1908–09 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1908–09
Champions Newcastle United
Relegated Chesterfield

The 19081909 season was the 21st season of The Football League.

Tottenham Hotspur played their first ever season in the Football League, gaining promotion to the First Division in the process. Spurs, along with Bradford Park Avenue entered the Second Division to replace Lincoln City and Stoke.

Final league tables[edit]

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

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]

Football League, First Division
Season 1908–09
Champions Newcastle United (3rd English title)
Relegated Leicester Fosse,
Manchester City
FA Cup winners Manchester United (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1185 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer Bert Freeman (Everton), 38 [3]
Biggest home win Nottingham ForestLeicester Fosse 12–0 (21 Apr 1909)
Biggest away win NewcastleSunderland 1–9 (5 Dec 1908)
Highest scoring Nottingham ForestLeicester Fosse 12–0 (21 Apr 1909)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Newcastle United 38 14 1 4 32 20 10 4 5 33 21 65 41 1.585 +24 53
2 Everton 38 11 3 5 51 28 7 7 5 31 29 82 57 1.439 +25 46
3 Sunderland 38 14 0 5 41 23 7 2 10 37 40 78 63 1.238 +15 44
4 Blackburn Rovers 38 6 6 7 29 26 8 7 4 32 24 61 50 1.220 +11 41
5 The Wednesday 38 15 0 4 48 24 2 6 11 19 37 67 61 1.098 +6 40
6 Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 3 7 24 18 5 7 7 28 31 52 49 1.061 +3 38
7 Aston Villa 38 8 7 4 31 22 6 3 10 27 34 58 56 1.036 +2 38
8 Bristol City 38 7 7 5 24 25 6 5 8 21 33 45 58 0.776 –13 38
9 Middlesbrough 38 11 2 6 38 21 3 7 9 21 32 59 53 1.113 +6 37
10 Preston North End 38 8 7 4 29 17 5 4 10 19 27 48 44 1.091 +4 37
11 Chelsea 38 8 7 4 33 22 6 2 11 23 39 56 61 0.918 –7 37
12 Sheffield United 38 9 5 5 31 25 5 4 10 20 34 51 59 0.864 –8 37
13 Manchester United 38 10 3 6 37 33 5 4 10 21 35 58 68 0.853 –10 37
14 Nottingham Forest 38 9 2 8 39 24 5 6 8 27 33 66 57 1.158 +9 36
15 Notts County 38 9 4 6 31 23 5 4 10 20 25 51 48 1.063 +3 36
16 Liverpool 38 9 5 5 36 25 6 1 12 21 40 57 65 0.877 –8 36
17 Bury 38 9 6 4 35 27 5 2 12 28 50 63 77 0.818 –14 36
18 Bradford City 38 7 6 6 27 20 5 4 10 20 27 47 47 1.000 ±0 34
19 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 50 23 3 1 15 17 46 67 69 0.971 –2 34
20 Leicester Fosse 38 6 6 7 32 41 2 3 14 22 61 54 102 0.529 –48 25

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 BRA BRI BRY CHE EVE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT NTC PNE SHU SUN WED WOO
Aston Villa 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–4 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–3 0–0 2–4 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 8–1 2–2 1–3
Bradford City 1–1 0–2 0–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 4–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 4–1
Bristol City 0–0 1–4 0–1 4–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–1
Bury 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 4–2 4–2 1–1
Chelsea 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2
Everton 3–1 4–4 0–1 5–2 4–0 3–2 4–2 5–0 6–3 3–2 1–1 0–1 3–3 0–1 0–1 5–1 4–0 1–0 0–3
Leicester Fosse 4–2 2–4 1–4 1–1 2–5 5–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 0–4 0–3 0–2 0–0 1–1 4–3 1–1 1–1
Liverpool 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–3 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–2
Manchester City 2–0 3–3 4–3 5–1 6–1 1–2 4–0 5–2 4–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–3 1–0 4–0 2–2
Manchester United 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 4–2 3–2 3–1 6–3 1–0 2–2 4–3 0–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–4
Middlesbrough 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–4 2–3 6–2 1–0 3–0 5–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 4–2 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–1
Newcastle United 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–9 1–0 3–1
Nottingham Forest 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 12–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 4–1 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 0–1
Notts County 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 3–2 3–0 0–0 2–3 1–2 5–1 0–1 3–2 0–4 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–1
Preston North End 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 6–0 3–3 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–0
Sheffield United 3–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–5 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1
Sunderland 4–3 0–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–4 2–0 6–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 4–2 1–0
The Wednesday 4–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 4–3 5–1 2–0 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–5 6–2
Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–4 2–1 5–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 2–0

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

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1908–09


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1908–09
Champions Bolton Wanderers (1st title)
Failed re-election Chesterfield
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1026 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Alf Bentley (Derby County), 24 [3]
Biggest home win West BromGrimsby Town 7–0 (2 Jan 1909)
Biggest away win ChesterfieldHull 0–4 (24 Oct 1909)
Highest scoring BurnleyWolverhampton 3–5 (7 Nov 1909)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 3 2 37 8 10 1 8 22 20 59 28 2.107 +31 52
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 12 5 2 42 12 8 6 5 25 20 67 32 2.094 +35 51
3 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 5 1 35 9 6 8 5 21 18 56 27 2.074 +29 51
4 Hull City 38 14 2 3 44 15 5 4 10 19 24 63 39 1.615 +24 44
5 Derby County 38 13 5 1 38 11 3 6 10 17 30 55 41 1.341 +14 43
6 Oldham Athletic 38 14 4 1 39 9 3 2 14 16 34 55 43 1.279 +12 40
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 10 6 3 32 12 4 5 10 24 36 56 48 1.167 +8 39
8 Glossop 38 11 5 3 35 17 4 3 12 22 36 57 53 1.075 +4 38
9 Gainsborough Trinity 38 12 3 4 30 20 3 5 11 19 50 49 70 0.700 –21 38
10 Fulham 38 8 4 7 39 26 5 7 7 19 22 58 48 1.208 +10 37
11 Birmingham 38 10 6 3 35 21 4 3 12 23 40 58 61 0.951 –3 37
12 Leeds City 38 12 3 4 35 19 2 4 13 8 34 43 53 0.811 –10 35
13 Grimsby Town 38 9 5 5 23 14 5 2 12 18 40 41 54 0.759 –13 35
14 Burnley 38 8 4 7 33 28 5 3 11 18 30 51 58 0.879 –7 33
15 Clapton Orient 38 7 7 5 25 19 5 2 12 12 30 37 49 0.755 –12 33
16 Bradford Park Avenue 38 9 2 8 30 25 4 4 11 21 34 51 59 0.864 –8 32
17 Barnsley 38 11 3 5 36 19 0 7 12 12 38 48 57 0.842 –9 32
18 Stockport County 38 11 2 6 25 19 3 1 15 14 52 39 71 0.549 –32 31
19 Chesterfield[4] 38 10 3 6 30 28 1 5 13 7 39 37 67 0.552 –30 30
20 Blackpool 38 9 6 4 30 22 0 5 14 16 46 46 68 0.676 –22 29
  1. ^ "England 1908-09". 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. ^ a b "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ Chesterfield failed re-election, and Lincoln City were re-admitted to the Football League in their place, after a season away.

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 (see also Tottenham Hotspur)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BAR BIR BLP BOL BPA BUR CHF CLA DER FUL GAI GLP GRI HUL LEE OLD STP TOT WBA WOL
Barnsley 3–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1
Birmingham City 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 4–2 3–3 0–0 1–1
Blackpool 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
Bradford Park Avenue 3–2 1–2 4–3 1–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–4 0–1 0–2 0–0 4–1
Burnley 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 5–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–2 0–2 3–5
Chesterfield 1–0 4–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–4 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–1
Clapton Orient 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 5–0 0–0 1–0 1–3
Derby County 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 5–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 2–1
Fulham 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–3 5–2 0–3 0–1 3–2 5–1 2–3 2–0 1–1
Gainsborough Trinity 4–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–4 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–0
Glossop 3–0 3–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–3 3–2
Grimsby Town 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0
Hull City 4–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–2 1–0 3–2 4–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 2–2 0–1
Leeds City 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–5 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 5–2
Oldham Athletic 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–2 6–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1
Stockport County 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 4–2 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–3 1–3 0–0 1–0
Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 4–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 4–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 3–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 7–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 5–1 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1

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

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1908–09


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.