8 Football Teams Which Went The Whole Season Undefeated

7. Preston North End (1888 - 89)

Alessandro Del Piero
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It’d be remiss to compile of list of “The Invincibles” without including the team for whom the term was coined: Preston North End. Though a different era (the league season only consisted of each team playing 22 matches), The Lilywhites’ league-winning tally of 18 wins and just four draws made them not only the English Football League’s first champions but also its first undefeated team.

Moreover, the 1888/89 campaign was to be a season of record-breaking for Preston, when a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup final meant that they also became the first team in the country to achieve the double. By clinching both league and cup without suffering a single loss, however, they set a record that stands to this day. Seven teams have won the double in England but only Preston did so unconquered.

And it’s safe to say that Preston don’t plan on forgetting about their record-setting squad any time soon; in 2008, they opened a new 5000-seat stand at their home ground of Deepdale called the “Invincibles Pavilion.”


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