1894–95 Football League

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The 18941895 season was the seventh season of The Football League.

During the first five seasons of the league the re-election process had concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league, but as of the 1894–95 season the re-election requirement was reduced to the last three clubs in Division Two.

However, as Lincoln City (fourth from last) and Walsall Town Swifts (third from last) both finished with 20 points, they were both subjected to the re-election process, and Walsall eventually resigned from the league. After this, and until the 1976–77 season, goal average (explained below) was used to determine a club's exact position and there were no more anomalies in the re-election processes.

Goal average was calculated by dividing the goals scored with goals conceded, and would more appropriately be called 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.

League standings[edit]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at the The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[2] with home and away statistics separated.

Note: 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.

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and Rothmans[2] for the First Division and from Rothmans for the Second Division.

First Division[edit]

First Division
Season 1894–95
Champions Sunderland
(3rd English title)
Relegated Liverpool
FA Cup winners Aston Villa (2nd title)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 917 (3.82 per match)
Top goalscorer John Campbell (Sunderland), 22
Biggest home win Blackburn 9–1 Small Heath (5 Jan 1895)
Sunderland 8–0 Derby County (1 Sept 1894)
Biggest away win Wanderers 0–4 Aston Villa (22 Dec 1894)
Highest scoring Blackburn 9–1 Small Heath (5 Jan 1895)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Everton (1 Sep 1894 - 20 Oct 1894)
Longest unbeaten run 10 matches
Sunderland (6 Oct 1894 - 27 Dec 1894)
Longest losing run 7 matches
Burnley (16 Mar 1895 - 20 Apr 1895)
Highest attendance 35.000
Everton - Sunderland (27 Oct 1894)
Lowest attendance 1.000
Small Heath - Preston North End (29 Sep 1894)
Stoke -Small Heath (27 Oct 1894)
Blackburn Rovers -West Bromwich Albion (22 Dec 1894)
Derby County - Stoke (19 Jan 1895)
Stoke - Sunderland (26 Jan 1895)
Average attendance 7.431
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Sunderland 30 13 2 0 51 14 8 3 4 29 23 80 37 2.162 +43 47
2 Everton 30 12 2 1 47 18 6 4 5 35 32 82 50 1.640 +32 42
3 Aston Villa 30 12 2 1 51 12 5 3 7 31 31 82 43 1.907 +39 39
4 Preston North End 30 9 3 3 32 14 6 2 7 30 32 62 46 1.348 +16 35
5 Blackburn Rovers 30 9 5 1 40 15 2 5 8 19 34 59 49 1.204 +10 32
6 Sheffield United 30 10 2 3 33 17 4 2 9 24 38 57 55 1.036 +2 32
7 Nottingham Forest 30 10 1 4 33 22 3 4 8 17 34 50 56 0.893 –6 31
8 The Wednesday 30 10 2 3 36 19 2 2 11 14 36 50 55 0.909 –5 28
9 Burnley 30 8 2 5 28 24 3 2 10 16 32 44 56 0.786 –12 26
10 Bolton Wanderers 30 8 3 4 45 23 1 4 10 16 39 61 62 0.984 –1 25
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 7 4 4 24 25 2 3 10 19 38 43 63 0.683 –20 25
12 Small Heath 30 6 6 3 35 28 3 1 11 15 46 50 74 0.676 –24 25
13 West Bromwich Albion 30 9 2 4 38 21 1 2 12 13 45 51 66 0.773 –15 24
14 Stoke 30 7 3 5 35 25 2 3 10 15 42 50 67 0.746 –17 24
15 Derby County 30 4 5 6 23 23 3 4 8 22 45 45 68 0.662 –23 23
16 Liverpool[3] 30 6 4 5 38 28 1 4 10 13 42 51 70 0.729 –19 22

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
Into a test match

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BLB BOL BUR DER EVE LIV NOT PRE SHE SMH STO SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 3–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 2–2 5–0 4–1 4–1 5–0 2–1 6–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 2–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 9–1 6–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 5–1
Bolton Wanderers 4–3 1–3 1–1 6–0 1–3 1–0 4–1 1–2 6–2 1–2 2–2 4–1 2–2 5–0 6–1
Burnley 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–4 3–3 0–1 2–1 2–4 3–1 1–2 0–3 3–0 2–0 2–1
Derby County 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 4–2 2–1 4–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–3
Everton 4–2 2–1 3–1 3–2 2–3 3–0 6–1 4–2 1–1 5–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 4–1 2–1
Liverpool 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–3 5–1 2–2 5–0 2–5 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–3 4–2 4–0 3–3
Nottingham Forest 2–1 2–3 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–3 3–0 0–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 5–3 0–2
Preston North End 0–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 3–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 5–0 2–0
Sheffield United 2–1 3–0 5–0 2–2 1–4 4–2 2–2 3–2 0–1 0–2 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
Small Heath 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–5 4–4 3–0 1–2 4–4 4–2 4–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–3
Stoke City 4–1 5–1 5–0 5–1 4–1 1–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–5 0–2 1–1 0–0
Sunderland 4–4 3–2 4–0 3–0 8–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 7–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0
The Wednesday 1–0 4–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 3–0 5–0 0–0 3–1 2–3 2–0 2–4 1–2 3–2 3–1
West Bromwich Albion 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–4 5–0 1–0 4–5 1–0 4–1 3–2 0–2 6–0 5–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–4 3–3 4–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–3 2–1 0–0 1–4 2–0 3–1

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

Test Matches 1895[edit]

The test matches were a kind of play-offs, in which the bottom 1st Division teams faced the top 2nd Division teams. The 1st Division teams, if coming out as winners, would retain their places in the division. If a 2nd Division team won, it would be considered for 1st Division membership through an election process. Losing 2nd Division teams would stay in the 2nd Division.

27 April 1895
Bury (2nd Div. Champions) 1–0 Liverpool (1st Div. 16th)
Ewood Park
Attendance: 5,000
27 April 1895
Derby County (1st Div. 15th) 2–1 Notts County (2nd Div. 2nd)
Filbert Street
Attendance: 8,000
27 April 1895
Stoke (1st Div. 14th) 3–0 Newton Heath (2nd Div. 3rd)
Athletic Ground
Attendance: 10,000

Test Match Consequences[edit]

Of the winners, Bury were elected into 1st Division, while Derby County and Stoke remained in 1st Division.

Of the losers Liverpool were not re-elected to 1st Division and were invited to join 2nd Division, while Notts County and Newton Heath remained there.

Second Division[edit]

Second Division
Season 1894–95
Champions Bury (1st title)
Promoted Bury
Resigned Walsall Town Swifts
Matches played 240
Goals scored 1023 (4.26 per match)
Top goalscorer David Skea (Leicester Fosse), 22 [4]
Biggest home win Notts CountyBurslem Port Vale 10–0 (26 Feb 1895)
Biggest away win Burton SwiftsLeicester Fosse 0–5 (2 Mar 1895)
Highest scoring Manchester CityLincoln City 11–3 (23 Mar 1895)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Bury (29 Sep 1894 - 24 Nov 1894)
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Burton Wanderers (12 Jan 1895 - 16 Apr 1895)
Leicester Fosse (26 Jan 1895 - 20 Apr 1895)
Longest losing run 9 matches
Crewe Alexandra F.C. (29 Sep 1894 - 5 Jan 1895)
Walsall Town Swifts (17 Nov 1894 - 26 Jan 1895)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Bury[5] 30 15 0 0 48 11 8 2 5 30 22 78 33 2.364 +45 48
2 Notts County 30 12 2 1 50 15 5 3 7 25 30 75 45 1.667 +30 39
3 Newton Heath 30 9 6 0 52 18 6 2 7 26 26 78 44 1.773 +34 38
4 Leicester Fosse 30 11 2 2 45 20 4 6 5 27 33 72 53 1.358 +19 38
5 Grimsby Town 30 14 0 1 51 16 4 1 10 28 36 79 52 1.519 +27 37
6 Darwen 30 13 1 1 53 10 3 3 9 21 33 74 43 1.721 +31 36
7 Burton Wanderers 30 10 3 2 49 9 4 4 7 18 30 67 39 1.718 +28 35
8 Woolwich Arsenal 30 11 3 1 54 20 3 3 9 21 38 75 58 1.293 +17 34
9 Manchester City 30 9 3 3 56 28 5 0 10 26 44 82 72 1.139 +30 31
10 Newcastle United 30 11 1 3 51 28 1 2 12 21 56 72 84 0.857 –12 27
11 Burton Swifts 30 9 2 4 34 20 2 1 12 18 54 52 74 0.703 –22 25
12 Rotherham Town 30 10 0 5 37 22 1 2 12 18 40 55 62 0.887 –7 24
13 Lincoln City 30 8 0 7 32 27 2 0 13 20 65 52 92 0.565 –40 20
14 Walsall Town Swifts[6] 30 8 0 7 35 25 2 0 13 12 67 47 92 0.511 –45 20
15 Burslem Port Vale 30 6 3 6 30 23 1 1 13 9 54 39 77 0.506 –48 18
16 Crewe Alexandra 30 3 4 8 20 34 0 0 15 6 69 26 103 0.252 –77 10

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
Division Champions, into a test match
Into a test match
New club in the league (see also Bury)
Re-elected
Failed re-election or resigned

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BPV BRS BRW BRY CRE DRW GRI LEI LIN MNC NEW NWH NTC ROT WAL WOO
Burslem Port Vale 2–0 1–0 1–2 4–0 0–3 5–0 1–1 7–1 1–2 4–4 2–5 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–1
Burton Swifts 1–0 2–2 0–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 0–5 6–1 2–1 5–3 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–2 3–0
Burton Wanderers 4–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 4–1 8–0 9–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 7–0 2–1
Bury 4–0 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 5–1 4–1 4–1 4–2 4–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–5 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–4 2–3 2–1 0–2 0–3 2–1 2–3 0–0
Darwen 2–0 5–0 2–0 0–1 5–0 4–1 8–2 6–0 4–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 4–3 2–0 3–1
Grimsby Town 4–1 7–1 7–2 3–2 5–0 2–1 4–3 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 4–2
Leicester Fosse 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 4–4 2–3 5–1 4–2 9–1 3–1
Lincoln City 6–1 3–2 0–2 1–3 5–2 0–2 1–5 1–2 0–2 3–1 3–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 5–2
Manchester City 4–1 4–1 1–1 3–3 4–1 2–4 2–5 1–1 11–3 4–0 2–5 7–1 1–0 6–1 4–1
Newcastle United 1–2 6–3 3–1 1–0 6–0 3–2 1–4 2–0 4–2 5–4 3–0 2–2 5–2 7–2 2–4
Newton Heath 3–0 5–1 1–1 2–2 6–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 5–1 3–3 3–2 9–0 3–3
Notts County 10–0 5–1 2–0 2–1 5–1 2–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 4–2 5–0 2–2
Rotherham Town 2–1 4–1 1–3 2–3 2–0 4–1 3–2 0–1 5–2 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 6–1 1–2
Walsall 2–0 4–1 3–1 0–3 4–0 5–1 4–3 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 4–1
Woolwich Arsenal 7–0 3–0 1–1 4–2 7–0 4–0 1–3 3–3 5–2 4–2 3–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 6–1

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "England 1894–95". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ Not re-elected after losing test match. Invited to join Second Division.
  4. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ Elected to First Division after winning test match.
  6. ^ Resigned from Football League.

External links[edit]

  • "England 1894–95". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.