1902–03 Football League

The 190203 season was the 15th season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1902–03
ChampionsThe Wednesday
RelegatedDoncaster Rovers

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
Season1902–03
ChampionsThe Wednesday (1st English title)
RelegatedBolton Wanderers
Grimsby Town
FA Cup winnersBury (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played306
Goals scored885 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerSam Raybould (Liverpool), 31
Biggest home winLiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Aston VillaNewcastle 7–0 (29 Nov 1902)
Biggest away winNottingham ForestThe Wednesday 1–4 (1 Nov 1902)
Highest scoringLiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Longest winning run6 matches
West Bromwich Albion (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Sunderland (29 Nov 1902 – 14 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run10 matches
Bolton Wanderers (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Highest attendance50,000
Aston Villa -West Bromwich Albion (1 Nov 1902)
Lowest attendance500
Derby County -Grimsby Town F.C. (22 Apr 1903)
Average attendance11,656
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 The Wednesday 34 12 3 2 31 7 7 1 9 23 29 1.500 42 League Champions
2 Aston Villa 34 11 3 3 43 18 8 0 9 18 22 1.525 41
3 Sunderland 34 10 5 2 27 11 6 4 7 24 25 1.417 41
4 Sheffield United 34 11 0 6 36 22 6 5 6 22 22 1.318 39
5 Liverpool 34 11 3 3 48 21 6 1 10 20 28 1.388 38
6 Stoke 34 11 2 4 29 11 4 5 8 17 27 1.211 37
7 West Bromwich Albion 34 10 2 5 37 27 6 2 9 17 26 1.019 36
8 Bury 34 14 1 2 41 14 2 2 13 13 29 1.256 35 FA Cup Winners
9 Derby County 34 13 2 2 34 11 3 1 13 16 36 1.064 35
10 Nottingham Forest 34 10 3 4 33 22 4 4 9 16 25 1.043 35
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 12 2 3 34 17 2 3 12 14 40 0.842 33
12 Everton 34 10 2 5 28 18 3 4 10 17 29 0.957 32
13 Middlesbrough 34 10 3 4 27 16 4 1 12 14 34 0.820 32
14 Newcastle United 34 12 1 4 31 11 2 3 12 10 40 0.804 32
15 Notts County 34 8 5 4 25 16 4 2 11 16 33 0.837 31
16 Blackburn Rovers 34 9 2 6 27 24 3 3 11 17 39 0.698 29
17 Grimsby Town 34 6 5 6 28 22 2 4 11 15 40 0.694 25 Relegated
18 Bolton Wanderers 34 6 2 9 18 20 2 1 14 19 53 0.507 19

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BLB BOL BRY DER EVE GRI LIV MID NEW NOT NTC SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 5–0 4–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 5–0 7–0 3–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 3–1
Blackburn Rovers 0–2 4–2 0–3 2–4 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 0–2 0–1 4–1
Bury 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 1–2 4–0
Derby County 2–0 1–0 5–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 5–2 1–0 1–0 3–1
Everton 0–1 0–3 3–1 3–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–1 3–1 2–1
Grimsby Town 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–4 0–1 4–0 1–2
Liverpool 2–1 5–2 5–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 9–2 5–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–4 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 4–1
Middlesbrough 1–2 4–0 4–3 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0
Newcastle United 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 6–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–4
Nottingham Forest 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–3 5–2 1–4 3–1 2–0
Notts County 2–1 4–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–3 3–1 0–0
Sheffield United 2–4 2–1 7–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 2–3 1–2 3–0
Stoke City 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 5–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 3–0
Sunderland 1–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 5–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–0
The Wednesday 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–2 5–3 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 6–1 2–0 3–2 3–3 2–1 0–3 2–3 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: [1]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

Second DivisionEdit

Football League
Second Division
Season1902–03
ChampionsManchester City (2nd title)
Failed re-electionDoncaster Rovers
Matches played306
Goals scored940 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorerBillie Gillespie, (Manchester City), 30 [3]
Biggest home winSmall HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Biggest away winBurton UnitedManchester City 0–5 (7 Mar 1903)
Highest scoringSmall HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Longest winning run6 matches
Manchester City F.C. (24 Jan 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
Manchester City F.C. (17 Jan 1903 – 4 Apr 1903)
Woolwich Arsenal (27 Dec 1902 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run5 matches
Barnsley (11 Oct 1902 – 24 Nov 1902)
Stockport County (6 Dec 1902 – 1 Jan 1903)
Leicester Fosse (7 Feb 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
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 15 10 3 4 31 14 3.276 54 Division Champions, promoted
2 Small Heath 34 17 0 0 57 11 7 3 7 17 25 2.056 51 Promoted
3 Woolwich Arsenal 34 14 2 1 46 9 6 6 5 20 21 2.200 48
4 Bristol City 34 12 3 2 43 18 5 5 7 16 20 1.553 42
5 Manchester United 34 9 4 4 32 15 6 4 7 21 23 1.395 38
6 Chesterfield 34 11 4 2 43 10 3 5 9 24 30 1.675 37
7 Preston North End 34 10 5 2 39 12 3 5 9 17 28 1.400 36
8 Barnsley 34 9 4 4 32 13 4 4 9 23 38 1.078 34
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 11 5 1 36 16 2 3 12 21 46 0.919 34
10 Lincoln City 34 8 3 6 30 22 4 3 10 16 31 0.868 30
11 Glossop 34 9 1 7 26 19 2 6 9 17 38 0.754 29
12 Gainsborough Trinity 34 9 4 4 28 14 2 3 12 13 45 0.695 29
13 Burton United 34 9 4 4 26 20 2 3 12 13 39 0.661 29
14 Blackpool 34 7 5 5 32 24 2 5 10 12 35 0.746 28
15 Leicester Fosse 34 5 5 7 20 23 5 3 9 21 42 0.631 28
16 Doncaster Rovers 34 8 5 4 27 17 1 2 14 8 55 0.486 25 Failed re-election
17 Stockport County 34 6 4 7 26 24 1 2 14 12 50 0.514 20 Re-elected
18 Burnley 34 6 7 4 25 25 0 1 16 5 52 0.390 20

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAR BLP BRI BRN BPV BRT CHF DON GAI GLP LEI LIN MCI MUN PNE SMH STP WOO
Barnsley 6–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Blackpool 3–3 0–1 2–0 2–5 3–3 2–1 4–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–3 0–3 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0
Bristol City 3–3 0–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 6–1 0–2 3–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 7–1 1–0
Burnley 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–3 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–3
Burslem Port Vale 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 4–2 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 5–1 1–4 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
Burton United 1–1 2–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–3 2–2 0–5 3–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 2–1
Chesterfield 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 10–0 5–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–2
Doncaster Rovers 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–4 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1
Gainsborough Trinity 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 5–1 4–0 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1
Glossop 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 3–0 4–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–2
Leicester Fosse 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 4–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2
Lincoln City 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–1 4–1 4–0 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 2–3 0–1 3–1 2–2
Manchester City 3–2 2–0 2–2 6–0 7–1 2–0 4–2 4–1 9–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 4–0 5–0 4–1
Manchester United 2–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 5–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–0
Preston North End 3–0 3–1 1–0 5–0 5–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 6–1 2–2
Small Heath 2–1 5–1 2–0 3–0 5–1 2–0 2–1 12–0 1–0 3–1 4–3 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0
Stockport County 4–1 4–0 0–1 3–0 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1
Woolwich Arsenal 4–0 2–1 2–1 5–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 6–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 6–1 3–1
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

  1. ^ "England 1902-03". 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.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.