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Club mark 125 years of league action

PUBLISHED

05:00 8th September 2013

Founder members triumph over Potters in first outing

ON this day 125 years ago founder members Albion beat Stoke 2-0 to top the opening-day English Football League table.   

Handsworth-born Joe Wilson fired the club’s maiden league goal before George ‘Spry’ Woodhall netted a second in front of 4,524 spectators at the Victoria Ground. 

Despite big victories for Preston North End and Derby County, goal-average saw the Throstles sit pretty at the summit on the night of Saturday, September 8, 1888.  

Albion went on to finish sixth in the inaugural season of league football – with North End crowned champions. 

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RESULTS - Saturday, September 8, 1888

Bolton Wanderers 3 Derby County 6

Everton 2 Accrington 1

Preston North End 5 Burnley 2

Stoke City 0 Albion2

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Aston Villa 1   

English Football League table Saturday, September 8, 1888

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Average

Pts

1

ALBION

1

1

0

0

2

0

-

2

2

Preston

1

1

0

0

5

2

2.5

2

3

Derby

1

1

0

0

6

3

2

2

4

Everton

1

1

0

0

2

1

2

2

5

Villa

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

1

6

Wolves

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

1

7

Blackburn

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

Notts County

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

Accrington

1

0

0

1

1

2

0.5

0

10

Bolton

1

0

0

1

3

6

0.5

0

11

Burnley

1

0

0

1

2

5

0.4

0

12

Stoke

1

0

0

1

0

2

0

0


PIC (TOP): 1888 FA CUP WINNERS… Albion’s team ahead of their first-ever league campaign. Back row: A Aldridge, E Horton, H Green, G Timmins, R Roberts, C Perry, J Wilson. Front row: G Woodhall, W Bassett, J Bayliss, T Pearson. 

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