1898–99 in English football

The 1898–99 season was the 28th season of competitive football in England.

Football in England
Season1898–99
Men's football
First DivisionAston Villa
Second DivisionManchester City
Southern LeagueSouthampton
Northern LeagueBishop Auckland
The CombinationEverton Reserves
FA CupSheffield United
Sheriff of London Charity ShieldShared between Corinthian and Sheffield United
1897–98 England 1899–1900

Events

This was the first season in which automatic promotion/relegation was introduced between the First and Second divisions. Both Divisions were expanded to 18 teams.

The new teams to join the Second Division were: Barnsley, Glossop North End and New Brighton Tower. Burslem Port Vale also returned to the Football League.

On 26 November 1898, the First Division match between Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa was abandoned after 79 minutes due to bad light. Rather than let the score stand or replay the whole match, The Football Association ordered that the remaining 11 minutes should be played at Hillsborough on 13 March 1899. Sheffield Wednesday, who were leading 3–1 when the game was abandoned, scored one more goal to win 4–1.[1]

Honours

Competition Winner
First Division Aston Villa (4*)
Second Division Manchester City
FA Cup Sheffield United (1)
Home Championship  England

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

League table

First Division

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Aston Villa 34 19 7 8 76 40 1.900 45
2 Liverpool 34 19 5 10 49 33 1.485 43
3 Burnley 34 15 9 10 45 47 0.957 39
4 Everton 34 15 8 11 48 41 1.171 38
5 Notts County 34 12 13 9 47 51 0.922 37
6 Blackburn Rovers 34 14 8 12 60 52 1.154 36
7 Sunderland 34 15 6 13 41 41 1.000 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 14 7 13 54 48 1.125 35
9 Derby County 34 12 11 11 62 57 1.088 35
10 Bury 34 14 7 13 48 49 0.980 35
11 Nottingham Forest 34 11 11 12 42 42 1.000 33
12 Stoke 34 13 7 14 47 52 0.904 33
13 Newcastle United 34 11 8 15 49 48 1.021 30
14 West Bromwich Albion 34 12 6 16 42 57 0.737 30
15 Preston North End 34 10 9 15 44 47 0.936 29
16 Sheffield United 34 9 11 14 45 51 0.882 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 9 7 18 37 51 0.725 25
18 The Wednesday 34 8 8 18 32 61 0.525 24

Second Division

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester City 34 23 6 5 92 35 2.629 52
2 Glossop North End 34 20 6 8 76 38 2.000 46
3 Leicester Fosse 34 18 9 7 64 42 1.524 45
4 Newton Heath 34 19 5 10 67 43 1.558 43
5 New Brighton Tower 34 18 7 9 71 52 1.365 43
6 Walsall 34 15 12 7 79 36 2.194 42
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 18 5 11 72 41 1.756 41
8 Small Heath 34 17 7 10 85 50 1.700 41
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 17 5 12 56 34 1.647 39
10 Grimsby Town 34 15 5 14 71 60 1.183 35
11 Barnsley 34 12 7 15 52 56 0.929 31
12 Lincoln City 34 12 7 15 51 56 0.911 31
13 Burton Swifts 34 10 8 16 51 70 0.729 28
14 Gainsborough Trinity 34 10 5 19 56 72 0.778 25
15 Luton Town 34 10 3 21 51 95 0.537 23
16 Blackpool[2] 34 8 4 22 49 90 0.544 20
17 Loughborough 34 6 6 22 38 92 0.413 18
18 Darwen[2] 34 2 5 27 22 141 0.156 9

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

References

  1. ^ "Abandoned Matches". www.footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b Failed to be re-elected
1898–99 British Home Championship

The 1898–99 British Home Championship was an international football tournament between the British Home Nations. A very high scoring affair, the competition featured the highest scoreline ever achieved in the Home Championships when England defeated Ireland 13–2 in Sunderland. It was the first of two particularly heavy defeats for the Irish side, who nevertheless still managed to finish third, courtesy of a victory over Wales.

England's win over the Ireland was the start of the tournament and placed them immediately on top of the table, a position Ireland joined them in with their 1–0 victory over Wales in the second game. Scotland began their bid for the title in the third match with a strong 6–0 win over Wales in Wrexham. Wales' poor competition was finished in their next game when England again took top position by beating them 4–0. In the penultimate game, Scotland joined England at the top of the table with a 9–1 demolition of Ireland, who had conceded 21 goals in two games but still finished third. In the deciding match, England and Scotland both played a strong game but England eventually proved stronger, winning 2–1.

1898–99 FA Cup

The 1898–1899 FA Cup was the 28th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup). The cup was won by Sheffield United, who defeated Derby County 4–1 in the final of the competition, played at Crystal Palace in London.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1898–99 Football League

The 1898–99 season was the eleventh season of The Football League. The race for the First Division title was one of the most exciting yet. Second-placed Liverpool travelled to Villa Park to face league leaders Aston Villa, needing a win to overhaul Villa and take the title on the last day of the season. Villa won 5-0 to take the title in emphatic style.

Defending champions Sheffield United had the first poor title defence in English top flight history, finishing 16th out of 18, barely avoiding the two relegation places.

1899 FA Cup Final

The 1899 FA Cup Final was contested by Sheffield United and Derby County at Crystal Palace. Sheffield United won 4–1, with four second-half goals scored by Jack Almond, Walter Bennett, Billy Beer and Fred Priest after John Boag had scored a first-half opener for County. This was Derby's second successive losing final and worse was to come in that regard in 1903 against Bury. The contest was photographed by Henry Jasper Redfern.

1899 Sheriff of London Charity Shield

The 1899 Sheriff of London Charity Shield was the second edition of the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. The match between Queen's Park and league champions Aston Villa was a goalless draw, even following thirty minutes of added time. No replay was agreed between the sides so the honour was shared.

1898–99 in English football
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