1897-1898 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
BURNLEY
34
0
0
0
0
0
2
NEWCASTLE UNITED
34
0
0
0
0
0
3
MANCHESTER CITY
34
0
0
0
0
0
4
NEWTON HEATH
34
0
0
0
0
0
5
WOOLWICH ARSENAL
34
0
0
0
0
0
6
SMALL HEATH
34
0
0
0
0
0
7
LEICESTER FOSSE
34
0
0
0
0
0
8
LUTON TOWN
34
0
0
0
0
0
9
GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY
34
0
0
0
0
0
10
WALSALL
34
0
0
0
0
0
11
BLACKPOOL
34
0
0
0
0
0
12
GRIMSBY TOWN
34
0
0
0
0
0
13
BURTON SWIFTS
34
0
0
0
0
0
14
LINCOLN CITY
34
0
0
0
0
0
15
DARWEN
34
0
0
0
0
0
16
LOUGHBOROUGH
34
0
0
0
0
0

- Division Champs, Club Entered into a Test Match
- Club Entered into a Test Match
- Re-elected to the 1897-98 League Second Division (See Notes Below)
- Promoted from Non-League Football League (Luton Town)
- Failed Re-election (None)

** 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) **
Burnley (2nd Div. Champion) vs. Blackburn Rovers (1st Div. 15th place).
Burnley won the first round aggregate (5-0).


** Test Match #2 (Round 1)**
Newcastle United (2nd Div. 2nd place) vs. Stoke (1st Div. 16th place).
Stoke won the first round aggregate (2-2 draw).


** Test Match Consequences **
Burnley and Stoke City entered the last match needing a draw for promotion (or in Stoke's case to retain their First Division place). A 00 draw ensued, reportedly 'The Match without a shot at goal' and the League immediately withdrew the Test Match system in favour of automatic promotion and relegation. Ironically, the League also decided to expand the top division to 18 teams after the Test Match series of 189798 and the other two teams, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United also went into the top division for the following season, negating the effect of Burnley and Stoke's reputed collusion. In the end, the test matches and their results seem to have served no particular purpose. After this season the test matches were scrapped in favour of direct promotion and relegation.

Other Notes ~ Gainsborough Trinity, Blackpool and Walsall were invited to join the Football League's Second Division replacing the three clubs that failed election from last season. Also, Burton Swifts and Lincoln City were both re-elected to play in the 1897-98 Second Division.

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