1895–96 Football League

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The 18951896 season was the eighth season of The Football League.

Final league tables[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.

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. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league.[2]

First Division[edit]

First Division
Season 1895–96
Champions Aston Villa
(2nd English title)
Relegated Small Heath
Matches played 240
Goals scored 807 (3.36 per match)
Top goalscorer John Campbell (Aston Villa)
Steve Bloomer (Derby County), 22
Biggest home win Derby CountySmall Heath 8–0 (30 Nov 1895)
Sheffield UnitedBury 8–0 (6 Apr 1896)
Biggest away win The WednesdayDerby County 0–4 (28 Dec 1895)
Highest scoring Aston VillaSmall Heath 7–3 (7 Sept 1895)
Longest winning run 9 matches
Everton (2 Nov 1895 – 11 Jan 1896)
Longest unbeaten run 14 matches
Everton (19 Oct 1895 – 18 Feb 1896)
Longest losing run 6 matches
Small Heath (2 Sep 1895 – 12 Oct 1895)
Burnley (22 Nov 1895 – 21 Dec 1895)
Highest attendance 30.000
Everton - Aston Villa (21 Dec 1895)
Lowest attendance 560
West Bromwich Albion - Blackburn Rovers (29 Apr 1896)
Average attendance 7.682
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 30 14 1 0 47 17 6 4 5 31 28 78 45 1.733 +33 45
2 Derby County 30 12 2 1 42 13 5 5 5 26 22 68 35 1.943 +33 41
3 Everton 30 10 4 1 40 17 6 3 6 26 26 66 43 1.535 +23 39
4 Bolton Wanderers 30 12 2 1 34 14 4 3 8 15 23 49 37 1.324 +12 37
5 Sunderland 30 10 5 0 36 14 5 2 8 16 27 52 41 1.268 +11 37
6 Stoke 30 12 0 3 43 11 3 0 12 13 36 56 47 1.191 +9 30
7 The Wednesday 30 10 2 3 31 18 2 3 10 13 35 44 53 0.830 –7 29
8 Blackburn Rovers 30 10 1 4 26 18 2 4 9 14 32 40 50 0.800 –10 29
9 Preston North End 30 8 5 2 31 18 3 1 11 13 30 44 48 0.917 –4 28
10 Burnley 30 8 5 2 33 11 2 2 11 15 33 48 44 1.091 +4 27
11 Bury 30 7 1 7 32 24 5 2 8 18 30 50 54 0.926 –4 27
12 Sheffield United 30 9 4 2 28 12 1 2 12 12 38 40 50 0.800 –10 26
13 Nottingham Forest 30 11 1 3 34 16 0 2 13 8 41 42 57 0.737 –15 25
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 10 0 5 43 18 0 1 14 18 47 61 65 0.938 –4 21
15 Small Heath[3] 30 7 2 6 22 24 1 2 12 17 55 39 79 0.494 –40 20
16 West Bromwich Albion 30 5 4 6 18 22 1 3 11 12 37 30 59 0.508 –29 19

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 test matches

First Division results[edit]

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

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

Test Matches 1896[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.

Test Matches, First Round[edit]

Test Matches, Second Round[edit]

Test Match Summary[edit]

Reference works, such Encyclopedia of British Football[4] and Association Football,[5] present the following table with the heading given above.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
(2nd Div. Champions) Liverpool 4–0 Small Heath (1st Div. 15th) 4–0
Sat 18 Apr
0–0
Mon 20 Apr
(2nd Div. 2nd) Manchester City 2–7 West Bromwich Albion (1st Div. 16th) 1–1
Sat 18 Apr
1–6
Mon 20 Apr
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
(2nd Div. Champions) Liverpool 2–2 West Bromwich Albion (1st Div. 16th) 2–0
Sat 25 Apr
0–2
Mon 27 Apr
(2nd Div. 2nd) Manchester City 3–8 Small Heath (1st Div. 15th) 3–0
Sat 25 Apr
0–8
Mon 27 Apr
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
2 West Bromwich Albion 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 5
3 Small Heath 4 1 1 2 8 7 +1 3
4 Manchester City 4 1 1 2 5 15 –10 3
Key
Elected to play in First Division
Invited to play in Second Division

Test Match Consequences[edit]

It is likely that the league decided on re-election to the First Division and on promotion and relegation on the basis of the summary table above. It is not clear why all the four teams did not play each other, since it would only have required two more matches for each of them. It seems those teams who had lost in the first round hardly had any chance of ending up among the top teams in this system, and the election outcome effectively seems to have confirmed the first round results.

  • Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, winners of the first round matches, and appearing on the top of the summary table, were elected to play in the 1st Division the following season.
  • Small Heath and Manchester City, who lost in the first round, were not elected to play in 1st Division, but were invited to play in the 2nd Division.

Second Division[edit]

Second Division
Season 1895–96
Champions Liverpool (2nd title)
Promoted Liverpool
Failed re-election Crewe Alexandra
Burslem Port Vale
Rotherham Town
Matches played 240
Goals scored 943 (3.93 per match)
Top goalscorer George Allan (Liverpool), 26
Biggest home win LiverpoolRotherham 10–1 (18 Feb 1896)
Biggest away win Burton SwiftsLiverpool 0–7 (29 Feb 1896)
Crewe AlexandraLiverpool 0–7 (28 Mar 1896)
Highest scoring DarwenRotherham 10–2 (13 Jan 1896)
Longest winning run 10 matches
Liverpool F.C. (7 Dec 1895 – 7 Mar 1896)
Longest unbeaten run 10 matches
Burton Wanderers (19 Oct 1895 – 4 Jan 1896)
Liverpool F.C. (7 Dec 1895 – 7 Mar 1896)
Longest losing run 6 matches
Lincoln City F.C. (21 Sep 1895 – 26 Oct 1895)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool[6] 30 14 1 0 65 11 8 1 6 41 21 106 32 3.313 +74 46
2 Manchester City 30 12 3 0 37 9 9 1 5 26 29 63 38 1.658 +25 46
3 Grimsby Town 30 14 1 0 51 9 6 1 8 31 29 82 38 2.158 +44 42
4 Burton Wanderers 30 12 1 2 43 15 7 3 5 26 25 69 40 1.725 +29 42
5 Newcastle United 30 14 0 1 57 14 2 2 11 16 36 73 50 1.460 +23 34
6 Newton Heath 30 12 2 1 48 15 3 1 11 18 42 66 57 1.158 +9 33
7 Woolwich Arsenal 30 11 1 3 42 11 3 3 9 16 31 59 42 1.405 +17 32
8 Leicester Fosse 30 10 0 5 40 16 4 4 7 17 28 57 44 1.295 +13 32
9 Darwen 30 9 4 2 55 22 3 2 10 17 45 72 67 1.075 +5 30
10 Notts County 30 8 1 6 41 22 4 1 10 16 32 57 54 1.056 +3 26
11 Burton Swifts 30 7 2 6 24 26 3 2 10 15 43 39 69 0.565 –30 24
12 Loughborough 30 7 3 5 32 25 2 2 11 8 41 40 67 0.597 –27 23
13 Lincoln City 30 7 1 7 36 24 2 3 10 17 51 53 75 0.707 –22 22
14 Burslem Port Vale 30 6 4 5 25 24 1 0 14 18 54 43 78 0.551 –35 18
15 Rotherham Town 30 7 2 6 27 26 0 1 14 7 71 34 97 0.351 –63 17
16 Crewe Alexandra 30 5 2 8 22 28 0 1 14 8 67 30 95 0.316 –65 13

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 test matches
Into test matches
New club in the league
Re-elected (none)
Failed re-election or resigned

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BPV BRS BRW CRE DRW GRI LEI LIN LIV LOU MCI NEW NWH NTC ROT WOO
Burslem Port Vale 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–3 1–4 1–1 0–1 5–4 1–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–4 4–0 0–2
Burton Swifts 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–7 1–2 1–4 3–1 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–2
Burton Wanderers 2–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 4–1 0–3 5–1 1–3 6–1 4–1
Crewe Alexandra 3–2 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–7 1–2 0–2 3–0 0–2 5–1 3–2 0–1
Darwen 8–2 3–0 3–0 6–1 3–3 4–1 5–0 0–4 1–1 2–3 4–4 3–0 2–0 10–2 1–1
Grimsby Town 6–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 5–0 7–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 5–0 2–1 4–2 3–0 4–0 1–1
Leicester Fosse 5–0 2–1 1–3 4–1 2–3 1–2 1–3 2–0 5–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 8–0 1–0
Lincoln City 4–2 1–2 1–2 6–2 1–0 2–5 2–3 0–1 4–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 2–3 5–0 1–1
Liverpool 5–1 6–1 4–1 6–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 6–1 1–0 3–1 5–1 7–1 3–0 10–1 3–0
Loughborough 3–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 4–1 0–1 1–4 3–0 2–4 2–4 1–0 3–3 1–3 3–0 2–1
Manchester City 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 5–1 5–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0
Newcastle United 4–2 5–0 4–0 6–0 7–2 1–5 1–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 5–1 6–1 3–1
Newton Heath 2–1 5–0 1–2 5–0 4–0 3–2 2–0 5–5 5–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 5–1
Notts County 7–2 5–0 1–4 6–0 4–1 5–3 1–2 2–0 2–3 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–4
Rotherham Town 0–2 1–4 1–6 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–5 4–0 2–3 1–1 2–3 1–0 3–0
Woolwich Arsenal 2–1 5–0 3–0 7–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–2 6–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 5–0

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: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1895–96". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. 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 due to test match results. Invited to join Second Division
  4. ^ Soar, Phil & Tyler, Martin: Encyclopedia of British Football, Willow Books, London. Fourth, updated and revised edition, 1984, p. 167.
  5. ^ A. H. Fabian & Green, Geoffrey: Association Football, Volume Two, p. 235. The Caxton Publishing Company Ltd., London, 1960.
  6. ^ Elected to First Division on the basis of test matches results.

External links[edit]

  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.