1888–89 in English football

The 1888–1889 season was the 18th season of competitive association football in England.

Football in England
Season1888-89
Men's football
Football LeaguePreston North End
FA CupPreston North End
1887–88 England 1889–90

Overview

A new competition, The Football League, started this season. The Football League was open to clubs all over the United Kingdom, but the first twelve entrants (Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke (now Stoke City), West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers) were all from the Midlands or North of England (in later years the competition became the de facto English league, though some clubs from outside England still compete in it). Each club in the League played each other twice (once at home and once away) and would be awarded two points for a win, one for a draw and none for a loss. From these points, a league table was drawn up. Preston North End were in first place at the end of the season and thus became the first ever Football League champions. They did not lose a match all season (a feat only accomplished once since, by Arsenal in 2003–04) and also won the FA Cup.

The Football League is still going today and now has 72 clubs in three divisions (down from an all-time high of 92 clubs in four divisions). Since the 1992–93 season, it has become only the second-most important league competition, behind the FA Premier League in the English football league system.

Events

National team

England finished second in the 1889 British Home Championship, which was won by Scotland.

John Yates, of Burnley, scored 3 goals against Ireland in his only appearance for England.

Date Venue Home team Visitors Score Comp England scorers
23 Feb 1889 Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent  England  Wales 4–1 BHC Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion), John Goodall (Preston North End), Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers) & Fred Dewhurst (Preston North End)
2 Mar 1889 Anfield, Liverpool  England  Ireland 6–1 BHC Alf Shelton (Notts County), John Yates (Burnley) (3), Joe Lofthouse (Accrington) & John Brodie (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
13 Apr 1889 Kennington Oval, London  England  Scotland 2–3 BHC Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion) (15 & 17 mins)

Key

1889 British Home Championship Table

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1  Scotland 3 2 1 0 10 2 + 8 5
2  England 3 2 0 1 12 5 + 7 4
3  Wales 3 1 1 1 4 5 – 1 3
4  Ireland 3 0 0 3 2 16 – 14 0
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
    GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw

Honours

Competition Winner
FA Cup Preston North End (1st FA Cup title)
The Football League Preston North End (1st English title)*

* Indicates new record for competition

FA Cup

Final

Date Home team Visitors Score Venue
30 Mar 1889 Preston North End Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Kennington Oval

The Football League

League table

The Football League
Season1888–89
ChampionsPreston North End
(1st English title)
Relegatednone
FA Cup winnersPreston North End (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played132
Goals scored586 (4.44 per match)
Top goalscorerJohn Goodall (Preston North End), 21
Biggest home winAston VillaNotts County 9–1 (29 Sept 1888)
Biggest away winNotts CountyPreston 0–7 (3 Nov 1888)
Highest scoring10: Aston VillaNotts County 9–1 (29 Sept 1888)
BoltonNotts County 7–3 (9 Mar 1889)
Blackburn RoversAccrington 5–5 (15 Sept 1888)
Longest winning run6 – Preston North End (8 Sep – 13 Oct 1888)
Longest unbeaten run22 – Preston North End (8 Sep 1888 – 9 Feb 1889), the entire season
Longest losing run8 – Derby County (29 Sep – 8 Dec 1888)
Highest attendance?
Lowest attendance?
Average attendance?
Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 4.933 40
2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 1.419 29
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 12 4 6 50 37 1.351 28
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 1.467 26
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 10 2 10 63 59 1.068 22
6 West Bromwich Albion 22 10 2 10 40 46 0.870 22
7 Accrington 22 6 8 8 48 48 1.000 20
8 Everton 22 9 2 11 35 47 0.744 20
9 Burnley 22 7 3 12 42 62 0.677 17
10 Derby County 22 7 2 13 41 61 0.672 16
11 Notts County 22 5 2 15 40 73 0.548 12
12 Stoke 22 4 4 14 26 51 0.510 12
  • 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
  • The points system: * 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw
Key
League champions
FA Cup winners (see Preston North End)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Stadium capacity
Accrington Accrington Thorneyholme Road n/a
Aston Villa Birmingham Wellington Road (Perry Barr) n/a
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Leamington Road 600–700
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Pike’s Lane n/a
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor n/a
Derby County Derby Racecourse Ground n/a
Everton Liverpool Anfield n/a
Notts County Nottingham Trent Bridge Cricket Ground n/a
Preston North End Preston Deepdale n/a
Stoke Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Ground n/a
West Bromwich Albion Birmingham Stoney Lane n/a
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Dudley Road n/a

Top scorers[1]

Rank Scorer Club Goals Matches played Goals per match
1 England John Goodall Preston North End 21 21 1.00
2 Scotland James D. Ross Preston North End 18 21 0.86
3 England Albert Allen Aston Villa 17 21 0.81
4 England John Southworth Blackburn Rovers 16 21 0.76
England Harry Wood Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 17 0.94
6 England Thomas Green Aston Villa 14 21 0.67
7 Scotland James Brogan Bolton Wanderers 13 22 0.59
England David Weir Bolton Wanderers 13 22 0.59
9 England Frederick Dewhurst Preston North End 12 17 0.71
England Herbert L. Fecitt Blackburn Rovers 12 17 0.71
Scotland Alexander Barbour Accrington 12 19 0.63
Scotland Alexander Higgins Derby County 12 21 0.57
England Thomas Pearson West Bromwich Albion 12 22 0.55

References

  1. ^ Fußball-Weltzeitschrift No. 10, Jan/Feb 1988.

External links

1888–89 Accrington F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Accrington's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Accrington became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 7th position level on points with Everton.

1888–89 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Blackburn Rovers's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this they became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 4th position with 26 points.

1888–89 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Bolton Wanderers's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this they became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 5th position with 22 points.

1888–89 British Home Championship

The 1888–89 British Home Championship was the sixth international football tournament between the British Home Nations and as with all but one of the previous tournaments, Scotland won, beating England by one point to take the championship. Wales achieved third place whilst Ireland finished bottom, as they had for five of the previous competitions.

England began the strongest team, scoring ten goals in their first two matches against Wales and Ireland for just two in reply. Scotland then showed their intent with a 7–0 defeat of Ireland at home in their first game. In what would turn out to be the deciding game of the competition, England and Scotland then played out a very fast-paced match which Scotland won 3–2 despite England's home advantage. Only needing a single point against Wales in their last match, Scotland only just achieved it, finishing with a rare scoreless draw. Ireland and Wales then played the decider for last place, Wales comfortably beating the Irish 3–1.

1888–89 Derby County F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Derby County's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this they became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 10th position with 16 points.

1888–89 FA Cup

The 1888–89 FA Cup was the eighteenth edition of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

1888–89 Football League

Founded in 1888, the Football League is the oldest such competition in world football. The 1888–89 Football League was the first edition of the Football League, which ran from the autumn of 1888 until the spring of 1889. The Football League was formally created and named in Manchester during a meeting on 17 April 1888.

The season began on 8 September 1888 with 12 member clubs from the Midlands and North of England: Accrington, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Derby County, Everton, Notts County, Preston North End, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Each club played the other twice, once at home and once away, and two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. This point system was not agreed upon until after the season had started; the alternate proposal was one point for a win only.

1888–89 Notts County F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Notts County's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Notts County became one of the founder members of the Football League. They finished in 11th position level on points with bottom of the table Stoke and were re-elected.

1888–89 Preston North End F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was Preston North End's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Preston became one of the founder members of the Football League. Preston were very successful during the season as they went on to claim the league and cup double without being defeated which earned the squad legendary status in league football.

1888–89 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

The 1888–89 season was the 11th season in the history of West Bromwich Albion, as well as their first season in the newly formed Football League, of which they were a founder member. They finished in 6th position with 22 points.

The Invincibles (football)

In English football, "The Invincibles" is a nickname that has been used to refer to the Preston North End team of the 1888–89 season, managed by William Sudell, and the Arsenal team of the 2003-04 season managed by Arsène Wenger. Preston North End earned the nickname after completing an entire season undefeated in league and cup competition (27 games), while Arsenal were undefeated in the league only (38 games). The actual nickname of the Preston team was the "Old Invincibles", but both versions have been in use.

The term "Invincibles" has also been used elsewhere in European football. Italian clubs Milan and Juventus received the nickname after winning the 1991–92 and 2011–12 Serie A titles respectively. Celtic earned the nickname after going unbeaten across domestic league and cup competition during the 2016–17 season in Scotland.

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