The Invincibles (football)

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In English football, "The Invincibles" is a nickname that has been used to refer to the Preston North End team of the 1888–89 season, managed by William Sudell, [1] [2] and the Arsenal team of the 2003–04 season managed by Arsène Wenger. [3] Preston North End earned the nickname after completing an entire season undefeated in league and cup competition (27 games), while Arsenal were undefeated in the league only (38 games). The actual nickname of the Preston team was the "Old Invincibles", but both versions have been in use.

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Preston North End F.C. Association football club

Preston North End Football Club is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, whose team currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Originally a cricket club, Preston have been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded. Deepdale is now football's oldest ground in terms of continuous use by a major league club.

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The term "Invincibles" has also been used elsewhere in European football. Italian clubs Milan [4] and Juventus [5] received the nickname after winning the 1991–92 and 2011–12 Serie A titles respectively. Celtic earned the nickname after going unbeaten across domestic league and cup competition during the 2016–17 season in Scotland. [6] In Greece, PAOK have earned the nickname after winning the 2018–19 championship undefeated. [7] [8]

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1991–92 Serie A sports season

During the 1991–92 Serie A, under the guidance of Fabio Capello, Milan completed a remarkable unbeaten season, a run that eventually totalled 58 games. They finished eight points ahead of Serie A runners-up Juventus. However, it was a disappointing season for Internazionale, who could only manage an eighth-place finish, meaning that 1992–93 would bring no European action for them - something which had been a rare occurrence over the last three decades. Defending champions Sampdoria finished sixth and their last chance of European action for the following season was lost when they were beaten by the Spanish champions Barcelona in the final of the European Cup. Bari, Hellas Verona, Cremonese and Ascoli were all relegated.

Preston North End

Preston North End became known as "The Invincibles" after they won the inaugural Football League competition in 1888–89, completing the season unbeaten in both the league and the FA Cup, so becoming the first team ever to achieve the "Double". Preston's league record was 18 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses, out of 22 games played, while their cup record was 5 wins out of 5 rounds played and they won the FA Cup without conceding a goal. [9] In his autobiography, Tom Finney wrote: "The championship stayed with North End — by now tagged the Old Invincibles — the following year, but runners-up spot had to suffice for the next three seasons". [10]

Founded in 1888, the Football League is the oldest such competition in world football. The 1888–89 Football League was the first edition of the Football League, which ran from the autumn of 1888 until the spring of 1889. The Football League was formally created and named in Manchester during a meeting on 17 April 1888.

The 1888–89 FA Cup was the eighteenth edition of the world's oldest football knockout competition, The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup.

The Double, in association football, is the achievement of winning a country's top tier division and its primary cup competition in the same season. The lists in this article examine this definition of a double, while derivative sections examine much less frequent, continental instances. The Double can also mean beating a team both home and away in the same league season, a feat often noted as doing the double over a particular opponent.

Preston's unbeaten run stretched to one game the following season, their first league defeat came away to Aston Villa in the second game, losing 5–3. [11] Of the seven teams to have completed the Double in England, Preston remain the only one to have done so unbeaten. In 2008, Preston opened a new 5,000 seater stand at their Deepdale stadium, named the Invincibles Pavilion in honour of the unbeaten 1880s team that had also played their home matches at the same site. [12]

The Football League 1889–90 was the second season of English league football, with Preston North End being crowned as the champions for the second successive season. The clubs competing were the 12 original clubs which were the founders of the league the previous year. Unlike the modern system, two points were awarded for a win, with one for a draw and no points for a loss; this system was carried on until the 1980s when teams were awarded three points for a win.

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Deepdale football stadium

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The Preston team that won the 1889 FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0, was as follows:

The 1889 FA Cup Final was contested by Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Kennington Oval.

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GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Robert Mills-Roberts
DF Flag of England.svg Bob Howarth
DF Flag of England.svg Bob Holmes
MF Flag of Scotland.svg George Drummond
MF Flag of Scotland.svg David Russell
MF Flag of Scotland.svg Johnny Graham
FR Flag of Scotland.svg Jack Gordon
FW Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Ross
FW Flag of England.svg John Goodall
FW Flag of England.svg Fred Dewhurst (c)
FL Flag of Scotland.svg Sam Thomson
The 1888-89 season was Preston North End's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Preston became one of the founder members of the Football League. Preston were very successful during the season as they went on to claim the league and cup double without being defeated which earned the squad legendary status in league football. Preston north end art.jpg
The 1888–89 season was Preston North End's first season in the Football League which had just been founded. Because of this Preston became one of the founder members of the Football League. Preston were very successful during the season as they went on to claim the league and cup double without being defeated which earned the squad legendary status in league football.

Matches

Football League

MatchDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
18 September 1888 Burnley H5–25,000 Gordon, Ross (2), Dewhurst (2)
215 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers A4–05,000 Gordon, Ross, A. Goodall, J. Goodall
322 September 1888 Bolton Wanderers H3–15,000 Gordon (2), Drummond
429 September 1888 Derby County A3–26,000 Robertson, Ross (2)
56 October 1888 Stoke H7–03,000 Ross (4), Whittle, J. Goodall, Dewhurst
613 October 1888 West Bromwich Albion H3–010,000 Dewhurst, Edwards (2)
720 October 1888 Accrington A0–06,000
827 October 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers H5–26,000 Gordon, Ross, J. Goodall (3)
93 November 1888 Notts County A7–07,000 Gordon (3), Ross, J. Goodall (3)
1010 November 1888 Aston Villa H1–110,000 J. Goodall
1112 November 1888 Stoke A3–04,500 Ross, Thomson, Robertson
1217 November 1888 Accrington H2–07,000 Gordon, Dewhurst
1324 November 1888 Bolton Wanderers A5–210,000 Ross (2), Robertson, Dewhurst, J. Goodall
148 December 1888 Derby County H5–04,000 Inglis, J. Goodall (2), Dewhurst (2)
1515 December 1888 Burnley A2–28,000 Ross, Thomson
1622 December 1888 Everton H3–08,000 Dewhurst, J. Goodall (2)
1726 December 1888 West Bromwich Albion A5–05,150 J. Goodall (2), Ross (2), Gordon
1829 December 1888 Blackburn Rovers H1–08,000 J. Goodall
195 January 1889 Notts County H4–14,000 J. Goodall (2), Edwards, unknown
2012 January 1889 Blackburn Rovers A2–210,000 Dewhurst, Thomson
2119 January 1889 Everton A2–015,000 J. Goodall, Ross
229 February 1889 Aston Villa A2–010,000 Dewhurst (2)

FA Cup

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
12 February 1889 Bootle A3–01,000 J. Goodall, Gordon, Thomson
216 February 1889 Grimsby Town A2–08,000 J. Goodall, Ross
32 March 1889 Birmingham St George's H2–08,000 Holmes, Thomson
Semi-final16 March 1889 West Bromwich Albion N1–022,688 Russell
Final 30 March 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers N3–025,000 Dewhurst, Thomson, Ross

Arsenal

After Arsenal completed the only 38-match season unbeaten, the Premier League commissioned a unique gold trophy to commemorate the achievement. Arsene Wenger was presented the trophy as a parting gift from the club after his last home game as manager on 6 May 2018. GoldInvinciblesTrophy.jpg
After Arsenal completed the only 38-match season unbeaten, the Premier League commissioned a unique gold trophy to commemorate the achievement. Arsène Wenger was presented the trophy as a parting gift from the club after his last home game as manager on 6 May 2018.

In May 2002, Arsenal beat Manchester United to regain the Premier League and equal Preston's record of not losing an away match all season. In assessing the team's achievement, Tim Rich of The Independent wrote: "Invincibles, they called the last team to go through a season unbeaten away from home, although it is a word which belongs far more to the Arsenal side of 2002 than it ever could to the Preston team of 1888–89." [13] Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger wanted his team to push on for more honours and described the defeat of Manchester United as a "shift of power" in English football. [14] The team began the following season in good stead; a 4–1 win against Leeds United in September 2002 meant Arsenal broke the domestic record for scoring in consecutive games (47), and away league games without defeat (22). [15] Such was their effective start to the campaign, Wenger reiterated his belief that Arsenal could remain the whole season undefeated: [nb 1]

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"It's not impossible as A.C. Milan once did it but I can't see why it's so shocking to say it. Do you think Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea don't dream that as well? They're exactly the same. They just don't say it because they're scared to look ridiculous, but nobody is ridiculous in this job as we know anything can happen." [17]

"Somebody threw me a T-shirt after the trophy was presented which read 'Comical Wenger says we can go the whole season unbeaten.' I was just a season too early!"

Arsène Wenger, May 2004 [18]

After breaking a Premier League record of 30 matches unbeaten, [19] Arsenal lost to Everton in October 2002 (the decisive goal was struck in the last minute by Wayne Rooney, the first at senior level for the player who would go on to become England's record scorer) [20] [21] and failed to win their next three matches in all competitions, representing their worst run of form in 19 years. [22] By March 2003, Arsenal had established themselves as league leaders, but nearest challenger Manchester United overhauled them to win the title. [23] Arsenal finished the season with league wins against Southampton and Sunderland and was later consoled with success in the FA Cup – they beat the former team 1–0 in the 2003 final.

Wenger sought to strengthen his team with minor additions: goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, as well as a number of young players from academies abroad, namely Gaël Clichy and Phillipe Senderos. In comparison to their rivals Chelsea, bankrolled by new owner Roman Abramovich, and Manchester United, Arsenal's transfer activity was quiet. The financial constraints that came with the Ashburton Grove stadium project meant Wenger had little income to spend on new players. [24] Once funding was found amidst the season, the club added to its roster, with José Antonio Reyes arriving in the winter transfer window.

In the 2003–04 season, Arsenal regained the Premier League without a single defeat. Over the 38 games played, their league record stood at 26 wins, 12 draws and 0 losses. The unbeaten run came close to ending six matches into the campaign against Manchester United, as striker Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a penalty in injury time; the match then ended 0–0. At the turn of the calendar year, Arsenal won nine league matches in a row to consolidate first position; they secured their status as champions with a draw against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in April 2004. Their form did not continue into the domestic cups; Arsenal exited the semi-final stage of the Football League Cup and the FA Cup to eventual winners Middlesbrough and Manchester United, respectively. In Europe, Arsenal lost two of their opening three UEFA Champions League group stage matches, 3–0 at home to Internazionale and 2–1 away to Dynamo Kyiv, but eventually finished top of the group. [25] Arsenal ultimately reached the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, where they were eliminated by London rivals Chelsea. [26]

Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira presented with the trophy at Highbury on the final day of the season. Trophy presentation Highbury 2004.JPG
Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira presented with the trophy at Highbury on the final day of the season.

Continuing into the next season, a special gold version of the Premier League trophy was commissioned to commemorate Arsenal winning the title without a single defeat. [27] In May 2018, this gold trophy was presented to Arsene Wenger as a gift from Arsenal Football Club at Wenger's final home game as manager after 22 years. [28] In addition to their two wins at the end of the 2002–03 FA Premier League, Arsenal beat Middlesbrough in their second league game of 2004–05 to equal Nottingham Forest's record of 42 league matches unbeaten; [29] the feat was eclipsed with a win at home to Blackburn Rovers. [30] The run extended to six more matches for a total of 49 league games undefeated, before coming to an end with a controversial 2–0 defeat to Manchester United. [31] The Guardian noted that Arsenal never trailed in the last 20 minutes of a game during their unbeaten run. [32]

Formation

The most used Arsenal players in the 2003–04 season, positioned in a 4–4–1–1 formation.

Compared with the club's double-winning side of 1998, only Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp remained as first team players throughout the unbeaten run; Martin Keown and Ray Parlour featured briefly. Defenders Lee Dixon and Tony Adams had retired from professional football in 2002 and goalkeeper David Seaman joined Manchester City a year later. Kolo Touré, signed as a right-back and defensive midfielder, was chosen to play in central defence alongside Sol Campbell after impressing during pre-season. Lauren who played as a midfielder for Real Mallorca was shifted as a right-back when he joined Arsenal. Wenger initially replaced left-back Nigel Winterburn with Sylvinho, but an injury to the defender allowed Ashley Cole to take his place as first pick by the 2000–01 season. In midfield Gilberto Silva partnered Vieira, and Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires each played either side of the wing. Thierry Henry, signed as Nicolas Anelka's replacement in 1999, was the team's focal point in attack; he was supported most often by Bergkamp.

Although the team were interpreted as one which organised themselves as 4–4–2, the formation with the ball was akin to 4–4–1–1. Wenger's tactics emphasised attacking football and relied on movement and interchanging, with full-backs joining in attacks. Journalist Michael Cox noted Arsenal's strengths lay on the left side of the pitch and added because the opposition focused on containing Cole, Pires and Henry, it allowed Lauren and Ljungberg to find space and cross the ball. The team were also strong on the counter, exemplified in their away performances against Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur. [33]

Matches

Premier League

MatchDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
17 May 2003 Southampton H6–138,052 Pires 8', 22', 46', Pennant 15', 18', 25'
211 May 2003 Sunderland A4–040,188 Henry 7', Ljungberg 39', 78', 88'
315 August 2003 Everton H2–138,014 Henry 35' (pen.), Pires 58'
424 August 2003 Middlesbrough A4–029,450 Henry 5', Gilberto Silva 13', Wiltord 22', 60'
527 August 2003 Aston Villa H2–038,010 Campbell 57', Henry 90'
631 August 2003 Manchester City A2–146,436 Wiltord 48', Ljungberg 72
713 September 2003 Portsmouth H1–138,052 Henry 40' (pen.)
821 September 2003 Manchester United A 0–0 67,639
926 September 2003 Newcastle United H3–238,112 Henry 18', 80' (pen.), Gilberto Silva 67'
104 October 2003 Liverpool A2–144,374 Hyypiä 31' (o.g.), Pires 68'
1118 October 2003 Chelsea H2–138,172 Edu 5', Henry 75'
1226 October 2003 Charlton Athletic A1–126,660 Henry 39'
131 November 2003 Leeds United A4–136,491 Henry 8', 33', Pires 18', Gilberto Silva 50'
148 November 2003 Tottenham Hotspur H2–138,101 Pires 69', Ljungberg 79'
1522 November 2003 Birmingham City A3–029,588 Ljungberg 4', Bergkamp 80', Pires 88'
1630 November 2003 Fulham H0–038,063
176 December 2003 Leicester City A1–126,660 Gilberto Silva 60'
1814 December 2003 Blackburn Rovers H1–037,677 Bergkamp 11'
1920 December 2003 Bolton Wanderers A1–128,003 Pires 57'
2026 December 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers H3–038,003 Craddock 13' (o.g.), Henry 20', 89'
2129 December 2003 Southampton A1–032,151 Pires 13'
227 January 2004 Everton A1–138,726 Kanu 29'
2310 January 2004 Middlesbrough H4–138,117 Henry 38' (pen.), Queudrue 45' (o.g.), Pires 57', Ljungberg 68'
2418 January 2004 Aston Villa A2–039,380 Henry 29', 53' (pen.)
251 February 2004 Manchester City H2–138,103 Tarnat 7' (o.g.), Henry 83'
267 February 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A3–129,392 Bergkamp 9', Henry 58', Touré 63'
2710 February 2004 Southampton H2–038,007 Henry 31', 90'
2821 February 2004 Chelsea A2–141,847 Vieira 15', Edu 21'
2928 February 2004 Charlton Athletic H2–138,137 Pires 2', Henry 4'
3013 March 2004 Blackburn Rovers A2–028,627 Henry 57', Pires 87'
3120 March 2004 Bolton Wanderers H2–138,053 Pires 16', Bergkamp 24'
3228 March 2004 Manchester United H1–138,184 Henry 50'
339 April 2004 Liverpool H4–238,119 Henry 31', 50', 78', Pires 49'
3411 April 2004 Newcastle United A0–052,141
3516 April 2004 Leeds United H5–038,094 Pires 6', Henry 27', 33' (pen.), 50', 67'
3625 April 2004 Tottenham Hotspur A2–236,097 Vieira 3', Pires 35'
371 May 2004 Birmingham City H0–038,061
384 May 2004 Portsmouth A1–120,140 Reyes 50'
399 May 2004 Fulham A1–018,102 Reyes 9'
4015 May 2004 Leicester City H2–138,419 Henry 47' (pen.), Vieira 66'
4115 August 2004 Everton A4–135,521 Bergkamp 23', Reyes 39', Ljungberg 54', Pires 83'
4222 August 2004 Middlesbrough H5–337,415 Henry 25', 90', Bergkamp 54', Reyes 65', Pires 65'
4325 August 2004 Blackburn Rovers H3–037,496 Henry 50', Gilberto Silva 58', Reyes 79'
4428 August 2004 Norwich City A4–123,944 Reyes 22', Henry 36', Pires 40', Bergkamp 90'
4511 September 2004 Fulham A3–021,681 Ljungberg 62', Knight 65' (o.g.), Reyes 71'
4618 September 2004 Bolton Wanderers H2–237,010 Henry 31', Pires 66'
4725 September 2004 Manchester City A1–047,015 Cole 14'
482 October 2004 Charlton Athletic H4–038,103 Ljungberg 33', Henry 48', 69', Reyes 70'
4916 October 2004 Aston Villa H3–138,137 Pires 19', 72', Henry 45'

Other teams

Celtic completed the domestic 2016–17 season unbeaten in 47 league and cup games, winning the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup for an unprecedented unbeaten domestic Treble under manager Brendan Rodgers. [34] [35] Their domestic unbeaten run continued into the 2017–18 season and eventually reached 69 games, before they lost 4–0 to Hearts on 17 December 2017. [36]

Porto won the 2010–11 Primeira Liga undefeated (30 games). That season, they also won the 2010–11 Taça de Portugal and 2010–11 UEFA Europa League to complete a treble. In the latter competition, they only suffered defeats to Sevilla in the round of 32 and Villarreal in the semifinal. They also went unbeaten for the first 16 league games of the following season. Porto won the 2012–13 Primeira Liga undefeated as well, although they did not win any other trophies that season.

Maree Oranmore FC Under 14 Division 2 won the 2018–19 League Title undefeated (14 games). That season, they won 13 games out of 13, drawing the last game in injury time against Corrib Rangers.

During the 2011–12 Serie A season, Juventus won the league title undefeated under manager Antonio Conte, and went unbeaten for a total of 49 consecutive matches in the league between 2011 and 2013. [5] [37] [38]

Under manager Fabio Capello, Milan went undefeated throughout all of their 34 matches in the league to capture the 1991–92 Serie A title, earning the nickname "the Invincibles". Between 1991 and 1993, Milan went unbeaten for an Italian record of 58 league matches in total. [4]

In the 2018-19 season, Jarrow Crusaders FC earned the nickname ‘the invincibles’ after going the entire season undefeated whilst winning the South Shields League A-Division Title.

Also in the 2018-2019 season Harefield United went the whole league season unbeaten in the 2018-2019 Spartan South Midlands Football League Division 1 playing 38 games, achieving 36 wins and 2 draws. [39]

See also

Notes

  1. Before the season commenced, Wenger told reporters: "Nobody will finish above us in the league. It wouldn't surprise me if we were to go unbeaten for the whole of the season." [16]

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The rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United is a notable one in English football as both clubs are recognised for having great history and traditions. Although the two clubs have frequently been in the same division as each other since 1919, the rivalry was instigated in 1990, when a brawl resulted in both clubs having points deductions in the Football League First Division.

Arsène Wenger French association football player and manager

Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger is a French football manager and former player. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training and diet regimens revitalised Arsenal and aided the globalisation of the sport in the 21st century.

Arsenal F.C. in European football Wikimedia list article

Arsenal Football Club is an English professional football club based in Holloway, North London. The club's first European football match was played against Copenhagen XI on 25 September 1963, and it has since participated in European club competitions on several occasions, most of which organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Arsenal has won two European honours: the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1970 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994 – the latter title recognised by the European confederation. The club played the 1994 European Super Cup and repeated its presence in the following year's Cup Winners' Cup final. Arsenal also reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2000, and became the first London team to appear in a UEFA Champions League final, in 2006.

2017 FA Cup Final

The 2017 FA Cup Final was the 136th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition. It took place on 27 May 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London, England and was contested between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal won the game 2–1 to secure a record 13th title, while manager Arsène Wenger became the most successful manager in the tournament's history with seven wins.

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