1898–99 Football League

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The 18981899 season was the eleventh season of The Football League. The race for the First Division title was one of the most exciting yet. Second-placed Liverpool travelled to Villa Park to face league leaders Aston Villa, needing a win to overhaul Villa and take the title on the last day of the season. Villa won 5-0 to take the title in emphatic style.

Final league tables[1][2][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 1898–99
Champions Aston Villa
(4th English title)
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
The Wednesday
FA Cup winners Sheffield United (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 868 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Bloomer (Derby County), 23
Biggest home win Derby CountyThe Wednesday 9–0 (21 Jan 1899)
Biggest away win LiverpoolAston Villa 0–3 (15 Oct 1898)
Nottingham ForestLiverpool 0–3 (26 Nov 1898)
The WednesdayLiverpool 0–3 (31 Dec 1898)
Highest scoring Derby CountyEverton 5–5 (15 Oct 1898)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Aston Villa (8 Oct 1898 – 10 Dec 1898)
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Aston Villa (17 Sep 1898 – 24 Dec 1898)
Longest losing run 4 matches
Everton (18 Mar 1899 – 15 Apr 1899)
Sheffield United (31 Mar 1899 – 29 Apr 1899)
The Wednesday (21 Jan 1899 – 25 Feb 1899)
Sunderland (3 Dec 1898 – 31 Dec 1898)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (12 Sep 1898 – 8 Oct 1898
Highest attendance 41.000
Aston Villa - Liverpool F.C. (29 Apr 1899)
Lowest attendance 1.000
Bury -Newcastle (22 Oct 1898)
West Bromwich Albion - Nottingham Forest (24 Dec 1898)
West Bromwich Albion - Blackburn Rovers (21 Jan 1899)
Average attendance 10.004
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 34 15 2 0 58 13 4 5 8 18 27 76 40 1.900 +36 45
2 Liverpool 34 12 3 2 29 10 7 2 8 20 23 49 33 1.485 +16 43
3 Burnley 34 11 5 1 32 15 4 4 9 13 32 45 47 0.957 –2 39
4 Everton 34 10 2 5 25 13 5 6 6 23 28 48 41 1.171 +7 38
5 Notts County 34 9 6 2 33 20 3 7 7 14 31 47 51 0.922 –4 37
6 Blackburn Rovers 34 9 5 3 41 23 5 3 9 19 29 60 52 1.154 +8 36
7 Sunderland 34 11 3 3 26 10 4 3 10 15 31 41 41 1.000 ±0 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 9 5 3 30 13 5 2 10 24 35 54 48 1.125 +6 35
9 Derby County 34 11 5 1 46 19 1 6 10 16 38 62 57 1.088 +5 35
10 Bury 34 9 5 3 31 18 5 2 10 17 31 48 49 0.980 –1 35
11 Nottingham Forest 34 6 6 5 22 18 5 5 7 20 24 42 42 1.000 ±0 33
12 Stoke 34 10 4 3 29 17 3 3 11 18 35 47 52 0.904 –5 33
13 Newcastle United 34 9 3 5 33 18 2 5 10 16 30 49 48 1.021 +1 30
14 West Bromwich Albion 34 11 1 5 28 9 1 5 11 14 48 42 57 0.737 –15 30
15 Preston North End 34 10 4 3 29 14 0 5 12 15 33 44 47 0.936 –3 29
16 Sheffield United 34 7 8 2 31 20 2 3 12 14 31 45 51 0.882 –6 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 6 5 6 24 21 3 2 12 13 30 37 51 0.725 –14 25
18 The Wednesday 34 8 2 7 26 24 0 6 11 6 37 32 61 0.525 –29 24

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
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AST BLB BOL BUR BRY DER EVE LIV NEW NOT NTC PNE SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 3–1 2–1 4–0 3–2 7–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 6–1 4–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 7–1 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 4–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 1–3 1–3 4–2 3–3 6–0 2–2 2–1 4–1 3–2 2–0 4–1 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–4 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–2 3–0 0–2 6–1 0–0 3–3 2–1
Burnley 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 4–2
Bury 2–1 3–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 5–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–2
Derby County 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 5–5 1–0 3–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 9–0 4–1 6–2
Everton 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1
Liverpool 0–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 3–2 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–2 1–0
Newcastle United 1–1 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–4
Nottingham Forest 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–3 0–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–0
Notts County 1–0 5–3 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 5–2 1–0 0–0 0–2
Preston North End 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 4–2 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–1
Sheffield United 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 5–0 1–0
Stoke City 3–0 0–1 2–3 4–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–4
Sunderland 4–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0
The Wednesday 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–2 0–3 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 3–0
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 6–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 4–1 3–2 2–0 0–0 5–1

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

Second Division[edit]

Second Division
Season 1898–99
Champions Manchester City (1st title)
Promoted Manchester City
Glossop North End
Failed re-election Blackpool
Darwen
Matches played 306
Goals scored 1103 (3.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Walter Abbott (Small Heath), 33 [3]
Biggest home win LoughboroughDarwen 10–0 (1 Apr 1899)
WalsallDarwen 10–0 (4 Mar 1899)
Biggest away win Lincoln CityGrimsby Town 1–6 (8 Apr 1899)
Luton TownLeicester Fosse 1–6 (14 Jan 1899)
Highest scoring Grimsby TownDarwen 9–2 (15 Apr 1899)
Longest winning run 7 matches
Glossop North End (25 Feb 1899 – 8 Apr 1899)
New Brighton Tower (26 Nov 1898 – 7 Jan 1899)
Longest unbeaten run 13 matches
Manchester City F.C. (1 Oct 1898 – 27 Dec 1898)
Longest losing run 18 matches
Darwen (12 Nov 1898 – 21 Mar 1899)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 34 15 1 1 64 10 8 5 4 28 25 92 35 2.629 +47 52
2 Glossop North End 34 12 1 4 48 13 8 5 4 28 25 76 38 2.000 +38 46
3 Leicester Fosse 34 12 5 0 35 12 6 4 7 29 30 64 42 1.524 +22 45
4 Newton Heath 34 12 4 1 51 14 7 1 9 16 29 67 43 1.558 +24 43
5 New Brighton Tower 34 13 2 2 48 13 5 5 7 23 39 71 52 1.365 +9 43
6 Walsall 34 12 5 0 64 11 3 7 7 15 25 79 36 2.194 +43 42
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 14 2 1 55 10 4 3 10 17 31 72 41 1.756 +31 41
8 Small Heath 34 14 1 2 66 17 3 6 8 19 33 85 50 1.700 +35 41
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 12 2 3 35 12 5 3 9 21 22 56 34 1.647 +22 39
10 Grimsby Town 34 10 3 4 39 17 5 2 10 32 43 71 60 1.183 +11 35
11 Barnsley 34 11 4 2 44 18 1 3 13 8 38 52 56 0.929 –4 31
12 Lincoln City 34 10 5 2 31 16 2 2 13 20 40 51 56 0.911 –5 31
13 Burton Swifts 34 7 5 5 35 25 3 3 11 16 45 51 70 0.729 –19 28
14 Gainsborough Trinity 34 8 4 5 40 22 2 1 14 16 50 56 72 0.778 –16 25
15 Luton Town 34 8 1 8 37 31 2 2 13 14 64 51 95 0.537 –44 23
16 Blackpool 34 6 3 8 35 30 2 1 14 14 60 49 90 0.544 –31 20
17 Loughborough 34 5 4 8 31 26 1 2 14 7 66 38 92 0.413 –54 18
18 Darwen 34 2 4 11 16 32 0 1 16 6 109 22 141 0.156 –119 9

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, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (see also Glossop North End)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BAR BLP BPV BRS DRW GAI GLP GRI LEI LIN LOU LUT MCI NBR NWH SMH WAL WOO
Barnsley 2–1 2–1 2–0 6–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–4 1–0 9–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 7–2 1–1 2–1
Blackpool 3–1 0–4 3–0 6–0 4–0 1–2 3–6 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–3 2–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1
Burslem Port Vale 2–0 6–1 4–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–0
Burton Swifts 5–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 5–1 2–6 0–2 1–2
Darwen 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 3–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Gainsborough Trinity 2–0 7–0 3–2 1–2 2–2 2–4 5–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 2–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1
Glossop 1–0 4–1 0–0 5–0 5–0 5–1 4–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 5–0 1–2 5–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–0
Grimsby Town 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–3 9–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 5–0 1–2 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0
Leicester Fosse 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1
Lincoln City 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–6 3–1 6–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0
Loughborough 2–0 1–3 0–3 1–0 10–0 0–0 1–3 1–3 0–3 2–4 4–1 1–3 6–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0
Luton Town 4–1 3–2 0–1 3–0 8–1 4–2 0–2 3–1 1–6 2–0 2–2 0–3 2–3 0–1 2–3 3–2 0–1
Manchester City 5–0 4–1 3–1 6–0 10–0 4–0 0–2 7–2 3–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1
New Brighton Tower 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–2 7–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 4–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 6–0 3–1
Newton Heath 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 9–0 6–1 3–0 3–2 2–2 1–0 6–1 5–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–2
Small Heath 3–1 5–0 1–2 4–1 8–0 6–1 1–1 2–1 0–3 4–1 6–0 9–0 4–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 4–1
Walsall 1–1 6–0 1–1 7–1 10–0 6–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–2 7–0 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1
Woolwich Arsenal 3–0 6–0 1–0 2–1 6–0 5–1 3–0 1–1 4–0 4–2 3–1 6–2 0–1 4–0 5–1 2–0 0–0

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]

  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  1. ^ a b "England 1898–99". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.