1899–1900 in English football
The 1899–1900 season was the 29th season of competitive football in England.
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Glossop debuted in the First Division, becoming the smallest town ever to compete in the highest English football division. The team finished in bottom place and was relegated, becoming the first of six clubs that so far have only completed one season in the top flight.
|First Division||Aston Villa (5*)|
|Second Division||The Wednesday|
|FA Cup||Bury (1)|
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
|13||West Bromwich Albion||34||11||8||15||43||51||0.843||30|
|16||Preston North End||34||12||4||18||38||48||0.792||28|
|10||New Brighton Tower||34||13||9||12||66||58||1.138||35|
|11||Burslem Port Vale||34||14||6||14||39||49||0.796||34|
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
For the match against Ireland, played at Lansdowne Road, Dublin on 17 March 1900, the England team were confidently expecting an easy win after five successive victories, including winning 13–2 the previous year. The England selectors chose five debutantes, including four of the five forwards. Dan Cunliffe of Southern League Portsmouth, made his solitary England appearance at inside right, with his Portsmouth team-mate Matt Reilly in goal for the Irish. Another Southern League player, Archie Turner of Southampton played the first of his two internationals at outside right, while on the left were Charlie Sagar of Bury and Fred Priest of Sheffield United, with the experienced Gilbert Smith in the centre. Priest's Sheffield United colleague, Harry Johnson played the first of his six internationals at Right-half.
Nine days later, the England team travelled to Cardiff to compete against Wales with four new players. Arthur Chadwick of Southampton represented the Southern League, playing the first of his two internationals at centre half. The other three debutantes were up front, with Corinthians Geoffrey Plumpton Wilson and Tip Foster, lining up alongside their club captain, G. O. Smith, and Alf Spouncer of Nottingham Forest making his only England appearance on the left wing.
While the visitors were expected to win with ease, the Welsh "fought magnificently" to hold the English to a draw with Billy Meredith's 55th-minute strike cancelling out Wilson's third-minute goal.
As Scotland had defeated both the Welsh and Irish by large scores, England needed a victory at Celtic Park if they were to retain the British Home Championship. They made only three changes from the side that had defeated the Welsh, bringing in John Plant of Bury to replace Alf Spouncer on the left, and recalling Ernest Needham (replacing Howard Spencer in defence) and Steve Bloomer in place of Tip Foster.
Scotland were "determined to succeed against the visitors" following defeats in the two previous meetings. In front of a world record crowd of 63000, the Scots did not disappoint their supporters with Robert McColl scoring a hat trick (his third for Scotland), with Bloomer scoring England's consolation. Scotland thus defeated all three of their competitors, enabling them to take the championship.
|17 March 1900||Lansdowne Road, Dublin (A)||Ireland||2–0||BHC||Harry Johnson (Sheffield United) (12 mins), Charlie Sagar (Bury) (16 mins)|
|26 March 1900||Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (A)||Wales||1–1||BHC||Geoffrey Wilson (Corinthian) (3 mins)|
|7 April 1900||Celtic Park, Glasgow (A)||Scotland||1–4||BHC||Steve Bloomer (Derby County) (35 mins)|
* England score given first
- A = Home match
- BHC = British Home Championship
- Failed to be re-elected to the Football League
- Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. pp. 462–463. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.
- "Ireland 0 England 2 (match summary)". www.englandstats.com. 17 March 1900. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Wales 1 England 1 (match summary)". www.englandstats.com. 26 March 1900. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Scotland 4 England 1 (match summary)". www.englandstats.com. 7 April 1900. Retrieved 21 January 2009.