Are YOU from a World Cup winning County?


We decided to look at every player that has ever been in an England World Cup since our first appearance back in 1950. We then worked out where each player was born and in which county that was. After over 12 hours of research and number crunching the data was in.

Here’s a map showing how many players from each county have represented England at the World Cup. From our first World Cup appearance in Brazil 1950, right through to Russia 2018.

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Who would have thought that only 6 northern counties were responsible for 45% of all England squads players to go play in a World Cup from 1950 to 2018.

Note that while the first World Cup was in 1930, England’s first appearance at a tournament was in 1950. Scotland have opted to boycott the World Cup since 1998. 😉

Just in case your geography isn’t too hot, here’s the list. And to save you counting, London tops the list followed by Yorkshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and then Manchester.

Summary per county of number of times someone born in a county has gone in the England squad to play at the World Cup.

County# sent to World Cup
Greater London62
Yorkshire40
Merseyside28
Lancashire24
Greater Manchester23
County Durham18
Northumberland12
Hampshire10
Hertfordshire9
Leicestershire9
Suffolk9
Tyne and Wear9
Staffordshire8
West Midlands8
Cheshire7
Nottinghamshire7
Lincolnshire6
Cumbria4
Warwickshire4
Derbyshire3
Norfolk3
Oxfordshire3
Berkshire2
Bristol2
Cornwall2
Devon2
Kent2
Surrey2
Bedfordshire1
Buckinghamshire1
Cambridgeshire1
East Sussex1
Gloucestershire1
Northamptonshire1
Shropshire1
Dorset0
Essex0
Isle of Wight0
Rutland0
Somerset0
Herefordshire0
West Sussex0
Wiltshire0
Worcestershire0
  
Other: 
Jamaica (Kingston)4
Singapore3
Canada (Calgary)2
Australia (Adelaide)1
Jersey (GB)1
City/Town# of Players% sent
Liverpool156.33%
London93.80%
Manchester83.38%
Sheffield72.95%
Birmingham41.69%
Nottingham41.69%
Middlesbrough31.27%
Preston31.27%
Ashington31.27%
West Ham31.27%
Bury31.27%
Farnworth31.27%
Southampton31.27%
Barking31.27%
Doncaster31.27%
Leicester31.27%
Ashton-under-Lyne20.84%
Bristol20.84%
Hillingdon20.84%
Bradford20.84%
Stoke-on-Trent20.84%
Barnsley20.84%
Greenwich20.84%
Langley Park20.84%
Portsmouth20.84%
Ipswich20.84%
Kingston20.84%
Hexham20.84%
Romford20.84%
Leeds20.84%
Stevenage20.84%
Gillingham10.42%
Bilston10.42%
Prestwich10.42%
Southport10.42%
Dagenham10.42%
Ironbridge10.42%
Clapton10.42%
Alton10.42%
South Shields10.42%
Scarborough10.42%
Bolton-upon-Dearne10.42%
Hanley10.42%
Newcastle-upon-Tyne10.42%
Bradfield10.42%
Gorton10.42%
South Hylton10.42%
Kentish Town10.42%
Pittington10.42%
Clerkenwell10.42%
Bolton10.42%
Laughton Common10.42%
Wheatley Hall10.42%
Wolverhampton10.42%
Mulbarton10.42%
Clitheroe10.42%
Coalville10.42%
Honiton10.42%
Rainhill10.42%
Elvington10.42%
Blackburn10.42%
Ripon10.42%
Lingdale10.42%
Fulham10.42%
Horden10.42%
Denton10.42%
Shirebrook10.42%
South Elmsall10.42%
St. Helens10.42%
Blackpool10.42%
Rawnsley10.42%
Golborne10.42%
Putney10.42%
Kensington10.42%
Eighton Banks,10.42%
Plaistow10.42%
Collyhurst10.42%
Winchester10.42%
Mitcham10.42%
Brotherton10.42%
Barrow10.42%
Hesleden10.42%
Notting Hill10.42%
Eastwood10.42%
Short Heath10.42%
Westhoughton10.42%
Windsor10.42%
Skegness10.42%
Singapur10.42%
Godalming10.42%
Irchester10.42%
Camberwell10.42%
Hayes10.42%
Kirkby10.42%
Chester-le-Street10.42%
Plymouth10.42%
Armthorpe10.42%
Swineshead10.42%
Seaham10.42%
Barrow-in-Furness10.42%
Huyton10.42%
Berwick upon Tweed10.42%
Hepworth10.42%
Luton10.42%
Wallasey10.42%
Ealing10.42%
Adelaide10.42%
Hammersmith10.42%
Hackney10.42%
Dorchester10.42%
Gateshead10.42%
Chadderton10.42%
Reading10.42%
Tipton10.42%
Kenilworth10.42%
St. Austell10.42%
Rotherham10.42%
Newham10.42%
Peckham10.42%
Oxford10.42%
Jersey10.42%
Watford10.42%
Leytonstone, London10.42%
Ilford10.42%
Salford10.42%
Acton10.42%
Harlesden10.42%
Chester10.42%
Newcastle10.42%
Welwyn10.42%
Norwich10.42%
Calgary10.42%
Dulwich10.42%
Toxteth10.42%
Whitehaven10.42%
Beverley10.42%
Bootle10.42%
Wallsend10.42%
Whiston10.42%
Macclesfield10.42%
Newbury10.42%
Chertsey10.42%
Shrewsbury10.42%
Northallerton10.42%
Suffolk10.42%
Hastings10.42%
Horsforth10.42%
Ormskirk10.42%
Beckton10.42%
Leamington Spa10.42%
Kingston upon Thames10.42%
Sunderland10.42%
St Albans,10.42%
Fazakerley10.42%
Washington10.42%
Soham10.42%
Milton Keynes10.42%
Cheltenham10.42%
Warrington10.42%

Ok Ok, we hear what you are saying, what has a shed site got to do with the World Cup right? Well sheds go in gardens and many of the young footballers that go on to play in a World Cup learned to play football in a garden and many of those young footballers will have broken a few shed windows having a kickabout. OK so it’s a bit of a stretch but if we are honest we wanted to get into the World Cup spirit of things and see if we could pull any interesting numbers out of the data.

Notes: The data used in the research was from the England World Cup squad lists provided by worldfootball.net. All footballer places of birth and county lists were provided by wikipedia.org. Stimulation and WIFI for the 12 hours number crunching were provided by Starbucks. All county borders represent the county the player was born in as the current county borders exist and not as they might have historically existed at the time of a players birth. This factor can account for the large numbers in London and the fragmented numbers in the North West.

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  • Morgan said...

    Either you’ve misspelled Hertfordshire, or you’ve put Herefordshire about 90 miles east of where it actually is. Great map though and an interesting one for sure. Finally, out of interest, do you have a shed big enough for a World Cup bandwagon? 😉

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks Morgan, well spotted! After hours and hours of number crunching I must have just missed it, you were right I got the spellings mixed up. All corrected now 😉

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  • David said...

    This is amazing! YORKSHIRE!!!!

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    • Richard said...

      Thanks David, Yea Yorkshire seem to be doing pretty well.

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  • David said...

    London isn’t a county!

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    • Richard said...

      It should really say Greater London, I have just updated the table. So as part of the London Government Act 1963 Greater London was formally created by the, replacing the administrative counties of Middlesex and London, including the City of London and absorbing parts of Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey.

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  • Sg said...

    So old money Lancashire (Manchester and Liverpool) has more than London?

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    • Richard said...

      I have not calculated it all with “old boundaries” as that would take forever. But yea I suspect it might just.

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  • Roberta said...

    This is amazing! I haven’t realised how many players over the years came from Yorkshire! Nice job 🙂

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