DIVISION 2  1896/97
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorers:
Tom Boucher & John Murphy
(both Notts County)
22 goals each

Darwen became the last side to complete a League season without drawing a match.

(Woolwich) Arsenal suffered what still ranks as their worst ever League defeat - 0-8 at Loughborough
 (match report)

 

 

  1 Notts County 30 19 4 7 92 43 42 Promoted
    Season Results 2 Newton Heath 30 17 5 8 56 34 39 Test Series
    3 Grimsby Town 30 17 4 9 66 45 38
    4 Small Heath 30 16 5 9 69 47 37
    5 Newcastle United 30 17 1 12 56 52 35
    Season Results 6 Manchester City 30 12 8 10 58 50 32
    7 Gainsborough Trinity 30 12 7 11 50 47 31
    Season Results 8 Blackpool 30 13 5 12 59 56 31
    9 Leicester Fosse 30 13 4 13 59 57 30
    Season Results 10 Woolwich Arsenal 30 13 4 13 68 70 30
    Season Results 11 Darwen 30 14 0 16 67 61 28
    Season Results 12 Walsall 30 11 4 15 54 69 26
    Season Results 13 Loughborough 30 12 1 17 50 64 25
    14 Burton Swifts 30 9 6 15 46 61 24 Re-election position
    15 Burton Wanderers 30 9 2 19 31 67 20 Re-election positionLeft League
    16 Lincoln City 30 5 2 23 27 85 12 Re-election position
   
   

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      Test Matches Test Series
     

Promotion and relegation between the two division was again decided by a series of Test Matches. As in the previous season the top two clubs in Division 2 and the bottom two in Division 1 met in a mini-league. Each club played four matches - home and away matches against the two sides from the other division. At the conclusion of the matches the first and second sides in the league played in Division 1 and the third and fourth sides in Division 2.

     
     
Sat Apr

17

Notts County

1

- 0 Sunderland
Mon Apr 19 Burnley 2 - 0 Newton Heath
Mon Apr 19 Sunderland 0 - 0 Notts County
Wed Apr 21 Newton Heath 2 - 0 Burnley
Sat Apr 24 Newton Heath 1 - 1 Sunderland
Sat Apr 24 Notts County 1 - 1 Burnley
Mon Apr 26 Burnley 0 - 1 Notts County
Mon Apr 26 Sunderland 2 - 0 Newton Heath
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
P W D L F A Pts
Notts County 4 2 2 0 3 1 6
Sunderland 4 1 2 1 3 2 4
Burnley 4 1 1 2 3 4 3
Newton Heath 4 1 1 2 3 5 3
     
     
     
     
     
     

R The three League sides facing re-election came up against seven non-league clubs in the vote for League membership. Voting -

21 votes Lincoln City Re-elected to the League
15 Burton Swifts Re-elected to the League
13 Luton Town Elected to the League
11 Burslem Port Vale Not elected to the League
9 Burton Wanderers Not re-elected to the League
7 Nelson Not elected to the League
5 Glossop North End Not elected to the League
3 Fairfield Athletic Not elected to the League
2 Crewe Alexandra Not elected to the League
1 Millwall Athletic Not elected to the League