THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1 RESULTS 25099725 September ~ Sheffield United went on to become the fifth club to win the Championship and the first from Yorkshire. They had been runners-up the previous season and were second again in 1899-1900, but haven't finished higher than fourth since. The scorer against Newcastle, left-winger Fred Priest, got one of the goals when United beat Derby 4-1 in the 1899 FA Cup final.

That was Derby's second successive final defeat. In the 1898 match, watched by 62,000 at Crystal Palace, they lost 3-1 to Nottingham Forest, two of whose goals were scored by the flamboyant-sounding centre-forward Arthur “Sailor” Capes.

Liverpool recorded their first win in a Merseyside derby at the fifth attempt. Striker Dan Cunliffe, who scored their first goal, only had one season at Anfield and spent the rest of his career in Division Two with New Brighton Tower. The return fixture three weeks later, won 3-0 by Everton, drew the League's biggest crowd of the season, 37,500.

Defending champions Aston Villa were the only other team to top the table but they fell away after a run of three successive defeats in January and finished sixth. Striker Fred Wheldon scored twice in the defeat by Blackburn and went on to be the division's top scorer with 26 goals. He became the first player to turn out for all three League clubs with a Birmingham postcode, having joined Villa from Small Heath (later Birmingham City) before moving on to West Brom.

Blackburn had lost their first three matches before beating Villa and finished second from bottom. Together with bottom-placed Stoke they had to play "test matches" in April against the top two in Division Two, Burnley and Newcastle. But these games didn't count for anything when it was decided in the summer to expand the division to 18 clubs.

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Results & table from statto.com

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