1888–89 Football League

The Football League 1888/89 was the first season of the Football League as the highest English football league. It began on September 8, 1888, ended on April 20, 1889 and brought with Preston North End the first national champion in the history of English football forth. " PNE ", which won the first ever Double in the same year with the FA Cup, won with a superior eleven points behind Aston Villa before and remained unbeaten throughout the season. Relegated there was no, because the shunted to the four lowest final table spaces clubs emerged from a reselection procedure as the winner.

A total of 289 players were used, with Preston North End, with 18 the least and Everton with 35 aufboten most players in league games. For 130 of the 289 players, the 1888/89 season was the first and last season in the Football League.

Final Table

Results Table

In the left column of the home teams are listed.

Top scorers

The champion team of Preston North End

In the following list, all players were listed that for Preston North End came in a league match for use during the 1888/89 season. It must be noted that in most cases a minimum number of games will be provided in English football to accept the official champion medal allowed. As regards the specific control before the introduction of the Premier League, there is lack of clarity, all the players with an asterisk (*) have been provided which have received no champion medal presumably because of their small contribution. In brackets the number of bets as well as the goals achieved are called.

Fred Dewhurst (16/ 12) | Geordie Drummond (12/ 1) | Jack Edward * (4/3 ) | Archie Goodall * (2/ 1) | John Goodall (21/ 20) | Jack Gordon ( 20/10 ) | Johnny Graham (22/ 0 ) | Willie Graham * (5/ 0 ) | Bob Holmes (22/ 0 ) | Bob Howarth (18/ 0 ) | Jock Inglis * (1 /1) | Robert Mills - Roberts * (2 / 0 ) | Sandy Robertson ( 21/3 ) | Jimmy Ross (21/ 19) | Dave Russell ( 18/0 ) | Sammy Thomson ( 16/3 ) | James trainer ( 20/ 0 ) | Richard Whittle * (1/1 ).

  • Coach: none

Election Procedures

The regulations of the Football League stipulated that had to face the four lowest-ranked teams to re-election at the end of the season. Was voted at the annual general meeting of the Football League, it was decided at the same time on admissions. The following distribution of votes made ​​sure that all four positioned at the end of Football League teams in the league were also obtained in the 1889/90 season:

Special events

  • Bob Jardine shot on October 27, 1888 for Notts County against Burnley five goals.
  • For safety reasons the Football League banned the floodlight systems used since 1878 from the stadiums. The first floodlit match of the league took place in February 1956.