1902–03 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1902–03
Champions The Wednesday
Relegated Doncaster Rovers
1903–04

The 190203 season was the 15th season of The Football League.

Contents

Final league tables

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website [1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, [2] with home and away statistics separated.

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is until the season, 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. [2]

First Division

Football League
First Division
Season1902–03
Champions The Wednesday (1st English title)
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
Grimsby Town
FA Cup winners Bury (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played306
Goals scored885 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorer Sam Raybould (Liverpool), 31
Biggest home win LiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Aston VillaNewcastle 7–0 (29 Nov 1902)
Biggest away win Nottingham ForestThe Wednesday 1–4 (1 Nov 1902)
Highest scoring LiverpoolGrimsby Town 9–2 (6 Dec 1902)
Longest winning run6 matches
West Bromwich Albion (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
Sunderland (29 Nov 1902 – 14 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run10 matches
Bolton Wanderers (18 Oct 1902 – 22 Nov 1902)
Highest attendance50,000
Aston Villa - West Bromwich Albion (1 Nov 1902)
Lowest attendance500
Derby County - Grimsby Town (22 Apr 1903)
Average attendance11,656
1903–04
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 The Wednesday 34123231771923291.50042League Champions
2 Aston Villa 341133431880918221.52541
3 Sunderland 341052271164724251.41741
4 Sheffield United 341106362265622221.31839
5 Liverpool 3411334821611020281.38838
6 Stoke 341124291145817271.21137
7 West Bromwich Albion 341025372762917261.01936
8 Bury 3414124114221313291.25635FA Cup Winners
9 Derby County 3413223411311316361.06435
10 Nottingham Forest 341034332244916251.04335
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3412233417231214400.84233
12 Everton 3410252818341017290.95732
13 Middlesbrough 3410342716411214340.82032
14 Newcastle United 3412143111231210400.80432
15 Notts County 348542516421116330.83731
16 Blackburn Rovers 349262724331117390.69829
17 Grimsby Town 346562822241115400.69425Relegated
18 Bolton Wanderers 346291820211419530.50719
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away AST BLB BOL BRY DER EVE GRI LIV MID NEW NOT NTC SHU STK SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 5–04–22–20–02–12–21–25–07–03–12–14–22–00–11–00–33–1
Blackburn Rovers 0–24–20–32–43–22–03–10–13–12–21–22–01–10–22–11–01–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–11–21–02–01–30–11–12–10–21–10–11–02–32–00–20–14–1
Bury 0–11–13–01–04–22–13–13–11–03–13–13–12–13–14–01–24–0
Derby County 2–01–05–02–00–12–22–13–20–0 0–1 4–11–02–05–21–01–03–1
Everton 0–10–33–13–02–14–2 3–1 3–00–11–12–01–00–10–31–13–12–1
Grimsby Town 0–24–11–12–14–10–03–12–21–00–11–11–22–22–40–14–01–2
Liverpool 2–15–25–12–03–1 0–0 9–25–03–02–10–22–41–11–14–20–24–1
Middlesbrough 1–24–04–31–13–11–02–00–2 1–0 2–02–10–21–1 0–1 2–11–12–0
Newcastle United 2–01–02–01–02–13–01–01–2 0–1 0–26–10–05–0 1–0 3–01–02–4
Nottingham Forest 2–02–01–23–0 2–3 2–22–11–01–03–2 0–0 2–21–35–21–43–12–0
Notts County 2–14–01–31–02–12–00–11–22–02–2 1–1 1–13–00–00–33–10–0
Sheffield United 2–42–17–11–03–20–23–02–01–32–12–03–01–31–0 2–3 1–23–0
Stoke 1–00–22–01–02–02–01–11–00–25–03–20–20–11–14–03–03–0
Sunderland 1–02–23–13–12–02–15–12–1 2–1 0–0 0–12–10–00–00–10–03–0
The Wednesday 4–00–03–02–00–14–11–13–12–03–01–02–0 0–1 1–01–03–11–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–25–32–11–33–02–11–01–21–06–12–03–23–32–10–32–3 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–12–03–13–23–01–13–00–22–03–02–12–01–31–03–32–1 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Second Division

Football League
Second Division
Season1902–03
Champions Manchester City (2nd title)
Failed re-election Doncaster Rovers
Matches played306
Goals scored940 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorer Billie Gillespie, (Manchester City), 30 [3]
Biggest home win Small HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Biggest away win Burton UnitedManchester City 0–5 (7 Mar 1903)
Highest scoring Small HeathDoncaster Rovers 12–0 (11 Apr 1903)
Longest winning run6 matches
Manchester City (24 Jan 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest unbeaten run10 matches
Manchester City (17 Jan 1903 – 4 Apr 1903)
Woolwich Arsenal (27 Dec 1902 – 7 Mar 1903)
Longest losing run5 matches
Barnsley (11 Oct 1902 – 24 Nov 1902)
Stockport County (6 Dec 1902 – 1 Jan 1903)
Leicester Fosse (7 Feb 1903 – 7 Mar 1903)
1903–04
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Manchester City 3415116415103431143.27654Division Champions, promoted
2 Small Heath 341700571173717252.05651Promoted
3 Woolwich Arsenal 34142146966520212.20048
4 Bristol City 341232431855716201.55342
5 Manchester United 34944321564721231.39538
6 Chesterfield 341142431035924301.67537
7 Preston North End 341052391235917281.40036
8 Barnsley 34944321344923381.07834
9 Burslem Port Vale 3411513616231221460.91934
10 Lincoln City 348363022431016310.86830
11 Glossop 34917261926917380.75429
12 Gainsborough Trinity 349442814231213450.69529
13 Burton United 349442620231213390.66129
14 Blackpool 347553224251012350.74628
15 Leicester Fosse 34557202353921420.63128
16 Doncaster Rovers 34854271712148550.48625Failed re-election
17 Stockport County 346472624121412500.51420Re-elected
18 Burnley 34674252501165520.39020
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BAR BLP BRI BRN BPV BRT CHF DON GAI GLP LEI LIN MCI MUN PNE SMH STP WOO
Barnsley 6–02–03–01–04–02–22–02–30–11–20–00–30–03–03–02–11–1
Blackpool 3–30–12–02–53–32–14–04–02–22–02–30–32–0 2–2 0–12–00–0
Bristol City 3–30–13–03–03–12–14–21–01–16–10–23–23–12–11–17–11–0
Burnley 1–21–10–03–34–11–11–13–22–11–31–01–10–21–12–13–20–3
Burslem Port Vale 2–01–12–03–14–22–13–03–11–02–05–11–41–10–02–23–11–1
Burton United 1–12–00–30–00–01–01–03–02–12–32–20–53–12–10–15–12–1
Chesterfield 3–01–13–02–03–01–01–10–110–05–01–00–12–04–21–14–12–2
Doncaster Rovers 2–03–00–02–13–21–13–40–04–10–02–11–22–21–21–02–00–1
Gainsborough Trinity 1–20–02–13–01–13–13–23–01–15–14–00–30–11–01–00–00–1
Glossop 2–21–00–22–02–13–00–33–04–21–22–00–11–31–00–13–11–2
Leicester Fosse 1–22–12–22–12–00–10–20–14–13–20–01–11–11–11–30–20–2
Lincoln City 1–30–21–14–14–14–00–04–21–01–01–21–01–32–30–13–12–2
Manchester City 3–22–02–26–07–12–04–24–19–05–23–13–1 0–2 1–04–05–04–1
Manchester United 2–12–21–24–02–11–02–14–03–11–15–11–2 1–1 0–10–10–03–0
Preston North End 3–0 3–1 1–05–05–11–11–15–00–00–02–00–10–23–12–16–12–2
Small Heath 2–15–12–03–05–12–02–112–01–03–14–33–14–02–13–12–02–0
Stockport County 4–14–00–13–00–40–22–21–01–12–32–23–10–22–11–11–20–1
Woolwich Arsenal 4–02–12–15–13–03–03–03–06–10–00–02–11–00–13–16–13–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

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References

  1. "England 1902-03". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. 1 2 Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 October 2010.