The glory day of the Nigeria Premier League between 1970 and 1970 saw the emergence of many club but many of them have failed to live up to their recent reputation in recent years.
Some of these teams won League titles in the past but they have been absent in the top division in recent years.
1. Leventis United
They were the team to beat in the 1980s. Leventis United was founded by a Greek, John Mastoroudes, Director of Carpet Royal Nigeria Limited – an arm of the Leventis Group of Companies.
The team won the national league title in 1986 and 1987.
2. Bendel Insurance
A dominant team who ruled the 1970s, with title wins in 1973, 1979. Bendel Insurance still have a large following and are presently in the second division.
The team won the Nigerian FA Cup (now Federation Cup) in 1972, 1978, 1980.
3. New Nigeria Bank FC
The Benin City based team won the league title in 1985. It would disappear from the map after its corporate owners started having liquidity problems when the first wave of financial houses crashes happened in the 1980s. The team was relegated in 1989 and disbanded soon afterwards.
Former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi played for New Nigeria Bank FC as captain and later captained Nigeria for 15 years
4. Stationery Stores
Lagosians would Stationery as one of the best team to have ever emerged from Nigeria. The team won the national league in 1992 but in the next seaon the team were relegated because of failing to complete their fixtures, not because they finished on a relegation spot.
You only need to read the team’s wikipedia page to enjoy their rich history. A classic Nigerian club.
5. Mighty Jets FC
League title win in 1972 did not help the club for long. The club plays in the Nigeria National League (NNL) which is also the second division.
6. BCC Lions
The Benue Cement Company club won the league and FA Cup double in 1994 and should have built on that success but like many clubs have had to suffer from insecure management.
The current chairman of the club us Alhaji Aliko Dangote – Nigeria’s richest man. The team plays in the Nigeria Nationwide League – the third division.
7. Julius Berger (Bridge FC)
Like Stationery Stoes, Bridge FC was a source of joy to many Lagosians with the peak coming with a title win in 1991. Players such as David Adekola, Yakubu, Taribo West, Sunday Oliseh, Samson Siasia, Emmanuel Amuneke, Rashidi Yekini, Garba Lawal, and Mutiu Adepoju have played for Julius Berger