1891–92 in English football

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The 1891–92 season was the 21st season of competitive football in England.

Events[edit]

Three new clubs joined the Football Alliance, following the expansion of the Football League to 14 teams, and the defection of Sunderland Albion to the Northern League. These new teams were Ardwick (later Manchester City), Burton Swifts and Lincoln City.

Everton leave Anfield on 15 March 1892 after a dispute with the stadium's landlord, John Houlding. Everton moved into a new stadium at nearby Goodison Park, while Houlding formed a new football club - Liverpool F.C. - on 30 March 1892, to play at Anfield.[1]

National team[edit]

In the 1892 British Home Championship, for the third (and final) time England played matches against Wales and Ireland on the same day, 5 March 1892, winning both by a 2–0 margin.

Wales[edit]

For the Welsh game, England selected a team consisting mainly of players with Corinthian connections and awarded eight new caps. The new caps included professionals George Toone of Notts County in goal, Henry Lilley of Sheffield United (making his only England appearance at left-back) and George Kinsey (Wolverhampton Wanderers) at left-half. Joe Schofield a Staffordshire schoolteacher with Stoke City played at outside-left. The other débutantes were Anthony Hossack (Corinthian), William Winckworth (Old Westminsters), Robert Cunliffe Gosling (Old Etonians) and Rupert Sandilands (Old Westminsters). England were a little too skilful for the Welsh and ran out 2–0 winners with goals from Arthur Henfrey and Rupert Sandilands.

Ireland[edit]

Against Ireland, England issued a further five new caps. The most prominent débutante was Charlie Athersmith of Aston Villa at outside-right, who would continue to appear for England over the next eight years, making twelve appearances in all. He was accompanied by his club team-mate, John Devey. The other new caps were John Cox of Derby County, Michael Whitham of Sheffield United and John Pearson of Crewe Alexandra for each of whom this was their solitary England appearance. Pearson went on to have a successful career as a Football League referee, including the 1911 FA Cup Final. Harry Daft of Notts County was awarded the captaincy for his last of five England appearances and marked the occasion by scoring twice, either side of half-time.

Scotland[edit]

Scotland also beat both Wales and Ireland and, as a result, the outcome of the British Home Championship rested on the final game of the season (for the third consecutive year). England selected a much more experienced team than for the Wales and Ireland games, and only included four players who had featured in those games, including only one of the debutantes, George Toone in goal. Jack Reynolds, the West Bromwich Albion full-back, was selected to play for England for the first time, even though he had previously played five international games for Ireland, having scored against England on 15 March 1890. It had wrongly been assumed that Reynolds was born in Ireland; however, his birth certificate had proved that he was in fact born in Blackburn, thereby enabling him to make eight appearances for England. England rattled in four goals in the first 21 minutes, and although Scotland scored a late consolation goal, England were able to continue their excellent run of results against the Scots and claim the championship again.

Date Venue Opponents Score* Comp England scorers
5 March 1892 Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)  Wales 2–0 BHC Goal 15' Arthur Henfrey (Corinthian), Goal 87' Rupert Sandilands (Old Westminsters)
5 March 1892 Solitude, Belfast (A)  Ireland 2–0 BHC Goal 44', Goal 47' Harry Daft (Notts Co.)
2 April 1892 Ibrox Park, Glasgow (A)  Scotland 4–1 BHC Goal 1' Edgar Chadwick (Everton), Goal 14', Goal 21' John Goodall (Derby Co.), Goal 16' Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers)

* England score given first

Key

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
The Football League Sunderland (1)
FA Cup West Bromwich Albion (2)
Football Alliance Nottingham Forest
Home Championship  England

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

League tables[edit]

The Football League[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Sunderland 26 21 0 5 93 36 2.583 42
2 Preston North End 26 18 1 7 61 31 1.968 37
3 Bolton Wanderers 26 17 2 7 51 37 1.378 36
4 Aston Villa 26 15 0 11 89 56 1.589 30
5 Everton 26 12 4 10 49 49 1.000 28
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 4 11 59 46 1.283 26
7 Burnley 26 11 4 11 49 45 1.089 26
8 Notts County 26 11 4 11 55 51 1.078 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 26 10 6 10 58 65 0.892 26
10 Derby County 26 10 4 12 46 52 0.885 24
11 Accrington[2] 26 8 4 14 40 78 0.513 20
12 West Bromwich Albion[3] 26 6 6 14 51 58 0.879 18
13 Stoke[2] 26 5 4 17 38 61 0.623 14
14 Darwen[4] 26 4 3 19 38 112 0.339 11

The Football Alliance[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Nottingham Forest[5] 22 14 5 3 59 22 33
2 Newton Heath[5] 22 12 7 3 69 33 31
3 Small Heath[6] 22 12 5 5 53 36 29
4 The Wednesday[5] 22 12 4 6 65 35 28
5 Burton Swifts[6] 22 12 2 8 54 52 26
6 Grimsby Town[6] 22 6 6 10 40 39 18
7 Crewe Alexandra[6] 22 7 4 11 44 49 18
8 Ardwick[6] 22 6 6 10 39 51 18
9 Bootle[6] 22 8 2 12 42 64 18
10 Lincoln City[6] 22 6 5 11 37 65 17
11 Walsall Town Swifts[6] 22 6 3 13 33 59 15
12 Birmingham St George's[7] 22 5 3 14 34 64 11

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

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". LFCHistory.net. 
  2. ^ a b Re-elected to the Football League First Division
  3. ^ FA Cup holders – No re-election required
  4. ^ Not re-elected, invited to join Second Division
  5. ^ a b c Elected to the Football League First Division
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Elected to the Football League Second Division
  7. ^ Two points deducted for fielding ineligible players. Disbanded at the end of the season due to financial problems

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