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1906-07

Football League 1907-08

1908-09
  
Final League Table - Division I
Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England in 1907-08

Teams in italics were relegated to the second division for the following season
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Manchester United 38 15 1 3 43 19 8 5 6 38 29 52
Aston Villa 38 9 6 4 47 24 8 3 8 30 35 43
Manchester City 38 12 5 2 36 19 4 6 9 26 35 43
Newcastle United 38 11 4 4 41 24 4 8 7 24 30 42
The Wednesday 38 14 0 5 50 25 5 4 10 23 39 42
Middlesbrough 38 12 2 5 32 16 5 5 9 22 29 41
Bury 38 8 7 4 29 22 6 4 9 29 39 39
Liverpool 38 11 2 6 43 24 5 4 10 25 37 38
Nottingham Forest 38 11 6 2 42 21 2 5 12 17 41 37
Bristol City 38 8 7 4 29 21 4 5 10 29 40 36
Everton 38 11 4 4 34 24 4 2 13 24 40 36
Preston North End 38 9 7 3 33 18 3 5 11 14 35 36
Chelsea 38 8 3 8 30 35 6 5 8 23 27 36
Blackburn Rovers 38 10 7 2 35 23 2 5 12 16 40 36
Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 8 2 32 18 3 4 12 19 45 36
Sunderland 38 11 2 6 53 31 5 1 13 25 44 35
Sheffield United 38 8 6 5 27 22 4 5 10 25 36 35
Notts County 38 9 3 7 24 19 4 5 10 15 32 34
Bolton Wanderers 38 10 3 6 35 26 4 2 13 17 32 33
Birmingham 38 6 6 7 22 28 3 6 10 18 32 30

Manchester United recorded a ten-match winning run from 21 September 1907:
Sheffield U. (h) 2-1, Chelsea (a) 4-1, Nottingham F. (h) 4-0, Newcastle (a) 6-1, Blackburn (a) 5-1, Bolton (h) 2-1, Birmingham (a) 4-3, Everton (h) 4-3, Sunderland (a) 2-1, Woolwich Arsenal (h) 4-2, before losing 2-0 at The Wednesday on 30 November 1907.

Derby County, Leicester Fosse and West Bromwich Albion, from the second division, also each had a player representing England.


 
How The League Was Won 1907-08 Season
Timeline
34 Saturdays from 7 September 1907 to 25 April 1908, plus Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25th December 1907), Boxing Day (Thursday, 26th December 1907), New Year's Day (Wednesday, 1 January 1908), Good Friday, 17 April 1908 and Easter Monday, 20 April 1908
With no games allowed in August, there were seven opening games on Monday, 2 September 1907, followed, two days later, by two games on the Wednesday and eight more on the next three Mondays. There was one game played on the first Thursday in October and one on the first Monday in December, with three additional games played during the festive week and one on the first Thursday in January. In March, there were four games played on Mondays and five on Wednesdays, and games played on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April. The FA Cup took precedence on six weekends from the first round on 11 January 1908 to the final on 25 April 1908 (a week later than the previous season, to avoid Easter). There were three weeks between the first three rounds and before the semi-finals, two before the fourth round, and four before the final. Last league game was Chelsea 1-2 Notts County on Wednesday, 29 April 1908.
Wednesday, 8 April 1908
Everton 1 Manchester United 3
  
Goodison Park, Liverpool (17,000)
Young
~ Halse, Turnbull (pen), Wall
With the Wednesday suffering a crushing defeat, United's win at Everton virtually sealed the title for them. They had been the outstanding team all season and could now only be caught if they lost every one of their last six games. Newcastle, the defending champions, had their hopes extinguished by Aston Villa in a 5-2 home defeat, leaving The Wednesday and Manchester City as the only two teams mathematically capable of catching United, though they would have to win all of their five remaining games and overhaul United's superior goal average. 
Middlesbrough 6 The Wednesday 1
 
  Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough (15,000)
Wilcox, Bloomer (2), Common, Cail, Thackeray
Wilson
Top Four 8 April 1908
Team P
Manchester United 32 48
Newcastle United 34 38
The Wednesday 33 38
Manchester City 33 38
  
Saturday, 11 April 1908
Bolton Wanderers 2 The Wednesday 1
  
Burnden Park, Bolton (15,000)
Shepherd, Stokes
~ Bradshaw
An extremely lethargic performance by United saw George Wall miss a second-half penalty, but the result was a big boost to their opponents, who went on to escape relegation. The defeats of both of their rivals meant that United were crowned champions, even in defeat, although Newcastle beat Liverpool and reduced their lead to eight points. Aston Villa, at this point lying fifth in the table, won six of their last seven games (including away to the champions) and took the runners-up spot on goal average from Manchester City. 
Manchester United 0 Notts County 1
 
  Bank Street, Manchester (14,000)
Dodd 87
Nottingham Forest 3 Manchester City 1
  
City Ground, Nottingham (5,000)
Morris (3) ~ Dorsett

 
The Elite League 1907-08 Season (games between the top four)
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Manchester United 6 1 1 1 5 4 2 1 0 10 2 8
Manchester City 6 2 1 0 4 2 0 2 1 4 6 7
Aston Villa 6 0 2 1 6 9 2 0 1 9 6 6
Newcastle United 6 0 1 2 4 12 0 2 1 4 5 3
For the third year in succession, only Newcastle United retained their top-four placing from the previous season. Bristol City, Everton and Sheffield United all dropped out of the top four.
Games played between the top two:-
Monday, 2 September 1907
 Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 4
  
Villa Park, Birmingham (15,000)
Hamp
ton (pen) ~ Wall, Meredith (2), Bannister
Monday, 20 April 1908
 Manchester United 1 Aston Villa 2
   Bank Street, Manchester (10,000)

Picken
~
Hall (2 (1 pen))
Manchester
United also beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park in the FA Cup third round.

 
The Continuous League 1888-1908 (first twenty seasons)
Team P Wins
Aston Villa 624 320 749
Everton 624 305 713
Sunderland 580 291 688
Blackburn Rovers 624 238 606
Aston Villa increased their lead to 36 points. This was the third season of 38 games each, following three of 22, one of 26, six of thirty, and seven of 34 games each. Sunderland, no longer, had the highest average points per game, with Aston Villa, once again, registering a higher score.
The Continuous '38 Games' League
1905-08 (last three seasons)
Team P Wins
Newcastle United 114 55 136
Aston Villa 114 53 127
The Wednesday 114 49 121
Bolton Wanderers 114 49 118
Newcastle maintained their nine-point lead, but Aston Villa moved into second.
The 'Rolling Five-Season' League
1903-08
Team P Wins
Newcastle United 182 96 226
Aston Villa 182 89 210
Everton 182 90 208
Manchester City 182 82 208
The first two seasons were of 34 games each. Newcastle increased their lead to 16 points.
 
 
Champions: Manchester United
Manager: Ernest Mangnall
1907-08 Most Appearances
by England Players
Name Played Goals
George Wall 36 19
Charlie Roberts 32 2
Herbert Burgess 27  
Herbert Burgess and Charlie Roberts did not play for England in 1907-08.
1907-08 Most Goals
by England Players
Name Played Goals
George Wall 36 19
Enoch West of Nottingham Forest was top scorer with 26.
Second on the list were Bolton's Albert Shepherd and Manchester United's Sandy Turnbull, a Scotsman, with 25.

 
England and the Football League 1907-08 Season
England's impact on the Football League
Of the 33 playing positions used during the active 1907-08 season, Football League players provided 27 of them, and of the eleven goals scored, League players scored seven of them.
Eight of the twenty first division clubs were represented, plus Derby County, Leicester Fosse and West Bromwich Albion from the second division.
16 Football League games had a direct impact on two of England's games, on 15 February and 4 April.
As a result, on 15 February, England took Blackburn's Bob Crompton, Bristol City's Billy Wedlock, Chelsea's George Hilsdon and Jimmy Windridge, Derby's Ben Warren, Manchester United's George Wall, Newcastle's Jock Rutherford, West Brom's Jesse Pennington, and Andy Ducat of Woolwich Arsenal. On 4 April, Crompton, Hilsdon, Rutherford, Warren, Wedlock
and Windridge were again absent from league action, as were Bolton's Sam Greenhalgh, Liverpool's Sam Hardy, Sunderland's Arthur Bridgett, The Wednesday's Frank Bradshaw, and Jesse Pennington of West Bromwich Albion.
 
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