1890–91 Football League
(1st English title)
|FA Cup winners||Blackburn Rovers (5th FA Cup title)|
|Goals scored||554 (4.2 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers), 26 |
|Biggest home win||Derby County –Wolverhampton 9–0 (10 Jan 1891)|
|Biggest away win||Blackburn –Notts County 1–7 (14 Mar 1891)|
|Highest scoring||Derby County –Blackburn 8–5 (6 Sept 1890)|
The Football League 1890–1891 was the third Football league season, after dominating and being crowned champions for the first two football league seasons Preston North End slipped to second and Everton won the league with a two-point gap. Meanwhile, there had been changes in the league since the last football league season, Stoke had not been re-elected to the football league, so joined the rival Football Alliance. They were replaced with Sunderland, who were nicknamed "the team of all talents" at the time.
The table below is reproduced here in the exact form that it can be found at the The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, 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.
|2||Preston North End||22||7||3||1||30||5||5||0||6||14||18||44||23||1.913||+21||27|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||22||3||1||7||17||26||2||1||8||17||31||34||57||0.596||–23||12|
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
|FA Cup Winners|
|New club in the league|
|Failed re-election (none)|
|Home ╲ Away||ACC||AST||BLB||BOL||BUR||DER||EVE||NTC||PNE||SUN||WBA||WOL|
|Preston North End||1–1||4–1||1–2||1–0||7–0||6–0||2–0||0–0||0–0||3–0||5–1|
|West Bromwich Albion||5–1||0–3||1–0||2–4||3–1||3–4||1–4||1–1||1–3||0–4||0–1|
The re-election process
The number of clubs in the Football League was to be increased by two for the 1891–92 season. In addition to the four League sides seeking re-election, six non-league clubs (five of them from the Football Alliance) also sought League membership. The voting went as follows:
|Accrington||8||Re-elected to the League|
|Aston Villa||8||Re-elected to the League|
|Darwen||7||Elected to the League|
|Stoke||7||Elected to the League|
|Derby County||6||Re-elected to the League|
|West Bromwich Albion||6||Re-elected to the League|
|Ardwick||4||Not elected to the League|
|Nottingham Forest||1||Not elected to the League|
|Sunderland Albion||1||Not elected to the League|
|Newton Heath||0||Not elected to the League|
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- Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
- Rothmans Football Yearbook 1970–71, p. 233. The Queen Anne Press Limited, London, 1970.