1990–91 in English football
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The 1990–91 season was the 111th season of competitive football in England.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Top goalscorers
- 3 Diary of the season
- 4 Honours
- 5 National team
- 6 League tables
- 7 Retirements
- 8 Deaths
- 9 References
Arsenal won the First Division after losing just one of their league matches all season. Liverpool, who had led the table for much of the first half of the season but had been shell-shocked in February by the sudden resignation of manager Kenny Dalglish, finished runners-up. Third place 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.
At the bottom of the table, Derby County went down in last place with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. The other relegation place went to Sunderland, who were relegated on the last day of the season.
Joe Royle's Oldham Athletic side won the Second Division championship ahead of West Ham United, who were promoted as runners-up. Joining them in promotion were League Cup winners Sheffield Wednesday, who finished in third place. Neil Warnock guided Notts County to a second successive victory in the promotion play-offs.
Champions Cambridge United, runners-up Southend United and third-placed Grimsby Town occupied the automatic promotion places and all achieved second successive promotions. The fourth promotion place went to play-off winners Tranmere Rovers, who ended a 53-year absence from the Second Division and signed ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge.
Brian Little's Darlington won the Fourth Division championship to earn a second successive promotion, while the other four promotion places went to Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Peterborough United and Torquay United. Torquay were the play-off winners, beating Blackpool in a penalty shoot-out in the final, the first time the system had been used to determine a promotion place in the Football League.
Wrexham finished bottom of the league, but avoided relegation into the Conference.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Nottingham Forest 2–1 after extra time in the FA Cup final. The decisive goal was an own goal by Forest defender Des Walker. Tottenham's triumph was overshadowed by a knee injury to star midfielder Paul Gascoigne in the opening 15 minutes.
Diary of the season
10 July 1990 – FIFA confirms that English clubs will be re-admitted to European competitions after a five-year ban. Manchester United, last season's FA Cup winners, will enter the European Cup Winners' Cup. However, there will initially be just one UEFA Cup place for English clubs, this season going to league runners-up Aston Villa. There will be no English representation in the European Cup, as league champions Liverpool will serve an extra year of the ban as a result of the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985.
1 August 1990 – The Football League confirms that it will revert to a 22-club First Division for the 1991–92 season, while total league membership will be increased to 94 clubs for the 1992–93 season, with the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions each having 24 clubs. Sheffield Wednesday striker Dalian Atkinson signs for Real Sociedad of Spain for £1.7 million.
18 August 1990 – Liverpool and Manchester United share the Charity Shield after a 1–1 draw at Wembley.
23 August 1990 – Oldham Athletic pay a club record £460,000 for Nottingham Forest striker David Currie. Leeds United are warned that they face expulsion from the Football League if measures aimed by the Football Association at curbing incidents of hooliganism involving the clubs fans fail.
25 August 1990 – Liverpool begin the new First Division season with a 3–1 away win against recently promoted Sheffield United. Walsall move into their new Bescot Stadium and draw 2–2 with Torquay United in the Fourth Division in their first competitive game at the new stadium.
31 August 1990 – The first month of the English league season ends with Arsenal and Liverpool sharing the lead in the First Division after two games. The Second Division leaders are Oldham Athletic.
26 September 1990 – Paul Gascoigne scores four goals for Tottenham in their 5–0 win over Hartlepool United (managed by former Tottenham defender Cyril Knowles) in the League Cup second round first leg at White Hart Lane.
30 September 1990 – Liverpool, with a 100% record after seven games, are First Division leaders by six points at the end of September. The bottom two places are occupied by Sheffield United and Derby County, who have both yet to win a league game this season. In the Second Division, Oldham Athletic lead the way with 20 points from their opening eight games. The other two automatic promotion places are occupied by Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County, and the playoff zone is occupied by West Ham United, Bristol City (in contention for a second successive promotion), Swindon Town and Brighton.
20 October 1990 – 21 of the 22 players on the pitch brawl in Arsenal's 1–0 league win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. In their ninth league game of the season, Liverpool drop points for the first time when Norwich City hold them to a 1–1 draw at Carrow Road.
31 October 1990 – Everton sack manager Colin Harvey after their worst start to a league season leaves them third from bottom in the First Division. Below them are Derby County and winless Sheffield United, while Liverpool remain top with nine wins from their opening 10 games. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace are their nearest contenders, and the top four are all still undefeated in the league. The Second Division promotion race is heating up, with Oldham Athletic still top of the table and West Ham United having crept up to second place. Sheffield Wednesday occupy the third and final automatic promotion place. Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley and Middlesbrough have all climbed into the relegation zone this month. Charlton Athletic's hopes of an immediate return to the First Division appear to be over as they occupy second from bottom place in the Second Division with eight defeats from their opening 13 games.
1 November 1990 – Spencer Trethewy is dismissed from the Aldershot board of directors just three months after saving the club from closure, after it is revealed that he was unable to pay back the £200,000 he borrowed to keep the Hampshire based club afloat.
12 November 1990 – Arsenal are deducted two points and Manchester United lose one point as punishment for last month's player brawl. Notts County end talk of relocating to a new stadium by announcing that they will start rebuilding of Meadow Lane into an all-seater stadium next summer.
30 November 1990 – Liverpool remain unbeaten and top of the First Division as November draws to a close, four points ahead of an Arsenal side who are also unbeaten. Sheffield United are still looking for their first league win of the season after 14 games, while Derby County have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Queens Park Rangers. In the Second Division, West Ham United have taken over from Oldham Athletic as Second Division leaders, while Sheffield Wednesday occupy third place. The playoff zone is occupied by Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall and Notts County. Newly promoted Bristol Rovers stand just two points outside the playoff zone in 10th place, sparking hopes that manager Gerry Francis could soon deliver First Division football to the club for the first time ever.
19 December 1990 – Arsenal captain Tony Adams is sentenced to four months in prison and banned from driving for two years after being found guilty of drink-driving relating to a road accident on 6 May this year.
31 December 1990 – The year ends with Arsenal, still unbeaten but having had two points deducted, one point behind of Liverpool at the top of the First Division. Crystal Palace and Leeds United occupy third and fourth respectively, while Sheffield United remain bottom of the table and Sunderland have slipped into the bottom two. West Ham United stand top of the Second Division, followed in second place by Oldham Athletic and in third place by Sheffield Wednesday. Middlesbrough, Notts County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bristol City occupy the playoff zone. Newcastle United, who began the season among the favourites for promotion, occupy a lowly 16th place and are just four points above the relegation zone that threatens them with Third Division football for the first time.
23 January 1991 – Mark Hughes scores a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Southampton 3–2 in the League Cup quarter-final.
27 January 1991 – Woking's FA Cup dream comes to an end in the fourth round when they lose 1–0 to Everton at Goodison Park.
29 January 1991 – David Pleat is sacked after three years as manager of Leicester City, the Second Division strugglers. His assistant Gordon Lee, the former Everton manager, is placed in temporary charge.
31 January 1991 – Arsenal are one point ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand, at the top of the First Division. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are still in contention for a first-ever league title, six points off the top, while Sheffield United remain bottom. West Ham United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday continue to occupy the top three places in the Second Division. Notts County, Middlesbrough, Brighton and Millwall occupy the playoff zone.
22 February 1991 – Kenny Dalglish shocks the football world by announcing his resignation as Liverpool manager. Long-serving coach Ronnie Moran, 54, is appointed caretaker manager but insists that he does not want the job on a permanent basis.
28 February 1991 – February draws to a close with Arsenal now ahead of Liverpool at the top of the First Division on goal difference, while Crystal Palace are five points behind. At the other end of the table, a splendid run of form has moved Sheffield United six points clear of bottom-placed Derby County. The Blades are level on goal difference with Coventry City, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers. West Ham United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday continue to lead the way in the Second Division. Middlesbrough, Notts County, Brighton and Millwall occupy the playoff zone, with Bristol City continuing to turn up the heat on them in their bid for a second successive promotion.
1 March 1991 – Liverpool's long-serving club captain Alan Hansen announces his retirement after nearly a year out of action with injury.
2 March 1991 – Ryan Giggs makes his professional debut for Manchester United in their 2–0 home defeat to Everton in the First Division.
22 March 1991 – West Ham United, chasing promotion from the Second Division and also in the FA Cup semi-finals, boost their quest for glory by signing Northern Irish striker Iain Dowie from Luton Town for £480,000.
28 March 1991 – The 90-day inquest into the Hillsborough disaster records a verdict of accidental death on the 95 Liverpool fans who died as a result of their injuries at the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.
31 March 1991 – March draws to a close with Arsenal leading Liverpool by two points. Sheffield United's incredible revival has continued as they now stand 12th in the table, but Derby County are twelve points adrift of safety, and Sunderland occupy the other relegation place. Oldham Athletic and West Ham United lead the Second Division level on 70 points, with Brighton, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Bristol City occupying the playoff zone. Ossie Ardiles becomes manager of Newcastle United, who are just six points outside the playoff zone with two games in hand.
1 April 1991 – Liverpool's hopes of retaining their league title are damaged by a 1–0 away defeat to Southampton.
14 April 1991 – Tottenham Hotspur end Arsenal's hopes of the double and boost their own hopes of an eighth FA Cup triumph with a 3–1 win in the first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley. Nottingham Forest win the other semi-final, crushing West Ham United 4–0 at Villa Park.
21 April 1991 – Sheffield Wednesday, chasing promotion to the First Division, achieve a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup final to end a 56-year trophy drought.
28 April 1991 – Graham Taylor appoints Gary Lineker as captain of the England team.
30 April 1991 – April draws to a close with Arsenal three points ahead of Liverpool with three matches left, while Crystal Palace's title dreams have ended. Sunderland, Luton Town and last season's runners-up Aston Villa still fighting to avoid relegation alongside Derby County.
4 May 1991 – Arsenal edge closer to the title by drawing 0–0 with Sunderland, while Liverpool are beaten 4–2 by Chelsea.
11 May 1991 – Sunderland are relegated to the Second Division as they lose to Manchester City and Luton Town beat Derby County 2–0. It is the second season running that Luton have survived on the last day of the season with victory over Derby. Arsenal end their championship campaign with a 6–1 demolition of Coventry City at Highbury, with Anders Limpar scoring a hat-trick. The Second Division campaign ends with Oldham Athletic as champions, West Ham United second and Sheffield Wednesday third. Hull City's relegation was confirmed 2 weeks ago, while West Bromwich Albion are relegated alongside them to fall into the Third Division for the first time in their history.
14 May 1991 – Wimbledon reach an agreement to ground-share with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park from the start of next season.
18 May 1991 – Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup for the eighth time, beating Nottingham Forest 2–1 after extra time in the final. Paul Gascoigne suffers cruciate knee ligament damage, causing his proposed £8.5million move to Lazio to be put on hold.
2 June 1991 – Notts County beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 in the Second Division play-off final to earn a return to the First Division after seven years away.
6 June 1991 – David Pleat is appointed Luton Town manager for the second time.
28 June 1991 – 17 of the 22 clubs competing in next season's First Division sign a contract to break away from the Football League if the Football Association's plan to form a new Premier League fails. Norman Whiteside, who managed just two games for Everton this season, retires from playing at the age of 26 after admitting defeat in his attempt to overcome a serious knee injury.
|First Division||Arsenal (10)||Liverpool|
|Second Division||Oldham Athletic||West Ham United|
|Third Division||Cambridge United||Southend United|
|Fourth Division||Darlington||Stockport County|
|FA Cup||Tottenham Hotspur (8*)||Nottingham Forest|
|League Cup||Sheffield Wednesday (1)||Manchester United|
|Charity Shield||Liverpool (13*) & Manchester United (10)|
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
The England national football team had a successful season, winning a mini-tournament against the CIS and Argentina, progressing steadily in qualification for the 1992 UEFA European Championship and conducting a tour to South-East Asia and Oceania in which they won all four games.
Arsenal clinched the First Division title for the second time in three seasons, losing just one league game all season, despite having two points deducted in the first half of the season following a player brawl in a game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Liverpool finished runners-up to complete a record ten-year run of top-two league finishes, although it was only their third trophyless season since the mid 1970s. Manager Kenny Dalglish stunned football in February by announcing his resignation after nearly six years in charge and winning five major trophies, with Graeme Souness being named as his successor just before the season's end. Crystal Palace finished third, the highest position in their history, while Leeds United made their First Division comeback in style by finishing fourth and Manchester City's fifth place finish was their highest for over a decade.
Manchester United's inconsistent league form prevented them from making a title challenge, but they won the European Cup Winners' Cup and were runners-up in the Football League Cup. The previous season's runners-up, Aston Villa, slumped to 17th place under new manager Jozef Venglos, who was then replaced with Ron Atkinson from Sheffield Wednesday.
Derby County's dismal season saw them relegated after a four-year run in the First Division, while Sunderland were relegated on the last day after just one season back among the elite. Luton Town finished third from bottom but avoided relegation due to the expansion of the First Division.
|1||Arsenal||38||15||4||0||51||10||9||9||1||23||8||74||18||+ 56||83||European Cup 1991–92
|2||Liverpool||38||14||3||2||42||13||9||4||6||35||27||77||40||+ 37||76||UEFA Cup 1991–92
|3||Crystal Palace||38||11||6||2||26||17||9||3||7||24||24||50||41||+ 9||69|||
|4||Leeds United||38||12||2||5||46||23||7||5||7||19||24||65||47||+ 18||64|||
|5||Manchester City||38||12||3||4||35||25||5||8||6||29||28||64||53||+ 11||62|
|6||Manchester United||38||11||4||4||34||17||5||8||6||24||28||58||45||+ 13||59||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
First round 
|8||Nottingham Forest||38||11||4||4||42||21||3||8||8||23||29||65||50||+ 15||54|
|10||Tottenham Hotspur||38||8||9||2||35||22||3||7||9||16||28||51||50||+ 1||49||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
|12||Queens Park Rangers||38||8||5||6||27||22||4||5||10||17||31||44||53||– 9||46|
|13||Sheffield United||38||9||3||7||23||23||4||4||11||13||32||36||55||– 19||46|
|15||Norwich City||38||9||3||7||27||32||4||3||12||14||32||43||64||– 21||45|
|16||Coventry City||38||10||6||3||30||16||1||5||13||12||33||42||49||– 7||44|
|17||Aston Villa||38||7||9||3||29||25||2||5||12||17||33||46||58||– 12||41|
|18||Luton Town||38||7||5||7||22||18||3||2||14||20||43||42||61||– 19||37|
|20||Derby County||38||3||8||8||25||36||2||1||16||12||39||37||75||– 38||24|
Note: Arsenal deducted two points for on-field brawl and Manchester United deducted one point also for on-field brawl in a league match between the two teams at Old Trafford on 20 October 1990.
|Qualified for European Cup|
|Qualified for UEFA Cup|
|Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup|
|Relegated to Division Two|
The Second Division title went to Oldham Athletic, whose manager Joe Royle finally delivered promotion at the ninth attempt and ended Oldham's 68-year absence from the First Division. FA Cup semi finalists West Ham United were promoted as runners-up. Sheffield Wednesday took the third promotion place and also won the Football League Cup. With the expansion of the First Division for 1991-92, there was a fourth promotion place up for grabs in the Second Division this season. The winners of the playoffs were Notts County, who were promoted for the second season running.
Hull City were relegated after a six-year run in the Second Division, while West Bromwich Albion went down on the final day to fall into the Third Division for the first time in their history. Leicester City narrowly avoided suffering the same fate, as did a Swindon Town side who would have been playing First Division football had it not been for the penalty imposed upon them in the close season for financial irregularities. Watford managed to climb to survival despite a catastrophic first few months of the season.
|1||Oldham Athletic||46||17||5||1||55||21||8||8||7||28||32||83||53||+ 30||88|
|2||West Ham United||46||15||6||2||41||18||9||9||5||19||16||60||34||+ 26||87|
|3||Sheffield Wednesday||46||12||10||1||43||23||10||6||7||37||28||80||51||+ 29||82|||
|4||Notts County||46||14||4||5||45||28||9||7||7||31||27||76||55||+ 21||80|||
|6||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||12||4||7||37||31||9||3||11||26||38||63||69||– 6||70|
|9||Bristol City||46||14||5||4||44||28||6||2||15||24||43||68||71||– 3||67|
|10||Oxford United||46||10||9||4||41||29||4||10||9||28||37||69||66||+ 3||61|
|11||Newcastle United||46||8||10||5||24||22||6||7||10||25||34||49||56||– 7||59|
|12||Wolverhampton Wanderers||46||11||6||6||45||35||2||13||8||18||28||63||63||± 0||58|
|13||Bristol Rovers||46||11||7||5||29||20||4||6||13||27||39||56||59||– 3||58|
|14||Ipswich Town||46||9||8||6||32||28||4||10||9||28||40||60||68||– 8||57|
|15||Port Vale||46||10||4||9||32||24||5||8||10||24||40||56||64||– 8||57|
|16||Charlton Athletic||46||8||7||8||27||25||5||10||8||30||36||57||61||– 4||56|
|18||Plymouth Argyle||46||10||10||3||36||20||2||7||14||18||48||54||78||– 24||53|
|19||Blackburn Rovers||46||8||6||9||26||27||6||4||13||25||39||51||66||– 15||52|
|21||Swindon Town||46||8||6||9||31||30||4||8||11||34||43||65||73||– 8||50|
|22||Leicester City||46||12||4||7||41||33||2||4||17||19||50||60||83||– 23||50|
|23||West Bromwich Albion||46||7||11||5||26||21||3||7||13||26||40||52||61||– 9||48|
|24||Hull City||46||6||10||7||35||32||4||5||14||22||53||57||85||– 28||45|
|Promoted to Division One|
|Qualified for the promotion playoff (not promoted)|
|Relegated to Division Three|
Cambridge United won the Third Division title to secure a second successive promotion, and went up along with Grimsby Town and Southend United, who were also promoted for a second successive season. The playoff winners were Tranmere Rovers, who were promoted for the second time in three seasons to reach the Second Division for the first time since the 1930s. The beaten playoff finalists, Bolton Wanderers, only missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference.
Birmingham City and Stoke City, more familiar with the league's First and Second Divisions, failed to finish anywhere near the top of the Third Division, and both clubs looked to new managers after the season's end in hope of securing promotion next time round.
|1||Cambridge United||46||14||5||4||42||22||11||6||6||33||28||75||50||+ 25||86|
|2||Southend United||46||13||6||4||34||23||13||1||9||33||28||67||51||+ 16||85|
|3||Grimsby Town||46||16||3||4||42||13||8||8||7||24||21||66||34||+ 32||83|
|4||Bolton Wanderers||46||14||5||4||33||18||10||6||7||31||32||64||50||+ 14||83|
|5||Tranmere Rovers||46||13||5||5||38||21||10||4||9||26||25||64||46||+ 18||78|||
|8||Bradford City||46||13||3||7||36||22||7||7||9||26||32||62||54||+ 8||70|
|10||Wigan Athletic||46||14||3||6||40||20||6||6||11||31||34||61||54||+ 7||69|
|11||Huddersfield Town||46||13||3||7||37||23||5||10||8||20||28||57||51||+ 6||67|
|12||Birmingham City||46||8||9||6||21||21||8||8||7||24||28||45||49||– 4||65|
|13||Leyton Orient||46||15||2||6||35||19||3||8||12||20||39||55||58||– 3||64|
|14||Stoke City||46||9||7||7||36||29||7||5||11||19||30||55||59||– 4||60|
|16||Exeter City||46||12||6||5||35||16||4||3||16||23||36||58||52||+ 6||57|
|17||Preston North End||46||11||5||7||33||29||4||6||13||21||38||54||67||– 13||56|
|18||Shrewsbury Town||46||8||7||8||29||22||6||3||14||32||46||61||68||– 7||52|
|19||Chester City||46||10||3||10||27||27||4||6||13||19||31||46||58||– 14||51|
|20||Swansea City||46||8||6||9||31||33||5||3||15||18||39||49||72||– 23||48||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
|22||Crewe Alexandra||46||6||9||8||35||35||5||2||16||27||45||62||80||– 8||44|
|23||Rotherham United||46||5||10||8||31||38||5||2||16||19||49||50||87||– 37||42|
|24||Mansfield Town||46||5||8||10||23||27||3||6||14||19||36||42||63||– 21||38|
|Promoted to Division Two|
|Qualified for the promotion playoff (not promoted)|
|Relegated to Division Four|
|Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup as Welsh Cup winners|
As a result of the reorganization of the league for the 1991-92 season, there were a league record of five promotion places up for grabs this time. The first went to Darlington, who had been GM Vauxhall Conference champions a year earlier. So impressive was their progress that manager Brian Little was soon on his way to Second Division Leicester City. The other automatic promotion places went to Peterborough United, Stockport County and Hartlepool United. The playoffs were won by a Torquay United who had been in the Fourth Division for nearly 20 years.
Wrexham finished bottom of the Fourth Division but retained their league status as the arrival of an additional club meant that there was no relegation from the Fourth Division.
However, small attendances (brought on by dismal on-the-field performances and falling attendances, not helped by the recession) and rising debts were casting major doubts over the future of Aldershot and Maidstone United. Aldershot had actually been wound up in the High Court in July 1990, but the winding-up order was quickly lifted when a rescue package was put together by 19-year-old property developer Spencer Trethewy, whose directorship of the club was suspended just three months later amid doubts about his ability to finance the club. Maidstone United's finances were further strained by the decision of the club's owners to buy a piece of land in Maidstone in order to build a new stadium (the club had played at Dartford since 1988) with planning permission yet to be given.
|2||Stockport County||46||16||6||1||54||19||7||7||9||30||28||84||47||+ 37||82|
|3||Hartlepool United||46||15||5||3||35||15||9||5||9||32||33||67||48||+ 19||82|
|4||Peterborough United||46||13||9||1||38||15||8||8||7||29||30||67||45||+ 22||80|
|7||Torquay United||46||14||7||2||37||13||4||11||8||27||34||64||47||+ 17||72|||
|8||Scunthorpe United||46||17||4||2||51||20||3||7||13||20||42||71||62||+ 9||71|
|11||Doncaster Rovers||46||12||5||6||36||22||5||9||9||20||24||56||46||+ 10||65|
|13||Cardiff City||46||10||6||7||26||23||5||9||9||17||31||43||54||– 11||60|
|14||Lincoln City||46||10||7||6||32||27||4||10||9||18||34||50||61||– 11||59|
|17||Hereford United||46||9||10||4||32||19||4||4||15||21||39||53||58||– 5||53|
|19||Maidstone United||46||9||5||9||42||34||4||7||12||24||37||66||71||– 5||51|
|20||Carlisle United||46||12||3||8||30||30||1||6||16||17||59||47||89||– 42||48|
|21||York City||46||8||6||9||21||23||3||7||13||24||34||45||57||– 12||46|
|22||Halifax Town||46||9||6||8||34||29||3||4||16||25||50||59||79||– 20||46|
|Promoted to Division Three|
|Qualified for the promotion playoff (not promoted)|
|This section requires expansion. (January 2010)|
- Tommy Hutchison, 43-year-old midfielder with one of the highest appearance records of any player in English football, played his final game for Swansea City on 12 March 1991 against Southend United in the Third Division.
- Jim Beglin, 27-year-old Leeds United and Republic of Ireland left-back formerly with Liverpool, retires after failing to overcome a long-term knee injury.
- Alan Hansen, 35-year-old Liverpool captain and former Scotland international, retires after a year out of action with injury.
- Norman Whiteside, 26-year-old Everton and Northern Ireland attacking midfielder, formerly of Manchester United, retires due to a knee injury.
- 9 August 1990 – Joe Mercer, 76, former England player, died on his birthday after suffering a stroke. Was manager of Manchester City when they won four trophies in three seasons starting in 1968.
- 20 August 1990 - Bill Curry, 54, scored 184 league goals between 1953 and 1969 for Newcastle United, Brighton, Derby County, Mansfield Town and Chesterfield, and after retiring he spent 15 years managing at non-league level.
- 8 September 1990 – David Longhurst, 25, York City striker, collapsed and died of a heart attack on 8 September during a Fourth Division fixture at Bootham Crescent.
- 4 October 1990 – Peter Taylor, 62, long-term assistant manager to Brian Clough who helped him win the league championship with Derby County in 1972. He later returned to Derby as manager but was sacked in 1984 after their relegation to the Third Division.
- 28 November 1990 - Ted Catlin, 80, played 209 league games at left-back for Sheffield Wednesday during the 1930s and was capped five times by England before his career was effectively ended by World War II.
- 22 December 1990 – Robin Friday, 38, popular centre forward with Reading and Cardiff City during the 1970s, was found dead at his London flat on Christmas Eve 1990. He had suffered a heart attack.
- 24 December 1990 - Don Dearson, 76, was capped three times for Wales in the late 1930s and played 131 league games as a utility player during the 1930s and 1940s for Birmingham City, the seven seasons lost to World War II depriving him of more appearances. He also played for Coventry City and Walsall.
- 1 April 1991 - George Lee, 71, played 384 league games and scored 90 goals as an outside-left between 1936 and 1958 in a career which took him from York City to Nottingham Forest and finally to West Bromwich Albion, his chances of more appearances being lost due to seven years without league action as a result of World War II.
- 22 May 1991 – Stan Mortensen, 69, former Blackpool and England striker who was one of the league's most exciting strikers in the immediate post-war years. Scored a hat-trick in the 1953 FA Cup final, to date the only player to do so.
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