1889–90 in English football

The 1889–90 season was the 19th season of competitive football in England. Preston North End were Football League champions for the second successive season while The Wednesday finished top of the newly formed Football Alliance. Blackburn Rovers won the FA Cup.

Football League

1Preston North End (C)22153471302.36733
3Blackburn Rovers22123778411.90227
4Wolverhampton Wanderers22105751381.34225
5West Bromwich Albion22113847500.94025
7Derby County22931043550.78221
8Aston Villa[1]22751043510.84319
9Bolton Wanderers[1]22911254650.83119
10Notts County[2]22651143510.84317
12Stoke (R)[3]22341527690.39110

Football Alliance

A new competition, the Football Alliance, started this season. It was formed by 12 clubs as a rival to The Football League, which had begun in the 1888–89 season, also with 12 member clubs. The Alliance covered a similar area to the League, stretching from the Midlands to the North West, but also further east in Sheffield, Grimsby and Sunderland.

1The Wednesday221525703932
3Sunderland Albion211227643928[4]
4Grimsby Town221228584726
5Crewe Alexandra221129685924
7Birmingham St George's21939624921[4]
8Newton Heath229211404520
9Walsall Town Swifts228311445919
10Small Heath226511446717
11Nottingham Forest226511316217
12Long Eaton Rangers[5]224216357310

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

FA Cup

Main article: 1889–90 FA Cup

The FA Cup was won by Blackburn Rovers, who beat The Wednesday 6–1 in the 1890 FA Cup Final to lift the trophy for the fourth time.

National team

In the 1890 British Home Championship, England played matches against Wales and Ireland on the same day, 15 March 1890, winning both comfortably. The team for the Wales match were mainly amateur players, whereas the team against Ireland were all professional players. The Irish goal was scored by Jack Reynolds, who later played for England.

In the deciding match against Scotland, the teams drew 1–1 and shared the trophy.

Date Venue Opponents Score* Competition England scorers Goals and times
15 March 1890Racecourse Ground, Wrexham (A) Wales3–1BHCEdmund Currey (Oxford University)
Tinsley Lindley (Nottingham Forest)

15 March 1890Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast (A) Ireland9–1BHCFred Geary (Everton)
William Townley (Blackburn Rovers)
Joe Lofthouse (Blackburn Rovers)
Kenny Davenport (Bolton Wanderers)
John Barton (Blackburn Rovers)
 15'  60'  80'
 16'  84'
 46'  75'
5 April 1890(Second) Hampden Park, Glasgow (A) Scotland1–1BHC Harry Wood (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 17'

* England score given first



  1. 1 2 Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers finished equal on 19 points and it was agreed that neither would need to face re-election
  2. 1 2 Re-elected
  3. Relegated, joined Football Alliance. Sunderland elected in their place.
  4. 1 2 Sunderland Albion's point total includes two points awarded after Birmingham St George's refused to fulfil a fixture against them which had been ordered to be replayed by the management committee.
  5. Dropped out of the Football Alliance to join the Midland League

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