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1907–08 Football League

The 1907–08 Football League season was the 20th season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1907–08
ChampionsManchester United
RelegatedLincoln City
Stoke[1]

This season saw the only occasion in history of the Football League where two teams have finished with exactly identical records (12 wins, 12 draws, 14 losses, 51 goals scored, 63 goals conceded), resulting in a tied 14th place between Woolwich Arsenal and Blackburn 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[2] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[3] 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.

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.[3]

First DivisionEdit

Football League
First Division
Season1907–08
ChampionsManchester United (1st English title)
RelegatedBirmingham,
Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup winnersWolverhampton Wanderers (2nd Div.) (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played380
Goals scored1,176 (3.09 per match)
Top goalscorerEnoch West (Nottingham Forest), 27
Biggest home winNewcastle – Birmingham 8–0
Biggest away winBlackburn – Manchester United 1–5
Liverpool –Newcastle 1–5
0–4: four different matches
Highest scoringLiverpool – Manchester United 7–4
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Relegation
1 Manchester United 38 15 1 3 43 19 8 5 6 38 29 1.688 52 League Champions
2 Aston Villa 38 9 6 4 47 24 8 3 8 30 35 1.305 43
3 Manchester City 38 12 5 2 36 19 4 6 9 26 35 1.148 43
4 Newcastle United 38 11 4 4 41 24 4 8 7 24 30 1.204 42
5 The Wednesday 38 14 0 5 50 25 5 4 10 23 39 1.141 42
6 Middlesbrough 38 12 2 5 32 16 5 5 9 22 29 1.200 41
7 Bury 38 8 7 4 29 22 6 4 9 29 39 0.951 39
8 Liverpool 38 11 2 6 43 24 5 4 10 25 37 1.115 38
9 Nottingham Forest 38 11 6 2 42 21 2 5 12 17 41 0.952 37
10 Bristol City 38 8 7 4 29 21 4 5 10 29 40 0.951 36
11 Everton 38 11 4 4 34 24 4 2 13 24 40 0.906 36
12 Preston North End 38 9 7 3 33 18 3 5 11 14 35 0.887 36
13 Chelsea 38 8 3 8 30 35 6 5 8 23 27 0.855 36
14 Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 8 2 32 18 3 4 12 19 45 0.810 36
14 Blackburn Rovers 38 10 7 2 35 23 2 5 12 16 40 0.810 36
16 Sunderland 38 11 2 6 53 31 5 1 13 25 44 1.040 35
17 Sheffield United 38 8 6 5 27 22 4 5 10 25 36 0.897 35
18 Notts County 38 9 3 7 24 19 4 5 10 15 32 0.765 34
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 3 6 35 26 4 2 13 17 32 0.897 33 Relegated
20 Birmingham 38 6 6 7 22 28 3 6 10 18 32 0.667 30

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BIR BLB BOL BRI BRY CHE EVE LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT NTC PNE SHU SUN WED WOO
Aston Villa 2–3 1–1 2–0 4–4 2–2 0–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–4 6–0 3–3 4–0 5–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 0–1
Birmingham 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–4 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–4 1–4 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–5 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 4–2 2–0 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–6 1–2 3–0 0–4 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–1
Bristol City 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 3–0 0–2 1–2
Bury 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 5–1 3–2 2–1 0–2 3–2
Chelsea 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–3 4–1 3–4 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–0 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–0 2–4 2–1 3–1 2–1
Everton 1–0 4–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 6–1 0–3 2–4 3–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 1–1
Liverpool 5–0 3–4 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–1 7–4 0–1 1–5 0–0 6–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–1
Manchester City 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 5–0 0–2 0–0 3–2 4–0
Manchester United 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 4–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 4–2
Middlesbrough 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 6–1 0–0
Newcastle United 2–5 8–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–6 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 2–1
Nottingham Forest 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 6–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–0
Notts County 0–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 4–0 1–2 2–0
Preston North End 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–4 2–2 3–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 3–0
Sheffield United 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 5–3 1–3 2–2
Sunderland 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–2 3–3 6–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 2–5 1–2 0–0 2–4 7–2 4–3 4–1 4–1 1–2 5–2
The Wednesday 2–3 1–4 2–0 5–2 5–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 5–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 6–0
Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 4–0 1–1
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
Season1907–08
ChampionsBradford City (1st title)
Failed re-electionLincoln City
Matches played380
Goals scored1,187 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorerJohn Smith (Hull City), 27
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Bradford City 38 15 2 2 58 16 9 4 6 32 26 2.143 54 Division champions
2 Leicester Fosse 38 14 2 3 41 20 7 8 4 31 27 1.532 52 Promoted
3 Oldham Athletic[a] 38 15 4 0 53 14 7 2 10 23 28 1.810 50
4 Fulham[a] 38 12 2 5 50 14 10 3 6 32 35 1.673 49
5 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 3 3 38 13 6 6 7 23 26 1.564 47
6 Derby County 38 15 1 3 50 13 6 3 10 27 32 1.711 46
7 Burnley 38 14 3 2 44 14 6 3 10 23 36 1.340 46
8 Hull City 38 15 1 3 50 23 6 3 10 23 39 1.177 46
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 11 4 4 34 11 4 3 12 16 34 1.111 37 FA Cup Winners
10 Stoke[1] 38 11 5 3 43 13 5 0 14 14 39 1.096 37 Failed re-election
11 Gainsborough Trinity 38 9 4 6 31 28 5 3 11 16 43 0.662 35
12 Leeds City 38 9 6 4 33 18 3 2 14 20 47 0.815 32
13 Stockport County 38 9 4 6 35 26 3 4 12 13 41 0.716 32
14 Clapton Orient 38 10 5 4 28 13 1 5 13 12 52 0.615 32
15 Blackpool 38 11 3 5 33 19 0 6 13 18 39 0.879 31
16 Barnsley 38 8 3 8 41 31 4 3 12 13 37 0.794 30
17 Glossop 38 9 5 5 36 26 2 3 14 18 48 0.730 30
18 Grimsby Town 38 8 5 6 27 24 3 3 13 16 47 0.606 30 Re-elected
19 Chesterfield 38 6 6 7 33 38 0 5 14 13 54 0.500 23
20 Lincoln City 38 7 2 10 27 28 2 1 16 19 55 0.554 21 Failed re-election
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b New club in the league

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAR BLP BRA BUR CHF CLA DER FUL GAI GLP GRI HUL LEE LEI LIN OLD STP STK WBA WOL
Barnsley 0–0 1–2 2–3 5–2 2–2 2–4 6–0 1–2 4–1 2–1 4–2 1–3 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 5–0
Blackpool 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 4–3 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2
Bradford City 2–0 3–0 2–0 8–1 1–0 3–1 1–3 7–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 1–5 2–0 1–0 5–0 6–0 0–0 6–2
Burnley 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–1 5–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–0
Chesterfield 1–3 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–7 0–0 1–2 4–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 4–1 2–4 1–0 2–0
Clapton Orient 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 5–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–2 1–1
Derby County 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–1 5–2 2–0 4–0 4–1 6–1 1–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–2
Fulham 2–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 5–0 4–0 0–0 6–0 6–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 5–1 6–1 1–2 0–1 5–1 1–1 2–1
Gainsborough Trinity 0–1 2–1 1–5 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–4 3–3 1–0 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–2 0–1
Glossop 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–2 5–1 0–2 2–3 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Grimsby Town 4–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 4–3 0–0 1–0 0–4 1–4 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1
Hull City 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–1 2–0 5–0 4–0 1–2 0–1 3–2 4–2 4–1 3–2 5–3 3–2 0–0 2–1 4–2 2–0
Leeds City 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 5–2 5–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1
Leicester Fosse 4–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 2–3 3–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
Lincoln City 0–2 2–0 2–4 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 5–0 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–1
Oldham Athletic 1–0 3–2 4–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–1 3–3 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 5–0 3–1 2–1 2–0
Stockport County 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 6–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–2 1–3
Stoke City 4–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–3 6–1 5–0 4–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 0–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 3–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 1–0 0–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 5–0 5–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: www.soccerbase.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Stoke resigned from the Football League due to financial difficulties. Bradford Park Avenue and Tottenham Hotspur took the available places in the league the following season.
  2. ^ "England 1907-08". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  3. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.