|Champions||West Bromwich Albion|
|New Clubs in League|| Coventry City |
West Ham United
Port Vale (Mid-season)
The 1919–20 season was the 28th season of The Football League, and the first season after football was suspended after outbreak of World War I
Compared to 1914–15, the number of Football League member clubs increased from 40 to 44, initially with five new clubs.
Resuming after four years, the Football League expanded its numbers by four, maintaining competition in two Divisions of equal size. During previous such expansions, 1898 and 1905, the relegated clubs from the previous season were re-elected, while the top Second Division sides were promoted as usual.
Following that precedent, the two top Second Division sides in 1915, Derby and Preston did move on up. Chelsea, who had finished 19th that First Division season, were, as expected, re-elected.
Discussion of how the expansion should be handled began on 13 January 1919 when James Catton published an article in Athletic News raising the issue of match fixing which had dogged the 1914/15 League season and been left unresolved because of the cessation of the League for the duration of the war.
In the article Catton argued one of the two teams that ought to be returned to the first division (if that league was to be expanded, as had already been proposed), should be Chelsea as they had been relegated due to the match fixing. Catton then considered the argument that Tottenham, who had also been relegated with Chelsea should likewise be reinstated, although he noted there was nothing to link Tottenham’s relegation with anything amiss in the final season before the cessation of the League for the duration.
In 1915, Manchester United had, to avoid relegation, fixed their last game against Liverpool. They won 2–0 and sent Chelsea into the relegation places instead, but the new league president and former Liverpool chairman John McKenna must have felt some guilt, because at the League's AGM in 1919 he gave a speech insisting on the continued presence in the top flight of the Stamford Bridge club.
More controversially though, Tottenham Hotspur - who came 20th in 1915 - were not re-elected and arch-rivals Arsenal, who had finished fifth in the Second Division had their promotion engineered by Sir Henry Norris. It has been alleged that Norris bribed or in some way unduly influenced the voting members of the Football League, in particular McKenna at the League's AGM.McKenna made a speech recommending Arsenal's promotion ahead of Spurs thanks to the former's longer spell in the League (Arsenal joined in 1893, Spurs in 1908), although Barnsley and Wolves, who both finished ahead of Arsenal, had been members of the league longer than Arsenal; Wolves since its inception in 1888. Arsenal have never been relegated from the top flight of the English game since.
In the Second Division, Port Vale took over from Leeds City after 4 October 1919, when Leeds were disbanded by F.A. order following alleged irregular practices. Port Vale then inherited Leeds’ record up to that date.
After the season, Grimsby Town were relegated to the newly formed Third Division. Lincoln City was not re-elected to Second Division and Leeds United was elected to replace it. Cardiff City were elected to take the second available place in Second Division.
The tables and results below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation websiteand in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, 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. 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.
|Champions||West Bromwich Albion (1st English title)|
|Relegated|| Notts County,|
|Goals scored||1,332 (2.88 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Fred Morris (West Bromwich Albion), 37|
|Biggest home win||West Bromwich Albion – Notts County 8–0 (25 Oct 1919)|
|Biggest away win|| Burnley – Bradford Park Avenue 2–6 (22 Nov 1919)|
Preston North End – Bradford City 1–5 (1 Sep 1919)
Bradford Park Avenue – West Bromwich Albion 0–4 (3 Apr 1920)
Derby County – West Bromwich Albion 0–4 (20 Dec 1919)
|Highest scoring||Manchester City – Blackburn Rovers 8–2 (8 Nov 1919)|
|Pos||Team||Pld||HW||HD||HL||HGF||HGA||AW||AD||AL||AGF||AGA||GAv||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||West Bromwich Albion||42||17||1||3||65||21||11||3||7||39||26||2.213||60||League Champions|
|9||Aston Villa||42||11||3||7||49||36||7||3||11||26||37||1.027||42||FA Cup Winners|
|11||Bradford Park Avenue||42||8||6||7||31||26||7||6||8||29||37||0.952||42|
|19||Preston North End||42||9||6||6||35||27||5||4||12||22||46||0.781||38|
|Champions||Tottenham Hotspur (1st title)|
|Failed re-election||Lincoln City|
|Goals scored||1,285 (2.78 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Sammy Taylor (Huddersfield Town), 35|
|Biggest home win||Birmingham – Nottingham Forest 8–0 (10 Mar 1920)|
|Biggest away win|| Barnsley – Birmingham 0–5 (14 Feb 1920)|
Leicester City – Bury 0–5 (10 Apr 1920)
|Highest scoring||Hull City – Wolverhampton Wanderers 10–3 (27 Dec 1919)|
|Pos||Team||Pld||HW||HD||HL||HGF||HGA||AW||AD||AL||AGF||AGA||GAv||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Tottenham Hotspur||42||19||2||0||60||11||13||4||4||42||21||3.188||70||Division Champions, promoted|
|7||West Ham United||42||14||3||4||34||14||5||6||10||13||26||1.175||47|
|21||Lincoln City||42||8||6||7||27||30||1||3||17||17||71||0.436||27||Failed re-election|
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