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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[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 this season, 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league.[2]

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and Rothmans[2] 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.

First DivisionEdit

Football League
First Division
Season1893–94
ChampionsAston Villa
(1st English title)
RelegatedDarwen
Newton Heath
FA Cup winnersNotts County (2nd Div.) (1st and as of 2017 last FA Cup title)
Matches played240
Goals scored939 (3.91 per match)
Top goalscorerJack Southworth (Everton), 27
Biggest home winAston VillaDarwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)
Biggest away winWolverhamptonWest Brom 0–8 (27 Dec 1893)
Highest scoringAston VillaDarwen 9–0 (26 Dec 1893)
EvertonDarwen 8–1 (21 Oct 1893)
EvertonThe Wednesday 8–1 (23 Dec 1893)
BurnleyAston Villa 3–6 (7 Apr 1894)
West BromAston Villa 3–6 (21 Oct 1893)
Longest winning run6 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 run7 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 run11 matches
Newton Heath (25 Nov 1893 - 12 Mar 1894)
Highest attendance27,500
Everton - Sunderland (30 Sep 1893)
Lowest attendance400
Derby County - Darwen (18 Nov 1893)
Average attendance7,012
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification
1 Aston Villa 30 12 2 1 49 13 7 4 4 35 29 2.000 44 League Champions
2 Sunderland 30 11 3 1 46 14 6 1 8 26 30 1.636 38
3 Derby County 30 9 2 4 47 32 7 2 6 26 30 1.177 36
4 Blackburn Rovers 30 13 0 2 48 15 3 2 10 21 38 1.302 34
5 Burnley 30 13 0 2 43 17 2 4 9 18 34 1.196 34
6 Everton 30 11 1 3 63 23 4 2 9 27 34 1.579 33
7 Nottingham Forest 30 10 2 3 38 16 4 2 9 19 32 1.188 32
8 West Bromwich Albion 30 8 4 3 35 23 6 0 9 31 36 1.119 32
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 11 1 3 34 24 3 2 10 18 39 0.825 31
10 Sheffield United 30 8 3 4 26 22 5 2 8 21 39 0.770 31
11 Stoke 30 13 1 1 45 17 0 2 13 20 62 0.823 29
12 The Wednesday 30 7 3 5 32 21 2 5 8 16 36 0.842 26
13 Bolton Wanderers 30 7 3 5 18 14 3 1 11 20 38 0.731 24
14 Preston North End 30 7 1 7 25 24 3 2 10 19 32 0.786 23 Into a test match
15 Darwen 30 6 4 5 25 28 1 1 13 12 55 0.446 19[a]
16 Newton Heath 30 5 2 8 29 33 1 0 14 7 39 0.500 14[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Not re-elected after losing test match. Invited to join Second Division

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BLB BOL BUR DRW DER EVE NWH NOT PNE SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 2–1 2–3 4–0 9–0 1–1 3–1 5–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 0–1 3–2 4–1 0–2 4–3 4–0 6–1 1–0 4–1 5–0 4–3 5–1 3–0 3–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 2–0
Burnley 3–6 1–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 2–1 4–1 3–1 4–1 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 4–2
Darwen 1–1 2–3 1–3 0–0 2–3 3–3 1–0 0–4 2–1 3–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 2–1 3–1
Derby County 0–3 5–2 6–1 3–3 2–1 7–3 2–0 3–4 2–1 2–1 5–2 1–4 3–3 2–3 4–1
Everton 4–2 2–2 3–2 4–3 8–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 2–3 2–3 6–2 7–1 8–1 7–1 3–0
Newton Heath 1–3 5–1 2–2 3–2 0–1 2–6 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–2 6–2 2–4 1–2 4–1 1–0
Nottingham Forest 1–2 0–0 1–0 5–0 4–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 7–1
Preston North End 2–5 0–1 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–2 3–0 3–3 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–3
Sheffield United 3–0 3–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–2
Stoke City 3–3 3–1 5–0 4–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 2–0 4–1 3–1 0–3
Sunderland 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–2 4–0 5–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 6–3 4–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 6–0
The Wednesday 2–2 4–2 2–1 0–1 5–0 4–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 4–1 2–2 2–4 1–4
West Bromwich Albion 3–6 2–1 5–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–2 2–3 2–2 0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 5–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–4 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–4 4–2 2–1 3–1 0–8
Source: [1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

Second DivisionEdit

Football League
Second Division
Season1893–94
ChampionsLiverpool (1st title)
PromotedLiverpool
Small Heath
ResignedMiddlesbrough Ironopolis
Northwich Victoria
Matches played210
Goals scored861 (4.1 per match)
Top goalscorerFrank Mobley (Small Heath), 23 [3]
Biggest home winSmall HeathArdwick 10–2 (17 Mar 1894)
Notts CountyCrewe Alexandra 9–1 (17 Feb 1894)
Biggest away winNorthwich VictoriaSmall Heath 0–7 (6 Jan 1894)
Highest scoringBurton SwiftsWalsall Town Swifts 8–5 (24 Feb 1894)
Longest winning run9 matches
Liverpool (2 Dec 1893 - 17 Mar 1894)
Longest unbeaten run28 matches
Liverpool, i.e. the entire season
Longest losing run10 matches
Northwich Victoria F.C. (23 Dec 1893 - 10 Mar 1894)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification
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
3 Notts County 28 12 1 1 55 14 6 2 6 15 17 2.258 39[c]
4 Newcastle United[a] 28 12 1 1 44 10 3 5 6 22 29 1.692 36
5 Grimsby Town 28 11 1 2 47 16 4 1 9 24 42 1.224 32
6 Burton Swifts 28 9 1 4 52 26 5 2 7 27 35 1.295 31
7 Burslem Port Vale 28 10 2 2 43 20 3 2 9 23 44 1.031 30
8 Lincoln City 28 5 4 5 31 22 6 2 6 28 36 1.017 28
9 Woolwich Arsenal[a] 28 9 1 4 33 19 3 3 8 19 36 0.945 28
10 Walsall Town Swifts 28 8 1 5 36 23 2 2 10 15 38 0.836 23
11 Middlesbrough Ironopolis[a] 28 7 4 3 27 20 1 0 13 10 52 0.514 20 Folded[d]
12 Crewe Alexandra 28 3 7 4 22 22 3 0 11 20 51 0.575 19 Re-elected
13 Ardwick 28 6 1 7 32 20 2 1 11 15 51 0.662 18
14 Rotherham Town[a] 28 5 1 8 28 42 1 2 11 16 49 0.484 15
15 Northwich Victoria 28 3 3 8 17 34 0 0 14 13 64 0.306 9 Resigned[e]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e New club in the league
  2. ^ a b Elected to First Division after winning test match.
  3. ^ FA Cup Winners
  4. ^ Middlesbrough Ironopolis folded at the end of the season for financial reasons.
  5. ^ Northwich Victoria resigned from the Football League to play regional football.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARD BPV BRS CRE GRI LIN LIV MII NEW NOR NTC ROT SMH WAL WOO
Ardwick 8–1 1–4 1–2 4–1 0–1 0–1 6–1 2–3 4–2 0–0 3–2 0–1 3–0 0–1
Burslem Port Vale 4–2 3–1 4–2 6–1 5–3 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–3 5–0 1–2 2–1
Burton Swifts 5–0 5–3 6–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 7–0 3–1 6–2 0–2 4–1 0–2 8–5 6–2
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–5 5–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 3–5 1–1 0–0
Grimsby Town 5–0 4–0 2–1 3–2 2–4 0–1 2–1 0–0 7–0 5–2 7–1 2–1 5–2 3–1
Lincoln City 6–0 2–2 1–1 6–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 2–5 0–2 3–0
Liverpool 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 6–0 5–1 4–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 3–0 2–0
Middlesbrough Ironopolis 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–6 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 6–1 3–0 1–1 3–6
Newcastle United 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 4–1 5–1 0–0 7–2 3–0 3–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 6–0
Northwich Victoria 1–4 1–5 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–3 2–1 5–3 0–1 1–1 0–7 1–0 2–2
Notts County 5–0 6–1 6–2 9–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 3–1 6–1 4–2 3–1 2–0 3–2
Rotherham Town 1–3 0–1 2–5 1–4 4–3 2–8 1–4 4–1 2–1 5–4 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1
Small Heath 10–2 6–0 6–1 6–1 5–2 6–0 3–4 2–1 1–4 8–0 3–0 4–3 4–0 4–1
Walsall 5–2 0–5 3–4 5–1 5–0 5–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–3 1–2
Woolwich Arsenal 1–0 4–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 4–0 0–5 1–0 2–2 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–4 4–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

Test matchesEdit

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.

Liverpool (2nd Div. Champions)2–0Newton Heath (1st Div. 16th)
Attendance: 5,000
Small Heath (2nd Div. 2nd)3–1Darwen (1st Div. 15th)
Attendance: 3,000
Preston North End (1st Div. 14th)4–0Notts County (2nd Div. 3rd)
Attendance: 8,000

ConsequencesEdit

Of the winners, Liverpool and Small Heath (later known as Birmingham City F.C.) were elected into the First Division, while Preston North End remained there.

Of the losers Darwen and Newton Heath (later known as Manchester United F.C.) continued in the Second Division, while Notts County remained there.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "England 1893–94". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c 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 22 September 2010.

External linksEdit

  • "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.