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125 years of the Football League

31 July 2013

In 2013 The Football League celebrates 125 years since its inception as the world's original league football competition.

What began as a simple idea by Perthshire-born draper William McGregor has become a much loved part of our nation's sporting heritage and the template for leagues all over the world.

Friday night will see the oldest professional football stadium in the world, Bramall Lane, host the oldest professional football club in the world, Notts County, as the 2013/14 season kicks off in front of the live Sky Cameras.

It will be a special and historic day at Bramall Lane, as David Weir and Chris Kiwomya prepare the Blades and Magpies to do battle.

Tickets for the fixture are priced from £18 adults, £14 concessions and £9 juniors. They be purchased securely online at - over the telephone on 0871 995 1889 or in person from the Ticket Office.

As we look forward to the start of another season, here is a 125 years of the Football League in numbers.

- There have been 177,164 matches played in The Football League
- The most played Football League fixtures are between:
- Aston Villa and Everton (154 times)
- Arsenal and Manchester United (146 times)
- Everton and Liverpool (146 times)
- The most played match amongst current members of The Football League is between Hartlepool United and Rochdale (136 times)

- 52% of games have been home wins (91,223 games)
- 23% have been away wins (41,470 games)
- 25% have been draws (44,471 games)
- The most common result has been 1-0 with 28,169 occurrences (16% of matches), this includes games finishing 1-0 and 0-1
- Other regular scores are:
- 2-1 (25,653 - 14%)
- 1-1 (20,415 - 12%)
- 2-0 (20, 407 - 12%)
- 0-0 (12,550) - 7%)

- 514,333 goals have been scored
- The home club has scored 317,260 goals (62%), with 197,073 (38%) scored by the away club

- In total, 39,532 players have appeared in Football League matches
- 508 were called Smith, 384 Jones, 298 Brown, 266 Williams and 228 Taylor
- 3,316 players appeared only once (2,868 of which were 'starts' and 448 substitutes)

- League games have been played on 220 different grounds
- Most matches have been played at Preston North End's Deepdale (2,336), Burnley's Turf Moor (2,304) and Bury's Gigg Lane (2,281)
- There are three stadiums still in use today that were used in the first season. They are Deepdale, Turf Moor and Anfield (which was used by Everton)

- The total number of spectators through Football League turnstiles is just under 2.2 billion (2,192,000,000)

- There have been 136 clubs that have played in The Football League. Although there are numerous examples of defunct clubs reforming under new names. In such cases it is often a moot point as to whether these are a continuation of the same club or constitute an entirely separate entity.

To find out more about the 125th anniversary of The Football League visit for feature articles, stats and photo galleries, or search for #FL125 on Twitter.

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