Towns / Cities that are poorly served by their football team

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Suggestions for towns / cities who have had teams who are not successful enough for the place in question

Canterbury

Worthing

Recently Chelmsford

Bradford??

Newbury
 

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Gloucester, Worcester, Salford, Wakefield, Leamington Spa.
 
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Gloucester, Worcester, Salford, Wakefield, Leamington Spa.

Good calls perhaps Worcester less than the others (I reckon Worcester is not as important as it might appear, and quite small)? Salford is a debatable one for obvious reasons
 

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Salisbury

East Grinstead, and generally the whole of Grinstead

Oxford

Milton Keynes
 

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Bristol is one of England's largest cities yet, apart from a few years between 1906 and 1911 and again between 1976 and 1980 they have had no representation in the top flight and scant occupation of a second flight division. They have been perennial members of the two lower divisions and underline the ill-conceived marketing plan of British football authorities.
 

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Cardiff? The capital city of a country of 3m, they've made barely an impact since the 1920s.
 

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Bristol is one of England's largest cities yet, apart from a few years between 1906 and 1911 and again between 1976 and 1980 they have had no representation in the top flight and scant occupation of a second flight division. They have been perennial members of the two lower divisions and underline the ill-conceived marketing plan of British football authorities.

I'm surprised you think there has been any marketing plan at all.

On the other hand, I'm not sure I would want one in the terms I inferred (perhaps wrongly) from your comment. That sounds like a step towards franchising or the current Rugby League Superleague, where the Catalan Dragons won't be relegated if they are bottom, and the side 2nd from bottom will go down (presumably because Superleague bosses want to establish RL in France).
 

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hemel hempstead.

big town.

horrible town.

crummy football team.
 

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Bristol is one of England's largest cities yet, apart from a few years between 1906 and 1911 and again between 1976 and 1980 they have had no representation in the top flight and scant occupation of a second flight division. They have been perennial members of the two lower divisions and underline the ill-conceived marketing plan of British football authorities.

Cos Rugby is bigger in the West Country !
 

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sh*t manager, sh*t team, sh*t supporters, play in hockey stadium ...:fishing:

Guildford
Newquay
 

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They got more than 1,000 through the gate last Saturday than we did :fishing:


West Stand special or something like that. You could sit in the open end West stand for £5 adult & £1 for a kid. Marketing ploy, which may work, depends whether they return to pay full price. :wave:
 

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Trivial fact:
London is the largest city in Britain if not the whole of Europe that does not have its own football team

Trivial fact:
London has more professional clubs in one city than any other in the world.
 

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Trivial fact:
London is the largest city in Britain if not the whole of Europe that does not have its own football team

Does that mean that Everton isn't Liverpool's team? And who's Manchester's team, United or City? A very meaningless fact as far as I can see.
 

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Does that mean that Everton isn't Liverpool's team? And who's Manchester's team, United or City? A very meaningless fact as far as I can see.

Very meaningless I know but the fact is the city's name does not appear in a club's identity.
Sadly I don't have a lot to do in life so here's another place-related piece of trivia:
Which is the only club in the English league not named after a geographical location ? (clue - also a complete shyte hole as well !!)
 

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Port Vale :wave:

Crystal Palace is not a real place either is it, or is it? I know its a building obviously :imwith:
 

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How about Arsenal? Not sure if there is a place called "Arsenal", but if there is, it was named after the football club and not the other way round.
 

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How about Arsenal? Not sure if there is a place called "Arsenal", but if there is, it was named after the football club and not the other way round.

:no:

Woolwich Arsenal in South East London

one of the first Franchise FC's - ask Ed. :fishing:
 

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I didn't know there's was an area of London called Woolwich Arsenal.
 

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It's like Kew Bridge - it's got a railway station but the place doesn't really exist.
 

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Trivial fact:
London is the largest city in Britain if not the whole of Europe that does not have its own football team

London is only 1 sq mile :confused:
 

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Woolwich Arsenal in South East London

one of the first Franchise FC's - ask Ed. :fishing:

So, there is a an area around Highbury which is now called Arsenal but the original location was Woolwich which means that Arsenal wasn't named after a town but a factory (the Royal Arsenal). Which makes them the same as Port Vale in being named after a town that doesn't exist.

I think.
 

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So, there is a an area around Highbury which is now called Arsenal but the original location was Woolwich which means that Arsenal wasn't named after a town but a factory (the Royal Arsenal). Which makes them the same as Port Vale in being named after a town that doesn't exist.

I think.

They were named after a place.

You could say that Sheffield Wednesday doesn't exist!

Arsenal paid London Transport money to rename their tube station too. I don't believe there is an area around the tube station that is called "Arsenal"
 

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As in London United, London City, London Rangers, London Wednesday, etc.

Very trivial, I know !

Wait, I think I might have done it, out-geeked Chappers that is...

There is a London United team, albeit playing in some Sunday League in Fulham who called themselves so for exactly the reason stated.

As for the original question... Plymouth? Big city, big under-achievers.

In terms of population, you call also say Dudley and Sandwell, although the towns next door obviously have big clubs.
 
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Wait, I think I might have done it, out-geeked Chappers that is...

There is a London United team, albeit playing in some Sunday League in Fulham (I think, will check), who called themselves so for exactly the reason stated.

Sounds like a bus garage team to me :)
 

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Well done nocoat and Les Beeavinu it's Port Vale - named after the house in which the inaugural founding meeting was held (the club actually play as most people know in that dump called Burslem one of the five pottery towns that make up that even bigger dump called Stoke) Hope my bruv-in-law doesn't read this as he'sfrom there and is a Stokie.

http://www.port-vale.premiumtv.co.uk/page/History/0,,10381,00.html

BTW The tube station Arsenal counts as a geographical location

Probably outgeeked everyone there. Think I'll go off and get a life now !
 

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There were named after a place.

You could say that Sheffield Wednesday doesn't exist!

Arsenal paid London Transport money to rename their tube station too. I don't believe there is an area around the tube station that is called "Arsenal"

The original question was "Which is the only club in the English league not named after a geographical location". I think we've proved that it isn't just Port Vale. I can't say that my life has improved greatly from discovering this pointless fact.
 

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Port Vale is a geographical location too - it's a house!
 

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Arsenal is a football club so named when the workmen at the Woolwich firm, Royal Arsenal, founded the team. The firm was an armaments factory. The original name of the club was taken from one of the workshops of the firm "Dial Square" (1886). On Christmas Day of the same year it was decided, in a meeting at the Royal Oak, to change the name to "Royal Arsenal" (1886). It was also known by other names: "Woolwich Reds" and a mixture of all these: "Woolwich Arsenal" (1891) and finally Arsenal Football Club (1914), known as simply "Arsenal". The name "Woolwich Arsenal" was its first name as a professional team. This name was changed to "Arsenal" when the team moved from its location in Woolwich, in South London, to Highbury.

Thus Arsenal and Port Vale are legitimate answers to the original question "Which is the only club in the English league not named after a geographical location ?"
 
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