In the First Division’s inaugural season, Preston North End were utterly peerless. They finished 1888/89 undefeated from 22 matches, having scored more and conceded fewer than any other side (Wolves were closest to their tally of 15 goals shipped, on 37) as they marched to a league and cup Double.
West Brom were the only other side to top the table that season. On goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded). On the opening day of the season. But still, that was the closest anyone came to putting up a challenge to Major William Sudell’s all-conquering (and original) Invincibles.