1907–08 in English football

The 1907–08 season was the 37th season of competitive football in England. Manchester United were Football League champions for the first time, while Bradford City won the Second Division and Wolverhampton Wanderers won the FA Cup. The Home Championship was shared between England and Scotland.

FA Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the FA Cup for the second time, beating Newcastle United 3–1 in the final.

Football League

Fulham and Oldham Athletic replaced Burslem Port Vale and Burton United in the Football League.

First Division

1Manchester United38236981481.68852
2Aston Villa381791277591.30543
3Manchester City3816111162541.14843
4Newcastle United3815121165541.20442
5The Wednesday381941573641.14142
9Nottingham Forest3813111459620.95237
10Bristol City3812121458610.95136
12Preston North End3812121447530.88736
14Woolwich Arsenal3812121451630.81036
14Blackburn Rovers3812121451630.81036
17Sheffield United3812111552580.89735
18Notts County381381739510.76534
19Bolton Wanderers381451952580.89733

Second Division

1Bradford City38246890422.14354
2Leicester Fosse382110772471.53252
3Oldham Athletic382261076421.81050
5West Bromwich Albion381991061391.56447
6Derby County382141377451.71146
8Hull City382141373621.17746
9Wolverhampton Wanderers381571650451.11137
11Gainsborough Trinity381471747710.66235
12Leeds City381281853650.81532
13Stockport County381281848670.71632
14Clapton Orient3811101740650.61532
18Grimsby Town381181943710.60630
20Lincoln City[2]38932646830.55421

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

National team

The England national football team were joint winners in the 1908 British Home Championship. England and Scotland shared the trophy, having each beaten Wales and Ireland in their opening matches before drawing 1–1 with each other in the final game.

England began the strongest side, although all four teams played well in their opening games, both Ireland and Wales running their opponents close. In the second matches however, England and Scotland's quality told, as England beat Wales 7–1 in Wrexham and Ireland succumbed 5–0 in Dublin.

England followed this tournament by becoming the first Home Nation to play a non-British nation with a tour of Central Europe, playing against Austria twice Hungary and Bohemia. In October the England amateur team followed this by winning gold in the football tournament at the 1908 Olympics, held in London.


15 February 1908
Ireland  1–3  England
Denis Hannon (Summary) George Hilsdon 2, Vivian Woodward
Solitude Ground, Belfast
Attendance: 22,600
Referee: Thomas Robertson (Scotland)

16 March 1908
Wales  1–7  England
Billy Davies (Summary) Vivian Woodward 3, George Hilsdon 2, Jimmy Windridge, Billy Wedlock
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: David Phillips (Scotland)

4 April 1908
Scotland  1–1  England
Andrew Wilson (Summary) Jimmy Windridge
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 121,452[3]
Referee: James Mason (England)

European tour

England undertook their first matches against opposition outside the Home Nations, with a summer tour of four games against Central European opposition.


The players chosen for the tour were:

Bailey, HoraceHorace BaileyGKLeicester Fosse 40
Bradshaw, FrankFrank BradshawCFSheffield Wednesday 13
Bridgett, ArthurArthur BridgettLWSunderland 42
Corbett, WalterWalter CorbettCBBirmingham City 30
Crompton, BobBob CromptonRBBlackburn Rovers 40
Hawkes, RobertRobert HawkesLHLuton Town 40
Hilsdon, GeorgeGeorge HilsdonCFChelsea 38
Pennington, JesseJesse PenningtonLBWest Bromwich Albion 10
Rutherford, JockJock RutherfordRWNewcastle United 43
Warren, BenBen WarrenRHDerby County 41
Wedlock, BillyBilly WedlockCHBristol City 40
Windridge, JimmyJimmy WindridgeFWChelsea 45
Woodward, VivianVivian Woodward[4]FWTottenham Hotspur 46


Match details

6 June 1908
Austria  1–6  England
Wilhelm Schmieger (Summary) George Hilsdon 2, Jimmy Windridge 2, Arthur Bridgett, Vivian Woodward
Cricketer Platz, Vienna
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Christiaan J Groothoff (Netherlands)

8 June 1908
Austria  1–11  England
Friedrich Hirschl (Summary) Vivian Woodward 4, Frank Bradshaw 3, Arthur Bridgett, Ben Warren, Jock Rutherford, Jimmy Windridge
Hohe Warte Stadium, Vienna
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ede Herczog (Hungary)

13 June 1908
Bohemia  0–4  England
  (Summary) George Hilsdon 2 (1P), Jock Rutherford, Jimmy Windridge
Letná stadium, Prague
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: John Lewis (England)


  1. Resigned from the Football League due to financial difficulties
  2. Failed to be re-elected to the Football League
  3. New world record attendance.
  4. Captain
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