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1990–91 Football League First Division

Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1990–91 season.

Football League First Division
Season1990–91
ChampionsArsenal (10th English title)
RelegatedDerby County
Sunderland
European Cup 1991–92Arsenal
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
Tottenham Hotspur (8th FA Cup title)
Manchester United (defending champions)
UEFA Cup 1991–92Liverpool [1]
Matches played380
Goals scored1,051 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorerAlan Smith (22 goals) [2]
Biggest home winNottingham Forest 7–0 Chelsea 
(20 April 1991)
Biggest away winDerby County 1–7 Liverpool
(23 March 1991)
Highest scoringDerby County 4–6 Chelsea
(15 December 1990)
Longest winning run8 games
Liverpool
Longest unbeaten run23 games
Arsenal
Longest losing run8 games
Queens Park Rangers

Contents

OverviewEdit

Arsenal took their second league title in three seasons despite a season during which it often looked as though the good points would be outnumbered by the bad points. A player brawl in a league fixture against Manchester United in October saw Arsenal have two points deducted, and a few weeks later captain Tony Adams was given a four-month prison sentence for drink-driving (he ended up serving 8 weeks). But Arsenal managed to keep up a great run of form throughout the season and were crowned league champions having lost just one league game all season long.

On 6 May 1991, Arsenal were crowned champions after beating Manchester United 3–1 while title challengers Liverpool who finished second, lost 2–1 to Nottingham Forest. Liverpool had led the table for much of the first half of the season but were shell-shocked in February by the sudden resignation of manager Kenny Dalglish. Rangers boss Graeme Souness was brought in as his successor but was unable to bring a major trophy to Anfield. Third place in the league went to Crystal Palace, who occupied their highest-ever finish, but were denied qualification for the UEFA Cup due to Liverpool being readmitted to European competition a year earlier than anticipated.

Newly promoted Leeds United had a good season back in the First Division as they finished fourth but never really looked like challenging for the title. They did, however, reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they lost to Manchester United.

Down at the bottom end of the table, Derby County finished bottom with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. Their relegation was confirmed on 20 April 1991, after losing 2–1 at Manchester City. The final relegation place went to Sunderland on the last day of the season when lost 3–2 to Manchester City which meant that Luton Town stayed up by beating already-relegated Derby County 2–0.

League standingsEdit

Greater London Premier League football clubs
Pos Club P W D L GF GA W D L GF GA Pts
1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 51 10 9 9 1 23 8 83
2 Liverpool 38 14 3 2 42 13 9 4 6 35 27 76
3 Crystal Palace 38 11 6 2 26 17 9 3 7 24 24 69
4 Leeds United 38 12 2 5 46 23 7 5 7 19 24 64
5 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 35 25 5 8 6 29 28 62
6 Manchester United 38 11 4 4 34 17 5 8 6 24 28 59
7 Wimbledon 38 8 6 5 28 22 6 8 5 25 24 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 11 4 4 42 21 3 8 8 23 29 54
9 Everton 38 9 5 5 26 15 4 7 8 24 31 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 2 35 22 3 7 9 16 28 49
11 Chelsea 38 10 6 3 33 25 3 4 12 25 44 49
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 5 6 27 22 4 5 10 17 31 46
13 Sheffield United 38 9 3 7 23 23 4 4 11 13 32 46
14 Southampton 38 9 6 4 33 22 3 3 13 25 47 45
15 Norwich City 38 9 3 7 27 32 4 3 12 14 32 45
16 Coventry City 38 10 6 3 30 16 1 5 13 12 33 44
17 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 29 25 2 5 12 17 33 41
18 Luton Town 38 7 5 7 22 18 3 2 14 20 43 37
19 Sunderland 38 6 6 7 15 16 2 4 13 23 44 34
20 Derby County 38 3 8 8 25 36 2 1 16 12 39 24
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
  • Arsenal deducted two points; Manchester United deducted one point due to a brawl in a game between both teams.
Key
League Champions, qualified for the European Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST CHE COV CRY DER EVE LEE LIV LUT MCI MUN NWC NOT QPR SHU SOU SUN TOT WDN
Arsenal 5–0 4–1 6–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Aston Villa 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–2
Chelsea 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0
Coventry City 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Crystal Palace 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3
Derby County 0–2 0–2 4–6 1–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–7 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 6–2 3–3 0–1 1–1
Everton 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–2
Leeds United 2–2 5–2 4–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 4–5 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 5–0 0–2 3–0
Liverpool 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1
Luton Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–4 1–2 0–0 0–1
Manchester City 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–3 3–0 3–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–3 3–2 2–1 1–1
Manchester United 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Norwich City 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–6 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–4
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–2 7–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–1
Sheffield United 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 1–2
Southampton 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 2–3 0–1 3–4 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–1
Sunderland 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–3 0–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 3–3 4–2
Wimbledon 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 5–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref
  Paul Gascoigne Tottenham Hotspur Derby County 3–0 (H) 8 September 1990
  Peter Beardsley Liverpool Manchester United 4–0 (H) 16 September 1990
  Paul Walsh Tottenham Hotspur Sheffield United 4–0 (H) 20 October 1990
  Dean Saunders Derby County Sunderland 3–3 (H) 2 March 1991
  David Platt Aston Villa Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 (H) 16 March 1991
  Niall Quinn Manchester City Crystal Palace 3–1 (H) 1 April 1991
  Lee Chapman Leeds United Liverpool 4–5 (H) 13 April 1991
  David White (4) Manchester City Aston Villa 5–1 (A) 23 April 1991
  Paul Williams Derby County Southampton 6–2 (H) 4 May 1991
  Ian Wright Crystal Palace Wimbledon 3–0 (A) 4 May 1991
  Alan Smith Arsenal Manchester United 3–1 (H) 6 May 1991
  Anders Limpar Arsenal Coventry City 6–1 (H) 11 May 1991
Note: (H) – Home; (A) – Away

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Because of the 1985 UEFA ban, no English clubs played european matches between the 1985–86 and 1989–90 season, and England was therefore ranked as 33rd for the 1991/92-season in Europe which gave England only 1 spot in UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.