20 Facts About English Football

1. English Football League delayed a decision on the Leeds United "spygate" controversy on Friday as it continues to investigate and seek clarification in a number of areas.

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2. The Premier English Football League is contested between 20 clubs each season.

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3. Since 2000, Paul Sturrock has worked as a manager in English football, initially with Plymouth Argyle where he helped the club to win two promotions before moving on to a brief spell with Southampton.

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4. English Football League, established in 1888 as The Football League by Aston Villa director William McGregor and renamed "English Football League" in 2016, was the first professional football league in the world.

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5. Stefan Edberg is a supporter of English football team Leeds United and the Swedish ice hockey team Vaxjo Lakers.

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6. Sam Allardyce is seen as a man who plays proper English football with a strong northern background, but the new England manager is in fact of Scottish descent.

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7. English Football was for a long time a British phenomenon, but gradually spread to other European countries.

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8. English Football clubs have won European tournaments since being permitted to compete after the Heysel disaster, the first English team to win the UEFA Champions League being Manchester United in 1999.

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9. In 1920, leading clubs from the Southern English Football League joined the League to form a new Third Division, which in 1921 was renamed the Third Division South upon the further addition of more clubs in a new Third Division North.

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10. English Football clubs have existed since the 15th century, but unorganized and without official status.

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11. Stefan Edberg is a supporter of English football team Leeds United [16] and the Swedish ice hockey team Vaxjo Lakers.

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12. Arsene Wenger was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006, along with former England manager Ron Greenwood.

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13. Gareth Southgate is an English football manager and former player.

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14. Gareth Southgate was born on 3 September 1970 and is an English football manager and former player who played as a defender or as a midfielder.

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15. On 11 July 1913 Goodison Park became the first English football ground to be visited by a reigning monarch when King George V and Queen Mary attended.

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16. Goodison Park is the stadium of the English football club Everton FC.

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17. Arsene Wenger was one of the first managers in English football to scout abroad for talent.

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18. Football League EFL Cup is unique in English football on account of the fact that it has three handles, as opposed to the usual two.

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19. English Football League is the name of the governing body of the league competition, and this body organises two knock-out cup competitions, the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy.

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20. English Football League's collection of historic materials is held by the National Football Museum.

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