1888–89 Preston North End F.C. season

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Preston North End
1888–89 season
Football League 1st (40 Points)
FA Cup Winners
Top goalscorer John Goodall (22)

The 1888–89 season was Preston North End's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Preston became one of the founder members of the Football League. Preston were very successful during the season as they went on to claim the league and cup double without being defeated which earned the squad legendary status in league football. They were dubbed by the reporters at the time as the 'invincibles'.

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]

Preston's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 8 September 1888 Burnley H 5 – 2 5,000 Gordon, Ross (2), Dewhurst (2)
2 15 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4 – 0 5,000 Gordon, Ross, A Goodall, J Goodall
3 22 September 1888 Bolton Wanderers H 3 – 1 5,000 Gordon (2), Drummond
4 29 September 1888 Derby County A 3 – 2 6,000 Robertson, Ross (2)
5 6 October 1888 Stoke H 7 – 0 3,000 Ross (4), Whittle, J Goodall, Dewhurst
6 13 October 1888 West Bromwich Albion H 3 – 0 10,000 Dewhurst, Edwards (2)
7 20 October 1888 Accrington A 0 – 0 6,000
8 27 October 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 5 – 2 6,000 Gordon, Ross, J Goodall (3)
9 3 November 1888 Notts County A 7 – 0 7,000 Gordon (3), Ross, J Goodall (3)
10 10 November 1888 Aston Villa H 1 – 1 10,000 J Goodall
11 12 November 1888 Stoke A 3 – 0 4,500 Ross, Thompson, Robertson
12 17 November 1888 Accrington H 2 – 0 7,000 Gordon, Dewhurst
13 24 November 1888 Bolton Wanderers A 5 – 2 10,000 Ross (2), Robertson, Dewhurst, J Goodall
14 8 December 1888 Derby County H 5 – 0 4,000 Inglis, J Goodall (2), Dewhurst (2)
15 15 December 1888 Burnley A 2 – 2 8,000 Ross, Thompson
16 22 December 1888 Everton H 3 – 0 8,000 Dewhurst, J Goodall (2)
17 26 December 1888 West Bromwich Albion A 5 – 0 5,150 J Goodall (2), Ross (2), Gordon
18 29 December 1888 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 0 8,000 J Goodall
19 5 January 1889 Notts County H 4 – 1 4,000 J Goodall (2), Edwards
20 12 January 1889 Blackburn Rovers A 2 – 2 10,000 Dewhurst, Thompson
21 19 January 1889 Everton A 2 – 0 15,000 J Goodall, Ross
22 9 February 1889 Aston Villa A 2 – 0 10,000 Dewhurst (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 2 February 1889 Bootle A 3 – 0 1,000 J Goodall, Gordon, Thompson
R2 16 February 1889 Grimsby Town A 2 – 0 8,000 J Goodall, Ross
R3 2 March 1889 Birmingham St George's H 2 – 0 8,000 Holmes, Thompson
Semi final 16 March 1889 West Bromwich Albion N 1 – 0 22,688 Russell
Final 30 March 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 3 – 0 25,000 Dewhurst, Thompson, Ross

Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FW England Fred Dewhurst 16 12 5 1 21 13
FB Scotland George Drummond 12 1 4 0 16 1
FW England Jack Edwards 4 3 0 0 4 3
FW St Patrick's saltire.svg Archie Goodall 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW England John Goodall 21 20 5 2 26 22
FW Scotland Jack Gordon 20 10 5 1 25 11
HB Scotland Johnny Graham 22 0 4 0 26 0
HB Scotland Willie Graham 5 0 0 0 5 0
FB England Robert Holmes 22 0 5 1 26 1
FB England Bob Howarth 18 0 5 0 23 0
FW England Jock Inglis 1 1 0 0 1 1
GK Wales Robert Mills-Roberts 2 0 5 0 7 0
HB Scotland Sandy Robertson 21 3 1 0 22 3
FW Scotland Jimmy Ross 21 19 5 2 26 21
HB Scotland David Russell 18 0 5 1 26 19
FW Scotland Sam Thompson 16 3 5 3 21 6
GK Wales James Trainer 20 0 0 0 20 0
FB England Richard Whittle 1 1 0 0 1 1

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