Opening Day of the Inaugural Football League

We’re going way, way back for this week’s Throwback Thursday: 128 years to the day to be exact.

On September 8, 1888, Bolton’s Kenny Davenport scored the Football League’s first ever goal when he found the back of the net in just the 2nd minute of their encounter with Derby County.

It was one of five matches played on the opening day of the inaugural season of a national football league anywhere in the world.

The league included 12 clubs, with Burnley, Everton, Stoke, and West Brom being the only ones who are currently in the top division of English football.

Teams were awarded two points for a win and one for a draw, with each team playing each other twice.

The club with the most points at the end of the season was named champion, while the team with the fewest would have to seek re-election the following year.

The Original Invincibles, Preston North End, played their 22-match season without suffering a single defeat and were named champions. They also won the FA Cup that season.

Stoke finished bottom, but their re-election was successful as they remained in the league the following season.

In all, 132 matches were played that season and EFL was able to dig up the official season record.

Who knows what all of us crazed football maniacs would be doing today if it wasn’t for this historic day 128 years ago.