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The Football League First Division is a former division of the
Football League The English Football League (EFL) (legal name: The Football League Limited) is a league competition featuring professional association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport playe ...
and from 1888 to 1992, it was the top tier division in the
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. Following the creation of the
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, the name was given to the second tier division (which was rebranded as the Football League Championship in 2004 and in 2016–17 EFL Championship, 2016 adopted its current name of the EFL Championship).


History

The Football League was founded in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor (football), William McGregor. It originally consisted of a single division of 12 clubs (Accrington F.C., Accrington, Aston Villa F.C., Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers F.C., Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers F.C., Bolton Wanderers, Burnley F.C., Burnley, Derby County F.C., Derby County, Everton F.C., Everton, Notts County F.C., Notts County, Preston North End F.C., Preston North End, Stoke (now Stoke City F.C., Stoke City), West Bromwich Albion F.C., West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers), known as The Football League. When the League admitted additional members from the rival Football Alliance in 1892, it was split into two divisions. For the next 100 years, the First Division was the top professional league in English football. In 1992 the 22 clubs making up the First Division elected to resign from the Football League and set up the
Premier League The Premier League, often referred to as the English Premier League or the EPL (legal name: The Football Association Premier League Limited), is the top level of the English football league system The English football league system, also ...
. The Football League was consequently re-organised, with the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions renamed the First, Second and Third respectively. Thus, the First Division, while still the top level of the Football League became the second level of the entire
English football league system The English football league system, also known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for men's association football Association football, more commonly known as simply football or soccer, is a team sport played w ...
. The First Division was renamed the Football League Championship prior to the start of the 2004–05 Football League, 2004–05 season, as part of a league-wide rebrand. The Football League rebranded itself as the English Football League prior to the 2016–17 English Football League, 2016–17 season, with its top level becoming the EFL Championship at that time. Liverpool were the most frequent winners of the First Division when it was the top flight of English football, winning it a total of 18 times.


Trophy and players' medals

The Football League First Division trophy was first awarded in 1891, and was presented to the winners through to 1992. As of the 1947–48 Football League, 1947–48 season making seven appearances for their club during the season was not enough for a player to qualify for a winners medal. As of the 1975–76 Football League, 1975–76 season players had to make 14 appearances for their club during the season in order to qualify for a winners medal.


First Division champions


First Division all time top scorers


References


External links

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