SWINDON, England (AP)– Notts County, one of the founder members of the English league in 1888, has actually left of the country’s leading four expert departments for the very first time.

The team from central England was beaten at Swindon 3-1 to finish in next-to-last place in the fourth-tier League 2, suggesting it lost its proud status as the earliest Football League club after being formed in 1862.

That mantle now passes to city rival Nottingham Forest, which was established in1865 Some claim the earliest league team is Stoke but even the club’s own website states “many details remain sketchy” about its development, purported to be in 1863.

Notts County has had 120 seasons in the Football League, 30 of which can be found in the leading flight. County’s best finish was 3rd in the old Department One, in both the 1890-91 and 1900-01 seasons.


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