On this day in 1900, Aston Villa beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 and sealed the First Division title after Sheffield United failed to better their result in their final game.

The Villans had an extraordinary finish to the season to pip United to the title, losing just one of their last 13 games to end up two points ahead of the Blades at the end of the campaign.

From Brian Beard’s ‘Aston Villa On This Day – History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year’

George Ramsey’s men were two points clear going into Sheff Utd’s last match and could have lost the title had the Blades won by a large margin, but they lost to Burnley and had to settle for a runners-up spot.

It’s worth noting that United were six points clear of second place at the end of December, so they threw away a great opportunity to win the First Division for the second time in three seasons – the Blades won the 1897/98 title but wouldn’t seal another top-flight crown in their history.

Villa, however, would go on to defend the title in 1900/01 and would seal seven crowns in total before the Premier League was founded in the early 1990s.