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The Midland (or Midland Counties) League was one of a number of competitions set up in 1889 after the success of the first Football League season 1888-1889.  Part of the appeal of a league competition was that it provided a guaranteed fixture list for the clubs involved – at least in theory.  In the first Midland League season, one club failed to meet its commitments fully – Notts Rangers, who failed to fulfil home games against Derby Junction, Derby Midland, Gainsborough Trinity and Sheffield, and also the fixture at Derby Junction.  Rangers were expelled from the League because of this, but the club’s record was allowed to stand.  Despite this awkward beginning, the Midland league prospered.

 

Eleven clubs took part in the Midland League during the first season.  Over the first few years there were regular changes in membership and size and it was not until 1907 that the number of sides playing in the competition remained the same between one campaign and the next. 

 

Many of the leading teams gained election to the Football League during the 1890s, though, towards the end of the decade the trend began of clubs from the senior competition in the country fielding their reserve sides in the Midland League.  This was to remain a feature of the competition until 1958.

 

1889-1890 

  1. LINCOLN CITY                    20  16   2   2  75  19  34

  2. DERBY MIDLAND*                  19  11   3   5  41  30  25

  3. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  20  11   3   6  44  27  25

  4. BURTON WANDERERS                20  11   3   6  42  40  25

  5. STAVELEY                        20   9   4   7  46  28  22

  6. WARWICK COUNTY                  20   9   4   7  36  28  22

  7. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            19   8   5   6  47  32  21

  8. DERBY JUNCTION                  18   7   2   9  32  49  16

  9. LEEK                            20   3   2  15  26  64   8

 10. NOTTS RANGERS                   15   1   4  10  11  36   6

 11. SHEFFIELD                       19   2   2  15  19  66   6

  (210 88 34 88 419 419 210)

 

*Placed second because of having played fewer games to reach points total.

Leek and Sheffield were not re-elected.  Three clubs joined the League – Burslem Port Vale, Long Eaton Rangers and Sheffield United.

 

1890-1891

  1. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            18  10   4   4  58  21  24

  2. LONG EATON RANGERS              18  10   2   6  50  33  22

  3. LINCOLN CITY                    18   7   6   5  34  21  20

  4. DERBY MIDLAND                   18   8   4   6  28  28  20

  5. SHEFFIELD UNITED                18   8   3   7  32  25  19

  6. BURTON WANDERERS                18   7   4   7  25  33  18

  7. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  18   7   4   7  20  28  18

  8. BURSLEM PORT VALE               18   7   2   9  35  43  16

  9. DERBY JUNCTION                  18   5   5   8  18  30  15

 10. STAVELEY                        18   2   4  12  19  57   8

  (180 71 38 71 319 319 180)

 

The season began with 12 clubs in the competition, but Kidderminster resigned during the season and Warwick County were expelled for failing to fulfil fixtures.  The records of both clubs were deleted.  Lincoln City and Sheffield United left the competition at the end of the season.  Derby Midland amalgamated with Football League side Derby County.  Five new clubs were admitted – Doncaster Rovers, Grantham Rovers, Leicester Fosse, Loughborough Town and Wednesbury Old Athletic.

 

1891-1892

  1. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  20  13   1   6  70  41  27

  2. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            20  12   2   6  49  31  26

  3. BURSLEM PORT VALE               20  11   1   8  49  33  23

  4. WEDNESBURY OLD ATHLETIC         20   9   5   6  49  41  23

  5. BURTON WANDERERS                20  10   2   8  48  32  22

  6. DONCASTER ROVERS                20   8   5   7  30  36  21

  7. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 20   6   6   8  29  37  18

  8. LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN               20   8   1  11  42  46  17

  9. LONG EATON RANGERS              20   5   7   8  32  46  17

 10. DERBY JUNCTION                  20   4   5  11  21  41  13

 11. LEICESTER FOSSE                 20   5   3  12  21  56  13

  (220 91 38 91 440 440 220)

 

Once again there was a mid-season resignation.  This time the club was Staveley, whose record was deleted.  Burslem Port Vale were elected to the new Football League Division 2 and so resigned from the Midland League.  Kettering, Mansfield Town and Newark were elected.

 

1892-1893

  1. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  24  19   3   2  80  28  41

  2. BURTON WANDERERS                24  15   4   5  49  33  34

  3. LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN               24  15   3   6  64  30  33

  4. LEICESTER FOSSE                 24  12   3   9  50  37  27

  5. DONCASTER ROVERS                24  11   4   9  47  44  26

  6. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            24  12   1  11  51  34  25

  7. KETTERING                       24  11   3  10  48  41  25

  8. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 24  10   2  12  46  43  22

  9. WEDNESBURY OLD ATHLETIC         24   8   3  13  41  51  19

 10. LONG EATON RANGERS              24   6   6  12  34  53  18

 11. MANSFIELD TOWN                  24   7   2  15  26  70  16

 12. NEWARK                          24   6   3  15  34  62  15

 13. DERBY JUNCTION                  24   3   5  16  32  76  11

  (312 135 42 135 602 602 312)

 

Rotherham Town, who were elected to the Football League Division 2, and Wednesbury Old Athletic resigned at the end of the season and Derby Junction did not seek re-election.  Mansfield Greenhalghs were elected.

 

1893-1894

  1. BURTON WANDERERS (-2)           20  17   3   0  82  12  35

  2. LEICESTER FOSSE                 20  15   2   3  49  13  32

  3. LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN               20  12   6   2  52  22  30

  4. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 20   9   4   7  35  33  22

  5. MANSFIELD GREENHALGHS           20   9   3   8  43  54  21

  6. LONG EATON RANGERS              20   7   4   9  43  44  18

  7. DONCASTER ROVERS                20   5   4  11  27  48  14

  8. NEWARK                          20   6   2  12  28  55  14

  9. KETTERING                       20   4   5  11  26  59  13

 10. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            20   5   1  14  28  46  11

 11. MANSFIELD TOWN                  20   2   4  14  27  54   8

  (220 91 38 91 440 440 218)

 

Burton Wanderers and Leicester Fosse were both elected to the Football League Division 2 and so resigned from the Midland League, while the two Mansfield clubs amalgamated as ‘Mansfield’.  Derby County Reserves, Heanor Town, Ilkeston Town, Matlock, Rushden Town and Stoke Swifts, believed to have been the ‘Reserve XI’ of the Football League club Stoke, were elected.

 

1894-1895

  1. LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN               26  19   4   3  84  25  42

  2. STOKE SWIFTS                    26  14   7   5  90  33  35

  3. DERBY COUNTY RESERVES           26  12   8   6  46  27  32

  4. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            26  14   4   8  55  36  32

  5. KETTERING                       26  13   6   7  59  45  32

  6. ILKESTON TOWN                   26  13   5   8  53  46  31

  7. MANSFIELD                       26  12   5   9  46  37  29

  8. HEANOR TOWN                     26   9   5  12  49  48  23

  9. RUSHDEN TOWN                    26  10   3  13  47  70  23

 10. LONG EATON RANGERS              26   7   5  14  41  55  19

 11. NEWARK                          26   6   6  14  37  63  18

 12. DONCASTER ROVERS                26   6   6  14  35  70  18

 13. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 26   6   5  15  27  59  17

 14. MATLOCK                         26   3   7  16  37  92  13

  (364 144 76 144 706 706 364)

 

Loughborough Town were elected to the Football League Division 2 and so resigned from the Midland League, as did Derby County Reserves and Stoke Swifts.  Four new clubs were elected - Barnsley St. Peter’s, Dresden United, Walsall (from the Football League) and Wellingborough.

 

1895-1896

  1. KETTERING                       28  20   5   3  74  28  45

  2. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY            28  17   6   5  59  26  40

  3. WALSALL                         28  17   6   5  91  47  40

  4. LONG EATON RANGERS              28  18   3   7  68  39  39

  5. RUSHDEN TOWN                    28  14   4  10  61  46  32

  6. HEANOR TOWN                     28  12   7   9  70  45  31

  7. ILKESTON TOWN                   28  14   2  12  62  41  30

  8. BARNSLEY ST. PETER’S            28  13   3  12  62  52  29

  9. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 28  11   5  12  64  47  27

 10. DONCASTER ROVERS                28  10   6  12  44  56  26

 11. DRESDEN UNITED                  28   9   6  13  44  49  24

 12. WELLINGBOROUGH                  28  10   4  14  44  71  24

 13. MANSFIELD                       28   9   2  17  35  68  20

 14. NEWARK                          28   6   1  21  36  78  13

 15. MATLOCK                         28   0   0  28   9 130   0

  (420 180 60 180 823 823 420)

 

Gainsborough Trinity and Walsall were elected to the Football League Division 2 and so left the Midland League, as did Mansfield, Matlock and Newark, none of whom sought re-election.  Burslem Port Vale (from the Football League), Chesterfield, Glossop North End, Mexborough Town and Worksop Town were elected.

 

1896-1897

  1. DONCASTER ROVERS                28  17   5   6  77  40  39

  2. GLOSSOP NORTH END (+2)          27  15   4   8  67  39  36

  3. LONG EATON RANGERS              28  15   2  11  55  39  32

  4. CHESTERFIELD                    28  13   6   9  74  53  32

  5. KETTERING                       28  13   5  10  51  40  31

  6. WELLINGBOROUGH                  28  12   7   9  52  46  31

  7. BURSLEM PORT VALE               28  14   3  11  62  56  31

  8. HEANOR TOWN                     28  12   6  10  55  47  30

  9. ILKESTON TOWN                   28  11   7  10  60  57  29

 10. DRESDEN UNITED                  28  12   5  11  48  63  29

 11. BARNSLEY ST. PETER’S            28  10   4  14  57  71  24

 12. RUSHDEN TOWN                    28   9   5  14  43  53  23

 13. MEXBOROUGH TOWN                 28   7   7  14  39  50  21

 14. WORKSOP TOWN                    28   6   5  17  27  63  17

 15. GRANTHAM ROVERS                 27   6   3  18  26  76  15

  (418 172 104 172 793 793 420)

 

Grantham Rovers and Worksop Town did not seek re-election, while Dresden United and Heanor Town resigned at the end of the season.  Burton Wanderers, Having failed to gain re-election to Football league Division 2, were admitted to the competition.  Midland League re-election rules were changed so that only the bottom two clubs would have to apply in future.

 

1897-1898

  1. MEXBOROUGH TOWN                 22  15   3   4  53  30  33

  2. BARNSLEY ST. PETER’S            22  14   3   5  47  29  31

  3. CHESTERFIELD                    22  11   7   4  54  23  29

  4. ILKESTON TOWN                   22   9   6   7  37  39  24

  5. BURSLEM PORT VALE               22  10   3   9  46  32  23

  6. RUSHDEN TOWN                    22   9   5   8  35  44  23

  7. KETTERING                       22   7   5  10  19  28  19

  8. LONG EATON RANGERS              22   7   5  10  26  44  19

  9. GLOSSOP NORTH END               22   8   2  12  41  47  18

 10. DONCASTER ROVERS                22   5   6  11  33  35  16

 11. BURTON WANDERERS                22   5   6  11  31  44  16

 12. WELLINGBOROUGH                  22   5   3  14  21  48  13

  (264 105 54 105 443 443 264)

 

Barnsley St. Peter’s, Burslem Port Vale and Glossop North End were all elected to the expanded Football League Division 2 and so left the Midland League.  Heanor Town re-joined the competition and the ‘reserve sides’ of 4 Football League teams were also admitted – Derby County, Leicester Fosse, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, known in those days simply as ‘The Wednesday’

 

1898-1899

 

There is a disparity of one between the ‘goals for’ and ‘goals against’ columns.

 

  1. DONCASTER ROVERS                26  14   5   7  56  47  33

  2. ILKESTON TOWN                   26  15   2   9  55  37  32

  3. KETTERING                       26  12   7   7  47  32  31

  4. CHESTERFIELD                    26  14   3   9  59  42  31

  5. WELLINGBOROUGH                  26  11   6   9  49  34  28

  6. BURTON WANDERERS                26  11   5  10  49  38  27

  7. RUSHDEN TOWN                    26  12   3  11  44  42  27

  8. DERBY COUNTY RESERVES           26  10   5  11  61  47  25

  9. SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES       26   9   7  10  45  45  25

 10. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES    26  10   5  11  42  52  25

 11. HEANOR TOWN                     26   8   5  13  35  53  21

 12. LEICESTER FOSSE RESERVES        26   9   2  15  34  58  20

 13. LONG EATON RANGERS              26   9   2  15  37  65  20

 14. MEXBOROUGH TOWN                 26   8   3  15  33  54  19

  (364 152 60 152 646 646 364)

 

Chesterfield became the latest Midland league side to be elected to the Football League Division 2.  Other departures were Long Eaton Rangers, Mexborough Town, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, all of whom resigned.  4 clubs joined – Barnsley Reserves, Lincoln City Reserves, Newark and Northampton.

 

1899-1900

  1. KETTERING                       24  16   5   3  57  24  37

  2. WELLINGBOROUGH                  24  16   4   4  64  38  36

  3. NORTHAMPTON                     24  16   2   6  66  36  34

  4. DERBY COUNTY RESERVES           24  11   5   8  63  46  27

  5. LINCOLN CITY RESERVES           24  11   3  10  45  46  25

  6. HEANOR TOWN                     24   9   7   8  31  36  25

  7. DONCASTER ROVERS                24   9   6   9  51  42  24

  8. ILKESTON TOWN                   24   9   6   9  43  44  24

  9. NEWARK                          24  10   1  13  51  50  21

 10. BURTON WANDERERS                24   6   6  12  40  62  18

 11. RUSHDEN TOWN                    24   7   2  15  38  56  16

 12. BARNSLEY RESERVES               24   5   6  13  39  68  16

 13. LEICESTER FOSSE RESERVES        24   3   3  18  34  74   9

  (312 128 56 128 622 622 312)

 

Barnsley did not seek re-election, while Heanor Town and Kettering both resigned at the end of the season.   Coalville Town, Hinckley Town, Loughborough Town (from the Football League), Sheffield United Reserves and Worksop Town all joined the competition.

 

In the league tables below, use of a single asterisk at the end of a team name indicates that this was the reserve side of a Football League team.

 

1900-1901

  1. SHEFFIELD UNITED *              26  21   3   2  78  23  45

  2. DONCASTER ROVERS                26  17   2   7  87  32  36

  3. NORTHAMPTON                     26  13   7   6  65  43  33

  4. DERBY COUNTY *                  26  14   4   8  74  45  32

  5. HINCKLEY TOWN                   26  12   6   8  55  44  30

  6. NEWARK                          26  13   2  11  56  50  28

  7. WELLINGBOROUGH                  26  12   4  10  44  46  28

  8. ILKESTON TOWN                   26  10   4  12  70  50  24

  9. LEICESTER FOSSE *               26  11   1  14  60  64  23

 10. LINCOLN CITY *                  26   7   7  12  46  49  21

 11. RUSHDEN TOWN                    26   8   5  13  35  61  21

 12. WORKSOP TOWN                    26   8   4  14  50  75  20

 13. COALVILLE TOWN                  26   5   2  19  30 102  12

 14. BURTON WANDERERS                26   4   3  19  33  99  11

    (364 155 54 155 783 783 364)

 

Loughborough Town resigned before the start of the season.  Burton Wanderers amalgamated with Division 2 side Burton Swifts as ‘Burton United’, with the reserve team placed in the Midland League.  Northampton, Rushden Town and Wellingborough all resigned from the competition at the end of the season, while Doncaster Rovers were elected to the Football League following the resignation of New Brighton Tower from the 2nd Division. 

 

Five clubs joined for the new season – the reserve sides of Barnsley, Grimsby Town and Sheffield Wednesday, plus Walsall, who had failed to be re-elected the Division Two, and Whitwick White Cross.  Barnsley Reserves in fact took over Doncaster’s fixtures as it appears that Rovers, who had only lost out to Stockport County in a 2nd vote at the Football League A.G.M., had already played a Midland League fixture by the time the League approached the club to take New Brighton’s place after that club’s late withdrawal from Division 2.

 

1901-1902

  1. BARNSLEY *                      28  19   4   5  72  46  42

  2. SHEFFIELD UNITED *              28  18   3   7  92  31  39

  3. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY *           28  13  11   4  82  32  37

  4. GRIMSBY TOWN *                  28  16   3   9  72  38  35

  5. WALSALL                         28  14   7   7  51  37  35

  6. NEWARK                          28  13   5  10  58  45  31

  7. WHITWICK WHITE CROSS            28  14   3  11  71  56  31

  8. LINCOLN CITY *                  28  12   5  11  53  57  29

  9. HINCKLEY TOWN                   28  11   4  13  59  55  26

 10. WORKSOP TOWN                    28   9   7  12  61  67  25

 11. DERBY COUNTY *                  28  10   2  16  57  90  22

 12. ILKESTON TOWN                   28   9   1  18  48  80  19

 13. LEICESTER FOSS *                28   7   5  16  38  70  19

 14. BURTON UNITED *                 28   7   4  17  41  77  18

 15. COALVILLE TOWN                  28   5   2  21  32 106  12

  (420 177 66 177 887 887 420)

 

Coalville Town did not seek re-election and left the Midland League.  Chesterfield Town Reserves, Denaby United, Doncaster Rovers Reserves and Gainsborough Trinity Reserves all joined the competition.

 

1902-1903

  1. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY *           32  24   3   5  98  26  51

  2. DERBY COUNTY *                  32  17  10   5  63  44  44

  3. WORKSOP TOWN                    32  19   5   8  69  51  43

  4. SHEFFIELD UNITED *              32  16   7   9  56  48  39

  5. BARNSLEY *                      32  16   6  10  55  43  38

  6. HINCKLEY TOWN                   32  14   7  11  61  51  35

  7. WHITWICK WHITE CROSS            32  13   8  11  56  48  34

  8. DONCASTER ROVERS *              32  13   5  14  52  46  31

  9. WALSALL                         32  12   7  13  52  48  31

 10. NEWARK                          32  14   3  15  60  57  31

 11. CHESTERFIELD TOWN *             32  12   6  14  48  49  30

 12. GRIMSBY TOWN *                  32  12   4  16  51  47  28

 13. BURTON UNITED *                 32  11   6  15  54  72  28

 14. DENABY UNITED                   32   9   8  15  40  59  26

 15. LINCOLN CITY*                   32   9   2  21  44  73  20

 16. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           32   6   7  19  38  78  19

 17. LEICESTER FOSSE*                32   6   4  22  30  87  16

   (544 223 98 223 927 927 544)

 

Ilkeston Town were expelled from the league during February for failing to fulfil their fixtures and the club’s record was deleted.  Burton United Reserves, Leicester Fosse Reserves and Walsall all resigned from the competition at the end of the season.  Doncaster Rovers returned from the Football League, with the first-team taking the place of the reserve section.  Four clubs joined the Midland League – Gresley Rovers, Nottingham Forest Reserves, Rotherham Town and Thornhill United.

 

1903-1904

  1. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               34  26   4   4 101  24  56

  2. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            34  25   5   4 104  28  55

  3. NEWARK                          34  17   5  12  64  45  39

  4. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              34  15   9  10  57  50  39

  5. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  34  15   8  11  67  49  38

  6. CHESTERFIELD TOWN*              34  14  10  10  57  50  38

  7. DERBY COUNTY*                   34  15   6  13  63  53  36

  8. BARNSLEY*                       34  16   2  16  66  70  34

  9. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   34  15   4  15  56  62  34

 10. HINCKLEY TOWN                   34  15   4  15  61  73  34

 11. DONCASTER ROVERS                34  13   5  16  58  55  31

 12. THORNHILL UNITED                34  10   9  15  49  59  29

 13. GRESLEY ROVERS                  34  10   8  16  60  84  28

 14. DENABY UNITED                   34   8  11  15  40  75  27

 15. WHITWICK WHITE CROSS            34  10   6  18  47  66  26

 16. WORKSOP TOWN                    34  10   6  18  57  83  26

 17. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           34   7   9  18  52  89  23

 18. LINCOLN CITY*                   34   7   5  22  48  92  19

    (612 248 116 248 1107 1107 612)

 

Grimsby Town Reserves, Hinckley Town and Whitwick White Cross all resigned from the Midland League at the end of the season.  Doncaster Rovers were elected to the Football League and so placed their reserve side in the competition, which was joined by Notts County Reserves and Stockport County, whose place Doncaster had taken in the League Division 2.

 

1904-1905

  1. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               32  22   4   6 107  33  48

  2. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              32  20   5   7  85  49  45

  3. NEWARK                          32  16  12   4  61  30  44

  4. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            32  18   6   8  80  43  42

  5. THORNHILL UNITED                32  18   5   9  58  41  41

  6. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  32  17   6   9  74  46  40

  7. NOTTS COUNTY*                   32  17   5  10  79  48  39

  8. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           32  14   3  15  67  70  31

  9. WORKSOP TOWN                    32  11   8  13  63  62  30

 10. DENABY UNITED                   32  12   5  15  45  50  29

 11. STOCKPORT COUNTY                32  12   4  16  47  83  28

 12. BARNSLEY*                       32  12   3  17  56  63  27

 13. CHESTERFIELD TOWN*              32   9   6  17  34  55  24

 14. DERBY COUNTY*                   32   9   5  18  53  99  23

 15. GRESLEY ROVERS                  32   8   6  18  46  73  22

 16. LINCOLN CITY*                   32   7   7  18  38  72  21

 17. DONCASTER ROVERS*               32   3   4  25  29 105  10

  (544 225 94 225 1022 1022 544)

 

Chesterfield Town Reserves and Derby County Reserves both resigned at the end of the season.  Stockport County also left the Midland League, after having been elected to the extended Football League Division 2, along with Chelsea, Clapton Orient, Hull City and Leeds City.  Doncaster Rovers lost their League status and the club’s first-team returned to the Midland League in place of their reserve side.  Three new clubs joined – Grantham Avenue, Leeds City Reserves and Mexborough.  Thornhill United became ‘Rotherham County’.

 

1905-1906

  1. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            34  25   5   4 111  28  55

  2. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   34  24   6   4  89  35  54

  3. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               34  19   7   8 102  43  45

  4. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  34  18   9   7  90  45  45

  5. MEXBOROUGH                      34  16   8  10  73  45  40

  6. BARNSLEY*                       34  18   4  12  61  60  40

  7. DENABY UNITED                   34  16   7  11  76  47  39

  8. NEWARK                          34  13   9  12  46  45  35

  9. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              34  15   4  15  78  72  34

 10. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                34  14   3  17  65  58  31

 11. LINCOLN CITY* (-2)              34  12   7  15  65  91  29

 12. LEEDS CITY*                     34  10   8  16  60  81  28

 13. NOTTS COUNTY*                   34   9   9  16  51  73  27

 14. DONCASTER ROVERS                34  10   6  18  47  78  26

 15. WORKSOP TOWN                    34  10   6  18  43  85  26

 16. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           34   8   9  17  43  74  25

 17. GRESLEY ROVERS                  34   7   4  23  42 114  18

 18. GRANTHAM AVENUE                 34   3   7  24  34 102  13

  (612 247 118 247 1176 1176 610

 

Gresley Rovers did not seek re-election and left the competition.  Chesterfield Town Reserves re-joined and the Midland League’s membership increased to 20 clubs with the election of Bradford City Reserves and Hull City Reserves.

 

1906-1907

  1. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               38  31   2   5 126  41  64

  2. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   38  25   7   6  92  46  57

  3. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            38  25   5   8  84  44  55

  4. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  38  24   4  10 110  43  52

  5. DENABY UNITED                   38  19  10   9  78  46  48

  6. MEXBOROUGH                      38  20   7  11  71  51  47

  7. NEWARK                          38  17  10  11  61  71  44

  8. LEEDS CITY*                     38  16  10  12  67  64  42

  9. BRADFORD CITY*                  38  17   7  14  98  74  41

 10. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                38  13   8  17  57  63  34

 11. HULL CITY*                      38  15   4  19  66  75  34

 12. LINCOLN CITY*                   38  10  12  16  46  81  32

 13. BARNSLEY*                       38  12   7  19  72  77  31

 14. WORKSOP TOWN                    38  14   2  22  66  91  30

 15. GRANTHAM AVENUE                 38  10  10  18  58  86  30

 16. CHESTERFIELD TOWN*              38  10   7  21  68  93  27

 17. DONCASTER ROVERS                38  10   7  21  52  82  27

 18. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           38  10   6  22  53 104  26

 19. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              38   6   9  23  59 103  21

 20. NOTTS COUNTY*                   38   6   6  26  43  92  18

   (760 310 140 310 1427 1427 760)

 

Notts County Reserves did not seek re-election and their place was taken by Leicester Fosse Reserves.

 

1907-1908

  1. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            38  27   2   9 106  37  56

  2. DENABY UNITED                   38  23   8   7  90  51  54

  3. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  38  21   8   9  74  50  50

  4. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               38  23   3  12  89  44  49

  5. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   38  19   7  12  69  56  45

  6. NEWARK                          38  16  10  12  62  59  42

  7. HULL CITY*                      38  15   9  14  56  48  39

  8. LEICESTER FOSSE*                38  17   5  16  72  70  39

  9. WORKSOP TOWN                    38  15   8  15  74  85  38

 10. BARNSLEY*                       38  15   7  16  62  65  37

 11. LEEDS CITY*                     38  14   9  15  61  72  37

 12. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              38  14   8  16  70  70  36

 13. BRADFORD CITY*                  38  13   6  19  65  67  32

 14. CHESTERFIELD TOWN*              38  12   8  18  63  70  32

 15. DONCASTER ROVERS                38  14   4  20  48  65  32

 16. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           38  12   7  19  64  85  31

 17. MEXBOROUGH                      38  12   7  19  57  78  31

 18. LINCOLN CITY*                   38   8  12  18  55  82  28

 19. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                38   9   8  21  46  88  26

 20. GRANTHAM AVENUE                 38   8  10  20  36  77  26

   (760 307 146 307 1319 1319 760)

 

Grantham Avenue were not re-elected, their place being taken by Notts County Reserves.  Lincoln City were voted out of the Football League and the club’s first-team replaced its reserve side in the Midland League.

 

1908-1909

  1. LINCOLN CITY                    38  29   5   4  86  38  63

  2. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  38  22   6  10  78  53  50

  3. BRADFORD CITY*                  38  20   7  11  76  51  47

  4. BARNSLEY*                       38  16  12  10  68  53  44

  5. DENABY UNITED                   38  18   8  12  59  49  44

  6. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            38  17   8  13  80  45  42

  7. HULL CITY*                      38  17   7  14  79  66  41

  8. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               38  16   8  14  76  63  40

  9. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                38  19   2  17  77  67  40

 10. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   38  17   5  16  69  66  39

 11. DONCASTER ROVERS                38  18   3  17  50  58  39

 12. MEXBOROUGH                      38  13   8  17  57  88  34

 13. LEICESTER FOSSE*                38  13   7  18  87  70  33

 14. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              38  15   2  21  66  92  32

 15. NEWARK                          38  10  11  17  51  79  31

 16. NOTTS COUNTY*                   38  12   6  20  64  74  30

 17. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           38  10   9  19  54  62  29

 18. LEEDS CITY*                     38  12   4  22  56  90  28

 19. CHESTERFIELD TOWN*              38   9  10  19  55 101  28

 20. WORKSOP TOWN                    38  10   6  22  73  96  26

  (760 313 134 313 1361 1361 760

 

The Midland League was extended to 22 clubs by the election of Bradford Park Avenue Reserves and Huddersfield Town.  Lincoln City were elected to the Football League in place of Chesterfield Town.  Lincoln’s reserve side took the first-team’s place in the Midland League, while Chesterfield’s first-team replaced their reserves.

 

1909-1910

 

Before the beginning of the season Newark resigned.  Castleford Town took their place.

 

  1. CHESTERFIELD TOWN               42  27   7   8 102  44  61

  2. HULL CITY*                      42  27   3  12 113  65  57

  3. BRADFORD PARK AVENUE*           42  23   8  11 117  64  54

  4. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            42  20  11  11 110  66  51

  5. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN               42  22   6  14  92  76  50

  6. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              42  20   9  13  96  79  49

  7. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               42  17  10  15  77  56  44

  8. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   42  20   4  18 105  85  44

  9. BARNSLEY*                       42  20   3  19  90  71  43

 10. NOTTS COUNTY*                   42  17   8  17  78  74  42

 11. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                42  17   8  17  68  80  42

 12. LEEDS CITY*                     42  18   6  18  60  75  42

 13. DENABY UNITED                   42  16   7  19  74  67  39

 14. DONCASTER ROVERS                42  14  11  17  51  66  39

 15. WORKSOP TOWN                    42  14  10  18  68  88  38

 16. LINCOLN CITY*                   42  16   5  21  74  96  37

 17. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  42  14   8  20  82  97  36

 18. LEICESTER FOSSE*                42  13  10  19  76  93  36

 19. BRADFORD CITY*                  42  13   7  22  63  89  33

 20. MEXBOROUGH                      42  15   3  24  67 101  33

 21. CASTLEFORD TOWN                 42   9  12  21  46 101  30

 22. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           42  10   4  28  65 141  24

   (924 382 160 382 1774 1774 924)

 

Bradford City Reserves and Bradford Park Avenue Reserves both resigned from the Midland league to join the new Yorkshire Combination.  Huddersfield Town were elected to the Football League in place of Grimsby Town, whose first-team replaced the club’s reserve side in the Midland League, into which Huddersfield now put their reserves.

 

1910-1911

  1. GRIMSBY TOWN                    38  25   7   6  93  32  57

  2. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            38  24   8   6  86  41  56

  3. DONCASTER ROVERS                38  23   4  11 106  63  50

  4. HULL CITY*                      38  20   9   9 105  63  49

  5. CHESTERFIELD TOWN               38  20   5  13  80  61  45

  6. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                38  19   7  12  81  72  45

  7. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN*              38  18   5  15  81  65  41

  8. BARNSLEY*                       38  15   8  15  82  70  38

  9. NOTTS COUNTY*                   38  18   2  18  88  81  38

 10. MEXBOROUGH                      38  13  10  15  70  65  36

 11. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           38  15   6  17  49  65  36

 12. LEEDS CITY*                     38  13   9  16  66  68  35

 13. LINCOLN CITY*                   38  15   5  18  60  89  35

 14. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               38  14   4  20  76  89  32

 15. CASTLEFORD TOWN                 38  14   3  21  72 110  31

 16. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  38  11   7  20  57  72  29

 17. DENABY UNITED                   38  13   3  22  60  92  29

 18. LEICESTER FOSSE*                38  11   7  20  62 100  29

 19. NOTTINGHAM FOREST*              38  10   7  21  56  83  27

 20. WORKSOP TOWN                    38  10   2  26  55 104  22

   (760 321 118 321 1485 1485 760)

 

Nottingham Forest Reserves resigned from the competition.  Grimsby Town replaced Lincoln City in Football League Division 2, resulting in Lincoln’s first team taking the place of the club’s reserve side and Grimsby’s reserve team taking their first-team’s berth in the Midland League.

 

1911-1912

  1. ROTHERHAM COUNTY                36  23   5   8  92  56  51

  2. ROTHERHAM TOWN                  36  19  11   6  75  49  49

  3. DONCASTER ROVERS                36  21   6   9  79  42  48

  4. LEICESTER FOSSE*                36  17   8  11  90  54  42

  5. LEEDS CITY*                     36  18   6  12  57  49  42

  6. GRIMSBY TOWN*                   36  17   5  14  69  84  39

  7. BARNSLEY*                       36  16   6  14  72  62  38

  8. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY*            36  15   8  13  68  64  38

  9. MEXBOROUGH                      36  15   8  13  54  66  38

 10. CASTLEFORD TOWN                 36  15   7  14  66  58  37

 11. NOTTS COUNTY*                   36  15   6  15  63  58  36

 12. CHESTERFIELD TOWN               36  14   8  14  63  62  36

 13. LINCOLN CITY                    36  13   6  17  62  67  32

 14. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN*              36  13   6  17  53  66  32

 15. SHEFFIELD UNITED*               36  11   8  17  64  57  30

 16. GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY*           36  10   9  17  52  46  29

 17. HULL CITY*                      36   9   7  20  53  66  25

 18. WORKSOP TOWN                    36   9   6  21  47  88  24

 19. DENABY UNITED                   36   7   4  25  38 123  18

   (684 277 130 277 1217 1217 684)

 

Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Leicester Fosse all withdrew their reserve sides from the Midland League.  Lincoln City were elected to the Football League in place of Gainsborough Trinity, whose first-team moved to the Midland League.  Lincoln’s reserve side replaced the club’s first-team in the competition.  Goole Town, Halifax Town, Scunthorpe United and York City were all elected to the Midland League.