As it is every election year, the 2020 US presidential election has taken over the world!
Eventually after months of campaigning Joe Biden was announced as the 46th president of the USA.
Just like football itself the history of US Presidency goes back many a year and so do some title droughts sustained by English football clubs.
In honour of election fever, in this article we’ll be looking at who was in 1600 Pennsylvania avenue the last time your team won a major trophy
Donald Trump – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City
The most recent president in officer, love him or hate him Trump’s sole term in office to date began in 2017 and since then only five teams have managed to win a major trophy.
Manchester United and Chelsea both claimed Europa league glory in 2017 and 19′ respectively whilst the domestic honours in 2020 were split between Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
Barack Obama – Birmingham, Leicester, Swansea , Wigan
Prior to Trump was of course Barack Obama, 45th presidents two terms from 2009 to 2017 coincided with four unlikely triumphs, Obafemi Martins last gasp winner against Arsenal secured Birmingham the 2011 league cup whilst Ben Watson largely did the same to win Wigan the 2013 FA Cup against all the odds.
Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City beat Bradford City to claim the 2013 League Cup and of course saving the best till last Leicester City won the 2016 Premier League.
George W. Bush – Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Tottenham
Going on nearly 20 years without a trophy at this point.
George W. Bush’s 2 terms as president lasted from 2001-2009. Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Tottenham all claimed League Cup glory whilst Portsmouth beat Cardiff to win the 2008 FA Cup final.
The standout name here is obviously Tottenham who failed to claim a single piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho to this date.
Bill Clinton – Everton, Aston Villa
Clinton served from 1993 to 2001 and his resume surprisingly coincides with two of English football’s biggest clubs.
Everton and Aston Villa have both failed to back up their respective FA Cup and League cup winning seasons with another trophy in 25 years.
Everton look the closest to breaking that duck in Carlo Ancelotti’s highly promising first full season in charge.
George Bush – Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday
Going way back into the transition between the 1980’s and 90’s, George Bush was president from 1989 to 1993 and his term in charge again falls within the same period of some of Britain’s biggest clubs.
Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest claimed League Cup glory in consecutive seasons from 90 to 91 whilst Leeds United won equivalent of the Premier league back in 1992.
Ronald Reagan – Coventry, Ipswich, Luton, Norwich, Oxford, Wimbledon,
Going back even further to nearly 40 years without a trophy, Reagan’s two terms in charge spanned the majority of the 1980’s from 81′ to 89′.
Norwich, Oxford and Luton all won the League Cup in 1985, 86′ and 88′ whilst Coventry and Wimbledon won the FA cup in 87′ and 88′. Now League one Ipswich won the UEFA Cup win 1981 and in the 39 years since have not tasted glory.
Jimmy Carter – West Ham, Wolverhamtpon Wanderers
Current Premier League sides Wolves and West Ham have both failed to win major trophies since 1980.
Wolves won the 1980 League cup whilst West Ham beat Arsenal to claim FA Cup glory in the penultimate years of Carter’s tenancy in The White House.
Gerald Ford – Derby, Southampton
Going even further back to the mid-’70s now, a whole 7 presidents before Donald Trump to Gerald Ford.
Now championship Derby were the reigning English champions in 1975 and who would’ve thought 45 years ago that would be their last trophy to date.
The Saints beat Manchester United to claim the 1976 FA Cup and stand at a slightly more impressive 44 years without a trophy.
Richard Nixon – Stoke City, Sunderland, Swindon
Richard Nixon was the US president from 1969 to 74′ and the last trophy-laden season from 3 ex-premier league sides coincides between those years.
Swindon and Stoke won the League Cup in 69′ and 73′ whilst Sunderland of course won the FA Cup in 1973 whilst playing in the second division.
Lyndon B. Johnson – Queens Park Rangers, West Brom
The trophy drought is now over half a century for QPR and West Brom dating all the way back to the days of Lyndon B. Johnson.
QPR and West Brom won the League and FA Cup in back to back seasons from 1967 to 1968.
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Newcastle
Leapfrogging from Johnson to Eisenhower, Blackpool, Bolton and Newcastle have all failed to win major trophies since the 1950’s whilst Burnley haven’t dusted off the trophy cabinet since they won the won the old first division in 1960.
Eisenhower served from 53′ to 61′ just before the late JFK.
Harry S. Truman – Charlton Athletic
All the way back in 1947 now, a whole 73 years ago and the last year Charlton won a major trophy. The Addicks won the FA Cup that year and have since fluctuated between the divisions.
Franklin D. Roosevelt – Preston North End
Roosevelt was the president between 1933 and 1945 and near enough in the middle of his historic four terms in office Preston won their last major trophy beating Huddersfield in the 1938 FA Cup final.
Calvin Coolidge – Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United
Skipping past Herbert Hoover, Coolidge’s service from 1923 to 29′ was the last time three recent and current Premier League teams won major trophies.
Sheffield United and Cardiff won the 1925 and 1927 FA Cup finals whilst Huddersfield won the first division in 1926.
William H. Taft – Barnsley, Bradford
Skipping past Warren Harding and Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft was in office from 1909 to 1913.
Barnsley and Bradford have had an astounding 100-year trophy drought having both now won trophies since the 1911 and 1912 FA Cup finals. From this point every team’s last trophy was FA Cup glory.
Theodore Roosevelt – Bury
The turn of the 20th century marks many things but it also marks the last time Bury FC won a trophy.
The club of course have many ongoing financial difficulties and were expelled from the EFL in 2019.
Grover Cleveland – Notts County
Notts County, the oldest football club in the world last won a trophy in the 1800s, beating Bolton 4-1 at Goodinson Park in the 1894 FA Cup final.
County are the last EFL club on this list and have gone a jaw-dropping 126 years without a trophy.
James A. Garfield/Chester A. Arthur – Blackburn Olympic, Old Carthusians, Old Etonians
Three names you may not have heard but written in the history books never the less.
Blackburn Olympic won arguably the most famous FA Cup final ever for the historians beating Old Etonians in 1883 final, marking the first time a working-class team had won the competition.
Rutherford B. Hayes – Clapham Rovers, The Wanderers
The penultimate entry on this list Clapham Rovers and The Wanderers were FA Cup champions in 1878 and 1880, the same time Queen Victoria was the monarch and Rutherford B. Hayes was the US President.
Ulysses S. Grant – Oxford University, Royal Engineers
Last buy certainly not least is Ulysses S. Grant. Grant was the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877.
Oxford University won the third ever FA Cup final a year after losing the second to the Wanderers. The Royal engineers won it a year later in 1875 and whole 145 years before two goals from Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won the 2020 FA Cup final for Arsenal.