1891–92 Football Alliance

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Football Alliance
Season 1891–92
Champions Nottingham Forest
Disbanded Birmingham St George's
Matches played 132
Goals scored 569 (4.31 per match)

The 1891–92 Football Alliance was the third and final season of the Football Alliance, an association football league which was set up in England as a rival to the Football League, which had begun in the 1888–89 season.

Three new clubs joined the Football Alliance, following the expansion of the Football League to 14 teams, and the defection of Sunderland Albion to the Northern League. These new teams were Ardwick (later Manchester City), Burton Swifts and Lincoln City.[1][2]

At the end of the season the Football Alliance was disbanded and merged with the Football League, which was expanded to two divisions. Champions Nottingham Forest together with Newton Heath and The Wednesday were elected to the enlarged sixteen-team First Division. The remaining teams were joined by Northwich Victoria, Burslem Port Vale and Sheffield United to form a twelve-team Second Division. However, Birmingham St George's were forced to disband at the end of the season due to financial problems.[1][2]

Final League Table[edit]

Goal difference did not have any relevance for the league table, but since it is an informative piece of information for a modern reader, it is added in this presentation after the goals scored for and against, just as in the Football League presentations.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 22 14 5 3 59 22 + 37 33
2 Newton Heath 22 12 7 3 69 33 + 36 31
3 Small Heath 22 12 5 5 53 36 + 17 29
4 The Wednesday 22 12 4 6 65 35 + 30 28
5 Burton Swifts 22 12 2 8 54 52 + 2 26
6 Grimsby Town 22 6 6 10 40 39 + 1 18
7 Crewe Alexandra 22 7 4 11 44 49 – 5 18
8 Ardwick 22 6 6 10 39 51 – 12 18
9 Bootle 22 8 2 12 42 64 – 22 18
10 Lincoln City 22 6 5 11 37 65 – 28 17
11 Walsall Town Swifts 22 6 3 13 33 59 – 26 15
12 Birmingham St George's[3] 22 5 3 14 34 64 – 30 11
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
    F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
Key
Football Alliance Champions, elected to Football League First Division
Elected to Football League First Division
Elected to Football League Second Division
New club in the Alliance (see Ardwick, Burton Swifts, Lincoln City)
Disbanded
A. ^ Two points deducted from Birmingham St George's for fielding ineligible players. Disbanded at the end of the season due to financial problems.

Results[edit]

The results shown here are those of only Ardwick, Newton Heath,[4] Small Heath,[5] Nottingham Forest and The Wednesday.[1]

These results have been checked against the table, and no discrepancies were found. More results might be added as they emerge.

Home ╲ Away ARD BSG BOO BRS CRE GRI LIN NWH NOT SMH WAL WED
Ardwick 4–3 3–3 1–0 4–0 3–1 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 6–0 0–4
Birmingham St George's 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 2–4
Bootle 2–1 1–1 1–4 0–1 3–2
Burton Swifts 4–4 3–2 1–3 6–3 4–3
Crewe Alexandra 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–1
Grimsby Town 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0
Lincoln City 3–0 1–6 1–4 1–1 2–2
Newton Heath 3–1 3–0 4–0 3–1 5–3 3–3 10–1 1–1 3–3 5–0 1–1
Nottingham Forest 4–0 3–0 5–1 7–0 5–0 3–3 0–0 3–0 2–0 5–1 1–1
Small Heath 4–0 2–2 4–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 3–2 1–2 4–1 1–1
Walsall Town Swifts 2–2 1–4 3–0 3–4 2–1
The Wednesday 2–0 4–0 4–1 5–2 4–1 4–2 7–2 2–4 3–1 6–3 4–0

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

Election to the Football League[edit]

Two new clubs were elected to the Football League in the re-election process. West Bromwich Albion, although finishing in the bottom four teams of the Football League, were not required to seek re-election as they were the FA Cup holders. Two of the other three teams were duly re-elected. As a result, three new teams were elected to the League. The voting went as follows:[6]

When a second division was later added to the league, Darwen were elected to participate, though they only lasted there a single season, never to appear in the league again. The other teams to participate in the Second Division were drawn from the Football Alliance.

Team Votes Result
The Wednesday 10 Elected to the League
Nottingham Forest 9 Elected to the League
Accrington 7 Re-elected to the League
Stoke 6 Re-elected to the League
Newton Heath 6 Elected to the League
Sheffield United 5 Not elected to the League
Darwen 4 Not re-elected to the League
Burton Swifts 1 Not elected to the League
Newcastle East End 1 Not elected to the League
Middlesbrough / Middlesbrough Ironopolis (combined) 1 Not elected to the League
Liverpool Caledonian 0 Not elected to the League
Key
Re-elected to the League
Elected to the League
Not (re-)elected to the League; later invited to participate in the Second Division
Not elected to the League

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1891–92". The Owl. Andrew Drake. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Abbink, Dinant (23 July 2006). "England – Football Alliance". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Archived from the original on 2013-03-14. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Two points deducted from Birmingham St George's for fielding ineligible players. Disbanded at the end of the season due to financial problems.
  4. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived March 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived September 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.