1907–08 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1907–08
Champions Manchester United
Relegated Lincoln City
Stoke [1]

The 1907–08 Football League season was the 20th season of The Football League.

This season saw the only occasion in history of the Football League where two teams have finished with exactly identical records (12 wins, 12 draws, 14 losses, 51 goals scored, 63 goals conceded), resulting in a tied 14th place between Woolwich Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers.[2]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at 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.

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.[4]

First Division[edit]

Football League First Division
Season 1907–08
Champions Manchester United (1st English title)
Relegated Birmingham,
Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup winners Wolverhampton Wanderers (2nd Div.) (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1176 (3.09 per match)
Top goalscorer Enoch West (Nottingham Forest), 27
Biggest home win Newcastle – Birmingham 8–0
Biggest away win Blackburn – Manchester United 1–5
Liverpool –Newcastle 1–5
0–4: four different matches
Highest scoring Liverpool – Manchester United 7–4

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAve Pts
1 Manchester United 38 23 6 9 81 48 1.688 52
2 Aston Villa 38 17 9 12 77 59 1.305 43
3 Manchester City 38 16 11 11 62 54 1.148 43
4 Newcastle United 38 15 12 11 65 54 1.204 42
5 The Wednesday 38 19 4 15 73 64 1.141 42
6 Middlesbrough 38 17 7 14 54 45 1.200 41
7 Bury 38 14 11 13 58 61 0.951 39
8 Liverpool 38 16 6 16 68 61 1.115 38
9 Nottingham Forest 38 13 11 14 59 62 0.952 37
10 Bristol City 38 12 12 14 58 61 0.951 36
11 Everton 38 15 6 17 58 64 0.906 36
12 Preston North End 38 12 12 14 47 53 0.887 36
13 Chelsea 38 14 8 16 53 62 0.855 36
14 Woolwich Arsenal 38 12 12 14 51 63 0.810 36
14 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 12 14 51 63 0.810 36
16 Sunderland 38 16 3 19 78 75 1.040 35
17 Sheffield United 38 12 11 15 52 58 0.897 35
18 Notts County 38 13 8 17 39 51 0.765 34
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 5 19 52 58 0.897 33
20 Birmingham 38 9 12 17 40 60 0.667 30

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
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BIR BLB BOL BRI BRY CHE EVE LIV MNC MNU MID NEW NOT NTC PRE SHE SUN WED WOO
Aston Villa 2–3 1–1 2–0 4–4 2–2 0–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–4 6–0 3–3 4–0 5–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 0–1
Birmingham City 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–4 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–4 1–4 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–5 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 4–2 2–0 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–6 1–2 3–0 0–4 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–1
Bristol City 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 3–0 0–2 1–2
Bury 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 5–1 3–2 2–1 0–2 3–2
Chelsea 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–3 4–1 3–4 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–0 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–0 2–4 2–1 3–1 2–1
Everton 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 6–1 0–3 2–4 3–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–1
Liverpool 5–0 3–4 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–1 7–4 0–1 1–5 0–0 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–1
Manchester City 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 5–0 0–2 0–0 3–2 4–0
Manchester United 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 4–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 4–2
Middlesbrough 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 6–1 0–0
Newcastle United 2–5 8–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 2–1
Nottingham Forest 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 6–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–0
Notts County 0–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 1–2 2–0
Preston North End 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–4 2–2 3–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 3–0
Sheffield United 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 5–3 1–3 2–2
Sunderland 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–2 3–3 6–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 2–5 1–2 0–0 2–4 7–2 4–3 4–1 4–1 1–2 5–2
The Wednesday 2–3 1–4 2–0 5–2 5–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 5–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 6–0
Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 4–0 1–1

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

First Division maps[edit]


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1907–08
Champions Bradford City (1st title)
Failed re-election Lincoln City
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1187 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer John Smith (Hull City), 27

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAve Pts
1 Bradford City 38 24 6 8 90 42 2.143 54
2 Leicester Fosse 38 21 10 7 72 47 1.532 52
3 Oldham Athletic 38 22 6 10 76 42 1.810 50
4 Fulham 38 22 5 11 82 49 1.673 49
5 West Bromwich Albion 38 19 9 10 61 39 1.564 47
6 Derby County 38 21 4 13 77 45 1.711 46
7 Burnley 38 20 6 12 67 50 1.340 46
8 Hull City 38 21 4 13 73 62 1.177 46
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 15 7 16 50 45 1.111 37
10 Stoke[1] 38 16 5 17 57 52 1.096 37
11 Gainsborough Trinity 38 14 7 17 47 71 0.662 35
12 Leeds City 38 12 8 18 53 65 0.815 32
13 Stockport County 38 12 8 18 48 67 0.716 32
14 Clapton Orient 38 11 10 17 40 65 0.615 32
15 Blackpool 38 11 9 18 51 58 0.879 31
16 Barnsley 38 12 6 20 54 68 0.794 30
17 Glossop 38 11 8 19 54 74 0.730 30
18 Grimsby Town 38 11 8 19 43 71 0.606 30
19 Chesterfield 38 6 11 21 46 92 0.500 23
20 Lincoln City 38 9 3 26 46 83 0.554 21

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
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLP BRA BUR CHS CLA DER FUL GAI GLP GRI HUL LEE LEI LIN OLD STP STO WBA WOL
Barnsley 0–0 1–2 2–3 5–2 2–2 2–4 6–0 1–2 4–1 2–1 4–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 5–0
Blackpool 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 4–3 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2
Bradford City 2–0 3–0 2–0 8–1 1–0 3–1 1–3 7–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 1–5 2–0 1–0 5–0 6–0 0–0 6–2
Burnley 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–1 5–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–0
Chesterfield 1–3 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–7 0–0 1–2 4–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 4–1 2–4 1–0 2–0
Clapton Orient 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 5–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–2 1–1
Derby County 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 5–2 2–0 4–0 4–1 6–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–2
Fulham 2–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 5–0 4–0 0–0 6–0 6–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 5–1 6–1 1–2 0–1 5–1 1–1 2–1
Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 2–1 1–5 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–4 3–3 1–0 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–2 0–1
Glossop 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–2 5–1 0–2 2–3 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Grimsby Town 4–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–4 1–4 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1
Hull City 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 5–0 4–0 1–2 0–1 3–2 4–2 4–1 3–2 5–3 3–2 0–0 2–1 4–2 2–0
Leeds City 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 5–2 5–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1
Leicester Fosse 4–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 3–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
Lincoln City 0–2 2–0 2–4 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 5–0 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–1
Oldham Athletic 1–0 3–2 4–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–1 3–3 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 5–0 3–1 2–1 2–0
Stockport County 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 6–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 1–3
Stoke City 4–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–3 6–1 5–0 4–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 3–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 1–0 0–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 5–0 5–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2

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

Second Division maps[edit]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stoke resigned from the Football League due to financial difficulties.
    Bradford Park Avenue and Tottenham Hotspur took the available places in the league the following season.
  2. ^ Brown, Andrew S.; Brown, Richard J. C. (2008). "The Mechanisms in Place for Separating Teams with Identical Records in English football Leagues and International football Competitions" (PDF). International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering (England: World Academic Union (World Academic Press)) 2 (1): 23–28. ISSN 1750-9823. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "England 1907-08". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.