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the original football league had 12 clubs:

Accrington(1876), Aston Villa (1874), Blackburn Rovers (1875), Bolton Wanderers (1874), Burnley (1882), Derby County (1884), Everton (1878), Notts County (1862), Preston North End (1881), Stoke F.C.(1863), West Bromwich Albion (1878) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (1877).

so the 5 oldest league clubs are:

Notts County

Stoke F.C.

Aston Villa

Bolton Wanderers

Blackburn Rovers

some people exclude Stoke FC who changed to Stoke City in 1922. the next oldest league club would then be

Wolverhampton Wanderers,

NOT Accrington, which was a different club entirely to Accrington Stanley.

The oldest football club in the world still playing Association football is

Sheffield FC, formed in 1857 and now playing in the Northern Premier League.

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