|First Division||Aston Villa|
|Second Division||Notts County|
|Midland League||Doncaster Rovers|
|Southern League||Southampton St. Mary's|
|FA Cup||Aston Villa|
|FA Amateur Cup||Old Carthusians|
The 1896–97 season was the 26th season of competitive football in England.
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 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:
|4||Preston North End||26||11||10||5||55||37||1.486||32|
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.
|First Division||Aston Villa (3*)|
|Second Division||Notts County|
|FA Cup||Aston Villa (3)|
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
The First Division was won by Aston Villa.
|1||Aston Villa||30||21||5||4||73||38||1.921||47||League Champions|
|4||Preston North End||30||11||12||7||55||40||1.375||34|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||30||10||6||14||33||56||0.589||26|
|15||Sunderland||30||7||9||14||34||47||0.723||23||Into test matches|
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.
|1||Notts County||30||19||4||7||92||43||2.140||42||Division Champions, into test matches|
|2||Newton Heath||30||17||5||8||56||34||1.647||39||Into test matches|
|15||Burton Wanderers||30||9||2||19||31||67||0.463||20||Failed re-election or resigned|
|9||Northfleet||20||5||4||11||24||46||0.522||14||Relegation test matches|
|12||Royal Ordnance Factories||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||Resigned from league after seven matches, record expunged|
The 1990–91 season was the 111th season of competitive football in England.
The 1979–80 season was the 100th season of competitive football in England.
The 1974–75 season was the 95th season of competitive football in England.
The 1956–57 season was the 77th season of competitive football in England.
The 1969–70 season was the 71st completed season of The Football League.
The 1975–76 season was the 77th completed season of The Football League.
The 1985–86 season was the 87th completed season of The Football League.
The 1978–79 season was the 80th completed season of the Football League.
The 1979–80 season was the 81st completed season of The Football League.
The 1980–81 season was the 82nd completed season of The Football League.
The 1981–82 season was the 83rd completed season of The Football League.
The 1983–84 season was the 85th completed season of the English Football League.
The 1987–88 season was the 89th completed season of The Football League.
The 1892–93 season was the fifth season of The Football League. This season saw the introduction of the Second Division.
The 1893–94 season was the sixth season of The Football League.
The 1894–95 season was the seventh season of The Football League.
The 1896–97 season was the ninth season of The Football League.
The 1926–27 season was the 35th season of The Football League.
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