1891–92 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1891–92
Champions Sunderland
(1st English title)
Relegated None
FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion
(2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played 182
Goals scored 777 (4.27 per match)
Top goalscorer John Campbell (Sunderland), 31 [1]
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 18911892 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.[2]

Final league table[3][4][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[3] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[4] 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.[4]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Sunderland 26 13 0 0 55 11 8 0 5 38 25 93 36 2.583 +57 42
2 Preston North End 26 12 0 1 42 8 6 1 6 19 23 61 31 1.968 +30 37
3 Bolton Wanderers 26 9 2 2 29 14 8 0 5 22 23 51 37 1.378 +14 36
4 Aston Villa 26 10 0 3 63 23 5 0 8 26 33 89 56 1.589 +33 30
5 Everton 26 8 2 3 32 22 4 2 7 17 27 49 49 1.000 ±0 28
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 8 2 3 34 15 3 2 8 25 31 59 46 1.283 +13 26
7 Burnley 26 9 1 3 34 14 2 3 8 15 31 49 45 1.089 +4 26
8 Notts County 26 9 3 1 41 12 2 1 10 14 39 55 51 1.078 +4 26
9 Blackburn Rovers 26 8 3 2 39 26 2 3 8 19 39 58 65 0.892 –7 26
10 Derby County 26 6 3 4 28 18 4 1 8 18 34 46 52 0.885 –6 24
11 Accrington 26 7 3 3 24 20 1 1 11 16 58 40 78 0.513 –38 20
12 West Bromwich Albion [notes 1] 26 6 3 4 37 24 0 3 10 14 34 51 58 0.879 –7 18
13 Stoke 26 5 0 8 19 19 0 4 9 19 42 38 61 0.623 –23 14
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
  1. ^ FA Cup winners — no re-election required.
  2. ^ Not re-elected, invited to join Second Division.
Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners
New club in the league (see Darwen)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[3] and from Rothmans Book of
Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79.[4]

Home \ Away[1] ACC AST BLB BOL BUR DRW DER EVE NTC PRE STO SUN WBA WOL
Accrington F.C. 3–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–0 3–5 4–2 3–2
Aston Villa 12–2 5–1 1–2 6–1 7–0 6–0 3–4 5–1 3–1 2–1 5–3 5–1 3–6
Blackburn Rovers 2–2 4–3 4–0 3–3 4–0 0–2 2–2 5–4 2–4 5–3 3–1 3–2 2–0
Bolton Wanderers 3–4 1–2 4–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 4–3 1–1 3–0
Burnley 2–1 4–1 3–0 1–2 9–0 2–4 1–0 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–2 3–2 1–1
Darwen 5–2 1–5 3–5 1–2 2–6 2–0 3–1 2–3 0–4 9–3 1–7 1–1 1–4
Derby County 3–1 4–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 7–0 0–3 3–0 1–2 3–3 0–1 1–1 2–1
Everton 3–0 5–1 3–1 2–5 1–1 5–3 1–2 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–4 4–3 2–1
Notts County 9–0 5–2 2–2 2–0 5–1 5–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–2
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
Stoke 3–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 3–0 5–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–3
Sunderland 4–1 2–1 6–1 4–1 2–1 7–0 7–1 2–1 4–0 4–1 4–1 4–0 5–2
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
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 2–0 6–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–3 5–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–3 2–1

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]

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:[5]

Team Votes Result
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
Key
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Football League 1891-92". FCHD-info. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "England 1891–92". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  5. ^ footballsite.co.uk

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