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Football clubs near me: A guide to teams in each of England’s regions

Football clubs near me: Your guide to finding live games in England

Football has never been as big as it is right now. The top clubs of the 21st century have become global brands, attracting fans from all across the world.

Occasionally it can feel like local fans are making up a smaller and smaller part of a club’s fanbase, and while fans from further afield can be just as passionate as those who grew up next to the ground, sometimes it can be extra satisfying to see your local team do well.

So, if you were ever wondering what clubs were near you, then this guide is for you. Organised by the nine regions that make up England, here are the clubs from the Premier League, EFL and National League that are local to you.

South East

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Exciting talents like Kaoru Mitoma have propelled Brighton to new heights. Photo by Icon sport

We’ll start with the South East, where traditionally Southampton and Portsmouth have been the dominant clubs. Nowadays, however, Brighton and Hove Albion have become one of the top teams in the country under the management of Graham Potter and then Roberto De Zerbi. They are the region’s only Premier League team.

  • Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Southampton
  • Oxford United
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Wycombe Wanderers
  • Crawley Town
  • Gillingham
  • MK Dons
  • Aldershot Town
  • Dorking Wanderers
  • Eastleigh
  • Ebbsfleet United
  • Maidenhead United
  • Oxford City
  • Woking

London

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Arsenal are the capital's dominant team at the moment. Photo by Icon sport

Despite making up a fraction of the country in terms of land mass, it is perhaps no surprise that the capital is home to seven top-flight clubs, the most on this list. London has some huge sides further down the pyramid too, with the likes of Millwall and Charlton looking to return to the top once again.

  • Arsenal
  • Brentford
  • Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace
  • Fulham
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham United
  • Millwall
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Charlton Athletic
  • Leyton Orient
  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Sutton United
  • Barnet
  • Bromley
  • Dagenham and Redbridge
  • Wealdstone

North West

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After a disappointing campaign last season, Liverpool are back fighting at the top of the league. Photo by Icon sport

The North West has a proud footballing heritage, and it is home to England’s two most successful teams, Liverpool and Manchester United. It also has the most clubs on this list with a whopping 23, meaning almost 20 per cent of all clubs in the top five leagues come from the region.

  • Burnley
  • Everton
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Preston North End
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Carlisle United
  • Fleetwood Town
  • Wigan Athletic
  • Accrington Stanley
  • Barrow
  • Crewe Alexandra
  • Morecambe
  • Salford City
  • Stockport County
  • Tranmere Rovers
  • Altrincham
  • Fylde
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Rochdale

East of England

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It's been some story at Luton Town, with the club fighting back from the National League to make their top-flight return this season. Photo: David Klein/Sportimage/Icon Sport

The east of England is considered by some as the home of the modern game, owing to the development of the “Cambridge Rules” in 1856. The region has had a lot of success recently, with Luton flying high in the Premier League and Ipswich and Peterborough both also looking upwards. 

  • Luton Town
  • Ipswich Town
  • Norwich City
  • Watford
  • Cambridge United
  • Peterborough
  • Stevenage
  • Colchester United
  • Boreham Wood
  • Southend United 

West Midlands

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Unai Emery has masterminded Aston Villa to an unlikely title challenge. Photo by Icon sport

The success of Aston Villa might have come as a surprise this season, but the West Midlands has a long history of competing at the highest level. The region has six sides which all have solid claims to “big club” status, and there is also the small matter of having produced one of the best players in the world, Jude Bellingham. 

  • Aston Villa
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Birmingham City
  • Coventry City
  • Stoke City
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • Burton Albion
  • Port Vale
  • Shrewsbury Town
  • Walsall
  • Kidderminster Harriers
  • Solihull Moors

South West

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Bristol City's Tommy Conway strikes against West Ham United in the FA Cup. Photo by Icon sport

While arguably the weakest set of clubs in this list, the South West can still boast some really exciting outfits. Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth side have shocked many this season with their attractive, attacking football. Bristol City also have an FA Cup 4th Round tie to look forward to, having knocked out West Ham United recently. 

  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol City
  • Plymouth Argyle
  • Bristol Rovers
  • Cheltenham Town
  • Exeter City
  • Swindon Town
  • Forest Green Rovers

Yorkshire and the Humber

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There is a distinct chance that the Premier League will have no teams from Yorkshire next season. Photo by Icon Sport

It would probably be fair to say that the Yorkshire sides have suffered a bit of a slump in recent years. Sheffield United are the only side in the Premier League this season, and they look very likely to go down. But with them, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, the region has some of the most historic clubs in the country. 

  • Sheffield United
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull City
  • Leeds United
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield Wednesday
  • Barnsley
  • Lincoln City
  • Bradford City
  • Doncaster Rovers
  • Grimsby Town
  • Harrogate Town
  • Halifax Town
  • York City

East Midlands

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Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White celebrates scoring his side's second goal in front of the away supporters during a Premier League match at Anfield last season. Photo by Icon sport

The East Midlands is another region with only one Premier League club, but its clubs are steeped in history. From Nottingham Forest’s back-to-back European Cup wins in 1979 and 1980, to Leicester City’s stunning Premier League win in 2016, East Midlands clubs have pulled off some of the biggest shocks in English football history.

  • Nottingham Forest
  • Leicester City
  • Derby County
  • Northampton Town
  • Mansfield Town
  • Notts County
  • Chesterfield

North East

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Under their mega-rich owners, Newcastle United look set to dominate England for years to come. Photo by Icon sport

The North East might not be able to boast many clubs in the top five leagues, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. The Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland is one of the fiercest in the country, and all three league clubs in the region are enjoying periods of success after years languishing in the doldrums.

  • Newcastle United
  • Middlesborough
  • Sunderland
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool

Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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