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1907-08

Football League 1908-09

1909-10
  
Final League Table - Division I
Teams in a silver box denotes a player representing England in 1908-09

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
Newcastle United 38 14 1 4 32 20 10 4 5 33 21 53
Everton 38 11 3 5 51 28 7 7 5 31 29 46
Sunderland 38 14 0 5 41 23 7 2 10 37 40 44
Blackburn Rovers 38 6 6 7 29 26 8 7 4 32 24 41
The Wednesday 38 15 0 4 48 24 2 6 11 19 37 40
Woolwich Arsenal 38 9 3 7 24 18 5 7 7 28 31 38
Aston Villa 38 8 7 4 31 22 6 3 10 27 34 38
Bristol City 38 7 7 5 24 25 6 5 8 21 33 38
Middlesbrough 38 11 2 6 38 21 3 7 9 21 32 37
Preston North End 38 8 7 4 29 17 5 4 10 19 27 37
Chelsea 38 8 7 4 33 22 6 2 11 23 39 37
Sheffield United 38 9 5 5 31 25 5 4 10 20 34 37
Manchester United 38 10 3 6 37 33 5 4 10 21 35 37
Nottingham Forest 38 9 2 8 39 24 5 6 8 27 33 36
Notts County 38 9 4 6 31 23 5 4 10 20 25 36
Liverpool 38 9 5 5 36 25 6 1 12 21 40 36
Bury 38 9 6 4 35 27 5 2 12 28 50 36
Bradford City 38 7 6 6 27 20 5 4 10 20 27 34
Manchester City 38 12 3 4 50 23 3 1 15 17 46 34
Leicester Fosse 38 6 6 7 32 41 2 3 14 22 61 25

Everton recorded an eight-match winning run from 19 September 1908:
Middlesbrough (a) 3-2, Manchester C. (h) 6-3, Liverpool (a) 1-0, Bury (h) 4-0, Sheffield U. (a) 5-1, Aston V. (h) 3-1, Nottingham F. (a) 2-1, Sunderland (h) 4-0, before drawing 3-3 at Chelsea on 14 November 1908. Newcastle's biggest winning sequence was of seven matches.

Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion, from the second division, also each had a player representing England.


 
How The League Was Won 1908-09 Season
Timeline
34 Saturdays from 5 September 1908 to 24 April 1908, plus Christmas Day (Friday, 25th December 1908), New Year's Day (Friday, 1 January 1909), Good Friday, 9 April 1909 and Easter Monday, 12 April 1909
With no games allowed in August, there were six opening games on Tuesday, 1 September 1908, followed by two games on the following day, five more on the first three Mondays and two on the following Wednesday. There was one game played on Thursday, 1 October 1908 and two on the last Monday in December (Boxing Day was a Saturday). In February, there was one game played on a Monday. Games were played throughout midweek in March (apart from Fridays), and on every day of the week in April, apart from Sundays. The FA Cup took precedence on six weekends from the first round on 16 January 1909 (a week later than the previous season) to the final on 24 April 1909. There were three weeks between the first two rounds and before the semi-finals, two before the third and fourth rounds, and four before the final. Last league games were on Friday, 30 April 1909.
Easter Saturday, 10 April 1909
Manchester United 2 Everton 2
  
Bank Street, Manchester (8,000)
Turnbull
(2) ~ Coleman (2)
Having lost 9-1 at home to their great rivals back in December in a bizarre, out of character, capitulation, Newcastle looked like they would gain the ultimate revenge by clinching the title in the return fixture when they took the lead in the first minute. However, the goal scorer, Albert Shepherd, aggravated an old knee injury, and did not return for the second half. Sunderland took full advantage of their extra man, with George Holley clinching the victory from the rebound after Jimmy Lawrence had saved his penalty. Everton, meanwhile, came back from two goals down, to keep alive their lingering hopes, but with Newcastle still having five games left, and Everton only three, it seemed unlikely that they would bridge the five-point gap. Two days later, they would travel to Newcastle knowing that only a victory would do. 
Sunderland 3 Newcastle United 1
 
  Roker Park, Sunderland (27,493)
Brown (2), Holley ~ Shepherd
Top Two 10 April 1909
Team P
Newcastle United 33 49
Everton 35 44
  
Easter Monday, 12 April 1909
Newcastle United 3 Everton 0
  
St James' Park, Newcastle (30,000)
McCracken (pen) 34, Stewart 58, 73

The result was never really in doubt as Newcastle extended their lead to an unassailable seven points, maintaining the difference, despite losing three of their last four games.

 
The Elite League 1908-09 Season (games between the top four)
Team P Home Away
W D L F A W D L F A
Newcastle United 6 2 0 1 6 9 2 0 1 6 5 8
Blackburn Rovers 6 1 1 1 10 5 1 1 1 5 6 6
Sunderland 6 2 0 1 5 2 1 0 2 10 13 6
Everton 6 1 1 1 8 5 0 1 2 0 5 4
For the fourth year in succession, only Newcastle United retained their top-four placing from the previous season. Aston Villa, Manchester City and Manchester United all dropped out of the top four.
Games played between the top two:-
Friday, 1 January 1909
 Everton 0 Newcastle United 1
  
Goodison
Park, Liverpool (40,000)
Howie
Monday, 12 April 1909
 Newcastle United 3 Everton 0
   St James' Street, Newcastle (30,000)

McCracken
(pen), Stewart (2)

 
The Continuous League 1888-1909 (first 21 seasons)
Team P Wins
Aston Villa 662 334 787
Everton 662 323 759
Sunderland 618 312 732
Blackburn Rovers 662 252 647
Everton reduced Aston Villa's lead to 28 points. This was the fourth season of 38 games each, following three of 22, one of 26, six of thirty, and seven of 34 games each.
The Continuous '38 Games' League
1905-09 (last four seasons)
Team P Wins
Newcastle United 152 79 189
Aston Villa 152 67 165
Everton 152 68 164
The Wednesday 152 66 161
Newcastle increased their lead to 24 points.
The 'Rolling Five-Season' League
1904-09
Team P Wins
Newcastle United 186 102 237
Everton 186 89 211
Aston Villa 186 86 207
Manchester City 186 78 198
The first season was of 34 games each. Newcastle increased their lead to 26 points.

Champions: Newcastle United
Manager: Frank Watt
1908-09 Most Appearances
by England Players
Name Played Goals
Colin Veitch 34 9
Jimmy Stewart 25 8
Jock Rutherford 24 5
Jock Rutherford and Jimmy Stewart did not play for England in 1908-09.
1908-09 Most Goals
by England Players
Name Played Goals
Colin Veitch 34 9
Jimmy Stewart 25 8
Bert Freeman of Everton was top scorer with 37.
Second on the list was Bury's Billy Hibbert, with 26, followed by Chelsea's George Hilsdon, with 25.
 
England and the Football League 1908-09 Season
England's impact on the Football League
Of the 33 playing positions used during the active 1908-09 season, Football League players provided 31 of them, and of the eight goals scored, League players scored all of them.
Ten of the twenty first division clubs were represented, plus Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion from the second division.
18 Football League games had a direct impact on all three of England's games, on 13 February, 15 March and 3 April.
As a result, on 13 February, England took Blackburn's Bob Crompton, Bradford City's Evelyn Lintott, Bristol City's Joe Cottle and Billy Wedlock, Chelsea's George Hilsdon, Ben Warren and Jimmy Windridge, Liverpool's Sam Hardy, Newcastle's Colin Veitch, Sunderland's Arthur Bridgett, and Vivian Woodward of Tottenham. Bridgett was again absent from league action on 15 March, as were his team-mate, George Holley, and Manchester United's Dick Duckworth. On 3 April, Bridgett, Crompton, Hardy, Holley, Lintott, Warren and Wedlock
were again taken from their clubs, as were Derby's George Richards, Everton's Bert Freeman and Jack Sharp, Manchester United's George Wall, Middlesbrough's Fred Pentland, The Wednesday's Tom Brittleton, and Jesse Pennington of West Bromwich Albion.
 
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