1893–94 Football League

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The 18931894 season was the sixth season of The Football League.

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. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. 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 this season, 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league.[2]

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. The result of the match on 25 November 1893 between Wolves and Stoke is given in many newspapers as a win for Wolves by 4-2, which is the result included in these tables and in the book published by the Football League in 1937-8. Most subsequent lists of scores depend on that publication. The Times on Monday, 27th gives the score as 5-2 and local Midland newspapers also show 5-2, listing the five goal scorers. This curious discrepancy has never been explained.

The Second Division was expanded from twelve to fifteen teams, with the election of Liverpool, Middlesbrough Ironopolis, Newcastle United, Rotherham Town and Woolwich Arsenal and the resignation of Accrington and Bootle. Woolwich Arsenal became the first team from the south of England to participate in the Football League.

First Division[edit]

First Division
Season 1893–94
Champions Aston Villa
(1st English title)
Relegated Darwen
Newton Heath
FA Cup winners Notts County (2nd Div.) (1st and as of 2013 last FA Cup title)
Matches played 240
Goals scored 939 (3.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Southworth (Everton), 27
Biggest home win Aston VillaDarwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)
Biggest away win WolverhamptonWest Brom 0–8 (27 Dec 1893)
Highest scoring Aston VillaDarwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)
EvertonDarwen 8–1 (21 Oct 1893)
EvertonThe Wednesday 8–1 (23 Dec 1893)
BurnleyAston Villa 3–6 (7 Apr 1894)
West BromAston Villa 3–6 (21 Oct 1893)
Longest winning run 6 matches
Aston Villa (11 Nov 1893 - 23 Dec 1893)
Sheffield United F.C. (9 Sep 1893 - 16 Oct 1893)
Sunderland (13 Jan 1894 - 24 Mar 1894)
Longest unbeaten run 7 matches
Nottingham Forest (18 Nov 1893 - 13 Jan 1894)
Sheffield United F.C. (9 Sep 1893 - 28 Oct 1893)
Wolverhampton (25 Nov 1893 - 27 Dec 1894)
Longest losing run 11 matches
Newton Heath (25 Nov 1893 - 12 Mar 1894)
Highest attendance 27.500
Everton - Sunderland (30 Sep 1893)
Lowest attendance 400
Derby County - Darwen (18 Nov 1893)
Average attendance 7.012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 30 12 2 1 49 13 7 4 4 35 29 84 42 2.000 +42 44
2 Sunderland 30 11 3 1 46 14 6 1 8 26 30 72 44 1.636 +28 38
3 Derby County 30 9 2 4 47 32 7 2 6 26 30 73 62 1.177 +11 36
4 Blackburn Rovers 30 13 0 2 48 15 3 2 10 21 38 69 53 1.302 +16 34
5 Burnley 30 13 0 2 43 17 2 4 9 18 34 61 51 1.196 +10 34
6 Everton 30 11 1 3 63 23 4 2 9 27 34 90 57 1.579 +33 33
7 Nottingham Forest 30 10 2 3 38 16 4 2 9 19 32 57 48 1.188 +9 32
8 West Bromwich Albion 30 8 4 3 35 23 6 0 9 31 36 66 59 1.119 +7 32
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 11 1 3 34 24 3 2 10 18 39 52 63 0.825 –11 31
10 Sheffield United 30 8 3 4 26 22 5 2 8 21 39 47 61 0.770 –14 31
11 Stoke 30 13 1 1 45 17 0 2 13 20 62 65 79 0.823 –14 29
12 The Wednesday 30 7 3 5 32 21 2 5 8 16 36 48 57 0.842 –9 26
13 Bolton Wanderers 30 7 3 5 18 14 3 1 11 20 38 38 52 0.731 –14 24
14 Preston North End 30 7 1 7 25 24 3 2 10 19 32 44 56 0.786 –12 23
15 Darwen[3] 30 6 4 5 25 28 1 1 13 12 55 37 83 0.446 –46 19
16 Newton Heath[3] 30 5 2 8 29 33 1 0 14 7 39 36 72 0.500 –36 14

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
Into a test match

First Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AST BLB BOL BUR DRW DER EVE NWH NOT PNE SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 2–1 2–3 4–0 9–0 1–1 3–1 5–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 0–1 3–2 4–1 0–2 4–3 4–0 6–1 1–0 4–1 5–0 4–3 5–1 3–0 3–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 2–0
Burnley 3–6 1–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 2–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 4–2
Darwen 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–0 2–3 3–3 1–0 0–4 2–1 3–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 2–1 3–1
Derby County 0–3 5–2 6–1 3–3 2–1 7–3 2–0 3–4 2–1 2–1 5–2 1–4 3–3 2–3 4–1
Everton 4–2 2–2 3–2 4–3 8–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 2–3 2–3 6–2 7–1 8–1 7–1 3–0
Newton Heath 1–3 5–1 2–2 3–2 0–1 2–6 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–2 6–2 2–4 1–2 4–1 1–0
Nottingham Forest 1–2 0–0 1–0 5–0 4–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 7–1
Preston North End 2–5 0–1 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–2 3–0 3–3 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–3
Sheffield United 3–0 3–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–2
Stoke City 3–3 3–1 5–0 4–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 2–0 4–1 3–1 0–3
Sunderland 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–2 4–0 5–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 6–3 4–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 6–0
The Wednesday 2–2 4–2 2–1 0–1 5–0 4–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 4–1 2–2 2–4 1–4
West Bromwich Albion 3–6 2–1 5–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–2 2–3 2–2 0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 5–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–4 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–4 4–2 2–1 3–1 0–8

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Test Matches 1894[edit]

The test match 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.

28 April 1894
Liverpool (2nd Div. Champions) 2–0 Newton Heath (1st Div. 16th)
Ewood Park
Attendance: 5,000

28 April 1894
Small Heath (2nd Div. 2nd) 3–1 Darwen (1st Div. 15th)
Victoria Ground
Attendance: 3,000

28 April 1894
Preston North End (1st Div. 14th) 4–0 Notts County (2nd Div. 3rd)
Olive Grove
Attendance: 8,000

Test Match Consequences[edit]

Of the winners, Liverpool and Small Heath were elected into the First Division, while Preston North End remained there.

Of the losers Darwen and Newton Heath continued in the Second Division, while Notts County remained there.

Second Division[edit]

Second Division
Season 1893–94
Champions Liverpool (1st title)
Promoted Liverpool
Small Heath
Resigned Middlesbrough Ironopolis
Northwich Victoria
Matches played 210
Goals scored 861 (4.1 per match)
Top goalscorer Frank Mobley (Small Heath), 23 [4]
Biggest home win Small HeathManchester City 10–2 (17 Mar 1894)
Notts CountyCrewe Alexandra 9–1 (17 Feb 1894)
Biggest away win Northwich VictoriaSmall Heath 0–7 (6 Jan 1894)
Highest scoring Burton SwiftsWalsall Town Swifts 8–5 (24 Feb 1894)
Longest winning run 9 matches
Liverpool (2 Dec 1893 - 17 Mar 1894)
Longest unbeaten run 28 matches
Liverpool, i.e. the entire season
Longest losing run 10 matches
Northwich Victoria F.C. (23 Dec 1893 - 10 Mar 1894)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool[5] 28 14 0 0 46 6 8 6 0 31 12 77 18 4.278 +59 50
2 Small Heath[5] 28 12 0 2 68 19 9 0 5 35 25 70 31 2.341 +39 42
3 Notts County 28 12 1 1 55 14 6 2 6 15 17 70 31 2.258 +39 39
4 Newcastle United 28 12 1 1 44 10 3 5 6 22 29 66 39 1.692 +27 36
5 Grimsby Town 28 11 1 2 47 16 4 1 9 24 42 71 58 1.224 +13 32
6 Burton Swifts 28 9 1 4 52 26 5 2 7 27 35 79 61 1.295 +18 31
7 Burslem Port Vale 28 10 2 2 43 20 3 2 9 23 44 66 64 1.031 +2 30
8 Lincoln City 28 5 4 5 31 22 6 2 6 28 36 59 58 1.017 +1 28
9 Woolwich Arsenal 28 9 1 4 33 19 3 3 8 19 36 52 55 0.945 -3 28
10 Walsall Town Swifts 28 8 1 5 36 23 2 2 10 15 38 51 61 0.836 -10 23
11 Middlesbrough Ironopolis[6] 28 7 4 3 27 20 1 0 13 10 52 37 72 0.514 -35 20
12 Crewe Alexandra 28 3 7 4 22 22 3 0 11 20 51 42 73 0.575 -31 19
13 Manchester City 28 6 1 7 32 20 2 1 11 15 51 47 71 0.662 -24 18
14 Rotherham Town 28 5 1 8 28 42 1 2 11 16 49 44 91 0.484 -47 15
15 Northwich Victoria[7] 28 3 3 8 17 34 0 0 14 13 64 30 98 0.306 -68 9

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
FA Cup Winners, see Notts County
New club in the league (see also Liverpool, Middlesbrough Ironopolis)
Re-elected
Failed re-election or resigned

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BPV BRS CRE GRI LIN LIV MCI MII NEW NOR NTC ROT SMH WAL WOO
Burslem Port Vale 3–1 4–2 6–1 5–3 2–2 4–2 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–3 5–0 1–2 2–1
Burton Swifts 5–3 6–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 5–0 7–0 3–1 6–2 0–2 4–1 0–2 8–5 6–2
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–5 1–1 5–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 3–5 1–1 0–0
Grimsby Town 4–0 2–1 3–2 2–4 0–1 5–0 2–1 0–0 7–0 5–2 7–1 2–1 5–2 3–1
Lincoln City 2–2 1–1 6–1 1–2 1–1 6–0 2–3 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 2–5 0–2 3–0
Liverpool 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 6–0 5–1 4–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 3–0 2–0
Manchester City 8–1 1–4 1–2 4–1 0–1 0–1 6–1 2–3 4–2 0–0 3–2 0–1 3–0 0–1
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–6 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 6–1 3–0 1–1 3–6
Newcastle United 2–1 4–1 2–1 4–1 5–1 0–0 2–1 7–2 3–0 3–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 6–0
Northwich Victoria 1–5 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–3 1–4 2–1 5–3 0–1 1–1 0–7 1–0 2–2
Notts County 6–1 6–2 9–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 5–0 3–0 3–1 6–1 4–2 3–1 2–0 3–2
Rotherham Town 0–1 2–5 1–4 4–3 2–8 1–4 1–3 4–1 2–1 5–4 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1
Small Heath 6–0 6–1 6–1 5–2 6–0 3–4 10–2 2–1 1–4 8–0 3–0 4–3 4–0 4–1
Walsall 0–5 3–4 5–1 5–0 5–2 1–1 5–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–3 1–2
Woolwich Arsenal 4–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 4–0 0–5 1–0 1–0 2–2 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–4 4–0

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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "England 1893–94". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 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. ^ a b Not re-elected after losing test match. Invited to join Second Division
  4. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ a b Elected to First Division after winning test match.
  6. ^ Middlesbrough Ironopolis folded at the end of the season for financial reasons.
  7. ^ Northwich Victoria resigned from the Football League to play regional football.

External links[edit]

  • "England 1893–94". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.