1898–99 in English football

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Football in England
Men's football
First Division Aston Villa
Second Division Manchester City
Southern League Southampton
Northern League Bishop Auckland
The Combination Everton Reserves
FA Cup Sheffield United
Sheriff of London Charity Shield Shared between Corinthian and Sheffield United
1897–98 Flag of England.svg 1899–1900

The 1898–99 season was the 28th season of competitive football in England.




This was the first season in which automatic promotion/relegation was introduced between the First and Second divisions. Both Divisions were expanded to 18 teams.[ citation needed ]

The new teams to join the Second Division were: Barnsley, Glossop North End and New Brighton Tower. Burslem Port Vale also returned to the Football League.[ citation needed ]

On 26 November 1898, the First Division match between The Wednesday and Aston Villa was abandoned after 79 minutes due to bad light. Rather than let the score stand or replay the whole match, The Football Association ordered that the remaining 11 minutes should be played at Hillsborough on 13 March 1899. The Wednesday, who were leading 3–1 when the game was abandoned, scored one more goal to win 4–1. [1]


First Division Aston Villa (4*)
Second Division Manchester City
FA Cup Sheffield United (1)
Home Championship Flag of England.svg  England

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

League table

First Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Aston Villa 34197876401.90045League Champions
2 Liverpool 341951049331.48543
3 Burnley 341591045470.95739
4 Everton 341581148411.17138
5 Notts County 341213947510.92237
6 Blackburn Rovers 341481260521.15436
7 Sunderland 341561341411.00036
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 341471354481.12535
9 Derby County 3412111162571.08835
10 Bury 341471348490.98035
11 Nottingham Forest 3411111242421.00033
12 Stoke 341371447520.90433
13 Newcastle United 341181549481.02130
14 West Bromwich Albion 341261642570.73730
15 Preston North End 341091544470.93629
16 Sheffield United 349111445510.88229FA Cup Winners
17 Bolton Wanderers 34971837510.72525Relegated
18 The Wednesday 34881832610.52524
Source: [ citation needed ]

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Manchester City 34236592352.62952Division Champions, promoted
2 Glossop North End [lower-alpha 1] 34206876382.00046Promoted
3 Leicester Fosse 34189764421.52445
4 Newton Heath 341951067431.55843
5 New Brighton Tower [lower-alpha 1] 34187971521.36543
6 Walsall 341512779362.19442
7 Woolwich Arsenal 341851172411.75641
8 Small Heath 341771085501.70041
9 Burslem Port Vale [lower-alpha 1] 341751256341.64739
10 Grimsby Town 341551471601.18335
11 Barnsley [lower-alpha 1] 341271552560.92931
12 Lincoln City 341271551560.91131
13 Burton Swifts 341081651700.72928
14 Gainsborough Trinity 341051956720.77825
15 Luton Town 341032151950.53723
16 Blackpool 34842249900.54420Failed re-election
17 Loughborough 34662238920.41318Re-elected
18 Darwen 342527221410.1569Failed re-election
Source: [ citation needed ]
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