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 1891-92

Football League 1892-93

1893-94
  
Final League Table - Division I
Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England in 1892-93
Teams denoted with
R were relegated to the second division for the following season after losing a test match
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Sunderland 30 13 2 0 58 17 9 2 4 42 19 48
Preston North End 30 11 2 2 34 10 6 1 8 23 29 37
Everton 30 9 3 3 44 17 7 1 7 30 34 36
Aston Villa 30 12 1 2 50 24 4 2 9 23 38 35
Bolton Wanderers 30 12 1 2 43 21 1 5 9 13 34 32
Burnley 30 10 2 3 37 15 3 2 10 14 29 30
Stoke 30 8 2 5 33 16 4 3 8 25 32 29
West Bromwich Albion 30 9 2 4 35 17 3 3 9 23 52 29
Blackburn Rovers 30 5 8 2 29 24 3 5 7 18 32 29
Nottingham Forest 30 7 2 6 30 27 3 6 6 18 25 28
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 11 2 2 32 17 1 2 12 15 51 28
The Wednesday 30 8 2 5 34 28 4 1 10 21 37 27
Derby County 30 5 6 4 30 28 4 3 8 22 36 27
Notts CountyR 30 8 3 4 34 15 2 1 12 19 46 24
Accrington* 30 5 5 5 29 34 1 6 8 28 47 23
Newton Heath 30 6 3 6 39 35 0 3 12 11 50 18

Everton recorded an eight-match winning run from 14 January 1893:
West Brom (h) 1-0, Stoke (a) 1-0, Preston (h) 6-0, Wednesday (a) 2-0, Accrington (a) 3-0, Wolves (a) 4-2, Blackburn (h) 4-0, Bolton (h) 3-0, before losing 3-0 at Burnley on 8 April 1893. Sunderland's biggest winning sequence was of six matches, though they extended their unbeaten home record to 37 games (two short of three complete seasons) and became the first club to score a hundred league goals in a season.

*Accrington resigned from the Football League after they were relegated to the second division following a test-match defeat.

Second division champions, Small Heath also had a player representing England in 1892-93.


 
How The League Was Won 1892-93 Season
Timeline
Twenty consecutive Saturdays from 3 September 1892 to 14 January 1893 (ending a week later than the previous season), plus Boxing Day (Monday, 26 December 1892), Good Friday, 31 March 1893 and Easter Monday, 3 April 1893
Four
additional games were played across the first three Mondays of the season, plus two on Mondays in both October and November and two on a Wednesday in October. Curiously, there were seven games played on Thursdays in October, December, January and March and all were in Nottingham. There were also four games played on Monday, 2nd January and two on consecutive Tuesdays during the festive period. All remaining games were played on Saturdays, apart from four on Mondays (not including Easter) in February, March and April, one on a Tuesday in February, and two on a Tuesday and one on a Thursday in April. The FA Cup took precedence on Saturdays from the first round on 21 January 1893 (a week later than the previous season) to the final on 25 March 1893. Rounds were played each fortnight with replays on the Saturday in-between* and a spare third week before the final. A semi-final replay was played on a Thursday, due to the same two teams (Everton and Preston) having to contest a Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-final on the preceding Saturday, and the subsequent second replay was played on the following Monday, just five days before the final, due to both clubs having rearranged league games, on the prior Saturday. The last league game was played on Monday, 17 April 1893 (Preston 0-1 Derby), with test matches to decide promotion and relegation on the following Saturday and a replay, five days later, on the Thursday.
*One cup-tie was voided and rearranged for a Monday, due to a rearranged league game on the preceding Saturday, and then voided again and settled three days later, on a Thursday.
Easter Saturday, 1 April 1893
Bolton Wanderers 2 Sunderland 1
  
Pike's Lane, Bolton (13,000)

Bentley, Weir
~ Campbell
With Preston losing, Sunderland could have clinched the title on Easter Saturday for the second year in succession with a late equaliser at Bolton, after grabbing a goal with eight minutes left in response to a two-goal half-time deficit. As it was, they maintained their ten-point lead and now Preston only had five games left to catch them on goal average which was currently inferior (1.5 to Sunderland's 2.7) and the Scottish-dominated Wearsiders also still had three games left.
Newton Heath 2 Preston North End 1
  
North Road, Manchester (9,000)
Donaldson
(2)
~ Stewart

  
Top Two 1 April 1893
Team P
Sunderland 27 43
Preston North End 25 33

  
Easter Monday, 3 April 1893
Preston North End 0 Accrington 0
  
Deepdale, Preston (5,000)
Though the draw reduced Sunderland's lead to nine points, with only four more games to play, Preston had to concede that Sunderland had retained their title. They increased the lead to eleven points and, although Preston only picked up one point from their last three games, they held off the challenges of Aston Villa and Everton to finish runners-up for the third year in succession.

 
The Elite League 1892-93 Season (games between the top four)
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Sunderland 6 3 0 0 12 3 3 0 0 12 3 12
Preston North End 6 2 0 1 10 3 0 0 3 1 11 4
Everton 6 2 0 1 8 4 0 0 3 4 13 4
Aston Villa 6 2 0 1 8 8 0 0 3 1 11 4
Sunderland completed the double over all three of their closest rivals for the title. Everton replaced Bolton Wanderers in the only change to the previous season's top four.
Games played between the top two:-
Saturday, 17 December 1892
 Sunderland 2 Preston North End 0
  
Newcastle Road, Sunderland (20,000)

Campbell,
J.Hannah
Saturday, 7 January 1893
Preston North End 1 Sunderland 2
   Deepdale, Preston (14,000)

Russell ~ Gillespie (2)
 

 
The Continuous League 1888-93 (first five seasons)
Team P Wins
Preston North End 122 80 174
Everton 122 65 144
Bolton Wanderers 122 61 134
Wolverhampton Wanderers 122 57 133
Preston increased their lead to thirty points, but this was the first season of thirty games each, following three of 22 and one of 26 games each, so comparisons with other seasons have little relevance. Sunderland had only competed in the last three seasons and had earned 115 points, putting them in seventh place overall, but with the highest average points per game.

 
Champions: Sunderland
Manager: Tom Watson
1892-93 Most Appearances
by England Players
Name Played Goals
Tom Porteous 30  
Tom Porteous did not play for England in 1892-93
1892-93 Most Goals
by England Players
Name Played Goals

No England players scored for Sunderland in the 1892-93 season.

John Campbell, a Scotsman, was again top scorer, with thirty in 27 games.
Second on the list was Scottish international, Jimmy Hannah, who scored 19, as did Villa's Jack Devey and Fred Geary of Everton.

 
England and the Football League 1892-93 Season
England's impact on the Football League
Of the 33 playing positions used during the active 1892-93 season, Football League players provided 21 of them, and of the 17 goals scored, League players scored nine of them.
Ten of the 16 first division clubs were represented, plus Small Heath from the second division.
Eight Football League games had a direct impact on two of England's games, on 25 February and 1 April.
As a result, on 25 February, England took Nottingham Forest's Albert Smith and Wolves' Robert Topham, and Small Heath were without Chris Charsley. On 1 April, Everton were without Edgar Chadwick and Johnny Holt, and England also took Preston's Bob Holmes, West Brom's Billy Bassett and Jack Reynolds, and The Wednesday's Fred Spiksley.
 
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