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Which city can boast the most teams bearing its name in the top flight? | The Knowledge

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“Since the advent of the League of Ireland in 1921, 10 sides bearing the city name of Cork have appeared in the League’s top two divisions,” writes Phil Farrell. “They are Cork FC (1930-38), Cork Bohemians (1932-34), Cork City I (1938-40), Cork United I (1940-48), Cork Athletic (1948-57), Cork Celtic (1952-79), Cork Hibernians (1957-77), Cork Alberts (1977-79), Cork United II (1978-82), and Cork City II (1984-present). While some of these clubs are merely rebrandings or phoenix clubs emanating from others, nonetheless these 10 different club names have featured on flags, scarves and shirt badges that have graced the league. Has any city lent its name to so many different top-flight clubs?”

Mick McMenemie provides an exhaustive answer to this one. So we’ll put our feet up and listen in. “Bit of a complicated one but I believe Tallinn can trump Cork for top-flight teams. First of all, 11 of these clubs have played in the Meistriliiga: FC Lantana Tallinn, FC Infonet Tallinn, FC Flora Tallinn, JK Dunamo Tallinn, FC Norma Tallinn, FC Nikol Tallinn, FC Levadia Tallin, JK Tallinna Sadam, JK Tallinna Kalev, KSK Vigri Tallinn, FC TVMK (the ‘T’ stands for Tallinna).

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