1888–89 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1888–89 season
Manager Scotland George Ramsay
Football League 2nd
FA Cup Round 3
Top goalscorer League:
All: Albert Allen (19)

The 1888-89 season was the first season of the Football League. Aston Villa were one of the new league's 12 founding members and finished as runners-up of the Football League, behind double winners Preston North End. The 'Invincibles' from Lancashire also ended Villa's bid to win every single home game, with a 2–0 win at Wellington Road in Villa's last home fixture.

Villa's cup season ended with an 8–1 defeat by Blackburn Rovers that remained a club record until 2012.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 4.933 40
2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 1.419 29
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 12 4 6 50 37 1.351 28
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 1.467 26
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 10 2 10 63 59 1.068 22
6 West Bromwich Albion 22 10 2 10 40 46 0.870 22
7 Accrington 22 6 8 8 48 48 1.000 20
8 Everton 22 9 2 11 35 46 0.761 20
9 Burnley 22 7 3 12 42 62 0.677 17
10 Derby County 22 7 2 13 41 61 0.672 16
11 Notts County 22 5 2 15 40 73 0.548 12
12 Stoke 22 4 4 14 26 51 0.510 12

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 8 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 1 2,500 Green
2 15 September 1888 Stoke H 5 – 1 4,000 Dixon, Brown, Green, Hunter, Allen
3 22 September 1888 Everton H 2 – 1 4,000 Hodgetts (2)
4 29 September 1888 Notts County H 9 – 1 4,000 Green (3), Allen (3), Hunter (2), Hodgetts
5 6 October 1888 Everton A 0 – 2 10,000
6 13 October 1888 Blackburn Rovers H 6 – 1 5,000 Goodall, Green, Brown, Allen (2), Hunter
7 20 October 1888 Bolton Wanderers A 3 – 2 8,000 Hodgetts, Hunter, Allen
8 27 October 1888 Accrington H 4 – 3 6,000 Allen, Brown (2), Hodgetts
9 3 November 1888 Stoke A 1 – 1 4,000 Allen
10 10 November 1888 Preston North End A 1 – 1 10,000 Green
11 17 November 1888 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 5 9,500 Allen
12 24 November 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 1 6,000 Goodall (2)
13 8 December 1888 Notts County A 4 – 2 2,000 Goodall (2), Brown, Green
14 15 December 1888 Accrington A 1 – 1 2,000 Brown
15 22 December 1888 Burnley H 4 – 2 2,000 Green, Goodall, Allen, Hunter
16 29 December 1888 Derby County H 4 – 2 4,000 Green (2), Allen, Goodall
17 5 January 1889 Burnley A 0 – 4 6,000
18 12 January 1889 Bolton Wanderers H 6 – 2 2,000 Brown, Allen, Hodgetts, Hunter, Green (2)
19 19 January 1889 West Bromwich Albion H 2 – 0 10,000 Allen, Hodgetts
20 26 January 1889 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 3 8,515 Allen (2), Green
21 9 February 1889 Preston North End H 0 – 2 10,000
22 9 March 1889 Derby County A 2 – 5 3,000 Allen (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 2 February 1889 Witton H 3 – 2 1,500 Allen, Hunter, Green
R2 16 February 1889 Derby County H 5 – 3 2,000 Hunter (2), Hodgetts (2), Brown
R3 2 March 1889 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 8 12,000 Hodgetts

Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FW England Albert Allen 21 18 3 1 24 19
GK England Walter Ashmore 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Arthur Brown 22 7 3 1 25 8
HB England John Burton 16 0 3 0 19 0
FB England Frank Coulton 19 0 2 0 21 0
FB England Gershom Cox 22 0 3 0 25 0
HB England Frankie Dawson 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB England Harry Devey 21 0 3 0 24 0
HB England Arthur Dixon 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Batty Garvey 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Archie Goodall 14 7 0 0 14 7
FW England Tommy Green 22 15 3 1 25 16
FW England Thomas Harrison 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Dennis Hodgetts 17 7 3 3 20 10
FW England Archie Hunter 19 6 3 3 22 9
GK England Jimmy Warner 21 0 3 0 24 0
HB England Arthur Wollaston 4 0 1 0 5 0
HB England Harry Yates 13 0 2 0 15 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Brown, Tony (2010). The Football League Match by Match 1888-89 to 1892-93. SoccerData. ISBN 978-1-899468-44-7. 

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