::1889–90 Football Alliance


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The 1889–90 Football Alliance was the first season of the Football Alliance, an association football league which was set up in England as an alternative to The Football League, which had begun in the 1888–89 season. A proposal that the Football League be expanded to 24 teams was rejected, so a new league was formed to cater for those excluded. Twelve clubs were accepted for membership,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> the same number as in the Football League, and they were drawn from a similar geographical area, stretching from the Midlands to the North West, but also further east in Sheffield, Grimsby and Sunderland.<ref name=owl>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw, each team played every other team once at home and once away from home. The Wednesday were the first champions; after hitting an eight match winning run which started in November, they found themselves at the top of the league by the end of December, and remained there for the rest of the season. Long Eaton Rangers finished last out of the 12 clubs and dropped out to join the Midland Football League.<ref name=owl/>

1889–90 Football Alliance sections
Intro  Final league table  Results  Stadia and locations  The Football League election process  See also  References  

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