1889–90 in English football

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The 1889–90 season was the 19th season of competitive football in England. Preston North End were Football League champions for the second successive season while The Wednesday finished top of the newly formed Football Alliance. Blackburn Rovers won the FA Cup.

Football League[edit]

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

Football Alliance[edit]

A new competition, the Football Alliance, started this season. It was formed by 12 clubs as a rival to The Football League, which had begun in the 1888–89 season, also with 12 member clubs. The Alliance covered a similar area to the League, stretching from the Midlands to the North West, but also further east in Sheffield, Grimsby and Sunderland.

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 The Wednesday 22 15 2 5 70 39 32
2 Bootle 22 13 2 7 66 39 28
3 Sunderland Albion 21 12 2 7 64 39 28[4]
4 Grimsby Town 22 12 2 8 58 47 26
5 Crewe Alexandra 22 11 2 9 68 59 24
6 Darwen 22 10 2 10 70 75 22
7 Birmingham St George's 21 9 3 9 62 49 21[4]
8 Newton Heath 22 9 2 11 40 45 20
9 Walsall Town Swifts 22 8 3 11 44 59 19
10 Small Heath 22 6 5 11 44 67 17
11 Nottingham Forest 22 6 5 11 31 62 17
12 Long Eaton Rangers[5] 22 4 2 16 35 73 10

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

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1889–90 FA Cup

The FA Cup was won by Blackburn Rovers, who beat The Wednesday 6–1 in the 1890 FA Cup Final to lift the trophy for the fourth time.

National team[edit]

In the 1890 British Home Championship, England played matches against Wales and Ireland on the same day, 15 March 1890, winning both comfortably. The team for the Wales match were mainly amateur players, whereas the team against Ireland were all professional players. The Irish goal was scored by Jack Reynolds, who later played for England.

In the deciding match against Scotland, the teams drew 1–1 and shared the trophy.

Date Venue Opponents Score* Competition England scorers Goals and times
15 March 1890 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 3–1 BHC Edmund Currey (Oxford University)
Tinsley Lindley (Nottingham Forest)
Goal Goal
Goal
15 March 1890 Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast (A)  Ireland 9–1 BHC Fred Geary (Everton)
William Townley (Blackburn Rovers)
Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers)
Kenny Davenport (Bolton Wanderers)
John Barton (Blackburn Rovers)
Goal 15' Goal 60' Goal 80'
Goal 16' Goal 84'
Goal 40'
Goal 46' Goal 75'
Goal 88'
5 April 1890 (Second) Hampden Park, Glasgow (A)  Scotland 1–1 BHC Harry Wood (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Goal 17'

* England score given first

Key

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers finished equal on 19 points and it was agreed that neither would need to face re-election
  2. ^ a b Re-elected
  3. ^ Relegated, joined Football Alliance. Sunderland elected in their place.
  4. ^ a b Sunderland Albion's point total includes two points awarded after Birmingham St George's refused to fulfil a fixture against them which had been ordered to be replayed by the management committee.
  5. ^ Dropped out of the Football Alliance to join the Midland League

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