1890–91 Football Alliance

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The 1890–1891 Football Alliance was the second season of the Football Alliance, an association football league which was set up in England as an alternative to The Football League, which had begun in the 1888–89 season.

Stoke joined the Alliance in this season after dropping out of the Football League at the end of the previous season and were crowned champions after the penultimate round of fixtures on 4 April. Last season's champions The Wednesday finished bottom after losing thirteen games in a dreadful season. Even a 4–2 win (3–0 at half time) at home to runners up Sunderland Albion on the last day of the season failed to lift Wednesday off the foot of the table.[1]

At the end of the season Stoke were elected back to the Football League along with 6th placed Darwen, whilst Sunderland Albion left in order to join the Northern League.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Football Alliance
Season 1890–91
Champions Stoke
Matches played 132
Goals scored 630 (4.77 per match)
Top goalscorer ?
Biggest home win Sunderland Albion - Walsall Town Swifts 11-1
Biggest away win Crewe Alexandra - Nottingham Forest 0-7
Highest scoring Sunderland Albion - Walsall Town Swifts 11-1
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Stoke[2] 22 13 7 2 57 39 +18 33
2 Sunderland Albion[3] 22 12 6 4 69 28 +41 30
3 Grimsby Town 22 11 5 6 43 27 +16 27
4 Birmingham St George's 22 12 2 8 64 62 +2 26
5 Nottingham Forest 22 9 7 6 66 39 +27 25
6 Darwen[2] 22 10 3 9 64 59 +5 23
7 Walsall Town Swifts 22 9 3 10 34 61 −27 21
8 Crewe Alexandra 22 8 4 10 59 67 −8 20
9 Newton Heath 22 7 3 12 37 55 −18 17
10 Small Heath 22 7 2 13 58 66 −8 16
11 Bootle 22 3 7 12 40 61 −21 13
12 The Wednesday 22 4 5 13 39 66 −27 13

Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Key
Football Alliance Champions, elected to Football League
Elected to Football League (see Stoke and Darwen)
New club in the Alliance (see Stoke)
Disbanded (none) or left the league

Results[edit]

Additional sources for The Wednesday,[1] Newton Heath,[4] Small Heath,[5] Stoke City and Nottingham Forest.

Home \ Away[1] BSG BOO CRE DRW GRI NWH NOT SMH STK SUA WAL WED
Birmingham St George's 5–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 6–1 6–3 5–4 5–2 1–4 1–2 5–3
Bootle 4–4 1–1 0–1 0–0 5–0 1–5 1–1 2–2 3–3 6–1 5–0
Crewe Alexandra 1–4 8–3 2–1 4–3 0–1 0–7 6–2 2–4 2–2 1–2 2–0
Darwen 5–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–4 5–3 3–3 5–1 9–0 7–1
Grimsby Town 5–2 1–0 3–3 4–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–0
Newton Heath 1–3 2–1 6–3 4–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–5 3–3 1–1
Nottingham Forest 4–0 7–0 5–2 5–2 1–1 8–2 4–5 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–0
Small Heath 1–4 7–1 4–3 3–4 1–2 2–1 4–2 5–1 0–3 0–1 7–1
Stoke 6–3 2–1 2–2 6–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 5–1
Sunderland Albion 8–0 4–1 7–0 5–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 11–1 3–1
Walsall Town Swifts 1–1 3–2 1–6 2–3 0–1 2–1 3–2 5–2 1–3 2–0 2–1
The Wednesday 4–0 1–1 4–6 7–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 3–3 2–4 4–2 2–2

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Election to the Football League[edit]

The number of clubs in the Football League was to be increased by two for the 1891–92 season. In addition to the four League sides seeking re-election, six non-league clubs (five of them from the Football Alliance) also sought League membership. The voting went as follows:[6]

Team Votes Result
Accrington 8 Re-elected to the League
Aston Villa 8 Re-elected to the League
Darwen 7 Elected to the League
Stoke 7 Elected to the League
Derby County 6 Re-elected to the League
West Bromwich Albion 6 Re-elected to the League
Ardwick 4 Not elected to the League
Nottingham Forest 1 Not elected to the League
Sunderland Albion 1 Not elected to the League
Newton Heath 0 Not elected to the League

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1889–90". The Owl Football Historian. Andrew Drake. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Elected to the Football League.
  3. ^ Left to join the Northern League.
  4. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived 9 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived 9 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ footballsite.co.uk Archived 14 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.