1889–90 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1889–90
Champions Preston North End
(2nd successive English title)
Relegated None
FA Cup winners Blackburn Rovers (4th FA Cup title)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 611 (4.63 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Ross (Preston North End), 24 [1]
Biggest home win Preston North EndStoke 10–0 (14 Sept 1889)
Biggest away win AccringtonNotts County 1–8 (12 Oct 1889)
Highest scoring Preston North EndStoke 10–0 (14 Sept 1889)
Blackburn RoversNotts County 9–1 (16 Nov 1889)
WolverhamptonBurnley 9–1 (7 Dec 1889)
Longest winning run 6 –Everton and Preston North End
Longest unbeaten run 7 –Preston North End (twice), Accrington and Blackburn Rovers
Longest losing run 10 –Stoke

The Football League 18891890 was the second season of English league football, with Preston North End being crowned as the champions for the second successive season. The clubs competing were the 12 original clubs which were the founders of the league the previous year. Unlike the modern system, two points were awarded for a win, with one for a draw and no points for a loss, this system was carried on right until the 1980s.

Final league table[edit]

The table below is reproduced here in the exact form that it can be found at the The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[2] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[3] with home and away statistics separated.

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

Since the goal average was used for this purpose for such a long time, it is presented in the tables below even for the seasons prior to 1894–95, and since the goal difference is a more informative piece of information for a modern reader than the goal average, the goal difference is added in this presentation after the goal average.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is until the season 1893–94 re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league.[3]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Preston North End 22 8 1 2 41 12 7 2 2 30 18 71 30 2.367 +41 33
2 Everton 22 8 2 1 40 15 6 1 4 25 25 65 40 1.625 +25 31
3 Blackburn Rovers 22 9 0 2 59 18 3 3 5 19 23 78 41 1.902 +37 27
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 6 3 2 28 14 4 2 5 23 24 51 38 1.342 +13 25
5 West Bromwich Albion 22 8 1 2 37 20 3 2 6 10 30 47 50 0.940 –3 25
6 Accrington 22 6 4 1 33 25 3 2 6 20 31 53 56 0.946 –3 24
7 Derby County 22 8 2 1 32 13 1 1 9 11 42 43 55 0.782 –12 21
8 Aston Villa[4] 22 6 2 3 30 15 1 3 7 13 36 43 51 0.843 –8 19
9 Bolton Wanderers[4] 22 6 1 4 37 24 3 0 8 17 41 54 65 0.831 –11 19
10 Notts County 22 4 3 4 20 19 2 2 7 23 32 43 51 0.843 –8 17
11 Burnley 22 3 1 7 20 21 1 4 6 16 44 36 65 0.554 –29 13
12 Stoke[5] 22 2 3 6 18 20 1 1 9 9 49 27 69 0.391 –42 10

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

Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[2] and Rothmans.[3]

Home \ Away[1] ACC AST BLB BOL BUR DER EVE NTC PNE STO WBA WOL
Accrington F.C. 4–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 6–1 5–3 1–8 2–2 2–1 0–0 6–3
Aston Villa 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–2 7–1 1–2 1–1 5–3 6–1 1–0 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 3–2 7–0 7–1 7–1 4–2 2–4 9–1 3–4 8–0 5–0 4–3
Bolton Wanderers 2–4 2–0 3–2 2–2 7–1 3–4 0–4 2–6 5–0 7–0 4–1
Burnley 2–2 2–6 1–2 7–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–2
Derby County 2–3 5–0 4–0 3–2 4–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–3
Everton 2–2 7–0 3–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 5–3 1–5 8–0 5–1 1–1
Notts County 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–5 1–1 3–1 4–3 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–2
Preston North End 3–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 6–0 5–0 1–2 4–3 10–0 5–0 0–2
Stoke 7–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 3–4 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 4–1 3–0 3–2 6–3 6–1 2–3 4–1 4–2 2–2 2–1 1–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 1–1 2–4 5–1 9–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Re-election process[edit]

At the Football League election meeting no vote was taken, and it was agreed that Burnley and Notts County were re-elected and that Sunderland was elected in place of Stoke, who played in the Football Alliance the following season but returned to the Football League after a year’s absence.

The applications of Football Alliance sides Bootle, Darwen, Grimsby Town, Newton Heath and Sunderland Albion were rejected.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b "England 1889-90". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  4. ^ a b Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers finished equal on 19 points and it was agreed that neither would need to face re-election.
  5. ^ Not re-elected, joined Football Alliance. Sunderland elected in their place.
  6. ^ footballsite.co.uk

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