1892–93 Football League

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The 18921893 season was the fifth season of The Football League. This season saw the introduction of the Second Division.

Final league tables[edit]

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

During the first five seasons of the league, that is until the season 1893–94 re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league.[2]

First Division[edit]

The Football League
Season 1892–93
Champions Sunderland
(2nd English title)
Relegated Notts County
Resigned Accrington
FA Cup winners Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 936 (3.9 per match)
Top goalscorer John Campbell (Sunderland), 31
Biggest home win Newton HeathWolverhampton 10–1 (15 Oct 1892)
Biggest away win AccringtonSunderland 0–6 (3 Sept 1892)
Highest scoring Newton HeathWolverhampton 10–1 (15 Oct 1892)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Everton (14 Jan 1893 - 8 Apr 1893)
Longest unbeaten run 10 matches
Sunderland (2 Jan 1893 - 1 Apr 1893)
Longest losing run 7 matches
The Wednesday (7 Jan 1893 - 25 Mar 1893)
Highest attendance 27.500
Everton - Preston North End (11 Feb 1893)
Lowest attendance 1.000
Notts County - West Bromwich Albion (19 Nov 1892)
West Bromwich Albion - Stoke (26 Nov 1892)
West Bromwich Albion - Burnley (7 Jan 1893)
Stoke - Newton Heath (7 Jan 1893)
Stoke - Everton ( 28 Jan 1893)
The Wednesday -Notts County (3 Apr 1893)
Average attendance 6.920
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Sunderland 30 13 2 0 58 17 9 2 4 42 19 100 36 2.778 +64 48
2 Preston North End 30 11 2 2 34 10 6 1 8 23 29 57 39 1.462 +18 37
3 Everton 30 9 3 3 44 17 7 1 7 30 34 74 51 1.451 +23 36
4 Aston Villa 30 12 1 2 50 24 4 2 9 23 38 73 62 1.177 +11 35
5 Bolton Wanderers 30 12 1 2 43 21 1 5 9 13 34 56 55 1.018 +1 32
6 Burnley 30 10 2 3 37 15 3 2 10 14 29 51 44 1.159 +7 30
7 Stoke 30 8 2 5 33 16 4 3 8 25 32 58 48 1.208 +10 29
8 West Bromwich Albion 30 9 2 4 35 17 3 3 9 23 52 58 69 0.841 –11 29
9 Blackburn Rovers 30 5 8 2 29 24 3 5 7 18 32 47 56 0.839 –9 29
10 Nottingham Forest 30 7 2 6 30 27 3 6 6 18 25 48 52 0.923 –4 28
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 11 2 2 32 17 1 2 12 15 51 47 68 0.691 –21 28
12 The Wednesday 30 8 2 5 34 28 4 1 10 21 37 55 65 0.846 –10 27
13 Derby County 30 5 6 4 30 28 4 3 8 22 36 52 64 0.813 –12 27
14 Notts County[3] 30 8 3 4 34 15 2 1 12 19 46 53 61 0.869 –8 24
15 Accrington[4] 30 5 5 5 29 34 1 6 8 28 47 57 81 0.704 –24 23
16 Newton Heath[5] 30 6 3 6 39 35 0 3 12 11 50 50 85 0.588 –35 18

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
New club in the league (see also Newton Heath)
Into a test match

Results[edit]

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and Rothmans[2] for the First Division and
from Rothmans for the Second Division.

Home ╲ Away[1] ACC AST BLB BOL BUR DER EVE NWH NOT NTC PNE STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Accrington F.C. 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–1 4–2 1–2 5–2 0–6 4–2 5–4 4–0
Aston Villa 6–4 4–1 1–1 1–3 6–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 1–6 5–1 5–2 5–0
Blackburn Rovers 3–3 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 4–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–3 2–2 0–2 2–1 3–3
Bolton Wanderers 5–2 5–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 4–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 2–4 4–4 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–1
Burnley 1–3 0–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 4–2 3–2 2–3 4–0 5–0 2–0
Derby County 3–3 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–6 5–1 2–3 4–5 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2
Everton 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 5–0 6–0 2–2 6–0 6–0 2–2 1–4 3–5 1–0 3–2
Newton Heath 3–3 2–0 4–4 1–0 1–1 7–1 3–4 1–3 1–3 2–1 1–0 0–5 1–5 2–4 10–1
Nottingham Forest 3–0 4–5 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–4 0–5 2–0 3–4 3–1
Notts County 2–0 1–4 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 8–1 3–0
Preston North End 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 4–0
Stoke 2–2 0–1 2–2 6–0 4–1 1–3 0–1 7–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Sunderland 4–2 6–0 5–0 3–3 2–0 3–1 4–3 6–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–2 8–1 5–2
The Wednesday 5–2 5–3 0–3 4–2 2–0 3–3 0–2 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–5 0–1 3–2 6–0 0–1
West Bromwich Albion 4–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 7–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 4–2 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–0 2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–3 2–1 4–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–4 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1

Source: [1], 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.

Test Matches 1893[edit]

The test matches were a kind of play-offs, in which the bottom 1st Division teams faced the top 2nd Division teams. The 1st Division teams, if coming out as winners, would retain their places in the division. If a 2nd Division team won, it would be considered for 1st Division membership through an election process. Losing 2nd Division teams would stay in the 2nd Division.

22 April 1893
Small Heath (2nd Div. Champion) 1–1 Newton Heath (1st Div. 16th)
Victoria Ground
Attendance: 4,000
22 April 1893
Darwen (2nd Div. 3rd) 3–2 Notts County (1st Div. 14th)
Hyde Road
Attendance: 5,000
22 April 1893
Sheffield United (2nd Div. 2nd) 1–0 Accrington (1st Div. 15th)
Castle Ground
Attendance: 6,000
27 April 1893 (rematch)
Newton Heath (1st Div. 16th) 5–2 Small Heath (2nd Div. Champion)
Olive Grove
Attendance: 6,000

Test Match Consequences[edit]

Of the winners, Darwen and Sheffield United were elected into the First Division, while Newton Heath (later known as Manchester United F.C.) remained in the First Division.

Of the losers Small Heath (later known as Birmingham City F.C.) and Notts County continued in the Second Division, while Accrington resigned from the league altogether.

Second Division[edit]

Second Division
Season 1892–93
Champions Small Heath
Promoted Sheffield United
Darwen
Resigned Bootle
Matches played 132
Goals scored 591 (4.48 per match)
Top goalscorer Fred Wheldon (Small Heath), 24[6]
Biggest home win Small HeathWalsall Town Swifts 12–0 (17 Dec 1892)
Biggest away win Burslem Port ValeSheffield United 0–10 (10 Dec 1892)
Highest scoring Small HeathWalsall Town Swifts 12–0 (17 Dec 1892)
Longest winning run 9 matches
Small Heath (17 Dec 1892 - 1 Apr 1893)
Longest unbeaten run 15 matches
Sheffield United (26 Nov 1892 - 15 Apr 1893)
Longest losing run 5 matches
Bootle (24 Sep 1892 - 12 Nov 1892)
Crewe Alexandra F.C. (24 Sep 1892 - 26 Nov 1892)
Ardwick (24 Dec 1892 - 18 Feb 1893)
Walsall Town Swifts (3 Sep 1892 - 8 Oct 1892)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Small Heath[7] 22 10 1 0 57 16 7 1 3 33 19 90 35 2.571 +45 36
2 Sheffield United[8] 22 10 1 0 35 8 6 2 3 27 11 62 19 3.263 +43 35
3 Darwen[9] 22 10 0 1 43 15 4 2 5 17 21 60 36 1.667 +24 30
4 Grimsby Town 22 8 1 2 25 7 3 0 8 17 34 42 41 1.024 +1 23
5 Ardwick 22 6 3 2 27 14 3 0 8 18 26 45 40 1.125 +5 21
6 Burton Swifts 22 7 1 3 30 18 2 1 8 17 29 47 47 1.000 ±0 20
7 Northwich Victoria 22 7 0 4 25 26 2 2 7 17 32 42 58 0.724 –16 20
8 Bootle[10] 22 8 1 2 35 20 0 2 9 14 43 49 63 0.778 –14 19
9 Lincoln City 22 6 2 3 30 18 1 1 9 15 33 45 51 0.882 –6 17
10 Crewe Alexandra 22 6 1 4 30 24 0 2 9 12 45 42 69 0.609 –27 15
11 Burslem Port Vale 22 4 1 6 16 23 2 2 7 14 34 30 57 0.526 –27 15
12 Walsall Town Swifts 22 4 3 4 25 24 1 0 10 12 51 37 75 0.493 –40 13

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, into a test match
Into a test match
New club in the league (all except Darwen)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none), or resigned

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARD BOO BPV BRS CRE DRW GRI LIN NOR SHU SMH WAL
Ardwick 7–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–2 0–3 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 2–0
Bootle 5–3 1–1 3–2 2–1 5–1 3–1 4–1 2–5 2–0 1–4 7–1
Burslem Port Vale 1–2 0–0 1–0 4–1 2–4 0–1 1–2 4–0 0–10 0–3 3–0
Burton Swifts 2–0 2–1 3–3 7–1 0–2 5–1 4–2 2–0 0–3 2–3 3–2
Crewe Alexandra 4–1 2–1 5–0 2–4 2–2 1–0 4–1 4–2 0–4 1–3 5–6
Darwen 3–1 3–0 4–1 2–3 7–3 6–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 4–3 5–0
Grimsby Town 2–0 3–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–0
Lincoln City 2–1 5–1 3–4 5–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 5–1 1–0 3–4 3–1
Northwich Victoria 0–3 3–2 2–4 2–1 4–1 1–0 5–3 2–1 1–3 0–6 5–2
Sheffield United 2–1 8–3 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 3–0
Small Heath 3–2 6–2 5–1 3–2 6–0 6–2 8–3 4–1 6–2 1–1 12–0
Walsall Town Swifts 2–4 4–4 3–0 3–2 3–3 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–3

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "England 1892–93". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ Invited to join Second Division after losing test match to Darwen.
  4. ^ Resigned from Football League after losing test match to Sheffield United.
  5. ^ Remained in First Division after winning test match against Small Heath.
  6. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  7. ^ Remained in Second Division after losing test match to Newton Heath.
  8. ^ Elected to First Division after winning test match against Accrington.
  9. ^ Elected to First Division after winning test match against Notts County.
  10. ^ Disbanded at the end of the season apparently due to financial problems.

External links[edit]

  • "England 1892–93". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.