List of winners of English Football League Championship and predecessors

List of winners of English Football League Championship and predecessors

A national second tier of English league football was established in 1892-93, as the Second Division. In 1992, with the departure of the then First Division clubs to become the Premier League, the second tier became known as the First Division. Since 2004 it has been known as the Football League Championship.

Football League Second Division (1893-1992)

(Numbers in parentheses refer to number of wins up to and including that date)
The runners-up column also shows the third placed team for season 1990-91 because third place gained the team automatic promotion (due to league restructuring)

Number of titles overall

*7 wins: Manchester City
*6 wins: Leicester City
*5 wins: Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland
*4 wins: Birmingham City, Derby County, Liverpool, Middlesbrough
*3 wins: Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion
*2 wins: Aston Villa, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Grimsby Town, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Oldham Athletic, Portsmouth, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
*1 win: Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Brentford, Bristol City, Bury, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Everton, Huddersfield Town, Luton Town, Millwall, Oxford United, Queens Park Rangers, Reading

Total titles won by town or city

clubs have been champions, from a total of towns and cities. Most have come from the North of England or the Midlands, except for London's Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur, plus Ipswich Town and Portsmouth.


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