1902–03 Football League

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The Football League
Season1902–03
ChampionsThe Wednesday
RelegatedDoncaster Rovers

The 190203 season was the 15th 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 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 the season, 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League
First Division
Season1902–03
ChampionsThe Wednesday (1st English title)
RelegatedBolton Wanderers
Grimsby Town
FA Cup winnersBury (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played306
Goals scored885 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerSam Raybould (Liverpool), 31
Biggest home winLiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Aston VillaNewcastle 7–0 (29 Nov 1902)
Biggest away winNottingham ForestThe Wednesday 1–4 (1 Nov 1902)
Highest scoringLiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Longest winning run6 matches
West Bromwich Albion (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Sunderland (29 Nov 1902 – 14 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run10 matches
Bolton Wanderers (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Highest attendance50,000
Aston Villa -West Bromwich Albion (1 Nov 1902)
Lowest attendance500
Derby County -Grimsby Town F.C. (22 Apr 1903)
Average attendance11,656
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 The Wednesday 34 12 3 2 31 7 7 1 9 23 29 54 36 1.500 +18 42
2 Aston Villa 34 11 3 3 43 18 8 0 9 18 22 61 40 1.525 +21 41
3 Sunderland 34 10 5 2 27 11 6 4 7 24 25 51 36 1.417 +15 41
4 Sheffield United 34 11 0 6 36 22 6 5 6 22 22 58 44 1.318 +14 39
5 Liverpool 34 11 3 3 48 21 6 1 10 20 28 68 49 1.388 +19 38
6 Stoke 34 11 2 4 29 11 4 5 8 17 27 46 38 1.211 +8 37
7 West Bromwich Albion 34 10 2 5 37 27 6 2 9 17 26 54 53 1.019 +1 36
8 Bury 34 14 1 2 41 14 2 2 13 13 29 54 43 1.256 +11 35
9 Derby County 34 13 2 2 34 11 3 1 13 16 36 50 47 1.064 +3 35
10 Nottingham Forest 34 10 3 4 33 22 4 4 9 16 25 49 47 1.043 +2 35
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 12 2 3 34 17 2 3 12 14 40 48 57 0.842 –9 33
12 Everton 34 10 2 5 28 18 3 4 10 17 29 45 47 0.957 –2 32
13 Middlesbrough 34 10 3 4 27 16 4 1 12 14 34 41 50 0.820 –9 32
14 Newcastle United 34 12 1 4 31 11 2 3 12 10 40 41 51 0.804 –10 32
15 Notts County 34 8 5 4 25 16 4 2 11 16 33 41 49 0.837 –8 31
16 Blackburn Rovers 34 9 2 6 27 24 3 3 11 17 39 44 63 0.698 –19 29
17 Grimsby Town 34 6 5 6 28 22 2 4 11 15 40 43 62 0.694 –19 25
18 Bolton Wanderers 34 6 2 9 18 20 2 1 14 19 53 37 73 0.507 –36 19

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
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BLB BOL Bury DER EVE GRI LIV MID NEW NOT NTC SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 5–0 4–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 5–0 7–0 3–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 3–1
Blackburn Rovers 0–2 4–2 0–3 2–4 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 0–2 0–1 4–1
Bury 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 1–2 4–0
Derby County 2–0 1–0 5–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 5–2 1–0 1–0 3–1
Everton 0–1 0–3 3–1 3–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–1 3–1 2–1
Grimsby Town 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–4 0–1 4–0 1–2
Liverpool 2–1 5–2 5–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 9–2 5–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 4–1
Middlesbrough 1–2 4–0 4–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0
Newcastle United 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 6–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–4
Nottingham Forest 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–3 5–2 1–4 3–1 2–0
Notts County 2–1 4–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–3 3–1 0–0
Sheffield United 2–4 2–1 7–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 2–3 1–2 3–0
Stoke City 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 5–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 3–0
Sunderland 1–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 5–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–0
The Wednesday 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–2 5–3 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 6–1 2–0 3–2 3–3 2–1 0–3 2–3 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–2

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

Maps[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Football League
Second Division
Season1902–03
ChampionsManchester City (2nd title)
Failed re-electionDoncaster Rovers
Matches played306
Goals scored940 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorerBillie Gillespie, (Manchester City), 30 [3]
Biggest home winSmall HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Biggest away winBurton UnitedManchester City 0–5 (7 Mar 1903)
Highest scoringSmall HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Longest winning run6 matches
Manchester City F.C. (24 Jan 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
Manchester City F.C. (17 Jan 1903 – 4 Apr 1903)
Woolwich Arsenal (27 Dec 1902 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run5 matches
Barnsley (11 Oct 1902 – 24 Nov 1902)
Stockport County (6 Dec 1902 – 1 Jan 1903)
Leicester Fosse (7 Feb 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 34 15 1 1 64 15 10 3 4 31 14 95 29 3.276 +66 54
2 Small Heath 34 17 0 0 57 11 7 3 7 17 25 74 36 2.056 +38 51
3 Woolwich Arsenal 34 14 2 1 46 9 6 6 5 20 21 66 30 2.200 +36 48
4 Bristol City 34 12 3 2 43 18 5 5 7 16 20 59 38 1.553 +21 42
5 Manchester United 34 9 4 4 32 15 6 4 7 21 23 53 38 1.395 +15 38
6 Chesterfield 34 11 4 2 43 10 3 5 9 24 30 67 40 1.675 +27 37
7 Preston North End 34 10 5 2 39 12 3 5 9 17 28 56 40 1.400 +16 36
8 Barnsley 34 9 4 4 32 13 4 4 9 23 38 55 51 1.078 +4 34
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 11 5 1 36 16 2 3 12 21 46 57 62 0.919 –5 34
10 Lincoln City 34 8 3 6 30 22 4 3 10 16 31 46 53 0.868 –7 30
11 Glossop 34 9 1 7 26 19 2 6 9 17 38 43 58 0.741 –15 29
12 Gainsborough Trinity 34 9 4 4 28 14 2 3 12 13 45 41 59 0.695 –18 29
13 Burton United 34 9 4 4 26 20 2 3 12 13 39 39 59 0.661 –20 29
14 Blackpool 34 7 5 5 32 24 2 5 10 12 35 44 59 0.746 –15 28
15 Leicester Fosse 34 5 5 7 20 23 5 3 9 21 42 41 65 0.631 –24 28
16 Doncaster Rovers[4] 34 8 5 4 27 17 1 2 14 8 55 35 72 0.486 –37 25
17 Stockport County 34 6 4 7 26 24 1 2 14 12 50 39 74 0.527 –35 20
18 Burnley 34 6 7 4 25 25 0 1 16 5 52 30 77 0.390 –47 20

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, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLP BRI BUR BPV BUR CHF DON GAI GLP LEI LIN MCI MUN PNE SMH STP WOO
Barnsley 6–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Blackpool 3–3 0–1 2–0 2–5 3–3 2–1 4–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0
Bristol City 3–3 0–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 6–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 7–1 1–0
Burnley 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–3 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–3
Burslem Port Vale 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 4–2 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 5–1 1–4 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
Burton United 1–1 2–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–3 2–2 0–5 3–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 2–1
Chesterfield 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 10–0 5–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–2
Doncaster Rovers 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–4 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1
Gainsborough Trinity 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 5–1 4–0 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1
Glossop 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 3–0 4–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–2
Leicester Fosse 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 4–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2
Lincoln City 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–1 4–1 4–0 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 2–3 0–1 3–1 2–2
Manchester City 3–2 2–0 2–2 6–0 7–1 2–0 4–2 4–1 9–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 4–0 5–0 4–1
Manchester United 2–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 5–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–0
Preston North End 3–0 3–1 1–0 5–0 5–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 6–1 2–2
Small Heath 2–1 5–1 2–0 3–0 5–1 2–0 2–1 12–0 1–0 3–1 4–3 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0
Stockport County 4–1 4–0 0–1 3–0 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1
Woolwich Arsenal 4–0 2–1 2–1 5–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 6–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 6–1 3–1

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.

Maps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1902-03". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  2. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ Doncaster Rovers had entered the league in 1901 only to be voted out now, two years later,
    to be replaced by Bradford City. They were back again for the 1904–05 season, only to be voted
    out at the end of the season again. A third stint came from 1923 on.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.