1888–89 in English football

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The 1888–1889 season was the 18th season of competitive association football in England.

Overview[edit]

A new competition, The Football League, started this season. The Football League was open to clubs all over the United Kingdom,[citation needed] but the first twelve entrants (Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke (now Stoke City), West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers) were all from the Midlands or North of England (in later years the competition became the de facto English league, though some clubs from outside England still compete in it). Each club in the League played each other twice (once at home and once away) and would be awarded two points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. From these points, a league table was drawn up. Preston North End were in first place at the end of the season and thus became the first ever Football League champions. They did not lose a match all season (a feat only accomplished once since, by Arsenal in 2003–04) and also won the FA Cup.

The Football League is still going today and now has 72 clubs in three divisions (down from an all-time high of 92 clubs in four divisions). Since the 1992–93 season, it has become only the second-most important league competition, behind the FA Premier League in the English football league system.

Events[edit]

National team[edit]

England finished second in the 1889 British Home Championship, which was won by Scotland.

John Yates, of Burnley, scored 3 goals against Ireland in his only appearance for England.

Date Venue Home team Visitors Score Comp England scorers
23 Feb 1889 Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent  England  Wales 4–1 BHC Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion), John Goodall (Preston North End), Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers) & Fred Dewhurst (Preston North End)
2 Mar 1889 Anfield, Liverpool  England  Ireland 6–1 BHC Alf Shelton (Notts County), John Yates (Burnley) (3), Joe Lofthouse (Accrington) & John Brodie (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
13 Apr 1889 Kennington Oval, London  England  Scotland 2–3 BHC Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion) (15 & 17 mins)

Key

1889 British Home Championship Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1  Scotland 3 2 1 0 10 2 + 8 5
2  England 3 2 0 1 12 5 + 7 4
3  Wales 3 1 1 1 4 5 – 1 3
4  Ireland 3 0 0 3 2 16 – 14 0
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
    GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
FA Cup Preston North End (1st FA Cup title)
The Football League Preston North End (1st English title)*

* Indicates new record for competition

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1888–89 FA Cup

Final[edit]

For more details on this match, see 1889 FA Cup Final.
Date Home team Visitors Score Venue
30 Mar 1889 Preston North End Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Kennington Oval

The Football League[edit]

League table[edit]

The Football League
Season 1888–89
Champions Preston North End
(1st English title)
Relegated none
FA Cup winners Preston North End (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 586 (4.44 per match)
Top goalscorer John Goodall (Preston North End), 21
Biggest home win Aston VillaNotts County 9–1 (29 Sept 1888)
Biggest away win Notts CountyPreston 0–7 (3 Nov 1888)
Highest scoring 10: Aston VillaNotts County 9–1 (29 Sept 1888)
BoltonNotts County 7–3 (9 Mar 1889)
Blackburn RoversAccrington 5–5 (15 Sept 1888)
Longest winning run 6 – Preston North End (8 Sep – 13 Oct 1888)
Longest unbeaten run 22 – Preston North End (8 Sep 1888 – 9 Feb 1889), the entire season
Longest losing run 8 – Derby County (29 Sep – 8 Dec 1888)
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GA GD Pts
1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 4.933 + 59 40
2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 1.419 + 18 29
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 12 4 6 50 37 1.351 + 13 28
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 1.467 + 21 26
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 10 2 10 63 59 1.068 + 4 22
6 West Bromwich Albion 22 10 2 10 40 46 0.870 – 6 22
7 Accrington 22 6 8 8 48 48 1.000 ± 0 20
8 Everton 22 9 2 11 35 46 0.761 – 11 20
9 Burnley 22 7 3 12 42 62 0.677 – 20 17
10 Derby County 22 7 2 13 41 61 0.672 – 20 16
11 Notts County 22 5 2 15 40 73 0.548 – 33 12
12 Stoke 22 4 4 14 26 51 0.510 – 25 12
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
    GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • The points system: * 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw
Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners (see Preston North End)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Accrington Accrington Thorneyholme Road n/a
Aston Villa Birmingham Perry Barr Stadium n/a
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Leamington Street 600–700
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Pike’s Lane n/a
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor n/a
Derby County Derby Racecourse Ground n/a
Everton Liverpool Anfield n/a
Notts County Nottingham Trent Bridge Cricket Ground n/a
Preston North End Preston Deepdale n/a
Stoke Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Ground n/a
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Stoney Lane n/a
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Dudley Road n/a

Top scorers[1][edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Matches played Goals per match
1 England John Goodall Preston North End 21 21 1.00
2 Scotland James D. Ross Preston North End 18 21 0.86
3 England Albert Allen Aston Villa 17 21 0.81
4 England John Southworth Blackburn Rovers 16 21 0.76
England Harry Wood Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 17 0.94
6 England Thomas Green Aston Villa 14 21 0.67
7 Scotland James Brogan Bolton Wanderers 13 22 0.59
England David Weir Bolton Wanderers 13 22 0.59
9 England Frederick Dewhurst Preston North End 12 17 0.71
England Herbert L. Fecitt Blackburn Rovers 12 17 0.71
Scotland Alexander Barbour Accrington 12 19 0.63
Scotland Alexander Higgins Derby County 12 21 0.57
England Thomas Pearson West Bromwich Albion 12 22 0.55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fußball-Weltzeitschrift No. 10, Jan/Feb 1988.

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