Season 1896-97

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1897 Venue Gate Notes
D 1 Aston Villa 3 2 Everton D 1 The Crystal Palace, London 65,891
  Campbell, Wheldon, Crabtree     Bell, Boyle     
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1897 Venue Gate Notes
D 1 Aston Villa 3 0 Liverpool D 1 Bramall Lane, Sheffield 30,000
  Cowan John 2, Athersmith           
D 1 Everton 3 2 Derby County D 1 Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent 25,000
  Chadwick, Hartley, Milward     Goodall A, Goodall J     
 
Test Matches
D 2 Notts County 1 0 Sunderland D 1 Town Ground, Nottingham 7,000  
  Langham              
D 1 Burnley 2 0 Newton Heath D 2 Turf Moor, Burnley 10,000  
  Bowes, Ferguson              
D 1 Sunderland 0 0 Notts County D 2 Newcastle Road, Sunderland 10,000  
                 
D 2 Newton Heath 2 0 Burnley D 1 Bank Street, Manchester 7,000  
  Boyd, Jenkins              
D 2 Newton Heath 1 1 Sunderland D 1 Bank Street, Manchester 20,000  
  Boyd     Morgan        
D 2 Notts County 1 1 Burnley D 1 Town Ground, Nottingham 15,000  
  Boucher (p)     Brown D        
D 1 Burnley 0 1 Notts County D 2 Turf Moor, Burnley 11,000  
        Brierley        
D 1 Sunderland 2 0 Newton Heath D 2 Newcastle Road, Sunderland 8,000  
  Gillespie 2              
  
Final Table for Season 1896-97
First Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season First Division Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts FA Cup
1 0 Aston Villa 30 10 3 2 36 16 11 2 2 37 22 1.92 47Win
2 10 Sheffield United 30 6 4 5 22 16 7 6 2 20 13 1.45 36 Rd 1
3 -1 Derby County 30 10 2 3 45 22 6 2 7 25 28 1.40 36SF
4 5 Preston North End 30 8 4 3 35 21 3 8 4 20 19 1.38 34 Rd 3
5D 2 Liverpool 30 7 6 2 25 10 5 3 7 21 28 1.21 33SF
6 1 The Wednesday 30 9 4 2 29 11 1 7 7 13 26 1.14 31 Rd 1
7 -4 Everton 30 8 1 6 42 29 6 2 7 20 28 1.09 31Final
8 -4 Bolton Wanderers 30 7 3 5 22 18 5 3 7 18 25 0.93 30 Rd 2
9 2 Bury 30 7 5 3 25 15 3 5 7 14 29 0.89 30 Rd 2
10 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 6 4 5 26 14 5 2 8 19 27 1.10 28 Rd 2
11 2 Nottingham Forest 30 8 3 4 30 16 1 5 9 14 33 0.90 26 Rd 3
12 4 West Bromwich Albion 30 7 2 6 18 16 3 4 8 15 40 0.59 26 Rd 2
13 -7 Stoke 30 8 3 4 30 18 3 0 12 18 41 0.81 25 Rd 2
14 -6 Blackburn Rovers 30 8 1 6 27 25 3 2 10 8 37 0.56 25 Rd 3
15 -10 Sunderland 30 4 6 5 21 21 3 3 9 13 26 0.72 23 Rd 2
16 -6 Burnley 30 4 5 6 25 25 2 2 11 18 36 0.70 19 Rd 1
Second Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Second Division Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts FA Cup
1 9 Notts County 30 12 1 2 60 18 7 3 5 32 25 2.14 42 Rd 2
2 4 Newton Heath 30 11 4 0 37 10 6 1 8 19 24 1.65 39 Rd 3
3 0 Grimsby Town 30 12 2 1 44 15 5 2 8 22 30 1.47 38 Rd 1
4D 1 Small Heath 30 8 3 4 36 23 8 2 5 33 24 1.47 37 Rd 1
5 0 Newcastle United 30 13 1 1 42 13 4 0 11 14 39 1.08 35 Rd 1
6 -4 Manchester City 30 10 3 2 39 15 2 5 8 19 35 1.16 32 Rd 1
7 NL Gainsborough Trinity 30 10 2 3 35 16 2 5 8 15 31 1.06 31 Qf Rd
8 NL Blackpool 30 11 3 1 39 16 2 2 11 20 40 1.05 31 Qf Rd
9 -1 Leicester Fosse 30 11 2 2 44 20 2 2 11 15 37 1.04 30 Qf Rd
10 -3 Woolwich Arsenal 30 10 1 4 42 20 3 3 9 26 50 0.97 30 Qf Rd
11 -2 Darwen 30 13 0 2 54 16 1 0 14 13 45 1.10 28 Qf Rd
12 NL Walsall 30 8 2 5 37 25 3 2 10 17 44 0.78 26 Qf Rd
13 -1 Loughborough 30 10 0 5 37 14 2 1 12 13 50 0.78 25 Qf Rd
14 -3 Burton Swifts 30 7 4 4 33 20 2 2 11 13 41 0.75 24 Rd 1
15 -11 Burton Wanderers 30 8 1 6 22 22 1 1 13 9 45 0.46 20 Rd 1
16 -3 Lincoln City 30 4 2 9 17 27 1 0 14 10 58 0.32 12 Qf Rd
Notes
Burton Swifts and Lincoln City re-elected.
Luton Town elected to Second Division in place of Burton Wanderers.
Failed election to the Second Division
Burslem Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Fairfield Athletic, Glossop North End, Millwall Athletic & Nelson.