1890–91 in English football

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1889–90 Flag of England.svg 1891–92

The 1890–91 season was the 20th season of competitive football in England.



Everton started the 1890–91 season in superb form with five straight victories, with Fred Geary scoring in each of the first six matches. [1] By mid-January, Everton had completed all but one of their fixtures and were on 29 points, while Preston North End were eleven points adrift with seven games still to play. Everton then had to sit out the next two months as Preston completed their fixture list until they were only two points adrift with one match each left to play. Both teams played their final games of the season on 14 March, with Everton losing 3–2 at Burnley (Geary scored both Everton goals) and Preston going down 3–0 at Sunderland. [2] Everton were thus able to win the Football League Championship for the first time, by a margin of two points with fourteen victories from their 22 league games.

National team

In the 1891 British Home Championship, for the second time England played matches against Wales and Ireland on the same day, 7 March 1891, winning both comfortably.


England awarded six new caps for the Welsh game, including the Everton left wing pairing of Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward. For three of the débutantes, Leonard Wilkinson (goalkeeper) of Oxford University, Thomas Porteous of Sunderland and Elphinstone Jackson of Oxford University, this was their single England appearance. The final débutante was Albert Smith of Nottingham Forest, who made the first of 3 appearances at right-half.


For the Irish match, for which England selected a predominantly Midlands based team, another five players made their debut, of which Joseph Marsden of Darwen and Jem Bayliss of West Bromwich Albion (both defenders) were not selected again. The other débutantes were Alf Underwood of Stoke at left-back, George Cotterill of Cambridge University, who made the first of 4 appearances at centre-forward (scoring on his debut) and fellow forward Arthur Henfrey (Corinthian) (who also scored on his debut). This was also Tinsley Lindley's final England appearance, which he marked by scoring 2 goals, as England were comfortable 6–1 victors.


Scotland also beat Wales and Ireland, so, once again, the England v. Scotland match, played at Ewood Park, Blackburn on 6 April 1891, was the championship decider. England selected an experienced team including four players from the Everton side who had recently won the Football League championship, although, rather surprisingly considering the venue, no players were selected from the Blackburn Rovers side who had won the FA Cup in the final on 21 March. England took an early lead and were 2–0 up at half time and, although Scotland pulled a goal back through Frank Watt late in the game, England managed to hang on in a close game to clinch victory and the championship.

DateVenueOpponentsScore*CompEngland scorers
7 March 1891 Newcastle Road, Sunderland (H)Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 4–1BHC John Goodall (Derby County) (7 mins), Jack Southworth (Blackburn Rovers) (30 mins), Edgar Chadwick (Everton) (35 mins) & Alf Milward (Everton) (37 mins)
7 March 1891 Molineux, Wolverhampton (H)Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg  Ireland 6–1BHC Tinsley Lindley (Nottingham Forest) (2), Billy Bassett (West Bromwich Albion), George Cotterill (Cambridge University), Arthur Henfrey (Corinthian) & Harry Daft (Notts County)
6 April 1891 Ewood Park, Blackburn (H)Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–1BHC John Goodall (Derby County) (20 mins) & Edgar Chadwick (Everton) (30 mins)

* England score given first


League tables

The Football League

1 Everton 22141763292.17229League Champions
2 Preston North End 22123744231.91327
3 Notts County 22114752351.48626
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22122839500.78026
5 Bolton Wanderers 22121947341.38225
6 Blackburn Rovers 22112952431.20924FA Cup Winners
7 Sunderland [lower-alpha 1] 22105751311.64523 [lower-alpha 2]
8 Burnley 22931052630.82521
9 Aston Villa 22741145580.77618Re-elected
10 Accrington 22641228500.56016
11 Derby County 22711447810.58015
12 West Bromwich Albion 22521534570.59612
Source: [ citation needed ]
  1. New club in the league
  2. Sunderland deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. [3]

The Football Alliance

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Stoke [lower-alpha 1] (E)22137257391.46233Football Alliance Champions, elected to Football League
2 Sunderland Albion [lower-alpha 2] 22126469282.46430
3 Grimsby Town 22115643271.59327
4 Birmingham St George's 22122864621.03226
5 Nottingham Forest 2297666391.69225
6 Darwen (E)22103964591.08523Elected to Football League
7 Walsall Town Swifts 22931034610.55721
8 Crewe Alexandra 22841059670.88120
9 Newton Heath 22731237550.67317
10 Small Heath 22721358660.87916
11 Bootle 22371240610.65613
12 The Wednesday 22451339660.59113
Source: [4]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(E) Elected to the Football League.
  1. New club in the Alliance
  2. Left to join the Northern League

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