1891–92 in English football
The 1891–92 season was the 21st season of competitive football in England.
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.
Everton leave Anfield on 15 March 1892 after a dispute with the stadium's landlord, John Houlding. Everton moved into a new stadium at nearby Goodison Park, while Houlding formed a new football club - Liverpool F.C. - on 30 March 1892, to play at Anfield.
For the Welsh game, England selected a team consisting mainly of players with Corinthian connections and awarded eight new caps. The new caps included professionals George Toone of Notts County in goal, Henry Lilley of Sheffield United (making his only England appearance at left-back) and George Kinsey (Wolverhampton Wanderers) at left-half. Joe Schofield a Staffordshire schoolteacher with Stoke City played at outside-left. The other débutantes were Anthony Hossack (Corinthian), William Winckworth (Old Westminsters), Robert Cunliffe Gosling (Old Etonians) and Rupert Sandilands (Old Westminsters). England were a little too skilful for the Welsh and ran out 2–0 winners with goals from Arthur Henfrey and Rupert Sandilands.
Against Ireland, England issued a further five new caps. The most prominent débutante was Charlie Athersmith of Aston Villa at outside-right, who would continue to appear for England over the next eight years, making twelve appearances in all. He was accompanied by his club team-mate, Jack Devey. The other new caps were John Cox of Derby County, Michael Whitham of Sheffield United and John Pearson of Crewe Alexandra for each of whom this was their solitary England appearance. Pearson went on to have a successful career as a Football League referee, including the 1911 FA Cup Final. Harry Daft of Notts County was awarded the captaincy for his last of five England appearances and marked the occasion by scoring twice, either side of half-time.
Scotland also beat both Wales and Ireland and, as a result, the outcome of the British Home Championship rested on the final game of the season (for the third consecutive year). England selected a much more experienced team than for the Wales and Ireland games, and only included four players who had featured in those games, including only one of the debutantes, George Toone in goal. Jack Reynolds, the West Bromwich Albion full-back, was selected to play for England for the first time, even though he had previously played five international games for Ireland, having scored against England on 15 March 1890. It had wrongly been assumed that Reynolds was born in Ireland; however, his birth certificate had proved that he was in fact born in Blackburn, thereby enabling him to make eight appearances for England. England rattled in four goals in the first 21 minutes, and although Scotland scored a late consolation goal, England were able to continue their excellent run of results against the Scots and claim the championship again.
|5 March 1892||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A)||Wales||2–0||BHC||15' Arthur Henfrey (Corinthian), 87' Rupert Sandilands (Old Westminsters)|
|5 March 1892||Solitude, Belfast (A)||Ireland||2–0||BHC||44', 47' Harry Daft (Notts Co.)|
|2 April 1892||Ibrox Park, Glasgow (A)||Scotland||4–1||BHC||1' Edgar Chadwick (Everton), 14', 21' John Goodall (Derby Co.), 16' Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers)|
* England score given first
- A = Home match
- BHC = British Home Championship
|The Football League||Sunderland (1)|
|FA Cup||West Bromwich Albion (2)|
|Football Alliance||Nottingham Forest|
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
|2||Preston North End||26||18||1||7||61||31||1.968||37|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||26||6||6||14||51||58||0.879||18|
The Football Alliance
|11||Walsall Town Swifts||22||6||3||13||33||59||15|
|12||Birmingham St George's||22||5||3||14||34||64||11|
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
- "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". LFCHistory.net.
- Re-elected to the Football League First Division
- FA Cup holders – No re-election required
- Not re-elected, invited to join Second Division
- Elected to the Football League First Division
- Elected to the Football League Second Division
- Two points deducted for fielding ineligible players. Disbanded at the end of the season due to financial problems
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