1908–09 in English football

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The 1908–09 season was the 38th season of competitive football in England.

Overview[edit]

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.

This year started a new competition: the Charity Shield; a match between the champion of the Professional League vs. the champion of the Amateur League. The first championship went to Manchester United, in a replayed final against Queens Park Rangers.

Events[edit]

  • December 5, 1908 - Sunderland defeat Newcastle United 9-1, after the game was tied 1-1 at half-time. Newcastle's defeat is still the biggest by a club who would win the League in the same season.[1]

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner
First Division Newcastle United (3)
Second Division Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup Manchester United (1)
Charity Shield Manchester United
Home Championship  England

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

League table[edit]

First Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Newcastle United 38 24 5 9 65 41 1.585 53
2 Everton 38 18 10 10 82 57 1.439 46
3 Sunderland 38 21 2 15 78 63 1.238 44
4 Blackburn Rovers 38 14 13 11 61 50 1.220 41
5 The Wednesday 38 17 6 15 67 61 1.098 40
6 Woolwich Arsenal 38 14 10 14 52 49 1.061 38
7 Aston Villa 38 14 10 14 58 56 1.036 38
8 Bristol City 38 13 12 13 45 58 0.776 38
9 Middlesbrough 38 14 9 15 59 53 1.113 37
10 Preston North End 38 13 11 14 48 44 1.091 37
11 Chelsea 38 14 9 15 56 61 0.918 37
12 Sheffield United 38 14 9 15 51 59 0.864 37
13 Manchester United 38 15 7 16 58 68 0.853 37
14 Nottingham Forest 38 14 8 16 66 57 1.158 36
15 Notts County 38 14 8 16 51 48 1.063 36
16 Liverpool 38 15 6 17 57 65 0.877 36
17 Bury 38 14 8 16 63 77 0.818 36
18 Bradford City 38 12 10 16 47 47 1.000 34
19 Manchester City 38 15 4 19 67 69 0.971 34
20 Leicester Fosse 38 8 9 21 54 102 0.529 25

Second Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 38 24 4 10 59 28 2.107 52
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 11 7 67 32 2.094 51
3 West Bromwich Albion 38 19 13 6 56 27 2.074 51
4 Hull City 38 19 6 13 63 39 1.615 44
5 Derby County 38 16 11 11 55 41 1.341 43
6 Oldham Athletic 38 17 6 15 55 43 1.279 40
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 56 48 1.167 39
8 Glossop 38 15 8 15 57 53 1.075 38
9 Gainsborough Trinity 38 15 8 15 49 70 0.700 38
10 Fulham 38 13 11 14 58 48 1.208 37
11 Birmingham 38 14 9 15 58 61 0.951 37
12 Leeds City 38 14 7 17 43 53 0.811 35
13 Grimsby Town 38 14 7 17 41 54 0.759 35
14 Burnley 38 13 7 18 51 58 0.879 33
15 Clapton Orient 38 12 9 17 37 49 0.755 33
16 Bradford Park Avenue 38 13 6 19 51 59 0.864 32
17 Barnsley 38 11 10 17 48 57 0.842 32
18 Stockport County 38 14 3 21 39 71 0.549 31
19 Chesterfield[2] 38 11 8 19 37 67 0.552 30
20 Blackpool 38 9 11 18 46 68 0.676 29

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

National team[edit]

The England national football team had a very successful season, with victory in the 1909 British Home Championship due to a whitewash of the other Home Nations and three heavy victories during a tour of Central Europe for the second year running.

Results[edit]

13 February 1909
England  4–0  Ireland
Vivian Woodward 2, George Hilsdon 2 (1P)  


3 April 1909
England  2–0  Scotland
George Wall 2  

European tour[edit]

Players[edit]

The players chosen for the tour were:

Name Position Club Appearances Goals
Bridgett, ArthurArthur Bridgett LW Sunderland 3 1
Crompton, BobBob Crompton RB Blackburn Rovers 3 0
Fleming, HaroldHarold Fleming FW Swindon Town 2 3
Halse, HaroldHarold Halse FW Manchester United 1 2
Hardy, SamSam Hardy GK Liverpool 3 0
Holley, GeorgeGeorge Holley FW Sunderland 3 4
Lintott, EvelynEvelyn Lintott LH Bradford City 2 0
Pennington, JesseJesse Pennington LB West Bromwich Albion 3 0
Pentland, FredFred Pentland RW Middlesbrough 3 0
Richards, GeorgeGeorge Richards LH Derby County 1 0
Warren, BenBen Warren RH Chelsea 3 1
Wedlock, BillyBilly Wedlock CH Bristol City 3 0
Woodward, VivianVivian Woodward[3] CF Tottenham Hotspur 3 9
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Match details[edit]



References[edit]

  1. ^ "RECORD SCORES". http://www.footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012. .
  2. ^ Failed to be re-elected to the Football League
  3. ^ Captain

Footnotes[edit]