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Football League
1888-1915

Football League Championship 1888-1915
Deciding Matches

 

These are the games that decided the winners of each season's Football League Championship. Teams in BOLD CAPITALS were the winners, and teams in red missed out after having a mathematical chance of winning the championship before the game(s).

Season

Date Deciding Match(es) Venue and Attendance

1888-89

Saturday, 5 January 1889

PRESTON NORTH END 4 Notts County 1
Goodall (2), Edwards (2) ~ Daft
Aston Villa lost 4-0 at Burnley.
Deepdale, Preston
4,000

Games remaining: 3, final winning margin: 11 points.

1889-90

Thursday, 27 March 1890

Notts County 0 PRESTON NORTH END 1
Thomson
Castle Ground, Nottingham
3,000

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 2 points.

1890-91

Saturday, 14 March 1891

Sunderland 3 Preston North End 0
Scott, Campbell (2)
EVERTON lost 3-2 at Burnley.
Newcastle Road, Sunderland
6,000

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 2 points.

1891-92

Saturday, 16 April 1892
(Easter)

SUNDERLAND 6 Blackburn Rovers 1
Campbell (4), Millar, J.Hannah ~ Hall
Preston lost 3-1 at Aston Villa.
Bolton won 2-1 at Wolves.
Newcastle Road, Sunderland
10,000

Games remaining: 3, final winning margin: 5 points.

1892-93

Monday, 3 April 1893
(Easter)

Preston North End 0 Accrington 0
SUNDERLAND Champions
Deepdale, Preston
5,000

Games remaining: 3, final winning margin: 9 points.

1893-94

Saturday, 7 April 1894

Burnley 3 ASTON VILLA 6
Turnbull, Buchanan, Place
Groves (2), Hodgetts (2), Devey (2)
Sunderland
won 3-0 at Darwen.
Turf Moor, Burnley
6,000

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 6 points.

1894-95

Saturday, 20 April 1895

SUNDERLAND 2 Everton 1
McCreadie, Campbell ~ Chadwick
Newcastle Road, Sunderland
20,000

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 5 points.

1895-96

Saturday, 4 April 1896
(Easter)

Burnley 2 Derby County 2
Nicol, Place jnr. ~ Paul, nk
ASTON VILLA
Champions
Turf Moor, Burnley
6,000

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 4 points.

1896-97

Saturday, 10 April 1897

Bury 1 Derby County 0
Settle
ASTON VILLA
Champions
Gigg Lane, Bury
6,108

Games remaining: 3, final winning margin: 11 points.

1897-98

Friday, 8 April 1898
(Easter)

Bolton Wanderers 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
Needham
Sunderland
lost 1-0 at Bury.
Burnden Park, Bolton
19,395

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 6 points.

1898-99

Saturday, 29 April 1899

ASTON VILLA 5 Liverpool 0
Devey 2, Wheldon 2, Crabtree
Villa Park, Birmingham
41,357

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 4 points.

1899-1900

Monday, 23 April 1900

Burnley 1 Sheffield United 0
Davidson
ASTON VILLA
Champions
Turf Moor, Burnley
6,
000

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 2 points.

1900-01

Monday, 29 April 1901

West Bromwich Albion 0 LIVERPOOL 1
Walker
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
8,974

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 2 points.

1901-02

Wednesday, 16 April 1902

SUNDERLAND 3 Bury 0
Millar 3
Roker Park, Sunderland
10,000

Games remaining: 2, final winning margin: 3 points.

1902-03

Saturday, 25 April 1903

Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 0
McColl
THE WEDNESDAY Champions
St James' Park, Newcastle
26,562

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 1 point.

1903-04

Monday, 25 April 1904

Everton 1 Manchester City 0
Taylor
THE WEDNESDAY Champions
Goodison Park, Liverpool
12,000

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 3 points.

1904-05

Saturday, 29 April 1905

Middlesbrough 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 3
Orr, Rutherford, Appleyard
Manchester City
lost 3-2 at Aston Villa.
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
14,000

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 1 point.

1905-06

Monday, 16 April 1906
(Easter)

Sunderland 2 Preston North End 0
Bridgett, O'Donnell
LIVERPOOL
later lost 3-2 at Bolton.
Roker Park, Sunderland
13,000

Games remaining: 2, final winning margin: 4 points.

1906-07

Saturday, 13 April 1907

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 Sheffield United 0
Everton lost 5-2 at Derby.
St James' Park, Newcastle
26,000
Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 3 points.
1907-08

Saturday, 11 April 1908

Bolton Wanderers 2 The Wednesday 1
Shepherd, Stokes ~ Bradshaw
Nottingham Forest 3 Manchester City 1
Morris (3) ~ Dorsett
MANCHESTER UNITED lost 1-0 at home to Notts County.

Burnden Park, Bolton
15,000
City Ground, Nottingham
5,000

Games remaining: 5, final winning margin: 9 points.
1908-09

Monday, 12 April 1909
(Easter)

NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 Everton 0
McCracken (pen), Stewart 2
St James' Park, Newcastle
30,000
Games remaining: 4, final winning margin: 7 points.
1909-10

Saturday, 16 April 1910

Notts County 2 ASTON VILLA 3
Waterall, Jones ~ Eyre, Wallace, Hampton 
Blackburn
lost 2-1 at The Wednesday.
Liverpool
won 3-1 at Newcastle.

Trent Bridge, Nottingham
13,000

Games remaining: 2, final winning margin: 5 points.
1910-11

Saturday, 29 April 1911

MANCHESTER UNITED 5 Sunderland 1
Turnbull, West, Halse (2), Milton OG ~ Holley 
Aston Villa
lost 3-1 at Liverpool.

Old Trafford, Manchester
12,000

Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 1 point.
1911-12

Thursday, 25 April 1912

BLACKBURN ROVERS 4 West Bromwich Albion 1
Clennell (2), Aitkenhead (2) ~ Morris

Ewood Park, Blackburn
10,001

Games remaining: 2, final winning margin: 3 points.
1912-13

Saturday, 26 April 1913

Bolton Wanderers 1 SUNDERLAND 3
Jones ~ Mordue (pen), Richardson (2) 
The Wednesday lost 3-1 at Everton.
Aston Villa
won 3-2 at Newcastle.

Burnden Park, Bolton
14,000

Games remaining: 1, final winning margin: 4 points.
1913-14

Friday, 10 April 1914
(Easter)

Newcastle United 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0
Bolton Wanderers lost 3-0 at Tottenham.
Aston Villa lost 3-1 at Manchester City.

Middlesbrough
lost 3-2 at home to Sheffield United.
St James' Park, Newcastle
40,000
Games remaining: 3, final winning margin: 7 points.
1914-15

Monday, 26 April 1915

EVERTON 2 Chelsea 2
Fleetwood, Parker ~ Brittan, Logan (pen)
Goodison Park, Liverpool
10,000
Games remaining: 0, final winning margin: 1 point.
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