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The 190809 season was the 21st season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1908–09
ChampionsNewcastle United
RelegatedChesterfield

Tottenham Hotspur played their first ever season in the Football League, gaining promotion to the First Division in the process. Spurs, along with Bradford Park Avenue entered the Second Division to replace Lincoln City and Stoke.

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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.

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
Season1908–09
ChampionsNewcastle United (3rd English title)
RelegatedLeicester Fosse,
Manchester City
FA Cup winnersManchester United (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played380
Goals scored1,185 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorerBert Freeman (Everton), 38 [3]
Biggest home winNottingham ForestLeicester Fosse 12–0 (21 Apr 1909)
Biggest away winNewcastleSunderland 1–9 (5 Dec 1908)
Highest scoringNottingham ForestLeicester Fosse 12–0 (21 Apr 1909)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Newcastle United 38 14 1 4 32 20 10 4 5 33 21 1.585 53 League Champions
2 Everton 38 11 3 5 51 28 7 7 5 31 29 1.439 46
3 Sunderland 38 14 0 5 41 23 7 2 10 37 40 1.238 44
4 Blackburn Rovers 38 6 6 7 29 26 8 7 4 32 24 1.220 41
5 The Wednesday 38 15 0 4 48 24 2 6 11 19 37 1.098 40
6 Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 3 7 24 18 5 7 7 28 31 1.061 38
7 Aston Villa 38 8 7 4 31 22 6 3 10 27 34 1.036 38
8 Bristol City 38 7 7 5 24 25 6 5 8 21 33 0.776 38
9 Middlesbrough 38 11 2 6 38 21 3 7 9 21 32 1.113 37
10 Preston North End 38 8 7 4 29 17 5 4 10 19 27 1.091 37
11 Chelsea 38 8 7 4 33 22 6 2 11 23 39 0.918 37
12 Sheffield United 38 9 5 5 31 25 5 4 10 20 34 0.864 37
13 Manchester United 38 10 3 6 37 33 5 4 10 21 35 0.853 37 FA Cup Winners
14 Nottingham Forest 38 9 2 8 39 24 5 6 8 27 33 1.158 36
15 Notts County 38 9 4 6 31 23 5 4 10 20 25 1.063 36
16 Liverpool 38 9 5 5 36 25 6 1 12 21 40 0.877 36
17 Bury 38 9 6 4 35 27 5 2 12 28 50 0.818 36
18 Bradford City 38 7 6 6 27 20 5 4 10 20 27 1.000 34
19 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 50 23 3 1 15 17 46 0.971 34 Relegated
20 Leicester Fosse 38 6 6 7 32 41 2 3 14 22 61 0.529 25

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BLB BRA BRI BRY CHE EVE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOT NTC PNE SHU SUN WED WOO
Aston Villa 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–4 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–3 0–0 2–4 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 8–1 2–2 1–3
Bradford City 1–1 0–2 0–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 4–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 4–1
Bristol City 0–0 1–4 0–1 4–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–1
Bury 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 4–2 4–2 1–1
Chelsea 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2
Everton 3–1 4–4 0–1 5–2 4–0 3–2 4–2 5–0 6–3 3–2 1–1 0–1 3–3 0–1 0–1 5–1 4–0 1–0 0–3
Leicester Fosse 4–2 2–4 1–4 1–1 2–5 5–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 0–4 0–3 0–2 0–0 1–1 4–3 1–1 1–1
Liverpool 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–3 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–2
Manchester City 2–0 3–3 4–3 5–1 6–1 1–2 4–0 5–2 4–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–3 1–0 4–0 2–2
Manchester United 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 4–2 3–2 3–1 6–3 1–0 2–2 4–3 0–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–4
Middlesbrough 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–4 2–3 6–2 1–0 3–0 5–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 4–2 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–1
Newcastle United 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–9 1–0 3–1
Nottingham Forest 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 12–0 5–1 0–2 2–0 4–1 0–4 1–0 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 0–1
Notts County 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 3–2 3–0 0–0 2–3 1–2 5–1 0–1 3–2 0–4 3–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–1
Preston North End 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 6–0 3–3 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–0
Sheffield United 3–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 1–5 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1
Sunderland 4–3 0–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–4 2–0 6–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 4–2 1–0
The Wednesday 4–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 4–3 5–1 2–0 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–5 6–2
Woolwich Arsenal 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–4 2–1 5–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–4 2–0
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
Season1908–09
ChampionsBolton Wanderers (1st title)
Failed re-electionChesterfield
Matches played380
Goals scored1,026 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorerAlf Bentley (Derby County), 24 [3]
Biggest home winWest BromGrimsby Town 7–0 (2 Jan 1909)
Biggest away winChesterfieldHull 0–4 (24 Oct 1909)
Highest scoringBurnleyWolverhampton 3–5 (7 Nov 1909)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Bolton Wanderers 38 14 3 2 37 8 10 1 8 22 20 2.107 52 Division Champions
2 Tottenham Hotspur[a] 38 12 5 2 42 12 8 6 5 25 20 2.094 51 Promoted
3 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 5 1 35 9 6 8 5 21 18 2.074 51
4 Hull City 38 14 2 3 44 15 5 4 10 19 24 1.615 44
5 Derby County 38 13 5 1 38 11 3 6 10 17 30 1.341 43
6 Oldham Athletic 38 14 4 1 39 9 3 2 14 16 34 1.279 40
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 10 6 3 32 12 4 5 10 24 36 1.167 39
8 Glossop 38 11 5 3 35 17 4 3 12 22 36 1.075 38
9 Gainsborough Trinity 38 12 3 4 30 20 3 5 11 19 50 0.700 38
10 Fulham 38 8 4 7 39 26 5 7 7 19 22 1.208 37
11 Birmingham 38 10 6 3 35 21 4 3 12 23 40 0.951 37
12 Leeds City 38 12 3 4 35 19 2 4 13 8 34 0.811 35
13 Grimsby Town 38 9 5 5 23 14 5 2 12 18 40 0.759 35
14 Burnley 38 8 4 7 33 28 5 3 11 18 30 0.879 33
15 Clapton Orient 38 7 7 5 25 19 5 2 12 12 30 0.755 33
16 Bradford Park Avenue[a] 38 9 2 8 30 25 4 4 11 21 34 0.864 32
17 Barnsley 38 11 3 5 36 19 0 7 12 12 38 0.842 32
18 Stockport County 38 11 2 6 25 19 3 1 15 14 52 0.549 31 Re-elected
19 Chesterfield[b] 38 10 3 6 30 28 1 5 13 7 39 0.552 30 Failed re-election
20 Blackpool 38 9 6 4 30 22 0 5 14 16 46 0.676 29 Re-elected
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b New club in the league
  2. ^ Chesterfield failed re-election, and Lincoln City were re-admitted to the Football League in their place, after a season away.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAR BIR BLP BOL BPA BUR CHF CLA DER FUL GAI GLP GRI HUL LEE OLD STP TOT WBA WOL
Barnsley 3–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1
Birmingham 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 4–2 3–3 0–0 1–1
Blackpool 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
Bradford Park Avenue 3–2 1–2 4–3 1–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–4 0–1 0–2 0–0 4–1
Burnley 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 5–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–2 0–2 3–5
Chesterfield 1–0 4–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–4 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–1
Clapton Orient 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 5–0 0–0 1–0 1–3
Derby County 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 5–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 2–1 2–1
Fulham 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–3 5–2 0–3 0–1 3–2 5–1 2–3 2–0 1–1
Gainsborough Trinity 4–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–4 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–0
Glossop 3–0 3–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–3 3–2
Grimsby Town 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0
Hull City 4–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–2 1–0 3–2 4–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 2–2 0–1
Leeds City 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–5 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 5–2
Oldham Athletic 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–2 6–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1
Stockport County 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 4–2 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–3 1–3 0–0 1–0
Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 4–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 4–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 3–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 7–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 5–1 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1
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

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England 1908-09". 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. ^ a b "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.