1891–92 Football League
(1st English title)
|FA Cup winners||West Bromwich Albion
(2nd FA Cup title)
|Goals scored||777 (4.27 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||John Campbell (Sunderland), 31 |
|Biggest home win||West Brom 12 –Darwen 0
(4 March 1892)
|Biggest away win||Darwen 1 –Sunderland 7
(23 April 1892)
|Highest scoring||Aston Villa 12 –Accrington 2
(12 March 1892)
The Football League 1891–1892 was the fourth season of English league football, and the last season of the football league running in a single division. Sunderland were the winners of the league which was their first ever league success. At the beginning of the season Stoke had left the Football Alliance and rejoined the Football League. Darwen also joined from the Alliance but they conceded 112 goals and finished bottom.
The table below is reproduced here in the exact form that it can be found at the The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, 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.
|2||Preston North End||26||12||0||1||42||8||6||1||6||19||23||61||31||1.968||+30||37|
|12||West Bromwich Albion [notes 1]||26||6||3||4||37||24||0||3||10||14||34||51||58||0.879||–7||18|
|14||Darwen [notes 2]||26||4||1||8||31||43||0||2||11||7||69||38||112||0.339||–74||11|
- 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
- FA Cup winners — no re-election required.
- Not re-elected, invited to join Second Division.
|FA Cup Winners|
|New club in the league (see Darwen)|
|Home \ Away||ACC||AST||BLB||BOL||BUR||DRW||DER||EVE||NTC||PRE||STO||SUN||WBA||WOL|
|Preston North End||4–1||0–1||3–2||4–0||5–1||4–0||3–0||4–0||6–0||3–2||3–1||1–0||2–0|
|West Bromwich Albion||3–1||0–3||2–2||0–2||1–0||12–0||4–2||4–0||2–2||1–2||2–2||2–5||4–3|
Two new clubs were elected to the League in the re-election process. West Bromwich Albion, although finishing in the bottom four teams, were not required to seek re-election as they were the FA Cup holders. Two of the other three teams were duly re-elected. As a result, three new teams were elected to the League. The voting went as follows:
|The Wednesday||10||Elected to the League|
|Nottingham Forest||9||Elected to the League|
|Accrington||7||Re-elected to the League|
|Stoke||6||Re-elected to the League|
|Newton Heath||6||Elected to the League|
|Sheffield United||5||Not elected to the League|
|Darwen||4||Not re-elected to the League|
|Burton Swifts||1||Not elected to the League|
|Newcastle East End||1||Not elected to the League|
|Middlesbrough / Middlesbrough Ironopolis (combined)||1||Not elected to the League|
|Liverpool Caledonian||0||Not elected to the League|
|Re-elected to the League|
|Elected to the League|
|Not (re-)elected to the League; later invited to participate in the Second Division|
|Not elected to the League|
When a second division was later added to the league, Darwen were elected to participate, though they only lasted there a single season, never to appear in the league again. The other teams to participate in the Second Division were drawn from the Football Alliance.
- "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
- "Football League 1891-92". FCHD-info. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
- "England 1891–92". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.