Season 1888-89

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1889 Venue Gate Notes
FL Preston North End 3 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers FL Kennington Oval, London 22,250  
  Ross J, Dewhurst, Thomson              
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1889 Venue Gate Notes
FL Preston North End 1 0 West Bromwich Albion FL Bramall Lane, Sheffield 22,688  
  Russell              
FL Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 1Blackburn Rovers FL Alexandra Road, Crewe 15,000  
  Wykes     Haresnape        
FL Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 1Blackburn Rovers FL Alexandra Road, Crewe 9,900 Replay
  Hunter, Allen, Wood     Townley        
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 FA Cup
1 NL Preston North End 22 10 1 0 39 7 8 3 0 35 8 4.93 40Win
2 NL Aston Villa 22 10 0 1 44 16 2 5 4 17 27 1.42 29 Rd 3
3 NL Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 8 2 1 30 14 4 2 5 20 23 1.35 28Final
4 NL Blackburn Rovers 22 7 4 0 44 22 3 2 6 22 23 1.47 26SF
5 NL Bolton Wanderers 22 6 0 5 35 30 4 2 5 28 29 1.07 22 Qf Rd
6 NL West Bromwich Albion 22 6 2 3 25 24 4 0 7 15 22 0.87 22SF
7 NL Accrington 22 5 3 3 26 17 1 5 5 22 31 1.00 20 Rd 1
8 NL Everton 22 8 0 3 24 17 1 2 8 11 29 0.76 20 Withdrew
9 NL Burnley 22 6 3 2 21 19 1 0 10 21 43 0.68 17 Rd 2
10 NL Derby County 22 5 1 5 22 20 2 1 8 19 41 0.67 16 Rd 2
11 NL Notts County 22 4 2 5 25 32 1 0 10 15 41 0.55 12 Rd 2
12 NL Stoke 22 3 4 4 15 18 1 0 10 11 33 0.51 12 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
The Combination
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season The Combination Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts FA Cup
1 NL Notts Rangers 16 4 0 2 21 12 7 1 2 26 16 1.68 23 Rd 1
2 NL Newton Heath 14 7 0 1 21 6 3 2 1 13 9 2.27 22
3 NL Bootle 15 6 1 1 21 8 3 2 2 15 14 1.64 21 Rd 1
4 NL Long Eaton Rangers 16 5 2 1 21 9 3 2 3 13 17 1.31 20 Rd 1
5 NL Walsall Town Swifts 17 5 2 2 19 14 4 0 4 15 20 1.00 20 Rd 2
6 NL Burslem Port Vale 25 6 2 4 24 15 0 2 11 14 41 0.68 16
7 NL Small Heath 11 5 1 0 16 7 1 2 2 8 10 1.41 15 Rd 1
8 NL Halliwell 13 4 0 1 21 8 2 2 4 14 19 1.30 14 Rd 2
9 NL Crewe Alexandra 16 4 0 4 24 17 1 4 3 12 16 1.09 14 Rd 1
10 NL Darwen 15 5 2 1 26 13 0 2 5 7 20 1.00 14
11 NL Northwich Victoria 9 4 0 0 10 3 2 1 2 9 11 1.36 13
12 NL Birmingham Mitchell St George's 13 2 4 1 12 11 2 1 3 10 10 1.05 13 Rd 3
13 NL Derby Midland 17 1 4 2 8 12 3 1 6 12 18 0.67 13
14 NL Grimsby Town 8 4 2 1 19 10 1 0 0 7 1 2.36 12 Rd 2
15 NL South Shore 14 4 1 1 17 5 1 1 6 9 28 0.79 12 Rd 1
16 NL Lincoln City 12 1 2 3 6 11 3 0 3 6 11 0.55 10
17 NL Derby Junction 12 2 0 4 13 12 0 4 2 11 13 0.96 8 Rd 1
18 NL Leek 15 2 1 4 12 18 1 0 7 7 26 0.43 7
19 NL Gainsborough Trinity 11 1 2 4 11 21 0 1 3 5 13 0.47 5
20 NL Blackburn Olympic 5 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 3 1 11 0.23 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.