NORTHERN LEAGUE  1891/92
      P W D L F A Pts
      1 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 16 14 1 1 49 13 29
      2 Middlesbrough 16 13 0 3 33 13 26
      3 Sheffield United 16 10 2 4 49 21 22 Promoted
      4 Newcastle East End 16 9 2 5 37 20 20
      5 Stockton 16 6 2 8 31 34 14
      6 Sunderland Albion 16 5 0 11 36 38 10
      7 South Bank 16 3 2 11 21 50 8
      8 Newcastle West End 16 4 0 12 21 56 8
      9 Darlington 16 2 3 11 17 49 7
     
     

The Football League was extended to two divisions at the end of the 1891/92 season, the top division increasing to 16 clubs and a new 12-club Second Division being formed. Northern League clubs who took part in the vote for one of the two extra places in Division 1 were Newcastle East End and Sheffield United plus a combined bid from Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Voting for membership of Division One (WBA were one of 4 League clubs who finished in a re-election position but were not required to take part in the poll as they were FA Cup holders) - 

10 The Wednesday Elected to the Football League
9 Nottingham Forest Elected to the Football League
7 Accrington Re-elected to the League
6 Stoke Re-elected to the League
6 Newton Heath Elected to the Football League
5 Sheffield United Not elected to the League
4 Darwen Not re-elected to the League
1 Burton Swifts Not elected to the League
1 Newcastle East End Not elected to the League
1 Middlesbrough/
Middlesbrough Ironopolis
Not elected to the League
0 Liverpool Caledonians Not elected to the League

Following the above vote, Sheffield United were invited to join the new Second Division (no vote) but Newcastle East End and the combined Middlesbrough/Middlesbrough Ironopolis declined invitations to join the lower division.