Preston North End became the first ever Football League champions in 1888-89, without losing a single match. They also won the FA Cup, becoming known as ‘The Invincibles’.
Johnny Horne; John Stevenson, Jack McLellan; George Howarth, James Tattersall, Luther Pemberton; Joe Lofthouse, Jim Bonar, Billy Barbour, Jack Kirkham, Bob Brand.
Playing squad members: Stephen Singleton, J. Woods; Peter Chippendale, H. Parkinson, Jonathan Wilkinson; Hugh Galbraith, J. Holden, Robert Macbeth, J. Robertson, Arthur Wilkinson.
Jimmy Warner; Gershom Cox, Frank Coulton; Jack Burton, Harry Devey, Harry Yates; Albert Brown, Tommy Green, Archie Hunter, Albert Allen, Denny Hodgetts.
Manager: George Ramsey.
Playing squad members: Walter Ashmore; Frankie Dawson, Arthur Dixon, Arthur Wollaston; Batty Garvey, Archie Goodall, Thomas Harrison.
Non-playing squad members: John Baird, Robert Thomas.
Herbie Arthur; James Southworth, John Forbes; Jimmy Douglas, Willie Almond, Jimmy Forrest; James Beresford, Nat Walton, Jack Southworth, Harry Fecitt, Billy Townley.
Manager: Tom Mitchell.
Playing squad members: William Holden, Billy McOwen, Fergie Suter; Joe Beverley; Jack Barton, W. Mitchell, Robert Porter; Jimmy Brown, Robert Haresnape, James Duerden, James Stothert, Bernard Whittaker.
Charlie Harrison; Bethel Robinson, Di Jones; Peter Bullough, Davie Weir, Bob Roberts; James Brogan, Kenny Davenport, Alec Barbour, John Milne, Harry Tyrer.
Manager: J. J. Bentley.
Playing squad members: Sam Gillam; W. Flitcroft, D. Mercer, J. Mitchell, James Parkinson, E. Siddons; F. Dyer, J. Scowcroft, W. Simmers; T. Coupar, H. McGuinness, Walter Rushton, Jimmy Turner.
Non-playing squad members: J. Haydock; Joe Pearson; Alf Farman, Richard Turner.
Walter Cox; Sandy Lang, William Bury; Bill McFettridge, Dan Friel, Jack Keenan; Alec Brady, W. Brady, Pat Gallocher, William McKay, Jack Yates.
Playing squad members: Robert Kay, William Smith; Kavanagh; J. Abrams, J. Ridsdale; Robert Duckworth, Jack Hibbert, Robert McCrae, Ross McMahon, T. Midgeley, Len Mudie, F. Poland, Walter Tait, James Woods.
Joseph Marshall; Arthur Latham, Archibald Ferguson; Albert Williamson, J. Smith, Harry Plackett; George Bakewell, Thomas Needham, Sandy Higgins, Lol Plackett, Lewis Cooper.
Playing squad members: Harold Bestwick, Eros Bromage, Reuben Pitman; Hadyn Morley, Frank Roulstone; G. Clifton, Ernest Hickinbottom, W. Hopewell, Isaac Monks, Walter Roulstone, Scotch Selvey, Levi Wright; Ernest Bellhouse, William Chatterton, Henry Harbour, John Lees, Walter Selvey, Benjamin Spilsbury.
Robert Smalley; George Dobson, Nick Ross; James Weir, Johnny Holt, George Farmer; Joe Davies, Robert Watson, Frank Sugg, Edgar Chadwick, William Brown.
Manager: W. E. Barclay.
Playing squad members: Charles Joliffe; Albert Chadwick, Alec Dick, Walter Wilson; Mike Higgins, Robert Jones, Bob Kelso, Henry Parkinson, H. Pollock, Roberts, George Stephenson, Harry Warmby; Jack Angus, William Briscoe, James Costley, George Davie, George Fleming, J. Keys, William Lewis, Alex McKinnon, Alf Milward, R. Morris, David Waugh.
Tom Widdowson; Frank Guttridge, John Clements; George Brown, Charles Shelton, Alf Shelton; Bill Hodder, Albert Moore, Teddy May, Harry Daft, Bob Jardine.
Manager: Edwin Browne.
Playing squad members: Jack Holland, Hugh Owen, Mordecai Sherwin; Harry Cursham, Tom McLean, Herbert Snook; Charley Dobson, Herbert Emmitt, Ben Warburton; Thomas Allin, L. F. Bailey, John Brown, Thomas Cooke, Billy Gunn, Ted Harker, Harry Jackson, Billy May, Arthur Shaw, Edwin Wardle, Fred Weightman.
Non-playing squad members: William Cotterill; Harry Brown, Noel Brown, Fred Geary, J. T. Marshall, Frederick Snook.
Preston North End
Jimmy Trainer; Bob Howarth, Bob Holmes; Sandy Robertson, Dave Russell, Johnny Graham; Jack Gordon, Jimmy Ross, John Goodall, Fred Dewhurst, Sammy Thomson.
Manager: William Sudell.
Playing squad members: Robert Mills-Roberts; Richard Whittle; Willie Graham; Geordie Drummond, Jack Edwards, Jock Inglis.
Billy Rowley; Tommy Clare, Alf Underwood; Bob Ramsay, George Shutt, Elijah Smith; George Lawton, Bob McSkimming, Jimmy Sloane, Alf Edge, Bob Milarvie.
Manager: Tom Slaney.
Playing squad members: Wilf Merritt; Freddie Gee; Charlie Baker, Bob Barr, Alfred Dempsey, Billy Hutchinson, Harry Montford, Thomas Moore, Jimmy Sayer, George Slater, Bill Smalley, Frank Staton, Billy Tunnicliffe, Tom Wainwright.
Non-playing squad members: Charlie Hassall; Albert Bourne, Edgar Montford; Albert Farmer, Will Holford; Tom Forrester.
West Bromwich Albion
Bob Roberts; Jack Horton, Luther Walker; Jem Bayliss, Charlie Perry, George Timmins; Billy Bassett, Walter Perry, Billy Hendry, Tom Pearson, Joe Wilson.
Playing squad members: Harry Green, Harold Oliver, Alexander Ramsey; Ezra Horton, Albert Millard; Frederick Crabtree, George Haynes, B. Shaw, George ‘Spry’ Woodhall.
Non-playing squad members: Andrew Hannah.
Jack Baynton; Dick Baugh, Charlie Mason; Albert Fletcher, Harry Allen, Arthur Lowder; Tommy Hunter, Joseph Cooper, Harry Wood, Tommy Knight, David Wykes.
Manager: John Addenbrooke.
Playing squad members: Billy Rose; Alec Cannon, R. Dudley; Nicholas Anderson, John Brodie, T. Tomkyes, Walter White.