Season 1888-89

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1889 Venue Gate Notes
Preston North End 3 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Kennington Oval, London 22,250  
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1889 Venue Gate Notes
Preston North End 1 0 West Bromwich Albion Bramall Lane, Sheffield 22,688  
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 1Blackburn Rovers Alexandra Road, Crewe 15,000  
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 1Blackburn Rovers Alexandra Road, Crewe 9,900 Replay
 
Final Table for season 1888-89
Football League
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Football LeaguePld W D L F A W D L F AG AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 NL Preston North End 22 10 1 0 39 7 8 3 0 35 8 4.933 40 6,336 Winner
2 NL Aston Villa 22 10 0 1 44 16 2 5 4 17 27 1.419 29 4,782 Rd 3
3 NL Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 8 2 1 30 14 4 2 5 20 23 1.351 28 4,236 Final
4 NLBlackburn Rovers 22 7 4 0 44 22 3 2 6 22 23 1.467 26 5,773 SF
5 NL Bolton Wanderers 22 6 0 5 35 30 4 2 5 28 29 1.068 22 5,294 Qf Rd
6 NL West Bromwich Albion 22 6 2 3 25 24 4 0 7 15 22 0.87 22 4,253 SF
7 NL Accrington 22 5 3 3 26 17 1 5 5 22 31 1 20 4,000 Rd 4
8 NL Everton 22 8 0 3 24 17 1 2 8 11 29 0.761 20 7,518 Withdrew
9 NL Burnley 22 6 3 2 21 19 1 0 10 21 43 0.677 17 4,545 Rd 2
10 NL Derby County 22 5 1 5 22 20 2 1 8 19 41 0.672 16 3,091 Rd 2
11 NL Notts County 22 4 2 5 25 32 1 0 10 15 41 0.548 12 4,318 Rd 2
12 NL Stoke 22 3 4 4 15 18 1 0 10 11 33 0.51 12 3,593 Qf Rd
Notes
Burnley, Derby County, Notts County and Stoke re-elected.
Failed election to the Football League
Bootle, Grimsby Town, Birmingham Mitchell St. George, Newton Heath, South Shore,  Sunderland, Sunderland Albion, The Wednesday & Walsall Town Swifts
Football Combination
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Football Combination Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 NL Notts Rangers 16 4 0 2 21 12 7 1 2 26 16 1.7 23 Rd 1
2NL Newton Heath 14 7 0 1 21 6 3 2 1 13 9 2.3 22
3NL Bootle 15 6 1 1 21 8 3 2 2 15 14 1.6 21 Rd 1
4NL Long Eaton Rangers 16 5 2 1 21 9 3 2 3 13 17 1.3 20 Rd 1
5NL Walsall Town Rangers 17 5 2 2 19 14 4 0 4 15 20 1 20
6NL Burslem Port Vale 25 6 2 4 24 15 0 2 11 14 41 0.7 16
7NL Small Heath 11 5 1 0 16 7 1 2 2 8 10 1.4 15 Rd 1
8NL Halliwell 13 4 0 1 21 8 2 2 4 14 19 1.3 14 Rd 2
9NL Crewe Alexandra 16 4 0 4 24 17 1 4 3 12 16 1.1 14 Rd 1
10NL Darwen 15 5 2 1 26 13 0 2 5 7 20 1 14
11NL Northwich Victoria 9 4 0 0 10 3 2 1 2 9 11 1.4 13
12NL Birmingham Mitchell St George's 13 2 4 1 12 11 2 1 3 10 10 1 13 Rd 3
13NL Derby Midland 17 1 4 2 8 12 3 1 6 12 18 0.7 13
14NL Grimsby Town 8 4 2 1 19 10 1 0 0 7 1 2.4 12 Rd 2
15NL South Shore 14 4 1 1 17 5 1 1 6 9 28 0.8 12 Rd 1
16NL Lincoln City 12 1 2 3 6 11 3 0 3 6 11 0.5 10
17NL Derby Junction 12 2 0 4 13 12 0 4 2 11 13 1 8 Rd 1
18NL Leek 15 2 1 4 12 18 1 0 7 7 26 0.4 7
19NL Gainsborough Trinty 11 1 2 4 11 21 0 1 3 5 13 0.5 5
20NL Blackburn Olympic 5 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 1 11 0.2 2
Notes
This League was formed by the clubs that were denied a place in the Football League. The league bacame unmanageable and was abandoned on the 9th April 1889.