1888–89 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1888–89 season
Football League 4th (26 Points)
FA Cup Semi final
Top goalscorer Jack Southworth (21)

The 1888–89 season was Blackburn Rovers's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this they became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 4th position with 26 points.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 4.933 40
2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 1.419 29
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 12 4 6 50 37 1.351 28
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 1.467 26
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 10 2 10 63 59 1.068 22
6 West Bromwich Albion 22 10 2 10 40 46 0.870 22
7 Accrington 22 6 8 8 48 48 1.000 20
8 Everton 22 9 2 11 35 46 0.761 20
9 Burnley 22 7 3 12 42 62 0.677 17
10 Derby County 22 7 2 13 41 61 0.672 16
11 Notts County 22 5 2 15 40 73 0.548 12
12 Stoke 22 4 4 14 26 51 0.510 12

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Blackburn Rovers's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 15 September 1888 Accrington H 5 – 5 4,000 Beresford, Southworth, Fecitt, Townley (2)
2 22 September 1888 West Bromwich Albion H 6 – 2 8,000 Townley, Walton, Fecitt (2), Southworth
3 29 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 2 5,000 Southworth (2)
4 6 October 1888 Notts County A 3 – 3 4,000 Fecitt, Townley, Walton
5 13 October 1888 Aston Villa A 1 – 6 5,000 Walton
6 20 October 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 2 3,500 Haresnape, Unknown
7 27 October 1888 Stoke H 5 – 2 3,000 Walton (2), Southworth, Fecitt, Townley
8 3 November 1888 Burnley A 7 – 1 3,000 Fecitt (2), Southworth (3), Beresford, Forrest
9 10 November 1888 Everton H 3 – 0 6,000 Almond, Walton, Unknown
10 17 November 1888 Aston Villa H 5 – 1 9,500 Southworth (3), Fecitt (2)
11 24 November 1888 Derby County A 2 – 0 3,000 Southworth, Fecitt
12 1 December 1888 Stoke A 1 – 2 5,000 Beresford
13 8 December 1888 Bolton Wanderers H 4 – 4 4,000 Townley (2), Beresford, Stothert
14 15 December 1888 Notts County H 5 – 2 4,000 Southworth (4), Unknown
15 22 December 1888 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 2 1,000 Fecitt
16 29 December 1888 Preston North End A 0 – 1 8,000
17 12 January 1889 Preston North End H 2 – 2 10,000 Walton, Fecitt
18 19 January 1889 Accrington A 2 – 0 4,000 Southworth, McLellan (o.g.)
19 26 January 1889 Bolton Wanderers A 2 – 3 6,000 Southworth, Walton
20 4 February 1889 Burnley H 4 – 2 2,000 Southworth (2), Walton, Townley
21 30 March 1889 Everton A 1 – 3 7,000 Whittaker
22 15 April 1889 Derby County H 3 – 0 4,000 Mitchell (2), Haresnape

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1888–89 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 2 February 1889 Accrington A 1 – 1 3,000 Unknown
R1 Replay 9 February 1889 Accrington H 5 – 0 8,000 Haresnape (2), Barton, Townley, Walton
R2 Swifts H Swifts withdrew
R3 2 March 1889 Aston Villa H 8 – 1 12,000 Haresnape (3), Southworth (4), Warner (o.g.)
Semi final 19 March 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 1 – 1 15,000 Haresnape
Semi final replay 23 March 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 1 – 3 9,000 Townley

Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
HB England Willie Almond 21 1 5 0 26 1
GK England Herby Arthur 15 0 5 0 20 0
HB England John Barton 5 0 1 1 6 1
FW England James Beresford 12 4 1 0 13 4
FB England Joe Beverley 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW England James Brown 4 0 0 0 4 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Douglas 21 0 5 0 26 0
U England James Duerden 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Harry Fecitt 17 12 5 0 22 12
FB Scotland John Forbes 16 0 5 0 21 0
HB England Jimmy Forrest 19 1 5 0 24 1
FW England Robert Haresnape 9 2 4 6 13 8
GK England William Holden 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England Billy McOwen 5 0 0 0 5 0
FW England W. Mitchell 1 2 0 0 1 2
FW England Robert Porter 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Jack Southworth 21 17 5 4 26 21
FB England James Southworth 19 0 4 0 23 0
FW England James Stothert 1 1 0 0 1 1
GK Scotland Fergus Suter 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England William Townley 19 8 5 2 24 10
FW England Nat Walton 20 10 5 1 25 11
FW England Bernard Whittaker 4 1 0 0 4 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Brown, Tony (2010). The Football League Match by Match 1888-89 to 1892-93. SoccerData. ISBN 978-1-899468-44-7.