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1898–99 Football League

The 189899 season was the eleventh season of The Football League. The race for the First Division title was one of the most exciting yet. Liverpool, who were in second place, 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.

The Football League
Season1898–99
ChampionsAston Villa
RelegatedBlackpool
Darwen

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.

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

First DivisionEdit

Football League
First Division
Season1898–99
ChampionsAston Villa
(4th English title)
RelegatedBolton Wanderers
The Wednesday
FA Cup winnersSheffield United (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played306
Goals scored868 (2.84 per match)
Top goalscorerSteve Bloomer (Derby County), 23
Biggest home winDerby CountyThe Wednesday 9–0 (21 Jan 1899)
Biggest away winLiverpoolAston Villa 0–3 (15 Oct 1898)
Nottingham ForestLiverpool 0–3 (26 Nov 1898)
The WednesdayLiverpool 0–3 (31 Dec 1898)
Highest scoringDerby CountyEverton 5–5 (15 Oct 1898)
Longest winning run8 matches
Aston Villa (8 Oct 1898 – 10 Dec 1898)
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Aston Villa (17 Sep 1898 – 24 Dec 1898)
Longest losing run4 matches
Everton (18 Mar 1899 – 15 Apr 1899)
Sheffield United (31 Mar 1899 – 29 Apr 1899)
The Wednesday (21 Jan 1899 – 25 Feb 1899)
Sunderland (3 Dec 1898 – 31 Dec 1898)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (12 Sep 1898 – 8 Oct 1898
Highest attendance41,000
Aston Villa - Liverpool F.C. (29 Apr 1899)
Lowest attendance1,000
Bury -Newcastle (22 Oct 1898)
West Bromwich Albion - Nottingham Forest (24 Dec 1898)
West Bromwich Albion - Blackburn Rovers (21 Jan 1899)
Average attendance10,004
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Aston Villa 34 15 2 0 58 13 4 5 8 18 27 1.900 45 League Champions
2 Liverpool 34 12 3 2 29 10 7 2 8 20 23 1.485 43
3 Burnley 34 11 5 1 32 15 4 4 9 13 32 0.957 39
4 Everton 34 10 2 5 25 13 5 6 6 23 28 1.171 38
5 Notts County 34 9 6 2 33 20 3 7 7 14 31 0.922 37
6 Blackburn Rovers 34 9 5 3 41 23 5 3 9 19 29 1.154 36
7 Sunderland 34 11 3 3 26 10 4 3 10 15 31 1.000 36
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 9 5 3 30 13 5 2 10 24 35 1.125 35
9 Derby County 34 11 5 1 46 19 1 6 10 16 38 1.088 35
10 Bury 34 9 5 3 31 18 5 2 10 17 31 0.980 35
11 Nottingham Forest 34 6 6 5 22 18 5 5 7 20 24 1.000 33
12 Stoke 34 10 4 3 29 17 3 3 11 18 35 0.904 33
13 Newcastle United 34 9 3 5 33 18 2 5 10 16 30 1.021 30
14 West Bromwich Albion 34 11 1 5 28 9 1 5 11 14 48 0.737 30
15 Preston North End 34 10 4 3 29 14 0 5 12 15 33 0.936 29
16 Sheffield United 34 7 8 2 31 20 2 3 12 14 31 0.882 29 FA Cup Winners
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 6 5 6 24 21 3 2 12 13 30 0.725 25 Relegated
18 The Wednesday 34 8 2 7 26 24 0 6 11 6 37 0.525 24

ResultsEdit

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

MapsEdit

Second DivisionEdit

Football League
Second Division
Season1898–99
ChampionsManchester City (1st title)
PromotedManchester City
Glossop North End
Failed re-electionBlackpool
Darwen
Matches played306
Goals scored1,103 (3.6 per match)
Top goalscorerWalter Abbott (Small Heath), 33 [3]
Biggest home winLoughboroughDarwen 10–0 (1 Apr 1899)
WalsallDarwen 10–0 (4 Mar 1899)
Biggest away winLincoln CityGrimsby Town 1–6 (8 Apr 1899)
Luton TownLeicester Fosse 1–6 (14 Jan 1899)
Highest scoringGrimsby TownDarwen 9–2 (15 Apr 1899)
Longest winning run7 matches
Glossop North End (25 Feb 1899 – 8 Apr 1899)
New Brighton Tower (26 Nov 1898 – 7 Jan 1899)
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Manchester City F.C. (1 Oct 1898 – 27 Dec 1898)
Longest losing run18 matches
Darwen (12 Nov 1898 – 21 Mar 1899)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Manchester City 34 15 1 1 64 10 8 5 4 28 25 2.629 52 Division Champions, promoted
2 Glossop North End[a] 34 12 1 4 48 13 8 5 4 28 25 2.000 46 Promoted
3 Leicester Fosse 34 12 5 0 35 12 6 4 7 29 30 1.524 45
4 Newton Heath 34 12 4 1 51 14 7 1 9 16 29 1.558 43
5 New Brighton Tower[a] 34 13 2 2 48 13 5 5 7 23 39 1.365 43
6 Walsall 34 12 5 0 64 11 3 7 7 15 25 2.194 42
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 14 2 1 55 10 4 3 10 17 31 1.756 41
8 Small Heath 34 14 1 2 66 17 3 6 8 19 33 1.700 41
9 Burslem Port Vale[a] 34 12 2 3 35 12 5 3 9 21 22 1.647 39
10 Grimsby Town 34 10 3 4 39 17 5 2 10 32 43 1.183 35
11 Barnsley[a] 34 11 4 2 44 18 1 3 13 8 38 0.929 31
12 Lincoln City 34 10 5 2 31 16 2 2 13 20 40 0.911 31
13 Burton Swifts 34 7 5 5 35 25 3 3 11 16 45 0.729 28
14 Gainsborough Trinity 34 8 4 5 40 22 2 1 14 16 50 0.778 25
15 Luton Town 34 8 1 8 37 31 2 2 13 14 64 0.537 23
16 Blackpool 34 6 3 8 35 30 2 1 14 14 60 0.544 20 Failed re-election
17 Loughborough 34 5 4 8 31 26 1 2 14 7 66 0.413 18 Re-elected
18 Darwen 34 2 4 11 16 32 0 1 16 6 109 0.156 9 Failed re-election
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d New club in the league

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAR BLP BPV BRS DRW GAI GLP GRI LEI LIN LOU LUT MCI NBR NWH SMH WAL WOO
Barnsley 2–1 2–1 2–0 6–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–4 1–0 9–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 7–2 1–1 2–1
Blackpool 3–1 0–4 3–0 6–0 4–0 1–2 3–6 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–3 2–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1
Burslem Port Vale 2–0 6–1 4–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–0
Burton Swifts 5–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 5–1 2–6 0–2 1–2
Darwen 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–2 3–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4
Gainsborough Trinity 2–0 7–0 3–2 1–2 2–2 2–4 5–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 2–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1
Glossop 1–0 4–1 0–0 5–0 5–0 5–1 4–2 1–3 2–0 4–0 5–0 1–2 5–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–0
Grimsby Town 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–3 9–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 5–0 1–2 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0
Leicester Fosse 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1
Lincoln City 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–6 3–1 6–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0
Loughborough 2–0 1–3 0–3 1–0 10–0 0–0 1–3 1–3 0–3 2–4 4–1 1–3 6–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0
Luton Town 4–1 3–2 0–1 3–0 8–1 4–2 0–2 3–1 1–6 2–0 2–2 0–3 2–3 0–1 2–3 3–2 0–1
Manchester City 5–0 4–1 3–1 6–0 10–0 4–0 0–2 7–2 3–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1
New Brighton Tower 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–2 7–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 4–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 6–0 3–1
Newton Heath 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 9–0 6–1 3–0 3–2 2–2 1–0 6–1 5–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–2
Small Heath 3–1 5–0 1–2 4–1 8–0 6–1 1–1 2–1 0–3 4–1 6–0 9–0 4–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 4–1
Walsall 1–1 6–0 1–1 7–1 10–0 6–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–2 7–0 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–1
Woolwich Arsenal 3–0 6–0 1–0 2–1 6–0 5–1 3–0 1–1 4–0 4–2 3–1 6–2 0–1 4–0 5–1 2–0 0–0
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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  1. ^ "England 1898–99". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b 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 31 October 2010.