FOOTBALL LEAGUE    1888/89
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorer:
John Goodall 
(Preston North End)
 21 goals

The formation of the Football League and the first League results.

Preston - known as the 'Old Invincibles' - were the dominant force, winning the League without losing a match and the FA Cup without conceding a goal.

586 goals were scored in the 132 League matches played - an average of just over 4.4 goals a game. Only 2 matches ended in a 0-0 draw.

On 0ctober 6th 1888 Stoke became the first League side to be defeated by a non-league side in the FA Cup. Their reserves were beaten 2-1 at home by Warwick County while on the same day their first team lost 0-7 at Preston in the League.

 

 

  Season Results 1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 40
    Season Results 2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 29
    Season Results 3 Wolverhampton W. 22 12 4 6 50 37 28
    Season Results 4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 26
    Season Results 5 Bolton Wanderers 22 10 2 10 63 59 22
    Season Results 6 West Bromwich Albion 22 10 2 10 40 46 22
    Season Results 7 Accrington 22 6 8 8 48 48 20
    Season Results 8 Everton 22 9 2 11 35 46 20
    Season Results 9 Burnley 22 7 3 12 42 62 17 Re-election position
    Season Results 10 Derby County 22 7 2 13 41 61 16 Re-election position
    Season Results 11 Notts County 22 5 2 15 40 73 12 Re-election position
    Season Results 12 Stoke 22 4 4 14 26 51 12 Re-election position
   
   
Full home and away table

R Nine non-league clubs challenged the four clubs needing to seek re-election in the vote for League membership. Voting -

10 votes Stoke Re-elected to the League
9 Burnley Re-elected to the League
8 Derby County Re-elected to the League
7 Notts County Re-elected to the League
5 Mitchell St George's Not elected to the League
4 Sheffield Wednesday Not elected to the League
2 Bootle Not elected to the League
2 Sunderland Not elected to the League
1 Newton Heath Not elected to the League
0 Grimsby Town Not elected to the League
0 South Shore Not elected to the League
0 Sunderland Albion Not elected to the League
0 Walsall Town Swifts Not elected to the League