1908–09 in English football

The 1908–09 season was the 38th season of competitive football in England.


Tottenham Hotspur played their first ever season in the Football League, gaining promotion to the First Division in the process. Spurs, along with Bradford Park Avenue entered the Second Division to replace Lincoln City and Stoke.

This year started a new competition: the Charity Shield; a match between the champion of the Professional League vs. the champion of the Amateur League. The first championship went to Manchester United, in a replayed final against Queens Park Rangers.



First DivisionNewcastle United (3)
Second DivisionBolton Wanderers
FA CupManchester United (1)
Charity ShieldManchester United
Home Championship England

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

League table

First Division

1Newcastle United38245965411.58553
4Blackburn Rovers3814131161501.22041
5The Wednesday381761567611.09840
6Woolwich Arsenal3814101452491.06138
7Aston Villa3814101458561.03638
8Bristol City3813121345580.77638
10Preston North End3813111448441.09137
12Sheffield United381491551590.86437
13Manchester United381571658680.85337
14Nottingham Forest381481666571.15836
15Notts County381481651481.06336
18Bradford City3812101647471.00034
19Manchester City381541967690.97134
20Leicester Fosse388921541020.52925

Second Division

1Bolton Wanderers382441059282.10752
2Tottenham Hotspur382011767322.09451
3West Bromwich Albion381913656272.07451
4Hull City381961363391.61544
5Derby County3816111155411.34143
6Oldham Athletic381761555431.27940
7Wolverhampton Wanderers3814111356481.16739
9Gainsborough Trinity381581549700.70038
12Leeds City381471743530.81135
13Grimsby Town381471741540.75935
15Clapton Orient381291737490.75533
16Bradford Park Avenue381361951590.86432
18Stockport County381432139710.54931

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 had a very successful season, with victory in the 1909 British Home Championship due to a whitewash of the other Home Nations and three heavy victories during a tour of Central Europe for the second year running.


13 February 1909
England  4–0  Ireland
Vivian Woodward 2, George Hilsdon 2 (1P)  

European tour


The players chosen for the tour were:

Bridgett, ArthurArthur BridgettLWSunderland 31
Crompton, BobBob CromptonRBBlackburn Rovers 30
Fleming, HaroldHarold FlemingFWSwindon Town 23
Halse, HaroldHarold HalseFWManchester United 12
Hardy, SamSam HardyGKLiverpool 30
Holley, GeorgeGeorge HolleyFWSunderland 34
Lintott, EvelynEvelyn LintottLHBradford City 20
Pennington, JesseJesse PenningtonLBWest Bromwich Albion 30
Pentland, FredFred PentlandRWMiddlesbrough 30
Richards, GeorgeGeorge RichardsLHDerby County 10
Warren, BenBen WarrenRHChelsea 31
Wedlock, BillyBilly WedlockCHBristol City 30
Woodward, VivianVivian Woodward[3]CFTottenham Hotspur 39

Match details

29 May 1909
Hungary  2–4  England
Ákos Késmárky, József Grósz (Summary) Vivian Woodward 2, Harold Fleming, Arthur Bridgett
Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Christiaan J Groothoff (Holland)

31 May 1909
Hungary  2–8  England
Imre Schlosser, Árpád Mészáros (Summary) Vivian Woodward 4, Harold Fleming 2,
George Holley 2
Millenáris Sporttelep, Budapest
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Hugo Meisl (Austria)

1 June 1909
Austria  1–8  England
Leopold Neubauer (Summary) Vivian Woodward 3, George Holley 2, Harold Halse 2, Ben Warren
Hohe Warte Stadium, Vienna
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ferenc M Schubert (Hungary)


  1. "RECORD SCORES". footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 6 July 2012..
  2. Failed to be re-elected to the Football League
  3. Captain

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