1889-90 Season Summary


Loughborough became the first Leicestershire club to play in the English Challenge (FA) Cup.Gaining a bye into the Second Qualifying Round they found themselves with an opening tie against Derby St Luke’s. Goals from Colman and Simpson seemingly gave the Luffs passage into the next round until the ‘Saints’ lodged a protest against Bosomworth, Loughboroughs goalkeeper who it was stated was ineligible. The protest was upheld and were ordered to replay the game at Derby two weeks later. Minus Bosomworth they lost 2-0.

Anticipation and excitement were high as the Luffs had arranged for the famous Everton FC to play them at the Athletic Grounds on Fairs Saturday in November. Only 8 second team Everton players arrived, with the home side winning 7-0. Evertonians sued Loughborough in the County Court for the agreed £12 guarantee.

The Fosse were accused of illegally approaching James Eggleston and paying him excessive travelling expenses for a Senior Cup game, as well as providing him with tea. Fosse were requested to prove the ‘bonefide membership’ of Eggleston. However, Eggleston had left to work down south by the time of the hearing. Fosse were reprimanded for being unable to provide receipts.

Leicester Fosse won their first trophy – the Leicestershire Senior Cup.

The inaugural Leicestershire Junior Cup competition, which was won by Gresley Rovers.

Mill Hill House – runner-up in the first two Leicestershire Senior Cup competitions – collapsed.

The Leicestershire Football League was formed.

Loughborough were invited to join the Midland Football Alliance League.

National Cup Competitions




Blackburn Rovers

The Wednesday

Loughborough (2QR)

Leicestershire Cup Competitions




Gresley Rovers

Loughborough Athletic

Leicester Fosse

Coalville Town

Other Cup Competitions




Grantham Rovers

Luton Town

Leicester Fosse (R3)

Shepshed (R1)

Friendly Matches

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