1907–08 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1907–08
Champions Manchester United
Relegated Lincoln City
Stoke [1]

The 1907–08 Football League season was the 20th season of The Football League.

This season saw the only occasion in history of the Football League where two teams have finished with exactly identical records (12 wins, 12 draws, 14 losses, 51 goals scored, 63 goals conceded), resulting in a tied 14th place between Woolwich Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers.[2]

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[3] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[4] 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.

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.[4]

First Division[edit]

Football League
First Division
Season 1907–08
Champions Manchester United (1st English title)
Relegated Birmingham,
Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup winners Wolverhampton Wanderers (2nd Div.) (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,176 (3.09 per match)
Top goalscorer Enoch West (Nottingham Forest), 27
Biggest home win Newcastle – Birmingham 8–0
Biggest away win Blackburn – Manchester United 1–5
Liverpool –Newcastle 1–5
0–4: four different matches
Highest scoring Liverpool – Manchester United 7–4
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 15 1 3 43 19 8 5 6 38 29 81 48 1.688 +33 52
2 Aston Villa 38 9 6 4 47 24 8 3 8 30 35 77 59 1.305 +18 43
3 Manchester City 38 12 5 2 36 19 4 6 9 26 35 62 54 1.148 +8 43
4 Newcastle United 38 11 4 4 41 24 4 8 7 24 30 65 54 1.204 +11 42
5 The Wednesday 38 14 0 5 50 25 5 4 10 23 39 73 64 1.141 +9 42
6 Middlesbrough 38 12 2 5 32 16 5 5 9 22 29 54 45 1.200 +9 41
7 Bury 38 8 7 4 29 22 6 4 9 29 39 58 61 0.951 –3 39
8 Liverpool 38 11 2 6 43 24 5 4 10 25 37 68 61 1.115 +7 38
9 Nottingham Forest 38 11 6 2 42 21 2 5 12 17 41 59 62 0.952 –3 37
10 Bristol City 38 8 7 4 29 21 4 5 10 29 40 58 61 0.951 –3 36
11 Everton 38 11 4 4 34 24 4 2 13 24 40 58 64 0.906 –6 36
12 Preston North End 38 9 7 3 33 18 3 5 11 14 35 47 53 0.887 –6 36
13 Chelsea 38 8 3 8 30 35 6 5 8 23 27 53 62 0.855 –9 36
14 Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 8 2 32 18 3 4 12 19 45 51 63 0.810 –12 36
14 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 7 2 35 23 2 5 12 16 40 51 63 0.810 –12 36
16 Sunderland 38 11 2 6 53 31 5 1 13 25 44 78 75 1.040 +3 35
17 Sheffield United 38 8 6 5 27 22 4 5 10 25 36 52 58 0.897 –6 35
18 Notts County 38 9 3 7 24 19 4 5 10 15 32 39 51 0.765 –12 34
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 3 6 35 26 4 2 13 17 32 52 58 0.897 –6 33
20 Birmingham 38 6 6 7 22 28 3 6 10 18 32 40 60 0.667 –20 30

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
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away AST BIR BLB BOL BRI BRY CHE EVE LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT NTC PNE SHU SUN WED WOO
Aston Villa 2–3 1–1 2–0 4–4 2–2 0–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–4 6–0 3–3 4–0 5–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 0–1
Birmingham 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–4 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–4 1–4 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–5 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 4–2 2–0 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–6 1–2 3–0 0–4 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–1
Bristol City 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 3–0 0–2 1–2
Bury 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 5–1 3–2 2–1 0–2 3–2
Chelsea 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–3 4–1 3–4 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–0 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–0 2–4 2–1 3–1 2–1
Everton 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 6–1 0–3 2–4 3–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–1
Liverpool 5–0 3–4 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–1 7–4 0–1 1–5 0–0 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–1
Manchester City 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 5–0 0–2 0–0 3–2 4–0
Manchester United 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 4–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 4–2
Middlesbrough 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 6–1 0–0
Newcastle United 2–5 8–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 2–1
Nottingham Forest 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 6–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–0
Notts County 0–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 1–2 2–0
Preston North End 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–4 2–2 3–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 3–0
Sheffield United 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 5–3 1–3 2–2
Sunderland 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–2 3–3 6–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 2–5 1–2 0–0 2–4 7–2 4–3 4–1 4–1 1–2 5–2
The Wednesday 2–3 1–4 2–0 5–2 5–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 5–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 6–0
Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 4–0 1–1

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
Season 1907–08
Champions Bradford City (1st title)
Failed re-election Lincoln City
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,187 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer John Smith (Hull City), 27
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Bradford City 38 15 2 2 58 16 9 4 6 32 26 90 42 2.143 +48 54
2 Leicester Fosse 38 14 2 3 41 20 7 8 4 31 27 72 47 1.532 +25 52
3 Oldham Athletic 38 15 4 0 53 14 7 2 10 23 28 76 42 1.810 +34 50
4 Fulham 38 12 2 5 50 14 10 3 6 32 35 82 49 1.673 +33 49
5 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 3 3 38 13 6 6 7 23 26 61 39 1.564 +22 47
6 Derby County 38 15 1 3 50 13 6 3 10 27 32 77 45 1.711 +32 46
7 Burnley 38 14 3 2 44 14 6 3 10 23 36 67 50 1.340 +17 46
8 Hull City 38 15 1 3 50 23 6 3 10 23 39 73 62 1.177 +9 46
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 11 4 4 34 11 4 3 12 16 34 50 45 1.111 +5 37
10 Stoke[1] 38 11 5 3 43 13 5 0 14 14 39 57 52 1.096 +5 37
11 Gainsborough Trinity 38 9 4 6 31 28 5 3 11 16 43 47 71 0.662 –24 35
12 Leeds City 38 9 6 4 33 18 3 2 14 20 47 53 65 0.815 –12 32
13 Stockport County 38 9 4 6 35 26 3 4 12 13 41 48 67 0.716 –19 32
14 Clapton Orient 38 10 5 4 28 13 1 5 13 12 52 40 65 0.615 –15 32
15 Blackpool 38 11 3 5 33 19 0 6 13 18 39 51 58 0.879 –7 31
16 Barnsley 38 8 3 8 41 31 4 3 12 13 37 54 68 0.794 –14 30
17 Glossop 38 9 5 5 36 26 2 3 14 18 48 54 74 0.730 –20 30
18 Grimsby Town 38 8 5 6 27 24 3 3 13 16 47 43 71 0.606 –28 30
19 Chesterfield 38 6 6 7 33 38 0 5 14 13 54 46 92 0.500 –46 23
20 Lincoln City 38 7 2 10 27 28 2 1 16 19 55 46 83 0.554 –37 21

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
FA Cup Winners
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BAR BLP BRA BUR CHF CLA DER FUL GAI GLP GRI HUL LEE LEI LIN OLD STP STK WBA WOL
Barnsley 0–0 1–2 2–3 5–2 2–2 2–4 6–0 1–2 4–1 2–1 4–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 5–0
Blackpool 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 4–3 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2
Bradford City 2–0 3–0 2–0 8–1 1–0 3–1 1–3 7–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 1–5 2–0 1–0 5–0 6–0 0–0 6–2
Burnley 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–1 5–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–0
Chesterfield 1–3 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–7 0–0 1–2 4–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 4–1 2–4 1–0 2–0
Clapton Orient 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 5–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–2 1–1
Derby County 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 5–2 2–0 4–0 4–1 6–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–2
Fulham 2–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 5–0 4–0 0–0 6–0 6–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 5–1 6–1 1–2 0–1 5–1 1–1 2–1
Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 2–1 1–5 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–4 3–3 1–0 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–2 0–1
Glossop 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–2 5–1 0–2 2–3 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Grimsby Town 4–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–4 1–4 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1
Hull City 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 5–0 4–0 1–2 0–1 3–2 4–2 4–1 3–2 5–3 3–2 0–0 2–1 4–2 2–0
Leeds City 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 5–2 5–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1
Leicester Fosse 4–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 3–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
Lincoln City 0–2 2–0 2–4 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 5–0 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–1
Oldham Athletic 1–0 3–2 4–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–1 3–3 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 5–0 3–1 2–1 2–0
Stockport County 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 6–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 1–3
Stoke City 4–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–3 6–1 5–0 4–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 3–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 1–0 0–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 5–0 5–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2

Source: www.soccerbase.com
^ 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. ^ a b Stoke resigned from the Football League due to financial difficulties.
    Bradford Park Avenue and Tottenham Hotspur took the available places in the league the following season.
  2. ^ Brown, Andrew S.; Brown, Richard J. C. (2008). "The Mechanisms in Place for Separating Teams with Identical Records in English football Leagues and International football Competitions" (PDF). International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering. England: World Academic Union (World Academic Press). 2 (1): 23–28. ISSN 1750-9823. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "England 1907-08". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.