1895-1896 ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINAL TABLES
Final Table Standings from the Second Division of the English Football League; FA Cup & FA Amateur Cup Winners

FOOTBALL LEAGUE SECOND DIVISION

POS
Club/Team Name
GP
W
D
L
GD
PTS
1
LIVERPOOL
30
0
0
0
0
0
2
MANCHESTER CITY
30
0
0
0
0
0
3
GRIMSBY TOWN
30
0
0
0
0
0
4
BURTON WANDERERS
30
0
0
0
0
0
5
NEWCASTLE UNITED
30
0
0
0
0
0
6
NEWTON HEATH
30
0
0
0
0
0
7
WOOLWICH ARSENAL
30
0
0
0
0
0
8
LEICESTER FOSSE
30
0
0
0
0
0
9
DARWEN
30
0
0
0
0
0
10
NOTTS COUNTY
30
0
0
0
0
0
11
BURTON SWIFTS
30
0
0
0
0
0
12
LOUGHBOROUGH
30
0
0
0
0
0
13
LINCOLN CITY
30
0
0
0
0
0
14
BURSLEM PORT VALE
30
0
0
0
0
0
15
ROTHERHAM TOWN
30
0
0
0
0
0
16
CREWE ALEXANDRA
30
0
0
0
0
0

- Division Champs, Club Entered into a Test Match
- Club Entered into a Test Match
- Re-elected to the 1896-97 League Second Division (None)
- Promoted from Non-League Football League (Loughborough)
- Failed Re-election (See Notes Below)

** Test Matches Notes **
The test matches were a kind of play-offs, in which the bottom 1st Division teams faced the top 2nd Division teams. The 1st Division teams, if coming out as winners, would retain their places in the division. If a 2nd Division team won, it would be considered for 1st Division membership through an election process. Losing 2nd Division teams would stay in the 2nd Division.


** Test Match #1 (Round 1) **
Liverpool (2nd Div. Champion) vs. Small Heath (1st Div. 15th place).
Liverpool won the first round aggregate (4-0).


** Test Match #2 (Round 1)**
Manchester City (2nd Div. 2nd place) vs. West Bromwich Albion (1st Div. 16th place).
West Bromwich Albion won the first round aggregate (7-2).


** Test Match Consequences **
Liverpool tied West Brom (2-2 on aggregate) and Small Heath beat Man City (8-3 on aggregate) in the Second Round of the Test Matches. It is likely that the league decided on re-election to the First Division and on promotion and relegation on the basis of the summary table above. It is not clear why all the four teams did not play each other, since it would only have required two more matches for each of them. It seems those teams who had lost in the first round hardly had any chance of ending up among the top teams in this system, and the election outcome effectively seems to have confirmed the first round results. So, Liverpool and West Brom were elected to play in the First Division, while Man City and Small Heath gained membership into the Second Division.

Other Notes ~ Burslem Port Vale, Rotherham Town, Crewe Alexandra all failed re-election to the Second Division of the Football League. Loughborough relaced Walsall Town Swifts, who resigned from the League after the past season.

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