Aston Villa to European Cup glory in 1982, dies of a heart attack aged 56.
- Graham Taylor quits as England manager after the nation's failure to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and is succeeded by Terry Venables.
- Bobby Moore, captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning team, dies at the age of 51.
- Millwall leave The Den after 83 years and relocate to the 20,000-seat New Den.
- Wycombe Wanderers, managed by the former Nottingham Forest player Martin O'Neill, win the GM Vauxhall Conference title and take the place of Halifax Town in Division Three.
- Brian Clough retires as manager of Nottingham Forest after 18 years in charge, and goes out on a low note as Forest are relegated from the Premier League.
- Norwich City finish third in the Premier League and qualify for the UEFA Cup, where they famously eliminate Bayern Munich in the second round before being beaten by Inter Milan in the next round.
- Newcastle United are promoted back to the top flight after a four-year exile.
- Liverpool win their eighteenth top-flight title.
- England reach the semi finals of the World Cup before losing to eventual winners Germany on penalties after a 1–1 draw. Manager Bobby Robson resigns after the competition to take charge of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and is succeeded by Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor, who in turn is replaced by Czech coach Jozef Venglos – the first foreign manager in the top flight of English football.
- English clubs are readmitted to European competition after a five-year ban arising from the Heysel Stadium disaster. First Division runners-up, Aston Villa, qualify for the UEFA Cup whilst FA Cup winners, Manchester United, qualify for the Cup Winners' Cup. Champions Liverpool are unable to compete in the European Cup because they have to serve an extra year of the ban.
- Leeds United won the Second Division championship to end their eight-year exile from the First Division.
- York City striker David Longhurst collapses and dies in his side's Fourth Division home fixture against Lincoln City at Bootham Crescent.
- Bournemouth director Brian Tiler, a former Aston Villa player, is killed in a car crash. Manager Harry Redknapp is also involved in the crash but survived.
- Play-off finals become one-legged matches played at Wembley. In the Second Division, Swindon Town beat Sunderland 1–0 but stay in the Second Division after being found guilty of financial irregularities, with Sunderland being promoted in their place.
- Manchester United win their first major trophy under the management of Alex Ferguson, beating Crystal Palace 1–0 in the FA Cup final replay after drawing the first match 3–3.
- Peter Shilton retires from international football at the age of 40, kept goal a record 125 caps for the country.
- Manchester United and Arsenal were respectively deducted 1 and 2 points, for a 21-man brawl involving their players on the pitch. The first and, so far, the only instances in English league history where a team were docked points for player misconduct.
1989 – 1988 – 1987 – 1986 – 1985 – 1984 – 1983 – 1982 – 1981 – 1980
- Arsenal win the league championship in final minute of the final game of the season from Michael Thomas, giving them a 2–0 away win over nearest rivals Liverpool to snatch the title on goals scored, with both teams goal difference being equal.
- 94 Liverpool fans die on 15 April after being crushed on the terraces at Hillsborough, where Liverpool were taking on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi final. The final death toll for the disaster was 96.
- Liverpool go on to win the FA Cup with a 3–2 extra-time victory over Everton at Wembley. Ian Rush, who scored twice in the 1986 all-Merseyside final triumph, does so again.
- John Lyall's 15-year reign as West Ham manager comes to an end after they are relegated from the First Division.
- Newport County go out of business on 27 February and are then expelled from the Football Conference for failing to fulfill their fixtures.
- Leeds United's most successful ever manager, Don Revie, dies on 26 May from motor neurone disease aged 61.
- Peter Shilton becomes the most capped England international when he wins his 109th cap beating Bobby Moore's record.
- Nottingham Forest end their nine-year wait for a major trophy by winning the Football League Cup.
- Alex Ferguson makes a host of big money signings for Manchester United in his latest attempt to win them their first league title since 1967, paying a total of more than £7million for Mike Phelan, Neil Webb, Paul Ince, Gary Pallister and Danny Wallace.
- Gary Lineker returns to English football after three years in Spain with FC Barcelona when he joins Tottenham Hotspur for £1.1million.
- Liverpool wrap up their seventeenth league title after losing just two league games in a 40-game season.
- Wimbledon beat Liverpool 1–0 to win the FA Cup in one of the most dramatic finals seen at Wembley. The triumph came at the end of Wimbledon's 11th season as a Football League club and only their second as First Division members.
- Luton Town win the first major trophy of their history by beating Arsenal 3–2 in the League Cup final.
- Jackie Milburn, former Newcastle United striker, dies of cancer at the age of 64.
- Lincoln City, the first club to suffer automatic relegation from the Football League, regain their league status at the first time of asking by clinching the Football Conference title.
- Paul Gascoigne, 21-year-old Newcastle United midfielder, becomes England's first £2million footballer when he signs for Tottenham Hotspur.
- Shortly after Gascoigne's transfer, the national transfer fee record is broken again when Everton pay £2.2million for West Ham United striker Tony Cottee.
- Ian Rush returns to Liverpool after an unsuccessful season at Juventus in Italy for £2.8million – the third time in the space of a few weeks that the record fee paid by an English club is broken.
- Billy Bonds, the oldest outfield player in the Football League at 41, retires from playing with West Ham United.
- Mark Hughes returns to Manchester United after two years away for a fee of £1.8million.
- Portsmouth are relegated to the Second Division a year after promotion.
- England are eliminated from the 1986 FIFA World Cup in the quarter finals after losing 2–1 to Argentina, whose first goal had been an obviously deliberate handball by Diego Maradona – an act which he quickly labelled the Hand of God goal. Argentina go on to win the competition.
- Liverpool win the league championship and FA Cup double in Kenny Dalglish's first season as player-manager, after Everton throw away their huge advantage in the closing weeks of the season.
- Liverpool sell Ian Rush to Juventus of Italy for £3.2million, but keep him for a season on loan.
- Sir Stanley Rous, one of the Football Association's most prominent administrators, dies at the age of 90. Shortly after his death, a stand at Watford's Vicarage Road stadium is to be named in his honour.
- Wimbledon are promoted to the First Division in only their ninth season as a Football League club.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers complete a hat trick of successive relegations to fall into the Fourth Division for the first time in their history.
- Terry Venables signs two English based strikers for Spanish club FC Barcelona – Mark Hughes from Manchester United for £2.2million and Gary Lineker from Everton for £2.7million.
- Oxford United survive their first season in the First Division and also win the Football League Cup.
- Wimbledon, who only joined the Football League nine years ago, win promotion to the First Division to complete a four-year rise from the Fourth Division.
- Swindon Town, Fourth Division champions, set a new Football League record of 102 points.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers suffer a third successive relegation and fall into the Fourth Division, but are saved from going out of business by a new takeover deal, as are Middlesbrough after relegation to the Third Division.
- West Ham United finish a club best third in the league and are just four points behind champions Liverpool.
- Everton win their 8th league title with 5 league games to spare, they then take their foot off the gas to lose 3 of their last 5 but still set a club record points total.
- 56 spectators are burnt to death and more than 200 are injured in a fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade stadium on 11 May.
- 39 spectators, most of them Italian, are trampled to death in rioting on the terraces of the Heysel Stadium at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus. Despite the carnage, the match is played and Juventus win 1–0. The sequel of the tragedy was a 5-year ban on English clubs from European competition, with a 6-year ban on Liverpool.
- Everton establish themselves as one of the strongest club sides in Europe after winning the league championship with four matches to spare and adding the Cup Winners' Cup to their trophy cabinet.
- Anton Johnson is banned from football for life after it is revealed that he had illegally taken control of two football clubs (Southend United and Rotherham United) at the same time and had also mishandled the finances of both clubs.
- Preston North End and Burnley are both relegated to the Fourth Division for the first time.
- 16 years old Matthew Le Tissier finishes a trial at Oxford United and signs for Southampton.
- Oxford United promoted to the top flight, after claiming the Second Division championship, a year after they won the Third Division championship in 1984, the only club to have won two consecutive championships on the way to the Top Flight.
- A 14-year-old boy is crushed to death by a collapsed wall when Leeds United fans riot on the last game of the Second Division season at Birmingham City, but media coverage and public attention of the tragedy is overshadowed as it occurred on the same afternoon as the Bradford City fire.
- Harry Catterick, who managed Everton to league title glory in 1963 and 1970 as well as an FA Cup triumph in 1966, dies from a heart attack while watching their FA Cup quarter-final win over Ipswich Town at Goodison Park.
1979 – 1978 – 1977 – 1976 – 1975 – 1974 – 1973 – 1972 – 1971 – 1970
- Derby County, in David Mackay's first full season as manager, win their second league title in four years to add to the 1972 championship which had been won by Mackay's predecessor, Brian Clough.
- John Lyall ends his first season as West Ham manager with an FA Cup triumph at the expense of Fulham, whose side included former West Ham captain Bobby Moore.
- Carlisle United, who had topped the 1974–75 First Division after three games, are relegated after failing to put together a consistent run of good form in their first season as a top division club.
- Manchester United are promoted back to the First Division one season after losing their top-flight status.
- Aston Villa re-establish themselves a top English side by winning the League Cup and gaining promotion to the First Division in the same season.
- An Ian Porterfield goal gives Second Division Sunderland a shock win over Leeds United in the FA Cup final.
- Leeds United also blow their title chances and Liverpool are crowned league champions instead.
- Bobby Charlton and Denis Law both leave Manchester United after long and illustrious careers.
- The Football League announces that three clubs, instead of two, are to be relegated from the First and Second Divisions from the end of the 1973–74 season onwards, with three clubs being promoted to the Second and Third Divisions. The four-up, four-down system between the Third and Fourth Divisions would continue.
- Hereford United end their first season as a Football League club by winning promotion from the Fourth Division.
1969 – 1968 – 1967 – 1966 – 1965 – 1964 – 1963 – 1962 – 1961 – 1960
1959 – 1958 – 1957 – 1956 – 1955 – 1954 – 1953
- Wolves win the league title for the first time in their history.
- West Bromwich Albion complete a double for clubs in central England by winning the FA Cup for the fourth time in their history.
- Everton finish Second Division runners-up, are promoted to the First Division and have remained there ever since.
- Bournemouth and Swindon Town are bracketed together in 19th place in the Third Division South having both accumulated 40 league points, scored 67 goals and conceded 70 goals!
- Football League North (Wartime – Joint Division One League with Football League South)
- Champions: Sheffield United
- Derby County become the first team to win the FA Cup after losing a game when two-legged games are introduced for one season only.
- League football resumes following the end of the Second World War.
- The Football Association end their boycott of FIFA, paving the way for England to play in World Cup matches.
- The Football League is abandoned three games into the new season after the outbreak of the Second World War
- Portsmouth beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 in the FA Cup final
- Arsenal win their third successive league title.
- Aston Villa set an all-time top-flight record of 129 goals in a season, but still finish runners-up to Arsenal by a point.
- Arsenal and Chelsea are the first clubs to play with shirt numbers on 25 August.
- FA Cup: Cardiff City 1 Arsenal 0
- The FA Cup is won by a team outside England for the first time prompting it to become known as the FA Cup rather than the English Cup as previously.
- Huddersfield Town become the first team to be the Football League champions three seasons in succession.
- FA Cup: Sheffield United 1–0 Cardiff City
- Sheffield United F.C Win the FA Cup. Runners-Up Cardiff City
- The offside rule is changed: a player is now onside if a minimum of two (instead of three) opposing players are between him and the goal line.
- FA Cup: Corinthian 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
- A major shock in the first round as five times Cup winners, and First Division staple, Blackburn Rovers, are unexpectedly beaten by the amateurs of Corinthian F.C. at the Crystal Palace.
- Bolton Wanderers defeat West Ham United 2–0 in the first FA Cup final to be held at Wembley. The match kicked off 44 minutes late due to overcrowding – there was an estimated 200,000 fans in attendance, and it wasn't until a white police horse helped clear the pitch that the match took place. As a result, the match is now known as the White Horse Final.
- Aston Villa centre-half Tommy Ball is shot dead by his neighbour in November thus becoming the only Football League player to have been murdered.
- Leeds City are expelled and dissolved by the football league after financial irregularities including the payment of players during the First World War. In its place a new club is formed, Leeds United.
- Everton win the final league title before league football is suspended because of the First World War.
- FA Cup Final: Sheffield United 3–0 Chelsea
- Sheffield United F.C win the FA Cup.
- Blackburn Rovers win their second league title and their second in three seasons.
- Norwich City FC formed as an amateur club
- Sunderland A.F.C. wins their 4th league championship
- J.H. Davies takes over near bankrupt Newton Heath (L&YR) F.C. and changes its name to Manchester United.
- Sheffield United 1–1 Southampton - (R) Sheffield United 2–1 Southampton
- Sheffield United win the FA Cup. Runners Up: Southampton
- Aston Villa win the league championship, their fifth title in seven years.
- Sheffield United F.C Finish 2nd.
- Sunderland Finish 3rd.
- Leading Goalscorer Billy Garraty (Aston Villa) 27
- Brighton & Hove Albion are founded.
- Aston Villa win the last championship of the 1800s, defeating runners-up Liverpool F.C. 5–0 in the last match to secure the title.
- Sheffield United F.C Win the FA Cup. Runners Up Derby County.
- Sheffield United F.C secure the league title for the first time and only time.
- Sunderland Finish 2nd.
- Wolverhampton Wanderers Finish 3rd.
- Leading Goalscorer Fred Wheldon (Aston Villa) 21
- Portsmouth F.C is formed.
- Aston Villa capture the third league title.
- Sheffield United Finish 2nd.
- Derby County Finish 3rd.
- Leading Goalscorer: Steve Bloomer (Derby County) 22
- Aston Villa win their first league championship. Later that year though their former captain Archie Hunter dies aged just 35.
- Everton win their first league championship.
- Luton Town become the south of England's first professional club in August – paying the entire team 2 shillings and sixpence plus expenses.
- The penalty kick is introduced.
- Assistant referees are first introduced as linesmen.
- Luton Town player Frank Whitby becomes the first professional player in the south of England on 15 December, earning 5 shillings per week.
- Preston North End complete the first season of the Football League as unbeaten champions. They also become the first team to win the 'double', gaining the FA Cup without conceding a goal.
- Sheffield United F.C is formed.
Plymouth Argyle F.C are founded.
Arsenal Football Club are founded
- First floodlit football match played at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on 14 October 1878 in front of an attendance of 20,000.
- Newton Heath LYR Football Club was formed by the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath (later known as Manchester United Football Club).
- Aston Villa Football Club is formed by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel, in Aston.
- Bolton Wanderers Football Club are formed.
- St Domingo's FC formed later changing its name in November 1878 – to Everton.
- First "goalkeepers", and transition from "dribbling game" to "passing game" is seen in club matches in Sheffield and London.
- A match between England and Scotland, finishes in a 1–0 win for England at the Kennington Oval in London. This was the first match between the nations but is not recognised as being the first international (see 1872).
- The first ever football tournament, the Youdan Cup, is played by twelve Sheffield clubs.
- Wednesday 4 September 1867, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club was established.
- Official referees appear for the first time in a football match in Cheltenham, two in field and one in tribune.
- A time limit on length of play is first introduced and first described in Lancashire
- First use of referee. During a match in Rochdale, between the Bodyguards club and the Fearnaught club
- First description of a pass comes from Suffolk. In this Moor describes a team ball game with goals in which a player who can not advance further "throws the ball [he must in no case give it] to some less beleaguered friend more free and more in breath than himself". Although this description refers to throwing, Moor tells us that the game was at other times a football one: "Sometimes a large football was used; the game was then called 'kicking camp'."