Football League First Division  1897/98

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts Notes
1st  Sheffield United 30 17 8 5 56 31 1.806 42 Champions
2nd  Sunderland 30 16 5 9 43 30 1.433 37 Runners Up
3rd  Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 14 7 9 57 41 1.390 35 -
4th  Everton 30 13 9 8 48 39 1.231 35 -
5th  The Wednesday 30 15 3 12 51 42 1.214 33 -
6th  Aston Villa 30 14 5 11 61 51 1.196 33 -
7th  West Bromwich Albion 30 11 10 9 44 45 0.978 32 -
8th  Nottingham Forest 30 11 9 10 47 49 0.959 31 -
9th   Liverpool 30 11 6 13 48 45 1.067 28 -
10th  Derby County 30 11 6 13 57 61 0.934 28 -
11th  Bolton Wanderers 30 11 4 15 28 41 0.683 26 -
12th  Preston North End 30 8 8 14 35 43 0.814 24 -
13th  Notts County 30 8 8 14 36 46 0.783 24 -
14th  Bury 30 8 8 14 39 51 0.765 24 -
15th  Blackburn Rovers 30 7 10 13 39 54 0.722 24 Retained Status
16th  Stoke 30 8 8 14 35 55 0.636 24 Retained Status

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Football League Test Match Series

 - Competing Clubs, First Division: Blackburn Rovers and Stoke, Second Division: Burnley and Newcastle United

Date Home Score Away
20/04/1898 Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke
21/04/1898 Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Burnley
23/04/1898 Burnley 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
23/04/1898 Stoke 1-0 Newcastle United
26/04/1898 Burnley 0-2 Stoke
28/04/1898 Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Newcastle United
30/04/1898 Newcastle United 4-0 Blackburn Rovers
30/04/1898 Stoke 0-0 Burnley

Football League Test Match Series Standings

Pos Club Pld W D L F A Pts Outcome
1st  Stoke 4 2 1 1 4 2 5 Retained First Division Status
2nd  Burnley 4 2 1 1 5 3 5 Promoted to First Division
3rd  Newcastle United 4 2 0 2 9 6 4 Remained in Second Division
4th  Blackburn Rovers 4 1 0 3 5 12 2 Relegated from First Division

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Election for First Division Status

Following the end of the Test Series and the controversial 'fixed' play-off match between Stoke and Burnley it was agreed that each division would increase by two places. This was achieved by two more clubs moving from the Second to First Divisions and four new places being added to the Second Division. A vote was taken to decide which addition two clubs would move to the First Division.
Votes Club End Result
27 Blackburn Rovers Voted into First Division
18 Newcastle United Voted into First Division
10 Manchester City Remained in Second Division
4 Small Heath Remained in Second Division
3 Newton Heath Remained in Second Division
2 Woolwich Arsenal Remained in Second Division

 

End of Season Notes

  Sheffield United finished as Football League First Division Champions (1st Time)

  Sunderland finished as Football League First Division Runners Up

 - Blackburn Rovers Retained their Football League First Division Place via the Vote

 - Stoke Retained their Football League First Division Place after finishing top in the Test Match Playoffs

 ▲Burnley were Promoted from the Football League Second Division after finishing second in the Test Match Playoffs

 ▲Newcastle United were Elected from the Football League Second Division via the Vote

 - The First Division was extended to 18 clubs for the start of the 1898/99 Season
 - The Test Match Playoffs were scrapped at the end of the 1897/98 Season and replaced by Automatic Promotion and Relegation