Football has always thrown up rivalries, mostly between two or more side’s that inhabit a city. Liverpool and Everton, Manchester United and City, Glasgow Rangers and Celtic all are at loggerheads with each other and are constantly looking for bragging rights in their individual battles. However there are also rivalries between cities, with the north and south of England seemingly having a divide and pride at stake.
In Scotland there is a friendly competition between Edinburgh and Glasgow, not only in sport but in life – but which is Britain’s most successful football city?
Below are the combined trophy hauls of the clubs from each of the major footballing cities in England and Scotland.
Number of teams: 14 in football league – five currently in Premier League – QPR, Fulham, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea
Domestic – League Titles – 19, FA Cups – 29, League Cups – 11, Total – 59
European – Champions League – 0, Europa League – 2 , Cup Winners Cup – 4, Total – 6
Combined – 67 trophies
Number of teams: 2 in football league – two currently in Premier League – Manchester United and City
League Titles – 21, FA Cups – 16, League Cups – 6, Total – 43
European – Champions League / European Cup – 3, Europa League / UEFA Cup – 1 , Cup Winners Cup – 2, Total – 6
Combined – 49 trophies
Number of teams: 3 in football league, two currently in Premier League – Liverpool and Everton
League Titles: 27, FA Cups – 12, League Cups – 9, Total -48
European – Champions League / European Cup – 5, Europa League / UEFA Cup – 3 , Cup Winners Cup – 1, Total – 9
Combined – 57 trophies
The tallies show that London is England’s most successful city by number of trophies, with the additional number of teams ensuring dominance over Liverpool and Manchester, who only have two major teams each. The Merseyside city will be keen to exert superiority over it’s Mancunian neighbours, as the teams involved view each other as a local derby and travel insurance is need for away games. Liverpool also can claim to have been the dwelling place of the most top flight league wins, and the most European successes with travel money being splurged by the fans, but is ousted from the top of the list by their lower cup triumphs.
Number of teams: 4 in football league, two currently in SPL – Rangers and Celtic
League Titles – 96, Scottish Cups – 68, League Cups – 41, Total – 205
European – Champions League / European Cup – 1, Europa League / UEFA Cup – 0 , Cup Winners Cup – 1, Total – 2
Combined trophies – 207
Number of teams: 2 in football league, two currently in SPL – Hearts and Hibs
League Titles – 8, Scottish Cups – 9, League Cups – 7, Total – 24
European – Champions League – 0, Europa League – 0 , Cup Winners Cup – 0, Total – 0
Combined trophies – 24
Rangers and Celtic have dominated Scottish football since their inception, and their combined trophy cabinets are bulging at the seams. Their 208 combined victories totally outstrip Hearts and Hibs’ 24, and will be a source of pride for the west coast city.
The duo’s dominance also make Glasgow football most successful city, and with the stranglehold the sides have on the game north of the border, this is unlikely to change anytime soon.