1990–91 Football League First Division

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Football League First Division
Season 1990–91
Champions Arsenal (10th English title)
Relegated Derby County
Sunderland
European Cup 1991–92 Arsenal
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
Tottenham Hotspur (8th FA Cup title)
Manchester United (defending champions)
UEFA Cup 1991–92 Liverpool [1]
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1051 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Smith (Arsenal), 22 [2]
Biggest home win Nottingham Forest – Chelsea 7–0 (20 Apr 1991)
Biggest away win Derby County – Liverpool 1–7 (23 Mar 1991)
Highest scoring Derby County – Chelsea 4–6 (15 Dec 1990)
Longest winning run Liverpool (8 games)
Longest unbeaten run Arsenal (23 games)
Longest losing run Queens Park Rangers (8 games)

Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1990-91 season.

Overview[edit]

Arsenal took their second league title in three seasons despite a season during which it often looked as though the good points would be outnumbered by the bad points. A player brawl in a league fixture against Manchester United in October saw Arsenal have two points deducted, and a few weeks later captain Tony Adams was given a four-month prison sentence for drink-driving (he ended up serving 8 weeks). But Arsenal managed to keep up a great run of form throughout the season and were crowned league champions having lost just one league game all season long.

On May 6, 1991, Arsenal were crowned champions after beating Manchester United 3-1 and hearing the news that their title challengers Liverpool who finished 2nd, lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest. Liverpool had led the table for much of the first half of the season but were shell-shocked in February by the sudden resignation of manager Kenny Dalglish. Rangers boss Graeme Souness was brought in as his successor but was unable to bring a major trophy to Anfield. Third place in the league went to Crystal Palace, who occupied their highest-ever finish, but were denied qualification for the UEFA Cup due to Liverpool being readmitted to European competition a year earlier than anticipated.

Newly promoted Leeds United had a good season back in the First Division as they finished fourth but never really looked like challenging for the title. They did, however, reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they lost to Manchester United.

Down at the bottom end of the table, Derby County finished bottom with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. Their relegation was confirmed on April 20, 1991 after losing 2-1 at Manchester City. The final relegation place went to Sunderland on the last day of the season who lost 3-2 to Manchester City which meant that Luton Town stayed up by beating already-relegated Derby County 2-0.

League standings[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA W D L GF GA Pts
1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 51 10 9 9 1 23 8 83
2 Liverpool 38 14 3 2 42 13 9 4 6 35 27 76
3 Crystal Palace 38 11 6 2 26 17 9 3 7 24 24 69
4 Leeds United 38 12 2 5 46 23 7 5 7 19 24 64
5 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 35 25 5 8 6 29 28 62
6 Manchester United 38 11 4 4 34 17 5 8 6 24 28 59
7 Wimbledon 38 8 6 5 28 22 6 8 5 25 24 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 11 4 4 42 21 3 8 8 23 29 54
9 Everton 38 9 5 5 26 15 4 7 8 24 31 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 2 35 22 3 7 9 16 28 49
11 Chelsea 38 10 6 3 33 25 3 4 12 25 44 49
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 5 6 27 22 4 5 10 17 31 46
13 Sheffield United 38 9 3 7 23 23 4 4 11 13 32 46
14 Southampton 38 9 6 4 33 22 3 3 13 25 47 45
15 Norwich City 38 9 3 7 27 32 4 3 12 14 32 45
16 Coventry City 38 10 6 3 30 16 1 5 13 12 33 44
17 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 29 25 2 5 12 17 33 41
18 Luton Town 38 7 5 7 22 18 3 2 14 20 43 37
19 Sunderland 38 6 6 7 15 16 2 4 13 23 44 34
20 Derby County 38 3 8 8 25 36 2 1 16 12 39 24
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
  • Arsenal deducted two points; Manchester United deducted one point due to a brawl in a game between both teams.
Key
League Champions, qualified for the European Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST CHE COV CPA DER EVE LEE LIV LUT MNC MNU NOR NOT QPR SHE SOT SUN TOT WDN
Arsenal 5–0 4–1 6–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Aston Villa 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–2
Chelsea 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0
Coventry City 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Crystal Palace 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3
Derby County 0–2 0–2 4–6 1–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–7 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 6–2 3–3 0–1 1–1
Everton 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–2
Leeds United 2–2 5–2 4–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 4–5 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 5–0 0–2 3–0
Liverpool 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1
Luton Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–4 1–2 0–0 0–1
Manchester City 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–3 3–0 3–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–3 3–2 2–1 1–1
Manchester United 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Norwich City 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–6 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–4
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–2 7–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–1
Sheffield United 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 1–2
Southampton 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 2–3 0–1 3–4 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–1
Sunderland 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–3 0–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 3–3 4–2
Wimbledon 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 5–1

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

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Alan Smith Arsenal 22
2 England Lee Chapman Leeds United 21
3 Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn Manchester City 20
= England John Fashanu Wimbledon 20
5 England Matt Le Tissier Southampton 19
= England David Platt Aston Villa 19
7 South Africa Roy Wegerle Queens Park Rangers 18
8 Wales Dean Saunders Derby County 17
9 Wales Ian Rush Liverpool 16
= England John Barnes Liverpool 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Because of the 1985 UEFA ban, no English clubs played european matches between the 1985/86 and 1989/90 season, and England was therefore ranked as 33rd for the 1991/92-season in Europe which gave England only 1 spot in UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.