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The Premier League winners list

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At the point where the whistle blows for the season’s curtain raiser, all teams in the league are equal. Each club wants nothing more than to have their named etched upon the Premier League trophy come the curtain call, sending a signal to the rest of the country that they’re the ones to beat.

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Premier league winners list since 1992


Year         Winners Runners-up Third place
2016-2017  Chelsea  Tottenham Hotspur  Manchester City
 2015-2016  Leicester City  Arsenal  Tottenham
 2014-2015  Chelsea  Man City  Arsenal
2013-2014  Man City Liverpool  Chelsea
2012-2013  Manchester United Man City Chelsea
2011-2012 Man City Manchester United Arsenal
2010-2011 Manchester United Chelsea Man City
2009-2010 Chelsea Manchester Utd Arsenal
2008-2009 Manchester United Liverpool Chelsea
2007-2008 Manchester United Chelsea Arsenal
2006-2007 Manchester United Chelsea Liverpool
2005-2006 Chelsea Manchester Utd Liverpool
2004-2005 Chelsea Arsenal Manchester Utd
2003-2004 Arsenal Chelsea Manchester Utd
2002-2003 Manchester United Arsenal Newcastle Utd
2001-2002 Arsenal Liverpool Manchester Utd
2000-2001 Manchester United Arsenal Liverpool
1999-2000 Manchester United Arsenal Leeds Utd
1998-1999 Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea
1997-1998 Arsenal Manchester United Liverpool
1996 – 1997 Manchester United Newcastle Utited
1995-1996 Manchester United Newcastle United Liverpool
1994-1995  Blackburn Rovers  Manchester United Nottingham Forest
1993-1994 Manchester United Blackburn Newcastle utd
1992-1993 Manchester United Aston Villa Norwich City

Who has won the Premier League  most times?

In its short history, just five teams have emerged victorious in the Premier League. Here, we take a look at those five, and the managers and players involved in their famous wins.

Here the teams with more Premier League titles since 1992

  1. Manchester United – 13 Titles
  2. Chelsea – 4 titles
  3. Arsenal – 3 titles
  4. Manchester City – 2 titles
  5. Blackburn Rovers – 1 title

Manchester United

Seasons won title (13): 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson.

Top scorer (overall): Wayne Rooney – as of March 2016, Rooney has scored 192 goals in the Premier League, making him second highest scorer in the Premier League behind the now-retired Alan Shearer.

Rooney’s tally in all competitions stands at 244 goals, putting him second on the all-time Manchester United scorers list, behind Bobby Charlton with 249.

Notable players: Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others!

Blackburn Rovers

Season won title (1): 1994-95.

Manager: Kenny Dalglish.

Top scorer: Alan Shearer – scored 34 goals. Shearer formed a lethal strike partnership with Chris Sutton who scored 15. Shearer was also top scorer in the Premier League this season.

Notable players: Shearer, Sutton, Tim Sherwood, Tim Flowers.

Back in the mid-1990s, Blackburn were the big money club thanks to a seemingly endless supply of cash from owner and lifelong fan, Jack Walker.

They broke the British record transfer fee to sign Shearer from Southampton in 1992. This move clearly paid off: by 1995, they became league champions for the first time in 81 years.


Seasons won title (3): 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04.

Manager: Arsène Wenger.

Top scorers: Dennis Bergkamp, 16 (1997-98), and Thierry Henry, 24 (2001-02), and 30 (2003-04). Both of these players formed a fearsome strike partnership during the 2003-04 season, during which Arsenal went a whole season without losing a single match.

Notable players: David Seaman, Tony Adams, Henry, Patrick Viera.


Seasons won title (4): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15.

Managers: José Mourinho (3), Carlo Ancelotti (1).

Top scorers: Frank Lampard, 13 (2004-05) and 16 (2005-06), Didier Drogba, 29 (2009-10), and Diego Costa 20 (2014-15).

Notable players: Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba.

Chelsea won the Premier League for the very first time in 2004-05 when José Mourinho became manager. He led Chelsea to a run of 75 home games without losing once. They also won a record 95 points in Mourinho’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City

Season won title (2): 2011-12, 2013-14.

Managers: Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini.

Top scorers: Sergio Agüero, 23 (2011-12), and Yaya Touré, 20 (2013-14).

Notable players: Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero.

In the 2011-12 season, City won the league title for the first time since 1968 (44 years).

There have been 47 teams to play in the Premier League, yet just five of those teams have won the title. This is proof the dominance of the richer clubs in the league, and showing just how demanding a competition it can be.

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Betting tips and advice for the Grand National 2018

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Get the Gran National tips for 2018! All you need to know about the form, trends, favorites and previous winners.

The Grand National is the most watched horse race of the year. In fact, it is one of the most-watched sporting events on the planet. Around 600 million people around the world watched the 2017 renewal.Even those who do not gamble for the rest of the year are likely to have a flutter on the National.

Thousands of speculative punters make their selections based on the name of the horse, the colours of the jockey’s silks, their favourite number and other factors.

With five horses so far having won with odds of 100/1, anything goes at Aintree. However, if you don’t have such a system, this guide will help you work out how to bet on Grand National day.

Horse Racing betting

Check out the people form

Checking on the form of the horses is the first thing most experienced bettors will do, but on Grand National day, check on the form of the people involved too. Look for repeat winners among the jockeys and especially the trainers.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, for example, has had two winners in the Grand National in the past 20 years and over a thousand winners of National Hunt races since 1982. Jockey Leighton Aspell has ridden the winning horse in two of the previous four years.

Look for hidden trends

Statistics can help work out how likely it is that certain horses will win or place in the upcoming Grand National. Identifying trends and using these to make your selections might just give you that edge. Here are a few of the statistics to date:

  •  21 of the last 27 Grand National winners carried 10-12kg or less!
  •  9 of the last 10 winners had won or placed in at least one race already that season
  • 9 and 10-year old horses win more Grand Nationals than any other age group
  • Since 1952, 68% of the winners were priced at 20/1 or less
  • However, over the same time period only 11% of winners were priced as the favourite
  •  26 of the last 27 Grand National winners have officially rated at 137 or higher
  • The last 10 winners had previously won a race over 3 miles

It used to be thought that weight was a crucial factor, with very few winning horses weighted at 11.0 or more, but in recent years this trend has turned. 6 of the last 11 winners have been weighted at 11.0 or more, with the change being attributed to the race attracting a better standard of horse.

Applying these statistics to a bet won’t give you any guarantees, but it will give you a good chance of ensuring your bet is sound and your horse has a good chance. Get to grips with these numbers, and you can enjoy picking the horse that you think will emerge victorious.

2018 Grand National favourites

So, after all that, who’s going to win this year’s Grand National?

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blaklion is the current favourite once again having started the 2017 race at the head of the betting.The nine-year-old star lead last year’s race with two fences to jump but faded and finished fourth. Can he justify favouritism this time around?

Native River, Cause of Causes, Total Recall, and The Last Samuri are also well-fancied among a field of over 30 Grand National Runners.

Cause of Causes was second in last year’s renewal, finishing a reasonably close second to One For Arthur.Gordon Elliott’s 10-year-old certainly has the pedigree and could come into contention once again.

Of the horses lower down the betting, Whisper looks an interesting prospect. Nicky Henderson’s 10-year-old ticks a lot of the trend boxes and has had a good season to date.

Don’t miss out on what should be one of the most exciting sporting spectacles in the world this April.

And don’t forget, you can get all your Grand National odds at Ladbrokes – saddle up!


How to place a bet on horse races

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Betting on the horses can be a fun and exciting past-time, provided you only bet what you can afford to lose. There are three main ways to bet on the horses – at the track, in a betting shop or online, and each is slightly different.

With any bet, however, it often pays to shop around to get the best odds for your selection by comparing different bookies, shops or websites before making your final decision.

How to bet on horses online

To place a bet online you will usually have to open an account, but once you do you will be able to place your bets from the comfort of your own home with all the information you need at your fingertips.

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One advantage to online betting is that the minimum stakes are often a lot lower than at the racecourse or in the betting shop. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before you sign up.

You need to know what the minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts are, if there are any maximum payouts, whether they accept your preferred credit or debit card, and any other rules that might affect your decision.

As an added incentive, many online bookmakers offer deposit match schemes for your first deposit, such as make a £10 bet and get another £10 bet for free.

Whether you prefer to size up the different bookies by the trackside or decide between the horses online, placing a bet on a horse race is easy. Whatever form your receipt takes (an email or a betting slip), keep a tight hold on it – you might need it if your horse performs well!

Placing a bet in a betting shop

To place a bet in a betting shop you need to collect a slip. These are usually stored on counters or in wall brackets.

Fill in the slip with the name of the racecourse or meeting, the time of the race you wish to bet on, the name of your selected horse, the amount you wish to stake and the type of bet that you are placing.

You then hand this to the cashier and receive a receipt, often a photocopy of your slip. You will need this in order to collect your winnings if your horse comes in, so hold onto it carefully.

Placing a bet at the racecourse

There are usually lots of bookies at the racecourse and they will all be set up in a row close by one another. This makes it easy to wander up and down to find the best odds for your bet.

Once you have made your selection and found the best odds, simply approach the bookmaker and state clearly the number of the horse, the type of bet you wish to make and the amount of your stake. Remember that each-way bets are double, so if you ask for a £2 each-way bet it will cost you £4.

Bookies at the racecourse only take bets for the next upcoming race so you will have to go back each time, but you won’t need to state which race you want to bet on. Be sure to hang onto your ticket as that’s the only way you can claim your winnings.

Other than at the Tote, you will usually only be able to place win and each-way bets with most bookies. There will be a minimum bet, which is usually £2 but some bookies will take £1 bets – if so, they will advertise this.

Horse Racing betting

Horse racing odds explained

Horse racing takes place up and down the country every day of the year apart from Christmas Day.
Racing can generally be split into two seasons – the jumps and the flat. All-weather racing, on the other hand, goes on all year round.
To work out which bet you want to make, you’re likely to want to look at four main factors.

  • The form of the horse
  • The type of ground
  • The distance
  • The Class of the race

These four elements will make a difference to the price of a horse before the start of a race.
Horses can be stepped up or down in distance which then alters the stamina they require in order to win a contest.
Likewise, a sharp change in the weather conditions can dramatically alter the odds of a horse. A horse that prefers running on Good to Firm is going to be longer odds if the ground has been confirmed as Heavy.
Finally, the Class indicates the level a horse is running at. If a horse that has won in Group or Graded company (the highest level) steps down in class, their odds will likely shorten.

Weights, especially in handicap races, should also be considered.

Types of horse racing betting

There are several different ways you can bet on horse racing.

The most straightforward of these is picking an outright winner. If you place £10 on a horse at 4/1 and it crosses the line first, you win £50 (£40 winnings, plus your stake).

Each-way betting is another popular way of staking on races. It involves placing two wagers on the same horse in a single bet. A £5 each-way bet consists of £5 on a horse to win and £5 on a horse to place, creating a total stake of £10.

This way, even if your horse fails to win, you could still get a return on your bet if it finishes in the runner-up positions.

If your selection comes home in the place positions you will be paid out at 1/4 or 1/5 of your horse’s original odds. This is often dependent on how many horses run in the race.  Bigger renewals like the Grand National offer more places and more chances to win for speculative punters.

Forecast betting involves picking the 1st and 2nd horse home. This can be straight, reverse or in any order.

You can also pick horses to go into a traditional win accumulator, although with horse racing there are also variations available.

A Trixie consists of three doubles and a treble, while a Yankee has four selections with 11 separate bets; six doubles, four trebles and a straight four-fold.

Canadian, Heinz, Lucky 15, Lucky 31 and Lucky 63 are other variants that comprise a multitude of different bets within them.


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What are the different types of ‘specials’ in football betting?

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You know the score – literally: betting in football largely revolves around predicting which team will outscore the other.

When it comes to the specials market however, you’re able to do more than pick a winner. Have your say on the potential score line, pick which manager’s next in the sack race, or who’s going to miss a penalty at the weekend; there’s everything to play for.

Winning margin

As its name suggests, this bet requires you to guess the winning margin during a particular match.

Fancy Leeds United to beat Charlton Athletic by two goals? If you place a two goal winning margin bet and either Leeds or Charlton win 2-0, 4-2, 5-3, 12-10, or by any other two goal margin, you will see a return on your stake.

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Clean sheet odds

For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a team gets a clean sheet when it manages not to concede a single goal during the course of a match. Arsenal were renowned for incredible defensive play back in the 1980s and 1990s, so the odds of a clean sheet may have been 1/6 around that time.

However these days, they’re known for lacking strength in defence, and that will mean that the odds of them getting a clean sheet are higher.

Penalty/Missed penalty

Penalties are often the cause of heated discussions between pundits and punters alike both during and after football games.

As a result, it’s perhaps no surprise that bookies allow you to bet on whether a spot kick will be awarded and whether the taker will score or miss.

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Results minute markets

If you want to be really specific, you can place a bet that applies for exact portions of a match. This means you can bet on whether there’ll be a goal or a booking between the 10 and 20th minutes, for example.

You can even bet on how many corners will be awarded during that period. In fact, there’s virtually no limit to the precise predictions on which you can place bets.

Red card

We know that some footballers are more passionate than others and get booked more often as a result.

Some get booked for over-zealous celebrations, whereas others get yellow cards for getting a bit carried away during disagreements with the referee.

The precise reasons for the double booking or straight red card don’t matter; as long as you’ve placed that winning bet, you’ll see a return.

Next manager

This is another popular special bet. With managers coming and going so frequently, there is always speculation as to who will be taking over, so punters can have a go at making predictions.

The specials market gives you the chance to add an extra flair to your football watching, allowing you to have your say on both the on- and off-field antics that surround the beautiful game.

From red cards to clean sheets, the list of specials on which you can bet is practically endless.

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How to read football betting odds

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Football betting odds can be expressed as decimals or fractions. If you’re confused by one or the other (or both) – never fear! Here at Ladbrokes, we aim to make it all easier to understand.

How to understand betting odds?

Well, there isn’t any monetary difference between decimal and fractional odds. They are quite simply two different ways of expressing the same thing.

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Fractional odds

Examples of fractional odds include 1/4 and 7/2. There are many ways to understand the way they work, but the easiest is: [how much will you win] / [how much you stake].

So, if you have odds of 10/1, you stand to win £10 for every £1 you bet. If you bet 7/2, you will receive £7 in winnings, plus your £2 stake.

Odds-on selections

Fractional odds can appear the wrong way round, for example, 2/7 or 1/10.  These are known as ‘odds-on selections’. So in the case of a 1/7 selection, you would have to stake £7 to win £1.

You will see these types of odds when the team you’re betting on is strong favourite to win (or sometimes lose).

Decimal odds

Many punters and even bookmakers consider decimal odds to be much easier to understand than the fractional equivalent. Indeed, for most punters, knowing which is the greater number between 10/6 or 8/5 takes some mental arithmetic (or a calculator).

On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to see straight away that 3.90 is a bigger number than 3.85.

How do I calculate decimal odds?

To work out your winnings, all you need to do is multiply your stake by your decimal odds.

So, if you stake £10 at decimal odds of 4, then your winnings will be £40.

In the case of decimal odds, your stake is included automatically in your returns. In addition, odds of 2.0 represent even money (the same as 1/1). Any decimal odds of less than 2.0 constitute an odds-on bet.

Being able to read and interpret odds will give you a great foundation for picking which team you want to back, as well as how much you’re willing to bet.

Take some time to get to grips with how odds work, and you will be able to choose your stakes quickly and with more confidence.

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England’s most glorious football moments

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Over the years, England has been one of the most dominant countries in shaping and developing the football world, producing some world-class players, and hosting one of the most prestigious domestic leagues around.

Both on an international and club level, England has seen some incredible football moments, and we’ve listed four of our all-time favourites.

England wins the World Cup in 1966

Back in 1966, England was widely considered to the best national team in the world.

The fact that the tournament was held in England made the national team outright favourites. Despite an uninspiring draw in the first group match, England looked almost unstoppable for the rest of the tournament.

The final itself against West Germany was held at Wembley and was a thrilling match. Finishing 2-2 after 90 minutes, the match exploded in the half an hour of extra time. A dubious second goal from Geoff Hurst – the source of controversy ever since – put the hosts 3-2 in front.

Finally, a third from Hurst in the dying seconds of the game made England world champions for the first – and as yet – only time. Hurst remains the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

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Nottingham Forest wins back-to-back European Cups

While Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968, Nottingham Forest remains the only club in the country to achieve the feat twice in a row (1979 and 1980).

What makes the feat even more remarkable is the fact that Nottingham Forest was a relatively small, provincial club that had only won promotion to the top tier of the domestic league in 1977.

This period of unprecedented success means that Brian Clough can lay claim to be one of the greatest English club manager of all time.

Manchester United wins the treble 1999

Manchester United have dominated English football for most of the being the Premier League winners 13 times, and the club achieved its greatest feat in 1999: the year it won the league title, FA Cup and Champions League in a single year.

The thrilling FA Cup semi-final match against then arch-rivals, Arsenal, saw Dennis Bergkamp miss a penalty. Most memorably, it was the match in which Ryan Giggs scored a wonder goal that made a mockery of one of the best defences in the game.

In the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, the Red Devils trailed 1-0 for most of the match. It wasn’t until the last few minutes that substitute Teddy Sheringham equalised at short range, before Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored the winner less than a minute later.

United were the first club to achieve this treble. Such was the scale of this feat that some pundits predict that it is one that will never be repeated.

Liverpool wins the Champions League for a fifth time

After dominating European football in the 1970s and early 1980s, Liverpool FC was a shadow of its former self by 2005.

Having not won the domestic league title since 1991, the Reds got into the Champions League by the skin of their teeth, after finishing fourth in the 2003-04 season.

Liverpool’s form in Europe in 2004-05 contrasted sharply with that in the league. But after getting to the semi-final, they managed to scrape past Premier League champions Chelsea to face AC Milan in the final.

During the final, Liverpool were trailing 3-0 at half-time and it didn’t look good for the then four-time champions. But after clawing three goals back over a thrilling six-minute period, Liverpool went on to win the match in a penalty shootout.

As this was the fifth time that Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe, they were allowed to keep the European Champion Clubs’ Cup permanently.

With one of the most respected domestic leagues in the world, there is little wonder that English football has produced some incredible moments, from underdog clubs exceeding all expectations to ultimate national success.

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What is a football accumulator and how do I place a bet?

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Football accumulator betting has become very popular in the UK over the last two decades. In fact, they have become something of a ritual to many football fans across the land.

In some ways, accumulators have become as important as the games themselves (well, almost).

So what exactly is a football accumulator, and how do you go about placing a bet?

What is it?

A football accumulator is a bet that combines two or more selections into a single bet. It will only give you a return when all of your selections win.

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Why should I place an accumulator bet?

The main benefit of placing an accumulator bet is that your winnings will be much greater than if you placed a single bet, since the risk of losing your bet is higher. In fact, just one of your selections needs to fall for you to lose your whole bet.

In the unlikely event that one of the teams you’ve bet on doesn’t play, you won’t lose your stake. Instead, we’ll recalculate your accumulator as though it hadn’t contained the selection. So if you have a 5-fold accumulator, it then becomes a 4-fold instead.

Of course, betting on so many games happening at the same time adds to the sheer thrill of it all. Almost every Saturday, when there are over 40 matches going at once all over the country, your options are almost limitless. This can transform any contest into a crucial game.

Many fans agree that no other type of betting matches the thrill of having that last-minute goal clinch your accumulator. And while accumulators play a part in other sports too, they have become very much part of football culture for many punters.

How do I place an accumulator?

It really couldn’t be easier. Simply choose your bets and tick the winning team of the matches you want to add, and our system will add them to your online betting slip.

You can also make use of our Bet Calculator to help work out the potential profit on an accumulator bet.

The amount of money you can win with an accumulator is almost without limits: your winnings accumulate with each correct selection. But beware – the more teams you add to your accumulator, the less your chance of winning.

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What are the different leagues in English football?

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The English football league system is a series of interconnected football leagues, each with their own divisions (commonly also referred to as ‘leagues’ in their own right).

Here is a guide to the main leagues and divisions in English football.

The Premier League

The Premier League is the top league in English football. Founded in 1992, the Premier League now consists of 20 teams.

The top three teams in the Premier League qualify automatically to compete in the UEFA Champions League. The team which finishes fourth has to take part in a preliminary play-off to enter the Champions League proper.

The team which places fifth at the end of the season qualifies automatically for the Europa League; they are joined in that competition by the winners of the FA Cup and League Cup.

The teams which finish in the bottom three of the Premier League table face relegation to the Football League Championship.

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The Football League

72 teams from England and Wales play in the Football League. The system consists of three divisions in the form of the following:

The Championship: This is the highest tier of the Football League and second-highest overall. 24 club teams currently play in the Championship. At the end of each season, the two top teams receive direct promotion to the Premier League.

Teams which finish 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the Championship take part in the play-offs. The winner of this mini-competition takes the third promotion place and joins the Premier League. At the end of the season, the bottom three teams in the division are relegated to League One.

League One: This is the second tier of the Football League and the third overall. 24 teams play in League One.

The promotion and play-off system is the same as in the Championship. However, those who gain promotion leave League One and take part in the Championship the following season. The bottom four teams are relegated to League Two.

League Two: This is the third tier of the Football League and the fourth overall. The teams which finish in the top three at the end of each season gain automatic promotion to League One.

Teams placed in the bottom two clubs are relegated to the National League.

The National League                                       

The National League System consists of 17 different levels immediately below the Football League.

Rather confusingly, the highest (and best known) tier of the National League System is also known as the National League (it was previously called the Conference Premier division).

There are 24 teams in the National League. Only the champions gain automatic promotion to League Two. A play-off draw between the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams decides which of them gains the second promotion place.

The teams which finish in the bottom four at the end of the season are relegated to one of two regional divisions: National League North and National League South.

The division into which a relegated team goes is based on geographical criteria.

As the national sport, there are many different football leagues in England, from the cream of the crop of professional football (Premier League), to smaller divisions mostly involving semi-professional players.

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The complete Grand National winners list

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The Grand National has been run almost every year since the first race in 1839, with every rider eager to make their way onto the prestigious winners list.

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The only exceptions were in the war years. During the First World War the race continued, but was run at Gatwick on a substitute course. During World War Two the race was abandoned between 1941 and 1945. In 1993 after 30 of the 39 runners failed to recognise a false start and ran anyway the race, in which Esha Ness came first, was declared null and void by the Jockey Club.

Since its inception over 175 years ago, the jockey with the most Grand National wins is George Stevens. The Cheltenham-born rider won the famous race an astounding 5 times, peppering the Grand National winner list between 1856 and 1870. In the modern era, Richard Dunwoody, Carl Llewellyn, Ruby Walsh, and Leighton Aspell have all won it twice. Steeplechaser Red Rum holds the record for most Grand National wins for a horse. Ginger McCain’s star won a remarkable treble of races in 1973, 1974, and 1977.
Today, the Grand National draws a worldwide audience and a flurry of horse racing bets from casual and expert fans alike.

The below table shows the winners of every Grand National from 1839 to the present day, with the Gatwick races and void race highlighted in red.

Year Horse Jockey Winning time
1839 Lottery Jem Mason 14:53
1840 Jerry Bartholomew Bretherton 12:30
1841 Charity A. Powell 13:25
1842 Gaylad Tom Olliver 13:30
1843 Vanguard Tom Olliver Not recorded
1844 Discount John Crickmere Under 14:00
1845 Cure-All William Loft 10:47
1846 Pioneer William Taylor 10:46
1847 Mathew Denny Wynne 10:39
1848 Chandler Captain Josey Little 11:21
1849 Peter Simple Tom Cunningham 10:56
1850 Abd-El-Kader Chris Green 9:57.5
1851 Abd-El-Kader T. Abbott 9:59
1852 Miss Mowbray Alec Goodman 9:58.5
1853 Peter Simple Tom Olliver 10:37.5
1854 Bourton John Tasker 9:59
1855 Wanderer John Hanlon 10:25
1856 Freetrader George Stevens 10:09.5
1857 Emigrant Charlie Boyce 10:06
1858 Little Charley William Archer 11:05
1859 Half Caste Chris Green 10:02
1860 Anatis Tommy Pickernell Not recorded
1861 Jealousy Joseph Kendall 10:14
1862 The Huntsman Harry Lamplugh 9:30
1863 Emblem George Stevens 11:20
1864 Emblematic George Stevens 11:50
1865 Alcibiade Captain Henry Coventry 11:16
1866 Salamander Alec Goodman 11:05
1867 Cortolvin John Page 10:42
1868 The Lamb George Ede Not recorded
1869 The Colonel George Stevens 11:00
1870 The Colonel George Stevens 10:10
1871 The Lamb Tommy Pickernell 9:35.7
1872 Casse Tete John Page 10:14.5
1873 Disturbance J. M. Richardson Watch stopped
1874 Reugny J. M. Richardson 10:04
1875 Pathfinder Tommy Pickernell 10:22
1876 Regal Joe Cannon 11:14
1877 Austerlitz Mr Fred Hobson 10:10
1878 Shifnal J. Jones 10:23
1879 The Liberator Garrett Moore 10:12
1880 Empress Tommy Beasley 10:20
1881 Woodbrook Tommy Beasley 11:50
1882 Seaman Lord Manners 10:42.4
1883 Zoedone Count Karel Kinsky 11:39
1884 Voluptuary Ted Wilson 10:05
1885 Roquefort Ted Wilson 10:10
1886 Old Joe Tommy Skelton 10:14.6
1887 Gamecock Bill Daniels 10:10.2
1888 Playfair George Mawson 10:12
1889 Frigate Tommy Beasley 10:01.2
1890 Ilex Arthur Nightingall 10:41.8
1891 Come Away Harry Beasley 9:58
1892 Father O’Flynn Captain Roddy Owen 9:48.2
1893 Cloister Bill Dollery 9:32.4
1894 Why Not Arthur Nightingall 9:45.4
1895 Wild Man From Borneo Joe Widger 10:32
1896 The Soarer Lieutenant David Campbell 10:11.2
1897 Manifesto Terry Kavanagh 9:49
1898 Drogheda John Gourley 9:43.6
1899 Manifesto George Williamson 9:49.8
1900 Ambush II Algy Anthony 10:01.4
1901 Grudon Arthur Nightingall 9:47.8
1902 Shannon Lass David Read 10:03.6
1903 Dumcree Percy Woodland 10:09.4
1904 Moifaa Arthur Birch 9:58.6
1905 Kirkland Frank Mason 9:48.8
1906 Ascetic’s Silver Aubrey Hastings 9:34.4
1907 Eremon Alf Newey 9:47.5
1908 Rubio Henry Bletsoe 10:33.2
1909 Lutteur III Georges Parfrement 9:53.8
1910 Jenkinstown Robert Chadwick 10:44.2
1911 Glenside Jack Anthony 10:35
1912 Jerry M Ernie Piggott 10:13.4
1913 Covertcoat Percy Woodland 10:19
1914 Sunloch Bill Smith 9:58.8
1915 Ally Sloper Mr Jack Anthony 9:47.8
1916 Vermouth Jack Reardon Not recorded
1917 Ballymacad Edmund Driscoll Not recorded
1918 Poethlyn Ernie Piggott Not recorded
1919 Poethlyn Ernie Piggott 10:08.4
1920 Troytown Jack Anthony 10:20.4
1921 Shaun Spadah Fred Rees 10:26
1922 Music Hall Lewis Rees 9:55.8
1923 Sergeant Murphy Captain Tuppy Bennett 9:36
1924 Master Robert Bob Trudgill 9:40
1925 Double Chance Major John Wilson 9:42.6
1926 Jack Horner William Watkinson 9:36
1927 Sprig Ted Leader 10:20.2
1928 Tipperary Tim Bill Dutton 10:23.4
1929 Gregalach Robert W. H. Everett 9:47.4
1930 Shaun Goilin Tommy Cullinan 9:40.6
1931 Grackle Bob Lyall 9:32.8
1932 Forbra Tim Hamey 9:44.6
1933 Kellsboro’ Jack Dudley Williams 9:28
1934 Golden Miller Gerry Wilson 9:20.4
1935 Reynoldstown Frank Furlong 9:20.2
1936 Reynoldstown Fulke Walwyn 9:37.8
1937 Royal Mail Evan Williams 9:59.8
1938 Battleship Bruce Hobbs 9:27
1939 Workman Tim Hyde 9:42.2
1940 Bogskar Mervyn Jones 9:20.6
1946 Lovely Cottage Captain Bobby Petre 9:38.2
1947 Caughoo Eddie Dempsey 10:03.8
1948 Sheila’s Cottage Arthur Thompson 9:25.4
1949 Russian Hero Leo McMorrow 9:24.2
1950 Freebooter Jimmy Power 9:24.2
1951 Nickel Coin John Bullock 9:48.8
1952 Teal Arthur Thompson 9:21.5
1953 Early Mist Bryan Marshall 9:22.8
1954 Royal Tan Bryan Marshall 9:32.8
1955 Quare Times Pat Taafe 10:19.2
1956 E.S.B. David Dick 9:21.4
1957 Sundew Fred Winter 9:42.4
1958 Mr What Arthur Freeman 9:59.8
1959 Oxo Michael Scudamore 9:37.8
1960 Merryman II Gerry Scott 9:26.2
1961 Nicolaus Silver Bobby Beasley 9:22.6
1962 Kilmore Fred Winter 9:50
1963 Ayala Pat Buckley 9:35.8
1964 Team Spirit Willie Robinson 9:46.8
1965 Jay Trump Tommy Smith 9:30.6
1966 Anglo Tim Norman 9:52.8
1967 Foinavon John Buckingham 9:49.6
1968 Red Alligator Brian Fletcher 9:28.8
1969 Highland Wedding Eddie Harty Sr 9:30.8
1970 Gay Trip Pat Taafe 9:38
1971 Specify John Cook 9:34.2
1972 Well to Do Graham Thorner 10:08.4
1973 Red Rum Brian Fletcher 9:01.9
1974 Red Rum Brian Fletcher 9:20.3
1975 L’Escargot Tommy Carberry 9:31.1
1976 Rag Trade John Burke 9:20.9
1977 Red Rum Tommy Stack 9:30.3
1978 Lucius Bob Davies 9:33.9
1979 Rubstic Maurice Barnes 9:52.9
1980 Ben Nevis Charlie Fenwick 10:17.4
1981 Aldaniti Bob Champion 9:47.2
1982 Grittar Dick Saunders 9:12.6
1983 Corbiere Ben de Haan 9:47.4
1984 Hallo Dandy Neale Doughty 9:21.4
1985 Last Suspect Hywel Davies 9:42.7
1986 West Tip Richard Dunwoody 9:33
1987 Maori Venture Steve Knight 9:19.3
1988 Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Brendan Powell 9:53.5
1989 Little Polveir Jimmy Frost 10:06.9
1990 Mr Frisk Marcus Armytage 8:47.8 record
1991 Seagram Nigel Hawke 9:29.9
1992 Party Politics Carl Llewellyn 9:06.4
1993 Esha Ness Race Void Race Void
1994 Miinnehoma Richard Dunwoody 10:18.8
1995 Royal Athlete Jason Titley 9:04.1
1996 Rough Quest Mick Fitzgerald 9:00.8
1997 Lord Gyllene Tony Dobbin 9:05.9
1998 Earth Summit Carl Llewellyn 10:51.5
1999 Bobbyjo Paul Carberry 9:14.1
2000 Papillon Ruby Walsh 9:09.7
2001 Red Marauder Richard Guest 11:00.1
2002 Bindaree Jim Culloty 9:08.6
2003 Monty’s Pass Barry Geraghty 9:21.7
2004 Amberleigh House Graham Lee 9:20.3
2005 Hedgehunter Ruby Walsh 9:20.8
2006 Numbersixvalverde Niall Madden 9:41
2007 Silver Birch Robbie Power 9:13.6
2008 Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 9:16.6
2009 Mon Mome Liam Treadwell 9:32.9
2010 Don’t Push It Tony McCoy 9:04.6
2011 Ballabriggs Jason Maguire 9:01.2
2012 Neptune Collonges Darly Jacob 9:05.1
2013 Auroras Encore Ryan Mania 9:12
2014 Pineau De Re Leighton Aspell 9:09.9
2015 Many Clouds Leighton Aspell 8:59.1
2016 Rule The World David Mullins 9:29
2017 One For Arthur Derek Fox 9:30.5

The Ultimate Sporting Bucket List

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Which sporting events make the ultimate to-do list? We asked you for your favourites…

  1. The World Cup Final

All those goals we scored in our back gardens as children won us countless World Cups, yet it seems that as adults we’re still enthralled by football’s ultimate prize. Top of our Bucket List is the World Cup Final, so if it’s your lifelong dream, then look into tickets for Russia 2018.

Expect tickets to go on sale in the autumn via a lottery on the FIFA website, and start saving: the cheapest available Final ticket for non-Russians will set you back £350. The ultimate experience doesn’t come cheap!

  1. The FA Cup Final 

The FA Cup is football’s oldest competition and, even now it has to compete with the moneybags Premier League, remains a showpiece sporting event – hence it’s place on this list.

Sure, you could wait until your team makes it all the way to Wembley, but some of us have to accept that it may never happen. So why wait? While tickets are not easy to come by, around 30,000 are made available to neutrals through charities, corporate sponsors and football groups throughout the country every year.

  1. Wimbledon

There are tennis tournaments, and then there’s Wimbledon. Whether it’s the green, green grass, the ice-white playing kits or the crowds that pack into Court 18 as giddily as they do into Centre Court, Wimbledon is must for a tennis fan.

What’s more, it’s easier to go than you might think. While you can buy in advance, Wimbledon is also one of the few major sporting events where tickets are kept back for public sale on the day of play – all you need is a bit of queue commitment!

  1. European Championship Football Match Switzerland England Euro qualifier

If absorbing yourself in the passionate, intense atmosphere of a major international tournament is on your list, UEFA Euro 2020 gives you a great chance to tick it off.

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the Championships, rather than being hosted entirely in one country, games will be hosted in 13 different countries.

While group and knockout games will take place across the continent, from Stockholm to Skopje and Munich to Minsk, the semi-finals and final will all take place at Wembley.

  1. The Olympics

The Olympics is a festival of sport unlike any other, where the best athletes in the world compete for the biggest prize in sport: not money, but an Olympic gold medal and sporting immortality. Throw in plenty of national pride and more sports than you can shake a stick at, and you’ve got a spectator event you’ll never forget.

If you want to tick the Olympic Games off your bucket list, keep your eye out for the announcement of ticket sales for Tokyo 2020 – you can be sure they’ll sell quickly!

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  1. F1 Grand Prix (Any)

While the best place to see all the action of an F1 race is in front of your TV, the live experience is something every motorsport fan should try at least once. All the HD TV and slow-mo replays in the world can’t convey the sheer speed and bone-shaking noise that F1 cars produce.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone typically produces an atmosphere unlike any other on the calendar, but if you’re feeling adventurous look at some of the European races, such as the Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

  1. Club Team Playoff Final Wembley Stadium London football

If your team is involved, there can be no greater joy, or greater pain, than watching them battle it out at Wembley in a playoff final. If you’re a neutral, there may be no greater spectacle.

Some are cagey affairs, at least to begin with, but as desperation and nerves set in, strange things begin to happen. The Championship Playoff Final in particular, with its promise of hundreds of millions of pounds of reward for gaining promotion to the Premier League, is regularly one of the standout games of the season for drama and excitement.

  1. Club Team European Game 

If you really want to find out what a city is all about, then go to a football match: better still, a local derby.

What better way to experience Rome than through the lens of Roma v Lazio? Or a balmy night in Lisbon watching Benfica vs Sporting? Don’t be afraid to stray away from the big names, either. Anyone who has seen Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke in Germany’s Ruhr derby will recommend it, and you’ll find tickets for games abroad are a lot kinder to your wallet.

  1. El Clásico

Speaking of derbies, this is the biggest one going – Barcelona vs Real Madrid is more than just a football match between the two biggest teams in the world.

The rivalry has its roots not only on the pitch, but with politics and Catalonia’s desire for independence from Spain. The cities talk about El Clásico for weeks beforehand and weeks afterwards, and the atmosphere in the stadium is electric. It’s a game that will sell out but if you’re committed you can get there – Barcelona’s Camp Nou has the bigger capacity.

  1. Grand National

The ultimate ‘Day at the Races’, the Grand National has so cemented a place in British culture that it still today prompts people who know nothing about horse racing to start reviewing how to place a bet the form, and jumping up and down shouting at horses on the TV.

The race itself, held at Aintree just outside Liverpool, is considered to be the ultimate test of horse and jockey, making a powerful visual spectacle as they thunder down the course tackling those huge fences. It’s an unforgettable scene – win or lose.