List of Hong Kong football champions

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List of Hong Kong football champions
Founded 1908
Country Hong Kong
Confederation AFC
Current champions Eastern
(7th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships South China
(41 titles)
2016–17 season

The Hong Kong football champions are the winners of the Hong Kong Premier League.

South China is the most successful club in Hong Kong. The club has won 41 league titles until 2012–13 season.

A dissolved club, Seiko, are the record holders of winning longest consecutive titles. Between 1978–79 and 1984–85 they had won 7 league titles.

List[edit]

Hong Kong First Division League (1908–2014)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1908–09 Buffs (1) R.G.A. Royal Engineers (Unknown)
1909–10 R.G.A. (1) Buffs (Unknown) Taylor (Buffs) 20
1910–11 Buffs (2) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1911–12 King's Own Rifiles (1) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1912–13 R.G.A. (2) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1913–14 D.C.L.I. (1) Royal Engineers R.G.A. (Unknown)
1914–15 R.G.A. (3) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1915–16 R.G.A. (4) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1916–17 Royal Engineers (1) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1917–18 R.G.A. (5) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1918–19 Royal Navy (1) Hong Kong FC R.G.A. (Unknown)
1919–20 Hong Kong FC (1) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1920–21 Wiltshire Regiment (1) R.G.A. (Unknown) (Unknown)
1921–22 HMS Curiew (1) Hong Kong FC (Unknown) (Unknown)
1922–23 King's Own Rifiles (2) HMS Ambrose (Unknown) (Unknown)
1923–24 South China (1) East Surrey Regiment HMS Titania (Unknown)
1924–25 East Surrey Regiment (1) South China Hong Kong FC (Unknown)
1925–26 Kowloon FC (1) East Surrey Regiment Hong Kong FC (Unknown)
1926–27 Recreio (1) C.A.A. Police (Unknown)
1927–28 C.A.A. (1) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1928–29 C.A.A. (2) Somerset Regiment (Unknown) (Unknown)
1929–30 C.A.A. (3) Royal Navy Somerset Regiment (Unknown)
1930–31 South China (2) Kowloon FC Argylis (Unknown)
1931–32 South Welsh Borderers (1) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1932–33 South China (3) South Welsh Borderers Royal Artillery (Unknown)
1933–34 South Welsh Borderers (2) St. Joseph's Lincoleshire Regiment (Unknown)
1934–35 South China (4) Police Recreio (Unknown)
1935–36 South China (5) C.A.A. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Unknown)
1936–37 Ulster Guards (1) South China South China B (Unknown)
1937–38 South China B (6) Middlesex Regiment South China (Unknown)
1938–39 South China (7) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1939–40 South China (8) Eastern South China B (Unknown)
1940–41 South China A (9) (Unknown) (Unknown) (Unknown)
1941–42 Season unfinished due to World War II.
1942–43 Postponed due to World War II.
1943–44
1944–45
1945–46 Royal Air Force (1) 44 Commando Eastern Taiwan Lai Shiu Wing (Eastern) 13
1946–47 Sing Tao (1) South China 42 Commando Taiwan Lai Shiu Wing (Sing Tao) 34
1947–48 Kitchee (1) Sing Tao K.M.B. Kwok Ying Kee (Kitchee) 38
1948–49 South China A (10) K.M.B. C.A.A. Tang Yee Kit (K.M.B.) 26
1949–50 Kitchee (2) K.M.B. St. Joseph's Yiu Cheuk Yin (Kithcee) 25
1950–51 South China (11) K.M.B. Army Force Au Chi Yin (Police) 20
1951–52 South China (12) Army Force Sing Tao 陳家壽 (South China) 25
1952–53 South China (13) Kitchee Eastern Lee Yuk Tak (South China) 36
1953–54 K.M.B. (1) South China Kitchee Tang Yee Kit (K.M.B.) 26
1954–55 South China (14) Kitchee K.M.B. Lee Yuk Tak (South China) 32
1955–56 Eastern (1) South China K.M.B. Ho Cheung Yau (South China) 38
1956–57 South China (15) Kitchee K.M.B. Lee Yuk Tak (South China) 33
1957–58 South China (16) K.M.B. Kitchee Ho Cheung Yau (South China) 40
1958–59 South China (17) K.M.B. Tung Wah 麥永雄 (Police) 27
1959–60 South China (18) Happy Valley Tung Wah Lau Chi Lam (Kitchee) 25
1960–61 South China (19) Happy Valley Tung Wah 郭滿華 (Happy Valley) 27
1961–62 South China (20) Happy Valley Sing Tao Lau Chi Lam (Happy Valley) 32
1962–63 Yuen Long (1) Tung Wah Kitchee 郭滿華 (Happy Valley) 26
1963–64 Kitchee (3) Happy Valley South China Hong Kong Cheung Chi Doy (Kitchee) 42
1964–65 Happy Valley (1) South China Sing Tao 袁權滔 (Tung Wah)
郭滿華 (Happy Valley)
19
1965–66 South China (21) Happy Valley Sing Tao 郭滿華 (Happy Valley) 21
1966–67 K.M.B. (2) South China Sing Tao 袁權滔 (Tung Sing) 21
1967–68 South China (22) Sing Tao Eastern 郭滿華 (Eastern) 33
1968–69 South China (23) Sing Tao Jardines 陳朝基 (South China) 17
1969–70 Jardines (1) Sing Tao Yuen Long Taiwan Cheung Chi Doy (Jardines)
郭滿華 (Eastern)
18
1970–71 Rangers (1) Jardines Sing Tao Scotland Derek Currie (Rangers) 24
1971–72 South China (24) Caroline Hill Fire Services 袁權滔 (Eastern) 26
1972–73 Seiko (1) South China Tung Sing Hong Kong Wu Kwok Hung (Seiko)
Taiwan Cheung Chi Wai (Fire Services)
25
1973–74 South China (25) Seiko Caroline Hill Chung Chor Hung (Happy Valley) 22
1974–75 Seiko (2) Happy Valley Rangers Etti (Seiko) 21
1975–76 South China (26) Seiko Rangers Chung Chor Hung (Happy Valley) 16
1976–77 South China (27) Seiko Happy Valley Hong Kong Fung Chi Ming (South China) 15
1977–78 South China (28) Happy Valley Tung Sing Hong Kong Fung Chi Ming (South China) 19
1978–79 Seiko (3) Happy Valley Eastern Chung Chor Hung (Happy Valley) 22
1979–80 Seiko (4) Happy Valley Bulova 張家平 (Tung Sing) 18
1980–81 Seiko (5) South China Happy Valley 張家平 (Tung Sing) 14
1981–82 Seiko (6) Happy Valley Bulova Netherlands Cees Storm (Seiko) 12
1982–83 Seiko (7) Bulova Eastern Scotland Derek Parlane (Bulova)
England Clive Haywood (Bulova)
史賓斯 (Rangers)
拉南 (Ryoden)
8
1983–84 Seiko (8) Bulova Happy Valley England Peter Bodak (Seiko) 10
1984–85 Seiko (9) South China Sea Bee South Africa John Paskin (South China) 10
1985–86 South China (29) Happy Valley Sea Bee 麥當奴 (Happy Valley)
波能泰 (Sea Bee)
11
1986–87 South China (30) Eastern Happy Valley Hong Kong Tim Bredbury (South China) 10
1987–88 South China (31) Happy Valley Sing Tao Hong Kong Chan Fat Chi (South China) 13
1988–89 Happy Valley (2) South China Lai Sun Double Flower Hong Kong Chan Fat Chi (South China) 18
1989–90 South China (32) Eastern Happy Valley England Dale Tempest (South China) 15
1990–91 South China (33) Happy Valley Lai Sun Hong Kong Tim Bredbury (Lai Sun)
England Dale Tempest (South China)
16
1991–92 South China (34) Eastern Happy Valley England Steve Neville (South China) 21
1992–93 Eastern (2) South China Instant-Dict England Dale Tempest (Eastern) 15
1993–94 Eastern (3) Instant-Dict South China England Dale Tempest (Eastern) 16
1994–95 Eastern (4) South China Golden England Dale Tempest (Eastern) 18
1995–96 Instant-Dict (1) South China Golden Australia Paul Foster (Instant-Dict) 19
1996–97 South China (35) Instant–Dict Golden Australia Paul Foster (Instant-Dict) 18
1997–98 Instant-Dict (2) South China Happy Valley Australia Paul Foster (Instant-Dict) 16
1998–99 Happy Valley (3) South China Yee Hope Brazil Tomy (Sai Kung Friends) 16
1999–2000 South China (36) Sun Hei Happy Valley Brazil Leandro (Sai Kung) 16
2000–01 Happy Valley (4) Instant-Dict South China Scotland Paul Ritchie (Happy Valley) 13
2001–02 Sun Hei (1) Happy Valley South China Nigeria Cornelius Udebuluzor (Buler Rangers)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs (Happy Valley)
12
2002–03 Happy Valley (5) Sun Hei Buler Rangers Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs (Happy Valley) 17
2003–04 Sun Hei (2) Kitchee Happy Valley Cameroon Julius Akosah (Sun Hei) 12
2004–05 Sun Hei (3) Happy Valley Kitchee Brazil Clodoaldo de Oliveira (Happy Valley) 14
2005–06 Happy Valley (6) Xiangxue Sun Hei Buler Rangers Brazil Fábio Lopes Alcântara (Happy Valley)
Brazil Clodoaldo de Oliveira (Happy Valley)
10
2006–07 South China (37) Kitchee Xiangxue Sun Hei Brazil Tales Schutz (South China) 17
2007–08 South China (38) Citizen Wofoo Tai Po Brazil Detinho (South China) 19
2008–09 South China (39) Kitchee Citizen Brazil Detinho (South China)
Brazil Giovane (Convoy Sun Hei)
18
2009–10 South China (40) TSW Pegasus Kitchee Brazil Cahê (Sun Hei) 14
2010–11 Kitchee (4) South China TSW Pegasus Spain Jordi Tarrés (Kitchee)
South Africa Makhosonke Bhengu (Fourway Rangers)
12
2011–12 Kitchee (5) TSW Pegasus South China Brazil Sandro (Biu Chun Rangers) 12
2012–13 South China (41) Kitchee Tuen Mun Hong Kong Jaimes McKee (Sun Pegasus) 16
2013–14 Kitchee (6) Sun Pegasus South China Bosnia and Herzegovina Admir Raščić (Sun Pegasus) 14

Hong Kong Premier League (2014–Present)[edit]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
2014–15 Kitchee (7) Eastern Sun Pegasus Brazil Giovane (Eastern) 17
2015–16 Eastern (5) Kitchee South China Montenegro Admir Adrović (Hong Kong Pegasus)
Brazil Giovane (Eastern)
10
2016–17 Kitchee (8) Eastern Southern District Hong Kong Sandro (Kitchee) 21

Performances[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
South China 41 16 1923–24, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
Seiko 9 3 1972–73, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85
Kitchee 8 8 1947–48, 1949–50, 1963–64, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Happy Valley 6 16 1964–65, 1988–89, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06
Eastern 5 6 1955–56, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 2015–16
Royal Garrison Artillery 5 1 1909–10, 1912–13, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1917–18
Chinese A. A. 3 2 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30
Sun Hei 3 2 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05
Kowloon Motor Bus 2 5 1953–54, 1966–67
Double Flower (Instant-Dict) 2 2 1995–96, 1997–98
Buffs 2 1 1908–09, 1910–11
Royal Navy 2 1 1918–19, 1931–32
King's Own Rifiles 2 1911–12, 1922–23
Sing Tao 1 4 1946–47
East Surrey Regiment 1 2 1924–25
HKFC 1 1 1919–20
Kowloon FC 1 1 1925–26
South Welsh Borderers 1 1 1933–34
Jardines 1 1 1969–70
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 1 1913–14
Royal Engineers 1 1916–17
Wiltshire Regiment 1 1920–21
HMS Curiew 1 1921–22
Recreio 1 1926–27
Ulster Guards 1 1936–37
Royal Air Force 1 1945–46
Yuen Long 1 1962–63
Rangers 1 1970–71
Hong Kong Pegasus 3
Police 2
Bulova 2
HMS Ambrose 1
Somerset Light Infantry Regiment 1
St. Joseph's 1
Middlesex Regiment 1
44 Commando 1
Army Force 1
Caroline Hill 1
Citizen 1

Bold indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.

Italics indicate club is either defunct or no longer plays in the Hong Kong football league system.

Total titles won by region[edit]

Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories make up the three regions of Hong Kong. All three have had clubs based within be Hong Kong football champions, most recently, Kowloon, when Eastern won the title in 2015–16.α

Region Number of titles Clubs
Hong Kong Island
50
South China (41), Happy Valley (6), Double Flower (2), HKFC (1)
Kowloon
14
Kitchee (8), Eastern (5), Rangers (1)
New Territories
4
Sun Hei (3), Yuen Long (1)

By District[edit]

Hong Kong is divided into 18 districts. Six out of the eighteen districts have had a club be Hong Kong football champions. The most recent district to have the distinction is Yau Tsim Mong, when Eastern won the title in 2015–16.α

District Number of Titles Clubs
Wan Chai
42
South China (41), HKFC (1)
Yau Tsim Mong
13
Kitchee (8), Eastern (5)
Eastern
9
Happy Valley (6), Double Flower (2), HKFC (1)
Kwai Tsing
3
Sun Hei (3)
Yuen Long
1
Yuen Long (1)
Kwun Tong
1
Rangers (1)
Central and Western
Islands
Kowloon City
North
Sai Kung
Sha Tin
Sham Shui Po
Southern
Tai Po
Tsuen Wan
Tuen Mun
Wong Tai Sin

Multiple trophy wins[edit]

See The Double and The Treble.

Notes[edit]

^a Home grounds of many champions, especially ones who are defunct, may be unknown. This table should not be considered conclusive.

References[edit]

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