On This Day In 1888, the English Football League was founded by Scotsman William McGregor, then director of Aston Villa. The original twelve members were Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The league’s first season began a few months later on 8 September 1888. Today, the Football League oversees levels two through four in the English pyramid – the Skybet Championship, League One, and League Two. Teams promoted from the Championship enter the Premier League, while teams relegated from League Two compete in the Football Conference.

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