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 1890-91

Football League 1891-92

1892-93
  
Final League Table
Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England in 1891-92
Teams denoted with
R were relegated to the second division for the following season
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Sunderland 26 13 0 0 55 11 8 0 5 38 25 42
Preston North End 26 12 0 1 42 8 6 1 6 19 23 37
Bolton Wanderers 26 9 2 2 29 14 8 0 5 22 23 36
Aston Villa 26 10 0 3 63 23 5 0 8 26 33 30
Everton 26 8 2 3 32 22 4 2 7 17 27 28
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 8 2 3 34 15 3 2 8 25 31 26
Burnley 26 9 1 3 34 14 2 3 8 15 31 26
Notts County 26 9 3 1 41 12 2 1 10 14 39 26
Blackburn Rovers 26 8 3 2 39 26 2 3 8 19 39 26
Derby County 26 6 3 4 28 18 4 1 8 18 34 24
Accrington 26 7 3 3 24 20 1 1 11 16 58 20
West Bromwich Albion 26 6 3 4 37 24 0 3 10 14 34 18
Stoke 26 5 0 8 19 19 0 4 9 19 42 14
DarwenR 26 4 1 8 31 43 0 2 11 7 69 11

Sunderland recorded a thirteen-match winning run from 14 November 1891:
Derby (h) 7-1, Burnley (h) 2-1, Stoke (a) 3-1, Notts C. (h) 4-0, Darwen (h) 7-0, Everton (a) 4-0, Wolves (a) 3-1, Bolton (h) 4-1, Accrington (a) 5-3, Preston (h) 4-1, Derby (a) 1-0, Aston V. (h) 2-1, Stoke (h) 4-1, before losing 1-0 at Notts County on 9 April 1892. Preston also had a thirteen-match winning sequence from 3 October 1891, before losing at Sunderland on 12 March 1892.


 
How The League Was Won 1891-92 Season
Timeline
19 consecutive Saturdays from 5 September 1891 to 9 January 1892
Six additional games were played across the first four Mondays of the season, plus one on a Thursday in October, five on Mondays in November, December and January, three on Christmas Day and two on New Year's Day (Boxing Day was a Saturday). All remaining games were played on Saturdays, apart from one on a Tuesday in March, six on Mondays in April (including three on Easter Monday) and three on Good Friday. The FA Cup took precedence on Saturdays from the first round on 16 January 1892 to the final on 19 March 1892. Rounds were played each fortnight with replays on the Saturday in-between, and a semi-final second replay on a Wednesday, with a spare third week before the final. The last league game was played on Saturday, 30 April 1892 (Burnley 1-2 Sunderland).
Good Friday, 15 April 1892
Preston North End 4 Accrington 1
  
Deepdale, Preston (6,000)
Gallacher, Drummond, Becton
(2) ~ Elliott
Preston reduced Sunderland's lead to a point, with two games remaining, as opposed to Sunderland's three. Bolton could only match Sunderland's points total by winning their last two games, with Sunderland losing all three of theirs, and Bolton bettering their goal average (1.3) which was currently inferior to Sunderland's 2.4.

  
Top Three 15 April 1892
Team P
Sunderland 23 36
Preston North End 24 35
Bolton Wanderers 24 32

  
Easter Saturday, 16 April 1892
Aston Villa 3 Preston North End 1
   Wellington Road, Handsworth (5,000)
Dickson, Hodgetts, H.Devey ~ Drummond
Sunderland won the League Championship by opening up a three-point gap between them and Preston, who now had only one game left. Bolton won at Wolves, but they were still four points behind Sunderland, also with only one game left. The victory meant that Sunderland had won every home game (nineteen in succession, including the previous season). They won their last two games and extended their lead to five points.
Sunderland 6 Blackburn Rovers 1
   Newcastle Road, Sunderland (10,000)
Campbell (4), Millar, J.Hannah ~ Hall

 
The Elite League 1891-92 Season (games between the top four)
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Aston Villa 6 2 0 1 9 6 2 0 1 4 3 8
Sunderland 6 3 0 0 10 3 0 0 3 7 12 6
Bolton Wanderers 6 2 0 1 8 5 1 0 2 3 9 6
Preston North End 6 2 0 1 7 2 0 0 3 2 10 4
Only Preston retained their top-four placing of the previous season (and, indeed, the two seasons prior to that). Everton, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers all dropped out of the top four.
Games played between the top two:-
Saturday, 12 September 1891
Preston North End 3 Sunderland 1
   Deepdale, Preston (7,000)

Drummond, Gordon, Towie
~ Millar
Saturday, 12 March 1892
Sunderland 4 Preston North End 1
   Newcastle Road, Sunderland (12,000)

Campbell, Auld
(2), D.Hannah ~ J.Ross
 

 
The Continuous League 1888-92 (first four seasons)
Team P Wins
Preston North End 92 63 137
Everton 92 49 108
Wolverhampton Wanderers 92 45 105
Blackburn Rovers 92 43 103
Preston increased their lead to 29 points, but this was the only season of 26 games each, following three of 22 games each, so comparisons with other seasons have little relevance. Sunderland had only competed in the last two seasons.

 
Champions: Sunderland
Manager: Tom Watson
1891-92 Most Appearances
by England Players
Name Played Goals
Tom Porteous 25  
Tom Porteous did not play for England in 1891-92
1891-92 Most Goals
by England Players
Name Played Goals

No England players scored for Sunderland in the 1891-92 season.

John Campbell, a Scotsman, was top scorer, with 32 in 24 games.
Second on the list was Villa's Jack Devey (29).
Jack Southworth of Blackburn scored 22.

 
England and the Football League 1891-92 Season
England's impact on the Football League
Of the 33 playing positions used during the active 1891-92 season, Football League players provided 22 of them, and of the eight goals scored, League players scored six of them.
Eight of the twelve Football League clubs were represented.
Six Football League games had a direct impact on all three of England's games, two on 5 March and one on 2 April.
As a result, on 5 March, England took Aston Villa's Charlie Athersmith, Jack Devey and Dennis Hodgetts, Derby's Jack Cox, Everton's Johnny Holt, and Stoke were without Tommy Clare, Bill Rowley, Joe Schofield and Alf Underwood. On 2 April, Villa were again without Hodgetts, and England also took Derby's John Goodall and Preston's Bob Holmes.
 
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