1888–89 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1888–89 season
Club secretary Jack Addenbrooke
Football League 3rd
FA Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Harry Wood (13)
All: Harry Wood (14)
Highest home attendance 10,000 (vs The Wednesday, 2 March 1889)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 (vs Bolton, 10 November 1888)
Average home league attendance 4,545 (league only)

The 1888–89 season was the first season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers, they played in the inaugural season of the newly formed Football League. The club finished in third place in the league, and as runners-up in the FA Cup.

The team scored the first goal in Football League history when they took the lead against Aston Villa on the league's opening day, this match, as with all other home games for Wolves, was staged at Dudley Road in Wolverhampton, the only league campaign in which the club have not been based at Molineux.

Results[edit]

Football League[edit]

A total of twelve teams competed in the inaugural Football League in the 1888–89 season, each team would play every other team twice, once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Two points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats.

Final table
Pos Team Pld W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 22 18 4 0 74 15 4.93 40
2 Aston Villa 22 12 5 5 61 43 1.42 29
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 12 4 6 51 37 1.38 28
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 10 6 6 66 45 1.47 26

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Result D L W D D W D L W W W L W W W L W L L W W W
Position 5 9 7 6 7 5 5 7 6 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3
Source: Statto.com

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
HB England Harry Allen 22 0 6 1 28 1
FW England Nick Anderson 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB England Dickie Baugh 22 0 6 0 28 0
GK England Jack Baynton 18 0 6 0 24 0
HB England John Benton 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England John Brodie 18 11 4 1 22 12
HB England Alec Cannon 7 0 2 0 9 0
FW England Joe Cooper 21 6 0 0 21 6
HB England R. Dudley 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Albert Fletcher 16 1 6 1 22 2
FW England Tommy Hunter 20 4 6 2 26 6
FW England Tommy Knight 17 7 6 5 23 12
HB England Arthur Lowder 18 1 6 1 24 2
FB England Charlie Mason 20 0 6 1 26 1
GK England William Rose 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England T. Tomkyes 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Walter White 4 2 0 0 4 2
FW England Harry Wood 17 13 6 1 23 14
FW England David Wykes 18 4 6 3 24 7

References[edit]

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