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1898/99 Season Summary

In 1898-99 the team finished 2nd in the table and all the players with the exception of Richard Lawson, a prolific goalscorer were re-signed. Lawson signed for Newton Heath the fore-runners of Manchester United. In addition the side was strengthened with the signing of Scholes of Little Lever and Baxendale of Attley Bridge.

In July, an ambitious Summer draw took place. Prizes included one week’s holiday in London plus five shillings spending allowance a holiday for a similar period in the Isle of Man three days in Blackpool and day trips to Belle Vue, Morecambe and Windermere.

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Chorley 24 17 5 2 42 17 39
2 Southport Central 24 12 8 4 41 18 32
3 Ashton North End 24 13 5 6 35 29 31
4 Crewe Alexandra 24 11 5 8 61 34 27
5 Stalybridge Rovers 24 12 3 9 53 53 27
6 Stockport County 24 12 2 10 48 42 26
7 Wigan County 24 8 8 8 57 36 24
8 Middleton 24 8 8 8 40 41 24
9 Haydock 24 10 0 14 43 48 20
10 Halliwell Rovers 24 6 5 13 31 42 17
11 Horwich 24 8 1 15 27 47 17
12 Rochdale 24 6 3 15 34 80 15
13 South Shore 24 5 3 16 28 53 13
14 FC Nelson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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