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Football League First Division
|Organising body||The Football League|
|Other club(s) from||Wales|
|Number of teams||24 (1992–2004)|
|Level on pyramid||1 (1888–1992)
|Promotion to||Premier League
|Relegation to||Second Division|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Cup|
|League cup(s)||League Cup
Full Members Cup
|International cup(s)||European Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
|Last champions||Leeds United (1st tier)
Norwich City (2nd tier)
|Top goalscorer||Jimmy Greaves (357)|
The Football League First Division is a former division of the Football League and from 1888 to 1992, it was the top tier division in the English football league system. Following the creation of the Premier League, the name was given to the second tier division (which was rebranded as the Football League Championship in 2004 and in 2016 adopted its current name of the EFL Championship).
The Football League was founded in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It originally consisted of a single division of 12 clubs (Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke (now Stoke City), West Bromwich Albion and 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 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 First Division was renamed as the Football League Championship prior to the start of the 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 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.
First Division champions
- See List of English football champions and List of winners of English Football League Championship and predecessors
- "Football League First Division Trophy, 1890". National Football Museum. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
- "Player profile: Bryn Jones". Arsenal player database. Arsenal FC. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Joey Jones: Profile". Liverpool FC. Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
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