Retro Football: The Very First, Hand-Drawn Football League Season Table, 1888/89 (Photo)

Chris Wright

9th, September 2014


By Chris Wright

As per bloody usual, Pies are a day late on the uptake here but on this very (yester)day in 1888, the first ever Football League season came to a conclusion.

The final, hand-drawn Football League table looked a little something like this, with Preston North End ending the 132-game campaign top of the pile, Aston Villa and Wolves making up the top three respectively and Stoke bringing up the rear…


Preston won the inaugural Football League without losing a single game and also went on to complete the first ever domestic double by beating Wolves 3-0 in the FA Cup Final.

(Image via @football_league)

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  1. Grant says:

    Actually, the season started on September 8, 1888. It didn’t end until Febuary 9, 1889. But yeah, it’s a pretty neat little document there.

  2. Manolo Garnix says:

    It’s pretty impressive how many of those teams are still in the top tiers these days, considering it was 126 years ago.

  3. Marco says:

    Stoke still can’t score.

  4. Ove says:

    There was football before Sky invented The Premier League?

    Realising that Chelsea haven’t always been at the forefront of football must be a shock to all those ‘lifetime’ weaned on success blues.

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