The first Football League champions
were Preston North End. They scored forty points
from eighteen wins and four draws, and were
undefeated in that first season. Aston Villa were
second with twenty-nine points, while Stoke were
bottom with twelve points.
Preston also got to the Cup Final. On they way they achieved the big beat Hyde 26-0 - the biggest victory in the history of the competition. In the Final they lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.-
The following season Preston became the first team to win the ‘double’ - the FA Cup and the League. They stayed unbeaten in the league a record which was finally equalled by Arsenal in 2003/4
The 1889 a crowd of 22,000
watched the FA Cup Final at the Oval. Many thousands of
fans travelled down to London from Lancashire. The
kick-off was even delayed until 4.00pm to allow people
watch the University Boat Race first.
Back in Preston, thousands waited outside the local newspaper offices. When the result came through at 5.55, the cheer could be heard for many miles.