London derbies

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Bitter rivals Millwall and West Ham United playing in the 1930 FA Cup at Upton Park.[1]

London Derbies are the various local football derbies between the teams in London, England. It specifically refers to individual matches between the teams, but can also be used to describe the general ongoing rivalry between the clubs and fans. The first ever London Football League derby took place at Clapton Stadium on 11 November 1905, where Chelsea beat Clapton Orient 3–0 in a Second Division match. Chelsea also won the first ever top-flight London derby with a 2–1 victory over Woolwich Arsenal, in a First Division game at Stamford Bridge on 9 November 1907. As of the 2019–20 season, there are twelve clubs in the Premier League and Football League that play in the Greater London area. Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall against West Ham United are ranked as two of the most ferocious London derbies.[2][3]

Clubs in London[edit]

As of 2020–2021 season
Division Club(s)
Premier League Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United
EFL Championship Brentford, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers
EFL League One AFC Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic
EFL League Two Leyton Orient
National League Barnet, Bromley, Dagenham & Redbridge, Sutton United, Wealdstone
National League South Dulwich Hamlet, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Welling United
Step 3 of the English non-league system Isthmian Premier: Carshalton Athletic, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Enfield Town, Haringey Borough, Hornchurch, Kingstonian, Wingate & Finchley

Southern League Premier South: Harrow Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Hendon

Defunct English Football League clubs based in London include Thames and Wimbledon.

Major London derbies[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lindsay, Richard (1991). Millwall: A Complete Record, 1885–1991. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1-85983-833-2. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ "London derbies ranked on ferocity of rivalry, including Tottenham v Arsenal and West Ham v Chelsea". TalkSport. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The 10 biggest rivalries in London football". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 February 2017.