1890–91 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1890–91
Champions Everton
(1st English title)
Relegated None
FA Cup winners Blackburn Rovers (5th FA Cup title)
Matches played 132
Goals scored 554 (4.2 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers), 26 [1]
Biggest home win Derby CountyWolverhampton 9–0 (10 Jan 1891)
Biggest away win BlackburnNotts County 1–7 (14 Mar 1891)
Highest scoring Derby CountyBlackburn 8–5 (6 Sept 1890)

The Football League 18901891 was the third Football league season, after dominating and being crowned champions for the first two football league seasons Preston North End slipped to second and Everton won the league with a two point gap. Meanwhile there had been changes in the league since the last football league season, Stoke had not been re-elected to the football league, so joined the rival Football Alliance. They were replaced with Sunderland, who were nicknamed "the team of all talents" at the time.

Final league table[2][3][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 Everton 22 9 0 2 39 12 5 1 5 24 17 63 29 2.172 +34 29
2 Preston North End 22 7 3 1 30 5 5 0 6 14 18 44 23 1.913 +21 27
3 Notts County 22 9 1 1 33 11 2 3 6 19 24 52 35 1.486 +17 26
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 8 1 2 23 8 4 1 6 16 42 39 50 0.780 –11 26
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 9 0 2 36 14 3 1 7 11 20 47 34 1.382 +13 25
6 Blackburn Rovers 22 7 1 3 29 19 4 1 6 23 24 52 43 1.209 +9 24
7 Sunderland 22 7 2 2 31 13 3 3 5 20 18 51 31 1.645 +20 231
8 Burnley 22 7 1 3 33 24 2 2 7 19 39 52 63 0.825 –11 21
9 Aston Villa 22 5 4 2 29 18 2 0 9 16 40 45 58 0.776 –13 18
10 Accrington 22 5 1 5 19 19 1 3 7 9 31 28 50 0.560 –22 16
11 Derby County 22 6 1 4 38 28 1 0 10 9 53 47 81 0.580 –34 15
12 West Bromwich Albion 22 3 1 7 17 26 2 1 8 17 31 34 57 0.596 –23 12

1Sunderland deducted two points for fielding unregistered player.[4]

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
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

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 PRE SUN WBA WOL
Accrington F.C. 1–3 0–4 2–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 3–2 1–3 4–1 1–0 1–2
Aston Villa 3–1 2–2 5–0 4–4 4–0 2–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 0–4 6–2
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 5–1 0–2 5–2 8–0 2–1 1–7 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–3
Bolton Wanderers 6–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–5 4–2 1–0 2–5 7–1 6–0
Burnley 2–0 2–1 1–6 1–2 6–1 3–2 0–1 6–2 3–3 5–4 4–2
Derby County 1–2 5–4 8–5 1–1 2–4 2–6 3–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 9–0
Everton 3–2 5–0 3–1 2–0 7–3 7–0 4–2 0–1 1–0 2–3 5–0
Notts County 5–0 7–1 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–1
Preston North End 1–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 7–0 6–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 5–1
Sunderland 2–2 5–1 3–1 2–0 2–3 5–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 1–1 3–4
West Bromwich Albion 5–1 0–3 1–0 2–4 3–1 3–4 1–4 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 5–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 4–0

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

The re-election process[edit]

The number of clubs in the Football League was to be increased by two for the 1891–92 season. In addition to the four League sides seeking re-election, six non-league clubs (five of them from the Football Alliance) also sought League membership. The voting went as follows:[5]

Team Votes Result
Accrington 8 Re-elected to the League
Aston Villa 8 Re-elected to the League
Darwen 7 Elected to the League
Stoke 7 Elected to the League
Derby County 6 Re-elected to the League
West Bromwich Albion 6 Re-elected to the League
Ardwick 4 Not elected to the League
Nottingham Forest 1 Not elected to the League
Sunderland Albion 1 Not elected to the League
Newton Heath 0 Not elected to the League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b c "England 1890–91". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  4. ^ Rothmans Football Yearbook 1970–71, p. 233. The Queen Anne Press Limited, London, 1970.
  5. ^ footballsite.co.uk

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