1893–94 Football League
Final league tablesEdit
The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, 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.
Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website and Rothmans for the First Division and from Rothmans for the Second Division. The result of the match on 25 November 1893 between Wolves and Stoke is given in many newspapers as a win for Wolves by 4-2, which is the result included in these tables and in the book published by the Football League in 1937-38. Most subsequent lists of scores depend on that publication. The Times on Monday, 27th gives the score as 5-2 and local Midland newspapers also show 5-2, listing the five goal scorers. This curious discrepancy has never been explained.
The Second Division was expanded from twelve to fifteen teams, with the election of Liverpool, Middlesbrough Ironopolis, Newcastle United, Rotherham Town and Woolwich Arsenal and the resignation of Accrington and Bootle. Woolwich Arsenal became the first team from the south of England to participate in the Football League.
(1st English title)
|FA Cup winners||Notts County (2nd Div.) (1st and as of 2017 last FA Cup title)|
|Goals scored||939 (3.91 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jack Southworth (Everton), 27|
|Biggest home win||Aston Villa – Darwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)|
|Biggest away win||Wolverhampton – West Brom 0–8 (27 Dec 1893)|
|Highest scoring||Aston Villa – Darwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)|
Everton – Darwen 8–1 (21 Oct 1893)
Everton – The Wednesday 8–1 (23 Dec 1893)
Burnley – Aston Villa 3–6 (7 Apr 1894)
West Brom – Aston Villa 3–6 (21 Oct 1893)
|Longest winning run||6 matches|
Aston Villa (11 Nov 1893 - 23 Dec 1893)
Sheffield United F.C. (9 Sep 1893 - 16 Oct 1893)
Sunderland (13 Jan 1894 - 24 Mar 1894)
|Longest unbeaten run||7 matches|
Nottingham Forest (18 Nov 1893 - 13 Jan 1894)
Sheffield United F.C. (9 Sep 1893 - 28 Oct 1893)
Wolverhampton (25 Nov 1893 - 27 Dec 1894)
|Longest losing run||11 matches|
Newton Heath (25 Nov 1893 - 12 Mar 1894)
Everton - Sunderland (30 Sep 1893)
Derby County - Darwen (18 Nov 1893)
|1||Aston Villa||30||12||2||1||49||13||7||4||4||35||29||2.000||44||League Champions|
|8||West Bromwich Albion||30||8||4||3||35||23||6||0||9||31||36||1.119||32|
|14||Preston North End||30||7||1||7||25||24||3||2||10||19||32||0.786||23||Into a test match|
- Not re-elected after losing test match. Invited to join Second Division
|Champions||Liverpool (1st title)|
|Goals scored||861 (4.1 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Frank Mobley (Small Heath), 23 |
|Biggest home win||Small Heath – Ardwick 10–2 (17 Mar 1894)|
Notts County – Crewe Alexandra 9–1 (17 Feb 1894)
|Biggest away win||Northwich Victoria – Small Heath 0–7 (6 Jan 1894)|
|Highest scoring||Burton Swifts – Walsall Town Swifts 8–5 (24 Feb 1894)|
|Longest winning run||9 matches|
Liverpool (2 Dec 1893 - 17 Mar 1894)
|Longest unbeaten run||28 matches|
Liverpool, i.e. the entire season
|Longest losing run||10 matches|
Northwich Victoria F.C. (23 Dec 1893 - 10 Mar 1894)
|1||Liverpool[a]||28||14||0||0||46||6||8||6||0||31||12||4.278||50[b]||Division Champions, into a test match|
|2||Small Heath||28||12||0||2||68||19||9||0||5||35||25||2.341||42[b]||Into a test match|
|7||Burslem Port Vale||28||10||2||2||43||20||3||2||9||23||44||1.031||30|
|10||Walsall Town Swifts||28||8||1||5||36||23||2||2||10||15||38||0.836||23|
The Football League test matches were a set of play-offs, in which the bottom First Division teams faced the top Second Division teams. The First Division teams, if coming out as winners, would retain their places in the division. If a Second Division team won, it would be considered for First Division membership through an election process at the expense of a losing First Division team. Losing Second Division teams would stay in the Second Division.
- "England 1893–94". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
- Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.