List of protest clubs

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This page is a list of sports clubs that were created out of either fans, players or club shareholders protesting the way the original club was treated or run. There are also clubs who have been created purely over arguments about who plays at a particular ground. The definition of it can also be used for a club protesting certain measures set out by a government or organisation

Name Original Club Stadium City Country Sport Founded Reason for foundation with source
AC Omonia APOEL F.C. GSP Stadium Nicosia  Cyprus Various 1948 Protesting APOEL's policy of forcing its members to support the political Right Wing
A.F.C. Barnsley Barnsley F.C. Barnsley  England Association Football 2003 Created in protest of anticipation of the winding up of Barnsley F.C. [1]
A.F.C. Liverpool Liverpool F.C. Valerie Park Prescot  England Association football 2008 Protesting ticket prices at Anfield [2]
AFC Wimbledon Wimbledon F.C. Kingsmeadow London  England Association Football 2002 Protesting the move of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes [3]
Bradford Bulls Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. Grattan Stadium Bradford  England Rugby League 1907 Protesting Bradford F.C.'s change of sports to Association football [4]
Bradford City A.F.C. Manningham F.C. Valley Parade Bradford  England Association football 1903 Wanted to play another sport [1]
Bray Wanderers A.F.C. St. Kevin's Carlisle Grounds Bray Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland Association football 1942 Wanted to play another sport [2]
BV Borussia Dortmund Trinity Youth Westfalenstadion Dortmund  Germany Association Football 1909 Broke away in protest of Trinity Youth's manager [5]
Cruzeiro Esporte Clube Yale Atlético Clube Mineirão Belo Horizonte  Brazil Association football 1921 Protesting Yale's administration [6]
Enfield Town F.C. Enfield F.C. Goldsdown Road London  England Association football 2001 Protesting the way the original club was run [7]
FC Bayern Munich Münchner TurnVerein 1879 Allianz Arena Munich  Germany Association Football 1900 Protesting the refusal of the German Football Association to allow MTV 1879's footballers to join [8]
F.C. Internazionale Milano A.C. Milan San Siro Milan  Italy Association football 1888 Protesting against A.C. Milan not allowing foreign players [9]
FC Omniworld FC Amsterdam Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion Almere  Netherlands Various 1972 DWS supporters protesting a merger between DWS, Volewijckers and Blauw-Wit [10]
F.C. United of Manchester Manchester United F.C. Gigg Lane Manchester  England Association football 2005 Protesting Manchester United's takeover by the Glazer family [11]
Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem F.C. Hapoel Jerusalem F.C. Hebrew University Stadium Jerusalem  Israel Association football 2007 Protesting the management of the original club [12]
Liverpool F.C. Everton F.C. Anfield Liverpool  England Association football 1892 Protesting over ground usage [13]
London Scottish F.C. St. Andrew's Rovers FC Athletic Ground London  England Rugby Union 1878 3 club members broke away to form their own club for Scots [3]
London Wasps Harlequin F.C. Adams Park High Wycombe  England Rugby Union 1867 Split in membership of Hampshire Rugby Club [14]
Newcastle Falcons Gosforth RFC Kingston Park Newcastle upon Tyne  England Rugby Union 1990 Wanted to turn professional [15]
Norwich City F.C. Norwich CEYMS F.C. Carrow Road Norwich  England Association football 1902 Wanted to play another sport [16]
Oban Celtic Oban Camanachd Mossfield Park Oban  Scotland Shinty 1927 Broke away in protest by players who couldn't get a game
Otahuhu United Courier Rangers Seaside Domain Auckland  New Zealand Association football 1975 Broke away in protest by parents of junior teams unhappy with club organisation [17]
Panathinaikos Panellinios G.S. Athens Olympic Stadium Athens  Greece Various 1908 Protesting Panellinios G.S.'s refusal to form a football team.[18]
Paris FC Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Stade Sébastien Charléty Paris  France Association football 1969 Broke away after Mayor of Paris wouldn't support a non-Paris team [19]
Real Madrid C.F. Club Español de Madrid Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Madrid  Spain Association football 1902 Club split in membership [20]
Royal Ordnance Factories F.C. Royal Arsenal F.C. Invicta Ground London  England Association football 1893 Wanted a team for amateur factory workers [4]
Sheffield Eagles Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants Bramall Lane Sheffield  England Rugby League 2000 Protesting an unsuccessful merger [21]
Sheffield Rovers Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Sheffield  England Association football 1886 Protesting the refusal to turn professional [22]
Sunderland Albion F.C. Sunderland A.F.C. Sunderland  England Association football 1888 Protesting professionalism [23]
Thursday Wanderers Sheffield F.C. Sheffield  England Association football 1876 Wanted to play in the Sheffield Amateur Cup [24]
Torino F.C. Juventus F.C. Stadio Olimpico di Torino Turin  Italy Association football 1906 Protesting a move away from Torino [25]
Wasps FC London Wasps Twyford Avenue Sports Ground London  England Rugby Union 1999 Wanted to remain amateur [26]
Club Estudiantes de La Plata Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata Estadio Ciudad de La Plata La Plata  Argentina Association Football 1905 Broke away because of football practice cancellation


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  1. ^ Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. p. 11.
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  3. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 978-1-86200-013-1)
  4. ^ Roper, Alan (2004). The Real Arsenal Story: In the Days of Gog. Wherry. ISBN 0-9546259-1-9.