1896–97 in English football

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Football in England
Season1896–97
Men's football
First Division Aston Villa
Second Division Notts County
Northern League Middlesbrough
Midland League Doncaster Rovers
Southern League Southampton St. Mary's
FA Cup Aston Villa
FA Amateur Cup Old Carthusians
1895–96 Flag of England.svg 1897–98

The 1896–97 season was the 26th season of competitive football in England.

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Overview

Aston Villa became the second team (after Preston North End) to complete "the Double" of winning the Football League Championship and the FA Cup. No other team would complete the double for 64 years.[ citation needed ]

The Aston Villa team of 1897 that won The Double. Aston Villa 1899 - 02.jpg
The Aston Villa team of 1897 that won The Double.

The Cup Final was played on 10 April 1897 between Aston Villa and Everton. At the start of the day, the top of the league table looked thus: [1]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPts
1 Aston Villa 27185464381.68441
2 Derby County 26154766431.53534
3 Sheffield United 281210640271.48134
4 Preston North End 261110555371.48632
5 Liverpool 29128946381.21132
Source: [ citation needed ]

Consequently, with a total of 30 league games to play in the season, only Derby County had any "mathematical" possibility of overtaking Aston Villa to take the title. To do so, they would have needed to take at least seven points from their remaining four games, with Aston Villa losing their remaining three games. In the event, Derby lost 1–0 at Bury and Aston Villa were thus confirmed as League Champions on the same day that they went on to win the Cup. As a result, Villa became the first, and so far, only team to date to achieve the league and cup "double" on the same day.

Honours

CompetitionWinner
First Division Aston Villa (3*)
Second Division Notts County
FA Cup Aston Villa (3)
Home Championship Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

Football League

First Division

The First Division was won by Aston Villa.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification
1 Aston Villa 30215473381.92147 [lower-alpha 1] League Champions
2 Sheffield United 301310742291.44836
3 Derby County 301641070501.40036
4 Preston North End 301112755401.37534
5 Liverpool 30129946381.21133
6 The Wednesday 301011942371.13531
7 Everton 301431362571.08831
8 Bolton Wanderers 301261240430.93030
9 Bury 3010101039440.88630
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 301161345411.09828
11 Nottingham Forest 30981344490.89826
12 West Bromwich Albion 301061433560.58926
13 Stoke 301131648590.81425
14 Blackburn Rovers 301131635620.56525
15 Sunderland 30791434470.72323Into test matches
16 Burnley 30671743610.70519 [lower-alpha 2]
Source: [ citation needed ]
Notes:
  1. FA Cup Winners
  2. Not re-elected due to test match results. Invited to join Second Division.

Second Division

Notts County won the Second Division and were elected to the First Division after winning a Test Match against Burnley. Following the failure of Rotherham Town, Burslem Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra to be re-elected into the Football League, Blackpool and Gainsborough Trinity joined the Second Division. Walsall (formerly Walsall Town Swifts) also returned after a season away.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification
1 Notts County 30194792432.14042 [lower-alpha 1] Division Champions, into test matches
2 Newton Heath 30175856341.64739Into test matches
3 Grimsby Town 30174966451.46738
4 Small Heath 30165969471.46837
5 Newcastle United 301711256521.07735
6 Manchester City 301281058501.16032
7 Gainsborough Trinity [lower-alpha 2] 301271150471.06431
8 Blackpool [lower-alpha 2] 301351259561.05431
9 Leicester Fosse 301341359571.03530
10 Woolwich Arsenal 301341368700.97130
11 Darwen 301401667611.09828
12 Walsall [lower-alpha 2] 301141554690.78326
13 Loughborough 301211750640.78125
14 Burton Swifts 30961546610.75424Re-elected
15 Burton Wanderers 30921931670.46320Failed re-election or resigned
16 Lincoln City 30522327850.31812Re-elected
Source: [ citation needed ]
Notes:
  1. Elected to First Division on the basis of test match results.
  2. 1 2 3 New club in the league

Southern League

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsRelegation
1 Southampton St.Mary's [lower-alpha 1] 20155063183.50035
2 Millwall Athletic 20135263242.62531
3 Chatham Town 20131654291.86227
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2094743291.48322
5 Gravesend United 2094735341.02922
6 Swindon Town 2083933370.89219
7 Reading 2083931490.63319
8 New Brompton 20721132420.76216
9 Northfleet 20541124460.52214Relegation test matches
10 Sheppey United 20511434470.72311
11 Wolverton L&NWR 20201817740.2304
12 Royal Ordnance Factories 0000000Resigned from league after seven matches, record expunged
Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used until the 1976-77 season. The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.
Notes:
  1. Changed name to Southampton at end of season

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References

  1. This table was extrapolated from the final table, after excluding the results from 10 April onwards.